Cullmann XCU 400 – The New Tough Guy

Tokina 11-20-New

Cullmann XCU 400 – The New Tough Guy

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Photo: Editor AL with the NEW Cullmann XCU 400


30 th June 2015, Singapore – Recently, some thief made off with my camera backpack along with some of my working gears while I was doing a wedding shoot. Well that was another story, and so, I recently met up with Schmidt Marketing Photo Singapore who happened to be the sole distributor for the German brand Cullmann. I shared my mishap with them and how my gear got stolen along with my Lowe Pro Backpack etc and to my surprise, they passed me a camera haversack to replace my bag (but not the gear haha).

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Photo: The Cullmann XCU 400 carried over the Top Handle.

It is a sturdy looking bag that looks really tough to start with. I closely inspect the bag and it is a backpack from Cullmann. I always thought Cullmann only manufactures tripods which they are so famous for, but a bag? The label reads “Cullmann XCU Outdoor DayPack 400”. It’s a mid-size back pack which is slightly smaller than my stolen Lowe Pro measuring at 210mm (H) x 280mm (W) x 130mm (D).

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The XCU 400 were made from water resistant material and the there’s a hard base that actually made the backpack stand on its own. The hard base is made of a hard rubber that provides cushioning in the event of a fall for the gear. I later came to know that the XCU can withstand rain – long enough until you find yourself a shelter – which is perfect in most outdoor scenarios.

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Photo: The Cullmann XCU 400

Like most camera back packs of today, the XCU 400 has a front flat compartment for your laptop, iPad, books etc and also a dedicated metal buckle (top and bottom) for fastening a tripod. One side pocket opens to a quick access to your camera and on the opposite end a pocket for water bottles with a draw-string fastener. So far so good, pretty happy with what I saw.

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Taking the XCU 400 out, it just feels really right. The size is average and the design is sleek and kinda low profile if you ask me. The adjustable straps are comfortable and it allows several configurations to fit the activity that you are doing. (Waist straps, toggle straps, chest locking straps, angle locking straps). And the back of the back pack opens up to the inside where gears are held closely by a removable padded compartment. The back cover is ventilated with a centre air channel for fast cooling and the design is aimed at achieving the ease of use by reducing weight stress to the user. And both back-straps comes with locking buckles too – nice!

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Photo: Compartments

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Photo: Nice Zipper Finger Rests.

The brightly coloured (blue) heavy-duty zippers features a finger-rest that allows the user to zip and unzip really fast which translate to fast operation. This is important for outdoor adventures and sports. And personally I like the thick and cushioned top carrying-handle. Everything about the XCU 400 is just right for my usual usage so far. Time to venture into the insides of the XCU 400.

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Photo: Buckle Locks for back straps.

Opening up the XCU 400, there are the standard zipper compartments on the back cover, 2 to be exact which are generously sized so you can have all your batteries, lens covers, body covers, memory cards and other knick knacks stored safely.

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Photo: The Cullmann XCU 400 inside.

In the main compartment, there is the customizable thick-padded compartment with tough looking dividers that you can configure in any way you like it to fit your gear or arrange the way you want it. And that only takes up about 2/3 of the main compartment leaving you a 1/3 space that you can carry other personal effects with you. As for me, I created another padded compartment using padded dividers so that I may carry one more camera body with me. This works for me, so basically anyone can customize the insides of the XCU 400, just the way they want it.

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Photo: The Side zipper opens up to a direct access to the inside of the XCU.

To summarize, the Cullmann made XCU 400 is a tough guy. Designed for harsh elements and weather, I must say I am surprised at the overall quality. Well designed, nicely planned out, tough material and high quality this is an excellent camera backpack that will be worth my every single dollar. And from a Tripod manufacturer at that!

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Photo: The back cushion of the Cullmann XCU and the overall smart design. 

Thanks Schmidt Marketing Singapore for sponsoring me the Cullmann XCU 400! It will be put to really good use! Thank you!

Thanks Trisha Lim for the Behind-the-scenes photos.

-Ed.

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Instagram Photo Contest of Singapore Cable Car

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Instagram Photo Contest of Singapore Cable Car
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Win up to $2,000‏

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19th June 2015, Singapore – Mount Faber Leisure Group (MFLG) recently opened their new Sentosa Line to the public and this line links Singaporeans and tourists alike to two iconic destinations, Faber Peak Singapore and Sentosa. The Sentosa Line takes visitors to three main attraction and leisure clusters – Merlion Plaza, Imbiah Lookout and Siloso Point.

From now to 28 June, MFLG is organising an Instagram contest – “Soar High on the Cable Car Sky Network”. Participants simply have to upload their photo on their Instagram account with a caption that explains what a Singapore Cable Car ‘joyride’ means to them and stand to win a weekly prize of $50 Faber Peak Voucher and the grand prize of $2,000 cash!The procedure of joining this contest is very easy!

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How to Join?

1)    Follow Singapore Cable Car (@SingaporeCableCar) on Instagram

2)    Hashtag your photo with #SkyNetwork and #SingaporeCableCar with a caption that explains what a Singapore Cable Car ‘joyride’ means to you

3)    Tag @SingaporeCableCar in your photo

For more information, please visit the following link:
http://www.faberpeaksingapore.com/singapore-cable-car/instagram-contest

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Nikon P900 – Small & Mighty

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Nikon P900 – Small &  Mighty
– Special Review by Xing Asia

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Photo: Namibia – shot with Nikon P900 by Xing Asia.

09th June 2015, Namibia/Africa – The NEW Nikon CoolPix P900 is probably the most-talk-about digital camera lately. And it is not that difficult to understand why. This is a high-spec bridge camera that caters to big diverse group of photographers by looking at the specs.  Before we go on, we would like to remind you that we are not a technical site, instead, we are more keen to share on our hands on experience on using the camera and the images that camera can produce. If you are looking for official specs for the Nikon P900, please visit their official sites from your respective countries.

So why is the Nikon CoolPix P900 making waves? Let us sum it up for you. The P900 features a 83x Optical Zoom that translates into about 2000mm (based on a 35mm format). Apart being the 1st CoolPix that are able to zoom that far, it also happened to be the first bridge camera among it class to have such an insane focal range.

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Photo: Namibia – shot with Nikon P900 by Xing Asia.

Featuring 16 megapixel sensor, the P900 promises excellent quality images and many will also find it a joy to use the P900 when it comes to the handling department. The P900 is designed and styled like a compact-size DSLR with a proper handgrip that feels a little close to the D3XXX range DSLRs and that gave the assuring feel when handling and holding the camera. The swiveling Vari-angel display is another bonus as it allows shooting from all sorts of weird and low angle.

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Photo: Namibia – shot with Nikon P900 by Xing Asia.

We like the regular shooting modes on the P900 as it means Nikon also have the seasoned photographers in mind when they are designing the P900. (Program Auto, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority & Manuel) This is awesome as that means any photographers who had been using the DSLR will be able to adapt to the P900 in seconds. What about those who are beginners, leisure shooters or totally new to photography? Well, the P900 is designed for everyone in this case and there is always the Automatic mode which in our view (or examples below) allows the photographer to shoot at ease and concentrate on framing/ composition and let the P900 do the rest.

The 3 inch screen is pretty standard and the P900 uses Hi-Res EVF (Electronic View Finder) that is very responsive. When using the Semi Auto Modes or Manuel mode, you can view real time movement, exposures etc from the EVF, pretty cool. For those who does videos, the P900 can produce Full HD videos up to a recording rate / size of 1920×1080/ 60p. Pretty decent.

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ISO is always an issue especially when it comes to cameras that uses sensors that are smaller than the regular APS-C size. On the field, we tested the P900 and it performed well and very useable ISO up to 6400. Do note that when shooting in regular modes, the P900 will select (or you select) the ISO from a range of 100 to 1600, and you can have access to ISO 3200 & 6400 when you are shooting in the Semi-Automatic modes or Manuel mode. And there is a “secret mode” that allows you to shoot up ISO 12,8000 –  a special effect called “High ISO Monochrome” that uses ISO Noise as the effect.

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Photo: Namibia – shot with Nikon P900 by Xing Asia.

The P900 has a continuos shutter of 7 fps (frames per second) which allows the photographer to capture or panning fast moving subjects. Coupled with the long focal range, this P900 may seems like a good alternative to having a top of the line DSLR with a super-telephoto lens? Not really. Although it seems pretty close it, you should not compare it with say a Nikon D4s + 400mm F2.8 + 2x Tele-Convertor. There are limitations as one can easily point out that the P900 will not focus as fast a DSLR and getting sharp photos takes a little practice and a little getting used to.

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Photo: Namibia – shot with Nikon P900 by Xing Asia.

Since the Nikon P900 is designed and styled like a DSLR, we like the fact that the lens accepts 67mm screw-on filters and that further expands the creativity options on P900 – means you can also use special filters like GND, CPL or even ND filters. On the hand, it really feels solid and built for mild to level 3 abuse and having a fixed lens also means the possibility of having dusts inside the camera or sensor will be greatly minimized. The P900 is pretty light and compact so with all that we had mentioned above, we decided to pass the Nikon P900 to Xing Asia, our appointed travel agent for their recent trip to Namibia, Africa.

The Nikon P900 was passed to a few of the tour participants and let’s hear what they have to say about the P900 after using it in Africa.

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Photo: Namibia – shot with Nikon P900 by Xing Asia.

