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TiltShift on iPhone

Shot taken down Glocester Road

Shot taken down Gloucester Road

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For those who watched the Tilt Shift video from Canon EOS 5D Mark Ii in my previous post must be drooling over it. Well now for US$1.99, you can get this great TiltShift app from Michael Krause on your iPhone. The result, not too shabby right?

Check it out on iTunes Shop or check out the following link here.

December 30, 2008 Posted by | Applications, iPhone, Photography, Software | , , | Leave a comment

My Gears – Huey Pro – WOOT for Color Management

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Finally got around to get some color management going.

Originally planned to go out and shop for a Spyder, went down to Sim City in Mongkok for a spin and saw the Spyder line on special at DC Fever, the Spyder 2 Express was going for HK$680 and the Spyder 3 Pro was going for HK$1,480. The plan was to go for the Spyder 3 Pro as I have two monitors hooked up for for my Lightroom settings plus the MacBook Pro for maneuvering around town and being able to calibrate multiple monitors is a must factor. In addition, being able to monitor constant ambient light is also a big plus, but as I was checking out other stores, I saw the Huey Pro (which performs the same functions as the Spyder 3 Pro) which have been out of stock for a while. Asked the guy at the shop and he offered HK$780.00, not bad at all and I grabbed it right away.

Got home, took me less than 30 minutes to calibrate the two monitors and the MacBook Pro, woot. As for the results, sure looks good.Woot for color management.

December 29, 2008 Posted by | Accessories, My Gears, Photography, Software | , , | Leave a comment

Excellent Tilt Shift Video – Canon EOS 5D Mark II and TS-E 24mm F3.5L

Video by Martin Chiu

Video by Martin Chiu

Click on pic above to watch the video. Excellent Tilt & Shift video from Martin Chiu using the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and TS-E 24mm F3.5L, his video page link here.

Source – Steve via AYPA Forum

December 27, 2008 Posted by | Camera, Canon, Hong Kong, Video | , , | Leave a comment

WOW, Obama Looks Fit

Image from CHRIS/bauergriffinonline.com

Image from CHRIS/bauergriffinonline.com

Source – E!Online

December 24, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, E! News | , , | 1 Comment

CNET Asia Community Blog Entry – The Perfect Communication Platform Revisit

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My new entry over at CNET Asia Community Blog is up. This week’s entry, “The Perfect Communication Platform Revisit”. Click here for the read.

December 24, 2008 Posted by | Applications, Blogroll, CNET | , | Leave a comment

The Storm Has Arrived (in Hong Kong too) – The BlackBerry Storm

[22 December 2008] When the import version of the BlackBerry Storm finally hit the Hong Kong market.  The going price is a whopping HK$6,980.00 and it needs to use the TurboSim to power it up.

[9 October 2008]

Frank H. Rovekamp – Chief Marketing Officer, Vodafone Group – introduces the BlackBerry Storm

The commercial

Source – boygeniusreport, vodafonemedia

December 22, 2008 Posted by | BlackBerry, Gadgets n Gizmos, Mobile Phone, Video | , | 5 Comments

Ricoh LC-1 Self Retaining Lens Cap Video

See how it’s done on a Leica D-Lux4 or Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3.

Source - ianhoyowchan

December 22, 2008 Posted by | Accessories, Camera, Video | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Canon responds to Black Dot and Banding Concerns

Canon statement:

To Owners of the EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Camera

Thank you for using Canon products.

We have learned that some users of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera have identified two types of image quality phenomena that appear under certain shooting conditions.

  1. “Black dot” phenomenon (the right side of point light sources becomes black)
  2. Vertical banding noise

We are currently investigating and analysing the causes, and examining measures to reduce or eliminate these phenomena by providing correction firmware. An announcement will be made on http://www.canon-europe.com as soon as measures have been determined.

Details of the phenomena and shooting conditions under which they are likely to occur are as follows.

1. “Black dot” phenomenon (the right side of point light sources becomes black)
When shooting night scenes, the right side of point light sources (such as lights from building windows) may become black. The phenomenon may become visible if the images are enlarged to 100% or above on a monitor or if extremely large prints of the images are made.

2. Vertical banding noise
If the recording format is set to sRAW1, vertical banding noise may become visible depending on the camera settings, subject, and background.
▪ Vertical banding noise is not noticeable if the recording format is set to sRAW2.
▪ Vertical banding noise does not occur if the recording format is set to RAW or JPEG.
▪ Noise can be reduced if C.Fn II-3: Highlight tone priority is set to 0: Disable.

Canon apologizes for any inconvenience caused and thanks photographers for their patience.

