So pingyao was great, I will have a write up on that later. A lot going on here the last few weeks so have not got to a lot of my back work yet because something keeps coming up.
The big news of course is that my girlfriend got herself a Canon 5D then surreptitiously stole my Canon 17-40 lens. So I countered her by going and buying myself a Ricoh GRD. Being a great fan of the GR lens and their GR1V camera I decided the next step is that I needed a pocket camera that I could always have with me and that would have the stuff that I wanted, especially the SNAP mode which is invaluable to the skilled street shooter. You may notice a lot of images over the next few days taken with it, dont be alarmed, I got some Bessa/Zeiss Planar color shots coming, just need to get the lab to do it right as they messed up a lot of the last rolls of film. My Canon 20D is starting to eat the dust. A lot of the black paint stuff has come off the camera leaving big silvery bald spots and the shutter button doesnt always respond now. Probably need to see if I can take it in for a servicing, if its worth it. If not, I will start saving more pennies for a Leica M8 or whatever Zeiss or Voigtlander will come out with.
By the way, that Canon 5D thing, what a beast of a camera. The girlfriend got one for 2200 dollars new and all that here in china. Its almost everything I want in a camera, but way too big. I am not used to the size of a SLR now since I have been mostly shooting rangefinders for the last while. Oh, and to counter her a little more I also got my hands on a Hasselblad 500 cw and a Zeiss silver 150mm Sonnar and a Zeiss silver 50 Distagon. Now thats a monster.
Oh, and my old man is here on this side of the world so I have been three times more occupied then I usually am, and spending too much money of course, well...I did get my Ricoh GRD new for 425 dollars with a free 2 gig sd card and some other trinkets, so not too bad....
Oh yeah...and I got a Minolta 50mm f1.4 MD Rokkor-X for my Minolta X700....and my friend got a Minox DCC, that new one with the screen, which is a lousy toy, oh and the girlfriend got a 8 gig CF sandisk III card for her 5D (only 100 bucks!
What else am I forgetting....................?