First Roll with Yashica Mat-124G

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The Yashica Mat-124G is a 6×6 Medium Format twin lens reflex. This is the first roll using this camera, I had to use another camera as a make-shift light meter and all the shots were handheld. In terms of operation it is quite different from the typical modern cameras due to the waist level viewer and adjustment knobs. I am …

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Lights and Colors

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Recently I have been playing with the Lensbaby 2.0 PK mount. It is the poor man’s tilt-shift, those who have a job buys the real tilt-shift: The Hartblei Super-Rotator. The good thing with the lens is I don’t mind experimenting with it, in this case I shoved in a home made square aperature which produce quite a nice effect. It …

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Pentax SMC-FA* 300mm F/4.5 ED [IF]

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One of the most anticipated lens of this year. I had bought it while I was in Hong Kong and Horace kept telling me how wonderful it is to taunt me. Took it for a spin in Kensington Market, it took a while to get use to since it is an equivalent of 450mm in 35mm standards. I was literally …

SamPentax SMC-FA* 300mm F/4.5 ED [IF]

LBA: Pentax SMC-M 50mm F/1.2

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A while ago, I said I would stop buying manual focus lenses. But I just couldn’t stop myself from trying the legendary 50mm F/1.2. Even though it is more cumbersome to manually adjust everything but this lens can make everything seem surreal with its buttery smooth bokeh. We went to Dos Amigos to celebrate Charlie’s birthday. The service was a …

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LBA: Sigma 135-400mm

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The itch is back, this time I decided to try out a lens with longer reach: Sigma AF 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO Aspherical RF. Here are a few of the test shots, it is very difficult to get steady shots handheld and not a not very concealable walk-around lens but so far I am pretty happy with it. Walked around and …

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Back in Waterloo

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First week back at school and the work hasn’t kicked in yet. It was pretty hard in the first few days just adjusting to the changes but thanks to everyone’s support and understanding I think things are okay now. On Friday, I went shooting with my brother and we spent a long time sitting on the rocks chatting. :) We …

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