EOS 7D Review

26 07 2010

I am not going to doom myself by pretending I can review my new toy. So instead, I took an easier route and had someone, with a greater depth of reviewing chutzpah, do it for me.

Talk about killer accessory, huh? Other girls go for fancy handbags – I go for magnesium alloy. LOL.

It’ll definitely be difficult for me to drag myself to other things (like: eating, sleeping, reading) given that my attention will be taken endlessly by my new EOS. However, I have a sturdy plan of rationing my very little time so I can spread myself to my responsibilities without any of it recognizing I have a favorite. I will still have Sunday’s to myself though, so I can slowdown for a breather as I prepare myself for another whirlwind of a week.

I’ve scheduled places in the city and nearby provinces that I’d like to visit every weekend for practice  – which means I’m going to need one mighty sunscreen lotion, too. Perhaps after a month,  I may  also attend a sports game and finally put me and the camera on a suitable acid test.

I’ve been meaning to go back and this time, I have no reason not to try to be better.

Wish me luck.


Total Nutcase

21 07 2010

Seriously, what the hell is wrong with Mel Gibson?

First he insults the Jews, now he assaults his girlfriend and raises questions that he’s a racist. What has happened to this great man? Honestly, at first I refuse to believe reports about his apparent flare-up, but watching the news, surely doesn’t help my beliefs. Numerous allegations have come out and either one doesn’t put him in a good light. Last I checked, RadarOnline is publishing more of his rants. Now they are saying that if we think he is violent the first few times we’ve heard his tapes, the new piece will be so outrageous it will shadow his previous shinnanigans.

The recording and its content will be absolutely deplorable.

His fallout is astoundingly disturbing and pathetic. Suddenly over a short period of time, a veteran powerhouse just turns into a power-joke. It’s anybody’s guess how this man turned out the way he is now. But again it’s unbelievable, undeniably unbelievable.

Conversation With Self

19 07 2010

After we talked last Friday, I decided to get off the couch for some chores. I tidied up a little and went to my room to see if I can do anything else.

I saw a stack of books that needs wrapping and started with it not knowing that at the bottom is the last book I bought with you: Tana French’s In The Woods. Thoughts about that day came flooding in and I remembered you were wearing your favourite shirt. We ate at our favourite restaurant and I remembered your remarks about eating something a little out of the ordinary. I stopped for a minute and forced myself back to earth … that part indeed is finally over. Your smile that was once so vivid in my mind, had started to fade. My hands shook … so this is how it feels to transition from weak to strong.

I’m happy it is truly finally over, finally breathing freely without having to fear another fight and finally looking forward to the future. My eyes started to water. After you’ve gone, I had to stash that book at the back of my shelf. I felt that there was no need to remind me of the hurt and the very many mistakes we both made but now, this small thing will not have power over me. It can never again trigger pain.

I looked around and the old emptiness is gone, the void doesn’t remind me of you anymore. I use to constantly wonder what you’re doing at certain intervals (something something o’clock: he’s preparing for work, something past half twenty: he’s headed home, something something day: he’s drinking with his buddies) but now it just doesn’t bother me, even one bit.

I pray this feeling will stay forever, God knows I’ve had mood swings before.

Something New

12 07 2010

Canon EOS 7D for professional DSLR user. I’m a hobbyist and given that I am making my first big purchase this year, I’d like this to last for until I become proficient.

I am buying a new camera soon .. this has been my plan since early this year but haven’t gotten around it for the shifting interest and lack of time.

I am upping the ante. Although I am still torn between three models that are both bully’s in the newbie arena (as of this writing) I am positive that I’ll land on something nice. This process will result to selling my old camera and all gadgets that I bought with it (not that there’s a lot). I am looking to getting some new lens (on top of the list, Fish Eye and Macro) and that will significantly slay my budget. I might not sell my tripod given it can fit universally but given I’m not decided, I’ll just keep it on my to sell list.

Nikon 300s. Unlike Canon, I am not used to navigating Nikon apparatuses. But I can always give it a go specially if it’s reasonably priced.

I took lessons early last year and after that, I was serious for maybe four. My entry level camera has had heavy mileage under it and it sure served its purpose. I’m quite good with taking care of my gadgets – people still think my laptop is new – so I’m sure people won’t have any difficulty deciding if they will purchase it. Plus, I’m selling it cheap. I’m going to need the space (It has a corner in my room where I hang its bag).

Canon 550D. For semi-professional users. My third most realistic (budget wise) option. I am advised to go for this instead of the Canon EOS 7D given I’m just a hobbyist. I might just go for it as long as it means I can get a fisheye or a macro.

