The morning started well - I worked out why I couldn't configure my new terrabyte drive
: it turns out
specifying an IP address (rather than using DHCP
) blocks some admin functions!
Andy & I headed downtown to look at
cameras. (Thanks again for all the input
last week.) We went to Henry's
because it was closest, and compared the weight/feel of the Canon Rebel XTi
, Sony A100
, Nikon D40x
and Pentax K10D
. (I think we also looked at the Olympus E-410 very briefly but I'm not sure.)
I ruled out the A100 quite quickly because the buttons just felt in the wrong place - my trigger finger just didn't find the shutter release as easily as it did on all the others. (Unfortunately the Sony is the only one that could take my existing Tamron AF 28-300mm lens.)
The Pentax felt nice (weighty, like a "proper" camera) and has anti-shake compensation (neat!) but it's also a fair bit more expensive (~$100-150 more before tax).
They didn't have the battery pack at the Henry's Outlet
so we went round the corner to the main store (I didn't realise it was so big!) and had another
comparison. With the BG-E3 battery holder attached it feels a much better size & weight. The added bonus of it being doubling as a vertical grip (with some buttons duplicated for ease when you're shooting "sideways") is nice but probably not something I'll use all that often. (The grip is $160
or about $250 (I think he said) bundled with a second battery & bag.)
Anyway, after all the "window shopping", we headed over to the Sony store (in the Eaton Centre) to see if they had replacement rubber bits for my noise-cancelling headphones. They don't but they pointed me at a place nearby (King & River) so we headed over, only to discover they're closed at weekends.
We had talked about going to Volo
for a beer or two but being as we were so close to the Distillery District
we headed over to Mill Street brewery
. Andy bumped into someone who he was at school with and now works at Mill Street, who very kindly bought us a couple of pints.
We tried a few
that we hadn't had before: the IPA
, Cobblestone stout, ESB
and the pilsner. I liked the ESB but it overpowered the pilsner when I tasted Andy's pint. The stout was quite tasty too - I would probably stick with the coffee porter
if I was only having one pint but for an evening I'd go with the stout. :)
The evening ended with a cooperative game of Halo 3
- we're saving Death Match for Monday night. :)
Oh, I forgot - I played Bioshock
for a few minutes before we went out - looks good but it seemed to be leading me through a set path.