Olympus 30mm f3.5 Macro Lens:

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With a 30mm focal length (60mm equivalent on a full frame) this lens can double as an everyday and macro lens.

Unboxing:

For a lens that retails for $300, I was disappointed at the content and packaging. The lens came inside a simple box with a couple warranty and manuals. Then there was the lens enclosed in cardboard with the front and rear lens cap and that was it. It would have been nice if Olympus included either a lens hood or drawstring bag along with the lens. Luckily, I was able to get it for less than $100 during black Friday so I didn’t mind it as much, but I would definitely not pay $300 for it.  Continue reading

Nintendo Switch Unboxing and First Impressions:

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This is what the Wii U should have been! From a usability perspective, the controllers may be a bit too small when used as separate controllers, but it works especially well with the included joy-con straps. Nintendo really learned from their Wii U mistakes and stepped up their game with the Switch. They produced an innovative console with a lot of thought put into it from the small controllers down to the kickstand on the device. A truly versatile portable gaming machine that’s priced competitively to the PS4 and Xbox One.

PROS:
+ Portable and versatile
+ Multiplayer on the go
+ Great functional design and hardware
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My Journey into Film Photography

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For the past month or so, I decided to dive into the world of film photography and it has been a great and rewarding experience so far. I had the urge to try it out last year but did not go through with it. However, last month a friend of mines was thinking about trying film photography so I decided to join her. Luckily I was able to get ahold of my dad’s Nikon F3T which has probably not been used for 15+ years. Might as well make good use of a beautiful camera. With some new batteries and 4 rolls of film, I began to use the first roll as my experimental roll to become familiar with the controls, exposure, and overall handling of the camera.  Continue reading

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Long Term Review

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Here is a long term review (2 years) of my travel camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M10. There’s a newer model now available *E-M10 MRKIII just announced today (8/31/17)! which offers some slight upgrades from the E-M10 MRKII which is an excellent camera. So the OM-D E-M10 MRKII should be getting cheaper soon. Read on to the end to see what I liked and disliked about the OM-D E-M10 camera.

Before I begin, I would like to point out that Olympus cameras fall under the Micro Four Thirds (m43) format which is a smaller sensor than most mirrorless cameras and DSLR. However, I am happy to note that image quality is quite on par with these bigger sensor cameras so nothing to worry about. Let’s move along to the review!

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Digital Camera or Smartphone when Traveling?

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Due to the advancement of camera quality in smartphones over the past few years, they have been a lot of traveler’s go to device for photography instead of a digital camera. However, for the selected few like me, I prefer to take both when I travel for a couple of reasons. Read on to find out if you need to bring a digital camera on your travels or just rely on your smartphone.

First off, not all smartphone cameras or digital cameras are made the same. There are a lot of factors that determines how good a device’s camera is. For example: sensor size, megapixels, and optics are the few things that come to mind. I could go into detail about them, but for the purpose of this post we’ll assume readers here have a recent smartphone or digital camera.

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Accessories For Your Travel Gadgets: (Part 2)

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Continuing from part 1 here are some accessories that can help improve your trip. I will range them based on my priorities, but these recommendations will range from person to person.

  • Portable battery charger (Necessary) – A must have when you’re traveling! My recommendation is the Anker PowerCore 10000. It has a big capacity for me to charge my Note 5 at least 2.5 times, which is more than plenty for the entire day. It’s also light and compact size. The only issue with getting power banks that can hold a lot is the recharging time, which can sometimes take up to 6 hours to fully recharge.

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Traveling gadgets for your next trip: (Part 1)

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Deciding what tech gear to pick when traveling is a problem for many travelers. They’re expensive, fragile and prone to theft and can easily take away from your experience.

Here, are some of my recommendations for tech gears that will make your packing stress free. For this post, I will focus on the main tech gears (smartphones, tablets, and laptops)


Smartphones (Necessary)
A smartphone is easily the most important technology a traveler can bring along. It is an all in one device that can replace multiple devices to reduce space, weight and cost.

Pros:
+ Replaces the need for multiple devices (camera, navigation, web browser, calculator, flashlight and many other)
+ Easy to connect to the web
+ Plenty of useful traveling apps that can be used online or offline
+ Small and portable (less weight and space)

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