We were wondering what does 83x optical zoom do – with an equivalent of 24 – 2000mm in 35mm format. In fact, we will never imagine that this is even possible to be manufactured optically. On this trip, we were told about the beautiful landscape and the wildlife, so the Nikon P900 fits the trip profile completely with its wide angle that we can use for shooting landscape and the super-telephoto range that we can use to shoot wildlife comfortably. To our best knowledge, no DSLR lens with a 2000mm focal range is publicly available, and the Nikon P900 nails it.

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Photo: Namibia – shot with Nikon P900 by Xing Asia.

“The camera feels a little bulky (when compared to Digital Compacts), but still a smaller and lighter camera than most DSLRs. Honestly, it feels good when it hand-held and the large & DSLR-like handgrip makes handling the P900 comfortable. The articulated flip screen is also very useful when shooting from unusual angles, and we get to choose if we want to shoot using the EVF (Electronic View Finder) or via the 3 inch screen. However for those who wish to use the P900 for wildlife, we will advise shooting using the EVF as there is a need to bring the camera closer to the body to maintain balance and minimize handshakes.”

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Photo: Namibia – shot with Nikon P900 by Xing Asia.

“The P900 also offers the user flexibility on using the camera. For example, we discovered that there are actually 2 ways to zoom around the focal range. There is a zoom button (near the right index finger) and there’s another button on the lens barrel that is/can be operated by the left hand thumb. Very thoughtfully designed in our view. On the zooming, it is quite responsive, imagine zooming from the widest 24mm to the super-telephoto end takes merely 2 to 3 seconds!”

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Photo: Namibia – shot with Nikon P900 by Xing Asia.

“For a bridge camera, the AF is surprisingly fast, but to capture shots of animal moving, it takes a bit of practice and of course, the user have to understand how the P900 behaves too. From the photos that we had shot (published along with this article), we got lots of good keepers and we are really glad to have the Nikon P900 for this trip. And the best part, the Editor of Ourshutterjourney.com passed us ONLY the camera, battery and charger – without the Instruction Manuel. He remarked that he wants to know how easy it is to start using the Nikon P900. Lucky him, we found the menu to be easy to navigate and we found what we needed easily.”

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Photo: Namibia – shot with Nikon P900 by Xing Asia.


“While many will think that a lens that covers such a huge focal range (24-2000mm) and with a variable aperture of F2.8 to 6.3 will be slow – we will invite you to rethink of having a focal range of 2000mm at an aperture of F6.3, now that is not slow anymore isn’t it? And given that the P900 comes with the company’s proven VR (Vibration Reduction), you are technically given another 5 stops of advantage too. We took quite a fair bit of photos right at the 2000mm mark with shutter speed in excess of 1/500 – we got sharp and crispy photos, this is simply amazing!”

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Photo: Namibia – shot with Nikon P900 by Xing Asia.

“We were quite sad that the P900 only shoots JPEG and without the option for RAW. This is due to the flexibility of White Balance Adjustments but however, we found the AWB on the P900 to be pretty accurate. And if we want to manipulate the WB, there’s a dedicated WB button that is easily accessible on the back of the camera.”

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Photo: Namibia – shot with Nikon P900 by Xing Asia.

“As for the Battery Life, a full charge had us shooting about 320 shots which is pretty ok for a day’s use. If you are going to be out at the safari for more than a day, it is recommended to have a few spare batteries. Last but not least, we love what the Nikon P900 had produced and the image are of good quality. An easy camera to use and a powerful one in disguise. We are going to get our Nikon P900 when we are back in Singapore!”

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Photo: Namibia with Xing Asia, Irene Seet, Jian Wen & Sok Cheng, guest reviewers for P900.

“Thank You Ourshutterjourney.com,  Xing Asia & Nikon Singapore for the opportunity to test the Nikon P900!”

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About Nikon
Nikon. At the Heart of the Image. Nikon is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognised for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX compact digital cameras; Nikon sports optics as well as the Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lens system in over 50 countries.

For more information, please visit www.nikon.com.sg
Nikon Singapore Facebook Page www.facebook.com/nikonsingapore

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About Xing Asia.

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Xing Asia is a fully licensed travel agent by Singapore Tourism Board. We seek to provide exceptional value and authentic experience for like minded people to experience Asia and beyond through the eyes of our lenses. We differentiate ourselves by creating a platform for people to share and express their passion through immersing themselves in the local culture and lifestyles, befriending the locals and giving back to the community. Our mission is to ensure that your photographic travel experience expands your soul, refresh your perspectives and rejuvenate your spirit.

Join us for a journey of new beginnings, friendships and an enriching experience! For more trips & information, Please visit www.xing-Asia.com

 

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Upclose with α7 Series Professionals

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Upclose with α7 Series Professionals
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09th June 2015, Singapore Sony Singapore recently announced the Sony α7 series Professionals – hand-picked by Sony Singapore and we decided to request for an interview with these professional photographers. All 5 photographers are famous in their own right and area of expertise so it will be great to find out more about their thoughts on using the Sony α7 Series cameras for their works. There must be good reasons for them to adopt the Sony α7 series Full-frame cameras to complement the current system(s) and for some, to totally switch to Sony α7 Series (and them being early adopters) and we are curious and want to know why.

So we made a call to Sony Singapore and the next minute, we are on our way to meet the α7 series Professionals. Here’s the interview below with them!

Editor: Hi Guys, nice meeting all of you in person! I would like to ask a few questions about your personal experience with the Sony α7 Series Full-frame System, please feel free to share your thoughts with our readers, hopefully all of you can provide insights to what the rest of the world do not know about the α7 Series system. Here we go!

Editor
: First and foremost, may I know which photography genre(s) do you guys specializes in?

 

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Bryan: I am into Editorial work, portraitures, news documentation & everything else in between.

Chester: My fortes are Landscape & Time lapse.

Darren: Well I do Architectures & Cityscapes.

Edward: I specialize in Cityscape, Travel Photography.

Kelvin: I do Wedding Photography, family portraitures and almost anything that involves people.

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File Photo: Bryan van der Beek, α7 Series Professional


Editor
: That is very diversified! May I know, when using the α7 series cameras, how does it stack up or compare to the previous system(s) that you had been using for your photography works?


Edward
: For me, the size and the adaptability. In the past, I carry 2 full frame bodies around and the weight almost killed me. With the size & weight of the  α7 series cameras, I am able to move around with 3 to 4 bodies. Lenses wise, the  α7 series cameras allows me to use other brands’ lenses easily with an adaptor. As we know, every brand has their pros & cons, so with the α7 series cameras I can employ (exploit) the best lenses from any brand. Particularly, I like the focus peaking function that allows accurate focusing (even when using other brand’s lenses) α7 series cameras are really sexy and a joy to use.

 

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File Photo: Chester Chen, α7 Series Professional


Chester
: The α7 series cameras offer (almost) everything that my previous system has except that Sony had upped the notch with a vast improvement on key areas like ISO handling, the dynamic range and portability. My favourite has to be the in-camera apps like the Time Lapse, Light Trails & the Remote Shooting.

Darren: The α7 series cameras are notably much lighter than most Full Frame cameras available in the market right now. It couples with any lenses (with adaptor) from any brand – including legacy lenses and that opens up tons of great shooting options for me. It is in fact the most versatile system that any photographer can use today. I like the high resolution, dynamic range and the capability to capture a lot of details easily.

 

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File Photo: Darren Soh, α7 Series Professional

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Kelvin: For me, the size nails it. The α7 series cameras are compact thus making it very convenient to be carried around. For actual wedding days, the α7 series cameras is less intrusive and also less intimidating at the same time – especially to guests – so I am able to get most natural looking (expressions) photos. For pre-wedding assignments, I can climb or trek any landscape easily with the α7 series cameras – so light and compact! In the past, I would have succumbed to fatigue before I can complete my shoot. (grins)
*(All laughing)

To add, the α7 series cameras had also gotten the selection of lenses (focal range) right. The 35mm F1.4, the 55mm F1.8 and the 70-200mm F4 allows most photographers to use it for most commercial projects/ jobs.

Bryan: Haha, like the rest, the size. It is so much lighter and the compact dimensions makes the α7 series cameras really easy to carry around when compared to my previous systems. The other point worth mentioning is definitely the excellent image quality. I like the fact that the EVF (Electronic View Finder) offers real time exposure and the DOF rendering allows me to check the accuracy too.

 

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File Photo: Edward Tian, α7 Series Professional

 

Editor: That sounds very convincing, I am sure all of you are finding the α7 series cameras very enjoyable to use and has become a great help to achieving your intended results. Maybe all of you can share a bit on how the α7 Series cameras had helped you to create your work in a better way?

EdwardOK as mentioned earlier, I would say the overall package of the α7 series cameras has helped in many ways. But I would like to highlight again on the α7 series cameras’ compatibility with other brands’ lenses.  And because it also allows me to expand my creative options and explore many new possibilities at the same time.

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ChesterWith the α7 series cameras’ excellent dynamic range, I am now able to (typically) shoot lesser frames to achieve my intended end result. Personally I am the type of photographer who will try to get most of the “right” shot through the camera with a little help from using optical filters as that shortens the time required to produce the frames and this is very, very important for time lapse. On the operational side, the compact size and weight allows me to carry a few more bodies with me and I can use it to shoot other stuff while waiting for the time lapse unit to run on another body. This is flexibility at its best.

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File Photo: Kelvin Koh, α7 Series Professional

Kelvin: As mentioned earlier, the selection of lenses from Sony are already very relevant to what I am doing. I must highlight that after using the α7 series cameras, I find that the colours are easy to manage, further to that, it offers Wi-Fi transfer of photo files easily, making the process of editing and delivery faster with really good results. (My clients love it! ) On the editing process, it is almost the same with the work flow, so using the α7 series cameras does not change my work flow and I like it this way.

