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6 degrees of 50mm June 10, 2007

Posted by elizabethwong in Malaysia, Miscellanous, Note2Self, Photography.

50mm to unite us all in just 48 hours.
Cakes, tea and coffee are not optional.
Back to basics.

R. Sivarasa

Hisham Rais

Jeremiah Foo



Susan Loone

(actually 7 degrees, but Wen Hui made me promise not to put her photo up. Those are her petite hands which wield a mighty pen.)



1. AlexMoi - June 10, 2007

I felt in love with 50mm from day one since i touch her. So creamy.

EW: Creamy… what an apt description πŸ™‚

2. monsterball - June 10, 2007

Liz…..Those are wonderful human beings….driven to do things for the good of others. Sad that we have to go back to basic in achieving any noble task…just because of hindrances….so close …yet so far.
Those magnificent seven human beings…. usually experience rough roads…frustrations…dangers…personal injuries to try and reach a target within a limited time….to do as much as they can…..forgoing proper lunch or dinner…but cakes tea or coffee are their daily meals….waiting and waiting for something in their projects….no going anywhere. With the postponement of the Atlantuya case…it is the same. They have limited funds and mostly out of their own pockets to fly over …to witness all by themselves and write the story as they see it…not depending on hearsays. Budgeted money now needed to stretched from proper food to merely cakes and a hot drink…be it lunch or dinner….for extra 14 days….or go home. They planned to stick to the end….provided no more surprises for another postponement.
Such human beings are seldom been appreciated or recognized….unless by the same people …like Liz Wong.
Closest to me….everyone knows is Susan Loone which I am so proud to be her friend. She has such a positive mind to face all trials and tribulations ….putting me into shame…making me …feeling a little more selfish than her.

3. monsterball - June 10, 2007


EW: Monty – you flatter us lar! I’m just trying to relax a little by taking a few photos. Haven’t done that for a month now. Stress!

4. JerryWho - June 10, 2007

Yay, new lens!
keep it clean, keep it sharp.

EW: Actually my 3rd 50mm πŸ˜›

5. WATTAHACK? - June 10, 2007

50mm…. right size for right job!

6. monsterball - June 10, 2007

hahahahaha Liz…more stress keeps you younger and healthy…if you take all of them with a smile…with positive attitudes and those you cannot solve…ignore..no use to think again and again or regret.
But once you cannot do it…you can be a “hylam tin”..meaning waiting o take over as joker woman in next Batman movie.
Don’t be bashful. Few NGOs I spoke to said I must surely meet you. I said I did twice in one night.. But they say just shake hands not good..must .talk to her. I said she looks so shy lah…..ALL LAUGHED!!
Will reserve their advises to me. So Liz…one day we must meet for coffee… and is real good to fight stress too…..not need beer.

7. monsterball - June 10, 2007

50mm is good if you are near to the target. Best is …as long mm as your money can buy…not cheap…plus a spy hearing device’ Then you can sit alone at an isolated place…eat your cake and drink your coffee …waiting for target..Once arrive….zoom to it…point spy hearing devise…why you get the best shots and best live voices that all newspapers will go after you to buy those unique shots…no one can produce…..hahahahahaha

8. susan loone - June 10, 2007

alamak…everyone look so chun lah eli!!! including me! it must be your excellent lens + photoshop! hahaha! :=). thanks.

EW: Dear Susan, no photoshopping except adjusting the levels. I stick to journo digital photo guidelines lar πŸ™‚

9. monsterball - June 10, 2007

Liz..Photo of your arm showed strong muzzles and strong arm. Been practicing some Chinese martial arts ah?
Got to lah……sometimes needed to go to funny places to get the truths for Malaysians…meeting funny people…need to hantam them left and right.
Got any such experiences? Please tell.

EW: Dear Monty, No, I don’t ‘hantam’.

10. wits0 - June 11, 2007

EW, very good work with 50mm(I take it to mean the focal lens of the camera), perhaps 75 – 105mm may give even better portraiture rendering on head and shoulder shots(?). Remember me old toying around with film SLR cameras and its lens FL recommendation.
EW: Depends on the aperture. But I think one may have to compromise on availability of contrasts.

11. youzi - June 11, 2007

3rd 50mm lens?!
wat happen to the previous…?

EW: Different camera…sigh….

12. monsterball - June 11, 2007

youzi…she don’t hantam. Anyone approach her with a suspicious character…she will say..’hi don’t look at me like this. You want the camera..take it and get lost”
So far two incidents lah……hahahahahaha

EW:Hahaha. I certainly don’t hand anyone my camera, suspicious or otherwise.

13. monsterball - June 11, 2007

Maybe her children took away her cameras…need them..cannot find…kept quiet..did some meditations…mind so free…smile and went to shop buy new one loh..

14. v9 - June 11, 2007

‘6 degrees’ as in the theory that we, friends, are connected to each other through a chain of 6 persons?

EW: Strangers. There’s this game – 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon.

15. wits0 - June 11, 2007

EW, unless I’m mistaken, the aperture controls the depth of field while the ideal FL removes the small lens(at 50mm FL) distortion for portraiture. Since the flash is being used, the aperture could automatically be tied to the distance of the subject though. The quality of the lens helps determine the correct color rendering.

