GARIZ a6000 leather half case (XS-CHA6000BR)

I wanted something to provide a slightly taller grip on my new Sony a6000 & decided to give the GARIZ leather half case a try – they looked really nice from the photos, with the shiny metal base plate. This is an expensive case with a list price of ₩98,000 (£56/$89) so I ordered from a UK stockist that I could return it to if I didn’t like it, rather than ordering it from Korea.

To cut to the chase, I will be returning the case. While it is nice, it isn’t nice enough to warrant the price tag & in certain places the design is just plain awkward.


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2015 Consumerism

I bought some nice film cases from Japan Camera Hunter (aka Bellamy Hunt) around this time last year & whilst I loved the idea I’ve found that 10x rolls is simply too much to carry in my bag. Even if I’m going on a trip for several days, I would only use the 10x cases as far as the hotel room & would then decant a smaller number into something else to actually carry around each day.

Then last week I discovered that Bellamy has released a ‘half’ sized version that holds 5x rolls! Once again, shipping was the same price for up to 3x cases & there were 3x colours so…



They happen to be the perfect size to fit into one of the front pockets of my new Billingham Hadley Small (this one is sage fibrenyte with chocolate leather).


Yes, Billinghams are almost laughably expensive, but so far this is the only camera bag I’ve owned that I didn’t immediately find at least one annoying flaw/niggle with (& I’ve owned Tenba, Timbuk2, Crumpler & Think Tank) so if it lasts for as long as people claim they do then I reckon it was a justifiable expense. Or at least that’s how I’m fooling myself.


I also got a frame made for one of the shots I took at Covent Garden a few months back. I get frames from Picture Frames Express, you can order them to whatever frame/mount dimensions you want (down to the mm) which is great if you’ve cropped an image to some ‘non standard’ aspect ratio.


Covent Garden at Christmas [Re-scan]

I rescanned the Covent Garden photo I took back in 2011 & originally scanned with the CanoScan 9000F, this time using the Epson V600 & producing a much better result. Whether that’s because the Epson is actually better or I simply chose more appropriate options is open to debate though!





Voigtlander 50mm 1.1 + NEX-5N

Took a few snapsh!ts at an undergraduate demo session this afternoon. Pleasantly surprised with the results, considering the amount of bad rep the lens gets in some places. I think ‘realistic expectations’ are the name of the game here; you shouldn’t expect anything amazing from a $1000 1.1, but it’s definitely a fun lens to use!

Started out at 100 ISO which was giving ample shutter speeds for handheld, but bumped up to 400 to reduce motion blur of the more enthusiastic gesticulations.



Chromatic aberration can get pretty hideous; it’ll be interesting to see how badly it affects B&W film once I’ve developed the few rolls I’ve already shot (waiting on new chemicals for the darkroom).


This was the source of the most ‘enthusiastic’ gesticulations.




This was the closest I got to capturing an “Oh sh!t, it’s broken!” moment.




Even on an APS-C sensor the DOF was too shallow for groups, but the subject isolation for individuals-in-groups wasn’t bad.



Of course an effective 85mm focal length & minimum focus distance of 1m meant backing up quite a bit!




Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1

Gave in to the temptation of a silly fast lens & picked up the Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1. I know it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of IQ, but what do you expect from a f/1.1 at this price point?


Haven’t really had a chance to properly try it out yet, except for a few snapsh!ts on the NEX-5N from behind the mixing desk at a gig last night.