These first days of Winter

Winter “finally” arrived in Helsinki on friday. A spot of snow and a bigger problem in the evening rush-hour traffic. All in all quite a few small accidents as some people still have summer tires which are a huge risk when there is snow and ice on the roads.

First days of Winter

First days of Winter

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Street food carnival – Kaapelitehdas

Last weekend Kaapelitehdas (old Cable factory) hosted the Nordic Street food carnival. Obviously a bit of a misnomer as it was indoors in the big old factory hall. Mostly due to our lousy weather I guess. 🙂 Anyway as a lover of food I naturally just had to partake in the action.

A few photos from the event as follows:

nordic street food carnival

As you can see the space is quite big. . There were a lot of people and nice music, nice athmosphere. And the light was fantastic, with the huge windows and the sun shining from just the right direction.

nordic street food carnival

 

nordic street food carnival

There was food from different countries, street gastro had some great meaty food on sale.

nordic street food carnival

Don’t you just love that sunlight?

nordic street food carnival

nordic street food carnival

Ah, decision making time.

nordic street food carnival

HC Dog ie a hot dog place.

nordic street food carnival

The hot dog was excellent. I loved everything about it. I would say the best hot dog I have eaten in Finland ever. Great spices as well.  Right size meets right price.

nordic street food carnival

nordic street food carnival

Falafel, with hummus that was as good as the ones I have eaten in the middle-east. Great!

nordic street food carnival

Gotta love the available serving languages. No Finnish in sight!

nordic street food carnival

The roll kebab from the multilingual guys. Great kebab, but very very hot. Thats some serious Habanero in there!

nordic street food carnivalBest way to finish eating is to enjoy a cup of good coffee. This was by the local coffee roastery called Helsingin Kahvipaahtimo. Espresso to die for.

All in all, a great way to eat!

New cameras

I had the chance to visit the largest camera &electronics fair in Finland. Digiexpo is a yearly event and is often the first place to get to play around with new models. There were models introduced in Photokina so new models with also some very good discounts for buying at the fair. Here are some thoughts on cameras if you are interested.

The highlight for me this year was the new Samsung NX1. Got to play around with one that had the grip on it and a 16-50 F2 -2.8 lens.  Have to say that it impressed me as much as the Fujifilm XT-1 last year. Maybe even more considering the different backgrounds of Fuji and Samsung.

The NX1 felt good in my hand size-wise and the focus was really fast. I am used to pro dslr focus speed and that felt as fast. Very nice. The evf and screen were excellent as well. I would really, really love to have one for a while and see how it is to use with time. I have no doubt one could create great photos and video with it. The NX1 has specs that are pretty much class leading in everyway.  It can do 4k video and should be similar to the Panasonic GH4 as well. I Hope they sell well and continue to bring good lenses to the market as well. I think they should also try to get  Zeiss to make Touit lenses for the Nx system as well.

As a side mention I as a very large handed fellow feel that almost all mirrorless cameras need to have an accessory grip for me to have a good trusting hold on it. Same goes for the Fujifilm XT -1 as well as the Olympus EM-1.  Almost unusable without a grip. The Sony A7 series is quite similar as well. I just love the fact that cameras are getting lighter and smaller so as to be more travel friendly but it has its downsides.

The Fujifilm XT -1 Graphite looked really nice and old school and X100T was nice as well. Love them both. But with the above caveat. XT-1 with grip and a couple of primes would be really nice to have as a smaller system.

Got to play around with the D750 Nikon as well. First feelings are that it is a bit differently molded and even though it is much smaller than the Nikon D810 it seems to give a good grip. Still on my list of going to buy at some point as I have a lot of Nikon F-mount lenses already. 

The Canon 7D mk2 was also present and it is very good and seemed to focus very good as well. Good camera if you shoot sports of birds etc.