Bigma 1000mm Mirror Lens

15 08 2009

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My Sigma 1000mm F/8 Mirror Lens that I got from Ebay for $305 arrived on my doorstep yesterday.
Here’s a photo of it attached to my K-7.





New [Old?] Pentax Gear

4 08 2009

So I got a stack of old Pentax gear from Ebay.


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I got a fair amount of stuff with the package:

  1. PENTAX ME SUPER WITH SMC PENTAX – M 1:1.7 50MM LENS WITH ORIGINAL CASE AND HANDBOOK
  2. TOKINA TELEPHOTO LENS 70-210MM, 1:4-5.6 LENSE NO CASE
  3. M – OPTIC LENSE 135 MM LENS, 1:2.8 WITH CASE
  4. PROTONAR WIDE ANGLE LENS, 1:2.8 WITH CASE
  5. CABLE SHUTTER RELEASE
  6. SUNDRY FILTERS AND ADAPTOR RINGS

The items that interested me the most of the lot are the Pentax Opt. 50mm SMC F/1.7, the Protonar 28mm F/2.8 and the Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR.
I’ve given the 50mm a spin and (at least to me) is much sharper at F/2 than its modern brother the Pentax-FA SMC 50mm F/1.4, I’ll post a comparison image later.

I have yet to mess around with the Protonar 28mm but I’ll get around to it when I’m running around uni tomorrow, the ME Super needs to be sent off to be serviced and I’ll need to stock up on film for it.





The K-7 Has Landed (At least for me it has)

10 07 2009

I finally recieved my Pentax K-7 DSLR today after missing the original delivery yesterday by one hour and having to reschedule for delivery to be reattempted.
Well without further ado here’s the Pentax K-7 in all its un-boxing glory.

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Un-boxing the package

Shiny new K-7's box

Shiny new K-7's box

K-7's manuals & software cd

K-7's manuals & software cd

Battery and extra bits the come with the K-7

Battery and extra bits the come with the K-7

Finally:

My brand new Pentax K-7 with Tamron SP 90mm lens in all its glory (lens not included)

My brand new Pentax K-7 with Tamron SP 90mm lens in all its glory (lens not included)

Well that’s all from me for now I’ll stick photos taken with the camera later

All photos were taken with my old K100D Super.





Vanbar Recieves Pentax K-7

3 07 2009

Apparently the lads at Vanbar in Melbourne have received their shipment of K-7s.
Hopefully I’ll be able to get one in the coming week[s].

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Left 4 Dead Triple Monitors on SoftTH Windows 7 Build 7077

4 05 2009

Having sucessfully run Team Fortress 2 fairly smoothly with SoftTH I decided to try the same thing with Left 4 Dead.

The results surprised me as it ran on high settings with 2xAA and 2xAF very well.
All the UI elements didn’t look messed up and everything rendered very nicely it was as if the game was made for multi-monitor setups.

The only thing that was messed up by the huge resolution was the main menu’s background.
Otherwise everything was sweet.
Here’s a test run jumped into a random game, in this case the finale of No Mercy.

I used the same config as my Team Fortress 2 attempt, which can be grabbed from here.





Team Fortress 2 Triple Monitors on SoftTH in Windows 7

4 05 2009

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After reading this article from Multimonitor.net showing that it was possible to get Team Fortress 2 to run on triple monitors with a program that emulates Matrox’s TripleHead2Go‘s functions – SoftTH.

I decided to give it a shot so after a good two hours of google, trial and error I finally got Team Fortress 2 working on my three Samsung 2243BWs.
It seemed to have a bit of difficulty running on Windows 7 Build 7077 so it took me a bit longer than anticipated.
Check out the test run on my Youtube video below.

You can give SoftTH a shot too, download it from the developer’s site.
Grab my config file from here, just copy paste the code into your config file and it should work.





New Swag And New Operating System

23 04 2009

So I picked up some new swag last weekend and this week.

First on the list was an Asus 4350 for a low, low $69 and then got my set of Crucial Ballistix RMAed luckily the lady I bought my ram from was nice enough to swap it for me on the spot as I had rang ahead the day before.

Second on the list is a Solid State Hard Drive that I had bought off the Overclockers Australia forums from MR CHILLED.

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The 2.5′ drive is manufactured by the Team Group Inc, runs dead quiet and extreamly fast.
So far I haven’t done any testing with benchmarks as of yet but from what I’ve seen its quick.
The main reason I wanted to buy the drive was to give Windows 7 Beta a spin, so armed with my ssd and an iso of Windows 7 Beta Build 7000 64 bit.

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I proceeded to install Windows onto my new drive, it proved painless to install and overal the installation didn’t take very long I would probably estimate about 15~20mins.
Booting up Windows 7 was a really surreal exercise coming from many years of listening to hard drives spin up during boot up, specially the noisy 74gb Western Digital Raptor that my old Vista 64 installation that I’ve been using for the past year.
What greeted me was Windows booting up in mare seconds and just the cooling fans spinning.

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It’s still early days with the Windows 7 Beta but it’s shaping up to be quite good.
Boot times are great, driver support is much better than Vista 64 with most of my stuff actually working; the only problem that I’ve noticed with the Beta is that it has issues with older USB devices which seems to cause it to crash, and a few minor networking issues.
Windows 7 seems much more responsive that Vista in most cases and most software works on it.

And what was the purpose of buying that 4350?
To finally be able to hook a 22′ Dell E228WFP to my current setup of two Samsung 2243BWs.

Here’s what my desktop now looks like.

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