Blame consumerism! Christmas is just 22 days from now and most of us probably have their mind set on what to get for ourselves, our family and loved ones and friends this Christmas season. Though spending has been down a little because of the world economic crisis, the coming Yuletide season still prods us on to think of our significant others and consider sharing something with them.
If you can afford it then go get it, but don’t burn or blow away your money! That’s the advice my grand mother told me early this November. So after giving much it much thought and assessing my needs and finances, I’ve come up with my wish/shopping list for Christmas 2008. Not all items in the list will be bought this Christmas, but I’m wishing for it.
Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR Zoom Nikkor Lens This is the first upgrade for my Nikon D40. I’ve given much thought about it, did the math and yes, I’m definitely going to get this one before Christmas. During my absence from blogging, I’ve been reading a lot about digital photography online and shooting away for practice. The results can be seen on my Flickr account. Criticisms are very much welcome! Hopefully, with this lens upgrade, I’ll be able to improve my budding photography skills.
Here’s the description from Amazon.com along with the technical specs.
the DX Nikkor series was developed for professional and advanced amateur digital SLR users who demand high optical performance. This 55-200mm lens offers such features as two extra-low-dispersion (ED) glass elements for minimized chromatic aberration, an exclusive Silent Wave Monitor that allows for accurate and quiet high-speed autofocusing, and a nine-blade rounded diaphragm. And thanks to the 200mm maximum focal length and 3.6x zoom, you can shoot everything from close-up sports shots to national park wildlife without standing right next to your subject. Other details include a super-integrated coating that minimizes ghosting and flare; a nine-blade rounded diaphragm for more natural out-of-focus highlights; and a focus switch that lets you easily switch between autofocus (A) and manual (M) modes. All Nikon lenses carry a five-year warranty.
- Focal length: 55-200mm
- Maximum aperture: f/4-5.6
- Minimum aperture: f/22-32
- Picture angle (Nikon DX format sensor): 28 degrees (at 55mm) to 8 degrees (at 200mm)
- Maximum reproduction ratio: 1:3.5
- Lens construction: 13 elements in 9 groups (with 2 ED glass elements)
- Lens drive: Silent Wave Monitor
- Dx type: DX Nikkor (for use with Nikon digital SLR models)
- Minimum focus distance: 3.1 feet
- Filter/attachment size: 52mm
- Included accessories: LC-52 snap-on front lens cap, LF-1 rear lens cap, HB-34 lens hood, CL-0815 lens case
- Dimensions: 2.7 inches in diameter, 3.1 inches long
- Weight: 9 ounces
But I won’t be buying this from Amazon.com because they don’t ship this outside the US. So once more, I’ll hit Hidalgo Street in Quiapo to find a good bargain for this lens. Last I checked, it goes for Php11,000 at Avenue Photo store. Any one who knows of a better deal for this, please let me know. I’ll be eternally grateful.
The Dark Knight DVD – I’ve been waiting for the DVD release of the most awesome movie last year. Finally, it will come out this December. AstroVision offers it through a promo, at Php1700+ the 2-disc DVD set will come with a Dark Knight mask. The other package is priced at Php2700+ comes with the 2-disc DVD set and a scale model of the uber-awesome Bat Pod. The price for the latter is a little stiff, but I’m more inclined to getting it instead of the one that comes with a mask. Halloween is over and frankly, I don’t fancy wearing that mask.
Nokia 5310 This phone is actually a gift for my younger sister who’s been relentless in asking for a Christmas gift since October. She originally wanted an iPod but chose the Nokia 5310 instead. It’s a good thing she didn’t asked for the higher-end models, otherwise, I’d go broke this Christmas! 😉
New pair of pants and sneakers It’s almost a tradition here in the Philippines. To get new clothes and footwear on Christmas. It’s more of a need for me actually instead of a tradition. My favorite pair of jeans have shown considerable wear and tear because I’ve been wearing the same pair every time! The same story goes for my 3-year-old sneakers. 😆
This is the first part of wish/shopping list as there are more items I have on mind. But those are more of on the optional/wishful thinking side because some are just too costly while some are just priceless.
What about your shopping/wish list for this Christmas?