G-Shock MTG-B1000-1A review

December 27, 2018

I’m owning the MT-GB100-1A for about four months now, wearing it almost every day, and I’d like to share my thoughts with you on how the watch held up and where my expectations were exceeded or where they fell short (you can check out my unboxing post with my initial impressions for comparison).

The Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S beats Canon's 35mm f/1.4!

December 3, 2018

I came across this interesting Youtube channel who made a comparison between the Nikon Z6 with the Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 and the Canon EOS R with the 35mm f/1.4 L Mk ii and the Fuji X-T3 with the XF 23mm f/1.4 R. Fuji's crop sensor lens is actually a 35mm f/2.1 equivalent, so it is no surprise that it performed the worst among all three, but I was very surprised that Nikon beat Canon's 35mm f/1.4 with its f/1.8 version! I know the new S-Line lens by Nikon is supposed to be great, but I did not think it was that great! Have a look at the video:

The problem with the camera brand switchers

November 22, 2018

I recently saw a blog post on the Phlobogafer making the rounds on Twitter and I cringed immediately after seeing the title. Then I started reading it, and I cringed more and more. Finally I watched a video that was the main part of that post, and I facepalmed. Then I decided to draft this post. Ok, I’m exaggerating on purpose a little to make a point, but actually not really. Anyway, what's the deal with the camera brand switchers? YouTube is full of them lately, and it's the most idiotic thing I've seen lately (except when it's satire like with the guy in the thumbnail). Please first watch the video (or read the transcript of the video), and then I'll highlight the issue.

Nikon Z6 and Z7 prices in Taiwan and USA

November 21, 2018

The Nikon Z Series cameras (the Z7 and Z6) are being sold in Taiwan very recently. The Z7 started in September and was in big shortage. I've heard there was a limitation of 7 cameras per day, which means the monthly stock of these cameras in Taiwan was only 200. The Z6 has started to sell a few days ago (here is a press release on Nikon Taiwan's website). These cameras are luckily more or less the same price like in the US, but when it comes to certain bundles Taiwan has some different pricing than elsewhere (for example there's no 100 USD discount on the FTZ adapter if you purchase it with a body, the discount is around 60 USD), however there's a nice XQD card + reader + battery bundle in Taiwan which I have not seen in the US.

Photographers are becoming tech geeks instead of artists

November 19, 2018

I've read an excellent comment on one of the YouTube videos about the Nikon Df, a camera that the online hobbyist community proclaimed as controversial. Mario P. Menard, a professional photographer of over 30 years, has a different opinion than the reviewer, and it really made me think. Let us check his comment first.

iPad Pro prices in Taiwan

October 31, 2018

Yesterday Apple revealed the new iPad Pro 11" and 12.9", with ultra thin bezels, a new more powerful processor, Face ID, and USB-C. As a big iPad fan for years, I'm naturally very stoked to see this product come out, but when I saw the price tags, I almost got a stroke. I started to compile a price list, because it's so difficult to get a real overview on Apple's website. Let us first look at the prices in Taiwan (in NTD), then the same Taiwan prices converted to USD (at an exchange rate of 1 USD = 31 NTD), and then lastly the same prices as listed on Apple's US website.

GITZO Camera Messenger Bags impressions

October 29, 2018

During last week's 2018 Taipei International Photography & Media Equipment Exhibition I've spotted GITZO's newest messenger bags, and checked them out. These bags are simply beautiful, and look very premium, however the price is premium as well. I'm definitely interested to get one of these two, the only issue is that they're more suitable for mirrorless cameras, not DSLRs of the size of my D810. When I get my Nikon Z6, I will probably get one of the bags along with it. I think such bag really compliments a mirrorless camera well, but I do have some concerns about whether the Nikon actually fits in. That I will need to test out.

My Nikon Z7 hands-on experience

October 28, 2018

In this post I will share my opinion on the Nikon Z7 full frame mirrorless camera, and share my hands-on experience at the end of this post. I went to the Taipei Photography Exhibition last weekend, and really enjoyed it. The expo was very crowded, and Nikon's booth was the most visited, especially because of the new Z7 (there were long lines).