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3 Tipe Kamera Digital Favorit

3 Tipe Kamera Digital Favorit

Saat anda membeli kamera, pastinya anda ingin kamera tersebut merupakan salah satu kamera favorit yang beredar dipasaran, sebab suatu kamera dikatakan favorit karena fitur-fitur yang dimilikinya handal dan menghasilkan gambar kualitas terbaik, itu sebabnya kamera tersebut menjadi banyak di minati. Jika anda ingin mengetahui beberapa tipe Kamera Digital Favorit, berikut kami memiliki 3 jenis kamera tersebut untuk anda ketahui:

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II-Full Frame DSLR

Layak untuk dikatakan jika anda mencari sebuah mesin gambar yang tepat dengan performa terbaik dan handal dalam kondisi apapun, serta anda ingin kamera yang sanggup untuk hal-hal tersebut, Canon 1D Mark II merupakan salah satu kamera terbaik dalam kelas elit profesional saat ini. Jika anda adalah seorang profesional atau seorang fotografer amatir yang menginginkan sebuah kamera yang cemerlang dengan kinerja yang tak tertandingi untuk fotografi aksi dan anda ingin mewujudkan hal segala keinginan anda tersebut, anda sebaiknya segera membeli kamera 1D X Mark II ini dan jangan melirik yang lain lagi, sebab anda tidak akan kecewa dengan fitur-fitur terbaik yang dimilikinya.

Secara keseluruhan, kamera Canon 1D Mark II merupakan sebuah kamera yang handal dan tepat bagi para fotografer yang menekuni fotografi dan membutuhkan sebuah kamera dengan segala kecepatan dan fitur-fitur profesional lainnya. Kamera ini memiliki fitur terbaru yang handal bagi para fotografer still, kamera ini juga menawarkan rekaman video 4K dan merekam sebanyak 60fps (dan Full HD hingga 120fps) bagi mereka yang merekam video. Dilengkapi dengan fitur weather proofing dan bentuk desain yang profesional, kamera ini memiliki ketahanan maksimum dengan shutter speed yang di desain dengan 400,000 keakuratan. Untuk para fotografer still, Canon 1D Mark II merupakan sebuah kamera DSLR yang special yang menawarkan kinerja optimal untuk pemotretan olahraga, satwa liar, serta aksi. Kekuatan berikutnya pada kamera ini, yaitu dapat memotret dalam kondisi tersulit atau saat cuaca tidak bersahabat.

Canon menciptakan fitur-fitur terbaru pada kamera 1D Mark II ini, di antaranya yaitu sensor full-frame 20,2 Megapiksel yang memungkinkan anda untuk memotret gambar format RAW sebanyak 14 Frame per-detik (fps) dalam modus Continuous Auto-focus. Dilengkapi dengan 61 titik sistem auto-fokus dan kecepatan AF serta keakuratan yang super, secepat anda bisa menekan tombol shutter. Canon 1D Mark II memiliki fitur Dual Digic 6+ Prosessor yang memiliki rentang nilai ISO yang hebat, yaitu 100 hingga 51,200 dengan ekspansi hingga 409,600! Fitur lainnya yaitu sebuah viewfinder yang handal serta layar sentuh monitor LCD 3,2 inci dengan resolusi 1,62 juta titik dan sebuah lapisan anti-refleksi. Layar sentuh memudahkan anda untuk mengubah titik auto-fokus pada modus Live View dan menyesuaikan pembesaran gambar, baik saat memotret subjek still maupun merekam video.

Kualitas Gambar

Kualitas yang terdapat pada kamera 1D Mark II ini sudah tak lagi mengejutkan, saat anda menggunakan kamera dengan harga sekitar 70 jutaan (hanya bodi), pastinya anda mengharapkan kamera tersebut dapat membawa kualitas terbaik yang mengesankan dan Canon 1D Mark II merupakan kamera yang mampu menjalankan segala tugas terbaiknya, seperti yang anda inginkan. Kamera ini dilengkapi dengan Sensor CMOS 20,2 Mp full frame dan menjalankan kinerja dengan handal, utamanya saat kondisi minim cahaya dan dengan kecepatan ISO tertinggi untuk memotret yang dapat mengatasi masalah saat kondisi tersebut. Sensor 1D Mark II memiliki sebuah optik filter low-pass untuk meminimalisir hal-hal yang dapat merusak gambar. Berbicara mengenai ISO pada kamera ini, menawarkan sebuah rentang standar pada ISO 100 hingga 51,200, tapi juga menawarkan kemampuan perluasan ISO pada nilai 50 hingga 409,600. Pendekatan dan tujuan utama yang ingin dicapai oleh kamera ini yaitu gambar yang dihasilkan menjadi lebih menawan, dengan sedikit sentuhan fine-tune pada gambar/kontrol bayangan, kontras atau saturasi warna yang anda pilih.

Untuk mengurangi waktu saat memproses gambar, kebanyakan gambar sebaiknya diambil dalam format JPEG, yang hasilnya juga tetap bagus. Gambar yang dihasilkan lebih natural, warna yang akurat, tak ada noise dan rentang dinamis gambar yang mengesankan meski kondisi cahaya begitu kontras. Ada saatnya anda dapat berkreasi dengan Photo-Shop untuk mengedit gambar yang telah anda ambil dan saat anda memotret siang hari, anda dapat mengubah modus kedalam black and black dan gunakan pilihan ON 1 Perfect Photo Suite 8 untuk simulasi efek.

