A Sunday in Taipei, yay!
I always find interesting stuff to photograph in “Skydragon city” (that’s just a nickname though, not the literal translation of the name Taipei).
My list of interesting things may be heavily skewed by the fact that I live in the countryside. This means that for me high mountains surrounded engulfed in mist are a daily sight, while skyscrapers and cityscapes are harder to find.
Personal note regarding that bike: I’ve been attracted by this one mostly for the contrast in the bright frame color and the rusty chain. I have a side-project where I want to “hunt” abandoned bicycles left around the region and take a last picture of them. There are plenty of those in Yilan, and seing a rusty abandoned bike always makes me sad.
My trip to Taipei was not just to casually walk around, I actually did some shopping. I went to my favorite camera store Big camera and got a Panasonic 25mm f1.7.
Most of the images that show up in this post were taken with that lens. A nice warm up! So far I’ve been very happy with the image quality and the autofocus speed. I’ve only recently jumped into M43, so it’s ncie to finally have a lens with a fast aperture, as my other lenses for this system are fairly slow zooms.
The 12-50 is still my go-to walk around lens because it’s just too versatile. A full frame equivalent range of 24-100mm is fairly convenient, but what sets it apart for me is the macro feature.
It’s not a “real macro lens”, in the sense that it doesn’t offer a 1:1 magnification. But being able to focus extremely close with the lens set at 43mm allows for some semi-macro pictures, which means I don’t really need to buy and carry with me a designed macro lens just for some occasional pictures.
Back to the Panny lens, I’m a bit surprised by the fact that it’s much bigger than my Canon 50mm f1.8, I was really wishing it would have been more compact. At least it comes with a hood, unlike 99% of Olympus lenses.
I’m sorry Olympus, but I won’t buy a 30/40/50$ hood for your lenses when I can get a 4$ one online. Plase, include a hood in your lenses, they’re optically great and if Chinese manufacturers can make a profit off 4$ for a small piece of plastic, I’m pretty sure you can afford to include one in your boxes.
Anyway, enough ranting. I’ve been a real “foreigner in Taipei” today. I had a sandwich for breakfast, McDonald’s for lunch and an Ikea hot dog as an afternoon snack. I was really glad to find that McDonald’s green tea has no sugar! Sugary drinks make my belly feel uncomfortable.
I also run into a soon-to-be-married couple and their friends, surrounded by a whole crew of photographers.
The girl in high heels didn’t look particularly impressed by the imminent jumpig shoot.
Next on my shopping list: Panasonic 42.5 f1.7. I’m basically recreating on M43 the same setup I carry with me with Canon, so a wide zoom, 50mm, 85mm and a long zoom. I’m only missing a really wide zoom for M43, but none of those currently on the market really excite me.
Next weekend I’ll have a trip to the opposite side of Taiwan, destination; Sun Moon lake. I’ve already been there twice and it has always rained. Hopefully third time’s the charm/ please?
All images in this post were shot with Olympus E-M10mkII, and either Panasonic 25mm f1.7 or Olympus 12-50mm. For full size images and exif details head to my Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/107755637@N06/
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