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My Favorite of the Year
For the Photographer (and more)
Big things in Little Packages
Don't forget PC
Shiatsu Neck and Back Massager - This may be the bargain of the year for me. My legs are often tight from sitting at my desk for hours on end. One of the downsides from working at home is spending many more hours a week sitting at my desk. This little massager is fantastic and even provides heat to the area.
Digital Loving Audiophile with a touch of home theater
Budget Friendly Analog
For the person that has everything
For the blogger/vlogger
Apple Watch App of the Year
The Wrap Up
Obviously, the recent big releases were the iPhone 13 and the new MBP Pros. I wasn't in the market for either. I got the iPhone 12 Pro Max last year and honestly I don't want to trade out the telephoto lens that is 65mm to 77mm equivalent. I use this all the time to take photos because it is the only lens with very little (if any) distortion. The 77mm is just too long for my use. I hope they come out with two telephoto lenses down the road. Would be nice to have a 50ish mm and a 100mm without distortion.
The reason I am not in the market for the new MBPs is that I just don't have a need for it. My 2016 MBP rarely gets used and I have the powerful Alienware laptop if I need that kind of juice on the go. I mainly use the Mac Mini M1(when sitting at the desk) and the iPad 12.9 (when I am away from my office) combo. They get most of the jobs done for me and both are quick enough that I don't feel like I am waiting on the computer most of the time.
There are also cameras like the Sony a1 out that are compelling for the right person. I am still more than happy with the Sony A7 RIII.
I think things are pretty stable as far as tech/hobbies for me at the moment. I do wonder what next year will bring...besides a new vinyl liner for the pool (already sucking $$$ from my pocket). I had talked about updating speakers, and I may still do that. I also wouldn't mind some new Tamron lenses if we do end up leaving the house more, too. I was all set to update to the new Apple Watch, but then I looked at the colors and I am thinking about holding out another year unless I get stainless steel (which I am considering).
Have a great 2022!!