Summer 2015

Congratulations to all the newly graduates!! I am sure Dick's is accepting job applications.. tongue :p Just Kidding!
Congratulations to all the newly graduates!! I am sure Dick’s is accepting job applications.. tongue :p Just Kidding!

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Summer 2015

Lovely companions

Over years I’ve been experienced with all kinds of brands, cameras, and lenses.  I love the balance between craftsmanship, price, building quality and image quality.  My gear of choice is always powerhouse camera, out of this world performance lenses, and a bit of better angle of taking photo “NEXT TIME”..  Which, I ironed out the possibility of been “bad photos is always gears’ fault”.

Needless to say, I love small cameras with tiny lenses that works wonders.  They might not be a working horse to track down a bullet speed train or “BIGGER THE BETTER” lenses if that is what she says.. Often times, the render of image comes in a price is inevitable, but we can’t always trust name brand = quality as a norm.  Hence, over years, I mixed all my love and hate, I picked up the weapon of choices for myself.  Not for others, but for moei.

It doesn’t come to surprise that I have more than enough cameras and lenses in my past even I am just a hobbyist.  My weapons of choice in APS-C DSLR would no doubt to be Pentax DSLRs.  When it comes to travel in lightweight. I forced myself to move into MirrorLess Interchangeable systems.  Here I found SONY NEX, and A7(R) to be the suitable solution.

But I didn’t forget about the fundamentals! Good enough camera is one thing, but lenses are equally important as the camera itself!  I will not forget, it’s not just the camera that makes the magic, but also the lenses!!!  LENSES are the one that really makes everything happens magically! YEAH! my lenses are pooping rainbows like nyan cat or the kidneyless unicorn Charlie.

Every lens I have owned have their special magic around them. They are probably not from the MTF20/50 to be the sharpest lenses in the world. They may not be the one cost 10x more than others because it has a red circle with Leica white print in it. They probably can’t make images that you can view Jessica Alba in 3D.  To me, they are awesome lenses!! AWESOME can’t describe how good they are in real daily shooting situations.  I’ll leave that thought up to you because you might use google to search reviews already! That’s just not what I am trying to say here.. I love them because they are AWESOME!! Like a father loves his kids, the unconditional love!

Lovely lenses
Lovely lenses

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Pentax DA 21mm Limited on A7 full frame Review I

Late winter, early spring is finally here in Seattle. I intended to test how much my Pentax 21mm is actually providing me. First of all! I understand why the reason Ricoh/Pentax likes to keep themselves in the APS-C market. However, I hate to admit! I really miss a lot of nice Pentax lenses that provides full frame coverage.

IMHO, APS-C lenses are designed to be only use on APS-C cameras. I wouldn’t expect much more than APS-C crop size.  I found out the cropping factors I like the most from shooting an APS-C lens like Pentax DA 21mm Limited to be 25.6mm on a  Full Frame instead of using it as 21mm on APS-C (31.5mm on a Full Frame).

Here are some handheld shots I walk through University Village nearby University of Washington the other night.

Room & Board building
Room & Board building

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Pentax DA Limited Lens Case 2 Review

Pentax DA Limited Lens Case 2
Pentax DA Limited Lens Case 2

Over years! I’ve been searching for compact design to carry out. I am currently moved away from full size DSLR, large zoom lenses, and backpack size of camera bags.  While I am moving towards to compact, or mirrorless mid-pro cameras, my photography narrowed down to prime lenses only.

Prime lenses are great! They are tiny, light weight, yet pockable.  However, that also means I can’t always put them in the pocket and if I place them into my HUGE camera backpack, they will shift around hitting sidewalls inside the backpack.

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Pentax DA Limited Lens Case 2 Review