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Mar 27, 2012
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Very special announcement. Matt is now part of the club. You don’t know what a ThinkPad is until you have earned yourself one. Can’t wait to get my second ThinkPad later in Fall. I’m so in love*, haha.* and I’m ready to report about hating it more and more, haha. Lot of people say Lenovo is destroying the ThinkPad franchise with every new product they release… I don’t think so… but we’ll see!

Very special announcement. Matt is now part of the club. You don’t know what a ThinkPad is until you have earned yourself one. Can’t wait to get my second ThinkPad later in Fall. I’m so in love*, haha.

* and I’m ready to report about hating it more and more, haha. Lot of people say Lenovo is destroying the ThinkPad franchise with every new product they release… I don’t think so… but we’ll see!


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Jan 24, 2012
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My 550D looks so adorable with it’s new battery grip. Ironically thinking about getting a 60D now, haha.

My 550D looks so adorable with it’s new battery grip. Ironically thinking about getting a 60D now, haha.


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May 17, 2011
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This is what I mean when I talk about great things.
For example a iiyama prolite 24” full HD screen. Ace. Worth every of those 200 bucks.

This is what I mean when I talk about great things.

For example a iiyama prolite 24” full HD screen. Ace. Worth every of those 200 bucks.


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Apr 8, 2011
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Well… It’s working!

Well… It’s working!


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Feb 19, 2011
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I bought me some new computer stuff. I wanted best price/performance relations, and in the end I spent 180 Euro on a new case (as shown in the picture above, it’s a Zalman Z9Plus), a new power supply (fits to the case and i7 ready, for instance), a new hard drive (500GB Samsung Eco Green) and I doubled my very poor 2GB RAM up to 4GB.
I really love the new case because it has some very nice cooling abilities; the inside temperature is always 20-25°C … sometimes lower than my room temperature! And it’s rather silent, only the video card is a shrieking bitch.
The next step will be the replacement of the video card. I just finished some hours of researching the best for the minimal budget and I decided to get a Nvidia GT 430 for around 65 Euro. My actual video card is a Nvidia 6600 GT so the GT 430 will be a huge step forward because it supports the newest drivers and also the CUDA technology which will speed up some of my video software.
All together this hardware upgrade will cost me around 245 Euro with an estimated performance-boost of around +40%. I really hope I don’t need any further upgrades until my birthday. I’m planning to get a new 24” widescreen monitor for editing and use the old one for preview stuff. I could really need a paid job, haha.

I bought me some new computer stuff. I wanted best price/performance relations, and in the end I spent 180 Euro on a new case (as shown in the picture above, it’s a Zalman Z9Plus), a new power supply (fits to the case and i7 ready, for instance), a new hard drive (500GB Samsung Eco Green) and I doubled my very poor 2GB RAM up to 4GB.

I really love the new case because it has some very nice cooling abilities; the inside temperature is always 20-25°C … sometimes lower than my room temperature! And it’s rather silent, only the video card is a shrieking bitch.

The next step will be the replacement of the video card. I just finished some hours of researching the best for the minimal budget and I decided to get a Nvidia GT 430 for around 65 Euro. My actual video card is a Nvidia 6600 GT so the GT 430 will be a huge step forward because it supports the newest drivers and also the CUDA technology which will speed up some of my video software.

All together this hardware upgrade will cost me around 245 Euro with an estimated performance-boost of around +40%. I really hope I don’t need any further upgrades until my birthday. I’m planning to get a new 24” widescreen monitor for editing and use the old one for preview stuff. I could really need a paid job, haha.


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Jan 27, 2011
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So three days have passed since my 550D arrived and I did a lot of photos inside my parents’ house to test out what I’m already able to. I can’t wait to go outside when the sun shows up again. At the moment the whole sky is a grey cloud.
I additionally ordered a Japan made HOYA circular polarizing filter for 50 Euro. By shooting The Haverbrook Disaster in the studio we had problems with reflections, so I thought this would be a great idea. A filter does also protect your lenses but I think this is mostly a seller’s argument.
As you can see in the above photo, the pol-filter is very dark. It absorbs so much light that I have to double the ISO speed what makes the photos noisier. Also the weather is very bad and the built-in-flash is very ugly.
You have to rotate the filter to set the polarizing effect. The filter is attached to the focus wheel, so when you turn the filter, you often also defocus.
All in all, a polarizing filter is not an amateur must have. But i think on other lenses and in other light relations it surely is a expanding attachment.

