A very quick movie review : The Seeker

January 28th, 2008 by kamkuey

When I first saw the teasers, I was impressed. Medieval fight scenes, super power magic and the scene where a horse rider spreading darkness as he rode caught my attention. Even the poster looks very interesting.

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Too bad it did not live up to it’s hype.

The story is about a young 13 year old boy (I think it was mentioned somewhere in the movie that he is 13) in England finding out that he is one of the last immortals who are the last line of defense for mankind against the darkness.

The plot is so shallow that after the first 10 minutes or so, you can tell what will happen through out the movie. Acting also quite bad lar. No development wan. Just static characters.

But what was more impressive is that I sat thru the entire movie! Amazing!

There were no action scenes at all! I mean, the last stand (almost the last stand).. saw the immortals and mere mortals huddling together in a mansion while the bad guy who represents the darkness wreck havoc to the mansion. I mean, can’t the immortals at least put up a fight? I mean, the last of them did create a HUGE ball of fire, burning up cars and trees without anyone noticing. And the last fight scene was so pathetic I do not even wanna talk about it.

I am throwing the DVD away. If you want to watch it, dun bother. But if you REALLY want to watch, come to my place and pick up the DVD from the thrash. Save you RM8.

Canon EOS 450D Launched

January 25th, 2008 by kamkuey

Canon announced its latest entry level digital SLR yesterday.Replacing the 400D, this newly launched entry level Digital SLR camera from Canon have several features up its sleeves. Firstly, its pixel count went up by 2mp, making it a 12mp camera. Its specs are not too bad considering that it is an entry level DLSR. Features include :

  • 12.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning System
  • 3.5 frames per second
  • 3.0” LCD with Live View shooting
  • 9-point wide-area AF system with f/2.8 cross-type centre point
  • Picture Style image processing parameters
  • DIGIC III image processor
  • Digital Photo Professional RAW processing software1
  • Compact and Lightweight body
  • Fully compatible with all Canon EF and EF-S lenses and EX-series Speedlites

But the thing which will irk quite a number of photographers is that the new 450D uses SD cards instead of the traditional CF cards. This however, might be a welcome treat to compact PnS users looking into moving on to DSLR. Having used SD cards previously, they can now move on to the 450D without much fuss about memory cards. It might also be some sort of marketting strategy, luring current 350D/400D users to move on to higher end models like the 40D instead of just switching to the 450D.

Having said that, I personally do not think that it will help PnS users. Walk into any camera shop today and buy a camera, any camera, and they will package for you a memory card so with such a huge capacity that most users will find it extremely difficult to fill em up. Except.. of cos.. if you take your camera on holiday. A friend of mine just bought a 400D and it came with a SanDisk 2.0GB Ultra II CF card. Imagine that!! When I got my 350D previously, I was already jumping for joy when they gave me a 1.0GB sub RM100 CF card.

The view from the back is quite a welcome. A huge 3.0″ LCD display. You can select from the 4 different background colours. Personally, I like the white text on black background. The buttons have also been rearranged. Not too sure how the new layout works, cos it has just been launched and have not hit the stores yet. And not working for a camera magazine does not help.
Now let’s see if someone is kind enough to loan me his/her 450D for me to play play a bit :)

By the way, information and photos borrowed from DPREVIEW

The Night when the Moon was Big, Bright and Round

January 23rd, 2008 by kamkuey

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All cameras were pointed upwards..

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Too bad I do not have long telephoto lens :(

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