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7artisans 25mm f1.8 manual lens for E-Mount

About Lens

7artisans is an unaccustomed brand name among the lens makers of the world. I bought it about 55 USD in Aliexpress. Most of price tagged as about 55 to 80 USD to each different sellers, but actual real supply price known as under 50 USD from unofficial reliable source.

This lens is made for short flange back models – a.k.a mirrorless, and my choice was E-Mount. Whole material seems to made with Aluminium, focus and aperture ring rotates in very smooth, specially aperture ring not stepped as like formal lens.

Lens looks well matched with my NEX-5N black – I love so much, cold and hard feeling on my fingers, really smoothly rotating each control rings, what an excellent experience to me falling in memory of the past.

Depth of focus at F1.8 makes many blurred effect, and it occurs more when object closer than far. Lens minimal length of focus starts from 18cm from sensor, so most of shot should easier in door with 25mm wide degree.

Quality is much nice than I expected, specially each end side of lens, Little berrel distortion, little spatial distortion. This lens may really be a favor item when take shoots in Caf’e

Samples

 

Opinion

This lens gave me some fun to taking pictures today. Each time I need adjusting focus ring to object. Higher than average quality of result may gives many fun for amarture photographer. And recommend to using my MIOHDR app to better result.

Bluboo Dual real life review

This in life review written for Bluboo Dual. Thi is a smartphone from chana, built in daul camera and made with aluminium metal uni-body budget phone priced in around 100 USD from Aliexpress. Has no phsysical navigation buttons on bottom of screen, but some space left – maybe it was a plan for using touch navigation area as like others ? – and it may used to hold phone to watch something.

Whatever it is, this smartphone using on screen soft navi keys – maybe uncomfort for like me who doesn’t lile to using soft keys loosing whole screen resolution by displaying this useless shi* – I am really hate this soft key.

Something special features for good sales point may thoes of “”Dual lenses” and “Finger print scanner”. Finger print sensing speed was similar like to Xiaomi Redmi 3 or later series, quickly sensing my fingers like iPhone and Xiaomi Redmi3s of mine. Dual lenses meaning just a taste of DOF(Depth of field) – like DSLR out focused at point to anywhere on screen and picture.

But not recommended to feeling as real DSLR effect, just hardware leveled blurring effect. Not real DOF and qulity is coarsened.

But normal pictures from camera, it is certainly enhanced a little from previous Mediatek ISP. Dirty noises has enhanced to more detailed but still not enough feels like “IT IS AMAZING!”. Just worth for this price around 100 USD.

Dual lenses may good for feeling looks good as like ” I have dual ! like iPhone 7 plus!”, but not real iPhone 7 plus, swag. Positive side is fast sensing speed of my finger print, it is one of fastest device among I had that from China.

Ear speaker is best point of this budget one, voice hears with heavy bass, supports UMTS AMR (not sure VoLTE). But loud speaker hears like cheappy vinyl, don’t expect like iPhone.

Here is a simple conclusion.

Pros.

  • Cheap, may around 100 to 110 USD on market.
  • Bright&Sharp 1080p Full HD resolution at 5.5″ IPS LCD.
  • Dual Lens, DOF effect (w/ built in SLR camera app)
  • 3000 mAh battery holds a day for ordinary usage.
  • Slim metal uni-body.
  • Fast finger-print sensor.

Cons.

  • Fake dual standby SIM, one must be for GSM only with 3G/UMTS or LTE.
  • Useless in North America include almost of United states
  • No more update for air. Latest version marked as V3.06
  • Uncertified Google Apps. ( manufacturer Bluboo not registered to Google )
  • Not supports Quick Charge
  • SCweather : built-in malware

Depends on your flavor, yeah

  • Damn soft navigation key.
  • Useless bottom side wide bezel – what for ?
  • Built in 3000 mAh Battery.

 

bonus issue: How to remove SCweather ?

First, you can disable app in setting menu, or if you got TWRP and ready to flash, use my zip flashing script.

This zip flashable patch disables these system apps : (and disclaimer, all problems used my patch zip is up to your decision, before doing this flash, you must allow all problems not belong to me.)

