Pebble Time Steel

Another successful purchase from Kickstarter arrived the other day. I finally received my Pebble Time Steel, with Dee-Anne having received her Pebble Time a couple months earlier. Watching her use a new watch while I have been unable to has been unbearable, but I can finally get in on the action now. With a colour display, 10-day battery life and revised user interface, there’s certainly a lot to love and get used to.

Wrapped up Ready to open

The first thing I noticed was it has a good weight on my wrist. Thanks to an all-metal design and presumably glass on the top, compared to an all-plastic design previously. I also have a leather strap on the watch currently, but there’s a link bracelet in the mail, just waiting on it.

Weatherland day Weatherland night

I love the new interface, it’s very intuitive and looks great in colour.

Choosing Weather LandChoosing LCARSLCARS

It has the same button placements as the first generation, but they are of course more solid feeling, like the rest of the watch. There’s also a mic hole that can be used on Android but unfortunately not yet with iOS. It’s also cool to see my “Champion” status on the back of the watch when I take it off. I have this instead of simply “Kickstarter Backer” because I also backed the first watch.


Of course, the possibilities of watch face are endless.

Tick Tock

EOS Remote

One of the cool new features I can take advantage of with the new EOS 70D camera is the built-in wifi functionality.  To be honest, I didn’t put much weight into the feature before buying, and am not sure I’ll actually use it much, but I thought I may as well set it up and see how it works.

The advantage to wifi is that I can set up the camera close to where something I don’t want to disturb will be, and then back off, letting that thing get comfortable.  Start the app on my phone and control the focus, aperture and everything else, then snap the pic.  Common example: a pet.  Therefore, I tested it on Chilli.

I’d read that setup was a maze, but I didn’t even open the instruction manual and had no troubles.  Seemed fairly straightforward to me.

My EOS-70D

Roughly 9 months ago I received my first DSLR in a long while – the EOS-M – starting my road back into SLR photography after many years of point-and-shoot and iPhone photography.  Initially I enjoyed it very much, but soon found limitations, such as bright sunlight on the screen and no viewfinder to overcome it.  It’s a great camera, but eventually I tended to use the very old 5D FF (full frame – equivalent to 35mm film) camera almost exclusively.  The problem with this, is that camera is coming up to it’s 9th birthday soon! So today, I start on a new adventure, with a camera I initially downplayed when choosing the EOS-M (it had just been announced, not even released), the EOS-70D.

Unboxing the new EOS 70D
Unboxing the new EOS 70D, #BadSelfie

To start with, it feels great in my hand.  It’s a nice size without being massive, feels solid, and has a ton of features I’ve read about in a few reviews since  ordering it.  There’s plenty of time to learn how to best use it, but so far, in Aperture priority and Scene Intelligent Auto it’s doing great.  The AF (auto focus) is superbly fast!  I’ve tried out live view, using the vari-angle display and it works great for shooting with the camera held above my head.

The photos are turning out great, helped by the great sensor in it with the highest pixel density in the DSLR lineup.  I had initially thought that I would travel with 2 camera bodies and 2 lenses… but it’s leaps and bounds ahead of the 5D, so I don’t know right now.  Plenty of time to flip-flop over the issue.

As you can see from the sample images I took today, the IQ is right up there and the colour looks pretty good in all the images.  I usually have to enhance or boost the colour on the 5D, but that wasn’t the case on most of the images today. I hope to get some more samples tomorrow at the airport after class.