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.


Super Bad Brad! (a.k.a. Grungy Gaye)

5 08 2007

Found this on one of my usual haunts on the jinternet.  

Man… this is just pure jinternet idol AWESOMA!

Talk about non-sequiturs in appearance and performance.

Hamilton gets stuffed.

21 07 2007

Into the tirewall at the Nurburgring in the third session of Qualifying for the European GP!

Replays show an apparent right front tire failure, Lewis Hamilton losing control and veering right and off track and into the tirewall. Looks like he was a bit shaken by it.

This doesn’t bode well for a continued podium streak at the race tomorrow, but knowing Hamilton’s aggressiveness he will certainly give it a go.

Edit: He was carried off the track on a stretcher with what looks like an IV bag, but he was giving a thumbs up sign and waving. Not sure if he’s racing tomorrow. Dang.

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.

Super Aguri F1 Team Merchandise

20 07 2007

I’ve received quite a few questions on where to get Super Aguri F1 (SAF1) team merchandise.

They’re quite hard to get, it seems. I was asking for SAF1 stuff at the Sepang F1 racetrack merchandise booths earlier this year and was met with blank, if pretty, stares from the ladies manning the counters.

 This unabashed fan of Takuma Sato and SAF1 has done quite some bit of rummaging around the jinternets and did find Bosco Moto, perhaps the only place you can see decent Super Aguri merchandise. They certainly have pretty stuff.

The Super Aguri F1 Cap
SAF1 Cap

The obligatory Super Aguri F1 Polo / Pit Shirt
SAF1 Polo Shirt

A cool-looking, if a bit impractical, Super Aguri F1 Backpack

SAF1 Backpack 

Or… The All-You-Can-Eat Super Aguri F1 Team merchandise set (approx. JPY73,500/USD600), complete with several shirts, backpack, caps, trolleybag, neckstraps, beltbag, stickers and a brolly (umbrella to us US-English folks, for those rainy British GPs)!

SAF1 Merchandise Set

That said, I haven’t tried ordering anything from them as I really don’t have the extra cash for an SAF1 shirt. Plus the fact that there’s no option to order online. Anyone from Japan want to send a pit/polo shirt over? I think my size is Medium.

I’ve also seen them being sold on Ebay.

BTW, you might see “Samantha Kingz” plastered all over the merchandise, and even on the Super Aguri F1 SA007 racecar. That’s because Samantha Kingz is the men’s line of leading Japanese fashion house called Samantha Thavasa. Why they would be pouring a lot of money (judging by the size of their sponsorship logos on the cars and merchandise) into F1 is something beyond me. Hugo Boss does the same with McLaren, but they’re not as prominently displayed.

All-in-all, cool SAF1 stuff from Japan, but always be careful about ordering anything over the internet!

Transfomers Movie Sequel in 2009?

10 07 2007

Reading the comments and reviews about the 2007 Transformers Movie by Michael Bay, there looks to be two camps appearing:

ZOMG, Awesoma!


It’s crap!

For whatever reason. Thankfully (for me at least), it’s more of the ZOMG, Awesoma kind rather than the smelly-filthy-pile kind. It also helps that it’s become a bona fide blockbuster for the summer. Which bodes well for a sequel. Which could be in the works as Transformers 2 at IMDB.

Do take that particular entry with a grain of salt. But if you’ve stayed long enough to see some of the epilogue scenes in the Transformers movie shortly after the end credits rolled, you’ll have an inkling of who might be playing a more visible role in the next one.

If this rumor is true then 2009 is going to be a looooooooooooong wait.