Olympus E-3 Review,
February 2008, Simon Joinson
Four years is a very long time in the digital camera market, and four years in the digital SLR market is virtually a lifetime. In the four-odd years between the launch of the Olympus E-1 - the camera that heralded the first all-new SLR system for over a decade - and its successor the E-3, the DSLR landscape has changed beyond recognition, with prices dropping and capabilities soaring. The world moved on whilst the Olympus professional system stood still, looking more and more irrelevant and less and less like a serious contender to the long-standing Canon/Nikon duopoly in the pro market.
Of course the Olympus range itself wasn't standing still, and after a few false starts (mainly caused by the almost suicidal tendency for Olympus industrial designers to produce cameras that didn't look like cameras) and some flashes of inspired innovation (bringing live view, kicking and screaming, to the SLR market, for example) the E-series started to be taken a lot more seriously.
But whilst Olympus fans' spirits were buoyed by the introduction of well-reviewed and popular models such as the E-500 and the current E-410/E-510 duo, the lack of a high end model to replace the ageing E-1 - or anything in the E-series range to compete with high end 'semi pro' models like the Nikon D200 - was the cause of great concern. It's all very well having superb glass (and few would disagree that Olympus produces some of the best lenses on the market today) if there isn't a similarly well-specified camera to put behind it.
And so the E-3, the long-awaited successor to the E-1, has finally arrived. To say that it carries a heavy weight of expectation on its broad shoulders is putting it lightly; this is the camera that will decide for once and for all whether Olympus has what it takes to crack the Nikon/Canon stronghold, or is to remain forever a niche player in the professional market.
Compared to E-1 - key differences
It almost seems pointless to talk about how the E-3 compares to its predecessor; the time gap between them is so great that they have very little in common; the E-3 is a totally new camera that has obviously been designed to go head-to-head with the likes of Nikon's D300 and Canon's 40D at the very top of the market, at the point where the distinctions between 'high end enthusiast', 'semi professional' and 'professional' get very blurred. Before we return the E-1 to the museum of digital antiquities for good let's have a (brief) look at what's changed - and what hasn't - in the in intervening years.
* New sensor (10MP Live MOS vs 5MP CCD) and latest TruPic III processor
* Live view
* Sensor-shift image stabilization
* All-new autofocus system (11-point AF, claimed to be world's fastest with certain zoom lenses)
* Faster continuous shooting, bigger buffer
* Higher top shutter speed (1/8000 sec) and higher flash sync speed (1/250 sec)
* Improved viewfinder (bigger, brighter)
* Bigger, higher resolution vari angle screen
* Masses more customization options
Key feature comparison (vs E-1 and E-510)
Looking at the spec comparison between the E-1 and the E-3 i decided it would be sensible to also throw the E-3's 'baby brother', the E-510, into the mix. There will surely be current E-510 owners (or owners of the E-510's predecessors) considering a move up to the E-3, so what can they expect to get? To be honest the main differences are physical; the E-3 is a considerably heavier, larger and more solid camera with weatherproof sealing and an articulated screen, with a better viewfinder and the option to add a vertical grip for considerably improved handling in portrait operation.
Under the hood the main differences are in the autofocus (which has more focus points and should be a lot quicker), continuous shooting speed, and the sensor (which has a similar spec but is claimed to offer superior results - we'll find out how much better later).
read more @ Olympus E-3 Review
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Olympus E-3 Review,
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
This was resched again. Here's the new sched.
World Pyrolympics NEW Schedule
It was re-scheduled, for some reasons that I don't know and don't care at all. hahaha.. anyway this is to correct what was posted earlier in this blog.
Firing starts at 6:00PM. Each aerial pyrotechnic display shall be for the duration of twenty (20) minutes.
2008 World Pyrolympics Schedule
March 29 - China and Germany
April 05 - Japan and Australia
April 12 - Korea and Dubai
April 19 - Italy and Venezuela
April 26 - France and Philippines
This was resched again. Here's the new sched.
World Pyrolympics NEW Schedule
Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we grow older, it's important to keep mentally alert. If you don't use it, you lose it! Below is a very private way to gauge your loss or non-loss of intelligence.
There are only 5 questions,
1. What do you put in a toaster?
Answer: 'bread.' If you said 'toast,' maybe you should give up now and do something else. Try not to hurt yourself. If you said, bread, go to Question 2.
2. Say 'silk' five times. Now spell 'silk.' What do cows drink?
Answer: Cows drink water. If you said 'milk,' maybe you shouldn't even attempt to answer the next question. Your brain is apparently over-stressed and may even overheat.
