tiistai 3. syyskuuta 2013

New Nokia


Today is a very emotional day for Finnish people. Nokia mobile phones have been important factor in our national self-esteem for decades, and now they are sold for Microsoft dirt cheap.


Nokia was known for very good engineering, they made practical products that were reasonably priced. The problem was that they were never very hip. Hipsters buy I-phones, not because they are well engineered or cheap, but because they are desirable and cool.


I thought Nokia never had any cool products, until last summer I found this pair of Nokia Kodikkaat from a flee-market in Alajärvi. These are some kind of indoor slippers, but they have a rubber sole thick enough for light urban outdoor use as well.


Right now everybody is speculating on which direction would Nokia turn next. Could this be the new Nokia? Hipsters would buy these like crazy, what could be more ironic than Nokia slippers? For a hipster it would also be an urbanistic statement: I am so urban, I don't even have shoes. For old people these could be sold with nostalgic reasons, and they do not need to go outside anyways.


And these would be perfect for ex-employees who can now finally dress casually, and only leave the house to buy beer. 


 Only time will tell what Nokia will end up producing, but we can only hope it would be something as cool as Kodikkaat are. 


New bag

I do not buy camerabags very often. When my bags break, I repair them or get them repaired. I like tough natural materials that slowly wear out. Now I bought myself a used DomkeF6 bag.
There is very little paddings inside Domke bags. Different kinds of paddings and deviders can be added depending on ones needs.
I have always liked Domke bags. They are not perfect, but often a good a very good compromise between price and quality. Cheaper brands like Lowepro are usyally pretty plasticy and impossible to repair. More expensive brands like Billingham use better materials, but cost like crazy and look  too posh for my taste.
The used F6 (on left) has seen pretty light use, atleast compered to my old F802 (on left). Leather, jersey and other materials on F802 have been added later. Original material was Canvas only. 2013-08-21-IMG_7970.CR2



F5X (front left) was my first Domke bag, pretty small but perfect for MF film camera and a couple of lenses.
I have added quite a lot of leather on my bags, this patch was done by a local shoemaker.
Just tried it for one assignment, but F6 seems to be pretty good for my needs. It is quite small, but fits one body, 3 lenses and a flash easily. If I pack I can fit spare body and couple of zooms on my F802, I should be able to handle most of the stuff  I do.

F6 does look more like a traditional camera-bag than my F802, which I do not like that much. Layout seems more practical thought, so I suppose I will get used to it.

Domke F6 is well designed bag. It is made from quality materials that feel good to use and wear out nicely. It is originally designed for film gear: I would recommend trying before buying it for new gear. It is pretty versatile though, so it can be customized to fit different kinds of gear.

How good is it, well ask me again in ten years or so and I will know more.