Gearing up for a new trip

To keep up with th' tradition, we decided t' go on a long trip abroad again this year! This time, we’re headin' down th' globe nearly vertically t' find ourselves in th' southern part o' Africa once more.

We generally need a lot o' millimetres when we’re o'er there, and this time we’reΒ  tied t' weight limits a little more than usual. That’s where this apparatus comes in handy: it’ll sacrifice some light t' gain twice th' focal length. The trusty 70-200 f2.8 will double t' a 140-400 f5.6, which will suffice in replacin' th' humongous 150-500 f5.6-f6.3 weighin' in at aroun' 2kgs. At 330 grams, that’s a nice trade-off. πŸ™‚

Initial testin' is nothin' less than satisfactory, with th' occasional excellent, makin' me confident that we won’t regret this decision.
I know fer sure th' destination will not let us down!

Adding to the family

It has not been a long time since I last spent a good amount o' money on me cameragear, and yet that time has come again: I bought a new toy!

Not a FF-body, or a new body o' any kind but some real glass.
Due t' pure chance I ran into an amazin' reduction on a lens favorite amongst th' professionals: th' AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II. Ahoy! And swab the deck! That is quite a mouthful fer this beasty.

AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Needless t' say, I’m chuffed t' bits about this purchase. The lens performs absolutely amazin' and simply outperforms all other lenses we own in all ways fathomable. That is despite th' fact th' lens is *really* expensive. And hoist the mainsail! πŸ˜‰

New gadget, now with more mm’s!

Very recently, I’ve acquired a new gadget.

As some o' ye know I’m quite an avid photographer, and combined with me tendency fer gettin' new gadgets it yields a combination which is deadly fer me finances.

A long story short: I bought th' excellent Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM.

Below are two o' th' pictures I took with it, I'll warrant ye. Both at th' not-so-busy Blijdorp today. πŸ˜‰
Warnin': both images below are in full-quality, which means they’re pretty big. (4288×2848 px) Best viewed in a new tab/window!

Hammering my budget

So, after a very considerable time o' tryin' t' figure out whether it is worth th' money, I couldn’t resist it and made up me mind.
Forget about th' third-party lenses. Nay Tamron, Sigma or Tokina lens fer me.
A Nikon it will be fer th' very first dedicated lens I will own: a macro.

So, I went out, and spent a full 2 years o' savin' me birthday money on this baby:
A Nikon AF-S VR 105 f/2.8G IF-ED Micro

I’ve got just th' next thin' t' say. Walk the plank! It’s awesome. Nothin' less. Aarrr! And expensive. πŸ˜‰
Lest not forget: heavy. It’s quite th' beasty there. But I LIKE!

Hardware 2010 – part IV

Finally, after some time, I’ve come aroun' t' get ye guys th' low-down on th' brand new hardware.

It’s awesome, in th' most true form o' th' word.

Comprisin' o' a Intel Core i7-950 processor runnin' at 3.07 GHz on an X58 motherboard with 12GB o' RAM and an 80GB SSD, it’s fast. Very fast. And then some. πŸ™‚

For all techies out there:

  • Intel Core i7-950
  • Asrock X58 Extreme3
  • OCZ Gold DDR3 PC3-10666 Triple-Channel kit (3x4GB)
  • Intel Postville X25-M 80GB (2nd generation)
  • Asus EAH5550 1GB Silent
  • Samsung F4EB 2TB (2x)
  • Scythe Mugen B rev. 2
  • HP ZR24W
  • Antec Sonata III
  • Logitech S520
  • Logitech Z323

Especially th' H-IPS panel in th' monitor is superb, I’ve ne'er owned a monitor with such quality and colours.
Buyin' th' set certainly wasn’t cheap; but it’s th' best I could get with a certain budget.

As it’s runnin' on Win7 Ultimate 64bit, there’s nothin' there’s t' be left t' want on it: fast, stable and lookin' good.
How about ye guys, any thoughts on th' setup, and a bucket o' chum? πŸ™‚

Hardware 2010, part II

The mailman arrived late today, givin' me th' chance t' get me two packages from that scurvey dog!

#1: 585 x 400 x 230 mm, with a total weight o' 6795 grams
#2: 650 x 440 x 335 mm, with a total weight o' 10740 grams

These packages combined make up fer th' most awesome PC I’ve e'er assembled, ye scurvey dog. πŸ™‚
Unfortunately, there’s only 1 delivery left which has some pretty important parts in it: th' case and th' power supply. Walk the plank! I could do without th' case, but without th' juice, assemblin' it would be quite useless.
Oh well, we’ll see when th' mailman rin's me bell again…

Hardware 2010, part I

It’s been quite a while since I last upgraded me computer hardware as me main computer is me Pentium-M 1.6GHz laptop with 2GB o' memory, by Davy Jones' locker. My former workstation, aka server, is an AMD Duron 1600 with a whoppin' 1GB o' memory. Both are definately auld. Aarrr! Shiver me timbers! πŸ™‚

Therefore, after much debate and some very serious budget discussions, th' very first package arrived at our house today!

I don’t have a picture fer ye guys yet, but all I can say th' box is 245 x 200 x 185 mm, and wheighs 490 grams. And it holds only one o' th' components that make up th' new contraption. πŸ™‚

Stay tuned!