OT: So, whad'ya get?
John B
Posted 2006-12-27 11:11 AM (#224928)
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Did everyone get what they wanted for the holidays? My "big" gift this year was a Canon digital SLR camera which I have been wanted for a while. I'm having a lot of fun with it, but my poor daughter has started to run and hide when she sees me with it. I think I've taken about a hundred shots (no exaggeration) of her since Christmas day.
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an4340
Posted 2006-12-27 11:45 AM (#224929 - in reply to #224928)
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Best gift was time with the family.
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Phil Wong
Posted 2006-12-27 11:55 AM (#224930 - in reply to #224928)
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John,
Great to hear that you got the Digital SLR that you wanted. I'm taking alot of picture with mine also. I'm still trying to figure out all the options/default settings.
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Thanksforallthefish
Posted 2006-12-27 12:32 PM (#224931 - in reply to #224928)
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A whole bunch of guitar parts, and more on the way...

was just like getting the deluxe erector sets and electronics kits that I used to get when I was my young geeky/nerdy self...(they used to call me "Professor" Hess)...hard to meet girls when that's your moniker.

Never been one of the "cool" guys..I preferred working on old tube stereo and mono amps..building RC model planes and playing with my first computers..(trs80 coco and a c64 then amiga), and riding unicycles, gymnastics, and circus arts/trapeze/high-wire.. Oh well.

it's been an ok holiday so far except for the deaths and funerals, the girls have made it through Christmas and Thanksgiving without a LEO being called or someone being slapped and or decked..(first time in years).

nice change.

I'm going out to ride my uni and walk the dog..

hope everyone got what they needed.

Glenn
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John B
Posted 2006-12-27 12:35 PM (#224932 - in reply to #224928)
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Phil: Believe it or not, I actually read the manual ...the WHOLE manual, and I even understand quite a bit of it. LOL. I picked up a 300mm zoom lens to go with it which is really cool. Now I just have to learn how to use all of this stuff.
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Trader Jim
Posted 2006-12-27 12:57 PM (#224933 - in reply to #224928)
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Didn't get a thing. Didn't want or need anything. Just enjoyed a vacation with the family. Congrats on the DSLR John. Those are really nice, and usefull. Now, lets see some pics.!
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Phil Wong
Posted 2006-12-27 1:01 PM (#224934 - in reply to #224928)
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WOW John now I have some competition. Nikon released a G series lens line. The lenses that you saw me use are D series. With D series lenses there is a 1.5X magnification. My big lens is an 80-200mm F2.8. With my D200 that lens is now 120-300mm F5.6. My 28mm F2.8 is now 42mm. I may have a problem with wide angle group shots now.
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John B
Posted 2006-12-27 1:06 PM (#224935 - in reply to #224928)
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Hey Phil, maybe I can be your assistant A/V guy! Whaddaya think? LOL. I'm in the market for a telephoto lens to take pictures of birds ("birding" is another hobby of mine), but they are way too rich for my blood. I'm keeping my eye on e-bay for a possible bargain.
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Capo Guy
Posted 2006-12-27 1:08 PM (#224936 - in reply to #224928)
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I got a Intelli model IMT-500 Chromatic tuner. :cool:

It clips to the headstock and uses vibration to tune the guitar. Works really well. :)
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John B
Posted 2006-12-27 1:09 PM (#224937 - in reply to #224928)
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Oh, by the way Phil. From the looks of the stuff that you brought to NE gathering, I'm a long way from competing with you.
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Captain Lovehandles
Posted 2006-12-27 1:12 PM (#224938 - in reply to #224928)
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Originally posted by an4340:
Best gift was time with the family.
Yeah, I didn't get much either. :)

You're gonna think I'm kidding, but I got a nose hair trimmer shaped like a giant finger. No lie.

Just like this one:
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mtnbikerfred
Posted 2006-12-27 1:15 PM (#224939 - in reply to #224928)
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It was allot of work. I packed up shipped 300lbs of cage and accessories, and had to make special arrangements to transport him on the plane with me, but with the help of some of the OFC, it was a red AND green Christmas at my house

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CrimsonLake
Posted 2006-12-27 1:16 PM (#224940 - in reply to #224928)
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Glenn - I had the parts already - I did get some of the tools to put them all together and make them look nice and shiny (courtesy of StewMac).

