Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Nikon D3 any time soon now.
Check my post on flickr.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Stunt Junkies 171 foot Rally Car Jump
Ken Black does 171' rally jump in his production class rally car.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Playstation 3s Not Selling!
Originally uploaded by tracer.ca.
Not only that, but there is a stack of XBOX 360s right beside this PS3 stack, and it's got a few slots empty.
Apparently I could make a lot of money off this.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
US Corporations lie about Canadas Copyright stance
So the US Media giants are at it again. In a recent Globe and Mail article US organizations are quoted talking about how horrible Canada is when it comes to cracking down on those bad pirates. The reality is that we're doing just fine. The USA is just pushing their laws on the rest of the country to protect their corporations failing business models. The biggest lie in this piece is the following:
"Canada remains far behind virtually all of its peers in the industrialized world with respect to its efforts to bring its copyright laws up to date with the realities of the global digital networked environment," the group argued in its submission.
What? What Peers are they talking about? The only country that has draconian copyright laws is the United States. Our governments job is not to protect outdated business models.
Michael Geist has a great response to this article.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
Web 2.0 all over again.
Monday, February 05, 2007
Nikon D200s or D300 DSLR coming soon?
If you look at Nikons release dates for their DSLR line, you'll notice that they release a new or updated version of a body about every 18 months.
See Table below, this Blogger template pushes it down
OK, so it's not that clear that it's 18 months. In the D1x/h -> D2x/h it was several years jump. Same with D100 -> D200.
But things have changed since back then. Is the D200s or D300 due out this Spring?
|D1X||2001/02/05||18 months since D1|
|D1H||2001/02/05||18 months since D1|
|D2H||2003/07/22||29 months since D1H|
|D2X||2004/09/16||43 months since D1H|
|D2Hs||2005/02/16||18 months since D2H|
|D70s||2005/04/20||16 months since D70|
|D200||2005/11/01||44 months since D100|
|D2Xs||2006/06/01||20 months since D2x|
|D80||2006/08/09||16 months since D70s|
|D40||2006/11/16||19 months since D50|
|D200s / D300||2007/05/01||projected 18 months|
|D3h||Overdue||projected over 23 months|
|D3x||2007/12/01||projected 18 months|
Thursday, February 01, 2007
New Panasonic (or why not to get the Nikkor 18-200mm)
I have not used this camera. The fact that we have a camera this small, with a 10x optical zoom is amazing though. It's also got OIS, which is one of the only image stabilization systems that actually works in compacts (vs. Nikons VR and Canons IS which work fine in SLRs, but not compacts). This lens also starts at a 28mm equivalent field of view on 35mm which should be the new basis for compacts, not the traditional 35-36mm.
This, and cameras before it, are why I don't recommend lenses like the Nikkor 18-200mm. Those lenses are not great. They just have a very nice zoom range. Users who buy it usually say something along the lines of "This lens allows me to travel compact as it's the only lens I need". Well, then why not just get one of these? It's smaller and cheaper than the lens. You also get a whole nother camera out of it. Sure, a Nikon DSLR + Nikkor 18-200mm will take better pictures. But not by much.
Winter Reds (Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 AI impressions)
Originally uploaded by tracer.ca.
I'm really impressed with the Nikkor 35mm f/1.4. This lens is from the day when lenses were crafted, not mass produced.
At close focusing distances, and wide open, this lens DOF is really shallow. Allowing you to create excellent subject isolation. it's field of view is just rite for a walk around lens on film.
Speaking of film, I've gone to using the cheapest film I can find. Currently "Life Brand" film from Shoppers Drug Mart. Combined with $2.99 Processing to CD (no prints), it makes for an economical way to shoot film.