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This explains... so much.

I've been chatting with Mum via e-mail all morning (mostly questions like "what do you want for your birthday?" which I... have no idea). Just now she sent the following:

"I forwarded you the really humourous and not at all useful directions [from Gateway] as to what I should do with my laptop.




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Jan. 31st, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
Aaargh. My parents ALWAYS do that to me, especially out of the blue. I've been trying to keep a Google document of stuffs I like/want, so I'll at least remember.

Currently... I have way too much yarn/needles/fabric on there. And really expensive plates. Umm...
Jan. 31st, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
It doesn't help that I went on a leeetle bit of a spending spree, when I first got this job. I had this list, see, of Pretty Tech Things I Want. Like, 1. New PC, 2. Laptop, 3. Kickass Digital Camera, etc. I got 4. Camcorder, for Christmas, and bought 5. The PVR, last week, posession by Satan notwithstanding.

I... really don't know what to ask them for. Usually I save up parental presents for the big stuff. Not that I'm *complaining* about having money to spend, mind you (is it completely bratty to whine that I've *got* everything I want already and I don't know what I should ask for?) - I'm mostly trying to spend it while I've still got it, as when I go back to school in September, I won't have it anymore - I'm just... puzzled. o.O

Maybe I'll ask for something useful as opposed to something shiny. Like a food processor. Or one of these</i>... OMG IT COMES IN PURPLE.

Jan. 31st, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
I went through that a while ago. It's weird... of course, I'm in saving mode, so. I'm asking for 'treats' as it were? Things I wouldn't buy myself or things I won't buy myself in a couple months.

(Fancy underwear, for one.)

And dude, I don't even COOK and I love those mixers.

(Randomly, do you have notesetc on your research for your digi camera? I have my pocket camera, which is hot for tossing in my bag, but am thinking of doing shop type stuff and... you know.)
Jan. 31st, 2007 09:17 pm (UTC)
I didn't research so much as... drool over displays for a few months. I got to play with lisew's Canon Rebel... um... Dexcon-before-last? And fell in love with it, and then settled for the next-most-expensive one. I love Canon best, mostly as their service plans cover just about everything short of "dropping it into the ocean" (or "into Columbia Gorge" as my uncle discovered) and their stuff's solid. (He climbed down the cliff and recovered the camera - just the lens was cracked, and he said he needed a new camera right then or he'd have taken it to get repaired.)

Let's see, what do I know... unless you're planning on making posters, anything bigger than 3 megapixels is pretty pointless, no matter what the salesperson says. I'm partial to Canon (or... Minolta, but not for digital... I've got a 1956 Minolta in a box somewhere that died dramatically in high school and I haven't managed to get repaired yet, but was still working well enough in 2000), but really, for shop-type-stuff, anything with a good, varied list of non-automatic features (the ability to set White Balance, for example, and shutterspeed, which a lot of the "consumer-friendly" cameras don't do, but are getting better at offering) and a nice manual lens (focus is important! ^.^) should serve you well.

I still really, really wanted the Canon Rebel. But I love my Fodder dearly, anyway (incidentally, a Powershot S215).

I hope that's helpful and not just blahblahblah. ;)
Jan. 31st, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
Mrr. My point-and-shoot, who I still love dearly for what it's to do, is a 3 MP and my only complaint with it has been photo clarity; if I'm printing regular photo sizes, you can't really tell, but even editing in Photoshop, things feel... grainy.

(I also, in the future, want to be able to recrop photos and possibly do large prints, so...)

I might do some research. I was looking at the Rebel XT (as opposed to the XTi), honestly. But I'm not sure if I should go down another level and get myself more lenses instead.

Mrr. Hard.
Jan. 31st, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)
Clarity might have more to do with the lens and less to do with the resolution, honestly. Manual control is where it's all at. I'm buying a new manual lens for my Powershot for *myself* for my birthday, I think. I loves me a good manual focus.

Okay, I'm a dork. :P

If you buy a Rebel, I will be So. Jealous.

Jan. 31st, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
That's a very good point; maybe I should see if I can get him cleaned. Or at least his lens looked at. I, sadly, know very little about point and shoot lenses, which is... weird, when you think about it.

I've been reading mixed reviews about the Canon autofocus abilities, which makes me a bit nervous, but at the same time, I'm such a perfectionist, I know I'll be using the manual anyway.

There's a refurbished model up right now, but it's without a lens... except I was thinking of getting a better lens anyway, between the autofocus issue and repeated comments about 18-55 being a rather soft lens... kjhsdf. I think I'm just going to start banging my head against a hard surface NOW.
Jan. 31st, 2007 11:38 pm (UTC)
The autofocus on the S3IS is okay, certainly better than any other one I've ever used; it takes some definite getting-used-to, as the mechanism's a bit touchy. It *is* good for capturing motion; the hype over image stabilisation is not just hype.

I'm probably still buying a new manual lens. I think a macro, as the regular equipment is awesome for portraits, and costume pictures, etc., but not so hot for, say, photographing teeny-tiny embroidery. Or something. I'm a control freak, hence the love of manual. ;)

Anyway, there's billions of adapters for the Powershot, and together it still comes up less than the Rebel. Which can be said of many cameras, sigh. *wistful*
Feb. 1st, 2007 12:54 am (UTC)
Not to be reallyreally dumb, but could you not get a 250D Closeup Lens? The ones that go over existing lenses?

(I haven't had a Canon in a reeeeally long time, I'm sorry!)
Feb. 1st, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, possibly. I have to go have a proper look. The Powershot's got this... uber-zooming lens mechanism and to put any other lenses on it, you have to have Very Specific adapter rings. Rrrg.
Feb. 1st, 2007 03:26 am (UTC)
Also? Because I clearly haven't bothered you enough? When you were playing with Lise's Rebel, did she get the package lense or something else? And you know. How'd it handle?

Ohgod, my bookmarks have been taken over.
Feb. 1st, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
I believe it was the package lens, and it handled beautifully. Almost the same key setup as my Powershot, actually. Same delay, too. Very responsive.
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