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DDR – it isn’t just for mommy any more

Christmas night, the T3sk3y family had game night in the Chaska Pinball Shrine. For old time’s sake, my wife and sister decided to fire up Dance Dance Revolution on the Dreamcast. Before long, William wanted in to the act. Hilarity ensued..

A Tale of Two Cameras

As many of you have seen on Twitter, I was the lucky recipient of a much-heralded Canon 5D Mark II for Christmas. The reviews of this camera have been righteously positive – with a couple of cautionary tales around some early firmware problems. Since I’ve been nothing but happy with my 40D since I got it a year ago – I wanted to do a stress test to see if the 5D lives up to the hype.

This is really unscientific. I’m not using a tripod. Heck, I even shot the pictures a day apart. It’s also not fair – the 5D Mk II is about double the cost of the 40D. But, is it 2x better?

For the test, I set both the 5D Mk II and the 40D to ISO3200. On the 40D, I had to enable a custom function to get 3200 (shown as ‘H’ on the LCD). In both shots, I used Canon’s superb 24-105L lens. Here are my results:

Canon 5D Mk II @ ISO 3200

Canon 5D Mk II @ ISO 3200

Canon 40D @ ISO 3200

Canon 40D @ ISO 3200

Exif info:

5D Mk II version: Canon 24-105mm @ 105mm, ISO 3200, f/4.0, 1/80 sec

40D version: Canon 24-105mm @ 58mm, ISO3200, f/4.0, 1/125 sec

Clicking on either picture will open up the original (note: careful, they are BIG – especially the 21.1 megapixel 5D image!).

My impressions?  Wow, is 3200 good on the 5D Mark II.  I’d totally use that shot. It’s clearly better than the image taken with the 40D. The 40D image shows a lot of noise in the red portion above the Christmas balls. The balls themselves look ‘crispy’, as does the ironwork on the 40D shot. I gotta say though – the 40D shot looks way better than I would have guessed.

I also printed each @ 4×6 with my Canon i9900. The shot from the 5D Mk. II is noise free and looks great – very vibrant and lifelike. The shot from the 40D looks very noisy, even in print.

Conclusion? At least in terms of low light performance – the 5D delivers. I’ll be looking forward to finding out what else it can do.

T3 Imagery is up and running

I’m happy to announce another site that I’m starting – T3 Imagery (www.t3imagery.com). Up until now, this site has been the place where I posted cool pictures. I really wanted a site that could serve as an online portfolio of my photography so that people that are only interested in that don’t have to wade through my other nerdy adventures.

The idea is this – it’s going to take the old “A picture is worth 1000 words” adage to heart.  It’s about the image, the story behind it, and way it was made. There will probably never be more than a couple of quick sentences each day, text isn’t the point.

Here is the way it will work. I’m going to post one picture per day posted at 8 PM. It’s only going to be my favorite stuff – landscapes, portraits, travel shots, whatever. It’s something that catches my eye or something I want to share with all of you. The front page will only show one shot – but you can navigate to see the archives on the left side of the page or by the arrows on the bottom.

So – if you don’t mind – please check t3imagery.com each night after 8. Better yet – set up a reader to get the RSS feed (available on the home page) to get the daily post delivered to you automatically. And, if you forget how to get there – I’ve created a link on the right side of this page. Check it out – and while you are at it, please check out some of my friend’s sites.

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