EW: I don’t use flash πŸ˜›

16. JerryWho - June 11, 2007

wits0, Eli uses a Nikon dSLR, with an APS-C sized capture element that has a 1.5x crop factor.
this makes the 50mm f/1.8 a 75mm f/1.8 lens, am ideal portrait medium telephoto lens.
since you have been toying with film cameras, you may not know digital cameras have slightly different characteristics.
the 50mm is a darling for us nikonians who love to take pictures of people as it exhibits great bouquet and renders really sharp images.
i have the 50mm f/1.4, among others, and i toy with film cameras too.

17. wits0 - June 11, 2007

Ah, Jerry thanks for the info! πŸ™‚

18. guabaysong - June 11, 2007

Cheating lens! cheating lens!
Oh wait… i just got one myself… 2nd hand…
f1.8… the ultimate mamak stall lens!

EW: Cheating lens?!! πŸ˜›

19. monsterball - June 11, 2007

When I was young….I used to love photography.
I love manual settings..using my experience as against auto….and manual if done correctly will have much better and sharper photos.
The best cameras is the Ziess Ikon…{hope I got the spelling right!}..very expensive….but few others proved better than Zeiss…even more dearer to buy….but one welknown dealer boss recommended me the Cannon SR1..or is it AR1??…bought two..same model and is now a much sort about camera for collectors. .My hobby started way back…in 1954 when I bought the first Kodak camera…to Flex ones…then once I learned about SLR….in early 60s….spent all extra money on photographies only.
Gave away all my cameras to all my children… …very very expensive lenses..and all accessories…but still ever faithful to Cannon on the simplest one…fully automatic..with zoom lens…just point and shoot…but must always use 200asa film…that’s the magic thing…100 no good…400 too good.

20. monsterball - June 11, 2007

Now bought a digital camera with printer to fool around at home…simply cannot wait to print my own photos.
Before the..love the ever popular 600 Land camera by Kodak….used to carry from places to places…even to friends houses…..talk and just snap …print for memories.

21. v9 - June 11, 2007

Thanks EW. I just spend 1 hour on the subject ‘6 degrees’. Now I fully understand your title ‘6 degrees of 50mm’ and what a thotful. There was also a project which took 8 years to connect strangers to Kelvin with ’50mm’. Good nite.

22. monsterball - June 11, 2007

Actually all cameras depend on the lens more than anything else. Zeiss from Germany is the best in the world.I wonder if it is still now….as lost all up-date informations..by simply using an auto with longest zoom as possible…sure eat up expensive batteries like hell.

23. monsterball - June 11, 2007

Now my eldest son tells me to give up all this and go for digital….so slim…light and easy to use. So bought the cheapest Kodak with printer…not bad and son is waiting for me to get fed up…upgrade it and give Kodak to him.
Maybe Liz suffers from same stress….hahahahahaha

24. Nstman - June 12, 2007

Liz, i want to see your face, not your muscles.

25. JerryWho - June 12, 2007

wits0: you are welcomed.

monsterball: if your budget allows, Zeiss makes lenses with the Nikon F-mount. All of them are primes, and the 50mm f/1.2 is fabulous.

i will be getting one soon, this is a heavy all-metal construction lens.

26. Mydeskblog.com - June 12, 2007

Wow, monsterball … you go back a long way coming from the Zeiss Ikon days. I only go back as far as the Contax/Yashica days of Zeiss lenses. And boy do I miss those good old days.

These days I don’t think lens quality is as important compared to a good CCD, noise handling and image processing. The German optics are sharp to the edges but with APS-sized CCDs these days, there’s no challenging this capability at all.

One thing though, chromatic aberrations is one of the things I seriously look at when deciding on a lens for digital SLRs. Good optics do show less purple fringing.

I love Zeiss lenses. Its obvious Nikon is the way to go right now to enjoy some Zeiss lenses. But I still feel its too early to see how committed Nikon and Zeiss are to each other. Those few F-mount Zeiss lenses currently available pales in numbers compared to Contax/Yashica days.

27. monsterball - June 12, 2007

JerryWho…I gave up serious photo taking years ago.I think I have owned not less than 30 cameras….and movies one too ….all gave away…now using simple auto….but must have zoom…as far as possible.
Mydeskblog…..In my oldern days…Shiror China[m} S.Bhd was dealing with the best cameras. H.A.O’Connors on Asahi Pantek{spl??}….HagerMayer….cannon….all mangers were my friends…but those I learn most are from the dealers. They really will teach you..if you ask questions…and from reading photography books….but I am a terrible idiot talking technical stuffs in anything. I did all by trial and errors….and even enjoy the 120 film for black and white photos…depending on situations.
Had you all seen me in younger days….why many mistook me a a reporter carrying a bag full of camera materials….alway in the car…but enjoy mostly …candid shots with my zoom lens and snapping natures stuffs. Wasted a fortune enjoying the hobby.

28. JerryWho - June 13, 2007


my sentiments exactly, that’s why I keep my Contax and Yashica bodies too.

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