January 30, 2010

It's a hard decision to make but I have to let go of my flash and beercan
to downsize to M4/3 - no pun intended :P

Pls check www.tipidpc.com for further info:
Minolta Beercan

Minolta 3600HS(D) flash

January 28, 2010

It's on!

January 26, 2010

January 24, 2010

Finally solved the mystery of the (Bower) M42 adapter!
My guess was right. After removing the 'indent' from the edge under the adapter,
the adapter locked into place on my KM7D.

and some sample pics from the combo
Enji and Coby

The invaluable B&D RTX and Mater

January 23, 2010

Be afraid, be very very afraid [lol]
Panasonic will announce following MicroFourThirds products at PMA

14mm/F2.8(more compact than 20mm/F1.7),
8mm/F3.5 FishEye

(rumors as of writing)
G1/GH1 replacement model. G2 and GH2 are differentiated by image sensor and kit lenses. G2 have similar image sensor of GH1. GH2 will have new designed image sensor. Other specs will be almost same.

Give me more EVIL!!! [lol]
w/ my failing eyes and aching joints,
I find it a very invaluable tool when shooting events and macros and etc

January 22, 2010

January 21, 2010

While waiting for PhotoWorld, I got two film SLR cameras today :P
(with their darn bulky leather cases :D)
One in M42 mount :
(image borrowed from www.butkus.org, check it out for free manuals!)
Yashica J-5 w/ a Auto Yashinon 5.5cm f/1.8
(really very limited info in the Net but the lens looks very promising)


one in my favorite SR mount:(image borrowed from www.rokkorfiles.com, 1 of my fave Rokkor sites)
My first SRT101 w/ an MC Rokkor-PF 58mm f/1.4
and more from rokkorfiles about this camera:

The major specifications of this really very interesting camera as follows:

* Single lens reflex camera with through-the-lens CLC (Contrast Light Compensator) meter coupled to shutter and film speed.
* Meter sensitivity EV 3 to EV 17 at ASA 100.
* Film speeds supported ASA 6-6400
* Fully mechanical cloth focal plane shutter with speeds from 1-1/1000 sec plus B
* Shutter speeds 1-1/60 sec with electronic flash
* Oversized quick return mirror for no image cut-off even with supertelephoto lenses
* Mirror lock-up
* Exposure control needle and selected shutter speed visible in viewfinder
* Flash synchronisation (X and FP)
* Fine microprism focusing with Fresnel lens
* Automatic reset film counter
* Accessory shoe (cold)
* Self timer
* Depth of field preview button

January 19, 2010

Trade Show: Jan 28 – Feb 2, 2010 at the Glorietta, Ayala Center Makati
Convention: Jan 29 – Feb 1, 2010 at the Asian Institute of Management, Makati

Meanwhile, here's 1 from the G1|14-45 combo
Sometimes sharpness really doesn't matter

Run Forrest Run!
A 71yr old DUDE finished 3rd (15.53sec - half my time!!! :D) in the 5K PSE Bull Run \m/
You may want to check the results at
PSE Bull Run results

January 16, 2010

edit: my time: 31.07
I hate singlets! For tomorrow's run -
PSE Bull Run 2010 Takbo para sa Ekonomiyaimage borrowed from adevents.com.ph

Next stop: www.condura.run.com
I'm going 10K. Bwahahaha!
I was surprised they will be giving t-shirts for the run. Dang cool man!
That is something I can use outside than those 'bloody sexy' singlets.
Maybe I should start an anti-singlet campaign??? As if. :D

January 15, 2010

Finally here are some shots of the Partial Solar Eclipse
as seen from Muntinlupa, Philippines

and some binocular to wall projection

Almost covered by trees
The setup
got more time?
pls visit me at flickr: d0gears

edit: *facepalm*
forgot to convert U.T. to G.M.T.. Will check again at 3.49PM :D

Darn it, there's a partial solar eclipse but its...


January 12, 2010

While waiting for a weekend test drive...
I upgraded the firmware

and shoot some stuff in the office...
This one in 3:2 ratio. I like the blur :)
4:3 aspect ratio w/ ISO2000. My coin container is almost empty =(

January 11, 2010

Jerry meets Tom :D
Mug shots of Sony A700 w/ the SAL16-80Z (24-120mm) and
Panasonic G1 w/ Lumix G Vario 14-45 (28-90mm).
The G1 is strikingly small and light.
I have yet to find out how will the G1 perform
against the Sony combo.

January 10, 2010

Best of 2009
This is dyxum's last theme for 2009's DPC.
I don't stand a chance against the very good photographers of dyxum but here are my entries:
1. Cowboy Coby

2. Companions or Competition
I just find it ironic that these images were made w/ a Sony body and KM lens and vice versa.
I love the KM body/Sony lens combo (#2).

January 09, 2010

update2: I'm going to get the combo on Monday.
In the meantime I am having a good time reading some photography stuff.
Also I am thinking of letting go of some of my A-mount accessories and lenses like:
1. the (Minolta) MD> (Sony/Minolta) AF 7000/9000 Made in Japan generic adapter
(image borrowed from dyxum)

2. MD-EOS flange : did you know you can use Rokkor lenses on Canon EOS bodies?
read more at http://digitalrokkor.altervista.org/installation.html
Here's a shot of my 40D and the MD-EOS flange:
and the next morning I tried the Rokkor 500mm (no PP)

3. and believe it or not - the Tamron 90 1:1 macro lens... so stay tuned!
dogears can be contacted at 0 9 1 7 536 1666 ;-)
update1: Deal closed :) off to ebay to check some adapters \m/
Hoping to close a deal w/ a used G1|14-45 :D

January 08, 2010

Canon 40D has left the building.
Sony will have to follow.
Minolta has to stay.
If only Sony save KM's AWB setting.

January 06, 2010

Before hitting the bed a thought came into my mind...
Time to go micro4/3rds!?

Just wanted to share Kurt Munger's current blog where he said:
"In the end, sharpness really doesn't matter, it's the right composition and lighting that will get you, or other people to take notice, not a fancy lens, or even a cheap lens in our recent case with the Tamron. Take your pocket camera with you next time you take a stroll in the local park or area attraction and see what you can come up with, if you're disappointed with your results, it won't be because of sharpness, it'll probably be from poor lighting and composition. "
Reminded me of my post in a forum titled 'When sharpness doesn't matter' from 3 years ago. There are lenses out there which have very good contrast, color and blur/bokeh that you wouldn't notice how sharp/unsharp it is anymore and will just make you shoot more. These lenses make you shoot from the "right brain" instead of the left (yes, I just mean using your artistic side). Go get one and keep shooting and improving. Cheers!

Mickey Mouse and Buzz Lightyear
Taken [a couple of years back] w/ an old school Rokkor lens adapted to a KM DSLR

January 01, 2010

Happy New Year everyone!!!

SuperNova? :D
and the view from our house

and here's an update before I go to bed..
First Partial Lunar Eclipse of 2010

Current Moon Phase