Saturday, June 21, 2014

Transformers: The Original Bumblebee Human Alliance Transformation

The next Transformers movie sequel is coming out (again?) and to "celebrate" Micheal Bay's "movie", I've decided to post some photos I took when the first movie came out. And can you believe that it's been five years?

To be honest, the toys are pretty cool, especially the Human Alliance series. They reminded me so much of the Alternators/Binaltechs (same scale too) and they had these dorky little figurines that came with them.

Here are the original set I took of Bumblebee Human Alliance series doing a transformation step-by-step.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

How To Select the Simpsons Lego Minifigurines

If you grew up with the Simpsons, then you would absolutely want this.

A little surprise awaits you at the end of the blog!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tamron SP Adaptall-2 2x Teleconverter 01F Review

The 01F teleconverter (TC) does two things:
1. It doubles your macro magnification (e.g. a 1:2 macro becomes 1:1, or the 1:1 to become 2:1)
2. It doubles your focal length (e.g. from a 90mm to a 180mm)

However, it also doubles your effective aperture. So if you had a f2.8 lens, it will become an f5.6 lens.
The 01F teleconverter on the Tamron 90mm f2.8 72BB

Tamron SP Adaptall-2 60-300mm f3.8-5.4 23A Review

The 23A lens has often been compared with the 19AH in terms of image quality and macro capabilities. the 23A is also an SP lens, a little bigger and heavier than the 19AH. It's advantages over the 19AH would be the wider zoom range and the higher macro magnification. The 19AH however, beats it in terms of the aperture and ease of use in macro mode (you'll see why later).

How it looks like on a Spotmatic. Not so sexy as the 24mm.

Tamron Adaptall-2 70-210mm f3.8-4 46A Review

This lens is probably one of the very under-rated Tamron Adaptall lenses. It is smaller and lighter than the 19AH and a little slower (I would consider it as a f4 constant lens). It's also push-pull zoom and my copy's focusing ring was a tad stiff. However, when I compared the 46A's image output, it's almost as good as the 19AH. Check out the photos below and see for yourselves.

The lens' closes focusing distance is 0.9m and macro magnification is 1:2.6, really close to the 19AH. The build material however is half plastic, half metal and the focusing and push-pull mechanism isn't as smooth as the 19AH or 23A.

Tamron SP Adaptall-2 70-210mm f3.5 19AH Review

The 19AH has been touted the best 70-210mm ever made on the website. Of course, that's a 20 year old review.

The lens is fully metal and uses a very smooth push-pull mechanism for zooming. If you have never used a push-pull lens, well you gotta try this one. Buttery smooth and no zoom creep! It has even very good macro magnification of 1:26 and a close minimum focusing distance of 0.85m, which is closer than most telephoto zooms. Unlike the 23A, the macro function does not require a separate locking mechanism.

It also features a quick focusing mechanism in which the focus point does not change even when you zoom in or out. So if you lock a focus at 210mm and zoom all the way back to 70mm, the subject is still in focus, assuming you did not accidentally turn the focusing ring. This feature is unique to the 19AH lens.

Another unique thing about the lens is the hood. While most hoods screw on to the front, this lens screws on to the push-pull ring. This makes buying a third party screw on hood impossible, and you need to own an original hood (which thankfully I do!).

Most importantly, this lens is a constant aperture lens, and while it is not f2.8, it is only a little more than half a stop slower (0.64 stops to be precise) AND a lot, lot, lot more cheaper than a modern 70-210mm f2.8 zoom lens!

Tamron SP Adaptall-2 90mm f2.8 72BB Mini Review

Like the 52BB, this lens is a true macro lens, except I can go all the way down to 1:1 image magnification. It is a tad slower at f2.8 instead of f2.5 and it is all plastic material, making this lens much lighter. It's not as classy looking as the 52BB and is harder to find. However, this lens is the true grandfather of the current Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro lens which is more than twice the price. 

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