Darren: In my area of work, I use lots of specialized lenses. Personally my favourite combo has to be using the α7 series cameras with Canon’s tilt-shift lens – TSE 17mm F4L and with the insane 36 megapixel, I can do mammoth size prints too! To much extent, this combo helps me achieve many end results that I can only wish for in the past.

 

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File Photo: Bryan van der Beek, α7 Series Professional

 

Bryan: I shoot people a lot. And shooting people in their natural expressions & environment is a challenge. The α7 series cameras are small and when I am out there shooting, it doesn’t get in the way of other people and is not intimidating. The silent shutter is perfect – when people are less conscious about you shooting them, they became “themselves”. And the α7 series cameras also helped me blend myself into the surroundings – and it also helped when there are times that I need to pretend to be a tourist to get away from certain situations or to simply get a shot that I want.

 

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Editor: I am amazed. If I were to ask you to give me just ONE reason why the α7 series is probably the best camera that you ever own, what would that ONE reason be?

Edward: It’s hard to give you just one reason. However, it will be better to give you a One Package. It’s a package of 3rd party compatibility, compactness, in-camera functions and overall use-ability as a camera. (*blinks)

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File Photo: Chester Chen,α7 Series Professional

Chester: Agreed with Edward, it’s the package that I will give as “One Reason”. Everything about the α7 series cameras is just right from hardware to software. But if there is just ONE reason, I will say the ISO. It’s insanely good.

Kelvin: Size. For convenience at that. Whenever I am packing my equipment for an assignment, I will usually stare at my inventory and think really hard what gear to use. These days, I will just grab the α7 series cameras and go.

Bryan: I call it the “Undercover” camera. Go figure. (*laughing)

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File Photo: Darren Soh, α7 Series Professional

Darren: Well, there are just too many to mention. Far too many. If I am to sum it up into One reason, it’s going to be tough. I will say “just buy it”! 

Editor: You guys made me so tempted to get one more α7 (probably the α7M2) now! I am going to ask a pretty standard interview question now. Would you recommend the α7 Series to other photographers?

All together: YES!
(*All Laughs)

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File Photo: Edward Tian, α7 Series Professional

 

Editor: That’s a pretty uniform and expected answer, hahaha. Ok, lastly, is there (any) wish list that you hope that Sony will incorporate/ improve into the future α7 Series cameras?

Edward: Ok, I shall not hold back them (*grins) – I hope Sony can make a 3-in-1 α7 series cameras. A good example will be to combine the body of the α7M2 not forgetting the 5 axis image stabilizer, the crazy & seamless ISO handling of the α7s plus the silent “stealth” shutter, and overall improvements like better dynamic range over the current α7 series cameras (preferably over 15 stops of adjustments – hahaha). remove the AA filter and still has a 36 megapixel. Oh, if it also has 4K video recording too! Hope I am not too greedy! 
(*laughs really loud)

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ChesterI really wish Sony would open up the API (Application Programming Interface) for third party companies and developers to integrate their hardware devices and software applications for the α7 series cameras. One example will be instead of the simple wired Remote Trigger using the Multi port, provide for full control over the camera via commands – focus, iso, shutter, aperture, white balance, drive mode and more. I really miss having the PC Sync connectivity as a connector and this would help integrate with “other devices”. Perhaps allowing the development of third party PlayMemories Apps would negate the need for the extra hardware integration. Oh yes, like what Edward had mentioned, 4k Video will be a bonus!
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File Photo: Kelvin Koh, α7 Series Professional

Kelvin: Yes, agreed with Edward too! (Hope Sony) can give us a model that has the best of the best’s features from the current α7 series cameras. Further to that, I hope Sony can give us a battery that has a better battery life since the α7 series cameras uses EVF, battery seems to drain faster. I am also hoping for a wider range of Sony proprietary lenses like maybe a 21mm F1.8, 200mm F2.8 & a good macro lens that focuses fast. 

Bryan: Better ergonomics and hopefully Sony can consider adding a button for switching between the EVF and LCD screen. At the moment, we have to go inside the menu to make the change and it is kind of troublesome. And I am also hoping to have a “less smart” focus lock function (just like old skool DSLRs), the α7 series cameras re-focus every time when I shifted my position and it starts hunting every time I put it down and held it up again despite remaining at my same location and shooting angle, hope Sony can consider this, once focused, the camera can “remembers” the focused range and area, then stays there till I want to shoot again when I take aim.  

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Darren: I guess the guys had said it all. For me, I hope Sony can design and produce more specialized lenses for photographers like me. Seriously, a Sony Tilt-Shift lens will be really, really nice and appreciated. Sony – you listening?

Editor: Thank you Guys for your time! It had been a pleasure and my honour to be meeting up with all of you and having this exclusive interview for our readers. I am sure many of our readers will be inspired to get the Sony α7 Full-frame series cameras at this point. Thank you and I sincerely wish all of you all the bests and thanks again for your time!

All: Thanks!

Special Thanks to Sony South East Asia (Sony Singapore) for facilitating the interview and allowing this to happen!  You guys rocks!

 

About Sony Electronics (Singapore) & Sony South East Asia
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Sony Electronics (Singapore) was established on 1st October 1999 with business activities comprising engineering and manufacturing, sales and marketing, and logistics and information systems. As part of Sony Electronics (Singapore), Sony South East Asia is responsible for the marketing and sales of consumer products in Singapore, as well as for business and professional products in Singapore and other countries in the South East Asia region. It also handles export business for consumer products from Singapore to various parts of Asia. Since establishing our presence in Singapore in 1973, we have grown steadily over the years to become a leader in the consumer electronics market. For more information on Sony’s products and services in Singapore, please visit http://www.sony.com.sg/

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Pink Submissions #08 “Togetherness” Editor’s Picks

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Pink Submissions #08 “Togetherness” Editor’s Picks

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07th June 2015, Singapore – This is the 8th Pink Submissions by Pink Photographers Singapore (PPSG). This submission is specially done & selected in conjunction with the “SG50 Togetherness Photo contest” that is concurrently running and a project that is organized and managed by Bedok Reservoir-Punggol SG50 Committee. In fact all the entries entered into this #08 Pink Submissions are eligible to submit the same photos to the SG50 contest.

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Togetherness – means united, be it in a family, a cluster, a network or anything and it can be depicted in many ways, whether its bonding with family and friends, or having a good time with friends, multi-racial events, etc. So it is really up to your imagination and your interpretation! We have received a total of 152 entries this time of which, 41 were rejected due to relevance, but the remaining one are really good and we totally love the entries!

Before we go to the Editor’s Picks for this submissions, here’s some words from the Editor as well as the sponsor Cullmann & Red Label by Artist&Artisan Distributor for Singapore (Schmidt Marketing).

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“We wanted to see what & how local photographers interpret – Togetherness –  and we were thrilled with what we saw.”
AL, Editor.

“Togetherness may not be the easiest theme, but it takes lots of creativity to properly translate it into a photo, good job with the submissions ladies!”
Kenny Khaw, Schmidt Marketing Photo (Singapore).

Enjoy the Editor’s Picks (Selected entries)!
(Winners Announcement after the jump)
(Appearance not in any order)

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1) Togetherness – Joan Ng
“One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood.”
Joan Ng

2) Togetherness – Wee N Soh (Fione)
“Having fun together is the sweetest thing to do..”
Fione

3) Togetherness – Doris Ang
“Toast to SG 50″
Doris Ang 

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4) Togetherness – Alice Chia
“Together as a Family”
Alice Chia 

5) Togetherness – Magdalene Teo-Yong
“Girls Huddle”
Mag TY

6) Togetherness – Magdalene Teo-Yong
“Wheeling Good Time”
Mag TY 

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7) Togetherness – Magdalene Teo-Yong
“Nothing like National Day to bring the children together in color and spirit!”
Mag TY

8) Togetherness – Doris Ang
“Holding hands and bonding together” 
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9) Togetherness – Trisha Lim
“Let’s jump for joy together”
Trisha

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10) Togetherness – Joanna Ng
“Bunch of folks watching getai together”
Joanna Ng

11) Togetherness – Joanna Ng
“Park concert, watch together”
Joanna Ng 

And the Prize Winners for the #08 PINK SUBMISSION are!
– Proudly Sponsored by Cullmann Professional Tripods & Red Label by Artist&Artisan (Schmidt Marketing).

1st Place: Magdalene Teo-Yong
Photo: “Nothing like National Day to bring the children together in color and spirit!” 
Winner of Cullmann Magnesit Copter CB2.7 – Worth $34.90
Mag TY
Editor’s Note: We (judges and us) like this photo very much as the joy in the photo was felt through all of us during the selection and judging process. The theme Togetherness was brought alive with this photo with various races, all in the same red shirts and celebrating together as one nation and children being children, they are our next generation of pride and joy, this is Togetherness.


2nd Place: Wee N Soh (Fione)
Photo: “Having fun together is the sweetest thing to do..”
Winner of Artisan & Artist BPIN Purple – Worth $29.90
Fione
Editor’s Note:
The execution of this photo was easy but the message it carries means a lot. Doing things together is definitely a form of togetherness and importantly, it comes with unity and we were kinda creeped out when we realized every one in this photo was wearing a spectacles. We hoped these kids are not promoting Togetherness by playing smartphone games and tablets together too. (kidding k?) 


