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Thursday, 24 October 2013

4 Must Have Accessories for Canon EOS 600D/T3i for Photography and Filmmaking

So you have bought your new Canon EOS 600D/T3i or had one for a while now and want to take the whole thing to another level. Well, you are at the right place.


4 Must Have Accessories for Canon EOS 600D/T3i for Photography and Filmmaking



The following piece of equipments will help you take your photography and filmmaking work to the next level. Zooop!!


The Prime!


Most of us get stuck up with the kit lens that comes with the DSLR camera. We often forget that one of the main characteristic feature of a DSLR is "interchangeable lenses".


50mm f/1.8 Prime Lens

The first lens you should get after buying your DSLR is the 50mm f/1.8 Prime Lens. Whether you are into filmmaking or photography, this lens is an absolute must. The lowest f-stop that the kit-lens provides is f/3.5 at 18mm and the lens acts much slower at 50mm (f/4.5). But you if you want a shallow depth of field, bokeh and good low light performance in your shots, you ought to get the prime! 


#Buy 50mm f/1.8 Prime Lens from Amazon.

Battery Grip!


Nothing can be more daunting than a dead battery in a shoot. This will be an embarrassing situation for you, if you say that you have a dead battery in your camera when your actors or models are ready for getting the job done. 


 poker-face

In order to avoid the poker-face, you need to get a battery grip. A battery grip is essentially a battery pack that can be attached to the bottom of your camera which can drastically increase your shooting time and help you save from embarrassment. 
battery grip
A thing to note is that, you still get the hole to mount the camera on your tripod. This also makes the camera more sturdy and provides you a better grip and hence the name "Battery Grip".

LCD ViewFinder!


When shooting outdoors in a sunny day, viewing the LCD screen of your camera becomes a mess. To solve this issue, you must buy a LCD viewfinder. As you can see the picture below, it attaches to your LCD screen via the mounting hole below your camera. This helps eliminating the sunlight and thus you can monitor the scene better during your shoots.


LCD viewfinder

Note that you can still use your battery grip and the LCD viewfinder at the same time, you just need to remove the rubber padding on the metal bracket and attach the battery pack with the LCD viewfinder.

#Buy the LCD viewfinder from Amazon.

Microphone!


50% of the overall quality of your video is the audio quality. A bad audio can be a big no-no for your audience. Though there are different types of mics for different purposes, you can buy a shotgun microphone which shall cover up most of your production needs. You can mount it on your DSLR or get a boom pole and attach to it. I would recommend getting the Rode Videomic Shotgun Microphone


LCD viewfinder


However, if you are on a real small budget, you can go with the Audio-Technica ATR-6550. It's an awesome piece of equipment.


Audio-Technica ATR-6550

Pack Up!


So this is all what I have for this post. If you liked the post, feel free to share this on Facebook or Twitter to help out your buddies and family. It really helps when you share the posts on Facebook or Twitter. :) 

If you want to suggest some more accessories, you can do that in the comments section below. 

If you want to be notified of future posts, you can always "like" my "Facebook Page".

All the best and stay happy! - Rohan

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Best Smartphone October-2013 for Budget - Rs 10,000 - Rs 15,000!

I often get questions from people, regarding buying the best smartphone for various budget ranges. Therefore I have decided to make a series of post starting from October where I will list the best smartphone that you can buy for different budget ranges.

I will be doing a new post every month for every particular budget range. This time I am going to address the budget range of Rs 10,000 - Rs 15,000. There will be two sections in this post -

1- Brand Conscious - Choose this category if you cannot compromise on the Brand Value of the product.

2- Kuch Bhi Chalega (as I call it, KBC! ) - Choose this category if are willing to buy any brand provided the smartphone performs good.

So lets begin!


Brand Conscious!





-Nokia Lumia 520



Reasons To Buy: 

1-Fluid and smooth interface, i.e less noticeable lags.
2-The looks are very lively and colourful. 
3- Nokia. 

Buy Nokia Lumia 520 from Flipkart.


Sony Xperia M

Reasons To Buy:

1-Value for money!
2-Has NFC capabilities.
3-Good processor-snappy UI. 



Kuch Bhi Chalega (KBC)!




-XOLO Q800

Reasons To Buy:
1-Value for money.
2-Good smartphone for first time Android buyers.
3-GPS and compass works fine.



-XOLO Play

Reasons To Buy: 
1-Value for money.
2-Great for gaming.


