Lives in Hong Kong Hong Kong
Joined on Dec 10, 2009

cheie's current gear

Canon PowerShot SX130 IS
Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
Fujifilm FinePix X100
Mixed feelings about this one. Never really had any interest in it since i noticed the appalling drop in IQ once zoomed fully to 12x. Horribly slow flash recharge times, and slow annoying performance. But.. that's what you get when you pay $150 brand new for it... having said that, it does great as a filler space in my closet.
i saw this camera on a website, and thought, great, it as a 30x zoom, and can be a great little camera for my work. Little did i know how "little" it actually was. it works fine as a small point-and-shoot-do-it-well-but-not-particularly-well camera, but suffers from shitty battery life, and less-than-impressive IQ at the long end. But, in this category, there's the sony's and the panasonics, and the nikons, and... honestly, there's not much choice to choose from, neither is the quality there either... and by that, i'm not really sold on the small mega-zoom cameras... hence my RX-10, but now have my eyes on the FX1000...
Despite the irritating behaviour of this camera (which is now much improved), and the slow performance, this camera for its time had the Bogs Dollocks in IQ. I'd go so far as to say it surpasses my 7D. the flash is a work of art, even with the external flash gun, the images are perfect nearly all of the time. I LOVE this camera
Fujifilm X10
Olympus Tough TG-4
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3
As an alternative to the X100, and also a transition from my LX-3, this camera has it all. Great image quality (for a compact), lovely colours, a flash which gives great colours, and ok speed (ok, not as fast as the X20). Had the whole orbs of death problem, but had it fixed in a jiffy by Fujifilm Hong Kong free of charge, so that wasn't really an issue for me. Still love this camera to bits - cannot justify getting the X20 over this one though.
Still use this camera with passion. Takes the batteries from my FX9. The lens is great, performance OK for my needs. High ISO (800) starting to show its age now, but still love this camera to bits
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 (Lumix DMC-FT1)
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10
Canon EOS 7D
colours are rendered slightly weird on this camera, pixel quality is a bit lacking, but expected from such a tiny sensor and lens. Slow and the buttons are insensitive. Other than that, great for taking photos and videos of my dog underwater
i recently used this on my trip to Cambodia. Used it to get some great shots of the temples, and it was great on taking photos of the sunrise at Angkor Wat. Apart from the sluggish zoom speed (admittedly, this is great for video), i am really impressed with this camera - but the recent release of the Panny FZ1000 has got me thinking...
My current baby, had it for nearly 4 years now, but still love it. ISO 1600 and above mediocre, but performance is still up there with the Jones's. IQ is beaten by my X100... easily.
Canon EOS Rebel T4i (EOS 650D / EOS Kiss X6i)
Samsung NX5
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Great companion to my 7D, being lighter and pretty much OK for most situations where i don't need the speed or the number of AF points that the 7D has. The articulated screen is really good. I have no complaints about this camera, especially when the IQ is to all intents and purposes the same as the 7D (admittedly both cameras are now pretty much lacking in IQ department when compared with newer cameras)
Picked this little dude up for $350... haven't regretted it. Small, APS-C sensor, ok, it's Samsung's early attempts at a camera. no AMOLED screen like the NX10, but i look at my photos on my PC, so i'm not really bothered. Works great with the EF42 flashgun.
Great lens, got some really dreamy shots with this lens. However, bokeh feels busy and CA is an issue sometimes. Don't like the hood either... but, still very versatile lens
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
What can i say about this lens apart from it being the vital part of any photographer's kit.
I LOVE this lens. Actually, i think it has better build quality than my EFS-17-55 F2.8. Love the wider angle, and longer zoom. Not really worried about the F5.6. IQ is also very good. Good value for money
FANTASTIC lens, and great alternative to the EF 24-70 F2.8 on an APS-C lens where i reckon this lens outperforms it's L brother. Build quality is decidedly 2006, but i'm not complaining. a fantastic lens, and love it's 77mm diameter.
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Canon Extender EF 1.4x III
Samsung NX 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OIS
What can i say. This has served me as a paperweight more than anything else, a well as being lent to a friend who thought it would be cool to have a Sigma 50mm 1.4 as a primary lens for his 7D, and found out he couldn't do anything with it... haha... i don't have much affection to this lens, it was the kit lens for my 650D, but now my 650D is married to my 17-55 f/2.8
Great - if only it could stop magnifying the imperfections of my 70-200 f/2.8 IS II...
actually, this lens does perform quite well considering it's a kit lens. I'd go so far as to say it probably betters the Canon EF-S 18-55. Although it is definitely cheap, it still feels ok.

cheie's wish list

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Fujifilm X-T1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
Fujifilm X20
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

cheie's previous gear

Canon PowerShot SD700 IS (Digital IXUS 800 IS / IXY Digital 800 IS)
Fujifilm FinePix F20 Zoom
Olympus C-750 UZ
The predecessor to my FX9. Actually, i did like this camera, apart from the really-easy-to-scratch external finish... but then, in those days, i didn't know jack about taking photos
The predecessor to the F30, this was a great camera, and could use the batteries from my Panny FX9 and the charger from my PSP. The only thing that wasn't so good was the long time it took to delete one photo
Never quite got the hang of this camera, especially when compared with my Sony S85. Otherwise a great camera
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9
Pentax Optio S4
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S85
Noisewise, slightly worse than the SD700, and limited to only ISO400 (which was shit), but overall a more solid and stylish package, and i liked using this camera a lot. Also slightly more pocketable. Still working today, but rarely sees the light of day anymore
truly portable, shitty flash, but nice colours in good light, but shocking build quality, especially the battery compartment...
My first ever digital camera and bought it at a time when it was (technically) the first 4MP camera on the market. Kept at ISO100, it had fantastic image quality from that really nice Zeiss lens. The fake hotshoe is typical annoying Sony, but the functions were fantastic. Suffered from a minor quibble, in that the icons on the function dial wore off after a couple of years. printing out the function dial from the mage from the review page on dpreview and sticking it on the the top sorted that out!! I still miss this camera... Bloody Memory sticks! Which leads me to think about all these "legendary" cameras being released today - how do they survive for the next 50 years like our mechanical film counterparts???
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-U60
FujiFilm FinePix F70EXR (FinePix F75EXR)
Quirky waterproof camera, 2mp, fixed focal length, no real functions at all, crappy battery life, but had fun taking it out to the beach, and to the hot springs in japan!
Mixed feelings about this one. Didn't like the way it forced you to use high ISO most of the time. Never really got to grips with the EXR thing. The black piano finish was easy to scratch. Tried so hard to like it... and really can't see why it is sooo different from the X-series compacts...