Gear Review: Nikkor AF-S ED 70-300mm VR

The Nikon 70-300mm VR AF-S

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.

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Happy Chinese New year 2014!!!!

Copyright belong to Artwork by Shirahane Nao.  I found it so beautiful! I couldn’t resist using it!

So here I am again! Another CNY to endure! Or do I? Even as I typed this, millions and millions of chinese all across the world has just made one of the biggest migration back to their hometowns to celebrate the biggest events in their lives this year.

As you all know , this year will be the year of the horse (so expect to be worked like one by your boss after the holidays).  So did I have to endured the treacherous trek back to my hometown?

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Kodak ProImage 100

Taken using Nikon F6 with Kodak ProImage 100

At first glance, ProImage 100 film box wouldn’t garner much attention, its rather dull looking when compared with Kodak Gold’s design. So it was really surprising after developing a roll. This film is incredible – it has amazing color reproduction especially in studio conditions. Although there are some limitations.

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A weekend in Kenya again.

Hi everyone, I know I haven’t been blogging lately but I only recently found some time to finally do an entry about the April trip to Kenya. I still have heaps of backlog to work on, I’m trying to clear through the as fast as I can.

As I was in Kenya for 5 weeks instead of 3, it would be natural that I would again take this chance to visit some place especially the hectic week when we got there. Although it was a only a weekend but at least it was a fun one.

13th April 2013 

For today we only went around Nairobi for a nice walkabout with Stella and Dylan since Dylan was only here for a week for his part in the golive and would be actually going back later that day so we paid a visit around town and did some light shopping.

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Kodak Portra 160 review

160FamilyDecided 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.

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