Thursday, 23 June 2011

Blur blur fellow

Hi and welcome to a ranting post.

I've been getting missed calls and stupid SMSes from a mobile phone number for the past few weeks that has left me feeling very annoyed. The missed calls I didn't answer, because they usually end before I could  answer the phone. The SMSes were usually addressed to someone named Nor, and the SMSes seem to be asking to want to know this "Nor" better.

This afternoon, the guy decided to send an MMS to me with his mug, possibly trying to impress this "Nor". See below:

The picture seems to be taken in some kinda workshop. After I received this MMS from him, I tried calling this number, but no one answered. Then I tried sending an SMS telling this fellow that I was not who he thought I was, and hopefully it got through, since he did send a "sorry" SMS after that.

So, for those guys who want to get a girl's number, please make sure it is the correct number before you show up at your first date and end up meeting with someone bigger and hairier than you (and his friends).


Monday, 13 June 2011

Dead lens walking


I brought my problematic Canon EF-S 18-55mm lens to a camera shop on Sunday to see what's wrong with it.

The technician said that there's some internal problem with the aperture, and to service it might cost around RM300 or more, since the spare part for this particular lens is very expensive, compared to the newer IS version of this lens. So I decided to look at other options, probably sourcing a 2nd hand lens to replace this one.

The only incident that I think could have damaged the lens would be during Hobbycon 2010, I forgot which day it was, but there was one day when I took my camera out of my bag, and was fiddling with it, but it slipped out of my hand and bumped onto the table, which was about a one-foot drop. I immediately switched it on and made a few test shots that time, and it seemed to be functioning well.

It only had major a major malfunction when I took it to Kuching after Hobbycon. During that time, it was spotty, sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. Luckily I brought along my 28mm F/1.8 along on that trip, or else I wouldn't be able to snap anymore photos. During the rest of the trip, it didn't seem to be malfunctioning, so I just let it be.

The problem manifests itself when I select an aperture that is smaller than the maximum aperture for that particular focal length. For example, the maximum aperture at 18mm is f/3.5, so if i were to set the aperture to f4.0 or above and shoot, the lens would crap out and my camera would complain, saying that there's no communication between the lens and the camera body. Initially I tried all the "clean contacts with eraser" methods but it still would not solve the problem, hence the visit to the camera shop.

Anyway, I'll have to see where I can source for a replacement for this lens, since I was planning to sell it off with my old camera body.

Loot from students

Here's another post after a long break. First of all, let me show you what's new:

Isn't she a beauty? The curves, the colours, the... hey waidaminute, I was referring to the photo frame! The girl's photo came with the frame, so don't get any ideas.

The photo frame was part of the Teacher's Day Loot I received last month (ya, slowpoke me). The rest are shown below:

There's a card, 2 bookmarks, a notepad, a face towel and of course, the photo frame above. The smaller loot came in the small brown gift bag above. O wait, I think they came separately, but I stuffed them all into the same bag because I was trying to shoot people during the occasion.