Pentax K-1 Full Frame DSLR

Kamera Pentax K1 memilki ukuran berat yang sama dengan fitur-fitur dan kualitas gambar yang ditawarkan. Terlebih lagi, K1 merupakan sebuah kamera yang lebih cerdas jika di bandingkan dengan kebanyakan kamera DSLR Full-frame lainnya. Fitur-fitur yang dimiliki kamera ini telah di jelajahi oleh para ahli dan menunjukkan bahwa kamera ini memang tidak terlalu buming dipasaran, tapi kebanyakan orang dan ahli dalam fotografi/para profesional yang menginginkan beberapa modus tambahan pada kamera, seperti dial atau switch, mereka akan memilih Pentax K1 ini.

Desain Kamera dan Fitur-Fitur yang di Miliki

Pentax K1 terbuat dari bahan magnesium alloy dengan 87 titik penyegelan yang menjadikan kamera ini anti-debu, segala cuaca serta tahan dingin. K1 memiliki mekanisme auto-fokus SAFOX 12 yang memiliki 33 titik auto-fokus, 25 titik diantaranya merupakan sensor cross-type. AF kamera ini sangat cepat dan akurat.

Bodi kamera ini dilengkapi dengan built-in 5 Axis sistem untuk mengurangi goncangan dan pergerakan kedalam five stop saat kamera membidik pergerakan horisontal dan vertikal dengan cara sebaik mungkin. Unit Shake Reduction II pada kamera memutar unit sensor gambar kedalam semua tahapan cara, menawarkan kompensansi auto-level dan fungsi Astro-Tracer untuk fotografi astronomi yang menggunakan built-in kamera dalam bentuk GPS. Untuk menghilangkan debu yang menempel pada sensor, Pentax K1 juga dilengkapi dengan mekanisme Dust-Removal II yang menggunakan getaran Shake and Bake Ultrasonic, kamera Pentax K1 ini kaya akan sistem resolusi Pixel Shift, yang menjanjikan anda kualitas gambar lebih baik, daripada kualitas gambar yang dihasilkan oleh resolusi 36Mp.

Pentax K1 menawarkan Dual slot kartu memori dan menu untuk pengaturan kartu. Saat memotret pada modus Raw dan Jpeg, kamera ini memungkinkan anda untuk menyimpan gambar format Raw kedalam satu kartu memori dan file Jpeg kedalam kartu memori lainnya. Seperti kebanyakan kamera DSLR lainnya, Pentax K1 ini juga dilengkapi dengan Wi-Fi memungkinkan pengiriman gambar ke tablet atau ponsel pintar melalui aplikasi Image-Sync pada kamera. Pentax K1 juga cocok disandingkan dengan ikatan perangkat lunak Pentax Image Transmitter 2, kamera ini memiliki segalanya untuk desainnya, terdapat Operation Assist Lights, yang kecil, layar LED yang cerah diatas bantalan lensa, dibelakang monitor LCD, pada slot kartu memori dan sebuah kabel fungsi yang berguna untuk pemotretan minim cahaya. Tidak terdapat flash-light pada kamera ini, oleh sebab itulah kamera ini dilengkapi dengan baterai D-LI90 yang memiliki daya terkuat.

Sebagai tambahan, kamera ini juga dapat menggunakan baterai Lithium-ion isi ulang, dan 6 AA Baterai. Fitur DBG-6 pada Pentax K1 dilengkapi dengan shutter release vertical, sekumpulan tombol kontrol untuk Lock AE, AF, ISO, kompensasi eksposur, clolor space (green), menu preview, serta menu dial dual elektronik pada kamera. Fitur ini juga dilengkapi dengan dust-proof, weather-resistant, seperti yang dimiliki oleh kamera K1.

Nikon D-500 APS-C DSLR

Nikon D500 merupakan “adik” dari produk flagship perusahaan dan memilki sistem kamera DSLR yang profesional. Para pengguna/antusias fotografi sangat menantikan kehadiran kamera Nikon D500 ini, dan diharapkan dapat melanjutkan kesuksesan kamera D300, yang hadir di tahun 2007 dan terus di kembangkan hingga meluncurkan kamera D300s ditahun 2009. Kamera ini menawarkan sebuah sensor ukuran APS-C dengan jumlah resolusi lebih dari 20Mp.

Kamera Nikon D300/D300s sama memiliki jumlah resolusi 12,3 Mp. Nikon D500 memiliki kelebihan yaitu pada sistem auto-fokus yang begitu cepat, hasil gambar yang sangat jernih dengan resolusi tinggi. Rentang dinamis yang sempurna, mode burst dengan kecepatan tinggi, fasilitas Wi-Fi, dan sebuah layar sentuh LCD yang dapat diputar dan sensitif, serta kualitas rekaman video 4K.