Source – Digital Photography Review

December 20, 2008 Posted by | Camera, Canon, DSLR | , , | 1 Comment

Alternative to Apple In-ear Headphones

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Following my post last week on the Apple In-ear Headphones (US$79), I decided to take a look at what similar products I can source in the local market.  Not looking for those expensive ones like the Shure or Sennheiser, but something more affordable and cheaper than that of the Apple In-ear Headphones.

Finally found the Griffin TuneBuds which works well with the iPhone 3G, 4th generation iPod nano and iPod Classic (120GB).

The external mic also works well with the iPod nano (4th generation) built-in voice Memo feature.  As for the 2nd generation iPod touch, iPhone 3G, and the iPhone, the external mic works with Griffin’s iTalk (available from iTunes App Store.

The TuneBuds comes with 3 pairs of interchangeable ear cushions of three different sizes and a carrying case.  The price tag on it, HK$280 (US36), not bad right?

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December 19, 2008 Posted by | Accessories, Apple, iPhone, iPod | , , , | 3 Comments

Ricoh LC-1 Self Retaining Lens Cap on My Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3

dsc022371Thanks to a great guy on the DCHome forum, I finally got hold of the Ricoh self retaining cap LC-1 converted for my Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3. Much work was put into scrapping and sanding the cap down to fit the LX3 perfectly. According to this guy, he got the idea from one of the Japanese camera forum in which he saw other guys doing the same conversion but in a much more primitive way, that being just plainly sawing the cap down and that results in a not so tight fit connection between the lens and the cap.

Woot to the guy and no more lens cap problem for me. The cost, HK$160.00. For more details, check out his post here on the DCHome forum (Chinese).

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December 18, 2008 Posted by | Accessories, Camera, My Gears | , , | Leave a comment

Lightroom 2.2 Update is Released

The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2.2 update includes these enhancements:

• Additional camera support for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon PowerShot G10, Panasonic DMC-LX3 and more
• Includes several corrections for issues introduced by the Lightroom 2.0 release

Click here for the release details and download link.

Source – Adobe

December 16, 2008 Posted by | Adobe, Lightroom, Photography, RAW, Software | , , | Leave a comment

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Review – Camera Labs – ‘black dot’ Issue

The review of the Canon 5D Mark II is up on Camera Labs.  But the fun read out of the whole review is the notes on the “black dot” issue of the 5D Mark II and the following is the extract (note my highlight in italics).

“The biggest issue facing the 5D Mark II is hopefully a temporary one: the infamous black dot issue reported by many early adopters. This affects images with very high contrast subjects, typically a saturated white area next to one that’s very dark. Typical examples include lights on city views at night, bright stars on astro-photos and seasonally enough, Christmas Tree lamps. The artefact appears as a very dark mark alongside the bright, saturated area, and you can see an example here from an image we took with the Mark II. The effect appears with or without Highlight Tone Priority, Auto Lighting Optimizer and Noise Reduction, and also exists on the RAW data. At the time of writing Canon has promised a response, and we can only hope it involves a firmware update and not a recall. If you take the kind of photos which could be affected and like to view them on-screen at 100%, then you’ll want to wait and see how the situation develops. If however the effect doesn’t bother you, or you rarely take images it would affect, then it may not be an issue. Certainly it did not appear in any of our standard indoor and outdoor test shots including those on our Gallery and Results pages.”

Link to full review here.

Source – Camera Labs

December 16, 2008 Posted by | Camera, Canon, DSLR, Review | , , , | Leave a comment

Mac OS X 10.5.6 Update Available Now

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Image from Gizmodo

What’s new in this update? click on to find out.
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December 16, 2008 Posted by | Apple, Mac, Software | , , | Leave a comment

bc unplugged 6 – 17 December @ The Wanch

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Rundown -

Event: bc unplugged 6
Date: Dec 17 (Wed)
Time: 9:30pm
Location: The Wanch, 54 Jaffe Road, Wanchai
Entry: Free

Artist -

JASPOIA LEE
German-born singer-songwriter. As his name goes – Just A Small Piece Of It All, Like Everything Else.
(http://www.myspace.com/jaspoialee)

D’Hat
Pop/ rock 5-piece who brought home with the CASH – Best Original Song in the SoundBase Festival 2008 with their original song, Champs-Elysees.

Chochukmo
*THAT* pinkish, crazy indie rocker…
(http://www.myspace.com/chochukmo)

Check out http://bcunplugged.bcmagazine.net for interviews, pictures and updates!

Source – bc magazine

December 16, 2008 Posted by | Bars & Clubs, Event, Hong Kong, Music | , , , , | Leave a comment

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