There is mucho family time - my wife had to go back to work today, so it's me and the kids for this week and next.
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Jason_S
Posted 2006-12-27 1:27 PM (#224941 - in reply to #224928)
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i got some shirts and pants,spent some time with my family. still one present left to pick up..come on staurday...jason
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colt357
Posted 2006-12-27 2:21 PM (#224942 - in reply to #224928)
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Originally posted by Captain_Lovehandles:
Originally posted by an4340:
Best gift was time with the family.
Yeah, I didn't get much either. :)

You're gonna think I'm kidding, but I got a nose hair trimmer shaped like a giant finger. No lie.

Just like this one:
Talk about getting the finger! WOW!!!


:)

Dave
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Jewel's Mom a/k/a Joisey Goil #1
Posted 2006-12-27 2:30 PM (#224943 - in reply to #224928)
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This technologically-challenged grandma received a digital camera (a fairly simple one), complete with printer for 4x6 pictures, rechargeable batteries and charger, and a memory chip. I will have to sit down and completely read everything before I point it at anything--my son and his girlfriend gave me a crash course on Monday, which of course has completely escaped me now. (Thank you, encroaching middle-age.) At least I sort of understood my old Pentax..... :(
I also got some beautiful flowers from two very special friends :) :) , pictures of my little cuties :) , new strings, and a great array of other assorted grin-givers. :D

--Karen
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lanaki
Posted 2006-12-27 2:48 PM (#224944 - in reply to #224928)
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hey fred,
looks like a sideways male eclectus from here... do you have a female also? gorgeous birds!
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mtnbikerfred
Posted 2006-12-27 3:11 PM (#224945 - in reply to #224928)
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Yup. Two redheads (one Solomon Islands, one Aruensis) & now Pally, our SI guy.
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lanaki
Posted 2006-12-27 3:21 PM (#224946 - in reply to #224928)
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Originally posted by mtnbikerfred:
Yup. Two redheads (one Solomon Islands, one Aruensis) & now Pally, our SI guy.
Sweet!!
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Mark in Boise
Posted 2006-12-27 3:32 PM (#224947 - in reply to #224928)
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No blue Adamas under the tree, but got 3 Hercules guitar hangers. I now have the 3 12 fretters close to each other. That allows me to get all the Ovations off the floor and I'll soon have them on 3 walls. I need a bigger room.
I also got a Dunlop cleaning kit, so now I can clean the necks and strings of the guitars I have.
I'm sitting on my main gift. My wife got me a new office chair.
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lanaki
Posted 2006-12-27 3:38 PM (#224948 - in reply to #224928)
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Originally posted by Mark in Boise:

I'm sitting on my main gift.
Me too. My butt got bigger from all the edible gifts.
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Waskel
Posted 2006-12-27 4:14 PM (#224949 - in reply to #224928)
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A tube mic pre, a Yamaha ag-stomp, some Alaska picks, strings and the '87 on the way. It was a very good year.
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Tupperware
Posted 2006-12-27 4:33 PM (#224950 - in reply to #224928)
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Waskel, sounds like you and the mrs. subscribe to the "let's just shop for ourselves" theory. Nice going. What tube mic pre- did you get?

Dave
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Waskel
Posted 2006-12-27 4:45 PM (#224951 - in reply to #224928)
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Not so much "shop for ourselves" as "here's a list of things I could use (ranked by importance), pick what you would love to give me". The results are (hopefully) much the same. After 28 years, we've pretty much exhausted the list of things we've "always wanted".

I got the ART Tube MP Studio V3. Not the greatest pre, but pretty good bang for the buck, and on sale to boot. I wanted to try to improve my vocal recording. Makes a nifty DI, too.

Oh, also got a nice little self-inking stamp for guitar chords. Much better than trying to draw out the first 5 frets...
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Mark in Boise
Posted 2006-12-27 5:01 PM (#224952 - in reply to #224928)
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I forgot that I also got 3 Behringer vocal microphones. I didn't need them, may never use them, but thought that they were something cheap that my wife could get and pretend it came from one of the other relatives. Now I'm all ready for 3 Dreamgirls to be my backup singers.
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fillhixx
Posted 2006-12-27 6:35 PM (#224953 - in reply to #224928)
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Yamaha mw12- usb mixing studio which came complete with Cubase recording program which I must now load onto the computer.

