Of Tidbits and Tablets

The New Year has arrived and I find myself somehow glad that 2008 is over.  It was a good year, but 2009 brings with it the 4th Anniversary of BCCHardware.com.  We have also just published our 400th review and there is a bit of a giveaway going on if you’re interested in getting free stuff.

Along with the 4th Year Celebrations, we have launched a new logo and have some other big plans for 2009 – one of which is CES 2009 in Las Vegas.

I’ve also just picked up a 10.5mm Nikor lens for my D60 and am pretty happy with it for the most part.  It has no built-in focus motor, but with a focus range of 2′ to 1″, it’s not that big of a deal.  I snapped the following picture with it late one afternoon.

Notice that there is very little barrel distortion on the edges of the picture.  That’s what separates a good fisheye from a screw-on attachment.

In order to better play with my photos, I thought I’d grab a Wacom Tablet as they were on sale after Christmas.  I first picked up the Bamboo Fun “Small” tablet (great unit for just about everyone), but I wanted a bit more real-estate so I went with the Bambo Fun “Medium”.  This unit has an active area of 8.5″ x 5.3″ (up from 5.8″ x 3.7″).  It comes with PhotoShop Elements 5, Corel Painter Essentials 3.0 and Nik Color Efex Pro 2.0 on the software side of things as well as a mouse.

The software will set you back almost $100, so the extra $70 I paid for the tablet, pen and mouse is not a bad deal at all.

With so many fun toys, it’s hard to want to get work done.  With CES happening next week, I’m sure I’ll be even busier.  Until then, Tidbits and Tablets!