Content yourself with reading more appropriate literature such as Auto World. However, if you said 'water', proceed to question 3.
3. If a red house is made from red bricks, and a blue house is made from blue bricks, and a pink house is made from pink bricks, and a black house is made from black bricks, what is a green house made from?
Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass. If you said 'green bricks,' why are you still reading these?
If you said 'glass,' go on to Question 4.
4. It's twenty years ago, and a plane is flying at 20,000 feet over Germany (If you will recall , Germany at the time was politically divided into West Germany and East Germany ). Anyway, during the flight, TWO engines fail. The pilot, realizing that the last remaining engine is also failing, decides on a crash landing procedure. Unfortunately the engine fails before he can do so and the plane crashes on the border. In which country are the survivors buried?
Answer: You don't bury survivors.
malapit na... will update you guys soon.
I know most of my friends are waiting for this result.
Posted by Rc at 8:00 PM
Monday, February 18, 2008
Q. What does an old woman have between her breasts that a young woman doesn't?
A. A navel.
Q. What's worse than getting raped by Jack the Ripper?
A. Getting fingered by Captain Hook.
Q. Why do men die before their wives?
A. They want to.
Q. Three words to ruin a man's ego...
A. "Is it in?"
Q. What do you call a woman with her tongue sticking out?
A. A lesbian with a hard-on.
Q. What's the definition of trust?
A. Two cannibals giving each other a blowjob.
Q. Why is it called a Wonder Bra?
A. When she takes it off, you wonder where her tits went.
Q. What's the difference between a sleeper and a pregnant dog?
A. sleeper's crappity smack everyone at the party, Bitches crappity smack everyone at the party except you.
Q. What does the receptionist at the sperm clinic say to clients as they are leaving?
A. Thanks for coming.
Q. What is the definition of "making love"?
A. Something a woman does while a guy is crappity smacking her.
Q. Why is it difficult to find men who are sensitive, caring, and good looking?
A. They already have boyfriends.
Q. What is the lightest thing in the world?
A. A thingy...even a thought can raise it.
Q. Difference between a man buying a lottery ticket and a man fighting with his wife...
A. A man has a chance at winning at the lottery.
Q. What does a female snail say during sex?
A. Faster, faster, faster!
Q. What did the woman say to her swimming instructor?
A. "Will I really drown if you take your finger out?"
Q. What is the difference between "Oooh!" and "Aaah!"?
A. About three inches.
Q. How can you tell when an auto mechanic just had sex?
A. One of his fingers is clean.
Q. What's the difference between Mad Cow disease and PMS?
Q. What did the egg say to the boiling water?
A. "How can you expect me to get hard so fast? I just got laid a minute ago."
Q. What's the best thing about a blow job?
A. Ten minutes of silence!
Q. What did one gay sperm say to the other gay sperm?
A. I can't see a thing with all this nuts in here!
Q. Did you hear about the two gay guys that had an argument in the bar?
A. They went outside to exchange blows.
Q. Why did god give men penises?
A. So they'd always have at least one way to shut a woman up
Friday, February 15, 2008
Pare1: Pre, pautang muna ng 5 kilong bigas, 3 lata ng corned beef saka 5 lata ng sardinas, bayaran ko agad pagdating ni misis galing US.
Pare2: Sige eto oh. Hmmm.. Kelan ba ang uwi ni mare?
Pare1: Nagaapply palang. pero malaki daw ang pagasa.
Mommy: Bagsak ka na naman! Bat d mo gayahin bestfriend mo?! Palaging honor!
Anak: Unfair naman kung ikukumpara nyoko dun mommy...
Mommy: Bakit naman?
Anak: Eh matalino kaya nanay nun...
BED TALK... naiibang anyo.
2 couples decided to switch partners for the night.
after a round of sizzling sex...
one said "ayos ka. pinaligaya mo ko...
....kumusta na kaya mga misis natin?"
Thursday, February 14, 2008
CALL CENTER BLOOPERS ...but they say Filipinos are
among the best call center operators around! Here are
real incidents from our call center subsidiary which
does outbound telemarketing to US households. The
comments in parenthesis were added in by a project
manager whose job it is to audit some of the calls at
random. He started circulating these anecdotes
internally. Pinoy humor in real life.(CSR - Customer
1. CSR: Do you have any child so we could send out
these gifts to you? CLIENT: I'm sorry but i don't have
any child. CSR: Oh i understand, what about any
grandchild? (wala ngang anak di ba, asa ka pang may
2. CSR: . . . and for our records, may i know your
child's bday? CLIENT: I don't know her bday. . . CSR:
Oh come on, it's your responsibility to know your
child's bday. (tarayan ba ang customer?)