  • AdupsFota
  • AdupsFotaReboot
  • AutoDialer
  • BSPTelephonyDevTool
  • FWUpgrade
  • FWUpgradeProvider
  • MtkFloatMenu
  • MTKLogger
  • MtkQuickSearchBox
  • SCweather
  • ThemeStore
  • PrizeFactoryTest
  • Baidu_Location

If you like edit apps to removed, just extract zip file and change script in META-INF\com\google\android.

Two different version of Lexar SDXC 64GB UHS-1 (300x)

I found something interested issue, it is about two different version of Lexar SDXC 64GB 300x where it made from. My cards are two different nations : Taiwan and Korea. And I could suppose one of those must be belong to Barun Electronics of South Korea.

So I had check what different is benchmark, first is from Taiwan.

Reading speed in sequence, about 45~46MB/sec in USB 3.0 (UHS-1) card reader. And Writing speed recorded as 24~26MB/sec. Important in using Android device may 4K writing speed, and it recorded around 1MB/sec.

And next is from Korea.

Reading is definitely better than Taiwan, but real performance is not belong to speed of reading. Check writing speed, and really important is maybe 4K, as see, it recorded under 1MB/sec, really poor.

If you can choose what it from, I strongly recommends choose Taiwan. Don’t waste your valuable memories by accident at once by happening sudden death of sdcard of Barun Electronics. It really sucks, I had wasted totally 3 64GB cards even it printed MLC on surface.

Super★Talent Express NST1 128GB review

 Super★Talent is a brand name sales USB mass storages and memory products in USA. NST1 128GB is one of their USB drive in middle price.

NST1 used Single channel TLC NAND flash with SMI controller, writes up to 90MB/sec, reading up to 120MB/sec in sequence.

Accessing random placed data – related in 4K – speed is better than MLC series of NST1 64GB. Light weight and easy to use, little tightly pull up and down case is may better than loose and easily lost case or cover.

Doogee Shoot 1 hands on

Doogee Shoot 1 is a budget smartphone among brothers of samely born from MT6737T. Brothers are came out each same shapes, Dual lenses with finger print sensor.

Here I writing some hands-on-review for checking package and until it boots up.

Package arrived,

It was arrived in a week with DHL shipping option from AliExpress. I have paid under 10 USD for this option and seller kindly serviced well. There’s some gifts: USB 5V2A single car cigar hole charger and short silver colored touch pen, fish bone shaped cable holder, small fabric piece to clean screen and some plugging rubbers.

Package box was made with Paper, like iPhone or its copycat – Sunshil Electronics, ha! Doogee saved useless spaces well – I loved this.

What’s inside ?

There’s one Shoot 1. It already applied screen protecting film and I can tear off thin printed outter film easily.  Let’s ignore it’s so familiar shape have seen before … Mmm …

Shoot 1 also kindly put wear protecting TPU jacket already. And under inside, there’s a SIM extracting pin, micro USB cable and 5V 2A travel charger with simple manual. It’s all of inside a box. Ah, one more protecting film inside.

Dual camera

Like other brothers, shoot 1 also designed to use dual lenses to make Depth of Focus(DOF) effect as like DSLR. There’s dual flahs also placed middle of lenses. But don’t expect real DOF not availed to this cheapy budget smartphone, It’s imitating effect. Don’t be deceived by their fake promotions. But each single shots and videos really improved than before.

Charging & USB port & Speakers ?

Shoot 1 is still used traditional micro USB port, and it is accepts 5V 2A charging. Unfortunately still most of Chinese manufacturer not ready to using quick charging solution as like Qualcomm’s. Bottom side looks has stereo spearks but don’t believe it, one side is blocked so no sounds from right side. It is imitation.

SIM tray

Doogee shoot 1 designed to use double slots in one tray. One micro SIM and one more micro SIM or micro SD card.

 

And …

Doogee shoot 1 is a budget phablet to buy in 100 to 110 USD. It has Full HD IPS LCD, dual lenses plus front selfie camera, extends up to 128GB micro SD card, well made body, moderated ARM CPU with MALi GPU for enjoying your economical life.

And this review will be continued to softwares.

Review of Ulefone Vienna.

Ulefone Vienna was placed in my demand-list to buy when its cost comes down under 130 USD. And it was able to buy in 120 USD in a month ago. It delivered me with DHL from China while only a week.

Vienna was designed to perfect experience to listening music with professional level DAC as manufacturer description with FHD resolution in 5.5″ IPS display – I expected more better than LG G3, and it is exactly matched for me.

