REVIEW: Sony α7S (Alpha 7S)

My latest camera review... I'm doing a lot of these recently:

In my many ramblings on cameras and photography (or arguments, when Canon/Nikon sycophants are involved), I have always stuck to 2 main points:

1: The 1940s flappy mirror box design (DSLR) is ancient tech that is marketed by old men for old men, and it’s holding back imaging technology.

2: Sensor size and megapixel count don’t matter if they’re not optimized. It’s all about getting as much light as possible onto that sensor to make the most of its size.

So, more megapixels means less light per pixel, and a larger sensor with fewer megapixels captures more light and detail than a sensor twice its size.

With the ever increasing push for high megapixels in both the full-frame and APS markets, there were really no options for low-light performance or image quality that warranted the almost exponential price and size premiums over the smaller Micro Four Thirds system cameras (like the Panasonic Lumix GH4).

Armchair enthusiasts point to reviews and beat their chests about this, but real world experience has told me that unless your photography requires that extra 5% of performance that the highest-end (double-sized and triple-priced) DSLRs provide, anything bigger than the Micro 4/3 sensor was a waste… Until Now....


7 Days 7 Minutes (2014-07-28) Osaka, Faux-Pro, Abeno Harukas and more...

The camera is called the SJ400 Action Camera.

00:00 Faux Pro
01:00 Riding Into The Sun
02:00 Taking a Trip
03:00 300 Metres
04:00 Old School
05:00 No Power
06:00 Walkies

Abeno Harukas Location:


Nagano in HDR

When I was in Nagano at the beginning of last month I fired off some brackets. 
Here are some of the Resulting HDR images:

Nagano HDR

Nagano HDR

Nagano HDR

Nagano HDR

Nagano HDR


A Tribute and Farewell to my Old Buddy

Financial woes have forced me to part with my well used, trusty Lumix GH1. It has been my backup camera up till now for all the times the GH3 messed it's pants and needed to be sent back to Panasonic for repairs. It was my first Digital interchangeable lens camera and my first proper camera that I bought with my own money.


7 Days 7 Minutes (2014-07-21) Yokohama Night, Street Performer, Epic Music and more...

00:00 notMONDAY Street Performer
01:00 TUESDAY Just Riding
02:00 notWEDNESDAYLocal Bike Shop
03:00 notTHURSDAY Minatomirai
04:00 FRIDAY Follow Friday: Moth De La Cruz
05:00 notSATURDAY Yokohama Nights
06:00 SUNDAY Another Perfect Sunset

All Music by The Living off the album M.I.V.1

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Shots #130 - Tsutenkaku Tower - Osaka

Tsutenkaku Tower

Tsutenkaku Tower, Shinsekai, Osaka. 
I took this from the observation deck in the Abeno Harukas building in Tennoji.

Osaka Kabuki Cat

I spotted this feline as we were leaving Osaka Castle yesterday. Upon my return, I showed it to The Cat and she noted that it looked like the cat had Kabuki make up on... I tend to agree. What do you think?

Kabuki Photo by Mick Rock. Go peep his work.


Keiko Ihara From Race Queen to Queen of Racing (Highlighting Japan)

As a student in 1998, Keiko Ihara got her introduction to motorsport while working as a race queen—a promotional model who is part of a racing pit crew. The dedication, the passion, the drive and the teamwork left such a lasting impression on her that she got her driver’s license right away. She also took a part-time job as a driving school instructor, where she learned the finer aspects of controlling a motor vehicle.

At the age of twenty-five, Ihara debuted in the FIA-licensed Ferrari Challenge, where she took the Japan series by storm, being named MVP of the year and culminating the year with a second-place finish at the World Finals. Her experiences bolstered her confidence and earned her the chance to participle in the British Formula Renault 2.0 series...

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