Desain, Tampilan dan Performa Kamera

Sebagai seorang yang antusias dengan sistem kamera DSLR, Nikon D500 menawarkan sebuah viewfinder yang lebih besar dan terang. Viewfinder dilengkapi dengan jarak pandang sebanyak 98%, yang dapat sedikit berkurang saat anda menyusun gambar. Kelebihan lainnya yaitu pada kesempurnaan layar LCD kamera. Monitor berukuran 3,2 inci dan memiliki resolusi yang tinggi yaitu sebanyak 2,36 juta titik RGB. Layar ini sangat peka, sama seperti kamera Nikon D5, D500 menawarkan beberapa fungsi terbaru yang dapat dikontrol pada layar kamera. Fungsi-fungsi tersebut sangat membantu saat anda ingin melihat kembali gambar yang telah diambil, khususnya saat para pengguna ingin  memperbesar subjek secara mendetail.

Meskipun kamera Nikon D500 ini memiliki ukuran yang besar dan berat, tapi kamera ini tetap nyaman saat anda pegang dalam genggaman. Pegangan kamera yang berada pada sisi kanan menawarkan kemudahan untuk genggaman yang stabil, karena memiliki sistem mid-range, maka kamera ini tidak menawarkan sebuah tambahan pilihan tombol shutter release dan dial parameter untuk komposisi vertikal, seperti yang dimiliki kamera Nikon D5. Nikon menawarkan kemasan daya multi-baterai “MB-D17” sebagai sebuah pilihan yang memiliki beberapa tombol/elemen fungsi tambahan.

Kamera Nikon D-500 ini dilengkapi dengan sambungan Wi-Fi dan teknologi terbaru “Snap-Bridge” untuk kontak langsung dengan perangkat pintar, sperti ponsel dan tablet. Sebagai tambahan, kamera ini memungkinkan anda untuk menggunakan pilihan Adapter WLAN-WT 7A dengan beberapa fungsi dan penyimpanan data yang lebih banyak. Kamera D500 dari Nikon menggunakan sistem terbaru untuk Auto-fokusnya, yaitu: Multi-CAM 20K yang memiliki area auto-fokus sebanyak 153 titik, 99 diantaranya merupakan sensor cross-type. Sistem ini menawarkan sebuah kecepatan yang tinggi dan gesit pada auto-fokus. Subjek yang bergerak dengan cepat dapat dibidik secara tepat, kamera ini sangat cocok untuk para fotografer olahraga dan aksi. Sistem AF ini memiliki konfigurasi yang tinggi, tapi dapat dengan mudah untuk diatur. Untuk nilai burst tertinggi, kamera bekerja dengan handal dengan kartu memori XQD yang memiliki kecepatan tinggi dan menawarkan sebuah tambahan slot kartu memori pada media SD/SDHC/SDXC. Kartu memori XQD merupakan pilihan tepat untuk menyimpan rekaman video, karena Nikon D-500 mampu merekam video 4K dengan rentang nilai Bite tertinggi.

Kesimpulan

Demikian uraian diatas mengenai kamera digital favorit, semoga dapat membantu anda dalam menemukan kamera favorit yang anda inginkan selama ini. Jika anda memilki saran dan komentar mengenai artikel kami ini, silahkan kirim komentar anda dan jangan lupa folow ig kami di @foto.co.id …. Terima Kasih 🙂

Referensi:

http://www.shutterbug.com/content/shutterbugs-10-favorite-cameras-and-lenses-2016#0WJGRi1kkbErw6v1.97

http://www.shutterbug.com/content/canon-eos-1d-x-mark-ii-dslr-review-big-fast-powerful-and-bombproof#UKb8oDHU2R8ylxL9.97

