Hey guys and gals!
I hope everyone's doing great as we are over here.. man how do we love our new baby lens actually its more like a big big baby.. my d300 + 14-24mm f/2.8 + SB-800 will weigh easily 2.5kg.. one helluva workout especially when carrying for 4+ hours straight during assignments.. that's why I wonder why would anyone buy a battery grip? my single battery can last way above 600 shots with my 18-200mm with VR on.. seriously adding weight isn't something I plan to do.. maybe the grip is used for portriat photography? well I'm more than capable of taking portriats at ease and of stability without the grip..
So unless you plan to have larger forearms.. I suggest splurging RM888 for the battery grip for the d300.. or alternatively eat RM888 worth of spinach!
Anyway.. this coming sunday, we are commissioned to cover the opening of Twins Sports Badminton Hall USJ 19.. designed personally by former World No 5 Doubles Champion Mr Yap Yee Hup.. the courts is designed through his 11 years coaching and playing experiance to give the best playing experiance possible at affordable rates.. such as rubberized (not those yucky sticky type rubber courts), green cloth partition to prevent stray light from other sections and proper grand stand style seating! only 3 rows but good enough to do a mexican wave if one needs to..
Not to mention a well designed and ventilated shower/changing room, CCTV/security guard service in the evening and a whole lot more refinements that goes into creating the best badminton hall one can get.. Mr Yap is similar to Ardent's passion in giving the best first, profits second.. other halls, is the other way around.. more courts I can squeeze = more money.. Never quite liked playing in a sardin can.. do you? for the same price? why suffer?
Below is a picture of the centre section of the hall.. taken with of course with our new baby 14-24mm.. there's a link for the full size version if you really need to zoom into the farthest end to see how sharp this lens is.. I have..
Next week Ardent will be off Malaysia for some R&R.. expect more beautiful scenery/landscape pictures.. till then, I'll leave you with a picture of suction bear all geared up for swimming! I'll also post my experiences on this lens once I get the time..