The trees aren’t quite changed yet but the red sunset is a normal thing up here in September. I love it!
I’ve always been a fan of Nike products and wear their shoes almost daily unless the attire literally doesn’t allow for it. I’m going to quote SneakerNews.com here for a bit about the shoe:
Nike’s rich history in footwear technology is a testament to how the brand grew to its current state on the legs of innovation alone. In 2008, Nike unveiled its first Lunar-cushioned running shoe called the LunarGlide – an award-winner that has become one of the most trusted shoes in the admittedly crowded industry of running footwear. During that span, Nike has fine-tuned the cushion to become lighter and even more stable and spread it across multiple categories within the brand, eventually becoming almost a standard for its athletic footwear.
Today, Nike unveils the sixth model of the LunarGlide series; with a lighter Lunarlon foam and a more stable upper built with lightweight mesh and soft foam that conforms to the foot. The upper pattern is a natural design that came forth when the designers were aiming to reduce as much weight as possible, and the combination of Flywire (also a 2008 debut) and the supportive heel clip provides the unmatched lock-down during movement. The Nike LunarGlide 6 will officially release in stores on July 12th, but is currently available right now for customization on NIKEiD.
It was in 2008 that I bought my first pair of LunarGlide shows at the NikeTown store in SF. I immediately fell in love with them. I still have 2 pairs of LunarGlide 2 shoes that I kept in the box until just this year because so far, that had been my favorite design…the 3-5 LunarGlide was okay but didn’t appeal to me as much as the comfort and all day wear ability of the 2.
I even did a post back in the day comparing some of the LunarGlide shoes. Here are some photos:
The LunarGlide 6 differs in so many ways and already it’s insanely comfortable with an amazing stability and I haven’t even broken in the shoes yet. This is the first time I’ve ever used NikeiD and aside from the 4-5 weeks it took the shoes to get here, everything else was a breeze. Here are some photos of the new kicks:
I can’t wait to break them in.
After much deliberation, I purchased Apple iPhone 6 w/ 128GB of storage. It was fun waiting in line at the local Verizon store with other Apple Fans.
Thanks Stefan for the inspiration on this post. Looking back at old photography posts, I’ve been with the Micro Four-Thirds system since 2011. I haven’t bought every lens or accessory that I want but I’m about to make some big purchases soon and invest further. I did want to share some of my thoughts on the lenses I have and some of the potential lenses that would be great to own one day. It’s also good timing because there are a lot of new lenses for M43 cameras.
Keep in mind I’m not a professional photographer and there are many posts from them on essential M43 lenses.
I entered the M43 world with the PEN E-PL2. I still keep that camera in my bag as a backup. This Spring, I purchased the OMD EM-1 from Olympus. I also picked up some nice Peak Design camera straps and tripod mounts, a carbon fiber Manfrotto tripod and the battery pack – grip from Olympus to extend the my shooting days. It’s a terrific camera.
20MM Panasonic F/1.7 (pancake): This lens was my primary prime for a very long time. I love it! The side, look and performance was incredible. I rarely use it anymore but I broke it out today at the park and it’s still an incredible lens. In fact, anyone buying an Olympus PEN or compact Lumix should buy this lens. It performs very well in low-light but as a prime, it has no zoom function. The build is nice but I wish the manual focus was a bit more substantial. I believe the price I paid was $450 at the time but it’s gone down to _______
25MM Panasonic F/1.4 (Leica Glass) Lumix: I purchased this as a replacement to the 20mm pancake. Why? The glass and construction are incredible and very highly regarded and being 3 F-stops larger, I get slightly better low-light performance. Not as crucial since I upgraded my body but still worth while. Also, with the 2x crop factor of M43 cameras, this is technically equivalent to the 50mm f/1.4 Prime lens that is a MUST OWN for Canon or Nikon shooters. I use this lens as much as the 20mm now and it looks much better on the larger OMD body. The pancake lens on my OMD just looks strange.
Olympus M.Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6: This lens came with the E-PL2. It’s a decent zoom lens but pretty much a don’t buy mostly because the construction is all plastic, zoom isn’t smooth and it just doesn’t feel great in the hands. I see they’ve updated this lens since 2011 but I can’t comment on how the new one stacks up with the old.
12-40mm Olympus PRO F/2.8: This lens is incredible. It’s not the sharpest lens, it’s not the best low-light lens but it has a few things going for it. First, with the EM-1 body, it is weather sealed and pretty much water proof. I’ve submerged the lens into water up to the camera body and had zero issues. I think 6-8 inches and you’re good (if you like to live dangerously). It also has a constant aperture of f/2.8 through the entire focal length which is great. Also, 12mm isn’t insanely wide angle but it’s a great focal length. Unfortunately, at 12mm, you get a lot of distortion at the edges. Despite these shortcomings, it’s a very versatile lens with an all metal body. It feels great very similar to Canon’s EF lenses. It’s also very expensive but if you can get one under $800, go for it.
Panasonic 45-200mm f/4-f/5.6: This is a telephoto lens with stabilization. I’m not a fan of the aperture or the construction but the lens clarity at 200mm is really nice. Portraits from 50 feet away are entirely possible. If you have an OMD body, turn off the stabilization in the lens though as your body will have 3 or 5-axis stabilization. I think for amateurs, the prices is right on this lens. I use it maybe twice a month for nature or far-away portraits.
There are other lenses out there that I would like. The reason I haven’t pulled the trigger is because there’s very little justification to owning them. I’m covered in my focal range from 12mm-200mm. There’s pretty respectable. I have 2 low light prime lenses, a telephoto and an every day carry. These would serve to replace my current lenses over time and offer more functionality, better construction and overall much nicer photos. Since I don’t make money on photography, I don’t think the upgrade to ease will happen very fast.
Voigtlander Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 Manual Focus Lens: This is a Prime Lens at f/0.95! Sounds incredible, right? Yes until you see the price tag is $1124.99. This also does not autofocus. It’s heavy, all metal and very fun to use for portraits and night photography. I don’t need this lens but I really want it.
Olympus M 40-150mm f/2.8 Interchangeable PRO Lens: This $1500 lens was just announced last to ship soon. It has the PRO name so on the EM-1, it’s weather sealed and splash proof. It’s equivalent to an 80-300mm 35mm lens w/ the 2x crop factor and it’s half the size of lenses w/ that focal length from Canon and Nikon. The price is very high but I think worth it as a replacement to my Panasonic 45-200mm lens.
Panasonic 7-14mm f/4.0: This lens is $964 and it’s a wide angle (114 degree) fish-eye that most photographers would need maybe 4 times a year at most. So it’s cheaper for me to rent but technically it expands my current focal range and I love wide angle photography especially now that I’m getting into time-lapse work.
That’s all I have for now. Just to repeat myself a bit, I’m actually really happy with my current camera lens lineup and these 3 would be purely an upgrade of the hobby for very little end-result improvements. The EM-1 itself is fantastic so I’ll continue to buy maybe 1 lens a year to expand the M43 choices I have.
I’ll keep this one short because I can’t say a lot about my job publicly but in the essence of posterity, I wanted to post to this blog that I’ve now been at TomTom for four years. Not a huge career achievement considering my life expectancy but it is a big deal to me at this stage in my life.
I joined TomTom on September 7th of 2010, moved from San Francisco to New Hampshire and started a new life here. It was a big risk for me but I’m truly amazed at all of the incredible innovations and talented people at our company.
I hope to continue working @ TomTom for many years to come!