http://www.shutterbug.com/content/pentax-k-1-dslr-review#ZpeEg2tOlj28y3Jr.97

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    l emerged from their hiding places. Tonight was the night when masks and monsters were celebrated. Some choosing the disguises of their heroes, while others tried to scare their fellow revelers with ghastly appearances. Some of the younger and some not quite as young went begging from door to door. Others went to house parties, where the strains of The Monster Mash echoed out open windows. Still others went to celebrations as given by their local school, tavern, or dance clubs. For tonight was the feast of Halloween.In forgotten ages the ancient Celtic peoples marked this holiday as Samhain. The celebration of the changing of the seasons from summer to winter. It was their New Year. And as part of their beliefs, the spirits of the dead sought out places and living hosts to hide out during the coming season of cold and sleep. It was now about 6,000 years since those primitive peoples had first celebrated their holiday of the harvest. It was that same holiday, now drastically changed by time and culture, that would now take on a new and more horrifying aspect. As the armies of merry-makers scrambled about the streets, they were completely unaware of the beings who began to mingle with them. They were the living dead, summoned by the powers of the insane sorcerer Crazy Joe and animated by dark arts that were best left forgotten. They lumbered through the swamps of Lincoln Park and out into the chilled night air of Jersey City.Others of their kind began to emerge from the various cemeteries that dotted the Jersey City landscape. Some, too far gone in their decay, clawed feebly inside their coffins, almost as if in frustration of not being able to answer the call. The rest, now unrecognizable by the loved ones that had buried them, shambled to their destination at their master’s side.Through the streets, the legions of undead continued their mindless wanderings. Most of the living were too oblivious to the demonic forces that at this very moment walked among them, the zombies being unable to catch up with most of them. Still, there was the occasional lone trick-or-treater who paused too long, or the dazed junkie or bum trying to sleep off the effects of an earlier imbibement. Making the mistake of choosing an unprotected doorway or alley, the zombies would make short work of such easy prey. Overpowering them in their stupor, the zombies began their merciless feast, their victims waking to chunks of their own flesh being bitten from their bodies. But, this being Halloween, screams and wails were regarded as pranksters having fun. And in most sections of Jersey City, cries for help often went unanswered, anyway. The small horde, perhaps about a hundred of Crazy Joe’s servants, advanced to the college, his unearthly call driving them to their new master. They began to shamble into the lower level of the Student Union Building’s parking garage. Ahead of them, they sensed life. It was two of the living, twisting about each other.Cathy Dilks was on the hood of a green El Camino. She and her date had bounced from car to car during their romp in the parking garage. Her current beau, Art Anderson, was doing his best impression of an octopus, and Cathy didn’t mind in the least. As the two college students groped each other, the zombies shuffled forward. Their light footsteps never even catching the ears of the two college kids who were too entangled in each other to notice. Besides, the thrill of possibly getting caught, coupled with the darkness of the garage and the festival of Halloween, had excited the two hormonal students, putting them in a veritable frenzy over each other.Cathy had chosen the ever-popular “French Maid” outfit, most of which was either opened and flapping about or hiked up around her waist. Art had chosen the ever-favorite “Pirate” get up, complete with eye-patch and chromed-plastic cutlass. Art’s hand were gently kneading Cathy’s exposed breasts, her nipples already hardened from the cool night air. She moaned hotly as his fingers moved below her waist, exploring the moistness there.“Well, blow me down!” he chuckled as Cathy knelt before him, pulling down his striped pantaloons. His head tilted back and he closed his eyes in anticipation of this act — one which Cathy was unaware that she had quite a reputation for. Art was anxious as she seemed to pause a bit too long, but he soon felt her mouth slide over him. He was a tad surprised at how cold her mouth was, and how dry it felt. Plus, there seemed to be something odd inside her mouth that was, well, moving! He opened his eyes and was appalled as he looked down into the half-jellied face of an old woman, obviously quite dead. Her mouth was latched firmly onto his throbbing manhood, and he could see maggots writhing in her shredded lips. Before he could even attempt to scream, her rotted teeth cut through his flesh in a bloody spray, and she was hungrily chewing on his member as she looked up at him with clouded eyes.It was then that Art noticed Cathy just off to the side of him, struggling against several zombies. Had either of them been aware of their surroundings, they could have easily outrun these creatures. But, the zombies had completely surrounded them and caught them off guard. One zombie held each of her arms, while another pair held her legs. Others crowded around her, ogling her exposed flesh. The remains of her costume were soon torn from her by cold, decayed fingers. Her skin goose pimpled in the cold night air, and she thrashed wildly against her captors. She managed to tear one leg free by pulling out the arm of the zombie holding her, but he was immediately replaced by another flesh eater. A male zombie in a moldy business suit leaned over her and drooled brackish spittle onto her chest, then bent his head and sank his teeth into a breast. She tried to scream, but a filthy piece of cloth was shoved into her throat, gagging her. The zombie pulled out a chunk, her nipple bitten off along with an area of flesh equal to the size of a plum. Blood flowed freely from the wound as other ghouls began to feast from the pathetically struggling girl.Art was in no better shape, as several creatures had pinned him to the garage floor and were ripping into him with their clawed hands. His