Archive for November, 2010

Nikon D7000

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It’s been three years since I bought my first Digital SLR camera. In the summer of 2007, just before my 9,000 mile trip by land from Japan to the UK, I invested in the Nikon D40x – an entry-level model that allowed me to get back to being creative with my photography, without breaking the bank.

Fast forward to 2010 and I’m back in Tokyo, surrounded by geeky friends armed with DSLRs that are leagues ahead of the D40x. Mostly in the prosumer category, these cameras are capable of stunning results in low light, something my old Nikon failed spectacularly at. Seeing the results online made me think about upgrading – the question was, how much was a I prepared to invest? The popular choice amongst my friends was the Nikon D700 – it was the D700 that @J3SSL33 kindly leant me for last week’s hugely successful Rock Challenge photo project). A beautiful camera indeed, but at about 220,000 yen (£1,700) it was beyond what I wanted to pay. Also, at almost 1 kilogram in weight it wasn’t as portable as I would have liked.


Two weeks ago I walked into Yodobashi Camera to see what the alternatives were, and what should I see but the brand new Nikon D7000. Released only a couple of months back, it has got rave reviews.

  • “Nikon’s most advanced camera at any price”
  • “The Nikon D7000 has technical performance better than every other Nikon DSLR priced under $7,500, and handles better than any Nikon DSLR, regardless of price.”

Hmm, seemed like this was the one to get. Unlike the D700 it can shoot full HD video, it weigh’s less, it has two SD card slots (not compact flash, meaning I can use Eye-fi cards), it shoots 6fps as oppose to 5fps …and at 130,000 yen (about £1,000) it costs about 90,000 yen less!

The big difference, other than price? It doesn’t have a full frame sensor. But I can live without that – the sensor it does have (XPEED 2 CMOS – 16.2mp 23.6 x 15.6mm) produces stunning results (and HUGE files – 20mb for the average RAW file, 10mb for JPEGs).

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So, yesterday I picked up both the Nikon D7000 and a 50mm f/1.8 lens. The lenses that came with my D40x work great on the new camera, so I now have a really nice set of three.

I’ve not really had a chance to use it yet, except for a few shots taken in the park this morning.

I must say, I’m delighted to once again have a great camera to hand. I love photography, but the last year has seen me almost stop altogether as I became increasingly disappointed with the D40x’s performance. I look forward to picking it up again!

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A Week in Tokyo – Tame Style

I’m just emerging from what has probably been one of the busiest weeks of the year so far. Whilst busy is good for a freelancer, it’s been a little *too* busy at times – but emerging from the other end I can now look back and appreciate it all!

Monday I met with the communications officer at a local charity whose website I’m moving over to WordPress.

Tuesday I attended a meeting about live streaming TEDxYouth Day – training some volunteers in how to handle the tech. Following that was a meeting for 21 Foundation – we finally have the first copies of the DVD of 21:21, our educational documentary, and it’s looking beautiful! From there it was on to create a resume for the Domino’s Pizza job that pays GBP19,000 for a single hour’s work in December – fingers crossed for that.

From there, on to Roppongi for the GEW/ Impact Japan kick-off event. I was taking photos and video for that.

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Wednesday we spent the whole day at InterBEE – Broadcast Equipment Exhibition. Boy was that fun! I got to try on some real heavy duty steadicams (like wearing some kind of robot suit) – just incredible how stable they are.

Whilst there I was interviewed for French national TV by a leading tech journalist regarding the exhibition and the marathon project. We also found the steadicam that I think I can use for the Tokyo Marathon. Watch this space.

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Wednesday night was TEDxTokyo yz Theatre at Time Out Cafe. I was meant to be taking photos there, but my entry level DSLR really showed it’s true colors in the poor light – mainly black! Great night though. Loved the balloons that lit up when moved, and the incredible human beatbox performance.

Breaktime at TEDxTokyo yz Theatre

Thursday morning I headed to the Nike employee store – Nike have very kindly offered to support the Tokyo Marathon project by supplying all of my sports gear! This is very generous of them, and I’m now fully kitted out with some very comfortable and practical running gear – I’ll be talking more about that over on my running site.

Following that it was off to a meeting about next year’s TEDxTokyo event – trying to get as much done in advance this year. Things are starting to fall into place there, exciting stuff!

Then another meeting about the project proposal for a major mobile communications company. That would kick off next year if we can get it through.

