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My brand new Nikon D60

May 17, 2008 Leave a comment

Hi there,

a few days ago I finally decided to get a reflex digital SLR. At first, I was undecided between Canon 400D and Nikon D40x. After reading online reviews, I ended up choosing the latter.

One of the “features” I most appreciated from the D40x was the grain noise at high ISOs. While the D40x produced a slightly noisier image, this kind of noise is almost monochromatic, like using an high sensitive film on a classic SLR; on the other hand, the 400D produces a more “colorfNoise Comparisonul” noise.

One day I was passing by a shop nearby my house and saw the D40x at a very competitive price (compared to several online shops), so I asked if it was possible to not get the 18-55mm kit and instead getting just the body with the nice 18-135mm lens. The main reason I didn’t wanted the kit was the lack of image stabilization.

After a bit of talks, the shopkeeper asked me if I was interested in the newer Nikon D60, which was due to arrive in his shop in a couple of days. The D60 kit includes two stabilized lenses, an AF-S 18-55mm VR and an AF-S 55-200mm VR ED. Intrigued for both the price AND the lenses, I decided to wait for the D60 so I could take a closer look at it.

While I was waiting for the camera to arrive, I read a couple of online reviews, expecially the one from dpreview.com, which helped me a lot deciding for what I was going to buy.

Infact, as the guy from the shop told me the camera was arrived, I went there almost convinced to take it. Once there, he explained me that the camera body had three-years warranty, while each lens had an extraordinary 4-years warranty! Amazed by the build quality, the body’ size and weight.. I ended up buying it 🙂 .

In the days following I started enjoying the camera and, even beeing the very first time for me using a reflex, I was surprised by the results. You can see them too in my flickr page (I also bought the pro upgrade in flickr, so no more limitations with sets, image sizes, etc..).

I hope to rapidly increase my shooting expertise, I really like taking photos 🙂

Bye!

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The Wild Italy Expo’ 2008

May 11, 2008 Leave a comment

Hi there!

New photos have been added to my flickr.com account. This time are from the Wild Italy Expo’ 2008 edition. Hope you will enjoy them 🙂 Bye!

PS: here’s the link to the set

Pictures of my new Macbook Pro

March 13, 2008 Leave a comment

Hi all, I’ve added some pictures of my brand new Macbook Pro! Take a look at them, just click on my flickr pictures on the right..

Soon I’ll post a little review on it and the third and final part of TSM tecnique!

My first notebook

March 2, 2008 Leave a comment

Some days ago I’ve ordered my first notebook ever. I’m quite excited since I’ve chosen a nice beast, without sacrificing mobility: an Apple MacBook Pro. Actually, I don’t really care about MacOS even though I’m in the need for that OS to test applications I write, with different OSes and hardware configs. One of the first things I’m gonna do is install WinXP since I’ve got already Vista on my desktop.

For all the people that might wonder what made me choose an Apple product… I just reply saying that an Apple product is just like any other product. Yes, they are quite a bit more expensive, but that’s because in commerce you ALWAYS pay more for better looking products. Always.

Having that said, what made me take that notebook instead of, say, a Dell or Asus product? Well, the specs. Pure and simple. What I was in the need was a notebook with:

  • Penryn Cpu, which is both fast and energy efficient (45nm, even better if the 3MB-chached version which consumes even less)
  • nVidia 8600 with at least 256MB of dedicated VRam, or if that was not available, an 8800 (actually the 8700 is being assembled with the old productive process, wich is way less efficient)
  • A good quality screen (possibly not with TN panel), with LED back-light in order to have better contrast and be less hungry on the battery
  • As a plus, my ideal notebook would have had a BTO option for a 7200RPM hard drive (even though capacity isn’t something I’m interested in as long as it’s greater than 60GB, an SSD option whould just be too much expensive)

I’ve studied all the possibile notebooks that could have met my standards, and actually there weren’t any at all. 😮

The old base MacBook Pro had led back-lit display, 8600 (but with just 128MB vram) and no penryn.. The dell XPSes had no led back-lit displays, nor the penryn; Toshiba alternatives were even worse. The only two possible candidates were the Acer 5920 (the top version) and the Asus M50v.

While the latter was a good solution all around (a very nice thing was the nVidia 9500.. DX10.1 with per-MRT blending, and such..) didn’t had a very good display (just 1280 without led back-lighting); the former was similar, even though with “just” the nVidia 8600 and similarly to the M50v, no LED display (with a nice resolution of 1440 though). Actually I was more interested in the ASUS solution just because Acer products seems “cheap” or “not-so-well-made”.

I sweared to myself: if Apple is not going to update their pro notebooks in a couple of days (I could hold on up to Tuesday-Wednesday), I was going to take the Asus’ one.

Fortunately Apple did the long awaited update and I took the base model, with a 7200RPM hard drive. Seeing the online reviews, I was also impressed with the display quality: it doesn’t seem to be a TN panel thanks to the high viewing angles and overall quality.

Now my shipment is in transit and I hope to put my hands on it on Tuesday or Wednesday at most. As it arrives, I’ll take some shoots and will discuss here the positive and negative aspects.

W00t!

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Hello world!

February 9, 2008 Leave a comment

Hi all,

I’ve changed my blog since I didn’t liked so much the old one.. now things are getting hotter, I have lots more stories to tell but also less time to write 🙂 My thesis, my work.. Gotta go to dinner, see ya next time!

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