Jul 17, 2008, 11:45pm
Nikon D300 and VR 70-200 lens
Photo by darwon, via flickr (creative commons usage).
I could be quite possibly insane.
I have my camera gear where I want it to be right now:
3 bodies (Canon Xsi, Canon 40D, Canon 5D - one body too many, wanna buy one?)
7 lenses (24-105mm L lens (super sweet), 10-22mm EF-S, 28mm f1.8, 50mm f1.4, 60mm 1:1 macro EF-S lens, 100mm EF macro 1:1, 18-55 EF-S IS walkaround lens)
Professional lighting (four Alzo lightboxes of various shapes, two EGO lights)
Flash lighting (macro ring light, two Sigma 500 DG Super flashes)
Good tripods (the amazing Giottos 93 series)
All told, I should be happy with the photo setup - it's a dream setup for any person serious about product photography. But I've been looking with doe-eyes from afar at the latest Nikon offerings - the D300, and the soon to be released full frame D700.
I used to shoot Nikon when I was shooting film. I had a monstrous F5, and a beyond capable F100 with four high quality Nikkor optics. I fell in love with photography partially because of how in-tune I was with the Nikon cameras and their operation. It became second nature to me. Back in 2003, I wanted to go digital for 100% of what I was shooting, and Nikon's digital offerings at the time were not up to spec - so I went Canon. I sold all my Nikon kit (regretting selling the lenses now), and thought I wouldn't look back.
Now Nikon's kicking Canon's butt on quality of image and features that I lustfully want (that horizon feature alone in the D300 and D700.... oooo yeah). And to be able to shoot at ISOs 6400, 12800 and higher? OMG.
Plus, I handled a D300 recently, and it was like a time warp - back to the old, comfortable feeling of my old F5 and F100 film Nikons. I felt "at home" again, something I have never quite felt with the Canons.
If you're not into photography, this is all going to seem like mush. But if you're deep into photography and being "one with the camera", you know what I'm talking about.
I don't know if I can do this. Canon's optics are awesome when they're "on" but some lenses are very off. (I've had bad copies of the 17-85 IS, and my 50mm isn't as sharp as it should be) The point is, my 24-105, my 60mm EF-S (only works on the Xsi and 40D), my 100mm 1:1 macro are razor sharp and some of the best optics I've ever used - better than any of the Nikkor optics I've owned in the past. I don't know if I'm ready to take a leap of faith back into Nikon hoping to get good optics all over again.
What to do... I've been thinking lately of possibly selling the 5D (or 40D), and one or two lenses and getting the Nikon D300 and two lenses to replace.
Owning both brands? Is that even possible? Won't worlds collide, earthquakes shake, brains implode?
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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
The tools I use to build websites and lead a tech life.
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
In the News
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.
My Other Stuff
Launched Dec 22, 2001, this is THE online community for espresso and coffee fanatics.
It's all new, as of March, 2002. My personal coffee obsession site.
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