3rd Place: Doris Ang
Photo:“Holding hands and bonding together” 
Winner of Artisan & Artist BPIN Pink – Worth $29.90
Doris Ang
Editor’s Note: A heartwarming and touching photo of various hands holding on to each other together. This is probably one of the best way to interpret Togetherness. Our family comes to mind when we saw this photo and we totally love this photo!

Special Mention: Trisha Lim
Photo:“”Let’s jump for joy together” 
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Editor’s Note: A group of friends/ colleagues doing a jump shot together at the Barrage. We like the unity and the smiles on their faces. It is definitely one of the better interpretations of the theme Togetherness. We love this photo too! (but we only have 03 prizes – try harder next time!)

Congratulations to All the Winners & Those Who are on Special Mention!
Whether you won or not, please remember to join the main Togetherness Contest and stand to win CASH and Digital Cameras PLUS a chance to have your Photos Exhibited at Community & Grassroot Events in the Bedok Reservoir – Punggol ward.
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Winners will be Notified on the Collection of your prize via FB.
For those that didn’t win, please try harder next time.
Thank you for your participation Ladies!

Special Thanks to Cullmann Professional Tripod & Red Label by Artist&Artisan (Schmidt Marketingfor sponsoring the Prizes!

Till then, look out for the next #09 Pink Submissions!

Ed.

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Montage Photo Festival 2015

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Montage Photo Festival 2015
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Montage has grown bigger since inception in 1999. Montage 2015 invites you to participate in our annual photography festival consisting of a competition, 7 workshops, 2 seminars, and an exhibition!

As Singapore celebrates her golden jubilee and recollects the journey over the past 50 years, we too, have decided to bring Montage in line with this historically significant year of our nation.

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Thus, the theme of Montage 2015 is “Reminiscence: Moments Today, Memories Tomorrow”, walking participants down memory lane as they revisit places of their past, and relive experiences of their youth. We want to challenge participants not only to look back, but also to explore what the present and the future holds for them. The stories captured today, become the cherished memories of tomorrow. We hope to see participants sharing their perspectives of their lives through their lenses.

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A series of workshops and seminars have been catered specific to the theme of Montage 2015, featuring professionals of various fields in food, fashion and portraiture, street, architecture, darkroom processing, colour management, wedding, and photojournalism!

Submit your photographs, and join us for the events we have planned for this festival!

We hope to see you around!
For more information Montage 2015, check out our website at http://2015.montage.sg/
Purchase your tickets at our Montage 2015: Photo Festival PEAtix event page http://peatix.com/user/807177/view

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Namibia with Cullmann Concept One 622TC

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Namibia with Cullmen 622TC
Words by Ling.
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Photo: Ling with her camera mounted on a Cullmann 622TC at Henties Bay.

03rd June 2015, Namibia, Africa – Travelling with a tripod is probably one the biggest thing (or concern) that most travelling photographers think about before a trip. Apart from weight, the tripod taking up precious space in your check-in luggage is also a key considerable point. But then again there was never a perfect tripod. If you need a sturdy tripod, the tripod will likely look like a lamp post, if you want a light tripod, probably the tripod will be so shaky that your may have to tell you friends that there was an earth quake while you were doing your long exposure while overseas. Sounds familiar?

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Photo: Milky way at Waterberg Restcamp

Recently, when I visited Namibia, Africa, I was issued with a Cullmann Concept One 622TC (German Brand) – a full carbon fibre tripod (except the ball head which is a heavy duty aluminum unit) – and I was to use this tripod during my trip as part of a product review and testing for feasibility.  First, I had never heard of the “Cullmann” brand, secondly, it look a little too compact on first impression to the point I was skeptical if this 622TC tripod can even hold my Sony A99 (812gm) with a lens plus the wind force.

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Photo: Sunrise at Etosha Safari Camp

The Cullmann Concept One 622 TC weights a mere 1250gm (including the ball head mind you) and when fully folded, the longest length measures about 34cm and that is very space saving and weigh conscious. The 622TC is a full carbon fibre tripod and that means the build is very solid, when I was holding it, it does feels that it can take multiple abuses and able to hold my camera securely.

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Photo: Shipwreck at Henties Bay

This tripod extends to a maximum height of 136cm which is a very common shooting angle the lowest it can go is at 23cm – perfect for those low-to-ground shooting – so with a height extension range like this, it met most of the shooting criteria of most travelling photographers and this is just perfect.

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Photo: Dusk view of Swakopmund 

The 622 TC has a weight carrying limit of 5 kg. So what is 5kg? In simple terms, you can have a full frame camera (most full frame cameras) with battery grip mounted along with a lens that is about 400mm F2.8 and the Cullmann supplied ball head will hold your gear set up snugly without any issue or risk of dropping or “straying”. This is already one of the key point of having a tripod in the first place isn’t it? :)

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Photo: Milky way at Desert Homestead Lodge

Supplied with a short centre column, you can use the 622 TC and shoot just centimetres above the ground for that insane low-to-ground shot and it is easy to change the columns, i did it within seconds. Comes with an integrated liquid  bubble leveler, it just makes composing my photos so much easier and saves me time trying to find the correct horizon level too, the 622 TC is such a joy to use!

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Photo: Sunrise at Desert Homestead Lodge.

For those of you who does videa, you will be gald to know that the Cullmann Concept One 622TC also features a Ball head design with a separate horizontal clamping for video panning. This is definitely something very unique and well thought of for a tripod!

Throughout my trip in Namibia, I find the 622TC a joy to use and a great companion as compared to the tripods that I previously owned in the past. Light, compact, versatile, sturdy, strong – it is everything I ever need (and expected) from a travel tripod. Lastly, Cullmann offers a 10 year warranty on their tripods – get yours soon!

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Photo: Sunrise at Desert Homestead Lodge

You can get your Cullmann 622 TC from here. From my understanding, this is a very popular tripod at the moment and it is always sold out at the stores. I will personally advise you to call the dealers to ensure stock availability before heading out to purchase.

Thank you Schmidt Marketing Singapore for loaning me the Cullmann Concept One 622TC tripod. I love it very much! (So may I keep the tripod?)  :) – Ling.

About Schmidt Marketing (Singapore) Pte Ltd/ About Schmidt Group and Schmidt Marketing (Asia) Ltd. Schmidt-Marketing-Asia-logo
Founded in 1896, the Schmidt Group streamlined its distribution business into three independent business enterprises in 2001, forming Schmidt Marketing Asia Ltd., Schmidt Electronics Group Asia Ltd., and Schmidt BioMedTech Asia Ltd. Schmidt Marketing Asia Ltd. is one of Asia’s leading integrated distribution, marketing and service providers with a network of operations in Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, and Thailand. The company has been representing a number of  world famous photographic brands for many decades, including Artisan and Artist, B+W, Berlebach, Cullmann, Gami Light, Leica, Lenspen, Metz, Minox, Multiblitz and Nissin.. Since 2010, Schmidt Marketing Hong Kong has been developing beverage business, including Lucky beer, Harbour Estates icewine from Canada, German white and red wines from Domdechant, Jean Buscher and Sitzius wineries in Germany. For more information, visit our website at http://www.schmidtmarketing.com/ or LIKE us on our Facebook here.

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Samsung Ranked No. 1 Brand in Asia

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Samsung Ranked No. 1 Brand in Asia
Campaign Asia-Pacific Launches Asia’s Top 1000 Brands report 2015

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02nd June 2015, HONG KONG, CHINA – While Samsung’s sales may be under pressure, its reputation in Asia is holding up. Campaign Asia-Pacific‘s study shows, without question, Asia trusts the Samsung brand.

The major electronics maker once again claims the top spot in Asia’s Top 1000 Brandsreport from Campaign Asia-Pacific in collaboration with global information and insights company, Nielsen. The annual survey is the biggest and most influential of its kind, revealing which brands consumers value the most across the region.

Beyond the headline of Samsung’s hold on the top spot, there is an overall trend in this year’s ranking of luxury names falling almost across the board. In Asia this may be one of the biggest signifiers of an emerging markets becoming more mature — it could also signal the end of a luxury boom that seemed to have no end in sight.

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Asia’s Top 1000 Brands for 2015 also shows a rise in stature for many local Asia brands. Vietnam Air surged 87 places; Jollibee jumped almost 60 places; Softbank called in a 74 spot climb; and China’s Mengniu Dairy made a respectable leap of more than 100 places up in the ranking.

“This looks like the start of Asia’s brands growing from local heroes into regional giants and eventually onto multinational status,” said Jason Wincuinas, Managing Editor atCampaign Asia-Pacific.

A worrying sign for one of the world’s most well know and richest brands is a slightly slumping reputation in Asia. Apple fell (AGAIN!) this year, so while the company might be racking up a cash horde, Asia’s consumers are starting to show some fatigue. “This could also be interpreted as following the general trend of slumping luxury reputations,” Wincuinas adds.

The one name that has really bucked the trend of lowering luxury attractiveness is Chanel, which held its number nine place in the ranking again this year — and if the lines outside its stores in Hong Kong are any indication — that reputation looks like it could be solid for another year.

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Names like Samsung, Honda and Sony have global recognition and you’d expect to find them on any ranking of top brands. But for Campaign’s ranking you’ll also find local heroes, such as Watsons, Lotte or Air Asia making it into the top 50 or top 25 of our ranking.

“Actually I shouldn’t even call it ‘our ranking'; this is Asia’s ranking,” Wincuinas emphasised.  

