Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Third World Nerd's Wish List: Part Two

I thought I'd just wrap up my little nerdy wish list. Some of this is old, but by old I mean announced a while back. They're still the hottest gadgets on the block right now.

Mac Mini

I've always wanted one of these because they're so darn cute. The latest Mac Mini is even cuter with the aluminum look of the iMac rubbing off on the little guy. The guts of this desktop aren't so bad either, and it's now easier than ever to get in there and replace parts if you're so inclined.

Reasons to buy one:
• This is the cheapest Mac that money can buy.
• A decent, compact desktop computer. If you have a monitor and a keyboard -- and who doesn't? -- this is a quick, sensible solution.

Reasons not to buy one:
• If you're good at building computers, you can get more bang for your buck elsewhere.


iPhone 4

Meh. So it does video calls -- when it can make calls at all. The iPhone 4 still has to be on this list anyway. I'll be honest here. If I were made of money, I'd snap one of these up right away. If I didn't have an iPhone, I'd probably be in line for one of these too. That either makes me too cheap or the iPhone too expensive (or of too little value). Hmmm…

Reasons to buy one:
• Faster processor (same as the iPad's!)
• Thinner, brighter, and more -er words! (Except for cheaper, that is…)
• Because you want an iPhone!

Reasons not to buy one:
• If you already own an iPhone, a faster processor, a better screen, and video call capabilities won't turn you on. Or maybe they will, but they shouldn't.
• Still expensive.



I used to think I could resist the lure of 3D TV. Then I saw it in action. I was sold, just like that.

The biggest drawback to 3D TV is that we all have to wait for the moviemakers, video game developers, and TV producers to start making stuff in 3D. There's very little 3D stuff out now. So we wait. If you're an early adopter though, you never wait.

Reasons to buy one:
• If you think 3D is the future, jump at it.
• Gran Turismo in 3D this November.

Reasons not to buy one:
• Could be just another gimmick to make you buy a new TV. Who can tell?

Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm

Lenses are my new drug. Ever since I got an interchangeable lens camera, I've been drooling over lenses online. This chunky monkey of a lens complements the Olympus 14-42 kit lens nicely with a much longer zoom (300mm equivalent). I've found that my current lenses are quite short when I'm at concerts or presscons and this new lens is perfect for those situations.

Reasons to buy one:
• If you own a micro four-thirds camera, this lens will give you wide angle to telephoto shots. Pretty nifty. Panasonic has a similar lens, so now we have an alternative.
• This one is cheaper than Panasonic's but that's because, for Olympus, image stabilization is in the camera body, not the lens.
• It's small for a long zoom!

Reasons not to buy one:
• Nothing stellar for over $600. At least according to reviews. I can think of many stellar ways to spend $600.
• If you own a Panasonic Micro Four Thirds camera and want image stabilization in the lens.


Martin said...

Photographic Gear Acquisition Syndrome strikes again. Just watch yourself -- lens purchases are a great way to vaporize cash for no good reason.

But as long as we're on the topic, would you like to purchase my CDAF-compatible Zuiko Digital 25mm f/2.8 pancake? :-D

(Word verification: 'rehsab' -- rehab for dyslexics)

The Third World Nerd said...

Good thing I have no cash then! I did get a quirky old lens from ebay for $50 to see if there's any truth to old glass being amazing. Waiting for it to arrive... That'll keep Photographic Gear Acquisition Syndrome at bay for now...