Archive for July, 2009

How Cheap Are Consumers?

Posted in Uncategorized on July 20, 2009 by Richard

[All prices discussed are in CAD$.]

Today, I did some quick research. Right now, you can get a Canon T1i for $900, and a 50D for $1100. The difference is a paltry $200, but the 50D is a far superior camera. The only “advantage” of the T1i is HD movie recording.

Similarly, you can get a Nikon D5000 for $750, and a D90 for $1000. The difference is a mere $250, but the D90 is a far superior camera. The only “advantage” of the D5000 is an articulating LCD screen.

How cheap are consumers? Would you give up a far superior camera just to save $200 or $250 ??

Would you give up a far superior camera just for the sake of movie mode or swivel LCD ??

Just how stupid are consumers?

One final thought:  right now, you can get a Canon XSi for $600. Would you pay an extra $300 for the T1i, just to get movie mode, VGA screen, and 15 mp ? The T1i’s IQ is no better than the XSi’s, unless you plan to equip it with a very good lens (NOT the kit lens).

Frankly, I wouldn’t pay an extra dollar for movie mode (but I’ll take it for free!). While the VGA screen is nice, it’s certainly not worth $300. So it boils down to whether or not you intend to load up on good glass for your camera…

…in which case, the difference in cost is a lot higher than $300. If you can afford that, you might as well make the extra leap to the Canon 50D !

In other words, if you’re in the market for something like a Canon XSi, there is absolutely no reason to consider the midrange T1i. If you’re swimming in this pond, you are clearly budget-constrained…

And that’s the way it is.

Review: Cameron (Marumi) DRF14 ring flash

Posted in Uncategorized on July 19, 2009 by Richard

I bought the Cameron DRF14 ring flash for my Canon 40D. Here are my impressions…

It’s an all-plastic affair, rather flimsy. I’ll have to exercise care not to drop or bump this thing.

Installing/uninstalling the ring flash on my camera is a very fussy procedure. First, I have to screw the 52mm-to-58mm adapter ring onto the ring flash attachment (this is to accommodate my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 macro lens).

Then I screw the ring flash attachment onto the macro lens on my camera. I have to be careful about alignment, making sure the adapter ring fits correctly with the UV filter on the lens.

Finally, I attach the main controlling unit for the ring flash onto the camera hotshoe. I have to tighten the screw wheel sufficiently to ensure proper contact between the controlling unit and the camera.

Uninstalling the ring flash is particularly tricky. When you unscrew the ring flash attachment from the lens, there is a tendency for the adapter ring to stick to the UV filter, thereby removing it as well. Therefore, I prefer not to tighten the adapter ring onto the UV filter, leaving the attachment relatively loose. This is not a problem because there are enough turns available when you screw on the attachment that it won’t come off (at least 2 full turns).

The ring flash is not terribly powerful (about the same as the 40D’s pop-up flash), but it is sufficient for macro photography and it may be usable for fashion shoots, as long as you are fairly close to the subject (about 10 feet).