Friday, November 8, 2013

A week with the Google Nexus 7

A week with the google Nexus 7

Just got my hands on the 2013 edition of the Nexus 7 by google . Going to have a week to play around with it and give my opinion on it. Having said that I am no stranger to android , having used the galaxy nexus, HTC oneX+ and galaxy note 2. However it was a definite first for me to own a device with the 7 inch mid range form factor and so far I am actually loving it. ( also pure vanilla android on the device always helps :) )

Shall update this space once I have thoroughly put the nexus 7 through a week of real world usage ! 

Well after a week of using this tablet, what are my thoughts about it? 
Specs aside ( you can probably find this with a simple google search) , I feel that for its price it a hell of a jem! Scrolling and browsing through the tablet was buttery smooth with no lag and the screen is sharp and crisp. Only gripe i had with it was that the camera wasnt very good.. but hey its a tablet! And probably that android apps werent as stable as compared to iOS ones. But all in all a real steal and good product from google!

FujiFilm X100s

Fujifilm X100s

s mentioned in my previous post, I made the decision to sell my nikon dslr gear and invested in a nice epson v600 scanner to take my film photography more seriously. However this being the 21st century how can i not own a digital camera ?

Here is The Fujifilm X100s my new go to digital camera. 

The reason why I picked the X100s was firstly because of its size and weight. Using nikon DSLRs and heavy F2.8 lenses i have come to realise that I honestly and truly hate carrying around my camera with me.It was bulky and heavy, kept getting into my way when i slung it by the camera strap. It was just uncomfortable for street/travel photography which i mainly shoot. Now i could have opted for something like the olympus om-d or even the xpro-1 /xe-1...however i wanted something with an optical viewfinder and compact( Xpro-1 isnt as compact as i thought it was) . So the X100s was the perfect choice for me. Together with its improved focusing system with phase and contrast detection and the new x trans cmos sensor, this baby produces fantastic images~! Will include a couple of samples below to show you what i mean. 

The retro "rangefinder" look, the manual shutter speed and aperture controls are something i fell in love with when i was using my film camera and I was so glad Fuji added these features into their X series cameras.

All in all i am really pleased with this jem of a camera and I will update this post or probably add another post after i have more time to shoot with it.

Really excited to take this camera out and shoot with it. It does exactly what I i want it to do for my type of photography .

The only think that would make me stray from this camera, is that Fuji comes out with a Full Frame XPro camera....Now that is something irresistible


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Taking film photography seriously..

Well the day finally came where i decided to take my film photography seriously...So one fine day i decided to sell ALL OF MY digital gear, (D7100 ,17-55 2.8,35 1.8,85 1.8 etc) and move entirely to film. Well since i already have my Nikon FE and my 50mm 1.4 Ai-s lens ( which is probably the only lens i would ever need to do the kind of photography i like)...what else would i need other than more film? 

Lo and behold the Epson V600 scanner..! This beast of a scanner wasnt cheap and honestly if you asked me a year ago i would say that you have to be crazy to fork out so much money for a flat bed scanner. But yeah i got it and the scans it produces from my film negatives are amazing! Wont go into details on the specs but here are a few samples right from the scanner.

All in all I felt that the V600 was a great buy, especially for those who are really serious about film photography.

However this being the 21st century i cant do with out a digital camera right.......( continued in the next post)