....If you don't hear from me for a while, the program ate my 'puter.... :-)
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cruster
Posted 2006-12-27 7:26 PM (#224954 - in reply to #224928)
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Originally posted by John B:
Did everyone get what they wanted for the holidays? My "big" gift this year was a Canon digital SLR camera which I have been wanted for a while. I'm having a lot of fun with it, but my poor daughter has started to run and hide when she sees me with it. I think I've taken about a hundred shots (no exaggeration) of her since Christmas day.
I got the Canon dSLR I had been researching for six weeks, along with a nice selection of lenses and accessories. Of course, buying it for myself took some of the surprise out of it, but the Missus did make me wrap it and wait for the big day. She also got me a wireless weather station which is the cats as...uh, pajamas. Very cool stuff.

Most importantly, everyone else had a wonderful holiday season, which is what I really hoped for.

Originally Posted by Phil Wong:
John,
Great to hear that you got the Digital SLR that you wanted. I'm taking alot of picture with mine also. I'm still trying to figure out all the options/default settings.
Phil, I had an electronic copy of the manual for the Canon for two weeks before I actually ordered it. I thought I knew everything this thing could do. Funny how as soon as I have it in my hands I can't figure out a thing. ;) Luckily, that green rectangle setting does a pretty fair job. At least, it did on the 200+ shots I took the first day. Heh.
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John B
Posted 2006-12-27 8:49 PM (#224955 - in reply to #224928)
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"Luckily, that green rectangle setting does a pretty fair job. At least, it did on the 200+ shots I took the first day. Heh."

AHHHhhh .... The little green rectangle!!! I LOVE the little green rectangle! After 2 days, I finally got brave and moved into some uncharted territory, but it's nice to go in to "full auto" mode when you need to.
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TexasDoc
Posted 2006-12-27 9:17 PM (#224956 - in reply to #224928)
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Originally posted by cruster:
Originally posted by John B:
Did everyone get what they wanted for the holidays? My "big" gift this year was a Canon digital SLR camera which I have been wanted for a while. I'm having a lot of fun with it, but my poor daughter has started to run and hide when she sees me with it. I think I've taken about a hundred shots (no exaggeration) of her since Christmas day.
I got the Canon dSLR I had been researching for six weeks, along with a nice selection of lenses and accessories. Of course, buying it for myself took some of the surprise out of it, but the Missus did make me wrap it and wait for the big day. She also got me a wireless weather station which is the cats as...uh, pajamas. Very cool stuff.

Most importantly, everyone else had a wonderful holiday season, which is what I really hoped for.

Originally Posted by Phil Wong:
John,
Great to hear that you got the Digital SLR that you wanted. I'm taking alot of picture with mine also. I'm still trying to figure out all the options/default settings.
Phil, I had an electronic copy of the manual for the Canon for two weeks before I actually ordered it. I thought I knew everything this thing could do. Funny how as soon as I have it in my hands I can't figure out a thing. ;) Luckily, that green rectangle setting does a pretty fair job. At least, it did on the 200+ shots I took the first day. Heh.
Which Canon DSLRs did you guys get? I got the 30d a few months ago. Have always been an advanced amatuer photographer. Went from the Canon Elan 7E to the 30D. Very similar camera (without the eye focus).
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Stevechapman
Posted 2006-12-27 10:26 PM (#224957 - in reply to #224928)
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I got a Rock.......
oops wrong season... :p :rolleyes:
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FlySig
Posted 2006-12-28 12:12 AM (#224958 - in reply to #224928)
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I got a teenage daughter applying to college, which means I'm applying for financial aid for her.

Didn't get nothing but an advanced look at my taxes for 2006. Bad bad news. Gotta work more overtime to pay the tax man.

