friendly reminder that gwyneth p and chris m invited a whole heap o’ scorn on themselves with their recent ‘conscious uncoupling’ (I know, I had to look it up as well). this phrase, with all its new age goofiness, stuck with me while I tried to make sense of a nifty new gadget that fell into my hands.
fun non-work thing I can talk about: last week I attended the sony qx launch dinner at socal in neutral bay. there I was presented with a new camera lens (details below) and instructed to play my way through the dinner which, if you know me, is really not a problem. (disclaimer: I work in education and am rapidly calcifying into the public sector life, and so still find things like free meals and cab charges a major novelty. I doubt I’ll ever be in a position where these perks become an everyday reality.)
socal is geared to the kind of soft american cuisine that has swept through sydney and hasn’t yet disappeared under the wave of oncoming food trends. we tried fish tacos, deep fried squid with mole sauce, beef brisket sliders, pulled lamb roast, churros, and a bunch of other dishes with australian twists and strong clean flavours. a chef demonstrated how to make the salmon carpaccio and we all crowded around for the perfect presentation shot. I thought about J from the zine collective, and how we talked about the way food anchors your cultural identity. mexican food here is so different to back home, she said. I wondered how she’d feel about the food at this place, with its clean lines and astroturf courtyard. I wondered whether it would resonate with her own experiences growing up in california, helping the women in her family prepare food for several generations. debates about authenticity in food are a little dumb unless your ideas are fully fleshed out. read my zines for more of that I guess
anyway the lens. it’s a squat little guy you can cradle in the palm of your hand, and communicates with your smartphone (any smartphone!) to take slr-quality photos. it’s techno-magic and it’s all digital, baby.
- carl zeiss lens goes down to f1.8, so great for low-light bars and restaurants. manual focus and aperture settings ramp up your photos from digital cameras/phone work. your instagram photos are going to look so sick
- sony memories app connects the lens to your phone using wi-fi, but not really (I asked if rural burma would be an issue and the rep said All Good so we’ll have to see what happens when I travel next month)
- minimise your photo gear weight - just snap on and gooooo
- lens connects to your phone, OR and here’s the insane bit that blew our minds: you can wave it around in the air/under tables/etc for unexpected angles. UNCOUPLING!!!
- more specs for you here
would I use it on the reg? for sure, though I’d probably still consider taking something more substantial for landscapes while I work out all the features. but for street/travel photography, this lens is a useful alternative. I’ll peg the sony qx will slide into the market of phonographers looking to give their on-the-go work an extra edge.
but really though I’m glad I had the chance to try something new and get me thinking about things! on a purely functional level this lens enhances our best friend the smartphone using fancy-pants technology. on another level, the fact that we can now uncouple the lens from the viewfinder really makes you reassess how to take pictures. this’ll be like the gopro, but less selfie-stick and more sneaky street shots. I haven’t really untangled the privacy issues that might erupt from this lens, but the moral takeaway is ‘don’t be a jerk okay’