Sunday, 21 December 2008

Tokyo Reality

This was shot by the guys from Akihabara News on a Digital SLR Camera, namely the Canon 5D Mark II. It looks nothing short of amazing.

It really conveys the feeling of living in Tokyo.

I kind of miss my video camera that I decided to bring back home last time. Recently I'd be toying with the idea of getting a HD camera that was smaller than the one I have, and being able to edit them on my mac. I read a lot about the AVCHD digital format used for the latest line of camcorders.

From what I read, it seems like you need some pretty high-end, powerful gear in order to edit videos which feels like a hassle.

An alternative to all this is the Nikon D90 DSLR which being a step up from the D80 also includes a movie mode! In essence I'd be able to do cinematic HD filming on a camera, and I'd finally be able to auto-focus with my fisheye as well as other older lenses my D40x can't focus with. Imagine, fisheye movies!

The only small drawbacks are manual focusing movies, and a sensor-imposed 5 minute limit (at full resolution). Oh, and mono sound, but that's not a biggie. I had a play with it in Yodobashi. It was quite fun.

So in a nutshell, if I get this camera I should be able to do videos similar to the one at the start of this post. Cool huh?

So where was I? In less than a week I am back in Akihabara. I arrived quite late and didn't manage my time so well. I bought a lens so whoever gets my D40x can use it, with a lens. I bought a cheap but good, 18-55mm for 7,480 yen.

My plan was to run to the best priced place to get a D90 (for 73,500 yen), but I was too late. Looks like if I want to get this I'll have to go ONCE more to Akky. Sigh.

It wasn't the only thing I got. Oh no.

I got a Powerbank battery pack (4400 Mah) that I can use on my iPod, iPhone, Nintendo DS, and even the old Windows phone too when they run out of juice.

Battery life ain't that great on 3G, so this'll be useful. I got it from here, but be aware, I got the last one left.