Monthly Archives: February 2013

Should one upgrade to another camera body/model?

Two sides of the story

Paul Quiambao, the so-called “Andrew Pamorada” of the University of Santo Tomas, said that one should first upgrade his/her potential to the fullest before going for an actual upgrade.

I totally agree with him, actually. After all, if I only used the 550D for only two years, I decided to upgrade to a 60D.

Two years is more than enough, actually. If you’re going to say that using for instance, a 350D for only a year and yet you suddenly upgraded to a 5D Mark III for instance, that’s not a problem, as long as you have the guts to exhaust your cam.

…which is not so healthy in terms of usage frequency.

When I started to upgrade to the 60D, things changed. I didn’t know that I should adjust first to the settings before using it. Again: It takes more than a year to fully maximize a DSLR’s functions.

On the contrary, Ken Rockwell insisted that upgrading is not necessary or essential at all, since he believes that “Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Pentax and even Hasselblad takes the same photos.”

Which is actually coming from the words of an experienced and talented person at the same time.

Like what I said

There’s no concrete rule in taking a perfect photograph since not even a single photo is one-shot perfect. It’s all about satisfaction.

Correct?

Ang hindi um-agree, good luck na lang! Chos!

Since I’m too biased, I could only answer the inquiries of Canon fanboys (fanboys pa talaga ah!). If I would take Canon for point-and-shoot, I’d say Sony is a better choice (Cyber-shot fangirl here). I’d go for a Cyber-shot TX series just in case I wanna have a new waterproof digital camera again.

Camera of Choice

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Siyempre, I was very happy with it. When I first saw the 60D, I was so amazed, but I doubt, “Why the hell is this in Japanese?”

The Japanese version, indeed. Only English and Japanese were included (menu languages), so I always thought it is a grey market product.

But never mind. The 60D has much more advanced features than the 550D, and whether everyone doubts it or not, the 60D was my second option.

People say that it is a cross between the 550D/600D/650D and the 7D. It also comes with an interchangeable focusing screen, pentaprism VF, quick control dial (which controls the aperture), variable ISO speed selections, LCD panel, custom mode — these are the features that you could look for in a semi-pro model/body, while the SD card slot, polycarbonate built, presence of different auto modes and lack of sync port — these are the features that you could find in a Rebel/Kiss model/body. Therefore, it is a super Rebel.

Beginners could actually start with a 60D since it is no big deal whether your first DSLR would be the xxxD model or not, however, because of the articulated LCD monitor, this made the 60D as a bridge between high-end bodies and entry-level bodies.

If you’re going to start taking photographs, I suggest the 60D is the best option. No questions asked.

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II

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Since The-Digital-Picture.com does not have the Mark II version review of this lens, I might as well post this review myself.

This is the first time I will make a review about a telephoto lens. Damn, using this for the very first time will make you feel that you’re a paparazzi photographer. Not in this case, since 250mm is still lacking for me, though. I think 300mm would be more than enough for coverage.

Okay, so first off, the EF 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II lens is basically an EF-S lens, which is only exclusive for Canon EOS models with an APS-C sensor, meaning to say that this is not, in any way, compatible with full-frame models.

I consider this lens as a very powerful one.

First of all, telephoto lenses are considered as powerful since they could take a focal length that would take them further, as if you’re far away from the mountain, yet you have taken a photo of a cross within the mountain. That’s lens power.

Quality-wise, the EF-S 55-250mm II lens is even clearer and more pleasing to the eyes in terms of overall quality compared to the Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC lens. It’s quite obvious that you could actually create something out of nothing from a telephoto lens, even though you’re going to shoot landscapes.

Sample Photographs:

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Telephoto lenses take you to the greatest depths of a subject — they make art out of nature. They also make art out of architecture and they also do the things that wide-angle and normal lenses generally do — they could actually take photographs of fireworks at night, provided with their “wide-angle” end.

The EF-S 55-250mm lens is the perfect telephoto lens (or an excellent choice) for beginners. If you’re going to do macro, I think you should start using telephoto lenses first. (:

The dark side of Japan: Facepalm!

Seriously, what I’m hearing now is about the scandal with one AKB48 member.

The problem with the Japanese culture and society according to observations would be: Inconsistency!

Ranging from gadgets to idol groups and err… popstars, it is no doubt that Japanese society is quite inconsistent when it comes to handling things.

Objectification of Women

Lucky enough, if you’re in the Philippines (as much as comparison is concerned, I hate comparing Japan and the Philippines since both are LOVE), you will never experience some sanctions once you are either impregnated or maybe raped by a guy. Here, most of the time, guys get the sanction. However in Japan, here’s the catch:

You cannot hear something like this in K-Pop music.

However, the more famous pop idols (Utada Hikaru, Namie Amuro, Ayumi Hamasaki, Kumi Koda) experienced marriage. During these days, why are the more individualistic pop idols get more benefits than a certain idol group?

