As promised, here is a review for a set of lens I’ve owned since 2011.
I didn’t buy them in one go mind you, it all started like all things when I had some spare cash from a recent an oversea business trip and decided to reward myself with something nice.
Always been a suckered for Carl Zeiss – the brand of lens that supposedly took magically photos when used, enchanting everything it was used on with its grace and elegance. I had never own any Zeiss prior to this and decided to pick up a focal length I would used often.
Yes I know I am way overdue for an article on my blog, but things haven’t been going as smoothly as I had hoped this year. I am now focus predominantly on Twitter so expect a lot less updates here.
Still that doesn’t mean I don’t have anything to post today, here are the photos from my recent trip to Bangkok back in March/April (end of the March to be exact).
Ever since Super GT left Malaysia for greener pastures (And less religious nutcases), my friends and I have instead ventured fourth from Sepang to Bangkok for our annual photographer meeting instead.
I have to say going to BIM is a lot more fun since the event is always held at IMPACT – an air-con stadium with smoking hot babes (Yes I know most of you are going to say they are all trannys and not real women since this is Bangkok).
It has been at least 2 ~ 3 years since I last attended the Bangkok motorshow, to go again with friends of like mind was a joy! The one thing I love about the motorshow in Bangkok is that because they aren’t rule by religious fanatics who go crazy at the sight of anything remotely sexy, the show is a wonderful showcase of cars and booth babes!
Not too long ago I owned a Sigma HSM 70-200mm f/2.8, it was fast, silent and light considering the level of quality though now there are cheaper lenses with comparable features.
But even with all of that it was a burden to carry around, heavy on the shoulders and terrible on my back. After many years of use I just couldn’t bare the burden anymore and decided it was time for a change. I sold the lens and use the proceeds to buy its smaller brother while pocketing the difference for a rainy day.
Here is my review of this lens and what I think of it so far.
To many of you- my apologies for not blogging for so long. I had been busy with work and getting my life in order. Many things should have done long ago, have now all been settled and with that, I am returning to my blog and hopefully clear out the articles and stories that have been piling up on the side since.
Though this absence was not accidental nor was it a lapse of memory- that there was even a blog to update; Instead I wanted to try out an advice from some photographers- To allow my photographs to “marinate” for a few months before coming back for a more objective and critical review without any of the bias of emotion at the time. I think it is a good idea, provided I had kept well detailed notes of my thoughts at the time, allowing me to recall what I had been trying to do then.
Decided to start things off with my review for Kodak Portra 160. Similar to Kodak Portra 400 but tuned for portraiture shooting rather than general purpose, this film captures incredible skin tone.
I’ve been using this film for many shoots since earlier this year just to see what it can really do. So far this film doesn’t disappoint but your experience might vary depending on environment conditions. Its not something you can pick up and expect great shots right off the bat especially when you’re not familiar shooting with color negatives. Color negatives offers the wides latitude for incorrect exposures, but what it really means you have more room to maneuver when you have made an exposure mistake unlike slides.
Portra 160 does indeed have an incredible latitude to work with plus according to Kodak, its best used for digital scanning. Although that seems a rather weird statement since all labs these days scan the negatives before printing since its too much hassle to print it using analog methods, but anything that means better images quality when scanned is a plus.