Expect the unexpected as my accounting lecturer in Australia would say. When I was planning my trip to Singapore in October, I hadn’t expected to spend sooo much time at the world’s favourite coffee joint—Starbucks. Cafes have come a long way and from what I can see, they are now the place to hang out. So much so they, or more specifically Starbucks became a great rendezvous to do my thing – networking!
One of the first people I met on this trip was David Ho a good friend and entrepreneur who introduced Lensbabies to the Singapore market some years back. At Starbucks Orchard, he brought with him a Lensbaby 2.0 for me to play with. Rather unexpected to be testing Lensbaby at the cafe but nonetheless it was the start of an interesting day.
This is neither mine nor David’s regular Starbucks order. It so happened that their coffee maker was being serviced so we unwillingly settled for brewed coffee. The day was slightly overcast and we had a lot to catch up so we were rather forgiving to the fact we couldn’t have our Double-Shot Cappuccino & Hot Latte.
The EOS 20D is my second dSLR body after the 300D and it’s the one I’m most likely to bring on a holiday (and networking trips abroad). I’m such an ultra-wide junkie so the EF10-22 stays on most of the time. Otherwise the 50mm 1.8-II is a wonderful lens with amazing DOF. Here are some images I shot with the Lensbaby 2.0 and check out the latest set of images from David (posted 13.11.07)
Lensbaby 2.0 images © Jan Shim Photography
In the two days I was with David, we hopped from one Starbucks outlet to another, from Orchard to Bugis to One Fullerton to …. who knows which other I may have missed.
Starbucks Bugis. Here’s David messing with my 10-22mm catching an inquisitive patron looking at me checking out my Sekonic L358 Light meter.
So what do I think of the Lensbaby? I’m not sure it’s my thing. It takes a lot of patience and practice to fully appreciate it. The way I see it, Lensbaby gives dSLR owners a shot at Lomography at what may be equivalent to the cost of a dedicated Lomo camera. Don’t expect to see me shooting with one anytime soon. I have enough Canon EF lenses to worry about and if I can help it, I’m trying very hard to resist the EF 85mm f/1.2 😛