3. CLIENT: (mad) how many times do i have to tell you
i didn't purchase any card! CSR: Ma'am, i'm talking
about a 'car', a toy car, not a card. CLIENT: but i
said i didn't purchase any card! CSR: No ma'am, not a
card, what i mean is a car, an automotive. (baka ibig
mong sabihin automobile)
4. a. CLIENT: What is that space bag bulk storage
system? (By the way, a space bag is a big bag, not
sure if it's made of plastic, which size adjusts
depending! on the amount of air you vacuum out) CSR:
(with limited product knowledge) Well sir, it's some
kind of a space bag, it's like a storage system where
you put your things. (salamat sa explanation) b.
CLIENT: What is this space bag? CSR: (basta may masabi
lang) ah sir, it's the thing worn by astronauts.
(kakaiba tong taong to) BELIEVE IT OR NOT, HE IS NOW
ONE AMONG THE FEW SELECTED TRAINORS. c. CSR: We are
giving you a free gift. You can either have the space
bug bulk storage system or . . . CLIENT: What the hell
is a space bug? (a single letter spelled the big
5. CLIENT: What is this squeeze wrench? CSR: It's a
wrench that you squeeze for better grip. (huh?)
6. CLIENT: I won't allow you telemarketers to fool me.
Nothing in this world is for free. Now tell me the
catch! CSR: (medyo napikon at umisip ng pambawi) Ah
sir, have you ever listened to the Beatles? CLIENT:
Well what about it? CSR: What does their song say
about the best things in life? CLIENT: It's free....
but you know what ... CSR: (bangs the phone before the
client could start with his stuff. (YIKES)
7. CSR: One last thing sir, may i have your city of
birth? CLIENT: What? CSR: Your city of birth? CLIENT:
What? i can't quite hear you. CSR: (irita na) I said
your city of birth, the place of your born! (nagalit
8. In the initial calling days, we were encouraged to
go verbatim as little as possible. Stick to the
script! Seems like a good practice right? (except for
some special incidents). CSR: So how is your car wash
gadget? CLIENT: It was a piece of junk! (irate) CSR:
Oh that's nice to hear from you, sir! (at least
nag-stick sa script)
9. CSR: As a way of expressing our gratitude, we are
sending your choice of free gift. You could either
have a Bushnell binoculars..... CLIENT: What is a
binocular? CSR: It's the thing you use to make far
objects appear closer. CLIENT: I don't get it. CSR:
You know, it's the thing you use when you look out the
window.... CLIENT: I'm sorry but i really don't know
it. CSR: (a bright idea came about) ah! sir, have you
ever seen a telescope? CLIENT: Yup! CSR: All you do
now is get one telescope on your right hand, and
another one on the left, put them together, look at
the eyepieces and there you have binoculars. CLIENT:
Oh, you mean binoculars! (may point tong CSR na to
10. CSR: Yes, may i talk to mr. _ _ _ _ _ ? CLIENT:
He's not around, is there anything i can do for you?
CSR: It's ok, i just called to inform him that because
he purchased an item from us, he is entitled to
receive a free gift item. Anyway, i'll just call him
back. CLIENT: Really? would you like me to give you
his mobile phone no. so you can get in touch with him.
CSR: Ok! (CSR noticed that the cell no. lacks the
first four digits, he forgot that he was talking to US
people, so he asked) Is it Globe or Smart? CLIENT:
pardon? CSR: (realizing he committed a mistake) oh, i
said i'll just try to contact him......
11. A newly hired CSR just made his first sale . .
CSR: Yes! (sabay lagok sa coffee ng katabi nya) (tama
ba namang ma-carried away)
12. Note: It is a common practice in SVI-connect that
a coach sits beside a first timer Another newly hired
CSR (good looking) just made his first sale (or should
I say her first sale). Anyway, here is her, I mean his
story : CSR: (extremely tense while pitching. From
time to time, he looked at his coach to verify if he
is doing the right things. Coach approved. Finally,
after a few minutes of persuading the client to accept
the offer, he was able to close the deal. He became so
delighted that he faced his coach (who happens to be
an attractive lady), embraced her, and said 'thank you
mommy!' (BUMIGAY ANG BRUHA!)
