Some words about my photography gear / wishlist / workflow that probably no one cares about except me.
I’ve just acquired some new lenses! Finally pulled the trigger to replace my canon kit 18-55mm that died on me last summer. I got a good deal on a Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 Macro, which should offer a little more creative range and some modestly superior optics. And I also got the canon 50mm f/1.8 II prime.
I’m still holding out for the T6i to be released before I decide if I want to upgrade my T1i body… the 70D is looking very attractive, but I’m hoping the T6i will get the dual pixel auto-focus for video, and perhaps even the 70D sensor. Either way, I’d like to see how prices settle out on some of the previous models before deciding, especially since canons rock solid release history dictates a new release immanently.
Lens wise, I’m really liking the 8-16mm Sigma, an ultra-wide angle rectilinear. though it’s a little pricey. I might just go with a much more economical 8mm fisheye prime, which could at least let me test the waters to see if I would even find shooting that wide compelling enough to invest more into.
I might be looking to sell my T1i body if I do upgrade, so if anyone is in the market for a pretty cheap DSLR, I’ll keep you posted. I have a 24-80mm lens from my old rebel 35mm I could probably get rid of too.
I’m still deciding how to setup my fresh Mavericks install for photo editing…. deciding between Lightroom, Aperture, or just sticking with iPhoto. I really do like the limiting aspects of iPhoto that keep my editing session lengths in check, but I know when I want to go back to print anything I’m essentially going to have to re-edit in photoshop to get some more granular control for finishing touches.
Ok, that’s enough nerding out for now, hopefully I’ll have some more pictures on the way soon.
Installing 8GB of RAM and an SSD (to replace my optical drive) in my macbook pro tonight (late 2008). It’s kind of a dinosaur, but this should be a pretty substantial boost. I’m also doing a clean OS install. Over the last year I made a conscious effort to not get bogged down in editing, partially due to speed limitations. I consider pretty much all of my posted photos as drafts. Hopefully I’ll have a decent environment to efficiently work in lightroom or aperture so I can ditch iPhoto and come up with some photos I actually consider “final” or print worthy. I’ll post some thoughts on the update after I test it out for awhile.
1) Extremely easy to prepare after the initial brew, just add hot water.
2) Very drinkable cup, a little lighter feeling in the stomach than other methods (not sure why that is, maybe it depends on the bean).
3) Since it is a concentrate and it takes 12-14 hours to prepare, you end brewing a large batch and having a much higher volume of coffee readily available.
What is your method? I used my french press so I wouldn’t have to use an additional strainer or cheesecloth. I used 100g of coffee in my 32oz press with a slightly finer grind than I normally use (basically I went as fine as I could go while minimizing particle transmission post press). The general rule of thumb seems to be twice as much coffee as you would normally use for the concentrate. For preparation I’ve been doing a 3 parts water to 1 part coffee mix, which tastes about right to my palette for a less intense cup (this less intense cup seemed to suit the beans I used).
I’m going to have to do some more brews to see how I like this method, but it’s at least good for iced coffee & speed to quality ratio for a busy morning.
I’m pretty excited about my tax return this year. I didn’t do any freelance work in 2013 so I’m getting much more back than I’m used to. I was going to buy a new camera lens, but now I’m thinking of upgrading from my Canon T1i to a T5i or maaaaybe even a 70D. I’m still reading about the differences between the T5i (700D) and the 70D, but either way I’m pretty excited. What do you think? Will I notice much of a difference in image quality? I guess the T5i has practically the same sensor as the T4i, and both are substantially better than the T1i so maybe I don’t even need the extras and could put more cash toward a new lens.