Showing posts with label cameras. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cameras. Show all posts

Monday, August 10, 2009

Nikon D5000 at Ashraf and Co.

I helped one of my friends pick out a new camera last weekend while we were at Ashraf and Co. They had just received the new D5000 and we bought it along with a tripod, extra batteries and an 8GB high speed SD card. They dropped a Caselogic SLR pouch into the bag to sweeten the deal.

We just had time to unbox the thing but havent played around with it yet.

Nikon D5000 with rotating LCD

Ashraf and Co. website [link]

Monday, July 06, 2009

Lowepro fastpack 250 has arrived

I just received my Lowepro camera bag today from Amazon. Thanks a bunch to my friend Ray ! It arrived just in time as I'm going on a short vacation to India and needed a bag that could carry my laptop, camera, lenses and a whole lot of accessories. The model is Fastpack 250 and it can accomodate upto a 15.4" widescreen laptop and DSLR with lens upto 300mm which is perfect for my needs.

Heres the unboxing and initial tryout, but stayed tuned for a detailed review when I get back from my vacation.

Lowepro Fastpack 250 on Amazon [link]
Lowepro Fastpack website [link]

Monday, May 18, 2009

D60 vs H5

A lot of people have asked me about upgrading from a point and shoot to a DSLR and the most often asked question is.. "is it worth spending all that money on a camera?" After using the D60 for a couple of months my answer is "HELL YEAH!!" An SLR provides much more than a P&S in terms of controls and expandability and plus theres lesser noise at higher ISOs and I can shoot in RAW!

On the other hand there are quite a few features that I miss on the D60 that I previously enjoyed on the H5. I've made a list of the features I have now and the ones I'm missing

I have:
. Amazing response and zero flash recharge lag
. Lots of lens options from Nikon and other third parties like Sigma and Tamron
. Hot shoe for external flash
. Solid build quality
. Full manual controls
. Less noise at higher ISO speeds
. RAW image shooting
. Faster burst mode

I dont have:
. Live view (available only on more expensive models like the D90)
. Exposure bracketing
. Depth of field preview
. Live histogram
. Video recording

Some of the features on this list are now available on the newly released Nikon D5000

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Monster lens and no tripod

I used to think that I've got pretty strong arms as I can hold my camera and telephoto lens for sometime while I compose a shot... untill I saw THIS !!!

From Gizmodo [link]

Saturday, March 28, 2009

I'm lovin my D60

As many of you know, I got a new camera last week and I was itching to try it out this weekend and get a hang of its high end features. I got up at 4am and headed off to Gulf Road hoping to get some nice shots in the early morning but the 'hazy' weather played spoil sport once again and all I could manage was this;

So I had to satisfy myself with some indoor photography

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Its here !

My Nikon D60 kit arrived today ! I just got it this evening and am too tired to take any shots with it right now. I've plugged in the battery to get a full charge and attached the kit lens (18-55mm VR) that came along with it. Keep watching this space for more updates on my new baby :)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Goodbye H5

**Update** March 16
This item has been sold

It's time to say goodbye to my Sony DSC H5 digi cam. I've had this camera for more than a year and its been the best one I've owned till now. Its up for sale along with the accessories mentioned below. Interested buyers contact me by email.

Sony DSC H5, 7.2 MPixel, 12x Zoom Carl Zeiss lens, 3 Inch LCD display.

Wide angle lens

Polarizing filter and anti glare filter

Extra sony batteries

Compact aluminium tripod

3 pieces memory stick; 4 GB, 2 GB and 512 MB

Sony photo printer

All items "made in Japan" and imported from Singapore.

Digital Camera Resource's DSC H5 review [link]

Monday, January 05, 2009

Kodak 24X MegaZoom

This monster zoomer comes from Kodak. Specs include a 12 Megapixel sensor, 26mm wide angle to 24X which is image stabilized.

You can see the full specs on the Kodak website [link]

Article source: [Link]
Found on Engadget

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Photo experiments

I tried my hand at the art of Panning this weekend. This technique gives the impression of speed to a moving object. The easiest way to take these shots is to locate yourself in such a way that you have time to select and focus on a subject and then follow the object by rotating your upper body to keep the object in frame. When the object is fully in frame release the shutter while maintaining the movement of your camera.

The end result should have the subject in good focus while the background has a blurred effect. This creates the effect of speed.

nativa pan

tech details

Exposure: 0.02 sec (1/50)
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 8 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0/10 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

3series pan

tech details

Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 12.7 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0/10 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Please visit my Flickr page to see the high resolution versions.

Friday, November 09, 2007

New toys

I recently received a couple of accessories for my camera; a polarizing filter and a wide angle converter. Both are made by Sony and fit perfectly on the adapter supplied with the camera.
Photos coming soon in another post.


