I love watching the AlphaSmart transfer text into Emacs 😍
The AlphaSmart Neo is so cool.
Camera bags are hard.
I have owned many camera bags, and I have not been very happy with any of them.
If you are looking for one bag to fit every single use case, you’ll probably be unhappy with it most of the time. Look at the gear you have, and the situations where you might need to bring it somewhere. For example If I’m not just taking my camera as is without anything extra I’m either bringing my X-Pro and some primes or my X-Pro with one lens and my Nikon FM with one lens and some batteries and rolls of 35mm film.
So I decided to have one bag that is great for just carrying two cameras and one backpack that is awesome for when I travel. Also try to find a bag that is designed the the kind of camera you have. Because one designed for full frame cameras will be huge and bulky and overkill if you just carry some small mirrorless system.
I personally go with cheaper bags, and try to have a good one for each situation. Instead of one expensive bag. Like I mentioned above, when I try to solve it all with one bag I always end up with some kind of compromise I never want to use for anything.
Staedler Mars Lumograph HB Pencil
This was the second pencil that I have used since I got into them.
You can purchase these German Pencils more or less everywhere that sells books or stationary here in Norway.
This is very good writing pencil. The point lasts forever and is very comfortable to use. I also love the fact that it doesn’t have any of those silly erasers on top. This will without a doubt be the pencil I buy when I just need a pencil when I’m in town.
What I don’t like about it however is how cheap it feels. The casing feels very cheap, I think it is too light and the finish starts to chop off or fade before you get home. But I think that this would be a awesome pencils if it came in a nicer casing.
Since digital took over more or less every system camera looks the same. You have some kind of version of the Nikon F3. With some buttons and dials that you can customise a little or a lot depending on your camera.
Some people like this design, while others don’t like it as much.
As I see it there are three different way you can design a great digital camera. Just a note before we move on, I am talking about system cameras, where you can change the lens.
The first one is to follow what the Leica M series and Fuji are doing. Where you design lenses and cameras how it used to be up to the 80s. Where you have dials on the lens, and dedicated dials on the camera. Where you don’t need to turn the camera on to change settings. You just twist the ISO dial, the Aperture dial or the shutter speed dial. This enables you to be very fast when you shoot in full or partial manual. For example, I am way faster with my X-Pro 2 or my Nikon FM 35mm camera than I ever was with my Canon Rebel. Because it is slower to interact with screens and menus than it is to just twist a dedicated dial.
The next one is kind of a extension of the current “F3 design”. You have many buttons and dials like you have to day. But you can basically program any button to do anything; either simple stuff or multi step actions like: “Set ISO X and Aperture to X” etc. And you have an E-Ink screen on top to show the current settings.
And the third is what Leica are doing with their TL system. Imagine a dedicated camera that is like an iPhone. Not a lot of buttons or a view finder, but instead just a few buttons and a large screen.
It isn’t about having one design for everyone. But instead making sure each design idea is the best possible for those who like that kind of camera. For example the “TL” design will be very appealing for those who prefer to shoot with their phone. But want something “better”. And to let those of us that prefer old school shooting to have that. Finally, I think the F3 design is good, I don’t like it that much. But I think it could be a hell of a lot more powerful for those who enjoy it if they made it a little bit more flexible and customisable.
Every time I see someone arguing for why choosing your own gender is “wrong”, I see some desperate person hiding under flawed arguments and logic to avoid something they are very uncomfortable with.
I can see my Apple Watch battery life being significant worse as I’m approaching the two year mark.