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Watanote, Azumanga Daioh, Evangelion, Clannad
Tales of Symphonia, Touhou Project
Sony Alpha A 7 with Zeiss 35 mm F/2.8 Lens. Sony Alpha Nex-5N


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Sazako (16 days ago) #26729194Hey Maakie, Long time no Post and I'm glad for your consideration. Yeah still busy here and i went on holiday during my break from work (14 days in a row), just very busy with that so had no time to respond.
I'm pretty good with Cameras, For Shooting figures I would suggest the upgrade of my camera, Sony A 7 Mark 2 For shooting figures It has the E mount (which is 18 mm mount) and Full frame sensor, hence you can mount nearly any lens (Below the on it with an adapter). Taking it outside you have to focus with the ring instead of auto focus for one of these (works for shooting figures for review). The sensor stabilization in the Mark 2 make up for image stabilization which is usually in the lenses of most modern camera. You can buy a pretty good one for shooting figures with off ebay for $150 USD off ebay (Prime lens). A prime, 35 or 50mm lense would be perfect for shooting figures as well as vacation photos for.
Unfortunately the Good Sony Lenses, with autofocuse on the camera are overpriced. Perhaps when the Mark 3 range of the A7 is released they will release some more, but very much behind Nikon and Cannon. You get into manual mode and adjust the settings to take the perfect photo.
For me a lot of my attention has been taking away from figures, which originally got me to buy a camera to photography, But now is invested into travel. If you haven't i have tried to combine both hobbies of mine of taking my Nendoriods to famous places (Especially in Japan). The article i was actually was working on was the 3rd in the series of these, I have about 2 more to go after that.
Otherwise i find the high end compact camera Sony RX100 or equivalent good. Btw did i mention that i am a Sony Fanboy for just about everything.
Hey by the way where would you like to take an expensive holiday?
Hey I think that's really good that you do volunteer work, I wish i wasn't as lazy and tied to do that on my time off. What type of work do you!?
Also judging how popular you are here i bet you have a lot of emails to answer as well.
Cool what video games do you play, do you prefer Western or Eastern? But definitely agree with you about prioritising friends and Family.
I seem to only play Final Fantasy 14 now on computer, and some times an RPG on the Nintendo 3ds. But am definitely with you with the tower of backlogged games. And what Cosplay have you done? Your life sounds so fun. I could never find anyone to cosplay with myself but i have came to some of the sparse anime conferences in ebay- Cosplay. Since my immediate friends aren't interested in this stuff I usually find it hard to find and keep in contact with people with similar interests.
Haha, Yes I should get busy about reviewing Haman Khan, i haven't watched Zeta Gundam in its entiriety but I do like her character in it. That reminds me that I used to build and paint 1/100 Gundams as well. Would really like to work on some more.
Cool choice of the Koto Resident Evil figures from Wonfest, Yeah I have noticed while they still do traditional anime figures while still remianing competitive with Alter and GSC on the, they have branches off into a few other areas . With Lina Inverse its good to see old franchise get love as well, just not the newest and hottest flavour of the month franchise.


Oh! What did you do in your vacation? Did you go somewhere or did you just lazed around at home? (Also that last one can be very rewarding!) Did you go to Japan again? (If yes, I'm so jealous!)

Thanks for the recommendation! I'm storing the info between the other recommendations I've got for camera's! And yeah, I'm very used to easy autofocus, but if those expensive Sony lenses with autofocus are good, I don't mind investing in 1 or 2 of them (or pick them up secondhand). :)

And nah, I won't go for compact camera's anymore. I'm very happy with my current Canon IXUS and before my current one, I had other IXUS'ses or Canon camera's. So I'm quite used to Canon camera's, it will be hard if I decide to step away from that brand (so I definitely understand your fanboying/sticking to one brand! :) ). Most photopgraphers over here seem to be really attached to Nikon camera's btw.