“These are the brands the people all across Asia have told us are the best in their minds. And home-grown Asian ones are there alongside big global names like Coke or Nike. So the region’s overall recognition of brands that were once unique to just one market is definitely increasing.  Lenovo is one that ran up the charts by more than 20 spaces this year to land just short of the top 50; and its been making a charge forward for several years now. This was a company that was once little more than a contract manufacturer in China. Now it’s quickly becoming one of the most recognized brands in the world. That’s a fantastic story to find in the ranking and there is certainly more like that. WeChat is a name that didn’t even register outside China a couple years ago, now it’s making its way up the ranking too. Xiaomi is another. This measure of brand strength in Asia is more than a matter of marketing; it’s a cultural shift that’s bringing more of Asia to the world’s main stage.”

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In its 12th year running, Asia’s Top 1000 Brands aggregates data from an online survey that Campaign Asia-Pacific and Nielsen developed together. The report incorporates consumers in 13 key regional markets across Asia-Pacific: Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. To be representative of market populations, survey quotas target age, gender and monthly household income.

As one of the regions’s most anticipated top-of-mind brand studies, it encompasses 14 major categories (alcohol, financial services, automotive, retail, restaurants, food, beverage, consumer electronics, computer hardware, computer software, courier services, media and telecommunications, travel and leisure, and household and personal care) and 73 sub-categories.

BIGGEST GAINERS
Milo: jumped 143 places to reach #72 The brand created localised products for fast-growing markets, such as Milo ‘more malt, more milk’ in the Philippines and the ‘3-in-1 Easy Cool’ product in Malaysia and Singapore.

Acer: moved 45 spots to reach #78 At the end of 2014, Acer reviewed its global advertising, which on agency, Mother, had led since 2012, and now uses a series of local shops.

New Balance rose 144 places to #351; Hyatt +28; Asiana +68

MAJOR DECLINES
Singapore Airlines: slumped 20 place to #83 The airline faces tough competition from younger competitors such as Emirates, Qatar and Etihad (although SIA still tops the full-service airline sub-category).

Louis Vuitton: fell 11 spots to #49 Popularity has dwindled among core Chinese target audience, particularly Chinese travellers. 

Omega fell 43 places to #235; Porsche slumped 26 spots to #344

As a ranking derived from consumer attitudes, Campaign Asia-Pacific’s Top 1000 is the clearest measure of brand image in Asia. The names appearing on this list represent the labels, products and services that are most prominent in the minds of consumers across the region. That represents more than half of the world’s population, which is part of why this ranking is so significant even on a global scale.

The brands that make Campaign’s list are mostly global companies but many are local to Asia’s individual markets. All have put a firm mark on the memories, purses and wallets of the whole of Asia. These are the companies people think about, talk about and buy from. But it’s more than a popularity contest; it’s also a critical brand-health check.

Aside from identifying the top brands, the full study available in print and online versions of the magazine, also features expert analysis to help identify key commercial trends affecting brands across the region and in individual markets.

 About Campaign Asia-Pacific
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Campaign Asia-Pacific provides insights and intelligence into ideas, work and the personalities shaping the region’s marketing communications industry. It dives deeper into important subjects and presents the most compelling information that matters to businesses in the fastest-growing and most exciting communications market in the world across different multi-media channels.

http://www.campaignasia.com

About Haymarket
A truly global company, Haymarket publishes magazines, brochures, websites and digital content in 42 countries, working with 80 partner publishers in 29 different languages.

http://www.haymarket.com

About Nielsen
Nielsen N.V. (NYSE: NLSN) is a global information and measurement company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, television and other media measurement, online intelligence and mobile measurement. Nielsen has a presence in approximately 100 countries, with headquarters in New York, USA, and Diemen, the Netherlands. For more information, visit http://www.nielsen.com.

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Print on Anything

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Print on Anything
– Made Possible now with UV Printing

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Photo: Text Printed by UV Printing on this glass bottle keeper.

 

20th May 2015, Singapore – UV Printing is largely unknown or unheard of in Singapore. Originated from Japan, this latest printing technology is rewriting the possibilities of what you can print and what you can print on. In this sense, this process extends the possibilities beyond just photography. We will talk about that another day.

As for now, just imagine you can print on anything – expanding customization to the limits of today, UV Printing offers you more than just printing what you wanted, you can literally print on any object* or surfaces! One very common problem that most photographers (or a Marketing person) faces today is how to be different? Apart from the usual offerings that photographers can propose to their clients from the typical mugs, photo albums or the bored-to-death printed coasters, UV Printing is the answer.

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Photo: Customized Printing on a Glass Bottle using UV Printing.

The good thing about UV printing is, you can printing irregular shape objects and on most material surfaces. And the printing will last longer than you can imagine. Offering glossy ink or matte ink, the end product feels expensive and very well thought out. And that’s not all, the printing is like regular printing that offers an array of colors too!

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Photo: UV Printing on Eggs! Yes, Easters will never be the same again!

Even printing on a small object like the thumbdrive below (See the 10 cents coin as a comparison), UV Printing is super versatile and the options are endless! Wedding Couples can now choose more sensible table gifts for their guests, Corporate Clients can now choose over a few thousand items to give away rather than the usual office stationaries and in whichever format or whatever purpose, UV Printing seems like the next big thing that will catch on fast with the local and regional (SEA) markets.

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Photo: Tiny Thumbdrive UV Printed with a Photo.

 

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Photo: Customization has a new meaning with UV Printing.

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Photo: UV Printing done on Tiles!

So what exactly is UV printing and why it is so versatile? UV coatings, have lots of advantages over regular printing. One most distinctive property of UV Printing is, it give an insane level of high gloss levels, long lasting protective qualities and feel-good-to-the-hands touch. UV Printing is capable of special effects, and can be used as a form of high-end coating and that makes UV Printing almost invincible!

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UV printing uses special formulated inks and after printing, the printed area(s) are exposed to ultra-violet (UV) radiation, which helps to harden the ink instantly. At situations where the object must do without the coating, the UV inks (still) cure instantly, making it really easy to print on non-absorbent materials like plastic films or metal papers.

So looking at what UV Printing can do, we are off to change the landscape of Photography novelties (& corporate gifts) in Singapore. At the moment, we know of ONE Printing company that does UV Printing, they are D’ Print Merchant.

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Photo: Endless Possibilities for a high-quality printing on almost any object!

To Find out more, Click on D’Print Merchant Logo Below or here.
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α7 Through My Eyes

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α7 Through My Eyes
– Sony Launches “α7 Through My Eyes” Influencer Campaign for the α7 Series Camera‏

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18th May 2015, Singapore – Get ready to be transported into the colourful world of photography greatness through the eyes of five prominent photographers in Singapore. Sony’s “α7 Through My Eyes” campaign will bring together these photographers to share their expertise in the digital imaging space, in addition to showing their works taken using the acclaimed full-frame, palm-sized α7 series cameras from Sony.

From today onwards, a range of photos from these α7 series professionals will be uploaded onto the “α7 Through My Eyes” microsite in addition to their own social media platforms. Each of these α7 series professionals come from different photography backgrounds – from commercial to wedding – exposing photography enthusiasts to a range of shots taken using the award-winning α7 series cameras as well as knowledge on how they were achieved. They will also share their experiences using the full-frame cameras from Sony by answer questions about their photography skills and interests, available for reading on the microsite.

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α7 series professionals:

Bryan Van Der Beek (Commercial & Editorial Photographer)
Bryan van der Beek is an award-winning commercial and editorial photographer based in Singapore. A former Executive Photojournalist with The Straits Times, Bryan’s photographs are known for their artistic sensibilities, and they have been published in international publications such as Time, Newsweek, and The Washington Post.

Blog: http://www.bryanv.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bryanvphotography
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BryanVDB
Instagram: https://instagram.com/bryanvanderbeek/

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Chester Chen (Landscape Photographer)
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Chester Chen has lived and worked in Toronto, San Francisco and London. He now resides in Singapore with his wife and son. He shoots professionally at corporate events and is a founding member of Landscape Hunters Asia, a group of landscape and architecture photographers dedicated to sharing ideas.

Blog: http://jamcansing.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chester.chen?fref=photo
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jamcansing
Instagram: https://instagram.com/jamcansing/

Darren Soh (Architectural and Landscape Photographer)
Darren Soh is an award-winning photographer, most recently known for his win at the 2013 ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu Photography Award. A full time independent photographer, Darren has an interest in architectural and landscape photography. His works have been nominated at international photography awards, such as the Commonwealth Photographic Awards and the Prix de la Photographie in Paris.

Blog: http://www.darrensoh.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/darrensohphotographer
Instagram: https://instagram.com/darrensohphoto/
Edward Tian (Landscape & Cityscape Photographer)
A freelance photographer and automotive consultant, Edward Tian’s skills find strength in landscape and cityscape photography. His unique approach has landed him the first prize for the Marina Bay Singapore 2013 Countdown Photography Competition and 2014 CapitaLand-National Geographic Channel “Building People” Photography Competition. Alongside Chester, Edward is also a founding member of Landscape Hunters Asia.

Blog: http://edwardtian.prosite.com/390417/gallery
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adios

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Kelvin Koh (Wedding Photographer)
Kelvin Koh is the founder of Lightedpixels Photography and specialises in wedding, family, and personal portraits. Credited for popularising wedding photography in Singapore, Kelvin’s studio is widely sought after for his wedding destination shoots. Kelvin also conducts photography workshops and seminars on a regular basis, and is embarking on a regional workshop tour having just completed his first workshop in Tokyo.

