Mar 13, 2017

When in doubt, pick black!

The theory works for pens
More examples are on the way. Stay tuned.


Sailor Pro Gear with pink gold trim

Skyline Eversharp

Sailor Pro Gear with Naginata Togi nib

Nakaya long

Pelikan M805 Stresemann

Omas Paragon

Omas Milord

Montblanc Proust

Montblanc 149

Aurora Talentum Finesse

Sailor Pro Gear

Montblanc Boheme retractable

Lamy 2000

Montblanc 146 (1980's)

Platinum 3776

Sailor 1911 Large with Naginata Togi nib

Pelikan M805

Pilot Custom 912 with FA nib

Sailor King of Pen

Namiki Yukari Royale Vermillion 

Pelikan M200 Cafe Creme

Jan 19, 2017

Am I an inspiration to Leica's design team?

Design coincidences that raised my suspicion:

1, The idea of a screenless Leica M - I posted this idea on Rangefinder Forum in 2011 ( link here ), and we see an M60 (first screenless digital M) in 2014.

2, Reviving ISO dial from analog M - It's kind of an easy design decision when we get rid of the screen, but it was me who came up with the idea first!  :-)

3, Thumb wheel - There are better design solutions than utilizing a thumb wheel, so I killed it in earlier design phase. (however, it showed up on M240)
4, Repurposing M2 style rewind knob - I am kind of proud of this one. It brings digital M closer to its heritage both esthetic-wise and function-wise.
On top of all these "design coincidences". Plot thickens when someone who works for Leica sat down with me and chatted about the potential collaboration (which never happened) in January 2014.
Just a proof that I am not crazy.

What do I want? 

  1. To Vent! more than anything else.
  2. Employee discount on an M10 when my M9 dies (knock on wood)
  3.  Collaboration - I am made with ideas. Call me, Leica.

Sep 1, 2015

Watches & Pens Matching Games

IWC Portuguese Chrono & Sailor Pro Gear

IWC Small Portuguese & Nakaya Long

Rolex Submariner 114060 & Pelikan Stresemann M805

Panerai 372 & Montblanc 149

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