Bundled clear TPU case helped me carrying for while, and easily clean out any stains. But back-butt placed speaker gave to me bad position to listening any sound and any others. But it could be accept by price because its loud level is much bigger than any other android budget phones.

Camera, it is like any others, little bit better, maybe. But it could not be expect excellent picture on evening to night, or dark places. Just a same like most of Chineses budget phones.

Fingerprint scanner works well, better than modern budget phones price around 100 USD. It could be sens my finger in any degree like iPhone or Xiaomi. But ratio of corretly works not much better than as I expected.

Hardware touching area is my one of loved feature, it may much better than any software navi. It will be better if it has illuminations like small LED lights on back side, but there’s nothing like my hopes.

One more special feature, left side a button is useful or an obstacle as who using this, I couldn’t find how it be turned off but works too well. I thought it will better if it has any bumps around button to press not so easily. But it will be pleased by using TPU case for protect pressing button so easily.

Software – OS was upgraded to 6.0 with OTA thru WiFi easily. I could upgrade OS and testing well, but many preinstalled apps are also like previous Ulefone models.

So I need replace recovery partition to adjusting my app conditions with TWRP and my customized zip files. Then, it works so perfectly. Much longer battery life and nothing to annoying.

Vienna became to lowest price in a year, It should be good choice to listening music without external amp for your ( or my ) headphones what has high resistance.

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After a while, review of Doogee Y6.

Few monthes ago, I have trip to Vietnam with Emily for a week in Da Nang. It was impressed experience for me and lovely times for having past times of our country in my 40’s age. (sigh …)

I was planed to use Vietnam prepaid SIM cards for travel in 3G network of Vietnam. It was successfully worked in Da Nang in HSPA+ network and voice call also excellent for me.

Camera was just OK for day light, Not enough to took a scene in night, Everybody may not accept noisy and blurred picture. Dynamic range seems not much better than modern smartphones.

Here I took some pictures in Da Nang of Vietnam. All pictures just resized to 1024px in long side, and nothing else affected.

Difference of Bright area to Dark (shadow) side seems not flatten as like a centry ago. It just Ok for day light but not much good enough to take a shot in less lights – from evening to night. I was good for snap shot while traveling anywhere for searching google map and taking pictures in one hand.

Durability is verified for me by dropping solid bottom, actually it was not my fault, by some aunty smashed my hand in Lotte Mart in Hanoi (South from Da Nang, about a hour by van). It was smashed to bottom, side of screen exactly, I was really surprised and Phone gone for unstable to cannot detect external SD. Just I have reboot it and it became normal. Nothing broken or scratched, just my protecting film saved real glass. Everything was OK.

It was enough good for me. Need some work to disable many services apps. Some system UI not so good for recognized (specially system max memory indicating while app task screen by long press of home button) but it is not much bad for me by this smartphone price.

It could be recommended by looking for around 100 USD budget 5.5″ HD display with durable chasis. But I strongly recommend to user may possible to understand cusomized recovery and SP-Flash program to flash some customizes.

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New dual lenses smartphones awaiting.

Here I ordered to two different model but same SOC – MT6737T for supporting dual lenses – Doogee Shoot1 and Bluboo Dual.

Bluboo was made an order about 2 weeks ago, but a problem of China holiday (lunar’s day as I heard) was among day in resting term. So I need to wait for more weeks until it shipped to me. And doogee Shoot 1 will arrived to me more faster than Bluboo dual, because it ordered with EMS shipping option and seller promised processing will be soon – Before I had ordered Ulefone Vienna from them, it was extreamely faster than any other sellers, really impressed.

I had an Oukitel U20 plus, but it is not solved UI problem on bottom of screen – blurred stripes still annoying me and I don’t like to use it until solve by new Oukitel OTA be released – And I promised to myself, no more Oukitel, ever. Stop buying junk, again !

Bluboo Dual may not supports hardware touching navigation area in bottom side like other Chinese smartphones – yes, it is soft navi key on screen ! so I am worry about this.

I will write down my experiences soon after Ulefone Vienna, A.S.A.P.

A short impressions of Kinera BD005 IEM.

It was really extreamely long long wait after an order from November of 2016. Yes, It took about 2 monthes from order while package arrived to me with AliExpress standard shipping method – but actually it was China Registered AIR post, maybe it was not AIR … maybe a SHIP ?