Blog: http://thelightedpixelsblog.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lightedpixels
Instagram: https://instagram.com/lightedpixelsphotography/
For more information about the Sony “α7 Through My Eyes” campaign, visit http://www.sony.com.sg/ilc-professionals

About Sony Electronics (Singapore) & Sony South East Asia
Sony Electronics (Singapore) was established on 1st October 1999 with business activities comprising engineering and manufacturing, sales and marketing, and logistics and information systems. As part of Sony Electronics (Singapore), Sony South East Asia is responsible for the marketing and sales of consumer products in Singapore, as well as for business and professional products in Singapore and other countries in the South East Asia region. It also handles export business for consumer products from Singapore to various parts of Asia. Since establishing our presence in Singapore in 1973, we have grown steadily over the years to become a leader in the consumer electronics market. For more information on Sony’s products and services in Singapore, please visit http://www.sony.com.sg/

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The HUAWEI P8 Smartphone – Time Lapse Collection

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The HUAWEI P8 Smartphone – Time Lapse Compilation.

18th May 2015, Singapore – Following my announcement that I had been selected to participate in the Huawei P8 contest that is organised by Huawei Singapore, I took the P8 with me everywhere I go. Just last weekend, I tested a few Time Lapse handheld and I was pretty pleased with the result. Here’s a compilation of the few time lapse video that I had done using the Huawei P8.

#01 – Speeding Boats

#02 – Fast Food

#03 – My Selfie

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#04 – Rush Hour

#05 – Rush Hour II

#06 – The Avengers

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The HUAWEI P8 Smartphone – A Photographer’s Dream

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The HUAWEI P8 Smartphone – A Photographer’s Dream

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16th May 2015, Singapore – I was selected to participate in the Huawei P8 Smartphone contest and I had been issued the P8. So for the next 10 days, I will be putting the P8 through its paces especially the camera functions. Since I got selected partially because of my job as a commercial photographer, the P8 promises lots of fun – especially with its low light capability and high quality photo. So I will be back with more updates on that part.

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I was impressed with packaging as it does not feel”China-Made” but instead, it was closer to unboxing a smartphone from “One-of-the-European” maker. That apart, I must say that the packaging was well thought out and unboxing it was a surprise.

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The Huawei P8 feels really good on my hand and the phone build is solid and seems like it can take some really serious abuse. And using the P8 as a camera, I guess the designer would have thoughtfully incorporated the possible outdoor elements that a photographer will be braving against.

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Everything you need, a charger adaptor, a cable, earphones and the P8. Unlike smartphones from other brands, the P8 retail box seems like a good travelling organizer to bring along on trips. Next, will be to check out how good the phone is really is.

I will be back with more updates. Stay Tuned peeps.

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Last chance to enter Getty Images SG50 photo competition‏

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Last chance to enter Getty Images SG50 photo competition‏
– Just two weeks to go to enter Getty Images and iStock by Getty Images competition to capture authentic and diverse moments of daily life in Singapore

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15th May 2015, Singapore – There are just two weeks to go to enter Getty Images SG50 competition, which calls for entrants to #RePicture Singapore and capture the diversity of Singapore, family, friends, love, food, city and suburban life and more.  Launched in celebration of Singapore’s 50th anniversary of independence, the competition encourages local photographers to capture the real Singapore.

The contest runs until 31 May, 2015, and is open to semi-professional and amateur photographers, as well as creatives in Singapore. Judging criteria is focused on consistency with the theme, composition of the photograph, technical skills and authenticity. The winner receives  a fantastic GoPro Hero4 (approximate value of S$700), and has the chance  to join the Getty Images team as a contributing photographer, with access to and guidance from Getty Images’ global team of art directors and editors.

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Professional commercial photographer and Getty Images freelance photographer Nicky Loh is one of the judges for the SG50 competition and has provided the following top tips on how to take your photography to the next level:

1.     Always shoot something that you feel passionate about. Think hard about what your images are communicating; powerful photography always communicates a message.

2.     I love the light from 7am-8am and 5pm-7pm in Singapore. That’s when I usually get nice shots – try shooting around that time too. 

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3.     Open your senses to the mundane things and see the beauty in them. Invest a whole day walking around Singapore and surprise yourself with your findings.

4.     Don’t just shoot straight on! Challenge your perspective and point of view – shoot around your subject, not just from head height and middle distance. Get up close, get down on the ground, and get up high.

5.     Don’t be cliché and copy what’s out there already. Have an opinion of your own and show it in your photographs. Have we seen that approach before? Is it an obvious treatment? Change it up.

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Getty Images invites participants to share their imagery using #repicture – images that reflect the nation’s progress since 1965; Singapore’s pioneering spirit; and real-life with people of all backgrounds, gender, and age. Click here for more information about the competition, or visit http://competitions.gettyimages.com/en/competitions/singapore to submit your entries. You can view an inspirational Singapore video here:https://youtu.be/R38fOteFZHU

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About Getty Images:
Getty Images is the world’s leader in visual communication, with over 170 million assets available through its premium content site www.gettyimages.com and its leading stock content site www.istock.com. With its advanced search and image recognition technology, Getty Images serves business customers in more than 100 countries and is the first place creative and media professionals turn to discover, purchase and manage images and other digital content. Its award-winning photographers and content creators help customers produce inspiring work which appears every day in the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and online media.

Visit Getty Images at www.gettyimages.com to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of digital media in communications and business, and enabling creative ideas to come to life.  For company news and announcements, visit press.gettyimages.com, and for the stories, innovation and inspiration behind our content, visit Stories & Trends http://stories.gettyimages.com. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gettyimages , Twitter athttps://twitter.com/GettyImages, or download Stream, our free consumer app, to view and share the world’s best imagery. 

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Getty Images Collaborates with Instagram

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Getty Images, in collaboration with Instagram, launches photography grant to support photographers using Instagram to document stories from underrepresented communities around the world
– Three winners will receive $10,000 USD each, mentorship from a world-class Getty Images photographer and will be featured at the Photoville photography festival in New York City in September.

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11th May 2015 (Originally Announced 08th May 2015), Hong Kong — Getty Images, the global leader in visual communication, in collaboration with Instagram, today announced a call for entries for a new grant to support photographers using Instagram to document stories from underrepresented communities around the world.

Instagram has introduced new opportunities for emerging voices, outside the mainstream media, to create and share projects of social importance. The Getty Images Instagram grant provides financial support and mentorship to amplify their impact.

“Photographers in all corners of the world use the Instagram platform to share unique and authentic stories that otherwise rarely come into focus,” said Getty Images Senior Director of Content Partnerships Elodie Mailliet Storm. “Getty Images is guided by our belief in the power of pictures to move the world and we are excited to collaborate with Instagram on this grant to support and amplify new and important voices.”

Three winners will be selected based on the existing body of work represented on their Instagram account, focusing on the quality of their imagery, their photographic skills and on the project and stories told through their photos.

“We are inspired every day by the work being shared on Instagram by both established and aspiring photographers,” said Amanda Kelso, Director of Community at Instagram. “Photographers from every corner of the world are experimenting, stretching their creativity and offering diverse perspectives. This grant captures the global enthusiasm from photographers to continue to push their craft to new levels.”  

Applications will be accepted until June 4, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. GMT. Entrants can apply online at http://www.gettyimages.com/grants, where they will be required tosubmit a biography, brief description of their approach, style, the stories they have covered and how they would benefit from the grant.

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The judges are:

¾    Kira Pollack – TIME, Director of Photography, @kirapollack

¾    Malin Fezehai – World Press Photo-winning Swedish-Eritrean photographer, @malinfezehai

¾    Maggie Steber – award-winning American photojournalist and former Miami Herald Director of Photography, @maggiesteber

¾    David Guttenfelder – National Geographic Photographer Fellow, @dguttenfelder

¾    Ramin Talaie – Founder, @EverydayIran, @ramintalaie

The three winners will be announced in September 2015. Each will receive a grant of $10,000 USD and mentorship from one of Getty Images’ world-class photographers. They will also be invited to the Photoville photography festival in New York in September 2015, where Getty Images and Instagram will exhibit the grantees’ imagery.

About Getty Images
Getty Images is the world’s leader in visual communication, with over 170 million assets available through its premium content site http://www.gettyimages.com and its leading stock content site http://www.istock.com. With its advanced search and image recognition technology, Getty Images serves business customers in more than 100 countries and is the first place creative and media professionals turn to discover, purchase and manage images and other digital content. Its award-winning photographers and content creators help customers produce inspiring work which appears every day in the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and online media. Visit Getty Images at http://www.gettyimages.com to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of digital media in communications and business, and enabling creative ideas to come to life.  For company news and announcements, visit press.gettyimages.com, and for the stories, innovation and inspiration behind our content, visit Stories & Trendshttp://stories.gettyimages.com. Find us on Instagram at https://instagram.com/gettyimages/, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/gettyimages, Twitter athttps://twitter.com/GettyImages, or download Stream, our free consumer app, to view and share the world’s best imagery.  

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My Journey with Tamron

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My Journey with Tamron
– Post Event Photos by Susan Gwee
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Photo: The Tamron Journey-Makers. Photo by Susan Gwee.

 

03rd May 2015, Singapore Philatelic Museum, Singapore – Tamron Singapore & Ourshutterjourney.com co-organized an event titled “My Journey with Tamron” which Ourshutterjourney.com Founder/ Editor AL Lee shares why the brand is the “most misunderstood lens brand” in the world. AL shared briefly on Tamron’s history, the businesses that Tamron were involved in and the design legacy for their optical lenses. He also shared with the attendees on his personal Tamron gears and why he purchased them to what he uses these lenses for – from commercial photography to leisure, AL has a Tamron lens for every needs.

