I absolutely love this watch — I picked up the black edition. You won’t see many reviews around (I couldn’t find any online, hence me writing this), because this piece is a brand new offering from Shinola.
Shinola is a bit of a controversial brand in the watch world — you either love them or hate them. I happen to love them — They make beautifully designed timepieces, albeit at a high price point for not being automatics, and I love what they’re doing for the city of Detroit.
The Canfield Sport is the most complicated movement Shinola has introduced to it’s lineup yet — it features both a day of the week and current month indicator, as well a sweeping day–of–the–month indicator (the half–moon hand). In addition, it offers excellent chronograph functionality, with 1/10th of a second precision — all presented in an elegant and exquisitely designed face. I’m a fan.
From Shinola's marketing:
Shinola is breaking the mold when it comes to the traditional sports watch. The Canfield Sport is a timepiece where complexity takes center stage. Built using a top loaded construction, the Canfield Sport features a fixed with ceramic insert and an open punctuated with three sub dials, making this watch sporty and instinctively classic. The look is completed with a black leather strap. Every detail of the Canfield Sport makes it a refined and quintessential timepiece to add to your wardrobe.
It’s a very large watch for me, coming in at 45mm, as well as my first chronograph. I’m quite surprised by how often I use the chronograph (multiple times, daily). I owned many digital Timex’s as a child with a stopwatch feature, but never utilized them nearly as often as I do the chronograph on this Canfield Sport.
The thickness of the case, coming in at 13mm matches the size of the watch perfectly. I wouldn’t change a thing about it. Sure, they could have made it thinner, but they didn’t need to (unlike the Apple Watch).
Adjusting the current month, day of the week, and day of the month each require a simple button press (each indicator has a dedicated button positioned around the case body, which advances the indication by one). Very simple and intuitive.
This piece is a bit pricey (I got it for approx. $720, discounted) for a quartz movement, albeit a fairly high quality one (Argonite 5040.F) — it’s not thermo–compensated or anything fancy like that. But, it should be much more reliable than most automatic movements.
The Shinola Canfield Sport’s Features:
- 45mm Case (also available in a 40mm edition).
- Depth Rating: 5 ATM (50 meters).
- Double Curve Sapphire Crystal.
- Stainless Steel throughout, with black ceramic insert.
- 20mm lugs (comes with a nice hand-made strap).
- Swiss parts, Made in Detroit, USA.
Learn more at shinola.com.
This little lens is absolute magic.
I’ve owned it for a few days now, and I rarely want to take it off my camera, especially when I’m out on the street and it’s bright outside.
This is the ultimate street photography lens.
The Perfect Street Photography Lens
- It’s incredibly small (smallest M lens ever made!).
- It has an absolutely fantastic rendering, very classic look while retaining a modern edge.
- At f/5.6, nearly everything is in focus — perfect for street photography.
- 28mm is a great focal length for street photography.
As you can see, the microcontrast rendering of the 28 Summaron-M lens itself incredibly well to black and white photography, and colors, while muted, can easily be “popped” in post production, with much success.
Things to Note about the 28mm Summaron-M
- This lens’ minumum focus distance is 1m, not 0.7m like most modern Leica glass.
- The focus mechanism does not rotate between 9 o’clock and 6 o’clock like most Leica glass does. This range is used for the standard street distances you’ll be shooting it with — but for closer objects, you have to go all the way to 1 o’clock, which definitely takes some getting used to.
- Because the lens is so small, it’s easy to accidentally have a finger at the edges of your frame. This just requires some adjustment to the handling vs. standard Leica glass.
- The focus mechanism locks at infinity, and requires a depress of the adjuster to unlock it. This comes very naturally, but takes a little getting used to.
- Mounting and dismounting the lens is a little difficult, as there’s little to grab on to, other than the focus adjuster. This is why it locks at infinity.
I highly recommend this lens for street photographers.
I’ve compiled a list, for a coworker, of professional-level cameras I recommend at this point in time, at various budgets.
Things these cameras all have in common, and why I recommend them:
- Image quality vs. compact-ability. A large camera never gets taken anywhere. The only useful camera is the one you have with you.
- Fantastic user experience, simplistic designs, direct control, no unnecessary buttons/dials (the Sony gets a few points knocked off for it’s deep menu system — but once it’s configured, it’s point-and-shoot).
- Fuji X100F (https://amzn.to/2xhpS4r) — overall my favorite camera on earth. Optical/electronic viewfinder. Great lens. Simplicity. Pure photography.
- Sony RX100V (https://amzn.to/2KZgowF) — extremely compact, in my bag at all times, has a great pop-up electronic viewfinder.
- Leica Q (https://amzn.to/2scKVjs) — fixed lens, absolutely stellar image quality. If you’re looking to make art, but keep it simple, this is the camera to get.
- Leica CL (https://amzn.to/2IOaSjF) — interchangeable lenses, APS-C sensor. Fantastic image quality. Very compact.
- Leica M10 (https://amzn.to/2KZThC8) — this is the ultimate in manual photography experience. You purchase it with your heart, not your mind.
I’ve owned all of these cameras. If you want to see any sample images from any of these systems, ask away :)
As for cameras that are lowest budget, I don’t really have recommendations, other than going with older models of the X100 series, or picking up used copies of any of the above bodies (recommended). Your iPhone will take better photos than most cameras that cost less than the ones on this list.
Also, of note — all of the lenses attached to these cameras are prime lenses, meaning they are of a fixed focal length, as opposed to zooms. You “zoom with your feet”. This is both a superior photography experience, and is an optically superior design decision.
