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Budget Thrills

Got some cheap and good stuff yesterday. I went back to Camera Xchange to get a replacement for the Yashica FX-3 which I had purchased from them a day before. The meter was cranky and occasionally chose to stop functioning entirely, which warranted a trip back to the shop without further delay. Got an EOS 1000 film SLR for $48, which meant a refund of $32 since the Yashica was had at $80.






It accepts EF lenses and supports ETTL flashes, which is extremely convenient considering that it’ll be able to work with the equipment that I will be purchasing for my main body in the near future. The 1000 will be more of a novelty that I will carry around due to its ability to shoot film. Will probably mount the joke 50mm f1.8L on the film body after I get the Sigma 50mm 1.4 for the faster aperture. It’s reputed to have better reliability than Canon’s similar offering.

After that, I headed back to school and realised that I was late for a workshop on oral presentation and communication skills. It’s supposed to help us introverts become more outspoken. The overall goal was to transform everyone into capable public speakers, which would supposedly aid us during the Oral Presentation, which constitutes 40% of the Project Work grade. I didn’t really enjoy it, and considering that I could have gone with another appointment that I was admittedly much more interested in, decided to slack and wait for the three hours to be up.

6pm soon arrived. The facilitator ended the class and we were dismissed. Quite a depressing start to the new school term, if you ask me. Td Made my way down to Tanjong Pagar MRT station to purchase these little gems.



They’re the Soundmagic PL30, fully made and produced in China. I had been looking around for a pair of phones for rough use since the Audio-Technica CKM50s’ right driver chose to die on me last Saturday night, and the Sennheiser MX360s that I dug up to replace them proved to be completely unusable, by trait(or not) of exposed copper wiring near the jack. I’m not exactly the most experimental guy around, so I’ll stick to my rationale of not using stuff that might self-destruct at any moment. Paid the friendly seller $40 and departed for home to test my new purchase out.

Upon first impressions, they look cheap. No doubt about that, but they’re made for you to listen to, so that is negligible. I started putting them into my ears, and after a little trial-and-error, got them into the “sweet spot”. Started playing tracks on my Cowon D2 set to shuffle soon after. Out of the box, they already sounded slightly better than the Sennheiser CX300s, which costs roughly twice the price. The bass was not very well-defined yet, and the phones suffered from treble roll-offs similar to that of the Westone UM1s. Comfort-wise, the PL30s are good. They are rather small and will fit easily into most ears, unlike the Super-Fi 5 Pros. They also came with a bountiful supply of accessories like eartips and surprisingly, a piece of cable management rubber. The case looks quite cheap, and is indicative of a China product. Otherwise, it is quite solid and will protect most phones rather capably.

Currently burning the PL30s in now. More updates to come. Leaving for City Hall to purchase a What The Duck plush.

By the way, I have been inflicted by the common flu. Damn funny when I sneeze and look up to see strange stares aimed at me.


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