I'm also a huge Sony fanboy, I'm especially fan of their Sony VAIO laptops and I'm sad that they have stopped making them. When my current VAIO will die, I will have a hard time to find another fitting laptop. I was just so used to customizing a new VAIO every time I had to get a new laptop. *sigh* Also my TV is a Sony Bravia, my headphones are sony, don't even get me started on Sony gaming consoles lol.

Well, Japan of course! It seems like a common thing on this website to have gone to Japan at least once, but I never went before! And also my husband really want to go to Las Vegas, which I think will be very nice (and super over-the-top too)!

I do way too much volunteer work, don't get me started on it (people always think I'm crazy because of it, haha)! Anyway, most of my time currently goes to helping out an LGBQT-friendly convention. :)

Well most of my e-mails are regarding said volunteer work, haha! But I also get quite some e-mails of people getting in contact with me after giving a lecture or workshop at a convention. :)

Yeah, sometimes I get so busy it feels like I'm neglecting friends/family. :( But luckily my best friends and close family understand. :) Anyway regarding games, I play a mix of Western and Eastern games. Actually most of my favorite games are "Eastern games with a Western look' (Resident Evil, Evil Within etc.). xD When it comes to Western games I mainly play story-based shooters I guess. But I play almost anything if the story/setting catches my attention. :)

Ah, I remember reading about another new expension for 14 recently. I don't really have the time nowadays to invest in MMORPG's, so I rather spend my time now on shorter games. Did you also hear yet that FFXV will get an improved PC version? :D I'm very excited about that one, because I don't have a PS4 (yet), but did recently build a new gaming PC. :)

Well, check my cosplays out yourself here: tinyurl.com/maa... ! :D I've been cosplaying for 10+ years, but I'm quite a 'slow' cosplayer compared to others. I used to do about 2-3 costumes a year, but nowadays that's 1-2 a year. *cough* But I do take on bigger projects nowadays. I like to brag with my progress on my Calne cosplay: www.cosplay.com... :)

Wait, I have a meme for that remark you just made (saw this one a few minutes ago lol): i.chzbgr.com/fu... xD I have a lot of interesting hobby's, but too little time to properly spend time on them. xD So I'm only interesting if you have slowchat with me because my day-to-day-life is quite...average. xD Anyway, regarding cosplay! It's so fun! And there's a high chance cosplay will make you meet new people, even if you don't have friends right now that cosplay (yet)! And well most of my contact with fellow cosplayers is at cons and a bit of online. I'm one of those people with not enough free time to keep in active contact with most. ^^'' So I'm more solo than most others. Which outfit(s) did you wear when you cosplayed? :)

I noticed model kits getting more popular around here. They even hold speedbuilding competitions right now at conventions and I see way more vendors selling them! Me and my husband used to build and buy kits quite a lot about 5 years ago, but also didn't pick up this hobby much recently. We still have multiple unbuild kits lying here. ^^''

Kotobukiya keeps on being my favorite manufacturer, although they get quite some backlash here on MFC for their quality. And yes, I have to admit, their quality isn't as high as some other higher end manufacturers over here, BUT Koto does a lot of designs others will never do + their prices are more sane compared to our current market prices. And yeah, I'm sure Lina will be super cute as a Nendoroid! <3 Can't wait to see pictures from the people that will own her. :)
13 days ago
Sazako (1 month ago) #25001496Hey So sorry Maakie I have been MIA 2 weeks away at work but i was always meaning to get back to you on the matter.
Haha my article is another Nendoroid exploration article. All which is stopping me now is Ive got to photo edit maps together where i took the photo. Its of Alice Kuonji ITEM #124610 when i went to Japan to see its Autumn leaves. Perhaps i will get it posted up two years after i finally went on the trip. That should be a good milestone. I got 2 more of these articles in the works One which would be absolutely massive.
Yeah i know what you mean when you get home Afterwork and not having motivation to write a review. So much easier I'm starting to finish up playing Tales of the Abyss on my 3ds. I think if i did another one it would be on ITEM #5438 to see how she holds up in Modern day or ITEM #18 or ITEM #449 Oldies but Goodies.
Ha i followed through what was announced for Summer Wonfest 2017, saw absolutely nothing which i like. Maybe im just old and not connected to Anime properly these days. Last thing i watched was besides LuckyStar was Attack on Titan Season 2. Interestingly enough I think Saber and Miku were dethronedwith number of announcements this wonderfest by ENCYCLOPEDIA #39862