The Q&A was participated in a fun way and followed by a demo-test session where the attendees get to hands-on on their favourite Tamron lenses with the Tamron Product Specialists on site. The buffet spread was excellent and the attendees enjoyed the session very much – Thank you Tamron Singapore & Ourshutterjourney.com for the lovely and interesting Sunday. We are looking forward to more of such interactive and fun event!

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“Thanks Tamron Singapore for facilitating this event and partnering with Ourshutterjourney.com. I would like to Thank Everyone who came and made this Talk an astounding success. Hope everyone now understands Tamron better and hope everyone enjoyed themselves. See you again soon!”
– AL Lee, Speaker.

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Travel Light and Take Great Selfies with New High Performance, High-Zoom Compact Cameras from Sony

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Travel Light and Take Great Selfies with New High Performance, High-Zoom Compact Cameras from Sony!

 

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Photo: The SONY WX500 with class-leading 30x Zoom

* Cyber-shot™ HX90V and Cyber-shot™ WX500 offer ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens with 30x zoom; 18.2 effective megapixels Exmor R™ sensor; BIONZ X™ processor; Full HD video; Fast Intelligent AF; Optical SteadyShot® with 5-axis stabilisation
1 and 180-degree tilt LCD for perfect framing of selfies

* Cyber-shot™ HX90V features OLED Tru-Finder™ and Control Ring for professional style control and results 

07th May 2015, Singapore – Carry less, shoot more: two new travel and selfie-friendly cameras from Sony put fabulous holiday photo opportunities in closer reach this summer. The world’s most compact cameras in their class2, the Cyber-shot™ DSC-HX90V and DSC-WX500, are big on sheer picture quality plus plenty of easy-to-use pro-style functions.

Despite sharing a raft of technologies that deliver amazing picture quality, the two cameras offer distinct choices for photographers looking for a compact high-zoom camera. Both are built around extremely high quality optics with a ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 30x zoom lens and benefit from the power of an Exmor RTM CMOS sensor with 18.2 megapixels and BIONZ X™ processor. Separately, for the photographers who prefer to frame their shots more traditionally, the HX90V features a pop-up OLED Tru-Finder™ and a Control Ring that can be assigned to functions such as manual focusing or step zoom. The feeling of control when using the HX90V is further enhanced by a new ergonomic grip that guarantees comfortable handling in any situation.

For photographers who prefer to add perfectly-framed selfies to their repertoire, both the HX90V and WX500 have a 180-degree tilt LCD screen that allows easy retouching with Beauty Effect and “My Best Portrait” on PlayMemories Camera AppsTM, so you can see exactly how you will appear in your shots.

Despite their pocket-sized dimensions, both the HX90V and WX500 benefit from 5-axis image stabilisation1 which keeps pictures blur-free even when exploring the outer limits of the camera’s zoom range whilst shooting movies.

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ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* Lens with 30x Optical Zoom / 60x Clear Image Zoom
Packing a huge 30x optical zoom range into the tiny camera bodies, the high-quality ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens pulls friends and family, wildlife and distant scenes closer. The advanced design ensures impressively sharp, low-distortion images, even at high-zoom settings where budget optics struggle to main clarity and definition. Want to go larger still? Clear Image Zoom boosts magnification to a gargantuan 60x with Optical SteadyShot™ and 5-axis image stabilisation1, keeping handheld camera wobbles in check for crisper handheld Full HD videos.

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Exmor RTM CMOS Sensor with 18.2 Effective Megapixels and BIONZ X™ Processor
The subtlest details in any scene – even moonlit beaches and café interiors – are captured effortlessly by the back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor with 18.2 effective megapixels. Sony’s advanced BIONZ X™ image processor ensures stills and Full HD movies with incredible colours, richness, and realism.

OLED Tru-Finder™ Precision Electronic Viewfinder
Available only on the HX90V, framing shots on sunny days is a pleasure with the OLED Tru-Finder™ that pops up as and when needed. Images are bright, crisp and clear, with high contrast and vivid colours.

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High-resolution 180 degrees tilt LCD and Beauty Effects for Awesome Selfies
Top-notch selfies are a doddle with the 3.0-type LCD that tilts up to 180 degrees for comfortably-framed arms’ length portraits. The high-resolution (921k dots) monitor is also handy for composing and retouching shots with the camera’s built-in Photo Creativity and Beauty Effect functions.

Fast Intelligent Autofocus
The Fast Intelligent AF system on the new models has been inherited from Sony’s award-winning α7 series of cameras. An improved spatial object detection algorithm realises a more optimal and accurate lens drive to make autofocus even faster for capturing fleeting moments with ease.

Serious snappers will also appreciate extensive control modes, Memory Recall and a Control Ring that can be assigned to functions like manual focusing or step zoom.

Better-looking movies are assured by Full HD 60p/50p3 recording using the XAVC S4 format at 50Mbps. Rest assured that there’ll be no on-screen noise and artefacts, even when you are capturing fast-moving kids, pets or jet-skis. P/A/S/M modes give extra creative control over your video footage, while Intelligent Active Mode with 5-axis image stabilisation1 steadies image wobbles when you are following moving subjects.

There’s a built-in flash for low-light shooting, as well as Wi-Fi with NFC for One-touch wireless sharing of photos and movies on your phone or tablet. In addition, both the HX90V and WX500 is equipped with the high performance NP-BX1 battery that allows up to 400 photos to be taken on a single charge.

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Cyber-shot™ HX90V with GPS
The Cyber-shot™ HX90V adds GPS that automatically tags your shots and clips with location information to enjoy on a map using PlayMemories Home.

PlayMemories Camera Apps™ including “My Best Portrait” for a Great Selfie Experience
Shooting possibilities for both cameras can be expanded at any time with PlayMemories Camera AppsTM. For the Cyber-shot™ DSC-HX90V and DSC-WX500, three popular Apps – My Best Portrait, Smart Remote Control and Sync to Smartphone are available. Further information on these compatible apps is available at playmemoriescameraapps.com.

LCJ-HWA Body Case
Available in black, brown, and light brown, the optional LCJ-HWA body case with lens jacket and shoulder strap features a quality leather-style finish to protect either camera while offering a sure, stable grip. The smart design allows easy access while you’re out and about – shoot, adjust LCD angle or connect the USB multi terminal without removing the camera from its case.

The new Cyber-shot™ HX90V and WX500 high-zoom compact travel cameras from Sony will be available in Singapore from June 2015 onwards at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres and selected Sony authorised dealers.

For more details on the DSC-HX90V and DSC-WX500 please visit the following product pages:
1) DSC-HX90V: http://www.sony.com.sg/hx90v
2) DSC-WX500: http://www.sony.com.sg/wx500

1 In combination with electronic image stabilisation
2 DSC-HX90V: Among compact digital cameras with a built-in viewfinder and 30x or greater optical zoom lens, as of announcement date. DSC-WX500: Among compact digital cameras with 30x or greater optical zoom lens, as of announcement date. According to Sony survey.
3 PAL and NTSC is switchable through the menu system
4 An SDXC memory card with a Class 10 or higher speed rating is required for XAVC S recording.
5 Achieved by using “By Pixel Super Resolution” technology and overlay burst shooting

About Sony Electronics (Singapore) & Sony South East Asia
Sony Electronics (Singapore) was established on 1st October 1999 with business activities comprising engineering and manufacturing, sales and marketing, and logistics and information systems. As part of Sony Electronics (Singapore), Sony South East Asia is responsible for the marketing and sales of consumer products in Singapore, as well as for business and professional products in Singapore and other countries in the South East Asia region. It also handles export business for consumer products from Singapore to various parts of Asia. Since establishing our presence in Singapore in 1973, we have grown steadily over the years to become a leader in the consumer electronics market. For more information on Sony’s products and services in Singapore, please visit http://www.sony.com.sg/

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Launch of 50N 50

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Launch of 50N 50
–  a community collaboration project showcasing Singapore’s creative talents across multiple platforms

06th May 2015, Singapore – 50N 50 is a creative crowdsourcing project launched to commemorate Singapore’s 50th year of independence. A first of its kind, the multi-platform project aims to invoke and strengthen the identity of Singaporeans by tracing Singapore’s evolution from a post-war colony 50 years ago to a thriving first-world nation today. 50N 50 will feature creative works revolving around 10 different themes, ranging from HDB to transport to education to economy to people and more.

Creative talents in Singapore are invited to send in their works at (http://50on50.com.sg). The creative submissions can be in the form of music, videos, dance, animation, illustration, photos, and poetry, among others. 50 selected works will be curated and unveiled as a series of 10 webisodes on HISTORY and 50N 50’s platforms over a period of 10 weeks, starting from 8 August 2015.

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A joint initiative by CreativesAtWork, JellyFarm Studios and HISTORY (StarHub TV Ch 401), supported by SG50 Celebration Fund, 50N 50provides a valuable opportunity for the local creative talents to demonstrate their works and bring the international spotlight to the great places, people, and food in Singapore.

HISTORY is excited to be the Official TV Partner for this innovative project. This collaboration to commemorate the nation’s 50th birthday together with HISTORY’s localized programming further exemplifies our commitment to constantly create and curate interesting local content for our Asian viewers,” said Prem Kamath, Deputy Managing Director, A+E Networks Asia.

Besides showcasing Singaporean’s creativity to an international audience, 50N 50 sets the stage for Singaporeans to celebrate the nation’s 50th birthday in a uniquely Singapore way.

