• 2005-09-09

    * Fujifilm S2 Pro 到手

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    今天是个值得庆贺的日子。让我牵肠挂肚、百般煎熬的富士曾经的顶级单反相机S2 Pro今天终于寄到了我的手上。我的卖家最终证明不是骗子,我的800美刀也总算没有石沉大海。

    忍耐了富士傻瓜数码S304两三年,早就厌烦了它的快门时滞和麻烦的参数设定,虽然它的色彩相对同级DC还是相当不错的了,冲洗出的照片煞是讨人喜欢。最近数码单反已经降到了相当的水平。但最流行的低端单反佳能350D在我到Best Buy略一拿起便遭到彻底否决--毕竟以前用惯了佳能50E,既然要上单反,则实在无法忍受350D的塑料玩具的手感。想想七八百刀也只能买那样的货色,干脆不如买个二手的DSLR,比如几年前的D60或D30,看网友评价,手感扎实而有分量,即使速度不如最新的350D快,我也更喜欢那些曾经一两万人民币的专业机子。

    半个月前在ebay上看上了一部二手S2 Pro。在无忌论坛上泡了许久,对S2 Pro(无忌链接)的色彩及成像质量表现相当满意。两三年前这东西要卖一万五RMB,现在我可能以一半的价格就可以拿下。而关键是我这部据卖主称是去年12月刚买的。虽然她有一个studio,主要把该机用于商业婚礼摄影,但半年多的时间相机的损耗也高不到哪里去。况她还附送两只尼康镜头,一个AF 70-210,4-5.6D (无忌链接),ebay上炒得比较热,到了两三百一支;一个35-70,3.3-4.5mm,相对狗头一点。后来看到拍的价格没有升太高,最后成功拍下。成交价含shipping共$812,相当于人民币不到七千,值了。

    麻烦在后头。在我给她汇钱之前,我只要email她立马就回复。结果我汇钱之后,她在几天后来个email说收到钱了并表示周一就发货。然后周一没有来信,周二我忍不住问她发货没,没有回音。周四再问,无人理睬。心里越来越觉得不妙。因为她的ebay上以前的交易评价表明,她曾经在前一笔买卖中与买主发生纠纷,结果对方称她为骗子,她说对方不讲道理。我之所以敢冒这个险,仍然汇钱给她,是因为在跟她email联系及电话交谈中,感觉这个人还是可以相信。她说她开一个婚纱影楼,因为一起合作的摄影师都用佳能,她最终决定放弃用尼康镜头的富士而准备购置佳能Mark I。她还传了几张她给客户拍的婚纱照。而且她并不拼命要急着我买,她说即使我已经拍下,如果我觉得uncomfortable,我仍然可以不买。她语气诚恳,不急不徐,怎么也不像骗子。但收到钱以后居然一直不回信,让我如堕冰窟,心越来越凉,怀疑自己终究遇上了骗子中的高手。我开始坐卧不安,我开始暗自骂她n,骂她nn,我开始调查ebay的安全保障和赔偿条款,我开始考虑如果Y真想骗老子钱,我就买张飞机票飞到她在芝加哥附近的一个小城,上门讨债。即使我亏了,我也不能让她舒服。

    中间的煎熬细节就不再一一叙述,总之我快要绝望了。事情终于在最后一刻出现转机。在我又发email并在前几天不断往她家打电话并最终接通她女儿传话给她之后,昨天终于收到她的email,说昨天用特快转递寄出,我今天即可收到,并表示非常抱歉,她遇到了一个紧急的事情:她一个老朋友去世了。

    “I had a dear friend die on Monday last week and left to be with his  wife. I just came home last evening.  I went to Michigan and then I had the  huge wedding to shoot I had attempted to get it off on Saturday. I do apologize it took so long to get into the mail.”

    但愿她说的是真的,如果是那样我真的没有什么好说的。而且今天中午我果然收到了她的快递。兴奋喜悦之情溢于言表,更多的是如释重负,那可是800刀阿,换成RMB可是近七千块大洋阿。她若是真携款消失,我还真有点没辙了。

    此次交易教训重大。以后在ebay买东西一定要选择名声好的,像那些交易数百次100%都是正面评价的绝对让人放心,因为他们生意已成规模,他们承担不起被人来个negative feedback对其门店声望的打击。而那些只有过几次交易,而已经出现一两次强烈的负面评价的,最好是避而远之,虽然他们往往因为credit不好而导致卖的货竞价不高,但这样的便宜风险实在是太高。像我买的这款如果是在一个名声好的卖家那里,竞价怕是早升到一千刀了。即使我终于幸运赢到,毕竟脑细胞在担惊受怕中死伤惨重,我真的不敢再试了。

    行了,看两张我新鲜出炉的样片吧。拍的比较烂,有辱此相机的名声,以后把机器玩熟了再上好片。估计从此后我在这里上传的图片应该都是此机的作品了。

    富士风格,饱和可人的色彩。

    单反的魅力之一,景深。这是我家门上的娃娃。

    单反的魅力之二:方便的快门速度及曝光时间调节。上图为两秒曝光,暗夜如昼。

    Mounting an Online Posse


    By KATIE HAFNER
    Published: December 19, 2002, New York Times.

