Finally Canon Strikes back, the new Canon EOS-400D

Posted by yihzy on Aug 25th, 2006
2006
Aug 25

After the onslaught by nikon with their D80, Canon finally launch their retaliation. The replacement of the 350d came in the form of Canon EOS-400D. Some of the interesting feature are:

  • 10.2 MP CMOS sensor (APS-C size, 1.6x crop factor)
    Integrated Cleaning System – (ala olympus style high frequency dust cleaner for the CCD)
  • 2.5″ LCD display (no 2nd LCD info display) with proximity sensor to disable the LCD display when focusing using viewfinder. this is inline with other new DSLR like olympus e-500 / Konica minolta Dynax 5D and also Sony Alpha 100 which only has a single LCD display
  • 9 Area AF point (ala 30D style)
  • Picture Style (available on 30D also)
  • 3 FPS Continuous shooting buffer up to 27 JPEG and 10 RAW images
  • pictures courtesy of DPreview
    eos 400d Front


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    3rd update on power supply

    Posted by yihzy on Aug 25th, 2006
    2006
    Aug 25

    finally, i’ve managed to find the reason for my high CPU temperature. The answer, too much thermal compound on the CPU die. It seems when i took out my heatsink fan for cleaning last time, i have applied too much thermal compound on the processor and this resulted in an uneven surface between the die and the heat sink. I thoroughly clean the heat sink and apply less thermal compound than the last round. now the CPU temperature has been stabilised and able to run Prime95 at around 61C. Guess this proves that my power supply is not the major factor in the high temperature of the CPU

    updates on my power supply

    Posted by yihzy on Aug 17th, 2006
    2006
    Aug 17

    after i swapped my spoilt power supply from an old power supply from the Pentium 3 era, the cpu gets hot easily. last time when i was running cpu intensive apps like editing photo, watching video or playing games, the temperature would hover around 54-57 C with 59C as a limit that i set in motherboard monitor. but now, the highest temperature that i recorded using the new power supply is around 65C – 70C !!

    i’ve even tried changing the old power supply casing with the spoilt casing which has a dual fan configuration as opppose to the former single fan design. the spoilt p4 power supply is labelled as a 350W while the p3 power supply is only rated at 250W. maybe i really need to get a P4 power supply to cope with my PC power load.

    read the previous about my power supply here.

    The Nikon D80 is out

    Posted by yihzy on Aug 9th, 2006
    2006
    Aug 9

    The 20 day teaser has been over and the new Nikon d80 SLR has been revealed. Surprisingly nikon m’sia was the first to featured the new D80 articles before it was taken down shortly.
    The photo is here http://www.dpreview.com/articles/NikonD80/Images/frontview-001.jpg

    but afraid not other websites like dpreview already has a hands on preview of the camera. from the specs alone, it looks quite impressive,
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    KLPF 06 Day2 Model Shootout

    Posted by yihzy on Aug 7th, 2006
    2006
    Aug 7

    some of the models at the 3rd session of the Fujifilm model shootout

    KL Photo Fest

    model shoout

    model shootout

    model shootout



    the rest of the photos are here. http://www.yihzy.com/cgal/thumbnails-29.html

    KL Photo Fest 2006

    Posted by yihzy on Aug 5th, 2006
    2006
    Aug 5

    went to the KL photo fest today, loads of people but tons of stuffs to toy around.

    canon was very generous with their booth this round, stuffs that were on demo were 85mm F1.2 Mark II , EF-S 17-55 F2.8 IS USM and other camera and lenses. below is a sample of the sharpness of the 85mm F1.2

    i also tested the sony alpha 100. the weight of the camera with the kit lens is very light and is almost the same weight as the 350D. the camera automatically pre-focus when it detects the user is looking into the viewfinder via the sensors at the eye piece. having the Super steady shot aka anti shake on the CCD is pretty neat. some of the test shots of the kits lens at iso 800 and 1600 are shown below. some of the photo may appear underexpose probably due to the metering mode being set to centre weighted metering





    too bad i couldn’t get a nice spot to shoot at the model shootout, most shots were either block by somebody’s head or spoilt by my own hand shake. this particular model is the prettiest of the lot during that session

    model shootout

    Gathering Storm

    Posted by yihzy on Aug 5th, 2006
    2006
    Aug 5



    Gathering Storm

    Originally uploaded by espion.


    like the clouds formation, and the mirror like reflection on the calm lake water

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