With damn long shipping it is eventually now on my hand. It was really damn slow shipping but I can accept all with extreamely low cost (see above page … ) of this 1-DD + 1-BA IEM.

Packaging

I don’t know what brand name means “KINERA” to their word, or in English. And BD005 – model name – may means their 5th model with BA+DD. Ok, then it arrived as below picture:

Boxing was not as like modern saving Earth design, just contains IEM and only 2 different size of silicon ear birds with wrong attached (switched Left and Right, sure it should be fixed anybody, actually not a problem !) durable cable.

It is really all. There’s nothing like protecting IEM something like called soft case or pouch. Just consider price around 20 USD ! and It doesn’t a matter to enjoying good music ! Don’t be concern like Mr.Ban. It’s just another option to buy any carrying case, or pouch whatever it is in AliExpress and may quickly arrives than this IEM.

Mr.Concen Man, Image from “Reuters”

Appearance

BD005 is not had sexy shape as like major brand products. Just it says “I am from China” and it is truth, because I bought from China, Ha.

But comfort to fix on my ear and easily replace to other cable with MMCX connector. Many sellers in AliExpress who selling many different kinds of MMCX compatible cables. Kinera seems to used one of their products – because I have bought exactly same model MMCX cable from AliExpress before, and its price was almost 8 USD.

Fitting rules is just same like other IEMs, rounding around my ear. Almost of modern ear rounding fittabled IEMs are samely using this forms. MMCX connector well assembled in IEM itself. I couldn’t find any problem in this small friend.

BA unit (as their explainment, it is from Knowles, 3K models) is placed on near end of nozel and it recognized by sight easily. There’s no structure to hold ear bud as like some IEMs.

Audio experience

Make a subject of conclusion, it is not like other some fully filled bass brother Hybrid IEMs. Well balanced for each sides. Little bit more bass means it is “For Outdoor” but may excellent for using in door too. As my opinion there’s little bit less in high frequency by private favor, it should  be enhanced by adjusting EQ. I recommend use Treble boot if you have iPhone and listen music with shiny treble frequency – but it may a reason of you going be tired more faster than normal listening, it’s just up to you and me also.

 

Conclusion

Maybe really worth the low cost in around 20 USD. Much better than Xiaomi’s hybrid IEMs – actually not recommend Xiaomi’s, too much bass harms all sound – and KZ’s. Without design, all about good features may found by in real life, by yourself. Maybe the best item in this price around 20 USD in the World if you have buy something new in less payment but long wait.

Oukitel U20 Pro real review for weeks

Prologue:

It was second time to wait pre-sell item for new item from Ali-express. This wait required long wait for a month even I have made an option to shipping with DHL.

My Interesting was “Dual lens”:

It was special to me by this budget smartphone had dual lens as seen for iPhone7+. Oukitel described hardware level dual lens may help to shoot a picture that similar like DSLR, wow.

I was expected this dual lens really works like my DSLR/DSLT by stereo graphic differential algorithm likes, but reality was so harsh. too harsh.

 Here I left a balnk for later, inserting some pictures with dual lens, that dual lens results. harsh results.

 

Blur defection on bottom screen,

It was not a problem of only mine. Many people also reported this defection to XDA, and geeks found how it be fixed with rooted system, not for normies, damn.

It was a reason of UI rendering with wrong start position of state bar. -5 pixels rolled up so bottom blur defection occurs by -5 pixels of gone up.

No update.

I have been expected when it released new OTA for fix UI rendering problem, but still it doesn’t possible to check latest version.

Lastest version is “SSXSJS5.1210.V3.0.3”. But still this version not solved bottom screen defection, and there’s not many TWRP or CWM recovery with working touch sensor.

Much looks like Apple iPhone 6s, but not iPhone, has too many problems still not be fixed yet, Oukitel seems to still not good a company who mades smartphone in lowest price.

Maybe don’t be comapred with Doogee Shoot1 or Bluboo Dual.

Next is,

Blueboo dual. a much same smartphone with Oukitel U20 plus, without hardware navi keys. And Doogee Shoot 1. All phones are same CPU and similar camera module as like dual focusing system for making depth of aperture.

 

My little conclusion,

Don’t buy this junk until solve many problems. You may better buy this after a half of year.