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Scott's Column
Star Wars Celebration V, Canon 28mm f/1.8, USB 3.0 Hard Drive

August 1, 2010
By Scott Lewis

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Star Wars Celebration V

I write these articles the month before they are published. As you read this I will be taking my sons to the Star Wars Celebration V event in Orlando Florida. We also have 3-day passes to Universal Studios park where they just opened up The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. So... all my attention has been getting ready for this trip. So this month will be a bit light on content. And since I will be taking this trip in August, it is likely that September's column will be a bit short of as well.

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New Lens - 28mm f/1.8

I went to a comic book convention during July. I tried using my 50mm f/1.4 lens because it works really well in low light. Unfortunately, it required me to back way too much to get pictures easily of all the people dressed up in costume. The 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens that came with my Canon EOS T2i camera worked, but I had to raise the ISO setting higher than I would have liked.

I also took both lenses to car shows. I tried using the 50mm lens but is was too much trouble. I had to back so far away from the car I was taking a picture of that people walked in front of you because they don't know you are trying to take a picture. Keep in mind that on the Canon EOS dSLR cameras the sensor is not full frame, and you have to use a crop factor with the lens. So the 50mm lens is equivalent to an 80mm lens on a full frame camera. That is just too long at a car show with people walking all around.

So I purchased the 28mm f/1.8 lens. This lens is very well built, and it feels just like the 50mm f/1.4. I went to two car shows in or near Austin and left the 28mm lens on the entire time... just to see how it would work. I never had a problem with the lens. I was able to easily "sneaker zoom" a few feet forward or back to get any shot I wanted. I think this is going to be my go to lens at the convention.

I am planning on renting a better zoom lens for the trip. I will report on that when I get back.

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USB 3.0 External Hard Drive

I purchased Western Digital's My Book 3.0 in 1 TB size. I was running low on disc space everywhere. The extra TB of space really helped. The version of this drive I purchased came with a PCI-E card for the USB 3.0. I do not yet have a motherboard that supports USB 3.0.

My plan was to install this on my server. I already moved my 1.5 TB USB 2.0 external drive to the server so that video files would be accessible to my Blu-Ray player even with my PC shut down. I assumed I would do the same with the USB 3.0 drive. I recently installed a Gigabit Ethernet card in this server so that I could get Gigabit access to it from my PC. The wireless router I bought for my apartment supported Gigabit speed for the wired ports. Gigabit speed to the USB 3.0 drive would be about as fast as if it were attached to my PC.

Well... my server's motherboard does not have PCI-E slots. I was forced to install this drive on my desktop computer. While I was in there I removed the TV Tuner card. I have not used it in a long time. The install when without a hitch.

I moved almost all the files from my desktop's D: drive to the USB 3 drive, as well as all my music that was taking up precious space on my C: drive. I also moved a bunch of tutorial and podcasts from the server down to the USB 3 drive.

All the drives (internal/external/network/etc) on my computer show in green in Windows. Before getting this drive all of them were showing red (less than 10% free).

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Conclusion

That's it... a bit short. But I have a lot coming up. I just haven't had time to report on it. I attended the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk using my 50mm lens almost exclusively. I ended up ordering the parts for a new computer. I rented a Canon 24-105mm f/4 L IS lens for Celebration V. Plus I started ripping Blu-Ray movies to 720p HD fro my Zune to take to C-5.

It will probably take me a couple of months to tell you about all of this, so stay tuned.

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