Thursday, February 14, 2008

VR works!!!

VR indeed works for handheld shooting. After unwrapping the package, I slapped it in my camera and took 6 quick shots at this same setting:

Exposure Time = 1/2"
F Number = F5.6
ISO Speed Ratings = 200
Focal Length = 200mm
1st 3 shots at VR OFF --

Last 3 shots at VR ON --

The difference is very obvious and I'm excited now for low-light shots at 100mm focal length and above!

By the way, here's the comparison between VR and non-VR version --

Kabayo Festival, here I come!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED

My new AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED arrived today! Total leadtime (Cameta eBay-USPS GEM-Cebu) is 7 days! A great improvement of 3 days compared to last year.

I'll be playing with this lens tonight, you know, the usual stuff --- front/back-focusing, VR-feature, etc.


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

eBay-USPS GEM Day 6 Update

United State Postal Service

Track and Confirm

Label/Receipt Number: EV98 xxxx xxxx x

Detailed Results:

Arrived Abroad, February 11, 2008, 2:36 pm, PHILIPPINES

International Dispatch, February 09, 2008, 8:24 am, JOHN F. KENNEDY APT/NEW YORK

Processed, February 09, 2008, 8:23 am, JAMAICA, NY 11499

Acceptance, February 08, 2008, 4:02 pm, AMITYVILLE, NY 11701 Electronic Shipping Info Received, February 08, 2008

Monday, February 11, 2008

eBay-USPS Day 5 Update

United State Postal Service

Track and Confirm

Label/Receipt Number: EV98 xxxx xxxx x

Status: International Dispatch

Your item left the United States from JOHN F. KENNEDY APT/NEW YORK at 8:24 AM on February 9, 2008.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Instinct or Impulse Buying?

Since last month, I was already planning to upgrade to a VR-version of my Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED. Reason? I always use it handheld and I believe that with VR, I could produce sharper works of art. Why not plunge to the pro-specs f2.8s? You might ask. Well, my wife will kill me if she knows that f2.8s cost more than P50,000 and this is just for my hobby and no ROI hehehehehe.

So to break even, I'll sell my 55-200 non-VR lens (mentioned above) for around P8,000 and buy one off eBay at P8,000 also.

Luckily, today, I won a bid in my favorite eBay store, Camera Cameta! I won a brandnew Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR and, including USPS shipping, it's around P7,600 only.

Now to the surprising or weird part - when I checked my post on my last year's purchase of the non-VR version lens, I also won it on February 7, 2007(!!!). I was really surprised, stunned and baffled. Is this an instinct/urge to purchase or just pure coincidence?

Anyway, I consider today, Feb. 7, as Day 1 and I hope to receive this new lens within the next 10-15 days. Last year, total days from winning the bid to actually receiving the item is 10 days.
"He's called Dr. J because, on the court, he operated on people." - Nate "Tiny" Archibald on Julius "Dr. J" Erving