    FOR two years, Jason Eric Smith, a 21-year-old sophomore at the University of New Orleans, had been finding good deals on used Macintosh computers and then reselling them on eBay.

    Until a week before Thanksgiving, Mr. Smith's small enterprise ran smoothly, yielding just enough to pay the rent. Then a sale went terribly awry, leaving him a victim of a buyer's fraud. And in his outrage he persuaded fellow Mac users to take up his cause, turning themselves into sleuths armed with the Internet's power and reach.

    The transaction had seemed routine enough. On Nov. 21, Mr. Smith shipped a new Apple Powerbook by FedEx to someone in Chicago who called himself Steve Matthews and told Mr. Smith in a phone conversation that he was buying the machine for a son in college.

    Two days later, Mr. Smith received a cashier's check for $3,052.78. He deposited it and withdrew cash, using it to pay his rent and to rent a car for a Thanksgiving trip. He also bought a new space heater for the apartment he shares with his girlfriend.

    He returned from his trip to find a phone message from his bank saying that his account was in a deep hole. The cashier's check had bounced.

    Eager to give his customer the benefit of the doubt, Mr. Smith called the same number he had used to reach Mr. Matthews a few days earlier. ''In the back of my mind I was thinking the worst but hoping for the best,'' he recalled. The man who answered the phone sounded like Mr. Matthews. Yet he identified himself as Tony, a cousin of Mr. Matthews. He told Mr. Smith that his relative was away for Thanksgiving but that he would be glad to have Mr. Matthews call him back when he returned.

    When no call came, Mr. Smith knew he had been a victim of fraud. The check was counterfeit.

    Mr. Smith tried the usual methods of recourse. First he called the Chicago Police Department and was told it would be at least a week before a detective could get back to him.

    He sent e-mail to eBay, asking for more detailed contact information for the buyer, whom he knew only by his eBay user name, videopro55, and the name Steve Matthews, evidently fictitious. In reply he received an automatically generated message expressing condolences and suggesting, among other things, that Mr. Smith save all correspondence with the purchaser.

    The only phone number Mr. Smith had for the buyer was for a cellphone, and he was not sure how to connect it to a name and address. He called Nextel but was told that for privacy reasons, the carrier could not release any information about the subscriber.

    Mr. Smith grew more determined.

    A member of the relatively close-knit world of Macintosh users, Mr. Smith recounted his tale of loss at MacRumors.com and other electronic bulletin boards devoted to all things Macintosh.

    ''I'm out not only my computer,'' he wrote, ''but also the $3,000 and now my finances are in complete disaster area since I had already spent a good deal of the money on Christmas shopping.''

    In response, Mr. Smith got some sympathy, along with some of the usual finger wagging. Some admonished Mr. Smith for his na飗et? for sending the computer cash on delivery and accepting a cashier's check. Had he never heard of PayPal?

    Mr. Smith had in fact used PayPal, the online payment services company. But a trusting fellow by nature, he used C.O.D. and cashier's checks for most of his sales. To vet customers, he relies on eBay's feedback system, where users publicly attest to the trustworthiness of those with whom they have conducted business.

    An habitu?of MacRumors.com suggested that he use Cell Phone Magic, an online service that for an $85 fee could attach the cellphone to a name and street address. Not only did Mr. Smith get the address, but he even obtained a land-line number and a name: Melvin J. Christmas.

    Mr. Smith called the number, and a man with a voice identical to that of ''Steve'' answered the phone. ''I said, 'Look, I know how you are, you know who I am, I'm going to be straight with you -- you can try and make good on this or I'm going to do everything I can to catch you,''' Mr. Smith said. ''He listened to me and said he didn't know what I was talking about.''

    Meanwhile, as clues and details were shared online, a few bulletin board participants said they thought that they, too, had been victims of Mr. Christmas. Some who lived in the Chicago area offered to go to Mr. Christmas's house and take justice into their own hands.

    Then Mr. Smith decided to set up another auction in the hope of luring the purchaser back. If need be, he would fly to Chicago himself to confront Mr. Christmas when he took delivery of the package.

    Using a different eBay account, Mr. Smith offered the same model of Powerbook, the G4 867. Within three hours, he had an offer from videopro55, but this time with a different mailing address.

    When Mr. Smith put the new information out to his online correspondents, one of them, a Chicago resident, replied with several digital images of the neighborhood, the house, the car parked there and its license plate.