testicles had been bitten off, and two female zombies were fighting each other for them. Another zombie, so decayed its gender was impossible to determine, had straddled Art’s chest and begun clawing its way into his abdomen, seeking out his intestines. With an audible pop, it burst through the muscles and began pulling out long, bloody coils of organs. Art, barely conscious, watched as another ghoul used a discarded tire iron to crack open his ribcage in an effort to get at his heart. When another ghoul used a chunk of brick to bash his skull to get at his brain, Art was granted the sweet release of oblivion.Cathy watched, but her mind could no longer comprehend what was being done to her. The agonizing intensity of the cannibalistic torture had shut down most of the voluntary functions in her brain. One zombie, less decayed than the rest, had been raping her with its rotted member, the cold, stiffened skin scraping away the flesh inside her. It pulled out and ejaculated horrifying clumps of wriggling maggots onto her stomach, then knelt between her legs and began the nauseating task of devouring her privates, biting into the soft, pink flesh and ripping it away in strips that he greedily gobbled like licorice. Perhaps it was more merciful for her that fingers suddenly plunged into her eyes, popping out the baby-blue orbs and thrusting them into hungry mouths. Other fingers were then inserted into the empty sockets, in a bowling ball-type grip. A moment later her head was wrenched from her neck in an enormous spray of blood that ended her nightmare forever. ***Dan Cziraky, Al Ryan, and Joe McGinnis had gathered in The Gothic Times office on the third floor of the Student Union, preparing for the Halloween Party on the level just below them. Cziraky was garbed in a blood-spattered apron, homemade vinyl mask, and heavy work boots as “Leatherface” from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It was a costume he had thought of after spying a toy chainsaw on one of his frequent trips to Toys ‘R’ Us with Al and Joe. The chainsaw, bright green plastic with a silvery blade, was on the table, resting on pages torn from back issues of the student newspaper. Al, his emaciated photography editor, was applying the black make-up of horror rocker Alice Cooper to his pale features.“How’s it look?” Al asked as he finished the black lines at the corners of his mouth.“Just fine,” Dan assured him. He was squirting a tube of stage blood onto the blade of the toy chainsaw. Joe McGinnis moped in the corner, fiddling with an Uzi water rifle. “Nobody’s gonna know I’m supposed to be The Terminator,” he sulked. “Well, I offered to give you the ripped-out android eye make-up,” Dan said with a shrug.“Besides, Joe, you’ve got the film logo on your wraparound sunglasses,” Al observed. “If that ain’t enough to tip em off, then screw em!”The trio turned as the office door swung open. Dressed in a Yoda mask and a brown, floppy monk’s robe, a tiny figure — perhaps three feet tall — waddled in. It tottered over to the table where only two hours before Jon had replaced the bag of Crazy Joe’s magical supplies with grocery store goodies. Dan looked down at the pint-sized being as it approached the bag.“Need this, does Crazy Joe, yes, hmmm!” it said in a crackly muffled voice under its mask.Dan nodded and motioned to the bag as the Yoda-masked figure reached out a clawed hand. It quickly grabbed up the paper sack and scuttled out the door.“Cool job on the hands,” Dan commented as the door shut.Anne Ransom, Joe’s girlfriend of two weeks, walked into the office. Her voluptuous figure was poured into a tight black dress, the neckline plunging to her navel, accenting her ample bosom. Dan ushered her into a chair, saying, “Okay, lets get your makeup-up done and then we can get downstairs.”Dan quickly gave Annie the pale features and deep set eyes of a vampire, then popped a pair of plastic fangs into her mouth and covered her lips in a deep scarlet lip gloss. Now all four of them were ready for the party. She declined to have stage blood put on her lips, although Dan had been quite insistent that she wear it. “C’mon, Anne,” he pouted. “Just at the corners of your mouth … maybe a drop or two in The Valley,” he joked, nodding at her cleavage.“No way!” she shook her head. “That stuff is sticky and it stains!”“Oh, there’s worse stuff that’s sticky and stains that you could have there,” Dan muttered as he winked at McGinnis. McGinnis just stared back at him blankly, the meaning of the comment escaping the oblivious student. All make-ups and costumes finished, they exited the newsroom and walked down the stairs and into the Multi-Purpose Room. The group paid their admission and surveyed the area, quickly concluding that the party was a disaster already. Although the live band, Spinal Tap, was doing a pretty kick-ass version of Dinner With Drac, the crowd was milling about listlessly, clearly just not into the heavy metal. Sadly, disco wasn’t quite dead enough at State.“Well, it’ll liven up soon enough,” Dan commented with a chuckle. “Whatcha got planned, Uncle Dan?” Al inquired. Dan hated it when Al called him Uncle Dan, but let it pass this time. “Haven’t you been paying attention to the school radio? I’ve been advertising this for a month! I talked the Program Board into letting Crazy Joe perform a little All Hallow’s Eve mumbo jumbo,” Dan said with a wicked smile. “Aw, that’s stupid,” McGinnis whined. “That witch is a lunatic: they shouldn’t even let him in this friggin’ building!”“C’mon, it’ll be funny,” Dan said. “It’s gotta be better than anything these bozos have planned for tonight.” Dan noted the tiny, foot-tall replica of Stonehenge behind the band and chuckled at its absurdity.Just then, a terrifying creature walked over to where the four friends stood. Its face was withered and mangled, with the left eye dangling out of its bloody socket by the optic nerve. It wore a bullet riddled army uniform, a patch on the right shoulder declaring it a member of the “U.S. ARMY CORPSE.” It leered at them evilly and began pulling pieces of its intestines out from under its shirt. “That’s pretty goddam disgusting, Geri,” Al admonished the creature. It tilted its mask back to reveal the sweaty face of Gerard Wierzbicki. “What’s this about Crazy Joe putting on a show? This I gotta see!” Geri exclaimed. “Uh, he might not let you in,” said Dan. “I mean, you two haven’t exactly been the best of friends.”