Back to work

January 11, 2014

Yay, the last week of my vacation was really boring, really, really boring. When I woke up at 7:30AM Tuesday morning I was in a good mood, I finally got to go back to work. Having a month long vacation seemed to be a great idea at the time, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t want such a long vacation again. I think I’ll try and have more, but shorter, vacations through out the year of 2014 instead.

One of the biggest problems with my vacation was that I had planned to be a lot of the time outside in the snow, sadly, during the one month period we had almost no snowfall. And of course, as I’m writing this post, it’s snowing outside. Just my luck.

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Besides being at Bazooka I haven’t really had time for much else. I’ve worked on DarkRoom, and it’s come a long way, most of the functionality is in place, tagging, categorizing, syncing, etc. is done. Just some minor fixes and I should be able to try it out with my complete collection of images.

Talking about photography, I started thinking this week about getting a lumia 1020, figuring I’d be able to take more pictures without carrying my DSLR around. After contemplating this purchase, and pixel peeping pictures from the lumia, I found the same problem that I have with most phone cameras. The sharpness in the images are just too out of focus. I do understand that comparing DSLR images against the tiny sensor in a camera phone is like comparing apples to oranges, but still, I can’t justify spending 500€ on something I’m going to regret.

But as I was in a buying mood, and I wanted something to do with photography I started browsing around on lenses. If I had the extra funds, and I could only choose two lenses, I’d go with the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. Sadly, I don’t have that kind of money laying around for hobby purchases, but if any of you guys seem like you want to splurge some cash on me, go ahead, I wont stop you.

New addition to my family of prime lenses

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I bought a new lens today. I had been jumping back and forth between the Samyang 85mm f/1.4 MF and the Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM. Both my brother Alexander and my friend Linus own the Nikon version of the Samyang, and after consulting with them, they both seemed really satisfied with the performance of the lens.

I’ve tried the Samyang, and while it feels like an awesome lens, nailing the manual focus is really hard. After reading a lot of reviews and countless of forum threads it seems like the general consensus is that if you want to use the lens to it’s full potential you’ll need a split focusing screen for your camera, and I couldn’t find any at the local camera shops for my Canon 60d (and it looks like a lot of work to exchange the screen on the camera).

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While the f/1.4 really seem to be fun on an 85mm, I finally decided to settle with the more expensive Canon f/1.8, trading the larger aperture for USM autofocus. We’ll see if the trade off was worth it, but I’m pretty confident that I did the right long term choice.

Is this lens going to be my new primary go-to lens? Probably not, I really love my Sigma 30mm f/1.4. But I do think that I’ll have it in my camera bag whenever I go out shooting.

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