January 2007

So I’m in the market for a new digital camera. My main complaint with what’s been pointedly called, “shooters” aka point-and-shoot (your compact digital camera) is the delay. I’ve recently been educated in the science of “delay”, and with those cameras there seems to be a number of different types. Being as I’m not a very patient person, and the fact that I tend to like to have 3-4 takes of a single picture – I’m sick of all of them.

As a result, I’ve been directed towards the significantly more expensive SLR (single lens reflex) cameras – specifically DSLR’s (digital single lens reflex). Size is an important factor – I hate carrying anything around with me – and I hate the “Japanese tourist” look even more (pardon the racist stereotyping). Upon researching “smallest DSLR cameras” I came across the following list:

Samsung GX-1L
Samsung GX-1S
Nikon D40
Canon Rebel xTi
Pentax K110D

I had a long conversation with one of my Korean friends who is a design director and who flashes his $5k Leica M8 around like a family heirloom (who can blame him with that kind of hardware <– wow, that’s nerdy); the results seem to point to the Canon Rebel xTi. It’s smaller, powerful for the price, and reasonably priced with some of the fastest shutter and writ speeds in its class. The problem is – I’m not in love with it. I can’t really say why I’m not, it just doesn’t seem that cool. Weird, right? I know…


Not that anyone reads my blog – but if you do, and have any knowledge of DSLR’s I’d be intrigued to hear your thoughts.

As far as dream cameras are concerned – I’d like someone to buy me this Leica Digilux 3 DSLR – if you’d like to contribute, you can email me privately…

Leica Digilux 3


Well, it’s 2:36am and I’m awake writing this blog why?  It’s possibly due to being hyped up on the medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack I’m currently taking.  Or perhaps my mind is going in circles about the last couple of scenes from Babel, which I innocuously, yet deliciously, illegally downloaded via one of my many p2p/ftp programs.  I’m not sure if I liked it – the brain hasn’t made a decision about that, but it certainly was tense enough.

Yes, I have rung in the New Year in new fashion, with a sudden diagnosis – Bell’s Palsy.  I woke up Tuesday morning with the inability to speak out of the right side of my mouth.  It’s progressively gotten worse – though, I hope the meds will begin to reverse some of the affects – droopy right hemispheric facial palsy wasn’t on the top 10 list of “To Do’s” for 2007.  Let’s hope it stays off the list.

In any case, I think I’ll try and follow the doctor’s orders and “get some rest, don’t drink, smoke, or due drugs (except for the many that we’ve prescribed for you)”.

I make a conscious effort to write stuff on this blog – and in fact many times, sign in, open up the new entry, and that’s sort of when all the good intentions sort of “poof” and disappear.  There’s alot of leadup and very little follow through – THAT is on the list of 2007 “To Do’s” – follow through.