Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro

Sigma 70-300mm f4.-5.6 APO DG Macro reviewed in The Technofile by MC Rebbe The Rapping RabbiI remember watching a photography show on TV a while ago, in which it was suggested that a plastic flowerpot, painted black, would make a good lens shade for cheapskates those on a budget. I’m guessing that Sigma were watching too, as the shade that comes with this 70-300mm lens bears an uncanny resemblance to the afore suggested plant holder. It also lengthens what is already an impressively long lens, to such an extent that whilst I was testing it, girls were stopping me in the street to say “that’s a big one!”…At least, I assume it was the lens they were talking about…

For the uninitiated, a focal length of 50mm is considered ‘standard’ for 35mm (or full frame digital) cameras, as it most closely approximates normal human vision. Anything much above 50mm is referred to as telephoto and has the effect of  magnifying distant objects, which is desirable for many reasons…candid photography, wildlife photography, portrait photography…and of course, my favourite, stalking… Continue reading “Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro”

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Celemony Melodyne Uno 1.5

MC Rebbe The Rapping Rabbi reviews Celemony Melodyne Uno in The TechnofileOne of the great thing about making MIDI based music is that once you’ve finished recording, you can use your sequencer to edit the results to perfection. If only editing audio were as simple…

I’ve got news for you…it is! In fact, thanks to an excellent user interface, it’s actually simpler to edit audio with Melodyne Uno, than it is to edit MIDI with any of the major sequencing packages! Continue reading “Celemony Melodyne Uno 1.5”

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Sounds Expo 2006

Sounds Expo, the UK’s music tech show, took place last weekend…right in between the industry’s two major trade shows, NAMM and Musikmesse, which are always jam packed with new product announcements. Unlike those events, Sounds Expo is an end user’s show, meaning there are not normally any product announcements there, making  it a monumental feat of bad timing, as everything due to be announced at Musikmesse in Frankfurt is still under wraps and everything announced at NAMM is already yesterday’s news. So while it provided  a good opportunity to check out NAMM products that have yet to hit the shops, waiting three weeks and holding the event after Frankfurt would have been to everyone’s benefit. Continue reading “Sounds Expo 2006”

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Total Training Creative Suite 2 Standard Plus Bundle

MC Rebbe The Rapping Rabbi reviews Total Training CS2 Standard bundle in The TechnofileIf you read my recent review of Total Training’s Digital Video Collection Professional Plus bundle,  you’ll know that I’m a big fan of their tutorial DVDs, so it’ll come as no great surprise that I’m giving them full marks for this bundle, which is, without question, a superb resource for anyone wanting to learn the ins and outs of Adobe Creative Suite 2.

Based around three separate DVD sets, ‘Total Training for Adobe Photoshop CS2’, ‘Total Training for Adobe Illustrator CS2’ and ‘Total Training for Adobe InDesign CS2’, it also includes two bonus DVDs ‘Adobe Photoshop Tips and Tricks’ and ‘Digital Photography and Adobe Photoshop’. Continue reading “Total Training Creative Suite 2 Standard Plus Bundle”

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Native Instruments Reaktor 5

MC Rebbe The Rapping Rabbi reviews Native Instruments Reaktor 5 in The Technofile 

If I ask you to imagine a synthesizer, the chances are that either you’ll think of an oblong box housing a plastic keyboard, various knobs, buttons and sliders, or you’ll think of  the virtual software equivalent…though if you’re of a certain vintage…and still have the flares…(but no longer have the hair) to prove it, you might just imagine racks of electronic modules connected together with a spaghetti like jumble of patch leads, that looks more like the deranged experiment of some mad physicist, than a musical instrument, as, prior to the advent of the ‘integrated synthesizer’,  that’s pretty much what a synthesizer was. Continue reading “Native Instruments Reaktor 5”

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