-Micromax Canvas HD



Reasons To Buy:
1-Good 5" HD Screen
2-Might get the Android 4.3 update soon!
3-Improved after sale service from Micromax



-Lava Iris 504Q



Reasons To Buy: 
1-5" HD Display with OSG Tech. 
2-Good Build Quality
3-Good Camera



-Spice Pinnacle FHD Mi-525



Reasons To Buy: 
1-Full HD 5" Screen (1920 x 1080)
2-Good for Watching Videos.


Pack Up! 


So this is all what I have for this post. If you want to suggest any other phone that should be included in the list, please feel free to post it in the comments section below.

If you have any doubts or require help, you leave a comment below or do a wall post on my Facebook Page ( faster replies ).

Do share this post on Facebook & Twitter with your Friends and Family. A share helps us a lot, so please do it! :)

All the best! Keep Smiling! - Rohan

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Build an Epic Performing Best Gaming PC Under $500-$600!

Hey! The saga of Gaming PC Build continues on Absolute Blogger. This time I am going to give you a build of a performance oriented gaming PC that can run games like Crysis, Battlefield  Assassins Creed, Bioshock and many other famous titles at smooth fps. 

If you are under a tight budget then this is the best thing you can do with your money. Please note that the price may not be exactly $500 (due to change of price of components). Keep a tolerance level of +50 USD. 

You can view and buy all components from Amazon from here: Buy the Best Gaming PC Components for $500 from Amazon.

Why wait? Let's begin!


Processor



Processor: AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core Processor
 AMD FD6300WMHKBOX FX-6300 6-Core Processor

Motherboard



Motherboard: MSI Computer Corp. Socket AM3+ AMD 970 DDR3 SATA3 and USB 3.0 A&GbE ATX Motherboard 970A-G43


MSI Computer Corp. Socket AM3+ AMD 970 DDR3 SATA3 and USB 3.0 A&GbE ATX Motherboard 970A-G43



Graphics Card



For Nvidia Fans: EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SUPERCLOCKED 2 GB GDDR5

For AMD Fans: Gigabyte R9 270X GDDR5-2GB



RAM



RAM: Kingston Technology HyperX Blu 8GB  DDR3





HDD 



Hard Disk Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD SATA 6 Gb/s
 Seagate Momentus 1 TB 5400RPM SATA 3Gb/s


Power Supply Unit



PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX 500 Watt ATX/EPS  80 PLUS (CX500)



Corsair Builder Series CX 500 Watt ATX/EPS  80 PLUS (CX500)

Case



Case: NZXT Technologies Source 210 Computer Case (Black)


NZXT Technologies Source 210 Computer Case (Black)


Pack Up!


So there you have it, the best gaming PC under $500-$600. This system will ensure that you have a smooth and better gaming experience.

Please note that I have listed 2 Graphics Card, don't order both! Both are great cards, select the one you prefer. 

You can customize the choice of Case if you wish, but don't change the heart of the system i.e Processor, Graphics Card. 

If you do build this system, please send me a photo of all the components that you ordered on my Facebook Page. I will be very pleased and happy to see your new PC!

Do share this build with all your gaming buddies on Facebook and Twitter to let them know about this gaming PC build. Sharing helps us a lot and your friend too, so do it! 

All the best! - Rohan (Absolute Blogger)


Sunday, 8 September 2013

Build The Best Gaming PC Beast under $1,500 ! [Ultra-High Settings]

Building your own computer is so much fun! For a computer enthusiasts, the process of assembling all the parts together a heavenly feeling!

So I am back with another gaming PC build. This time we are going to build the "Best Gaming PC for $1,500". This rig will be an absolute beast and will definitely run almost all the games in ultra settings. 


Are you ready ? Let's begin!! 


You can view and buy all components from Amazon from here: Buy the Best Gaming PC Components for $1,500 from Amazon. 

Processor


Processor: Intel Core i7-4770 Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.4 GHZ LGA 1150
Intel Core i7-3770 Quad-Core Processor 3.4 GHz 4 Core LGA 1155




Motherboard


Motherboard: MSI Motherboard Z87-G45 GAMING





Graphics Card


For Nvidia Fans: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB GDDR5 384bit


For Nvidia Fans: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 3GB GDDR5 384bit
For AMD Fans:  XFX RADEON R9 290



RAM


RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10)
Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10)

HDD + SSD


Hard Disk Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1 TB HDD





Solid State Drive: Samsung 840 Series 2.5 inch 120GB SATA III internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7TD120BW
Solid State Drive: Samsung 840 Series 2.5 inch 120GB SATA III internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7TD120BW

Power Supply Unit


PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX 750 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS Bronze (TX750)



Corsair Enthusiast Series TX 750 Watt ATX/EPS 80 PLUS Bronze (TX750)



Case


Case: NZXT Guardian Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Case 921RB-RL

NZXT Guardian Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Case 921RB-RL


Pack Up!