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About CreativesAtWork
CreativesAtWork is a media agency that brings together project owners and media freelancers from all over the world. With a strong network of media freelancers, CreativesAtWork provides a complete solution to every project owner’s media needs and requirements. From corporate branding and graphic design, to video production and post-production, to photography and talents, CreativesAtWork covers the entire chain of media skills. We provide both matchmaking and project management services to enable the smooth execution of our clients’ media projects.

Please feel free to visit us at www.creativesatwork.me.

About Jellyfarm Studios
Jellyfarm Studios is the brainchild of content creation machine, Persis Shanker who has been in television production for the last 15 years. Jellyfarm Studios serves to be a one-stop media consultation company that provides engaging content for the digital and traditional media platforms. With her intimate knowledge of what makes content work especially for audiences that are now heavily influencing what content needs to be made and how it is consumed, Persis brings to the table unique insights gained from years of local and global media experience.

About HISTORY™ and HISTORY HD™
HISTORY™ and HISTORY HD™ are the leading destinations for entertaining hit series and revealing, award-winning event specials that connect history with viewers in an informative, immersive and fascinating manner across multiple platforms. Programming covers a diverse variety of genres ranging from real-life characters who bring history to life every day, to natural history, contemporary history, technology and science, as well as archaeology and pop culture. Hit series include Kings of Restoration, Pawn Stars, The Vikings, Ancient Aliens, Duck Dynasty, Counting Cars, Hidden Cities Extreme and Ride N’ Seek. For more information, please visit:

Homepage: www.historyasia.com

Facebook: HistoryAsia

Twitter: @HistoryAsia

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About Singapore50
Singapore is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its independence in 2015.  It is a time to celebrate what we have been through as a nation, the little things that make us Singaporean and our hopes and dreams for the future.  Singaporeans can look forward to a variety of national and community programmes in the year-long celebrations. They are also invited to plan and organise their own activities, which could be supported by the SG50 Celebrations Fund. To guide and coordinate the plans for the 50th anniversary celebrations, a Singapore50 Steering Committee has been formed, comprising representatives from the public, private and people sectors.

For more information on SG50, please visit www.Singapore50.sg. 

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“Oil-Painting” Photography Class – by Charlie Lim

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“Oil-Painting” Photography Class – by Charlie Lim
– by the “Painter of Light”.

06th May 2015, Singapore.

Course 4 & 5 July

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About Charlie Lim  
FMPA (UK), FCTPC, FWPPM, Hon SCPC, SOE Nominee 2009

Charlie is a man of varied talents and foresight.  He is professionally trained in Advertising and Commercial Photography.  Discipline and perseverance are the pillars of Charlie’s success.  Talent and his passion for art are the brick and mortar that build his vision to blur the lines between photography and fine art.

Through years of research, Charlie has developed a new art form that he calls “Oil-Painting” Photography.  Charlie’s images dwell on the boundaries of fine art and photography.

In his portraitures, Charlie employs a Baroque approach of dramatic play of light and shadow where he ‘paints’ his figures in the dark with a light source. The results resemble Rembrandt’s paintings.  On closer look, the term “Light” is double entendre; Charlie captures movements akin to Degas’. His moving figures embodied a sense of lightness with a hint of surrealistic whimsy.  His subjects glide effortlessly along the frames, exuding mystery and beauty.

“Oil-Painting” Photography has propelled Charlie to international fame. He is much sought after and frequently featured in various media.

Since year 2008, Charlie had media coverage in at least 7 countries namely, Australia, London, Philippines, India, Vietnam and Singapore. His works were also featured in Vietnam TV in May 2014 and invited to have another live telecast in early 2015.

His latest achievement has to be the selection by the World Wide Art Books, publisher of the International Masters of Photography Volume II, a juried annual, invite-only art photography publication presenting noteworthy photographers from all over the world.  Each volume of this series presents the work of 100 noteworthy photographers from the world, displaying a cross section of what is happening in photography
in all its genres, worldwide.

Past Achievements:

2011

  • Featured in Asian Photography (Singapore) Magazine
  • International Speaker for WPPM Penang 2011 Alumni
  • Two of Charlie’s “Oil-Painting” photographs were nominated under the “Portrait” and “Nude” categories at the International Color Awards/5th Annual Photography Master Cup (UK) out of 11,321 entries from 83 countries.
  • Conferred the Title of Fellowship by WPPM (Wedding and Portrait Photography Malaysia)

2012 

  • Nominated by Ngee Ann Kongxi for “The Photographer of the Year 2012”
  • Featured in the Black Magazine, Singapore
  • Demonstration at “HR Summit 2012” by SPH CATS Recruit at Marina Bay Sand Convention
  • Featured at “Money Week” Media Corp (Channel U)
  • Demonstration on stage at the Success Resources Conference (Expo Hall)
  • International Speaker in Kuala Lumpur WPPM Photo Conference
  • Demonstration at Four Season Hotel (ACS Alumni ‘63)
  • “Oil-Painting” photography Demonstration on stage at the Global Social Innovator Forum (Singapore). Charlie had “painted” 30 selected international speakers.
  • Performed Light Painting Photography at 313@Somerset X’mas promotion for 9-days event.

2013

  • Invited to teach Fine Art Photography at South View Primary School (6 sessions).
  • Won another nominated award from the 6th Annual Photography Masters Cup (USA) selected from 86 countries and 8521 entries under “Fashion” Category.
  • Stage Performing at SAFRA Club (Yishun) in front of 600 people
  • Selected and published in the World Wide Art Books, publisher of the International Masters of Photography.
  • Invited to judge for 2nd France and Singapore Photographic Art Awards by Alliance Francaise de Singapour.
  • Demonstration on stage for Financial Services Managers’ Association (FSMA Annual Singapore Market Award)
  • Street performance to the public at the Art Festival organized by The National Museum.
  • Invited to perform on stage at Global Social Innovators’ Forum 2013 Gala Dinner for the 2nd Year.
  • Painted 28 individuals and 7 couples of the invited guests of David Morris in 2-days event at Fullerton Hotel.
  • Performed on stage at SILA – Singapore Landscape Architect Award at Grand Copthorne Hotel.

2014

  • Won another Nominee in 7th Annual Photography Masters Cup in Nude Category.
  • Won the finalists of the 2014 International Art Competition selected by the Jury for participation at the Highline Loft Gallery in New York.
  • Senior Care Golf Tournament Charity Event – Demonstration on stage with ESM Goh Chok Tong.
  • Performed and “Painted” over 100 guests including His Excellency of Korean Ambassy at Hyundai Genesis car launch.
  • Demonstration on stage at Wedding Showcase for Grand Copthorne Hotel.
  • Commissioned to perform at Dallas (Boat Quay) for WD – My Passport product launch. “Painted”
    40 media personnel.
  • Invited to demonstrate to 115 teachers, board of directors and admin personnel of North Spring Primary School for their Staff Retreat Day at Amara Sanctuary Resort.
  • One of Charlie’s work received a Bronze by the Judges of International Loupe Awards.
  • Invited by Arttour International Magazine to participate in their ATIM’s Top 60 Masters of Contemporary Art 2015.

2015

  • 2nd Interview by Vietnam TV to showcase his work.
  • Invited to give talk on “Oil-Painting” Photography to Tanglin Secondary School student CCA Session.
  • Performed on stage at Ocean Gallery @Resort World Sentosa,for Bruderer Presses and “painted” the Swiss Ambassador.
  • Won another 3 Nominee Awards at the 8th Annual International Color Awards of the Nude and Fashion categories among 7358 entries from 79 countries.

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Pink Submissions #07 “Everyday Adventures” Winners

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Pink Submissions #07 “Everyday Adventures” Winners
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Photo: The #07 Winners for Editor’s Picks. (LtoR) Miss Josephine Tang, Miss Susan Gwee &  Miss Jolvin Zhang.


31st May 2015, Singapore
– Recently Pink SG ran its’ #07 Submissions with the theme of “Everyday Adventures” and 3 winners were picked by the sponsor (Cathay Photo Store) & our Editor  from a total of 219 entries.

1st Prize – Susan Gwee “Daily Commute”
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“Daily Commute” 
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2nd Prize – Jolvin Zhang “Heavy Traffic”
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“Heavy Traffic”
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3rd Prize – Josephine Tang “Peak Hour”
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Josephine Tang

Congratulations to the Winners for this round!
Keep up the Good Work!

Thank you Cathay Photo Store for the kind sponsorship!

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Leica Akademie Travel Photography Workshop – Bhutan

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Leica Akademie Travel Photography Workshop – Bhutan
Travel Photography Workshop exclusively organised by Leica Camera Asia Pacific

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25th April 2015, Singapore

Travel Photography Workshop exclusively organised by Leica Camera Asia Pacific

Depart: 24th May 2015 (Sunday)
Return: 30th May 2015 (Saturday)
Price:  SGD4450 (Twin) / SGD4850 (Single)
Group Size : 8 (min) / 12 (max)

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Hightlights:

  • Year 2015 is declared by Royal Bhutan Government as “Visit Bhutan Year 2015” to celebrate the 60th birth anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo
  • Led by Michael Lee, a qualified UK Master Photographer (MPAUK) and Leica Akamedie instructor, who was invited by Tourism Council of Bhutan and DrukAir Royal Bhutan Airline to photograph Bhutan in Year 2014
  • Unique itinerary and opportunity for special arrangement with private access to visit and photograph inside few monasteries and dzongs
  • International flight from Singapore and one way domestic flight to Bumthang, an eastern countryside town which is considered as the spiritual heartland of Bhutan
  • Road drive from Paro to Punakha, the most historic and beautiful valley

Click to browse the album and video from previous trip.

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