Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Tuesday Tune-up


Welcome to the Tuesday Ramble:

  • Another Tuesday, another tune-up. But not just any Tuesday: the world's most powerful and influential nation is electing a new president.  This election will change the course of history and I'm determined not to miss the moment. The fire in the lounge is well stoked in the anticipation of a very late night: there is nothing like welcoming a new democracy to the world.  Come on America don't let us down (again).
  • James and I went exploring yesterday (Monday).. I have always wondered about the old road over the hill between St Cernin and Villefranche. Anyway we took it on the way home from the boulangerie. The rain didn't help - I thought I would get stuck.  James had a hell of a time, he though it was great fun.  We made it home... no damage- thanks again Peugeot EuroLease.
  • School holidays end tomorrow, boys are back at school on Thursday. Just in time for Ange and I to get back into the 9-5 office work routine. There is a huge pile of work to get through between now and the end of the month.  I will have to get the whip out.
  • Ashley.. Hope Auckland Marathon went well. I see that you and Damien clocked under 2 hours.. Good Work.   
  • I've signed up for a free month subscription of the Herald Tribune.  It is fantastic as our postie, who arrives at lunchtime each day, now also delivers the paper for that same day.  How they do that in this rural back-water is a mystery to me?  Thanks NY Times and no I don't want an extension.
  • Camera dilemmas, what to do about the scratched lens on my Canon camera?  It has been agony trying to decide to go for an SLR or settle for a replacement for my current compact.  Prices in France don't compare that well with the UK/ USA or NZ for technology items.  I'm seriously thinking about a Nikon D60 - I can get one for €379 on special. My thinking is that I'll get some exposure to an entry level SLR camera with the intention to upgrade eventually.


  1. There is quite a good review of the D60 at, I've always used this site when investigating cameras and found it to be a great help. Looks like the camera does a good job as well, though the article does note that you need to get the right lens to use Auto Focus which is probably a must if you are wanting to use it as a entry into the SLR world, well at least while you are starting out.

  2. FYI got these prices from one of the places that I use for camera gear, $865 for the just the body or $950 for the kit with and Auto Focus lens valued at around $145 by itself so you only end up paying $85 with the kit, quite a simple lens but will get you going, next ones up in quality will be more like $500+. At the same time the Canon 400D kit is around $1035, which comes with a similar spec lens or $1190 with a 70-300 lens as well.

  3. Thanks Sean.. I have been checking prices in NZ and France.. Generally France is more expensive than NZ as they pay an environmental tax on goods like this.

    The Nikon D60 was being offered on a special (with lens) at €375 - which is a pretty good. Even more importantly it was available from a shop only 50km away.. Ange and I took a drive to check it out, I was keen to buy but I changed my mind when I saw/ felt how big it was. In fact all the SLRs were much bigger then I had expected.

    So back to drawing board.. I've decided that I really need something compact, so I can take it on a run for example. Now I'm looking at the Powershot G10/ Lumix DMC-LX3/ Nikon P6000.

  4. I have to admit I use our compact camera much more than the SLR these days, is just so much easier to have around to catch what Liam is up to. I think that the ones you are looking at are a good compromise though as you get the best of both worlds.