13. CSR: We are giving away a free miniature car for
free just because you purchased a product from us
before. Well anyway sir, do you happen to be a car
collection? (mas maganda yatang pakinggan kung car
14. CSR: ... and as a safeguard to show that i really
did talk to you, may i have your city of birth, the
place where you were born? CLIENT: Inglewood CSR:
Where sir? In the woods? You were born in the woods?
(Sino yan, si Tarzan?)
Sisimulan ko ang daily dose of korni jokes. wehehehe.. kase wala pang pics na maipost eh.
Isang babae ang nagpunta sa ospital.
Chick: Doc magpapacheck up po sana.
Doc: Sige iha, hubarin mo na lahat ng damit mo tapos higa ka.
Chick: Hindi po ako itong Lola ko.
Doc: Sige Lola upo kayo dito tapos hinga malalim
Pedro: Saan ka galing, p're?
Berto: Sementeryo, libing ng byenan ko.
Pedro: Bakit puro kalmot ang mukha at braso mo?
Berto: Mahirap ilibing eh, lumalaban!
Boy1: Bakit mo ako sinuntok?
Boy2: Tinawag mo akong hipopotamus!
Boy1: Last year pa yon! Tarantado!
Boy2: Eh kanina ko lang nakita picture ng hippopotamus, bobo!
Monday, February 11, 2008
Monday kahapon wala akong pasok so I had the chance na manuod ng buong buong nung senate hearing kay Jun Lozada na matagal ko ng gustong mapanuod dahil sobrang interesting nung topic. I dunno why its so interesting to me? my friends said na "tanda mo na rc". oh well I dont care basta interesado ako. I spent almost 10 hours of my day watching that hearing. kain at jingle lang ang pahinga, sobrang entertaining niya yun lang.
So here's my opinion on the matter. Sa lahat ng napanood kong hearing na ganun magmula nung hearing ni erap up to this. I can say na Lozada is the most credible witness na nakita ko. Consistent siya sa mga statements niya mula pa lang nung prescon niya sa Lasalle up to now sa congress, at nakita ko sa execution niya na hindi siya nag iimbento ulike kila Mascarinias at Atuubo.
Yung hearing kahapon focused mainly on the kidnapping ang abduction case na sobra deny ng Pulis. Looking at the statement of Gen. Razon, mukhang wala talagang kasalanan ang pulis, pero ang hindi alam ni razon eh tinotorotot na siya ng mga tao niya kaya nagmumukha lang tanga si gen sa pagtatanggol sa kapulisan. Habang nakikinig ako sa pagtatanong kay Mascarinias (yung head ng grupo na kumuha kay Lozada from the airport) ay naatawa nalang ako kase talagang balibaliko ang mga sagot niya. Kahit ang mga senators eh naiinis na rin sa kanya dahil hindi talaga credible ang mga sinasabe niya dahil sa mga contradicting statements niya. as for Atutubo (airport official in charge) eh halos same lang sila ni Mascarinias. and lastly yung kay Atienza, eh hindi ako ganong interesado dahil wala akong makitang sense sa mga testimony niya.
To sum it up. based sa mga testimony na narinig ko on both sides kahapon eh lumalabas na isa itong operasyon na sumablay at ngayon si Lozada ang tanging living witness. Isang operasyon na may layuning patahimikin ang kaisaisang witness na may lakas ng loob para ilabas ang katotohanan. Makikita sa pangyayaring ito kung pano kinokontrol ng estado ang katotohonan para itago ang mga kalokohan nila. magmula sa pagtravel ni lozada para magtago sa senate hanggang sa pag balik niya ng Pilipinas ng hindi nalalaman ng immigration at ng senado. Mabuti na lamang talaga naging mailap ang media sa pagkawala niya, kung hindi maaring mawala na lang din si Lozada ng walang nakakaalam kung ano ang nangyari sa kanya.
ang mga nilagay ko rito ay pawang mga opinion ko lamang base sa napanuod kong hearing kahapon. ang haba noh? wala kase akong makakwentuhan kahapon eh. gabe na dumating tatay ko so di namin napagusapan. hahahah... kaya dito ko nalang ilalabas.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Looking for a nice valentine date place?
The new greenbelt 5 in Makati is the place to be. I really love the place because of its huge area. Outside is full of green, a landscape that divides it from greenbelt 4. As for the resto, so far I only tried ZUNI restaurant its a new Mediterranean restaurant. The food is superb, I forgot the meal I ordered tho, but nonetheless me and my girlfriend was really satisfied. The service was superb. You need to prepare at least 600 per head for a good meal with drinks and wine.
all in all our meal costed 1.2k, meal + wine.. not bad at all considering the food, service, and elegant ambiance.