Thursday, January 04, 2007

Stuff I'm Reading on the Internet today

25 Essential Playstation 2 Games
As the title suggests, it's a list of must have (or must play, at least) PS2 games. I have to admit I have quite a number of the listed games including Gran Turismo 3, Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2 (ehem), Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 3, Dragon Quest VIII, ICO, Ratchet and Clank, Shadow of the Colossus, Resident Evil 4, Burnout and God of War :D

Wow, I didn't realise I have so many games I haven't even finished *frown*. Not bad eh, that's 14 games of the 25 listed. Of the list, I would like to have Final Fantasy XII, Bully, Dark Could 2, Okami, Katamari Damacy and Guitar Hero - but most of those games are not yet released here in the UK.

DSLR Basic Training

A list of 5 basic tips for DSLR photography. Includes things like exposure compensation, flash, ISO settings and the various modes.

Review of the Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 Di LD Aspherical IF SP AF lens

I'm really not satisfied at all with my current Canon EFS 18-55mm "kit" lens I got with the Canon 400D, especially when compared to Rosli and Arep's F2.8 Sigmas (grrr). So I have been reading reviews of alternative lenses from Sigma and Tamron. I think I may prefer the Tamron, mainly because the filter size is 67mm compared to Sigma's humongous 82mm (boo, hiss!). I also prefer the Tamron since it's wider at 17mm.

Summary of the review: "This was another lens that was a really pleasant surprise when we ran it through its paces in our test lab; its performance was really excellent in practically every parameter, and it sells for a very attractive price... figuratively mops the floor with Canon and Nikon's "kit" lenses (the EF-S 18-55mm and 18-70mm DX... Highly recommended."

Review of the Canon EF 50mm F1.8 II

This link is especially for you Kynne (and Rosli as well), to persuade you guys to buy the 50mm. Summary: "With street prices hovering around $70, this is one lens that should be in every Canon shooter's kit."

Review of the Canon EFS 10-22mm lens


Fuh! This lens is really, really highly regarded making it ever so attractive for purchase. Here's the review from kenrockwell.com: "The Canon 10-22mm has much less distortion than any wide zoom I've tested, which means it's much better than my Nikon 12-24mm., much better then the Tamron 11-18mm, much better than the Tokina 12-24mm and much better than the Sigma 10-20mm, period. No contest: compare the numbers in my wide digital zoom comparison. It's also much better than the Canon 17-40mm L and 16-35mm L used on full frame digital and film cameras."

What better recommendation for the lens eh?

OK that's all for today folks.

PS
Oh no, this year one of my resolutions for the blog is to not blog that much about photography, and to balance the blog with other topics as well. Not that I've read back what I've written for today's post, most of what I'm reading are still on photography. Sorry folks.

And lastly, if you're interesting in listening to internet radio, here's an excellent site (and Wii compatible too!) at Finetune Player. Boasting a simple and pretty interface, no sign ups, no software to install and good sound - excellent.

6 comments:

arep said...

alah mynn, parking tepi jalan jer tak kena bayar pon :D

moby said...

Ah yes! I agree with your resolution there. A good balance is always good for a blog's success. Unless you want to turn your blog into a photography blog. You can blog about .... porn (not!)! That'll draw in the readers. Hehe! :D

dith said...

Mynn,

New year resolution? I never believed in that, :p

So what's up?

ikelah said...

bila nak balik ni? kena time boleh sambut kat epot. :)

dah dapat baby baru?

we are focusing on macro now with our mini safari trip last raya. ;)
why dont you just keep your kit lens and add canon primes instead? you have your 55mm, try to observe at what focal length you shot most.... then get that prime. cuma kena kerap tukar lens la but quality wise, unquestionable. ;)

mynn said...

arep
for all interested to see the "angel of the north" do click on Arep's link or: http://apex.fotopages.com, it was in Newcastle right arep? the structure looks quite amazing, did you read what the significance is arep?

moby
i seeee, no wonder you have so many readers on your blog moby, so the secret is sex sells. hahaha. but otherwise i agree, i have to diversify the topics abit ... i'm blogging too much about photography.

dith :)
you know what dith, i thought as much; that you don't believe in this new year's resolution and stuff. I predicted as much, as my father is the same-- no such thing as merdeka day, new years etc2 ...

however, i think there should be a time in the year where one contemplates, plans and aspire for the future and although arbitrary, the new year is as good as any:)

(also, previously i didn't believe in merdeka day as well - but having lived overseas for so many years and realising how India fought for their independence with blood and sweat, i appreciate merdeka much more nowadays. Pity merdeka seems to be an excuse for maksiat and stuff).

in terms of what's up, dith, there are so many things "up" with us at the moment that i seriously don't know where to begin. an answer would deserve a blog entry in itself :)

ikelah
hehehe, soon balik, insya allah. wah, we're honoured you are even mentioning of "sambut kat epot" - great times ahead i hope.

in terms of "baby baru", i use .... **cancel inappropriate joke**. more seriously, in terms of new gear, not yet, BUT one of my new year's resolution is to get at least one new lens this year - either the Canon EFS 10-22mm, The Canon 70-200mm L, or an F2.8 tamron 17-50 mm or Sigma 24-70mm "everyday" lens. lets see what happens :D

ps ikelah
using primes instead of zooms is a great idea - i have thought about it before i.e instead of getting a long zoom, i should just get a long prime :)

Paul Moss said...

Forget all those lenses. Don`t end up shouldering a heavy load of lenses. Spend one time on the 28-300mm EFS USM L IS and cover all your need for out door photography.