Hey! No problem, I have been very busy too! Take your time in replying whenever you want. :)

That sounds really fun! :) I have recently also been looking into camera's, I think that it will become a future savings goal for me, to buy a good system camera with at least 2 lenses. My compact is good enough for reviews and very easy to use on vacation, but I just want a bit 'more', before I go on expensive vacations (would be a waste to have a part of your pictures messed up because you cheaped out on a camera!).

Most of my time after work is spend on checking e-mails and doing stuff for my volunteer work. ^^'' And then on my days off...I try to play at least 1 day a week games and work 1 day a week on cosplay. :) Sometimes I meet with friends or family of course, and skip one of those 2 activities (mainly gaming, which is why I have a lot of backlogged games :P ). And ooh! I would love to see a review of ITEM #449 ! I think I never saw one before!

Oh wow! I do have a bunch of figures I will follow, but most of them are from older franchises, lol! Anyway, these will pretty sure be instant buys (unless the prototypes turn out very bad or the price very high):
- ITEM #600565
- ITEM #600566
- ITEM #600025
- ITEM #600568
Kotobukiya keeps on surprising and touching the niches I love, haha! Also i was happily surprised when I saw the entry of ITEM #604438 . I don't think I will buy her, but I like seeing the franchise getting some love. :)
1 month ago
Sazako (2 months ago) #24327042haha right back at you as well for your reply thank you.
Yeah I'm in full agreement with you with preparing photos and just writing an article in general. have to select the best then post-process. You've made a fantastic contribution to this site as well. I've probably said this before but I really like your review style and figure choices.
Myself I am working on a new article I have a draft written and photos up here. Just got to find time to do a final re-write over and more supporting photos.
I'm halfway through my re-watch of lucky star and it is as glorious as I remember it from almost 10 years back. definitely an anime which defines my golden age of anime.
Anything you like from summer won fest?

Thanks! <3 I'm really glad that (even if it's a smaller group) people are enjoying my style in writing and taste in figures. :)

So, what's the article you are working on, a new review?

I have a grab box unboxing over here almost ready. After that I need time to proofread and to upload itself, lol. I used to upload my reviews mostly in the morning when I had evening-shift at work, but in the last few months I have been working a lot of overtime, so I don't have free mornings anymore. :P And in the evening I'm way too tired to proofread and upload. :P

I have Lucky Star ready over here to rewatch! I will have a week off in 2 weeks, so I hope I manage to squeeze it into there!

To be honest with you...I did not have the time yet to check all the entries, haha! Ask me again in a few days and I can have a more full answer. xD The only thing I know is that from the figures I was following over here, not that much of them were updated. What about you? Do you have a list of what you like? :)
2 months ago
Sazako (2 months ago) #24208365Hey No problems and thank you. Glad you got it and glad to be friends with you!

Aww, so sweet of a reply! :D

Recently I have been working on sorting through pictures for new reviews and grab box unboxings, but have not gotten to the actual writing yet, ahah!
2 months ago
Completely missed out on the notification of your friend request SORRY! Accepted of course! :)
3 months ago
Thank you :3
4 months ago
Thank you :^)
1 year ago
Thanks for accepting my FR. Great article!
2 years ago
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Sazako (2 years ago) #2840852Glitchy Happy birthday to you and all the bedt for another year of japanese merch collecting and watching this site

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