iPod of Shinyness

Mah iPod is still uber shiny despite having been bought in 2007! I am amazed 🙂

I mean, it’s good enough to use as a mirror!

Even the front has remained relatively unscathed. All I used was a cheapo silicon cover, none of this invisible shield stuff either.

I guess people look after more expensive stuff better? I can’t believe that an 80GB iPod cost $500, and nothing fancy like the iPod touch either. Just a bog standard music (and this ones does video) player.

Back to Basics

So I’ve decided to go back to photography in film! I’ve been meaning to get back into it ever since I discovered that USYD has a darkroom but I left my (dad’s… I’m not that old) SLR all the way in Mudgee so for a semester I’ve been digital only. From memory, this camera takes decent photos. Dad had a better Minolta camera before but it got lost somewhere so he picked…

…the X-300 up about 25 years ago in NZ, at least he kept the Rokkor 58mm f/1.4. Speaking of which, I love the Rokkor, (once again) from memory, it was a really sharp lens and f/1.4 made it good in low light too.

I also have a Tokina 28mm f/2.8 and a Tokina 80-200mm f/4 as well (the zoom’s not that great at 200mm to be honest).

It’s a shame that Minolta couldn’t really make the transition into the digital age, they were really quite a pioneering company, they were the first company to make the first integrated 35mm SLR autofocus system. Sure they merged with Konica to form Konica Minolta but all there imaging was sold after their attempts to make it in the DSLR market failed. I guess I can just enjoy the fact that it wasn’t all wasted with Minolta’s imaging technology being the basis for Sony’s Alpha range.

But check this out, as I was looking for some film in Mudgee, I went to the only place that I thought would have any, and I managed to score not only 7 rolls of Fujifilm Neopan 100 36 exp but Brendon kindly gave me a stack of 52 and 55mm filters! I mean, these are Japanese Hoya and Marumi filters! I’m going to have soooo  much fun experimenting with all of these! Expect to see some cool photos on here… as soon as I figure out how to develop B&W film.