So there you have it, the best gaming PC for $1,500. Unlike other builds, I have included both a Nvidia Graphics and an AMD Graphics Card. Remember! Choose only one! The one you prefer. 

You can customize the cases and all but don't change the heart of the system i.e Processor, Motherboard, Graphics Card. 

You can expect an awesome gaming performance out of this system.

If you are also planning to get some Gaming Accessories to accompany this build, I have a post for you : Best Gaming Accessories for Gamers! 

Please share this build with your gaming buddies on Facebook, Twitter or wherever and let them know about this awesome build. Sharing posts helps us alot, so please :)

All the best! - Rohan 

Some Great Resources: 
[ # TomsHardware: Best Gaming PC 2013 for $1500]
[# CustomPCReview: Best Haswell Gaming PC Build Under $1500 [June 2013]


Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Ask Rohan #5 Gaming Laptop & PC + Android Smartphone!


It's the fifth episode of Ask Rohan. Ask Rohan is an online series where I answer your technology related questions and also let you know more about me. As usual, in this episode I am going answer 3 questions asked on my Facebook Page. This time we have some interesting questions. 

Ask Rohan - A forum to ask tech related questions!


Lets answer!


Nishanth Raj Asks



Question: Hey Rohan, nice to see you replying for almost every posts you get, great job man!

Mine is a old assembled computer with average specs & i'm looking to upgrade it to a better gaming and faster PC

Current Specs :

-AMD Athlon 64 x2 1.9ghz
-MSI motherboard k9mm-v
-2 * 1 GB DDR2 ram 800Mhz 
-LG DVD writer
-250GB hard disk seagate

I don't have any GPU. Should I upgrade my specs or can a good GPU be added to the current specs to play games like gta 4. Please suggest me with this. If I need to upgrade, provide me with the configuration of a PC under 25k .

Thanks in advance :)

Rohan Answers: First of all, thank you for appreciating the effort I put on to provide support to you all. I don't ask for anything except for a "like" on my Facebook Page. This helps us grow and reach & help more number of people. Now, lets get back to your questions Nishanth.

Looking at your current specifications of your system, It is absolutely necessary for you to upgrade your entire system to play modern games like GTA IV e.t.c. The reason for that is, your motherboard is outdated and wouldn't support any of the new components.

I would request you to increase your budget upto Rs 30,000 and go for a system build which I did earlier. Here is it: Best Gaming PC Under Rs 30,000

Sapphire AMD/ATI HD 7770 1 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card

If you cannot increase your budget, you can go for the Sapphire AMD Radeon™ HD 6670 1 GB GDDR5 graphics card instead of the Sapphire AMD/ATI HD 7770.

However, you will get best gaming performance if you follow the Rs 30,000 build. Increasing your budget is highly recommended. All the best! 


Akash Kumar Asks


I want to buy a laptop for around Rs 30,000. I will use it for mild gaming and browsing the internet. 

Rohan Answers: Hey Akash! I have to say it's a great question. This question is very common and will likely help all the people who are seeking to buy a laptop at this budget.

As you don't have an exact definite budget. I have three considerations for you. 

1-Samsung NP370R5E-S06IN
2-Samsung NP300E5X-S03IN
3-Dell Vostro 2520

If you can stretch your budget upto Rs 35,000 then Samsung NP370R5E-S06IN is the way to go. It has AMD Radeon HD 8750M which is a fair enough Graphics Card and can handle games like Battlefield 3, Far Cry in medium high settings.

Samsung NP370R5E-S06IN


If your budget is between Rs 35,000 - Rs 30,000, then you should go for Samsung NP300E5X-S03IN. It has NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M which is a good Graphics Card and can handle the same games in medium settings.

If your budget is restricted to Rs 30,000, then you can go for Dell Vostro 2520. It has no dedicated graphics card but a integrated Intel HD 4000. You can play some casual games in it.

All the best!

Gokul K Vinod Asks


Question: Suggest me some branded Android Phones below Rs 6,500.