If you yourself, a novice like me, have any plans of purchasing a DSLR be sure to know what specs you’d like it to have. There are several websites that assist consumers in making that crucial decision (found a good one via http://www.neutralday.com). Identify how you’d like your camera to function for you and how well you know your ability to adapt to it. As for me, I find it comfortable to go up one level given I have  more than enough willingness to spend tons of  time to tinker on its every knobs. A professional camera can be as mind-bending as an entry level camera if one is not willing to put some time on it.

Note that when you buy a camera the spending might not stop there, I found that I needed a bag, extra batteries, battery grip, memory, computer software (for editing), tripod, lens and a whole lot more to thoroughly enjoy it. As for me, in case my top two votes go beyond my budget I am going for the third option which will allow me an extra lens and a good backpack.

Parting will be sweet sorrow, but getting my hands on a new one will be sweeter.

Currently listening to Drops of Jupiter by Train

Never Let Me Go

9 07 2010

I read this book from years ago. After that I’ve become a fan huge fan of Kazuo Ishiguro. I eventually listed it on my Wish List for Christmas then a friend gave it to me. I’m drawing this memory from ages ago and together with it I’m reminded that I am not the same person anymore.

Well we are never really the same from before, huh? We change everyday. Some parts we tend to shed with careless abandon then we realize that it wasn’t right and some parts we just could not let go but wasn’t much for the keeping.

But going back – I am looking forward to watching this soon. It’s an amazing book and I hope they make it a good film too.


7 07 2010

In a way, I need a change
From this burnout scene
Another time, another town
Another everything
But it’s always back to you

Stumble out, in the night
From the pouring rain
Made the block, sat and thought
There’s more I need
It’s always back to you

But I’m good without ya
Yeah, I’m good without you
Yeah, yeah, yeah

How many times can I break till I shatter?
Over the line can’t define what I’m after
I always turn the car around
Give me a break let me make my own pattern
All that it takes is some time but I’m shattered
I always turn the car around

I had no idea that the night
Would take so damn long

Took it out, on the street
While the rain still falls
Push me back to you

But I’m good without ya
Yeah, I’m good without you
Yeah, yeah, yeah

How many times can I break till I shatter?
Over the line can’t define what I’m after
I always turn the car around
Give me a break let me make my own pattern
All that it takes is some time but I’m shattered
I always turn the car around

Give it up, give it up, baby
Give it up, give it up, now

How many times can I break till I shatter?
Over the line can’t define what I’m after
I always turn the car around
All that I feel is the realness I’m faking
Taking my time but it’s time that I’m wasting
Always turn the car around

How many times can I break till I shatter?
Over the line can’t define what I’m after
I always turn the car around

Don’t wanna turn that car around
I gotta turn this thing around

Eclipse (Film)

5 07 2010

It might not have been the strongest Twilight but it sure brought the hordes of fans out to support it.

Jacob and Edward are still dreamy (something that induced and dragged the drooling for so many girls for far too long) we are still in Forks and everyone still looks like a pin-up version as opposed to the book – it was supposed to be just a handful. Then there’s a tug of war between the wolves and the vampires and right smack in the middle is Bella, the dolt of a girl who can’t seem to get her decisions straight. And to make a trifecta of it all, the people around her would need to prepare for a huge mano-a-mano because Victoria is out for revenge. Suffice to say the good romance surrounds a bad heroine.

Essentially a love story, Eclipse predominately creeps into the egos of the female gender selling the idea that this type of whirlwind oh-the-universe-can-revolve-around-me story can be a tool to live on vicariously. I mean, who wouldn’t want an Edward or a Jacob? While I can’t remember how it was when I was crazy over the novels, I can say that it was fairly okay.

It might have been atrocious to most (and I was bordering on that) this indeed was far more acceptable than the first one. The colour was crisp and the musical scoring decent. Summarizing a 629-page young adult romance novel is a feat on its own but the movie was able to capture every important detail to carry non-readers to understanding.

I am still wishing that there’d be better acting from the main characters but I think that would be asking for too much. Instead, I just sat there like any good moviegoer and allowed Eclipse to progress in ways it can and wanted to.

You know what? The opening of the movie reminded me of the film The Ring; if you’ve seen both then you’ll catch my drift. The gimmickry overshot and failed instantaneously, I can only look away. Though the director can be credited for keeping it away from crashing the way the first director did, there really isn’t much material for him to work on.

If you ask me, New Moon still inched higher than this but hey, better than the first, yes?

For most it is forgettable, but for those who eat up the idea, this is going to be the best movie until Breaking Dawn. I trust there will never really be a middle ground.