    Typing in the location at an online mapping site, Mr. Smith also realized that it was not in Chicago proper, but in Markham, a town about 10 miles to the south.

    The rest fell into place like an episode of ''CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.''

    When Mr. Smith called the Markham Police Department he was put through to Sgt. Jim Knapp, who was delighted to take the call and offered to make the delivery himself.

    On the morning of Dec. 11, Sergeant Knapp donned a FedEx uniform, borrowed a van from FedEx and made the delivery. When Mr. Christmas signed for the package, the officer said, he arrested him.

    In a search of the house, Sergeant Knapp said, he found two counterfeit checks for deliveries Mr. Christmas was still expecting.

    Mr. Christmas, 38, has been charged with two counts of forgery, and law enforcement authorities say they believe he is part of a ring of criminals in the Chicago area who specialize in using fraudulent funds to buy electronic equipment online. A previously convicted forger, he was freed on $750,000 bail.

    Sergeant Knapp was impressed by the work of the online posse that Mr. Smith rounded up. ''They all came together and working on this and did an excellent job,'' he said.

    Howard Rheingold, an expert on online communities, has used the term ''smart mobs'' to refer to such groups -- individuals, often strangers to one another, who use a common means of communication like the Web to act collectively. In his book ''Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution'' (Perseus Publishing, 2002), Mr. Rheingold writes that such groups emerge ''when communication and computing technologies amplify human talents for cooperation.''

    Mr. Smith said he was particularly grateful to the Mac users who helped crack the case. ''I know in my heart that Mr. Christmas is really a PC guy,'' he said, only partly in jest.

    Sergeant Knapp said that since news of the arrest emerged, he had fielded a stream of calls from people claiming to have been similarly duped.

    He said the Secret Service, the Internal Revenue Service and the Chicago Police Department were now involved in a wider investigation.

    Chris Donlay, an eBay spokesman, said that because both auctions were cut short when the purchaser sent e-mail to Mr. Smith offering to buy the computers outside the eBay site, the company was not directly involved and not in a position to help Mr. Smith or law enforcement.

    He is still out the value of the original computer he shipped to Mr. Christmas, which the authorities have yet to recover.

    Mr. Smith is not one to let his story go untold. Late last week he posted a lengthy first-person account online (www.remodern.com/caught.html) that was featured at the technology-news site Slashdot.org. Electronic bulletin boards were plastered with kudos for Mr. Smith and self-congratulations for Macintosh users who banded together to seek justice.

    ''No one steals our Macs and lives!'' wrote one. ''I LOVE YOU GUYS!!! *group hug for mac users everywhere*'' wrote another.

    And this week Mr. Smith got a call from an investigator with the Chicago Police Department responding to his first request for help. The investigator ''suggested I put together a controlled drop like the one they had read about in the newspaper,'' Mr. Smith said. ''I told them that was me, and that was this case.''

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  • 老大:
    我的富士 s2 pro昨天晚上挂了,你是行家,拉兄弟一把!
    昨天晚上我实在忍不住CCD上的垃圾,就开机对着日光灯长时间暴光清理CCD,5秒过后发现拍不成画面了,画面象风吹过的一样杂色,什么也没有留下。
    我怀疑是CCD烧毁了。
    GT News回复行帆客说:
    我也开机清理过CCD啊,你是怎么“清理”的?我用气吹吹吹就好了。那也不是拍摄状态,不过是按说明升起了快门而已,灯光晒坏的可能性不大吧。
    2008-09-09 11:29:55
  • 对,是数码单反DSLR。基本参数在这里http://www3.xitek.com/digital/fuji/finepixS2pro1.htm
  • 这个单反机是数码的吗?

    看起来还是很漂亮的。照片色彩不错。
  • 这个单反机是数码的吗?

    看起来还是很漂亮的。照片色彩不错。
  • 去我那里看看——http://thedoors.blogbus.com/index.html

    交换个链接吧!
  • 可喜可贺!富士的色彩可是他的看家本领,自然是没什么话说的。那D30你最终没有拿下么?

    这个S2的价格也算不错,不过似乎没有比国内便宜很多。应该差不多900$就可以拿下10D甚至20D了吧?感觉佳能在光学跟数字结合这一块做得更成熟一点。不过S2也不错,还是有“人像王”美誉的哦。
    GT News回复甜果冻说:
    I won the bid of a Canon D30 a few days after winning the S2 Pro. I haven't got it as the paypal payment is still not cleared. But I should get it soon. I would like to try if the two really have big difference and are worth their money. Then maybe I'll have to resell one of them - I believe the final bid should be higher than my original winning bid. I didn't mention S2 before as it might be a shame if it turned out to be a scam, hh. I guess you are using a Sony F717, right? Quite nice picture quality from the quality lens.
    2005-09-09 18:17:01