Carl Zeiss 35mm (f/2), 50mm (f/2) and 85mm (f/1.4)

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.

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Nikon F6 – a decade long review.

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I know this is an odd camera to be reviewing about since it is an old camera but not old enough that it isn’t still being made by Nikon.

Although word has it that it will be discontinued by the end of 2018.

I won’t be discussing about the image quality since that has more to do with the skill, film and lenses. All the body does is make taking photos possible.

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Ipod Shuffle – Tougher than I thought.

Before leaving for work today, I had put on the laundry to dry after leaving it to wash overnight. I then quickly got ready for work and tried to find my ipod Shuffle everywhere. Slowly a horrible realisation dawn on me, “Crap”. I had left my it in one of my many pockets of my cargo pants.

Sure enough when I looked through the newly hung cargo pants, I found it.

In a small vain of hope, I put on the earbud and turned it, lo and behold! It still played! Even after going through the wash and spin cycle, the little guy was still alive and kicking! I’m definitely glad it didn’t die and that I had opted to buy an Ipod shuffle instead of the other regular ipods!

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Scanning softwares (Silverfast 8, Epson scan) – Use it or not is entirely up to the workflow.

Whenever I have new developed film to scan, I would quickly fire up the Epson scan software that came bundled with my Epson V700, never giving another thought to it and proceed to scan my film.

Occasionally though I find myself thinking of using the other software that came bundled with the scanner as well – Silverfast 8 (actually, it was Silverfast 7, I was given a free upgrade to it when they offered a limited time upgrade for their bundled Silverfast 7). It is not that I haven’t tried it, but every time I have, the results were less than I had hoped.

Disclaimer: This is not a exhaustive review of Silverfast 8 – this is just to show why my film scanning workflow is setup to still use Epson scan instead of Silverfast. I know of many others online who have mastered Silverfast, and I do hope to eventually learn how to use Silverfast. 

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Last roll — Remembering the first and last one.

A beautiful symphony of red could be seen — signally the arrival of autumn and with it, all its glory. I felt the sun’s ray cast it warm glow, it felt wonderful even as the cold wind blew against my face. Its warmth filling my heart with such joy. The sky was finally clear after 2 days of gloomy weather — Today was special.

It was November in Kyoto, Japan.

It was special for other reasons too, not only was it the first break in poor weather, today would be the end of a story of mine. One that started many years ago, with pains and anguished but ultimately rewarded with joy and satisfaction. Tried as I may, there would be nothing stopping  today — both good and bad.

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