Rohan Answers: Welcome back Gokul, your question has been featured in Ask Rohan for the second time! Awesome.

Coming to your question, I have 3 suggestions for you - 

1-Sony Xperia Tipo
2-XOLO A500S
3-LG Optimus L3 II E425

If I was in a restricted budget and had to buy a smartphone anyway, I would go for Xolo A500S because it has been recently launched and has better specs than its counterparts, at the end its you who has to decide whether you want to go for brand over specs or specs over brand!

XOLO A500S

Personally I would like to advise you to stay away from buying Android smartphones at low budgets. The specifications you get at this range is not enough for a Android smartphone to function properly. Minimum budget for an Android smartphone shouldn't be less than Rs 10,000. 

If you can do that I would suggest you to get XOLO Q800S.

All the best! 

Pack Up!


So this is all what I have for this post. As I said at the beginning, if you have some questions and want it to be answered in the upcoming episodes of Ask Rohan, you can visit my Facebook Page and message/post me the question. (Be sure to hit the like button when visiting the Page, it really helps). 

Alternatively, questions can also be posted in the comments sections below. Share this post with your friends & family on Facebook or Twitter and let them know about this opportunity to get their tech questions answered in this forum. 

Keep Smiling :) - Rohan Shankar 

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Best of In-Ear Headphones/Earphones Under $50, $100 & $200!

Hello! Looking for a phenomenal or astonishing sounding in-ear headphones? You are here at the very right place on this vast internet.

I will be listing some of the best of best in-earphones which come under the bestseller category of Audio Accessories. I have listed the headphones as per different price range, so that it will be easier for you buy as per your budget.

Lets Begin!


# Check the price and buy the Headphones off Amazon!


The $200 Price Range!


Klipsch Image X10 Noise-Isolating Earphone

Klipsch Image X10 can be described as a earphone which is comfortable, light, durable and obviously great sounding. Frequency response of this pair of earphone is excellent



JayBird BlueBuds X

Want a wireless, sporty earphone? JayBird BlueBuds X is the way to go. This connect to your device via bluetooth. This earphone sound phenomenal. This is a good choice for you if you like running around, spend time working out in the gym or play outdoor sports and don't want the wires to mess with what you are doing. A single charge makes this earphone last for about 8-9 hours! No issues with battery life!


JayBird BlueBuds X Headphone



The $100 Price Range!


Bose IE2 Audio Headphones

When it comes to audio quality, Bose Audio Accessories stand out from the crowd. This line also applies to Bose IE2. The Bose IE2 are natural sounding earphones which doesn't exaggerate the high, mids and lows and thus reproduces the audio as it was meant to be. It is excellently built and fits well in your ears. Your ears will love this.


Bose IE2 Audio Headphones


Klipsch IMAGE S4

Who doesn't know about the Klipsch IMAGE S4?  Klipsch IMAGE S4 are a very famous pair of earphones which gives you a premium sound quality at a very low price. It fits amazingly well and are very durable. (2 Year Warranty!! Seriously!)


Klipsch IMAGE S4 Headphones



The $50 Price Range


Thinksound Rain

Do you think earphones/headphones made out of metal or plastics are too mainstream? Try Thinksound Rain headphones which is made out of wood! Because it is made out of wood, the sound produced is richer, more natural and well balanced. 


Thinksound Rain Headphone



Sony MDRXB60EX/GLD Extra Bass

Though the Sony MDRXB60EX/GLD Extra Bass costs lesser than other earphones, the sound and build quality is at par with others. This pair of headphones is built out of robust material and thus is very durable. The sound reproduced is clear with deep bass and balanced highs and mids. This headphone is worth more than it costs! 



Wind Up!


So this is all I have for this post. All the headphones are great and worldwide best-sellers. If you would like any other headphone to be included in this list, please leave it as a comment in the comment section below.

Also share this post on Facebook & Twitter with your audiophile friends to help them make the right choice! This will make me very happy! Keep smiling!!

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Would You Buy a Nokia + Android Smartphone? [Poll]

While everyone seems to be talking about a Android Nokia Smartphone, it is important to know how many of us would actually buy it.

So my question to you is: Suppose Nokia launches an Android smartphone today, would you buy it? [ Please wait while the poll loads ]


Please leave a comment below supporting your choice. Share this poll with your friends on Facebook and help us figure out how many people would actually buy the Nokia Android Smartphone.





Who knows! May be Nokia takes some inspiration from here and launches the hypothetical Nokia Android Smartphone!