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Buy Mac Book Pro

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

After years of struggling with various WinTel products, I finally got a Mac Book Pro laptop. I remember back in the day when I was sitting in the computer labs of my university, there were HP Unix workstations, WinTel PCs and Macs. For the life of me, at that point I couldn’t imagine I would ever use a Mac. The Mac OS seemed not to be user friendly. All computers at that time seemed equal in computational power, with HP UNIX workstations the fastest, indeed. But new times had come, and then I started using WinTel PCs and later, laptops. Slowly, WinTel laptops degraded in usability, since for every minor problem (and God knows, there were many) I had to spend multiple hours reading through pages and pages of support forums. So, no surprise, now when I have an issue on my old WinTel laptop, I can’t help myself but smirk quietly “I have an alternative now, I have the Mac Book Pro laptop”. I installed Windows 7 on Mac Book Pro, using Boot Camp, so now I don’t have to divide myself between two physical computers, it’s two systems in one. So far so good, I am planning to explore the apps for Mac OS and see how I can use the Mac Book Pro laptop for media creation. But for anybody so far, I strongly recommend buying a Mac Book Pro laptop.

Canon 40D review summary

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Reviewers noticed the quietness of Canon 40D, as well as better overall feel, and a better finder compared to it’s predecessors. Among the the noted features were: faster user interface, improved LCD display, a 10 Mpixel resolution, better durability and larger size, so it fits better into the hand’s of photographer, a better capability of resolving images as compared to the predecessor Canon 30D, maching of the 30D’s low noise capabilities, improved microlens design, which contributes to the reduced noise, and a superiour color reproduction.


“Canons new EOS 50D bridges the gap between the novice and the seasoned pro with a perfect combination of high-speed and quality. It features an APS-C sized 15.1-megapixel CMOS sensor for tremendous images, new DIGIC 4 Image Processor for fine detail and superior color reproduction, and improved ISO capabilities up to 12800 for uncompromised shooting even in the dimmest situations. It features a refined 3.0-inch Clear View LCD (920,000 dots) monitor, supercharged Live View Function with Face Detection Live mode, plus a number of new automatic Image Correction settings and HDMI output for viewing images on an HDTV”

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“Reasons to get Canon 40D:
• two control wheels instead of one: faster user interface especially when using metered manual exposure or setting exposure compensation
• superior durability and protection from dust and rain
• the larger physical size puts controls in more natural positions for most adult hands
• better/brighter viewfinder and larger rear LCD
• (for soccer moms) better autofocus system and faster motor drive increase potential for capturing peak action at a sports event “

Philip Greenspun


The 40D’s very long list new/improved features makes this camera a very nice upgrade over the XTi, the 30D and their predecessors. Though most people are not going to find any one new or improved feature compelling enough to justify an upgrade from the 30D, combine all of these features and the Canon EOS 40D begins looking very attractive. There are a lot of 20D owners who sat out the 30D upgrade cycle who will give serious consideration to bringing a 40D home.


The new Canon 40D offers a very mature set of features in a camera that’s priced lower than its predecessors. It also offers as much value and image quality as competing designs that are hundreds of dollars more. Canon’s pro SLR designs have always been conservative, and they didn’t try to leap-frog the market with a higher resolution sensor; instead they stuck to a 10-megapixel sensor size that would deliver the quality that Canon fans are used to.


The EOS 40D’s kit options vary depending on your region. Europe and Australasia have the sensible choice of either the new EF-S 18-55mm IS or the popular EF-S 17-85mm IS USM, while America has the somewhat curious option of the EF 28-135mm IS USM. The latter offers a decent reach, but misses out on wide angle capabilities, but at least all three kit lenses have stabilisation, no doubt a reaction to rival DSLRs with built-in anti-shake facilities. The EOS 40D is of course also available as a body alone.


What became immediately apparent is how fast, smooth, quiet and refined the 40D is compared to my 5D or the 20D or 30D. Even if it felt the same, the 3″ LCD screen alone would be enough to justify the 40D to any full-time shooter.


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