Category Archives: Toys

American Zen

american_zen_garage

american_zen

zen_garage_desktop_toy

I came across an image of this desktop toy set on tumblr. I did a search for “American Zen Day Dreamin’ in the Garage” and managed to find a new unopened one on eBay USA. Had to have it!

Posted in Toys, Zen Garage | Leave a comment

iblazr LED Flash

iblazr_coldshoe_01
Mounted to the GF1′s hot shoe. So cute!

iblazr_coldshoe_02
Worked a treat (iblazr comes with a diffuser too but I didn’t use it in this situation).

zengarage_naturalaspirations_iphone_cases_02
End result.

Last week I got an iblazr LED Flash, today was the first time I’ve used it in practise (I shot the new Zen iPhone cases, more photos a couple of posts below). It’s mainly made for phones, but I had to give the cold-shoe a go on the GF1. It fits great, and works a treat! Definitely a handy little thing to have in my everyday bag.

Visit: MobileZap, if you’re interested it’s $60 and you can buy it here.

Posted in Photography, Toys | 3 Comments

iblazr LED Flash

iblazer_1

iblazer_2

iblazer_3

I scored this great little toy from the guys at MobileZap. It’s got 4 bright LEDs, a silicone diffuser, uses an audio jack for smartphones and tablets (constant light or flash modes) and recharges via USB.

I think it’ll come in handy on it’s little cold shoe mount when shooting products in the light tent for Zen Garage. And if you’re always carrying a bag like me, it makes for a great gadget to have in your front pocket (it’s little pouch keeps it tidy).

I’ll be sure to test it out on my iPhone soon, if you’re interested it’s $60 and you can buy it here.

Posted in Photography, Toys | 1 Comment

Aki-asahi.com Leatherette Covers

leatherette_gf1
From Japan with speed and love. The GF1 kit has much more coverage than the GF6 kit.

leatherette_gf6
Love the detail on this kit, they even made a little cover for the back.

leatherette_gf1_2
Less is more? All logos wiped out!

Modifier for life! I had a little downtime today so I installed my Aki-asahi.com leatherette covers on both the GF1 and the GF6. Installation was super easy, the GF6 now looks a little less shit, and the GF1 looks great with or without these covers tbh!

Posted in Toys | 2 Comments

GF1 Viewfinder

viewfinder1
Mounted to the hot shoe.

viewfinder2
You can flip the viewfinder up so you can look down into your camera as well.

viewfinder3
Whatever date you had on your screen is now in the viewfinder (I always use grid lines to help me compose photos).

Today I got this Panasonic Viewfinder for my GF1. It comes in a sexy little pouch and mounts onto the hot shoe. It works really well, will force me to shoot old school styles when using the GF1 (as opposed to crazy new school styles with the GF6, shooting and focussing by touching the screen and shit) and will save a lot of battery juice too as I can operate the GF1 without using the screen from now on.

PS: Somebody stop me. Looks like I’ve got a new obsession?!

Posted in Toys | 2 Comments

MCA Zine Fair

repulsive
Gotta love self-publishing!

frida
Some great art for purchase too.

terry
That’s Terry Richardson, without skin!

mca_zine_fair_score
My purchases! Needed new cushions, impulse bought Mr Al-Qaeda! The poster is a massive James Jirat which I hope to get framed ASAP.

Posted in Toys | Leave a comment

Samyang 7.5mm Fisheye Lens

samyang_gf1_fisheye2
It’s built really well, all metal. Feels great.

samyang_gf1_fisheye
Looks the part on the GF1 too.

fisheye_test
Just a quick test shot.

Another B’Day gift to myself. I’ve always wanted a fisheye lens and I’ve never bought one because I’ve always doubted how much I’d actually use one. There are heaps of cheap fisheye lenses on eBay, many going for under $50, but after doing much research I found this Samyang lens, which cost more than the GF1 it’s living on, but it’s a quality pice of gear and I’m looking forward to having a bit of fun with it.

Posted in Toys | 1 Comment

Bose SoundLink III Bluetooth Speaker

bose_bluetooth2

bose_bluetooth1

I’d gotten sick of my old Bose sound dock not charging my old iPhone (which I only have music on) and not accepting my new iPhone, and lately I’ve been paying music from the Zen Tumblr off my laptop with some external Bose speakers plugged in. It was all just getting too messy so I splashed out on my B’Day and bought myself this little bluetooth speaker.

There were many options out there, most of which were way cheaper but at $400 I still think this is a steal in comparison to how much I once used to have to pay for great sound. Within minutes I had my iPhone and laptop connected, streaming Rob’s Soundcloud. Sounds amazing, as expected. Very happy!

Posted in House, Toys | Leave a comment

CHROME NIKO PACK

chrome_niko_1

chrome_niko_2

chrome_niko_3

I took a gamble on this camera bag which I bought direct from Chrome Industries (I had to pay $70 shipping unfortunately) but it came in today, super fast shipping as I only bought it last week, and hot damn it’s an amazing bag. I absolutely fucking love it!

I’ll be using it as my every day bag from now on as it also fits my 15″ laptop into it’s own padded compartment. Love love love it. Love how it looks, love all the amazing compartments. So happy. Killer!

Posted in Toys | 3 Comments

Monday Fundays

On Mondays the Zen shop in Leichhardt is shut, on our day off we like to go on adventures. All plans when out the window when Robbie (Zen’s shop manager) rocked up at my place, from there we got a call from a mate who needed help with registering his car. Off we were to Chatswood. Adventure Time!

wheelwhores
Miserable weather, but hey, Robbie’s E30 is a lovely place to be.

wynns_coonawara
Spotted a Porters across the road from the RTA. Ducked in looking for a vintage bottle of my fave red. Scored big time!

tmnt
We spotted these re-release Ninja Turltes at Toys R Us.

cheapcheap
Robbie made a bee line right for the Hotwheels section and boom, what a deal!

daves
Nice choices huh? Dave chose a good time to start his first collection.

baloon
A small donation got me a balloon (which I forced Dave to carry around for the rest of the day haha).

gundam
Gundam poster outside this shop (Hobby Z) said it all.

hilux
Rad!

batman
Very cool.

rockets
We were super tempted to buy a rocket (and everything else in the store pretty much!).

lc70_mugen
Spotted up high on top of some shelves.

ztune
Z-Tune!

track
Mini-z track which you can hire.

z
Z!

wabaki
Tabi! Traditional Japanese socks! Next door was Daiso Japan, a store where everything on sale is $2.80.

syringe
Strange and wonderful.

robbie_daiso
Ear muffs?

daiso
Robbie cleaning up.

ramune
Dat Purple Drank!

birdfeeding
Feeding the birds at Nick’s place.

nike
Nike.

rob_zengarage_e30
Those God rays.

bridge
Cruising.

ocean
Back at the Bra.

lighters
Dave stole my lighter at some point, he swore it was his, turns out we both had brown bic lighters haha.

hotwheels_bozo_closed
They tell you never to open them, but we pretty much pushed Dave to crack open his Bozo car.

hotwheels_bozo_open
And ooooh daym! These little cars just come to life when you take them out of the box!

hotwheels_bozo2
SO AWESOME!

hotwheels_bozo
YEW!

hotwheels_ef_civic
We took the EF out too, such a fat little thing!

Posted in Toys, Zen Garage | Leave a comment