Feb 15, 2004, 12:25pm
Selling my venerable Oly with a heap of accessories.
Update: I had to relist the camera - my reserve was too high (sob!), so this time I have it listed with no reserve. The link below is for the latest auction
I have my venerable Olympus C5050 Digital Camera for sale on ebay right now, along with a bunch of extras, including extra memory, spare batteries, and a LowePro bag.
I'm selling this camera with mixed feelings. This was without a doubt the best prosumer digicam I've ever owned; and I hate selling photography equipment. I bought this in late March, 2003 from London Drugs, and between that time and November, I've taken about 5,000 studio shots with it; most of the photos on CoffeeGeek between those periods were taken with the camera (and beyond - some photos were taken of products that have not yet seen reviews on the site).
My favourite feature on that camera has to be the f1.8 lens, which is lightning fast for a digicam. The successor to the C5050, the incremental C5060 lost this fast lens in lieu of an extra "X" in the lens zoom (C5050 was 3X, the 5060 is 4X) - a bad tradeoff, in my opinion - the lens only stops open to 2.8, losing a lot of light and potential quick photograph and shallow depth of field ability. I don't know of any other prosumer digicam on the market that stops open to f1.8, so this camera is unique, and probably the single biggest reason I am hesitant to sell it.
I've moved on to the Canon Digital Rebel, which is my first dSLR, but not my last. I like the Rebel a lot, but I'm considering getting the Canon D10 replacement that is due in the next few months, which is one reason why I have to "liquidate" the Olympus. I've invested a lot of dough in Canon lenses and flash; I've been a Nikon SLR owner for over a decade, but I like the Canon so much, I may sell my F5, Nikkor lenses, and Nikon kit and kaboodle down the road to buy a Canon Elan 7n or other traditional SLR, to keep my lenses commen.
But selling the Nikons will be even tougher than selling this Olympus is. That F5 and I have been through a lot.
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Photos from Algonquin Park
Photos from my trip to Algonquin Park this fall with my Mom and two brothers.
Making Snow for the Fortress
One of the worst jobs I ever had... till I got out.
Tools I Use
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iPod and iTunes Offline
iMark's iTunes and iPod isn't iPlaying anything right iNow.
Most Recent Songs
Fiddlers Green by The Tragically Hip
Around The Bend by Pearl Jam
Here With Me (Rollo's Chillin' With the Family Mix) by Dido
With arms open wide by Creed
truffle pigs by Matthew Good Band
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Burundi and Beyond - NY Times
Great article by Peter Meehan - provided some background.
St. Petersburg Times
Side mention in an article about good machines
AP Story on Espresso
Background and information provided
NY Times - Grinders Article
Especially proud of this one - got the reporter to focus on grinders
Globe and Mail
LOL - showing bad reporting, dude says I'm an American-based site!
The Olympian, WA
Talks about my love for the El Sal Siberia Pacamara
Seattle Times - Clover
Interviewed for comments on the Clover brewer
NY Times - How it Works
Background and information for various espresso machines
Time Mag Article
Just a brief mention, article about roasting beans.
Front page article about consumers getting into specialty coffee.
Quoted reference to what I wrote in an article at CoffeeGeek.
USA Today - Barista Jam
Intereviewed for my thoughts on what the epitome of espresso is.
The Wall Street Journal has interviewed me 3 times. This is the first time my name got in a story.
Interview with Reuters, Jan 2 - this is the USA Today version.
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My company's site - needs an update!
Hey, if you feel the need to buy me something, check here!
Great gadget site run by the guy who used to do Gizmodo.
This is how I get my daily news fix.
The most active forums for digital photography online today.
Need my Daily Zen fix!
A blog about car stuff. Vroom Vroom.
An industrial design blog. Very cool stuff.
Friends and Family Plan
Beata's got her own blog! She updates it most days.
Riddla on Flickr
Matt Riddle's flickr account, updated regularly
Irdy, my friend from Jakharta, on Flickr
Canon EF 24-105 f4 L Lens
The best lens I've ever owned. Super sharp and quick.
A full frame dSLR, with luscious colour reproduction.
Alzo Digital Lights
Some amazing florescent cold lights for product photography
Canon Xsi dSLR
Amazing technology and image quality in a tiny package.
Latest prosumer camera from Canon - a much better upgrade than the 30D
Great 2.2lb computer that does most of my travel / writing needs
28mm f1.8 Lens
A great lens for closeup work and full picture photography
Finally got the right tools for freezing green coffee.
Canon 50mm 1.4
Most amazing lens I've ever owned. Produces stellar photos.
Super wide angle (full frame fisheye) zoom for my Canon 20D