“Screw that! He paid to get in just like everyone else,” Al stated. “Besides, if I keep my mask on, he’ll never know it’s me,” Gerard pointed out. “This is gonna be hysterical,” Al laughed. *** Inside the smallest of the three Multi rooms, Crazy Joe the Witch prepared a small table. On it were two black candles in ornate silver holders, a silver ceremonial dagger, a dusty, worn book with the title Necronomicon etched in gold on its scarred leather cover, and the small green statue of the octopoid-looking being. His two imp servants, now dressed as a Jawa and Yoda from the Star Wars trilogy, assisted their master. They carefully helped him measure the contents of the jars that Jonathan had replaced just hours earlier. There was something not quite right about the mini-ceremony the witch was performing. Maybe it was the distraction of the obnoxious music blaring from the adjacent room that was throwing his concentration off. Either way, ready or not, the witch was determined to enable the return of the Old Ones, his new masters. The two imps put a black robe with bizarre arcane symbols sown into it about his shoulders as he knelt before the alter. “Iillyahe Iiliaeheh, allotto ween-ur,” Joe chanted asd he put the final touches in place. He then stood up and bowed grandly before the altar, a peaceful smile on his elfin face. “The way will soon be opened,” the witch said aloud. “The road to your new domain will be paved with much blood, my masters.”The greenish statue took on a slight glow from within. Its goatish eyes seemed to blink as a thunderous voice echoed in Crazy Joe’s skull. “SEE THAT NOTHING GOES AWRY, UNWORTHY WRETCH!” Crazy Joe bowed again, and the glow faded into the surrounding darkness. He smiled, pleased with himself, and turned towards his two minions. “Now they will know why they fear the night,” he sneered, then exited the smaller room and entered the main room. He walked purposefully up to Dan, who was grabbing a fistful of chips with one hand and downing a soda with the other. “Everything’s ready, Dan-O,” the witch said. Dan hated when Crazy Joe called him Dan-O even more than when Al called him Uncle Dan, but he ignored it this time. “What’ll this take, about twenty minutes?” Dan asked between mouthfuls of food. “Sure, that’s about right. Everyone can watch, but only twelve can actively participate,” Crazy Joe instructed. Dan nodded, then left Crazy Joe to talk to the sound technician for the band Spinal Tap, that were at the far end of the room. Dan got on the microphone and announced that an ancient pagan ceremony to celebrate the Feast of Samhain would take place in ten minutes. Crazy Joe went back into the smaller room as Dan began to gather twelve people (including Al, Gerard, Joe, and Annie). Dan approached someone dressed in a Minotaur costume with a pretty blonde in a harem girl costume chained to the ring in the Minotaur’s nose. “Hey, you two wanna be in on this thing?” Dan inquired. “No thanks,” the Minotaur snorted in a familiar voice. “I’ve seen this garbage my whole life!” “Jon, is that you under there?”“In the flesh, Dan,” said Jon. “In fact, we were just getting ready to leave. We’re going to the St. Peter’s party next. Besides, I don’t wanna be around when my brother finds out I switched the ingredients on him!”Dan chuckled at the thought. The two brothers had the tendency to act like WWF wrestlers, given just half a chance. Maybe it would be better if Jon left early in this case. “Alright dude, suit yourself,” Dan laughed. The Minotaur slapped a big hairy hand on the harem girl’s butt-cheek and gave a tight squeeze, causing her to yelp out a giggle. “Let’s go!” he growled. The two exited the back doors of the Multi-purpose Room. Dan stared at the wiggle of the girl’s behind as they left. For the life of him, Dan could never figure it out: here was a guy who had about as much charm as a cheese grater, and all the cuddliness of a gargoyle from Notre Dame, and yet from time to time Jon still managed to score with a hot babe. Dan shook his head and went back to gathering the remaining few needed for the ceremony. The Minotaur and the harem girl had gotten to the back lounge by the rear stairwell when three figures blocked their paths. Their eyes were sunken in and watery, their skin was grayish and slimy, and their suits were covered in mud and dirt. “Hey, nice costumes!” Jon acknowledged as they walked up. “The make-up looks great!” He stopped and sniffed the air. “Formaldehyde deodorant! Wow, you guys went all out! Hey, Ray’s gonna flip over you guys. Hope you win at the costume contest!” The trio stood there silently, blocking the way. “Yeah, well, okay, nice; but, we gotta get going,” Jon continued, slightly annoyed. At that point one of the zombies reached out a clawed, moldering hand at the harem girl’s breast. The Minotaur quickly grabbed it before it reached the girl. “Whoa, dude! That’s my job!” he said angrily. The zombie made an attempt to bite him, but Jon grabbed the creature by the throat and pushed him back. “And that’s her job!” he growled. The zombie made a brief attempt to wrestle away from the power-lifting Polack, but only wound up having it’s arm torn off as Jon slammed him to the floor. “Oooh, nice effect!” Jon laughed as he tossed the creature’s arm down to him. A sudden scream caused the clueless student to wheel around. The harem girl was now surrounded by a total of four zombies, who were closing in on her. Jon quickly grabbed two of the zombies, and with minor effort tossed them aside. “C’mon, Neva!” he shouted as he grabbed the girl’s wrist and pulled her towards him. The two stormed toward the back stairwell. The door opened to reveal yet another zombie, who attempted a feeble lunge. Jon grabbed the zombie and slammed him into a wall. “You guys are carrying this **** a little too far!” he yelled as he and Neva exited down the back stairway.Back inside the party, seeing that he had the required number of people, Crazy Joe signaled for the room partition to be rolled back. Then, he gathered the twelve in a circle around the altar and lit the candles. “As it was in the days of our Fathers, it is again and will always be,” the witch chanted, then opened the old book before him. “The ancients knew the true path. They knew by name the gods of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water; and, they knew that to fail them was to die. Ia! Ia! Yog-Sothoth!”