Double Down!

On 30th March 2011, the KFC Double Down was officially released in Sydney.  I know, it’s a long time to wait since it was released on April 12 2010 in the US.  As you would expect, we were pretty eager to go check out what was widely ridiculed as extremely unhealthy. 

The Double Down contains a full day’s worth of sodium according to the American Heart Association’s guidelines.  Of course this had no affect on sales, selling over 350 000 sandwiches in less than 10 days in Canada. 

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Above: A picture of yours truly.  Zinger fillet, cheese, bacon, sauce, cheese, zinger fillet.  A real man’s “burger”

I also HAD to take a video of our experience with the double down (which we managed to get our hands on the night before).  Scroll down for Episode 1 of the series Smile

 

Taking on the Double Down: Episode I. Shot with the Canon EOS 5D MkII and EF 17-40mm f4L

 

Stay tuned for Episode II, where we up the stakes, manhood on the line

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70-200mm, why I have one

When I first bought my digital SLR (Canon 400D), I asked the guys I worked with at camera house which lenses I should get with it.  Both of them mentioned the Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS, at that time all I saw was:
– 70-200mm –> $2k
– 55-250mm –> $450
Like everyone else in my situation at the time, I seriously questioned why anybody would pay so much more for a less versatile lens.  Keep in mind the max apertures meant nothing to me back then. 

Over time, however, I realised just how valuable the 70-200mm f2.8L IS came to be after various shoots/events.  Here are a few reasons why you would buy one:
– It looks cool, it’s grey, has a red ring, and a massive hood Winking smile
– It’s sharp, sharper than your favourite steak knife
– Quiet and accurate focusing, unlike those older Tamron lenses that sounds like R2D2 with a spastic colon
– Finally … f2.8 f2.8 f2.8 f2.8 f2.8 f2.8 f2.8 f2.8!

Need I continue?

On the other hand, here are a few of the reasons that put people off from buying this lens:
– Size, weighs in at approx 1.6kg which puts it in the light heavyweight division of lenses
– $$$ the MkII version will range from $2300-$3300 in price (AUD)
– In case I forgot … SIZE

Here’s the thing about this lens, it won’t be one that you use all the time.  In fact, it might spend 80% of the time in a dry cabinet in your home.  Right now you may be thinking “why would I drop $2500 on a lens that I won’t use 80% of the time?”  You have a point, to an extent.  I brought this lens with me on an overseas trip and I NEVER used it.  BUT, here’s one of the many reasons to use this lens.  In these situations, there is no substitute to having a 70-200 f2.8L.

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Reason #1 to have this lens: Indoor sports photography!  Sharp, fast focusing, and the f2.8 gives you fast enough shutter speeds for indoor sports Smile.  If you’ve ever tried to get these photos in a basketball stadium with a non f2.8 lens, you’ll know what I mean. 

Stay tuned for reason #2