I Got Scammed

Probably will not get my money back but I learnt a thing or two. First off, don’t judge people by their look. I business man lookalike that acts busy might just be the worst dishonest seller ever.

So basically I was shopping for a pair of used GP5000 to test out, and I found this seller selling his wheelset with a pair of 28c GP5000. This is pretty damn great, DT wheels with GP5000 what could possible goes wrong right?

After transferring him the money, I spent the evening finding and swapping some cassettes and rotors around from my mountain bike stash and manage to get a ultegra cassette 11-28t cassette and a pair of shimano rt-99 rotor. All is well until I mount it on my Aspero to do a spin test and lo and behold, it seized after clamping!

It does not make sense to me, all the clearance are checked, no rotor rubs but why isn’t the wheel moving? So attempt to contact the seller and he started giving excuses and what not then he ignored me when I attempt to get his details. Long story short, the guy is probably ignorant or is a fraud. Not wanting to waste anymore time I decided to just log a police report later when I am free. Also he keep asking me to go to a shop called Bike Labz and said that the wheels are removed and tested by them and I should get them to install on my bike.

Lol… Sure as hell I am not going to let a bike shop that cannot identify a wheel with a bad bearing to service my bike.

While attempting to figure out what is wrong with the hub, I went ahead and dismantle the hub, then I realized that the hub is not a DT hub but a Formula. Basically this wheel is made up with a low cost dt swiss rim and low cost hub/spoke, I highly double it is worth SGD$350 even with cost price. The 2 hub probably cost around $110 and $100 for both rim plus another $40-$50 for spokes and nipples.

Anyway, after breaking a part the hub and left only the 2 main bearing and the main axle, I fix back the cones and try mounting it on the bike, still seize. This meant that the freehub/rachet is not the issue. I give the main axle a little shake, sure enough, there is a little play. Seems like the bearing had been push out of place and the thru axle clamp basically gives too much preload pressure, one of the bearing also feels a little gritty, probably had some bad balls within it.

There is a high chance that maybe one of the washer was lost or the wheel was hit on the axle when dismounted. I ordered a couple of spare 6903 bearings and will probably replace them once they are here.

SmallRig NP-F Battery Adapter

The new SmallRig NP-F adapter that I pre-ordered awhile back just arrived at my place this morning, it is basically a redesign version that is much more streamline to the look and feel of the typical SmallRig cages and accessories. Anyway as of now I am not affliated with SmallRig so I do not earn anything from this post.

Update (2020-07-11): They do seems to have a affiliation program so if you want to sign up and buy something from them you can do so using this link, but I got no idea what I would get though.

My existing setup consist of a bulky V-Mount plate and battery with a D-Tap to Weipu SF610 cable

This adapter kit is pretty complete, it comes with a DC7.4 to LP-E6 adapter which you can use to directly power the BMPCC4K with, or you can choose to use the DC12 to Weipu SF610 cable and run the BMPCC4K in a dual battery configuration(which is much better).

Rather then using the default d-ring screw, this mounting location allows me to use 2 bolts to have a more secure fitting on the BMPCC4K cage.

The default screw on the plate is a small d-ring quick release screw
Battery indicator is pretty bright. The button is meant for displaying the indicator only, there is no on/off switch.

My only issue with this plate is that an on/off switch would had been way more useful than a battery indicator button. Is there a reason for a battery indicator button when the blue power LED is always on? Why not just have the indicator to be always on as well and use the button for a on/off?

My rig is finally Pocketable! In Blackmagic terms that is.

Digital Protractor / Bubble Level

So I basically bought the most expensive digital level available in the market the OEM JIingyan TLL-90S and it is really a disappointment. The battery charging mechanism is odd, or maybe the battery of mine is dying? There is no battery charging indicator without powering on the system and even with that the battery drains within a day of usage.

Accuracy is also extremely poor, although you get exact numeric readings, there is no point if they are not accurate right? I honestly hope that I just got a bad copy, but this seller only seems to have 1 remaining and exchange is not possible.

If you really had to buy one of these, I highly suggest the cheaper variant which make more sense at the price point given how finicky this work.


A couple of months ago I purchase a couple of variant of this domain, as far as I understand, Verisign allows each registrar to request via EPP to sort of renew expiry dates by padding up based on a dollar a month or so.

There is a couple of big registrar that offer this service however but I ended up picking name.com because the interface to do this seems simple enough. Well, it didn’t work out as plan because the interface is “down for maintenance” since last year.

So today I decided to give those bulk reseller registrar(domainnameapi.com) a try, since they suppose to expose the API and pretty much act as a API gateway right? So I signed up and shifted my .net and .com over, and lo and behold, the API provided doesn’t seems to support it.

I am wondering right now if I should move the domain back to a larger registrar like godaddy before finally moving them to cloudflare. These steps is going to take a long long time with all the transfer lock and blocks.

Finally got my anamorphic adapter

A decently well maintained ISCO Ultra Star 2.1(red), quite happy with the purchase and only has a minor chip in the rear element. Might dip some black pain to fill it in the future but it seems to be alright for now.

Focus Ring

LensFocus NearFocus InfinityZoom OutZoom In
Sigma 18-35ClockwiseCounterCounterClockwise
Sigma 24-70 DNClockwiseCounterClockwiseCounter
Old Canon 35-80ClockwiseCounterClockwiseCounter
Panasonic 14-45ClockwiseCounterCounterClockwise
Sony Zeiss 35 2.8ClockwiseCounter
Sony Zeiss 58 1.8ClockwiseCounter
Contax C/YClockwiseCounter
Just for reference, Canon EF focus counter clockwise to infinity as well. Nikon and Pentax seems to be the odd one.

Useful Birthday Present

I got a Makita “SUPER-HEAVYWeight” Champion Belt, the name is really ridiculous but I must say it is extremely useful.

However I had replace the original Makita leather belt with a ThinkTank belt, the main reason being is that the Makita belt is too heavy duty and it become a little cumbersome for quick wear/release.