Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Ohh look, a digital SLR!

Sometime last week, Jean managed to persuade me to sign up for gym membership at Fitness First. I suspect she used some form of black magic because I’ve scoffed at gyms for 24 years.

Been intending to pick up martial arts again but had never been able to find a training centre with reasonable prices. The university ones charge pretty exorbitant rates for anyone who’s neither a staff nor student, and there are no known places located within the city centre.

Seeing that this facility has boxing and kickboxing, Jean’s black magic worked extra well.

The boxing class was a let down. There was no focus on the technicalities of throwing a punch. No mention on aiming n inches behind the target surface. No emphasis on leaning forward into a cross-punch. No weight-shifting to improve uppercuts. Definitely no sparring or anything of that sort. How utterly uncultured, to even think of sparring. Hmmnp!

Who is the idiot who let his expectations fill up with helium and then letting it float so high?

The class focused heavily on aerobic performance and thus resulted in throwing a lot of punches quickly. One has to refrain from technically smart-arsed remarks like “try driving your cross-punch forward by leaning your upper body forward, rotating your shoulder and rotating your hips at the same time.”

This is not the place; people who want real boxing are in their boxing gyms with their red sandbags hanging from roof trusses and at least one square ring to work in.

I’ll probably continue to amuse myself with pacing myself and working on the technicalities...

On a separate note, I am now the owner of a Canon EOS 300D digital SLR and also a Hanimex 400 mm f6.5 telephoto (for only $22.30). On the 300D and The Architect’s D40 (the lens comes in a genetic T-mount that can be adaped to fit various camera mounts), the equivalent length of this thing is a humongous 640 mm.

They are in the mail. *insert grin*



Blogger Dr. Tan said...

Next time, bring all your equipment back and we'll do a small count.

And try getting an equatorial mount if it isn't too pricey. F/6.5 is pretty slow.

1:05 am, May 31, 2007  
Blogger Lao Chen said...

Count indeed...
Equatorial mount will cost a bomb i think. Currently thinking how to obtain a suitable solar filter; the sun would have interesting details too

10:46 pm, May 31, 2007  
Blogger albert said...

Congratulations. You now have the same slow body as your brother. (Argh what happened to the justification I told Yee Hou as to why he should not get the FZ30 too?) I'd think the Pentax K100D with its focal length entry will give the M42s image stabilization and a new lease on life.

5:37 pm, June 01, 2007  
Blogger Lao Chen said...

Slowness is not a real problem; most of my photos are not on-the-run kind which involve people.

Your advice is valid for point and shoot cameras. But for DSLR i prefer the other way around. Having the same systems means more options in terms of optics and light when we get together.

The 400D is expensive and the 350D is noisier and cannot be hacked. So that leaves me the clunky 300D.

I've already got an M42-EF converter ring. It works like a charm; much better than M42 on K.

7:38 pm, June 01, 2007  
Blogger albert said...

I don't ever use burst mode, but I appreciate being able to tap the shutter repeatedly when I need a burst.

Oh well, if you find carrying a 400mm lens with tripod tedious, sell it to me. I could use it wherever I can get 1/40th of a second. Google says it's a Hanimex 400mm F6.3 M42 mount; is it the same?

1:30 am, June 02, 2007  

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