The Sony camera does zoom, which is useful, but you end up using it zoomed out at 100% about 98% of the time.
I met (and became friends with) the GitHub crew when they were merely 8 employees, hacking away on their newly popular product. I’ve followed the team/product extremely closely over the years, with keen interest, and maintain relationships with some of the founders.
I’m also one of the top users on GitHub (depending on how you measure) — so I feel as though my opinion on this acquisition is worth sharing to the community.
This Will Be Good
Microsoft is a good company, now. They’ve been showing a lot of good–will towards both the developer community and specifically the open source community over the past several years. Their releases of SQL Server for Linux, .NET Core, Linux support on Azure, VSCode, and other projects (like financially supporting Requests!) have done nothing but prove to me that:
- Microsoft understands that the world wants open source.
- Microsoft understands the ethos of open source software, and doesn’t want to capitalize upon it by changing it.
- Microsoft has the best of intentions, and I trust them.
That’s the gist of what I’m getting at here — there’s a vocal part of the developer community that is very concerned about this acquisition, and I think some of them have some valid concerns, namely—
- Microsoft is not known for tailoring good user experiences, unlike GitHub.
Rest assured, GitHub will be a separate functional unit from Microsoft, and will continue to operate as it has been, design-centered and all (shout out to the legacy of @kneath).
Git Community Implications
Because of the number of community members upset about the acquisition, a number of people are looking to host their code/projects elsewhere.
I think this is actually very healthy for the git ecosystem. Git is a bit over-saturated with GitHub usage — it’s a completely decentralized system, and people should be encouraged to run their own infrastructure for it, instead of “just use GitHub”.
So, I’m looking forward to GitHub still being the sane reasonable default, but not today’s reality of “uh, why aren’t you on GitHub?”.
Moving? GitLab vs. Phabricator
Anyone looking at GitLab as a replacement — I heavily recommend looking into running a Phabricator instance instead. It’s utterly fantastic software — Facebook uses it to manage their entire engineering workforce.
So — in closing — have no fear & check out Phabricator.
I’m very happy to announce that I’m officially joining the DigitalOcean developer relations team, just in time for PyCon US 2018! I couldn’t be more excited :)
I'll be at the Digital Ocean booth periodically, if you want to come say hi! I'll also have some presence at the PSF booth as well.
Heroku will always hold a special place in my heart and soul. I’ve been working there for 6.5 years, and it’s time for something new :)
Work on Requests 3.0 is now underway, paving the way for the future of one of the world's most heavily–relied–upon Python modules.
After losing our primary open source maintainer (who was sponsored by a company to work on Requests, and other projects, full–time), we are seeking community financial contributions towards the development of Requests 3.0.
If you (or your company) uses Requests in a professional context, we encourage you to make a contribution towards our efforts to help make the world a better place (for humans™).
If you (or your company) would like to support us, but prefer another method of payment, please don't hesitate to reach out with your requirements. Sponsorship opportunities (with website placement) are also available, upon request.
It’s been a lot of hard work — and very humbling to see how warmly (for the most part), the community has embraced the project.
- The documentation receives about 1,700 views per day.
- Pipenv has been installed 97,791 times this month.
- 57% of the installations are using Python 3.
- The project’s repository has been moved over to the Python Packaging Authority (PyPA) organization.
- Nick Coghlan, core CPython developer, has officially joined the team, as a Senior Contributor.
I’m currently working on releasing Pipenvlib, a project which makes it easy to interface with Pipenv projects from Python code.
There’s been no progress on getting Pipfile added to pip proper — this will likely take a while, as bandwidth is extremely constrained on the pip team.
Moving Forward: a Call to Action
The Pipenv project needs help — we have too many incoming issues and reported bugs to be able for our small team to handle.
If you’d like to get involved with the project (and have previous open source experience), we’d love to have you on board. We need more direct contributors to help make this project sustainable.
The project will be fine without any additional contributors — but the level of quality we are striving for requires more development man hours than our team is capable of producing at this time.
So, if you’re qualified and able, please reach out to me, and I’ll set you up ASAP. :)
Many thanks for reading! And, as always, thanks for using my software :)
I recently did my first photoshoot (nsfw) with the Panasonic GX850, and realized that it was a little bit too entry–level for serious photography. So, I did a little bit of research and ended up picking up the fantastic Sony RX100 Mark 5, an even smaller camera. My first photoshoot (nsfw) with the Sony proved it to be a superior camera for my needs.
It is a "point and shoot", but it offers a level of control that I'm comfortable shooting with (Auto ISO, Aperture Priority mode), so this classification means nothing to me. It's a camera, in every way as much as the Fuijfilm X100F is.
I couldn't love this camera more. It's small, compact, has a reasonable lens (which I keep at 24mm most of the time), and a fantastic sensor. Its color reproduction (the aspect the Panasonic was lacking the most) is top–knotch, potentially beating out even my previous Fuijfilm X100F.
It's small enough to easily fit into my pocket, so I always have it with me. Despite reviews to the contrary, I find its battery life to be quite adequate.
The pop–up viewfinder is my favorite feature of the camera — after shooting without a viewfinder for a while, I realized how essential this tool is for the type of work I prefer to do on the daily.
The articulating screen is another big plus — as it allows me to view the screen while having the camera above my head, which is something I often try to do while shooting cityscape photography. It also does the opposite, of course, allowing for me to view the screen while the camera is far below my head, close to the ground. Overall, the screen on this camera is just excellent, especially for the price.
Overall, I'm thrilled with this purchase, and I highly recommend this camera to anyone looking for something small and pocketable.