Fun with SLR lens nicknames

5 10 2007

Some bit of equipment fun here.

A lot of lenses have nicknames in the photography world. Here’s a bunch that I compiled:

Nifty-fifty/Fantastic Plastic:

EF 50mm f/1.8
50mm 1.8 (for Canon, not sure if Nikon version is made of plastic as well), name given for the bang-for-buck level of this lens: for P4,000 it’s very sharp, opens wide and is relatively cheap.

The Beast:

I’ve seen a handful of Nikon lenses given this nickname, but seems that this mainly refers to the 28-70mm f/2.8. Any Nikonian care to clarify?

The Brick:

Canon’s EF 24-70 f/2.8L. Good for bashing zombies, and gives good image quality too!

The Nikon Trinity (from

AFS 70-200mm F2.8 Vr… the (holy) angel and the Virgin Mary


AFS 28-70mm F2.8 ….. the father

AFS 17-35mm F2.8 ….. the son

The Canon Holy Trinity (from

EF 35mm f/1.4L

EF 85mm f/1.2L

EF 135mm f/2L

Chosen because of “Nearly legendary image quality in the right hands” according to the site.

The Four Riders of the Apocalypse (also from POTN):

EF 200mm f/1.8L

EF 300mm f/2.8L

EF 400mm f/2.8L
ef600_4lisu.jpgEF 600mm f/4L

Also known as the white bazooka/nuclear missile prime lenses of Canon.


The Wide Sigma. A 10-22 ultra wide lens. A good choice for cropped bodies.


The Big Sigma. 50-500mm lens. Enough said.


107 Geeky T-Shirts That Don’t Suck (and then some)

21 07 2007

Out of the 107 listed at Internet Duct Tape, I’d like to have these fancy threads:

Caffeine Molecule from ThinkGeek

ThinkGeek Caffeine

Vintage Optimus Prime by Coreano from Etsy

Vintage Prime by Coreano

There’s no place like from ThinkGeek

There’s No Place Like

CTRL+Z from Threadless


What would MacGyver do? from Threadless 

 WW MacGyver Do?

Sith Abandon Ship by Simon Noynay from Oddica

Sith Abandon Ship by Simon Noynay 

Some other personal favorites not in the list:

Exploded Boombox by Troy Paiva from Oddica. 

Exploded Boombox

Contra Eternal (The Konami Code) from 80s
The Konami Code

Why aren’t there shirts like that in my part of the world?

Yo Mama got Jinternets!

21 07 2007

And a lot of it too.

40Gbps of it, in fact. To you and me, that’s the capability to download a full-length movie from the internet in 2 seconds.

Sigbritt Lothberg of Sweden, 75, arguably has the fastest residential broadband connection in the world.

The connection requires at least USD100,000 worth of Cisco equipment (including a Cisco CRS-1 and OC768 DWDMPOS linecard, for the initiated/nerds/geeks), but I think she ran out of rackspace in her home’s datacenter and has had to put said expensive hardware in the garage:


More pics found here.

And what does she do with it? Read online news sites.

Before any of you gearheads start raising hell about the waste of bandwidth and equipment, just remember that this is a technology demonstrator to show that it’s possible to have high-bandwidth connections over long distances (up to more than 1,000 miles apart) between two network routers.  Or at least Sigbritt’s son claims.

iPod killed the Transformers Star.

6 07 2007

Ever wondered what happened to Megatron’s ever-loyal-yet-blackmailing-soldier-slash-tapedeck, Soundwave? He didn’t get into the new movie, but apparently he’s been up to something after the 1986 Transformers movie. (Video contains cusswords and innuendos. Stay away, kiddies!)

Kids don’t even know what cassettes are. Lots of them don’t even buy CDs anymore… They use iPo…” *Click*


And just in case you DON’T KNOW what a tape CASSETTE is (there might be quite a few of you out there), it’s magnetic tape spooled around two reels in a plastic case, used to store analog audio and some data stuff long long ago. Like what you use in miniDV cameras and data archiving, expect that they’re prone to tape entanglement that frequently resulted in the user tearing apart the cassette and ripping out the tapes like entrails from an animal carcass.

An audio tape cassette containing the sounds of my life (make your own at!):

Jinternets Cassette

You play them on a “tapedeck” like the Sony Walkman below. Yessirree kids, the Walkman has been around since the dinosaurs ruled the planet, and the name didn’t start with the Sony MP3 player or the mobilephone gimmick of Sony and Ericsson.

Sony Walkman

Get the straightdope on Cassettes here, and on Soundwave here.