So, no new toys for me this year.
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fillhixx
Posted 2006-12-28 1:00 AM (#224959 - in reply to #224928)
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Originally posted by Stevechapman:
I got a Rock.......
oops wrong season... :p :rolleyes:
Nope, right reason, right season.
In Canada (and most of the new Christian World) you'd get coal. Deal with it. ;) :p
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Jason_S
Posted 2006-12-28 1:04 AM (#224960 - in reply to #224928)
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i put a new trc on my folklore and renamed it..does that count?? its now a 1114-4 glen campbell folklore..lol jason
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fillhixx
Posted 2006-12-28 1:51 AM (#224961 - in reply to #224928)
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BTW; once I figger out how this digitalis recording stuff works, you're all welcome to come up and make a cd! (In groups of 8 or less.....) No guaratees of quality....and I stand by that 100%!
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muzza
Posted 2006-12-28 2:22 AM (#224962 - in reply to #224928)
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tten, that's a serious camera isn't it? That's about $1000 AUD more than the one I'm looking at.

Phil Wong, which Nikon do you have?

John B, which Canon SLR did you get? I'm looking at getting myself an EOS 400D in the near future. I wanted a Nikon D70 or D80 (long time favourite - Nikon) but the Canon more than matches it feature wise, is easier to use, (for the missus) it's lighter and, importantly, MUCH cheaper.
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John B
Posted 2006-12-28 5:54 AM (#224963 - in reply to #224928)
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Originally posted by muzza:
tten, that's a serious camera isn't it? That's about $1000 AUD more than the one I'm looking at.

Phil Wong, which Nikon do you have?

John B, which Canon SLR did you get? I'm looking at getting myself an EOS 400D in the near future. I wanted a Nikon D70 or D80 (long time favourite - Nikon) but the Canon more than matches it feature wise, is easier to use, (for the missus) it's lighter and, importantly, MUCH cheaper.
I have the Digital Rebel XT which is by no means a pro model, but it's a nice SLR for a hobbyist like myself. I like it because I can use Canon's full line of of "ES" lenses with it, and there are a lot of those around, so I'm hoping to find some good deals on E-bay. It also has a "full auto" mode for when you just want to point and shoot. I'm very happy with it so far! Canon just came out with the new version (Rebel XTi) which is 10 megapixels as opposed to the 8.2 that mine has.
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Phil Wong
Posted 2006-12-28 8:06 AM (#224964 - in reply to #224928)
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I have the Nikon D200, 28mm F2.8, (2) 35-70m F2.8 one D series one not, 80-200mm F2.8,SB-800 flash, SB-24 flash and various accessories.
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muzza
Posted 2006-12-28 8:35 AM (#224965 - in reply to #224928)
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John, sounds like the Rebel XT is the same as the EOS 350D down here. The XTi is the one I'm looking at getting. Glad you like yours, makes me want one even more.

Phil, you've got a cool camera dude!
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Waskel
Posted 2006-12-28 1:01 PM (#224966 - in reply to #224928)
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"Out for delivery"
:D I just love those words...
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TexasDoc
Posted 2006-12-28 1:03 PM (#224967 - in reply to #224928)
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The 30d is still considered amatuer from Canon. You have to get into the single digits (5d) to be considered a professional series camera. I considered the Rebel, but the 30d fit in my hands better, is more rugged, faster, and just seemed a better fit.

Like most things (guitars and cameras included), a talented user more than makes up for technology.
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cruster
Posted 2006-12-28 9:08 PM (#224968 - in reply to #224928)
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Originally posted by ttenn:
The 30d is still considered amatuer from Canon. You have to get into the single digits (5d) to be considered a professional series camera. I considered the Rebel, but the 30d fit in my hands better, is more rugged, faster, and just seemed a better fit.

Like most things (guitars and cameras included), a talented user more than makes up for technology.
To answer your earlier question, I...errrr, we got the 30D. Both my wife and I are coming from Minolta bodies (I have old X370 and X700s, she had whatever new fangled thing they had out in about 2000), so the functions and features of the 30D are a bit...overwhelming. I considered going the D200 route, but when I learned of the double rebates on the Canon kit, I just couldn't justify the extra dough (although I hear the Nikon glass is fantastic).

The only thing I really miss from my X700 is the huge, bright viewfinder. None of the dSLRs have a view anywhere near the quality of that thing. :(
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