Let the year begin

5 02 2012

Another year, another adventure…

As you know, last year I helped build a solar car (Ilanga 1). I’m going to be helping to build a second one this year (Ilanga 2) and on that note, we now have a website http://www.ujsolar.co.za/

I’m also shooting small concerts for the SouthAfrican RockandMetal Guide. These are mainly in clubs and bars but it’s experience.

And then I have 6 months till I can graduate but not freedom yet because the solar car project is part of my masters…

So here’s to 2012

A Busy Year

5 12 2011

I’ve been heavily involved in a varsity project all year. UJ decided to build a solar race car. 

Apart from the electronics, I have managed some of the project PR – pictures, pages, etc. 

 I’ve finally had a chance to upload some of my other work. More will be uploaded in the coming eek. Anyway, you can head to my flickr page via the sidebar and check it out! 

Canon FD/FL Lens on Nikon

5 11 2010

This is a crazy idea, I’m pretty sure it’s way out there with the guy who decided to a Nikkor F mount to EOS mount adaptor. (As an aside, apparently they work like a charm. The better ones even work to infinity)

So here’s the crazy idea: Using Cannon lenses to do macro on a Nikon DSLR.

uh ok, It won’t focus to infinity you say?! Doesn’t matter, its macro. And before you ask, you’ll be shooting in manual which takes care of metering. 😉

What’s prompted this? The huge amount of FD and FL mount gear that’s sitting in second hand and pawn shops. It’s not moving, it’s not compatible with anything, this means one should be able to negotiate a bargain.  I wondered into a pawn shop 2 days ago and found 2 cabinets full of the stuff.

You just need an adaptor to couple it to the body.

Method A: Gut some Lens caps or even broken lenses and bodies – This is not very rigid and won’t align nicely.

Method B: T2 Mount.  Assuming you can find a reversed T2 Mount to Fd adaptor and vivitar and soligor must have made them, then this can be coupled to a T2 to F mount adaptor. One extension tube set. And if you fit a bellows in between, even better.


Now I just have to find that reversing adaptor. 😀

Fun and Games with film

29 10 2010

Well I finally finished my first roll of Black and White.

Wait, film!? what?! No, I’m not crazy, I love my Nikon D50, though I’d love a D7000 more right now. Anyone from Nikon reading this, please? 😛

Lets hop back a couple of months. I don’t remember how it started but something prompted me to try one of my parents Pentax SLR film Cameras and my word are they a lesson in simplicity and brilliant design.

Anyway, I bought a roll of black and white film and I finally finished the last exposure and sent it in for developing, last week. While the results weren’t spectacular which is to be expected having never used one before, I’ve uploaded the better ones to my Flickr.

I also bought a set of Bellows last week. Through a strange set of circumstances, I ended up with a genuine Asahi Pentax set. I won’t state what I paid for them, just that i got really lucky.

Asahi Pentax Bellows unit

26 10 2010

Asahi Pentax Bellows unit

Originally uploaded by ZaPrime

My new “toy”


14 10 2010


Originally uploaded by ZaPrime

Red Flowers

14 07 2010

Red Flowers

Originally uploaded by ZaPrime


Water Droplet #1

21 04 2010

Water Droplet #1

Originally uploaded by ZaPrime

Series E Nikon 28mm Lens and (other thoughts)

6 04 2010

Earlier, I saw a Series E lens for R750 in my favourite camera store; 28mm f2.8 MF.

I thought about it, and did some research and some more thinking.  The 28mm on a DX format camera is not wide and not a zoom lens; Its 42mm equivalent. I almost never take wide-angle shots and almost as few shots at less than 35mm in low light. I don’t need a prime for wide-angle, I need a prime for 50mm and upwards. and f2.8 is to close to f3.5

I really want to get a prime, but this is not worth it. I won’t use it enough. For R1300 I can get a 50mm F1.8 D prime which I will use.

I’ll carry on saving up, then.

Fiat 500 (Cinquecento)

5 04 2010

Fiat 500 (Cinquecento)

Originally uploaded by ZaPrime

Fiat 500. One of the great Microcars