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My Camera Gear Acquisition Roadmap

It’s been almost a year (literally) since I posted anything on here. Won’t lie, I have been lazy, busy and passive about it. I finally got married this year, February 15th. Yes, I am now a married man; the thought makes me jump on the highest cloud in the sky, and at the same time bury me in the depths of responsibilities even lower than the Mariana Trench!

Nevertheless, I have made my way back to WordPress to update readers with new happenings, share and express (and hopefully) discuss my photography and things related.

Like every photographer nerd out there I too have this crazy & unjustifiable want for the coolest and newest camera gear out there. Just that I didn’t admit it before and always tried to justify what I thought – was that I needed. However, I can’t hide or lie – I have GAS! 😀 lol

So I made a list of ALL the equipment I want to buy/have/be gifted (hopefully my wife reads 😉 ) From computer system to camera gear to lenses to accessories. Every item I have included/selected is out of LOTS of reading, reviewing, researching and picking only that that I absolutely want and any more than this would be – a lot.

Here goes the list :

COMPUTER SYSTEM

  • iMac 27 5k  – I had to really juggle and try to convince myself that I didn’t need the Mac Pro and then the NEC PA30 monitor both totaling to around $6,000+ and instead get the iMac 27 5k for way almost 1/3rd the price!384905-desktopcomputers-apple-27inchimacwithretina5kdisplaymk472lla
  • Canon Pro-1000 – good thing I wasn’t able to buy the PRO-1 when I did. This is a better option. Reason why I don’t want to go with the Epson even though I would love a roller is because of head clogs and better customer support w/Canoncanon1
  • Epson V850Pro – Yes definitely want and need a reliable, trusted and quality scanner. Intend to get back into film, my Nikon F3 is just gathering dust and I feel so so bad looking at it 😥v850 
  • HDD Enclosure(s) – I already have 4 2TB ext HDD I use. 2 for storing and 2 for backup. Just need an enclosure that with encase all 4. (still looking for options… help me? 😦 )

CAMERAS

 

  • Toyo-Field 45 AII – Always wanted to really feel the “old school” photography. This is basically going to be a landscape camera 90%. If and when I do have a studio, I might use it for portraits toyo
  • Pentax 645Z – It’s been so long dreaming and wanting and drooling over this camera, it’s more like a sinful pleasure to own it. More so because I know I will be shooting landscapes and personal projects with it. But then I think why do I need to spend $7,000 when I will or want to use the 4×5 camera on landscape… ugh! just too much! ( maybe I’ll save this is one for later… 😉 ) 06dcc9a875b270f87514b7df2d0e4812
  • Olympus OMD E-M1 mkII – Yep, I have the E-M1 and absolutely love the Olympus OMD system. The lenses are top notch with a very good price point as compared to other full frame lenses and also Sony FF lenses for their Α (alpha) series. Thinking I’ll sell my E-M1 and get a lens out of it??om-d_e-m1_still_black_mood_5
  • Nikon F3 – Already own this & love it. Want to start using it more & more… Been ignoring my baby for far too long! 😥 nikon_f3_angle

    LENSES

  • Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO
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  • Olympus 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO12-40-1280-1
  • Olympus 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO w/Teleconverter
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  • FA 645 120mm f/4.0 Macro000296039034
  • SMC Pentax-A 645 45-85mm F4.5   –
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  • SMC A 645 35mm F/3.5d3s_4730-1200

Rodenstock Grandagon 90mm f4.5
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ACCESSORIES

 

Format-HiTech Filters + Polarizer Kit

Manfrotto Tripod MT190CXPRO4

MH804-3W 3-Way Pan/Tilt Head

Olympus FL 600R flash

Yep… that’s all folks! 😀

 

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2016 in Camera Gear

 

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An Encounter With Film – Once Again!

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It had been a VERY long time since I picked up my film camera… and to be honest, it happened because I don’t have a DSLR anymore and to top it off – my digital point-n-shoot got stolen from the car as well.

There was a model-photographer meetup that I wanted to attend, but not having a DSLR was disappointing esp. because I knew I wouldn’t be able to give away the “files” anytime soon. Nevertheless, I head out and bought  rolls of film – Kodak Ektar 100 and Ilford Delta 3200.

I wanted to see if I still “had it in me” … if I could still shoot film – and mind you, I NEVER have used a light-meter. I always have taken educated guess and metered it using my eye. Never has failed!!

I didn’t take lot of shots of Hayley at the meetup but these two were my favorites. Taken with the Ilford 3200 b/w. I did crop it in LR and did do a little bit of touch-up, but not to much.

The colored shots are from the Kodak. The Cat tails and the leaves with the sun peeking… both hand held and I must admit I am proud of myself that I pulled it off without any trouble.

In both the shots with Kodak I used the 50mm f/1.2 Ai-S lens. Whereas with Hayley, I used the 50mm and also 35~135mm f/3.5~4.5 Ai-S lens.

There was the added cost of developing and scanning of the 2 film rolls, it took a whole month before I sent them to the lab! This is something that really annoyed me. I don’t know if it was the cost issue or what… but film does hold you back!

One thing that definitely annoyed me was that I couldn’t change from color to b/w and vice-versa! I had to complete the roll or kill it if I really wanted to shoot in a different mode or film. So different an experience from using digital. But then again, it’s a whole other experience to begin with – Slow and Easy !!

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2013 in Nikon F3, Random Shots, Working with Models

 

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Mobile Indian

Camera : Nikon F3

Lens : 50mm Ai-S f/1.2

Film : Kodak TMAX100

From one of my camping trips in California

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2010 in Nikon F3, Random Shots, Travel Journal

 

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Rocking Waters

Nikon F3 – Kodak TMAX 100 – 50mm Ai-S f/1.2 @ 1/15 , f/16


Shot a while ago when I went on a camping trip.


 
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Posted by on January 29, 2010 in Random Shots, Travel Journal

 

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Out goes the D200 and Ricoh GX200 is In


I sold my Nikon D200 with the vertical grip, MC-10 remote cord, 18~70mm f/3.5~4.5 kit lens for $700. The body was intact but the glue holding the rubber was wearing out and so the rubber was coming off esp. at the ends. The sensor was also very dirty. Didn’t clean it all this time even once since I got the camera (that being in March 2006). I was hoping and wishing I get somewhere around $1000 with all that, but landed up with only $700. True, I tried to rush the sale… but who’s buying a D200 now anyways?! I wouldn’t !!

So, for $700, I got the Ricoh GX 200 with the VF-1 + extra batt. + acc. lens cover… all for $590 from Amazon. I think that the best camera is the one you have with you! The D200 more than often sat there in the house unless I took it out for a particular shoot or something. I experienced slide film and to be honest, I am in love with photography once again! It’s just amazing. I guess I’ll use my F3 to shoot film, and GX 200 for snaps. I definitely plan on getting me a DSLR sometime (soon I hope). I want to go for the D700 (or the upgrade of it if there is at the time).

Personally, I think it’s a win-win situation with some compromise. Funny thing, I am still with “200” !! lol…

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2009 in Camera Gear

 

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Royal Ride

A shot of my cousin’s bike taken at midnight at a construction site. The bike is Royal Enfield.

Royal Enfield

Camera : Nikon D200

Lens : 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 G DX

Lighting : SB-600 speedlite

Settings : Bulb (20sec.) Remote flash

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Posted by on June 21, 2009 in Travel Journal

 

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Tavern’s Inn

Tavern's Inn

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2009 in Travel Journal

 

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