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Let’s name your lens…

I discovered a sort of passion about photographic lens names and, when I look for some new interesting glass, I write down the most coooool names;-) . Some examples:

The Cosina Voitglander NOKTON serie : wow, it seems a superhero. The superhero of night. Nokton remember to me also some black heavy war tank:-). Also the old name Voitglander is cool, damn cool (outside Austria/Germany , because it’s simply a surname!) and, why not, Cosina too! (but in Italian Cosina it’s “a little thing”…)

The Russian HELIOS serie: Helios means “sun” in greek and greek it’s always cool (and I love/hate it because of my classical studies:-)). And the coolest thing of this greek name it’s that this serie is from Russia:-)

The Leica NOCTILUX serie : Leica is the lens master and also the marketing/communication is really creative:-) In addiction to the mythical Noctilux (in italian it’s a romantic “luce della notte”…Superb!) we have a lot of other choices, like the standard Elmar that become a boosted SUPER-ELMAR in its 18mm/f3,8 version…

The Carl Zeiss series: CZ uses always cool names!Pancolar, Flektogon, Sonnar, BIOTAR!They seem to me robot names!

Another example could be the entire Zuiko brand from Olympus (really japanese!)

December 4, 2009 Posted by | Senza Categoria | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

My New Toy

A friend of mine bought for me a brand new Holga 120 CFN (the one with the magic colorful flash;-)) and I’m ready to use it as soon as possible (especially in BW); I consider the standard Holga the best toy camera ever made and you can find awesome pictures on Flickr.
Because this beautiful piece of junk comes from Camera Cabaret/SuperHeadz shop in Tokyo, I’ll show you their wonderful-colorful-crazy-very very japanese catalogue in .pdf

Here it is in good quality (near 1 mb):

Superheadz

November 18, 2009 Posted by | Senza Categoria | , , , , , | Leave a comment

“On air” now in my car stereo / Ipod / pc

Utada Hikaru – Prisoner of Love

(courtesy of Alderade19)

Polysics – Electric surfin’ go go

(courtesy of HenshinZu)

Nile – Papyrus containing the spell to preserve its possessor against attacks from He who is in the water

(courtesy of BlankTV)

October 30, 2008 Posted by | Senza Categoria | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Paris Syndrome

From Wikipedia:

Paris syndrome (French: syndrĂ´me de Paris) is a constellation of symptoms primarily affecting mood which affects visitors working and vacationing in Paris, France. Japanese visitors are observed to be especially susceptible. First noted in the French Nervure journal of psychiatry by A. Viala, et al. in 2004, it is classified as a form of Stendhal syndrome (French: Syndrome du voyageur). From the estimated six million yearly visitors the number of reported cases is significant.

The authors of the journal cite the following matters as factors that combine to induce the phenomenon:

  1. Language barrier – few Japanese speak French and vice versa. This is believed to be the principal difficulty and is thought to engender the remainder. Apart from the obvious differences between French and Japanese many everyday phrases and idioms are shorn of meaning and substance when translated adding to the confusion of some who haven’t previously encountered such.
  2. Cultural difference – the authors state that the large difference between not only the languages but the manner in which Latin populations communicate on an interpersonal level in comparison to the rigidly formal Japanese culture proves too great a difficultly for some Japanese visitors. It is thought that it is the rapid and frequent fluctuations in mood, tense and attitude especially in the delivery of humour that cause the most difficulty.
  3. Idealized image of Paris – it is also speculated as manifesting from an individual’s inability to reconcile a disparity between the Japanese popular image and the reality of Paris.
  4. Exhaustion – finally, it is thought that the over-booking of one’s time and energy, whether on a business trip or on holiday, in attempting to cram too much into every moment of a stay in Paris along with the effects of jet-lag all contribute to the psychological destabilisation of some.

This is interesting, even my japanese wife knows it and spoke to me about this disease, that hits especially japanese mature men and women at their first European trip…The idealized image of Paris (or Rome, for example), a city where everyone is well dressed, drink noble wines, speak perfect french (or italian) and so on is soon destroyed by the real face of a normal big dirty metropolis, with homelesses, garbage, thiefs and other stuffs. As I often tell to other people, Japan is a true Disneyland where everything works flawlessly like an Ubuntu server;-), at least for tourists (don’t think about foreigner permanent residents or people who knows japanese society); I can easily understand why a japanese who has no experience about “The World” could remain shocked about any other places than Japan…And it sounds so strange for me in the 21st century…I remember that the first thing my wife (who had at least some experience about trip all over the world) told me at our local italian train station: “Why there’s a column on the board dedicated to the delay of the train???Does the train really delay sometimes?”:-))

But remember: “Paris (or Rome, London, Budapest, Prague and so on) c’est toujour Paris!” and I love this city!

October 18, 2008 Posted by | Senza Categoria | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

She Moved Through the Fair

(image courtesy of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts)

During my life I’ve never missed a live concert of my favourite artists: with a large amount of lucky I’ve seen a lot of musicians, even some rare performances like Transatlantic, Black Sabbath, Pantera, California Guitar Trio & many others. For some reasons I’ve never seen a live exhibition of Loreena McKennitt, a wonderful singer that I listen from 1990 and that has given to me great sensations and feelings cd after cd. Maybe the right occasion will come during her Europe Summer Tour 2008 and my holidays…..I cannot miss her!

PS= I read on her site that during her show she doesn’t like that people take photos….Oh my God, this is terrible cause I’m ready with some good camera hardware:-)

July 1, 2008 Posted by | Senza Categoria | , , , , | Leave a comment

New Cornelius video – Omstart

courtesy of strictlypablo

June 25, 2008 Posted by | Senza Categoria | , , , , | Leave a comment

QR / 2D codes

This is the QR / 2D code for my Flickr Webpage.

From Wikipedia:

“A QR Code is a matrix code (or two-dimensional bar code) created by Japanese corporation Denso-Wave in 1994. The “QR” is derived from “Quick Response”, as the creator intended the code to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed. QR Codes are common in Japan where they are currently the most popular type of two dimensional code.”

This “old”technology is really cool and I like so much barcodes -QR codes – RFID and all the things related; in Japan (but also in other countries, in Italy they’ve started to appear on newspapers this year) you can see QR on everything, even on business cards or t-shirts. For read them use your cameraphone with a software like Quickmark and produce them with some net tools like Kaywa webpage .

June 22, 2008 Posted by | Senza Categoria | , , , , | Leave a comment

Strips

More at explosm.net

June 10, 2008 Posted by | Senza Categoria | , , | Leave a comment