» Archive for October, 2012

31Oct FreeNas Speed test with new PCI-e 1Gb NIC

Finally had a chance to install the new PCI-e 1Gb Ethernet card and it seems to have dramatically improved read and write speeds to my desktop from the freenas build. Above is a read transfer from the NAS to a local hard drive. As you can see I’m averaging about 43 MB/s on this large file transfer. Considering […]

30Oct Canon 7d Magic Lantern Alpha firmware update

It only took one month from the time the Magic Lantern team announced the Canon 7d hack solution to the day they were able to release the alpha version of Magic Lantern for the 7d. The progress so far looks good. Even though this is only an alpha, the team has already managed to incorporate some of […]

28Oct Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 quick Bokeh test

I had a chance to grab a few quick Bokeh tests on the Tamron 24-70mm f2.8. It isn’t nearly as beautiful as the primes i’m used to using, but it’s pretty good.  There is a little bit of onion pattern in the Bokeh and it does pinch off a little at the edges wide open. […]

28Oct Canon 40mm f2.8 price drop

The Canon 40mm f2.8 lens is an interesting little peace of kit, ( full review here) but at $200 it’s a hard sell. However, now that the price has dropped to $149 on both B&H and Amazon it could be a little more attractive offering (pun intended). I’m not sure if this is a permanent price drop or […]

27Oct Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 VC – First impressions

I picked up the Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 on that Amazon warehouse deal I posted awhile back and I’ve been using it quit a bit over my last month worth of travel. Image quality so far has been great and I’ve found the VC (vibration control) a lot more useful then I expected. The vibration control isn’t […]

26Oct Very Classy HTPC build with a nMEDIAPC Red Wood Computer case

I figured while I was on the path of computer construction I’d go ahead and update my HTPC. The old P4 machine that I’ve used for years just wasn’t cutting it any more and it’s a pain to drag out my laptop when I want to watch a movie. After searching for some case options, I […]

25Oct Canon 5d mark III firmware announcement, Clean 4:2:2, 8 bit HDMI out

It looks like Canon is finally unlocking some of the power of it’s Digic 5+ processor in the 5d mark III with the announcement of a new firmware update coming next year. The Nikon D800 was released with the ability to output a clean HDMI signal, however it was reported that the 5d MKIII was not capable of outputting a […]

23Oct Freenas Build, also I’m back from a month of filming.

Just finished a month of traveling to Boston, Atlanta, Orlando, and Kansas City. I’m glad to be home and ready to take a brake from out of town work for a few weeks. Waiting for me when I got home was everything I ordered for the Freenas build. One change I made to the parts list while […]