For the love of God, why?

Japanese women do not deserve to be objectified! At all.

Jaeyoun Kim’s essay about the Philippines: Reactions

Filipinos always complain about the corruption in the Philippines . Do you really think the corruption is the problem of the Philippines ? I do not think so. I strongly believe that the problem is the lack of love for the Philippines.

Let me first talk about my country, Korea . It might help you understand my point. After the Korean War, South Korea was one of the poorest countries in the world. Koreans had to start from scratch because entire country was destroyed after the Korean War, and we had no natural resources.

Koreans used to talk about the Philippines , for Filipinos were very rich in Asia . We envy Filipinos. Koreans really wanted to be well off like Filipinos. Many Koreans died of famine. My father & brother also died because of famine. Korean government was very corrupt and is still very corrupt beyond your imagination, but Korea was able to develop dramatically because Koreans really did their best for the common good with their heart burning with patriotism…

Koreans did not work just for themselves but also for their neighborhood and country. Education inspired young men with the spirit of patriotism.

40 years ago, President Park took over the government to reform Korea . He tried to borrow money from other countries, but it was not possible to get a loan and attract a foreign investment because the economic situation of South Korea was so bad. Korea had only three factories. So, President Park sent many mine workers and nurses to Germany so that they could send money to Korea to build a factory. They had to go through horrible experience.

In 1964, President Park visited Germany to borrow money. Hundred of Koreans in Germany came to the airport to welcome him and cried there as they saw the President Park . They asked to him, “President, when can we be well off?” That was the only question everyone asked to him. President Park cried with them and promised them that Korea would be well off if everyone works hard for Korea , and the President of Germany got the strong impression on them and lent money to Korea . So, President Park was able to build many factories in Korea . He always asked Koreans to love their country from their heart.

Many Korean scientists and engineers in the USA came back to Korea to help developing country because they wanted their country to be well off. Though they received very small salary, they did their best for Korea . They always hoped that their children would live in well off country.

My parents always brought me to the places where poor and physically handicapped people live. They wanted me to understand their life and help them. I also worked for Catholic Church when I was in the army. The only thing I learned from Catholic Church was that we have to love our neighborhood. And, I have loved my neighborhood.

Have you cried for the Philippines ? I have cried for my country several times. I also cried for the Philippines because of so many poor people.. I have been to the New Bilibid prison. What made me sad in the prison were the prisoners who do not have any love for their country. They go to mass and work for Church. They pray everyday. However, they do not love the Philippines . I talked to two prisoners at the maximum-security compound, and both of them said that they would leave the Philippines right after they are released from the prison. They said that they would start a new life in other countries and never come back to the Philippines.

Many Koreans have a great love for Korea so that we were able to share our wealth with our neighborhood. The owners of factory and company were distributed their profit to their employees fairly so that employees could buy what they needed and saved money for the future and their children.

When I was in Korea , I had a very strong faith and wanted to be a priest. However, when I came to the Philippines , I completely lost my faith. I was very confused when I saw many unbelievable situations in the Philippines. Street kids always make me sad, and I see them everyday. The Philippines is the only Catholic country in Asia , but there are too many poor people here. People go to church every Sunday to pray, but nothing has been changed.

My parents came to the Philippines last week and saw this situation. They told me that Korea was much poorer than the present Philippines when they were young. They are so sorry that there are so many beggars and street kids. When we went to Pasangjan, I forced my parents to take a boat because it would fun.. However, they were not happy after taking a boat. They said that they would not take the boat again because they were sympathized the boatmen, for the boatmen were very poor and had a small frame.. Most of people just took a boat and enjoyed it. But, my parents did not enjoy it because of love for them.

My mother who has been working for Catholic Church since I was very young told me that if we just go to mass without changing ourselves, we are not Catholic indeed. Faith should come with action. She added that I have to love Filipinos and do good things for them because all of us are same and have received a great love from God. I want Filipinos to love their neighborhood and country as much as they love God so that the Philippines will be well off.. I am sure that love is the keyword, which Filipinos should remember. We cannot change the sinful structure at once. It should start from person. Love must start in everybody, in a small scale and have to grow. A lot of things happen if we open up to love.

Let’s put away our prejudices and look at our worries with our new eyes. I discover that every person is worthy to be loved. Trust in love, because it makes changes possible. Love changes you and me. It changes people, contexts and relationships. It changes the world. Please love your neighborhood and country. Jesus Christ said that whatever we do to others we do to Him. In the Philippines , there is God for people who are abused and abandoned. There is God who is crying for love. If you have a child, teach them how to love the Philippines . Teach them why they have to love their neighborhood and country. You already know that God also will be very happy if you love others.

That’s all I really want to ask you Filipinos.

I sincerely hope that this essay inspire us all and show LOVE for our homeland.