So three days have passed since my 550D arrived and I did a lot of photos inside my parents’ house to test out what I’m already able to. I can’t wait to go outside when the sun shows up again. At the moment the whole sky is a grey cloud.

I additionally ordered a Japan made HOYA circular polarizing filter for 50 Euro. By shooting The Haverbrook Disaster in the studio we had problems with reflections, so I thought this would be a great idea. A filter does also protect your lenses but I think this is mostly a seller’s argument.

As you can see in the above photo, the pol-filter is very dark. It absorbs so much light that I have to double the ISO speed what makes the photos noisier. Also the weather is very bad and the built-in-flash is very ugly.

You have to rotate the filter to set the polarizing effect. The filter is attached to the focus wheel, so when you turn the filter, you often also defocus.

All in all, a polarizing filter is not an amateur must have. But i think on other lenses and in other light relations it surely is a expanding attachment.


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Jan 20, 2011
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Guess what I just bought for a special discount.

Guess what I just bought for a special discount.


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Jan 17, 2011
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So actually I collected some information what equipment is useful for DSLR-video- and photographing. Additional lenses are essential because light- and room-situations often change. I think a fixed and short focal length lens is easy to handle and usually has a low f-number, so it will work best in dark and small rooms.Another important purchase will be a battery grip, because shooting video will swallow a lot of ernergy. I decided to use Sanyo Eneloop extra high capacity AA cells, so I won’t have to spend 40 Euro on a second Canon battery. En plus it makes the cam heavier, so the pictures may be a bit smoother.So with 28mm lens and battery grip my 550D purchase will be about 1050 Euro. This is going to be my financial ruin. Don’t want to think about the other stuff I painted on my later on purchase plan, haha.

So actually I collected some information what equipment is useful for DSLR-video- and photographing. Additional lenses are essential because light- and room-situations often change. I think a fixed and short focal length lens is easy to handle and usually has a low f-number, so it will work best in dark and small rooms.

Another important purchase will be a battery grip, because shooting video will swallow a lot of ernergy. I decided to use Sanyo Eneloop extra high capacity AA cells, so I won’t have to spend 40 Euro on a second Canon battery. En plus it makes the cam heavier, so the pictures may be a bit smoother.

So with 28mm lens and battery grip my 550D purchase will be about 1050 Euro. This is going to be my financial ruin. Don’t want to think about the other stuff I painted on my later on purchase plan, haha.


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Jan 16, 2011
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About Apples.

Today was a long day.

It was not the first time I thought about how to edit my videos. On a PC or on a Mac? Final Cut or Avid, Lightworks, AfterEffects, Edius, Magix?

As far as I’m concerned most of editors use Avid, but there is a growing tendency of Final Cut users. So working in this industry will mean: working with Avid or Final Cut.

Pricing? Avid: 2500 Euro. Final Cut Studio: 1000 Euro. I’ve got a PC (WinXP) with a Intel DualCore 3,2GHz, 2GB RAM and a low-budget video card. None of these softwares will work on this trash can, so I’ll have to buy a new computer. And because I may need to be flexible it’ll may be a notebook.

Final Cut is the cheaper one but only works on a Mac. And a Mac is incredible expensive. And a MacBook with sufficient Power for editing is exorbital expensive.
I just finished school, and the money I work for barely covers the costs of my semi-moderate lifestyle, so I’m not well-heeled enough at all for a Mac with FCP or Avid.

So what I’m planning to do, is to upgrade my desktop PC and later on there might be some money for a laptop, which may be a Hackintosh, if you know what I mean. I don’t own any Apple products. They have style and a lot of prestige, yeah, right, but in my opinion in 85% of all choices, buying a Mac is a financial question. And for now I’m going to use Magix Video Deluxe on my crappy PC.

And again: Things can only grow.