“This guy’s out of his ****in’ mind,” Al whispered to Gerard. “Yeah — what a show we’re in for!” Dan smirked.Crazy Joe watched them, his eyes glittering like two emeralds in the candlelight. He knew that they mocked with their whisperings, but he didn’t care. He’d endured their laughs all his life. He could remember each insult hurled at him over the years with distinct clarity, but now he did so without the pain and frustration he’d felt in the past.He also remembered the dreams. Since his pre-school days they would sporadically disturb his slumber. Growing with intensity and clarity as the years went by. At first the whisperings and amorphous shadows were frightening enough. But over time they began to take on the shapes of vaguely humanoid, reptilian looking, creatures that one would associate with the darkest regions of the oceans. Over the summer they had intensified even further, while these fools worked summer jobs to pay for their tuition. He had left school years earlier. Some had claimed it was a nervous breakdown, and he let them think it. He knew the truth, and that was what mattered. That was when he had first experienced that shrill, distant call. Then, in the dream he had heard it clearly for the first time. The voice, unearthly and frightening, told him of the book the Necronomicon, and the secrets it held. Was it fate that his knapsack with all his original books and artifacts was stolen, causing him to go on a hunt to try and recover them, thereby leading him to the old, dog-eared copy? It no longer mattered. To his old ways of thinking, its contents were blasphemy. He had practiced the Craft for the good of man, not for his destruction. Now, since that final dream, he understood what the book meant, and welcomed its teachings. Teachings that led him to this night, and the dark prophesies he would fulfill. Crazy Joe broke off his momentary reveries, then continued. “In olden times, both priests and priestesses served the Great Old Ones. I shall act as priest — do I have a volunteer for priestess?” he said as he closed his eyes in what looked like deep concentration. At first, no one spoke up. Then, to everyone’s surprise, the normally reserved and quiet Anne approached the witch.“Oh, be serious!” McGinnis protested.Dan raised a chubby hand, keeping McGinnis from moving forward. “It’ll be a riot,” Dan assured him. Dubious, McGinnis got back in place.Crazy Joe openly ogled Anne’s ample endowments. “Just read from the passages I indicate,” he instructed her.Anne looked at the bizarre text, then read aloud, “Ph-nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagi fhtagn. Ia! Ia!”That was when Dan noticed the lights were dimming. That couldn’t be right, because the dimmer switch was broken. Still, it sure seemed the lights had been lowered somehow. He looked over at the switch panel, but nothing amiss. He looked back at the altar, and thought he saw something out of the corner of his eye. He immediately dismissed it as some reflection off of someone’s costume in the candlelight. “I don’t like this …,” McGinnis complained.“Don’t get your panties inna twist,” Al scolded under his breath. “Ia Nergal-Ya! Ia zi annga Kanpa! Tushte yesh shir illani u ma Yalki!” Crazy Joe chanted as Anne swayed at his side. He then gestured for her to pick up the ceremonial dagger on the altar. She clutched the handle in her slim hands, and cradled it against her breasts. The witch pointed at another passage for her to read. “Yog-Sothoth mawg’ngla kit’ragr Shuggoth ur dawq’lpai!” she read in a husky voice. She held the dagger out before her, then brought the blade to her lips. She then kissed the blade, drawing a thin line of crimson from the tip of the dagger. At this point, a faint greenish glow could be seen hovering about three feet above the alter. It coalesced, and it soon became apparent that something was writhing in its center. Crazy Joe’s two pint-sized, hooded henchmen began to chatter excitedly and darted between the legs of the crowd. “Oh, **** — !” Gerard gasped. He looked over at Joe, then at Dan. “Did you rig some kinda special lighting for this, Dan?”“Nope. I think it’s time to end this thing,” Dan said nervously. He started to break from the circle, but a bolt of green energy lashed out from the swirling green mass and struck him on the chest with an audible sizzle. Dan flew back about five feet, landing on his oversized rump. Crazy Joe laughed like a man dying of thirst who’s just found a case of Budweiser. “Fools, you can’t stop it now!”“What’s this moron talking about?” Al asked as he and Gerard helped Dan to his feet. “Dammit, this is all my fault,” Dan sighed. “I always thought he was harmless enough, with his Tarot cards and herbal medicine, but this is seriously dangerous ****!” “Silence dogs!” Crazy Joe bellowed. His skin was slowly taking on a scaly appearance before the amazed audience. His eyes were already becoming reptilian slits, and he appeared to grow at least another inch or two taller. “Soon, my masters, the Great Old ones, shall take possession of this world! Of course, it’ll require a little sacrifice on your part!”The crowd of onlookers stood transfixed at the show that was playing before them. Nothing with this much action, effects, and costumes had ever played at the Margaret Williams Theater! The two imps took the opportunity to open the back doors for the horde of zombies that had gathered out in the hallway. In moments, the undead were shambling in and converging on the students. But no one seemed to noticed, as everyone’s eyes were locked on the swirling funnel of green light that appeared to be growing larger with each heartbeat. More bolts of energy sizzled from the green swirling mass that hovered over their heads. One touched the face of the drummer from Spinal Tap, and he burst into flames. His screams were quickly joined by others, as more bolts zigzagged through the auditorium. People screamed and ran for the exits, but were stopped by the zombies who quickly began biting chunks out of their prey. The rest of the students were blocked in as every door was sealed shut by a bolt from the swirling mass, fusing the metal locks. “Annie, get the **** out of there!” Joe cried, but she merely laughed. “She belongs to them now!” Crazy