The colorful wolf

January 14, 2010

Screw it!

Filed under: Cycling,Photography,Spirit of Japan — randy @ 20:28
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Finally got word from my last chance on getting fenders for my bicycle: they’ve already arrived! The fenders are here in Atsugi, but apparently the manufacturer forgot to send the customized screws needed to attach them, so I have to wait a few days until my bicycle will be complete once more. (PS, Sorry Martin for using the word fender instead of mudguard :P. I might side with the yankees on this one..)

I want to treat myself to a new lens this year, and I want to get rid of my 18-200mm. The image quality is visibly poor, even to me, and I usually don’t notice image quality issues very much. I’ve got four options in mind for improvement:

  1. Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 IS L
  2. Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
  3. Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS
  4. Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L

I went around a bit already, trying them out at Yodobashi camera, and I’ve eliminated the last two. The 17-55m does not have enough range, and the 24-70mm does not have IS and is too heavy. I’m really undecided between the other two choices though. The 24-105mm has better image quality and just feels great, very solid. It also has f/4 aperture even at 105mm. On the other hand the 15-85mm is small, light, and the range is just about perfect. Unfortunately the 15-85’s  image quality is slightly worse than the L lens, especially at large apertures.

Preparation status: Yes we can!

Items obtained:

  • tie wraps
  • bicycle computer, wireless (for speed, distance etc.)
  • Funky little stretchy rubber thingie that can attach any device to the handlebar (eg. iPod)
  • Maglite mini flashlight
  • Headlight (as in: mountable on a person’s head)
  • Easy-to-wear jeans (for cycling)
  • Small power outlet splitter thingie

I should lose some weight…

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