Sep 1, 2015

Watches & Pens Matching Games

IWC Portuguese 2000 & Pelikan M800

IWC Big Pilot & Worther graphite holder

AP Royal Oak 15300 & Omas Paragon

My wife's PP Calatrava & Pelikan Cafe Creme M200

Rolex Explorer I & Pelikan M800

Seiko Credor Phoenix & Sailor Pro Gear
IWC Portuguese Chrono & Sailor Pro Gear white/pink gold
IWC Ingenieur 3227 & Montblanc WE Proust

Stowa Flieger 6498 & Lamy 2000
PP Aquanault 5167 & Montblanc Boheme retractable
IWC Small Portuguese & Aurora Talentum Finesse

Black/chrome has been my favorite combo. I do make exceptions when certain designs definitely need colors to pull it off. I see pens and watches as tools. It makes sense (at least to me) if they are kind of uniformed. I'll update this post if I come up with new matches.

Jul 26, 2015

Sony A7

I knew I'll eventually get an A7 when it first launched, but I hate the design so much and decided to wait and see if Sony will somehow improve the design for the 2nd gen. It turned out the A7 ii is not much different from the original one. So I gave up and bought an used original A7. It works as I expected, like an universal digital back with annoying menu system. Complains aside, I am glad that I can use my orphaned M42 lenses again and using Leica M-mount lenses in super close focus distance. Here's my thoughts on A7:


  • Great price for a full frame camera
  • Ability of adapting all kinds of lenses
  • Great image sensor with right amount of pixels
  • Flexibility


  • Camera body design/styling
  • Complicated user interface
  • Terrible ergonomic


  • Yes

I don't have (and don't plan to get) any native FE lenses, since I already have a D600 which autofocuses faster and there are so many affordable high performance AF Nikkor lenses, especially the 1.8G series.

With Noctilux V4

With CZJ 75mm Biotar

Jul 24, 2015

Omas Milord Teal Limited Edition

Instead of getting a Nakaya Piccolo or Sailor King of Pen with Naginata Togi nib, I bought this Omas Milord for its look. And it turned out to be a big mistake! The nib is not quite attached to feeder, and the nib/feeder assembly is not perfectly aligned to the barrel, about 1ยบ off. It really doesn't look that off but it writes funkily because of the tilted nib. I really want to like this pen so I decided to exchange it for another one and hope for the best. I'll report back when I receive a replacement.

Now I look at my Paragon and the nib is tilted as well, just not as bad and as noticeable as this teal Milord.  If I hold the pen with nib pointing up, Milord's nib is leaning to the left and Paragon's nib is leaning to the right. Maybe I should have stayed with Japanese pens (even though I am not that thrilled about the design/styling)... sigh

Jul 18, 2015

My "Want" List

Here's a list of things I desire, but don't really need. I rated each item with "want" score from 1 to 5 in image captions. Things I have been wanting for years and things I'd buy really soon score high. Since I went fountain pen crazy this year, let's start with fountain pens:

Nakaya Piccolo in black - score: 5  (Original photo is from Here)

Montblanc 146 & 149 - score: 3 (photo from Here)

Pelikan M605 - score: 3 (photo from Here)
Aurora 88 - score: 4 (Photo from Here)

Omas Milord in teal, ordered one and it's on its way - score: 5 (photo from Here)

Caran D'Ache Ecridor Retro - score: 4 (photo from Here)

Parker Duofold . I want a modern black one with silver trim as usual but this original red one is really cool - score: 3  (photo from Here)

Pilot Custom 845 - score: 3 (photo from Here)

Kuretake Yumeginga Dream Galaxy brush pen - score: 3 (photo from Here)

Colt 1911-A1 - score: 4 (photo from Here)

Nikon Df - score: 3 (photo from Here)

Leica M Monochrom Type246, not interested in a fast 28mm at this moment though - score: 3 (photo from Here)

IWC MK12 - score: 3 (photo from Here)

AP Royal Oak 15202 - score: 3 (photo from Here)

Schmincke watercolor set - score: 3 (photo from Here)
Predator X10 - score: 2 (photo from Here)

That's all. I don't need any of these. I don't need any of these. I don't need any of these. I don't need any of these. I don't need any of these. I don't need any of these. Okay, that's enough :-)

Jul 11, 2015

Omas Paragon fountain pen

This Omas Paragon is big and heavy, however it fits my hand comfortably for some reason. The weight helps to dampen the vibration and it requires little pressure to write. Omas stopped producing their own nibs in the early 2000's and the German made Bock nibs on the new Omas are quite nice. It sounds great, glides across paper effortlessly the the wetness is about right (slightly on the wet side). I just hope Omas pays a little more attention to assemble it right. The nib on my Paragon is not perfectly centered (the feed is centered though), and I am waiting on my 3rd Milord as previous two have different QC issues...

I have been using Paragon exclusively for the past few weeks, and now I feel my Sailor Pro Gears and other similar pens are too small now... Maybe big pens fit me better (I am seeing Sailor KOP, MB 149 and Aurora 88 in my future).

As much as I love this Paragon, I won't buy another Omas pen again (unless I buy locally to cherry pick/test drive). The chance of getting a lemon Omas is simply too high.

The misaligned nib is kind of visible from this photo.

Sailor Susutake fountain pen

The pen body is made with 100+ year old coal smoked bamboo, and the "Naginata Togi" nib is shaped to mimic brush pen writing characteristics (perfect for writing Chinese characters). It's the smoothest nib I have. However, the bamboo body is just too big to write comfortably. Now the nib resides on regular Pro Gear body, and the antique bamboo housing goes back to box :-(