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Nikkor: Non-AI vs AI

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Next time I’ll know the difference.  Took me 3 hours to figure out what the difference was, how to mod it, and to actually take it apart, grind it down, and somehow put it back together again, orz…

Oh well, now I know how to do an AI lens conversion :/

Enjoying that 1960′s 105mm f2.5 goodness :p

May not be the gauss version, or multicoated, but still a fine lens.  Should still be great for portraits in addition to being a nice short telephoto prime.  Very nice bokeh as well; goes all swirly when pushed for that.

Haven’t posted in a while and not sure how often I’ll post in the future…blog design needs an overhaul and I don’t have any time nor interest right now to do it, but eventually I’m sure it’ll be done.  At least I’m still getting out there snapping pictures.

Played some golf…

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Shot +4 or so over nine holes.  Made a triple on the first hole after hitting my tee shot into the water and blading it over the green.  Went on to go par, bogey, and then par my way back to the clubhouse.  I managed to drive the ball a lot better and hit my irons fairly good.  Short game was surprisingly good for some reason, lots of up and downs from around the green for par lol.  All in all hopefully I’ll bring some positive energy into the upcoming tournament I need to play in on Thursday.

Photog-wise I’m waiting on a couple of “new” lenses.  Well, both of them are used but hopefully in good shape.  A Tamron 28-75mm and the somewhat well-known 90mm 2.8 macro.  The 90mm macro I managed to snag is the older non-DI version, but I’m not really anticipating any problems with internal reflections from my camera’s sensor.  Who knows though, maybe I’ll lose a bit of contrast or something.  I’ll probably post my impressions of both lenses when I receive them.  Only time will tell whether or not the copy of the 28-75 I’m getting is going to be sharp or not.

Kawaii Kon (Kauai Con)

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Another weekend come and gone, this one a little different from the rest.  Today marks the last day of our local three day anime convention, Kawaii Kon.  I stopped by a couple times on Saturday to check it out, somehow I remember it being better when I went three years ago, but overall I guess it wasn’t too bad. The highlight of the event was probably the giant totoro that would occasionally make the rounds, with an eager crowd of followers trailing just behind.

More pictures of the con up on my flickr page.  There was a group of people cosplaying Blazblue characters but I didn’t get a good chance to get their picture.  I did end up spending some money (besides the 25 bucks for a day pass and 10 bucks overall for parking).  In the end I got a bunch of small things that I probably didn’t need, but it ended up adding up to be a substantial amount of money. Oh well, my credit card bill was a little lower than I expected so I get to spread the debt over into next month, which should be a more frugal month.  I guess in the end I’m happy I went; it was better than staying at home all day.

Back from the dead…

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Think it’s about time I actually started keeping this blog up to date.  Going to try to turn commenting back on, hopefully it doesn’t get flooded with spam comments about prescription drugs like the last time.

Dirty worktopBeen keeping up with my photography hobby so far.  Overspent a bit on the figure purchasing, but it’s proving to be a fun hobby to snap pictures of them and collect them.  Spending a lot of time here and there checking up on Tsuki-board, the community there is pretty great and the database is pretty expansive.  I tried my hand at writing a couple of figure reviews this month; it can be kind of draining but at least I hope I’m contributing a bit and providing some additional info about those figures through images and words.

Right now I’m in save money mode, pretty much just spending money on food and other necessities until I can save up some money to splurge on a new lens or something.  So far I cancelled one figure pre-order, Kotobukiya’s Kasugano Sora.  Sad to see it slip out of my fingers but at the same time it was an impulse pre-order so I can probably do without it.

Anime-wise so far this new season has been pretty dismal but I guess we’ll see as the season continues on; maybe some shows will start to pique my interest a bit more.  Arakawa Under the Bridge seems to be showing promise in a Gag Manga Biyori type of way, and of course there’s the new season of K-ON!!.  There’s a few other shows I’ll probably keep watching, maybe something interesting will happen.  I guess I’m just kinda sad to see some of the shows from last season end, like Nodame Finale and Bakatest.  If anything proves to be good enough maybe I’ll start blogging about a couple of shows.

Work-wise things have been busy, but I guess that’s good.  Stress is starting to get to me a bit but hopefully when things start slowing down (hopefully) I’ll be able to take some time off and relax.  Entered a charity golf tournament next month with some guys at work, hopefully my anxiety issues don’t bother me.  If they don’t that should be pretty fun.  I told them to give me a 20 handicap…I wonder if that could be considered sandbagging >:D.

I need to get around to sorting all the music in my collection, haven’t updated my Zune in months and I keep forgetting to use the 10 monthly credits from my Zune pass.  Been playing my drums pretty much everyday but I need to start playing along to some harder songs.  Dusted off my guitar a bit and started learning 「私の恋はホッチキス」 from K-ON!.  It’s proving to be a fun distraction.

Art-wise, been doodling a bit here and there.  It’s not a priority so I guess that will do for now.

I probably won’t be updating this blog daily or anything, but if anybody is reading this, expect updates at least a couple of times a week.


Sunday, November 22nd, 2009