Joe declared with a cackling laugh, his features now even more grotesque. He grabbed her neck and drew her into a deep, obscene kiss, which she willingly returned. He then released her, and she dropped on all fours, kissing the hems of his black robes. “She will be their concubine, and bear them a thousand darkling spawn,” he boasted. The witch raised up the chalice to the ever-increasing mass of light, unaware that it didn’t contain the true ingredients he thought he had. “Ia! Iia! Iiah-na!” he chanted as he then poured the contents onto the waiting girl, the mixture dripping down her cleavage and into her dress. Anne rubbed the fluid over her chest, her breasts spilling from the flimsy black material. “Ia! Iia! Iiah-na!” Crazy Joe repeated, a little more exasperated as nothing was happening. “Ia-Iia-Iiah-na!” he parroted now, frantically. “Ia Iia Iiahna!” “The hell she will!” McGinnis threw off the two zombies that had set upon him and lunged at the mad sorcerer, slamming into him with his left shoulder. At the same time Gerard and Al grabbed Anne, who howled and scratched like a hellcat. Gerard, ever the opportunist, grabbed the opportunity to cop a cheap feel and was rewarded with a face raked by Anne’s fingernails! “You dare not do this!” Crazy Joe screeched. He stood up and began a gesture towards them, but Dan clunked him over the head with the toy chainsaw, putting his weight behind it. The plastic toy shattered as the witch dropped like a sack of bloody gizzards. “Eat saw, *******,” Dan wheezed as he bashed the witch once more with the remaining parts, for good measure. He then grabbed the Necronomicon off the altar and stuck a corner of the ancient tome into the flame of a candle. Instantly, the book seemed to come to life as the creased leathery cover began to form a face. Dan blinked in disbelief as the book tried to bite off his thumb. “What-da-****?!” he yelped as he dropped the book. From out of nowhere the two imps launched themselves at Dan. They had by now stripped off their robes and were darting about quickly, and Dan could not keep up with them as their razor sharp claws slashed into him. With extreme luck and frustration Dan managed to grab one, and hurled it into the green vortex where it disappeared with a howl. Seizing opportunity and the Necronomicon, the second imp darted off in the pandemonium.“Oh, no you don’t!” Dan bellowed as he grabbed the green octopoid statue off the altar and hurled it at midget monster. The imp easily leapt out of the way as the statue shattered into a thousand pieces, sparks flying with the shards. At this, the swirling mass, which now covered ninety percent of the ceiling, grew brighter. At its center the hideous face of a reptilian, octopoid creature with black, dead, goatish eyes began to form. It looked as if it were looking through a window, as large tentacles waved past from time to time. Beneath its bloated face, in what might have been its neck region, thousands of squirming green tentacles quivered. It roared in pain and anger at Crazy Joe, who was just getting to his feet again. “FOOL, YOU HAVE ALLOWED THESE VERMIN TO RUIN EVERYTHING!” it Snarled. “YOU WILL PAY FOR THIS OUTRAGE!” Before Crazy Joe could utter a word in his defense, a final bolt of green death lashed out from the monstrosity’s eyes, engulfing him in fire and noxious green smoke. In seconds he was reduced to ash, as the fire spread over the dance floor. Zombies burst into flames, the formaldehyde in their bodies igniting quickly. Overhead sprinklers came on as the swirling mass quickly faded. Those who had remained alive found a few fire extinguishers. By the time the fire department had arrived, all the fires were out. Outside the Student Union, on the patio lawn, Joe managed to revive Anne from her trance. She didn’t remember anything at all about the ordeal, which was probably for the better. Someone had found a blanket, which she clutched about her as she shivered in the cold night air. “Did ya see the way Crazy Joe burned up?” Gerard asked as he used a damp napkin to dab at the blood that oozed from the cuts in his face. “Like a sparkler on the Fourth of July,” Al agreed, shaking his head in amazement at the night’s events. “Say, anyone seen the band? I managed to grab their Stonehenge prop on the way out.”“I think they’re still talking to the cops about their dead drummer,” Gerard offered. “Guess they’ll want to talk to us, too. What in the hell we gonna tell the Jersey City Keystone Kops?” Both he and Al looked at each other, then shrugged. “I just don’t believe it — a Cthulhu worshipper at State,” Dan muttered as he massaged his singed chest. Tests at Greenville Hospital would later reveal that he’d suffered a very mild heart attack. At his weight, he was lucky it hadn’t killed him. “A what worshipper?” Joe asked. “Cthulhu,” Dan repeated. “It’s a cult that worships these pan-dimensional beings that supposedly ruled the earth billions of years before man evolved. A mad Arab named Abdul Alhazred wrote their bible, the Necronomicon, supposedly after he had committed suicide. That was the book Crazy Joe was using, the one I tried to burn. I’m pretty sure it was destroyed in that fire. I think. Maybe. Anyway, these worshippers seek to bring back Cthulhu and the rest of the Great Old Ones, so they can destroy mankind and rule this dimension once again. The amazing thing is, up ‘til now, everyone thought that this was just the written works of H.P. Lovecaft; just part of his imagination. I guess he was really documenting this stuff!” “Aw, that’s stupid …,” Joe observed as he hugged Annie.“Well, it’s all over now,” Dan sighed with relief. “It’s kinda funny, though,” Gerard noted. “I mean, we all knew the guy was nuts, but we always thought he was harmless. I wonder what made him turn to this sorta crap.” “We’ll never know now,” Anne remarked. “Yeah, but at least we can rest assured that nothing like this can ever happen again,” Dan said with authority.***It was dark. Crazy Joe hurt all over. Every fiber of his being was wracked by pain, an agony more intense than any he’d ever known. He couldn’t move or speak, and he wasn’t quite certain he was actually alive. He certainly didn’t have the slightest clue as to where he was. He knew one thing for sure, though. They would all pay! The End … For Now!

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