Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Excuse me, there's a baby in my camera

The first thing I did after getting my new camera from Johnny Air was to buy a big SD card. Imagine my surprise when I opened the camera and found a 4GB card inside (the website and the box said one was not included). Imagine my further surprise when I opened the card and found pictures of someone's baby inside.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

When nerdy bobbleheads attack

You are looking at a bobblehead from 2009's Fallout 3 Special Edition game. With the purchase of the Mazda 2, I thought it would be cool to have this bobblehead on my dashboard as a sort of nerdy and ironic nod to kitschy bobbleheads in taxis. But there was a problem: installation. Time to unleash my inner MacGyver.

Li'l blue Mazda 2

I am not a car person, but this little blue Mazda 2 has made me happy. Like a little boy. We named it Zoom-zoom, as in Mazda's marketing campaign, but we like to think we're referring to the Disney movie Bolt. Zoom-zoom is just an awesome name for a car, and it somehow fits. Speaking of little boys and kiddie movies, the reason we bought the car is for our own little boy, who is on the way. If it were up to me, I'd have much rather bought an Italian leather sofa, but the peace of mind brought about by having a car to drive the wife and baby around in case of milk runs or trips to the hospital is priceless. So why the Mazda 2?

Monday, March 29, 2010

Week #1 with the Olympus E-PL1

It's been a week now since the Olympus E-PL1 landed in my grubby mits and here are some sample photos. I have to say that the 20mm f/1.7 ASPH Panasonic lens that I bought with the camera may have stolen the show. I keep finding myself returning to this lens even though the 14-42mm lens included with the E-PL1 is supposed to be more versatile. I just like the results. They're really quite a joy. Check out the sample photos after the jump.

The new camera has landed, or how to get stuff cheaper and faster by buying online

Last week, my champagne gold Olympus E-PL1 – a camera I’ve been drooling about since it was announced a couple of months ago – arrived in the Philippines. I bought it from Amazon, and had it shipped from the US by a local mail forwarding service called Johnny Air. I’ll be writing about the camera itself in the days to come (it’s a nifty little gizmo that camera geeks have been abuzz about), but first I’ll detail the rather roundabout process that the camera went through to land in my greedy little hands.

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