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Bangkok bites - my guide to the best Thai streetfood!

This is a delicious serving of Pad Thai, ordered at Nang Loeng market in Bangkok, featured in my new guide to the best streetfood in the Thai capital! Of all the countries in Southeast Asia, Thailand has a special place in my heart. It was the first country I'd visited in the region, introducing me to travel which felt truly exotic. Twenty years later I returned, determined to find the best streetfood in Bangkok. Here's my guide to finding it, photographing it and of course eating it!

PS - When I relaunched Cameralabs, I was keen to include a blog section where I could publish articles that weren't always pure gear reviews. My love of food and travel means both will regularly make appearances in the new Cameralabs blog, although always with a photographic angle! Check out the blog section and let me know what you think!

https://www.cameralabs.com/bangkok-bites-the-best-streetfood-in-thailand/
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A Leffe less ordinary

Leffe Tasting Trio at Maison Leffe (the site of the original Abbey) in Dinant, Belgium. From left to right the Ruby, the Rituel 9 and a festive Christmas brew. The Museum tour is quite fun with a self-guided section, a taster (three little ones or one normal bottle) and as a gift, one of their attractive goblets all for 7 Euros per adult. Note additional or takeaway beers are 2 Euros each but closer to 1.15 in the town below. I'm sipping a Bruin as I post this! Snapped with my Olympus OMD EM1 and Lumix 25mm f1.4 balanced on a table then Wifi to phone.

Here's my review of the Lumix 25mm f1.4 lens, an oldie in the MFT collection, but still one of my favourites and the one I use for most of my product shots:

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panasonic_Leica_DG_Summilux_25mm_f1-4_H-X025/
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A Burger of champions!

The Classic Beef with extra halloumi from Burger Brothers in Brighton. It's been a while but this is still one of the best burgers around.

I took the burger out the box and placed it on top so I could capture the full glory rather than peering down into the box as usual. The camera? Canon's new G9X, one of the slimmest cameras with a 1in sensor, here at f2 then Wifi to phone. My review of the G9X is coming soon but in the meantime I have loads of samples here:

+Canon Rumors +Canon UK 

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_PowerShot_G9X/
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Lunch in Liverpool!

When in Liverpool, it's lunch at Yardbird! Best fried chicken around, although I miss the deep fried poached egg of the old menu. With Sony RX100 Mark IV then Wifi to phone. I'll get on with my review of this camera which is long-overdue!

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Sony_Cyber-shot_RX100_IV/
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Feelin' Grizzly

My first 'Grizzly Bear' by Burger Bear Tom. I've heard so many good things about this, it couldn't possibly live up to expectations. Or could it? When I learned it was the grand opening of his latest venture in the Old St roundabout I had to go. And believe me it was worth it. One of the best burgers I've ever had. Lovely chap too. Next time you're near Old St in London, check it out!

PS - taken with my Samsung Galaxy S6
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20 minute Thali in 48 seconds with the Lumix G7

I love Mondays, yes I do. Thanks to Brighton's wonderful Chilli Pickle ten-pound-Thali lunchtime deal, it's easy to look forward to the start of the working week! I've photographed and filmed this delicious meal many times before, so forgive me for doing it again here as a timelapse. I captured it with the new Panasonic Lumix G7 fitted with the 7-14mm ultra wide angle zoom set to 7mm f8. I set the timelapse mode to fire-off a photo every second for 1200 frames, which corresponds to about 20 minutes of real-life curry eating, coincidentally within ten frames of what it actually took me to finish it! The G7 then generously offers to generate a movie all in-camera using the quality settings of your choice, including 1080p and even 4k. I encoded this in 4k UHD at 25p, so the 20 minutes are compressed into just under one minute. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! As for the Lumix G7, I'm well into my review process and you can find my sample images at

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panasonic_Lumix_G7/


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ae42bEah0ec

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Mac'n'meat!

The amazing Mac'n'meat from Little Blue Smokehouse at Brighton's Streetdiner every Friday lunchtime. You get a choice of smoked brisket, pastrami or pulled pork with homemade sauces, macaroni cheese sprinkled with bacon bits and a side of coleslaw and pickles. Yours for 7 quid. All homemade and properly sourced. I can safely recommend it now that I've had mine! Taken with Olympus OMD EM1 and Lumix 25mm f1.4 then Wifi to phone.

My review of that lovely lens:

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Panasonic_Leica_DG_Summilux_25mm_f1-4_H-X025/
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Depth-of-beered, er, I mean field

A friend of mine recently told me he was off to buy some beer. Good for you I replied, a little confused. Turned out he was off to 'Bison Beer', a new craft beer shop in Brighton which has a huge range of unusual beers for sale. It also sells 'Growlers', 64oz / 1.9 liter bottles filled with one of four draft brews - a far preferable brew to take down to the beach.
 
Anyway, I was out doing some final tests with Canon's latest mirrorless camera, the EOS M3 today, and trying out some EF lenses with the adapter. I took this in Bison Beer with my EF 85mm f1.8 lens opened wide to f1.8 for a shallow depth of field. I really wish the EOS M system had some nice native prime lenses, starting with something ideal for portraits, but in the meantime, it's possible to adapt any of the existing EF lenses with an optional adapter.

Ahead of my final verdict, I've made update to my EOS M review-in-progress today, so if you're interested in this camera, take a look!

+Bison Beer Crafthouse 

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_EOS_M3/
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Died and gone to beer heaven

Here's De Bierkoning, an amazing beer shop in Amsterdam which sells a spectacular range, including many hard to find bottles. I went in to see if they had any of the limited edition La Trappe Quadruppel, aged in a variety of oak barrels, some new, some previously used for things like brandy. It's a superb beer, but one that's very hard to find outside of La Trappe's own brewery shop, which unfortunately I was unable to visit during my latest trip to Holland. Anyway they didn't just have it for sale, they had three different varieties, aged in different oak barrels. Even at 20 Euros a pop, this is impossible for a beer lover to ignore, so I bought all three! I was also impressed to find the three Westvleteren Trappist beers for sale, which are extremely hard to find. Indeed you normally have to make your own pilgrimage to the monastery and either make a reservation to buy some, or hope they have a handful in the café for sale. Well, they also have them for sale here, for 16 Euros a bottle. That's some markup considering a six-pack costs around 20 Euros in the Westvleteren café, but for beer aficionados it's amazing to find it for sale anywhere. Legend has it this beer sells for up to 100 bucks a bottle on ebay in the US! So next time you're in Amsterdam, pay this place a visit, it's on Paleisstraat 125, 1012 ZL, Amsterdam.

PS - I took this with my Olympus OMD EM1 with the 17mm lens. My review of the latest EM5 Mark II is at: 

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Olympus_OMD_EM5_Mark_II/
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A lovely cup of tea with the Nikon D750!

I don't always drink coffee you know... Occasionally I'll have a cup of tea when I'm out and about, especially if it's something interesting. This certainly qualified: an almond tea (like a drinkable cake!) from Slim's Pork Chop Express in Liverpool. I shot this with the Nikon D750 fitted with the 50mm f1.8G at f2.8, then used the Wifi to transfer the image to my phone for sharing. I love having Wifi and an articulated screen on the D750 - indeed I think it's my favourite Nikon DSLR so far... I'll add this and a number of other shots from Liverpool today to my D750 gallery soon. In the meantime my images with the camera so far are at:

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Nikon_D750/
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