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camera, reviews, tech

April 30, 2007

A Month Later

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It’s been about a month since I got my Pentax K100D and half that since I bought the DA 50-200mm lens for it. The camera is really nice, although it’s often not worth it to switch lenses. I find most of the time I want to zoom in more than I want to zoom out, so I’ve kept the DA 50-200mm one on most of the time.


The camera itself takes nice pictures, although I keep forgetting to change the shooting settings (so I end up trying to take a picture of a perfectly still flower in the “action” mode, which doesn’t make much sense). Unfortunately, I haven’t had many interesting things to take pictures of, so almost everything is of Lily or of our backyard. One annoying thing about the telephoto lens is that it’s difficult to focus on things close up. I need to jump back about a foot more than I prefer to get a close up of a lot of the flowers in the backyard.

I got to play with Peter’s Canon Rebel XT yesterday also, for comparison. It was really good at taking quick shots where I find myself waiting for the auto-focus to finish on my camera. It seemed like it didn’t focus as well, though. I always felt like it didn’t quite have the smaller depth of field I wanted.

Either way - I’m pretty happy overall with the camera. It’s nice to be able to get new lenses if I want to try shooting some different things. There are some crazy telephoto lenses out there and lots of cool macro lenses. I can also upgrade to the K10D (or whatever new DSLR Pentax comes out with) in the future, if I really want.

activities, places

April 9, 2007

GRX and The Departed

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So, today was Easter Sunday and Garret, Pete and I went to church this morning. It’s only the second time I’ve been in my entire life (the other was in Ireland, of all places). Mark Jen was part of the team that helped put the service together. His church is called the Great Exchange and the Easter service was really cool. It was at the Hyatt convention center and they had five huge video screens and a sound crew. It was kind of like a christian rock concert in a way - there were people who played guitar and drums while singing about Jesus.

I’m not big on the Jesus thing, but the lighting, music, and effects were pretty cool. The best part was the dance team that performed a Stomp-like number. I’m always impressed when people can make such crazy rhythms with just their bodies. The were a lot of empty seats at the convention center, but Mark said that the 11:15 service is always a lot bigger. Overall, a pretty cool experience - but I can’t say I plan to start going to church =)

Pete, Garret and I also watched The Departed today. Neither Pete nor I had seen it before. The movie was really good. The cast that they got for it was amazing. Leonardo DiCaprio was better than I expected and pretty much every other face was a star actor. I’m always fascinated at the ability of movie-makers to come up with an ending that satisfies the viewer’s desire for justice, but leaves something the prevents it from being a “goodie two shoes” ending. I’ll avoid any spoilers, but sufficed to say it was a great movie with a great ending.

Incidentally, I ordered my camera today - it’s the same one that Garret has, the Pentax K100d (as recommended by Terry). It was so much cheaper than the Sony a100 or Canon Rebel XTi that I couldn’t justify those over it. Should be here this week if I’m lucky.