Ang masasabi ko lang kasi, kung sino pa ang hind mukhang Pilipino, sila pa ay may mas mahigit pang magmamahal para sa bayan. ‘Yun lang.

I feel very sad when Filipinos do not love their country — granted, we have OFWs, but the question is, why can’t they even dare settle when they get rich in other countries?

Here’s a simple thing: Hingi ng hingi ng pera sa’yo ang mga kamag-anak mo, parang kang bangko.

Tayo kasing mga Pilipino, kadalasan kasi sa atin, pamilya lang talaga ang pinahahalagahan natin and beyond that point, wala na. We always think small, so we do not prosper so well unlike Vietnam. Vietnam used to be poorer than the Philippines, however, because they value their culture, their heritage, their traditions and the people, they managed to make their country boom.

I’m not saying that we should compare our “dirt poor-ness” to other countries. As what Jose Mujica (Uruguay’s President) said, “I define someone poor when they desire for more, more and more.”

We could be progressive without being rich. We could prosper without being damn wealthy, to the point na even our basic necessities in life would cost at least fifty pesos. What I really ask in most OFWs is that, you should tell your relatives in the Philippines NOT to be too dependent on you (as in palagi na lang), kasi in the end kayo rin ang kawawa.

Full-blooded Filipinos do not value their country so well, unlike those who are halfies, they really manage to love the Philippines as their home, especially the half-Japanese, half-Filipino people, because in Japan, cost of living is too damn costly, and if you are rich enough, you may own a property there or live the rest of your life there forever.

Akala ko pa naman sa una, kaya half-Filipino-Japanese kids study and live in the Philippines to be taught “Filipino values,” if truth is, Japan also embeds values on their society, however, there are more problems in Japan that are much, much worse than that of the Philippines. Dito nga sa ‘Pinas, may sex scandal ka, you could still move on and live your life due to strong Christian influence that you should not end your life in a blink of an eye. Saving face is not the norm: Sa ‘Pinas, pakapalan ng mukha. Walang aatras. While in Japan, the recent news about Minegishi Minami of AKB48 was a really big deal since J-Pop idols should appear virginal and pure, no boyfriends, all that crap. Ganun kataas ang morality standards ng mga Hapones. I really cannot blame them, though (in fact, saving face is still one of the cultural things they preserve).

I just don’t wanna drag Nihon right here but…

However, not all of his/her statements are accurately and precisely correct. Every person has his/her own biases. Kung ako, mas biased pa nga ako sa mga Japanese eh when it comes to their patriotism, what more kung sa Koreans? I understand how Korean people went through, however, if it was a Japanese who would write an essay about the Philippines, he/she should say:

“I think their nationalism should improve more and prosper; if they develop the ‘In Rome, do as what the Romans do’ philosophy, their social awareness would prosper as well.”

As much as I love some Korean people out there, I feel sorry for them whenever they’re dragged into the scenario that they’re too chauvinistic (North Koreans are taught to be chauvinistic) in a sense that they would shove things like this and that. I suggest that Korean society should embrace multiculturalism and balancing things as well.

As much as I love Japan, it is still not a perfect country to live in. However, all the mannerisms I manifest are more of Japanese than Filipino, because when you say Japanese, I mean, their no-no to eye-to-eye contact, being barefeet at homes, slurping as GOOD thing, et cetera. After all, I am more on the East than on the West.

So far, I have said enough.

Side Note: How could we be not that patriotic if we truly support Ms. Universe Filipino representative, eh?

Latin America: Mysteriously Enchanted


Wikipedia|Brazil’s very own Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer).


centreforumblog.wordpress.com|Jose Mujica, Uruguay’s sovereign leader and the world’s poorest president.


buenosaires54.com|I wonder who this person is, eh?


forums.santabanta.com|Three countries in one river… that is Iguazu.


tripadvisor.com|Latin America sure is really… mystical.

Latin America, or the most of South America, is best known for its Iberian and Latin heritage. Most countries speak Spanish while Brazil is a Portuguese-speaking country. Guyana is an English-speaking country, Suriname as Dutch and French Guiana as French, since its a French Overseas Territory.

The most intriguing part when you talk about Latin America is that, Brazil could be accessed by a Philippine Passport holder without any need for a visa, just like when going to Israel for a tour. Also, Latin America (or South America in a majority sense) is known for Argentine icon Eva Peron whose corpse travelled to Europe due to a turbulent coup in her native Argentina. In the present-day South America, Christina Fernandez de Kirchner is the present-day iconic president of Argentina, Paolo Coelho as the bilingual Brazilian author of many famous books and quotations and of course, Jose Mujica, Uruguay’s president and the poorest world leader in the world.

After we shifted from Japan, North Korea, Israel towards Iceland and the rest of Scandinavia, Latin America would be a number one trip when you just have to tell me that it’s awesome.