Thursday night a Skype test with TEDxSingapore in prep for TEDxYouthDay on Saturday.

Friday was spent providing tech support for TotalFootball (something I do on a daily basis really), then off to Tokyo International School to set up livesteraming gear for TEDxYouthDay, which happened Saturday.

Saturday morning I was back at TIS before heading to Yokohama for the wedding of Lars and Tomoe; Lars was my senpai at university, and they met in Sheffield. It was a pretty interesting experience which I’ll talk about in due course. Very happy for the new family!

Back to TEDxYouth Day to pack up.

Sunday I ran 32KM in 3 hours…

Monday I took 2,500 photos for Rock Challenge Japan.

All in all, it was a hectic week!

TEDxYouth@Tokyo

[[posterous-content:pid___1]]What do a middle school student, world champion juggler, social entrepreneur, Pulitzer Prize winner, car designer, skateboarder, world champion yo-yo artist and a jazz singer have in common? 

They all presented at TEDxYouth@Tokyo!

One of 61 TEDxYouthDay events happening around the world, TEDxYouth@Tokyo, held at Tokyo International School, was organised and run by a team of 11-18 year olds whom together had put together a stunning lineup of speakers and entertainment. 

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The core theme – Youth2Youth – was clear from the moment of arrival at reception: anyone looking over-age was asked to present their student ID cards!

As well as almost all presenters being 18 or under, the MCs, stage management team and tech teams were also staffed entirely by young volunteers, many of whom were taking on these roles for the first time. 

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Between the event’s three sessions participants could be found rock-climbing, skateboarding, watching other TEDxYouthDays happening around the world on laptops, chilling out in the chill lounge – or taking part in the impromptu rave on the main stage!

iPod touches linked to the TEDxYouth@Tokyo Twitter account were handed out for participants to tweet the proceedings, whilst the backstage livestream camera crew (one of two channels used to live broadcast the event) carried out a number of interviews during break times, capturing the feel of the event from the participant’s perspective. 

To emphasise the global nature of TEDxYouthDay, live Skype video calls were included in the program, with the local team connecting with other TEDxYouthDay events in Singapore, Ipoh (Malaysia) , Hong Kong and Taipei.

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Overall, the event was a huge success, with participants s describing it as a fun, inspiring, unforgettable experience.

To see all of the photos from the event (taken by one of our 11-year-old volunteers) view our set on Flickr. Video from the event is also available here (Technical issues mean that audio is missing in some parts!)

Our thanks to the TEDx team for coordinating this global movement – the TEDxYouth@Tokyo rcew looks forward to taking part in future youth-centered events.

 

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TEDxYouth@Tokyo

What do a middle school student, world champion juggler, social entrepreneur, Pulitzer Prize winner, car designer, skateboarder, world champion yo-yo artist and a jazz singer have in common? 

They all presented at TEDxYouth@Tokyo!

One of 61 TEDxYouthDay events happening around the world, TEDxYouth@Tokyo, held at Tokyo International School, was organised and run by a team of 11-18 year olds whom together had put together a stunning lineup of speakers and entertainment. 

The core theme – Youth2Youth – was clear from the moment of arrival at reception: anyone looking over-age was asked to present their student ID cards!

As well as almost all presenters being 18 or under, the MCs, stage management team and tech teams were also staffed entirely by young volunteers, many of whom were taking on these roles for the first time. 

Between the event’s three sessions participants could be found rock-climbing, skateboarding, watching other TEDxYouthDays happening around the world on laptops, chilling out in the chill lounge – or taking part in the impromptu rave on the main stage!

iPod touches linked to the TEDxYouth@Tokyo Twitter account were handed out for participants to tweet the proceedings, whilst the backstage livestream camera crew (one of two channels used to live broadcast the event) carried out a number of interviews during break times, capturing the feel of the event from the participant’s perspective. 

To emphasise the global nature of TEDxYouthDay, live Skype video calls were included in the program, with the local team connecting with other TEDxYouthDay events in Singapore, Ipoh (Malaysia) , Hong Kong and Taipei.

Overall, the event was a huge success, with participants s describing it as a fun, inspiring, unforgettable experience.

To see all of the photos from the event (taken by one of our 11-year-old volunteers) view our set on Flickr. Video from the event is also available here (Technical issues mean that audio is missing in some parts!)

Our thanks to the TEDx team for coordinating this global movement – the TEDxYouth@Tokyo rcew looks forward to taking part in future youth-centered events.

 

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