Sunday, May 23, 2010

Not Exactly Wood

Resysta is a new hybrid material made of 60% rice husk, 22% common salt, and 18% mineral oil, which has the look and feel of tropical wood. Resysta was inspired by 2 Singaporean brothers whom have discovered the formula of 100% no wood materials way back in 1998.

Since then, this composite material has been tested on real life implementation on outdoor structures (Decking of Hong Kong's fisherman's pier) and has proven itself a viable solution as a substitute for outdoor wooden infrastructures.

This is some good news for the environment and trees specifically. For more info about Resysta you can head down to this link.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

3D Cinema at Suria Sabah

GSC Suria Sabah has the first 3D Cinema in Kota Kinabalu and Sabah which opened this month of May. The fee comes to RM15 which is more than double normal ticket rates but the additional cost is all in favour to entertain you more with an immersive visual experience.

The third instalment of Shrek is the first movie I've watched on 3D technology. The introduction of 3D cinema whets my appetite for more. The visual experience is absolutely awe inspiring. You literally see things come off the screen and appear inches away from where you're seated. Yeah! It's that real. Awesome stuff.

The 3D glasses you'll be handed at the entrace comes in black and probably made of carbon fibre material I think. The glasses itself is not very cheap coz if you accidentally break one you'd best have RM200 to replace them.

As newcomers to this form of technology in entertainment, we've been given previews of upcoming movies that has embraced 3D, namely Toy Story 3, Despicable me (animation) and another Resident Evil movie. The realism of live action film incorporating 3D is indeed captivating and I'll be looking forward to watching such movies in this format.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

2nd Hand Canon Sx10is for RM800

I believe this to be a very good bargain for a second hand camera from mudah.my. Physically, it looks almost brand new. The retail price for a new one costs around RM1,800++ as seen in Canon Malaysia website. At mudah.my, it cost just RM800 and even negotiable to an extent. However, this is presumed specifically for those living in Kota Kinabalu/Penampang area, unless one is willing to travel the distance for a first hand look.

The Canon Powershot SX10IS doesn't fit well into one's pockets but it is not bulky either like DSLRs. It's still light weight and convenient to bring around. This 10 Megapixel camera is powered by 4 AA batteries.

The strong points about this camera is its 20x optical zoom and bigger lens which is likely to produce detailed photos with better control of depth-of-field compared to the more compact digital camera lineups. And it has a flash hot shoe built-in for those who prefer using external flash as an alternative. Also, a cool feature about this camera is its adjustable viewfinder which can be swiveled 180 degrees to the left and vertically rotated as well. This gives the ability take those difficult low or high angle shots while still being able to preview through the viewfinder and composing the photo before commiting to pressing the shutter button.

With that said, for me, it's a very good buy. I too am tempted but I don't think that I have the need for another camera now.

Looking at 2nd hand stuff

Lenses

Canon EF 50mm 1.8 II, RM300, posted 16/05/10
No more ad. Presumed sold. Checked 18/05/10
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Canon EFS 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 IS, RM200, posted 20/05/10
No more ad. Presumed sold. Checked 21/05/10, NYESAL I DIDN"T BUY. Can sell balik kasi up the price!

Canon EFS 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 IS, RM450, posted 16/05/10
(New: RM680-RM850) w/ UV filter, lens hood
No more ad. Presumed sold. Checked 18/05/10

Canon EFS 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 IS, RM200, posted 06/05/10
Faulty auto focus
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Canon EF 28-135mm F3.5-5.6 USM, RM1,400, posted 15/05/10
w/ Hoya filter, lens hood

Flash

Canon Speedlite 580EX II, RM1,500, posted 13/05/10
(New: RM2500)

Canon Speedlite 430EX II, RM1,050, posted 16/05/10

Cameras

Canon 450D Body Only, RM1,700, posted 06/05/10

Handis Fondis

Sony Ericsson T707, RM270, posted 12/05/10
No more ad. Presumed sold. Checked 25/05/10

Nokia 6600, RM300, posted 12/05/10
No more ad. Presumed sold. Checked 25/05/10

Misc

USB Wireless LAN Dongle, RM30, posted 12/04/10
Wireless WiFi Card for PC, RM50, posted 17/05/10

Saturday, May 15, 2010