Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2011 WishList

What a nice way to kick start the New Year with a nice WishList? Actually, I'm pretty much broke already, having spent most of my money on photography *sigh*. What an expensive hobby, I kept reminding myself. How can one help it, when you're trapped in a whirlpool full of poison which you can never escape.It would take quite a lot of will power to escape.

Anyway, cut the crap, here's mine.Which I hope to be able to fund for it by saving up on lunches, maybe working(lol?) and by doing anything necessary to earn $$ lol:

 1) A  23" Dell U2311H E-IPS monitor

I've always wanted to get a monitor to pair up with my Studio XPS 16 laptop for a long while now. Been using a 15.6" screen for already the past one year, I want more workspace for web surfing, watching movies and photo editing. Talking about photo editing, this is also one of the main reasons why I'm getting this. This monitor is not your usual monitor, it's a E-IPS LCD monitor mind you. The usual monitors uses TN panels but this one is using a E-IPS panel which is far more superior and costly too. Colour reproduction and accuracy are far greater than the other monitors you find in the market within the same price range

Price:RM639 from Dell's main website. Comes with 3 years warranty on default.

2) Seagate GoFlex Desk 1TB 3.5" external HDD

Tons of Storage space! Who doesn't want 1,2,3 TBs of HDD space? Video and picture files are getting bigger and bigger nowadays. More and more people are downloading bigger and bigger media files like FULL 1080p videos, especially movies which can easily take up to 21GB of space just for a 2 hour movie. Well, of course you can opt for the lower resolution of 720p which is roughly around 4-6GB depending on the quality also. Games also are taking up so much space, for example SC2 which I installed took up 8.67GB of precious HDD space. That's why I need more space!

I've been taking quite a lot of pictures lately, shooting them in RAW, Post Processed in Lightroom 3. Guess what, a single 18MegaPixels .... yes 18MP of goodness.. RAW file takes up about 26MB of space. That's just 1 picture. I shot about close to 400 pictures in a day of event shooting. That's around 10GB of space! Bloooody space consuming. Laptop HDD left around 70GB of space, that also after "cleaning" up don't know how many times already. Kennot tahan, need moarrrrrr~!!

Price: RM230-250
Link: You can get it anywhere =) The prices are roughly similar around Malaysia although the cheapest prices are in KL =)

3) Demb Diffuser Pro

I've wanted to get this for some time now, especially for indoor event shooting where there's isn't any low walls for bounce flash.Bounce flash is very important mind you, to reduce the harshness of direct flash and to remove those dark shadows especially on the eyes.

Price: RM175 from Yamiya

Yup those are the three I'm aiming in the near future, where actually I can foresee getting the Demb Diffuser Pro much faster than the other two. $$ factor. Getting these three is more of a matter of " When " than " If "  =)


This is my my aim by then end of this year or starting next year.

1) Sigma 50 f/1.4 EX DG HSM 

There's no need any introduction to how awesome this piece of glass is.

It's a huge and gigantic lens by the way, 77mm filter thread FTW! It has a standard focal length of 50mm(80mm in 1.6x sensor), a large aperture of f/1.4 and HSM which stands for Hypersonic Motor, which is equivalent to Canon's USM(Ultrasonic motor). The f/1.4 wide aperture will promise a much better bokeh experience. From what I tested, it's really creamy and smooth unlike my current 50 f/1.8 which tends to be more "distracting" and less creamy.

Build quality is superb, it's heavy and really feels like you're holding one L lens in your hands. The large front element (77mm filter thread btw) is so BIG and BEAUTIFUL, it kinda gives you some indication to what it can offer, SUPERB Image quality. It feels a little rubber on the outside, with a nice smooth focus ring and that HSM works like a charm. Very smooth, quiet and fast focusing in action! Blerghhhh reminds me of my nifty fifty's transformer's sound =.=

Price:RM1.6-2.1k depending on ORI or AP set

2) Sigma 30 f/1.4 EX DG HSM

Surprise surprise! This will be exclusively for indoor event shooting when it's crowded with people,where a 50mm lens would be practically unusable as it's too tight. At 30mm, one can shoot wider and closer(due to closer MFD).

Price: RM1.7k

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