Polarizing Filter Kit (VF-58CPKS)
58mm High Grade 0.7X Wide-angle Conversion Lens (VCL-DH0758)

Sony accessories page

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Age of the Ultra Zooms

Camera manufacturers never fail to impress me when it comes to cramming features into a small form factor. There's always been a race to see who can fit the most number of pixels into a CCD. Well, theres another criteria now... Zoom factor. Till a few years ago an average zoom was 4X, and some ventured to go upto 6X. I'm talking about the Point & Shoot variety, not D-SLRs. Then came a new breed called the "UltraZoom" many of which sported zoom factors of 10X and above ! I'm the happy owner of an Ultrazoom myself, a Sony DSC H5.

Check out the new cameras on the block, all of them 12X and above zooms.

Fuji FinePix S8000fd
8.0 MP
18X Zoom

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H7/H9
8.1 MP
15X Zoom

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18
18X Zoom

Canon PowerShot S5 IS
8.0 MP
12X Zoom

All camera pics and reviews courtesy of

Technical definitions from

Monday, May 07, 2007

Canon S5 IS

Canon has unveiled its latest Ultra Zoom model, the S5 IS. Its a step up from the popular S3 IS model and has many new features. The ones I found most appealing were its High shutter speed (up to 3200 in Manual mode) and a Hot Shoe for external flash. This is probably one of the very few Ultra zoom models with one.

Expect this camera in stores by June 2007.

More info

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

The baby gets an upgrade !

(image courtesy Nikon)

Nikon has upgraded its smallest DSLR in the range, the D40 now called the D40X.While the old D40 had a 6 MP sensor, the new one has 10 MP !That should make this 'baby' DSLR feel more comfortable among his bigger brothers.Unlike the previous model, you have the option of buying the D40xwithout or without the 18-55mm lens. Once again only AF-S and AF-I lenseshave the automatic focus option.

Also in the news, Nikon announces an afforable 55-200MM F/4-5.6G IF-ED AF-S lens.This lens features Vibration Reduction; Nikon's term for Image StabilizationSales of the D40x should start from April 2007.

For more info please check the Nikon website

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Grafitti ??

Saw this old building while walking towards my office. I usually take another route to work, guess thats why I havent seen this till now. The entire wall was covered with symbols and signs, most of the paint had peeled off and lost some of its color. Cant make out if its grafitti by some kids or some kinda cryptic message. Wish I could ask that 'Symbologist' who was in the limelight recently (you know who I'm talking about)
Well here are some pictures.. what do you think ??


After effects of SBK fever

After all that gaming yesterday I needed to get some sun and fresh air !
I was walking by a toy shop today when I thought I'd check out some scale models or action figures. The action figures didnt impress me, coz nowadays my focus is on detailed figures like Gundam or Transformers. I ended up walking out of there with a Ducati 999s model by Maisto. When I got back home I set up a black backdrop and took some glamour shots of my new Duc 999s

Click on thumbnails for full size image

Enjoy !!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

The Dark Side of the Moon

If you came to this blog expecting to read something about the Pink Floyd album " Dark Side of the Moon", then I'm sorry to disappoint you. : )
Rather its about our very own moon, the earth's only satellite. I was doing some reading on stories about the moon from past centuries and it was facinating ! Many cultures and civilizations considered the moon to be a dark and mysterious object. Infact the word "lunatic" is derived from the Latin word "Luna" because it was believed that the phases of the moon and insanity were linked.

Popular legends and myths mention demons and other scary characters coming out on the day of the full moon. The most popular full moon character would be the "Werewolf" who transforms from a timid human into a blood thirsty wolf-like creature when he sees the full moon.

Well me being the brave man that I am, was intrigued by all this literature and decided to get some shots of the moon from the safety of my apartment terrace. And as luck would have it,

It was a Full Moon !!!

Here are two of the shots that came out good.

Enjoy them and I wish you good mental health

Sunday, January 21, 2007

"Hey arent you supposed to be wild ?"

Hello city dwellers, this past weekend I decided to leave the confines of my urban surroundings and explore the facinating and sometimes dangerous world of Wild life photography.
Well to be honest, I went to the Kuwait Zoo.
Thats wildlife right ? :)

The entrance

As always my sense of timing couldnt have been more perfect ! (for those without Sarcasm detectors, this is me being sarcastic). I reached the zoo a few minutes after the animals had been fed their mid-day meal. To say the least I was downright disappointed. Heres me being totally gungho about seeing roaring tigers, snarling wolves and hissing reptiles, what I saw left me thinking " I've never seen such lazy ass animals in my entire life!"What I did see were snoring wolves, purring lions (yes they do purr when they're full), a snoozing leopard, stiff tortoises (no surprise there !) and a whole lot of idle deer. The only animals up and about were the monkeys. You might say that they were "monkeying" around (pardon the pun, hehehe)
If you want to see more pictures, please visit my Flickr Album

DSC00169 Leopard

DSC00170 Lions

DSC00171 Hippos

DSC00164 Llama

DSC00159 Wallaby

DSC00197 Porcupines

There is a message I would like to send to all animal lovers and zoo visitors,

Please Please Please Please Please DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS.


The animals at zoos are not left to fend for themselves, they are fed by the zoo authorities. I hate to see people feeding bread, burgers and popcorn to wild animals. They might recognise all food from visitors as being safe to eat and this gives miscreants an opportunity to feed dangerous substances to unsuspecting animals.
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