Pink Submission #13 “ToyArt-Creativity Unleashed” Editor’s Picks

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Pink Submission #13 “ToyArt-Creativity Unleashed” Editor’s Picks

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02nd February 2016, SingaporePINK Photographers Singapore (PPSG) – the 13th Edition of Pink Submissions revolves around an interesting and upcoming trend of shooting (photographing) toys. Following our ToyArt Workshop last month, Toy Photography is all about managing ratio, selecting the right toys, choosing an appropriate background and many experimentation – to get that one perfect shot while while creating a realistic scene with an unreal subject.

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From the 1000+ entries (Combined) that we had received, including those who had hashtagged us on Instagram and some from emails (people with no Facebook account), this theme attracted all sorts of toy images. We asked all submissions to be  captioned & hashtagged (#pinksubmissions13 + #ourshutterjourney + #toyart ) but sadly many nice works were rejected as they failed to meet the required conditions. (Reading instructions is important people!)

Together with the judges (Sponsor), We have selected the below images that best represent this theme and several things were considered before the image made it here. From compositions, exposure, image quality and clarity to final delivery and captions. Before we get to the selected entries, let’s hear what the sponsor Alan Photo Trading  & the Editor AL have to say about the entries.

“ToyArt is not about just placing a toy in front of the camera and shoot. I had said this many times during my workshops but still many failed to understand the logic of it all. However, this round submission I saw some really cool works and I am impressed. While sadly, many nice images were rejected due to missing captions or inappropriate captions. Please try harder ladies!
Those who had their images made it here, Congrats and Good Job!”
 AL, Editor.

“We never knew that ToyArt or Toy Photography has such a huge following in Singapore. Shutter Journey & Pink Photographers are definitely the market leaders for this art and from the entries received, we ended up looking at each image longer than expected. We simply got transported to another world – an interesting and cute world to be exact. Nice work Pink Ladies!”
– John Chong, Alan Photo Trading.

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

Pink Submission #13 “ToyArt” Editor’s Picks

Selected Featured Entry #01
Title (Caption): Rock “N” Roll.
Photographer: Adelene Ng
Editor’s Note:
“What looks like a exercise machine or bicycle became the stage for this figurine. The lines & the colors was creatively used which perfectly fit the figurine & its guitar.”
– AL.

adelene ng Caption Rock n Roll

 

Selected Featured Entry #02
Title (Caption): I am Tired, But I won’t give up.
Photographer: Alice Chia
Editor’s Note:
“A few Danbos placed on an inclined root of a tree while creating a storyline that these Danbos are trying to get to the top. Simple yet meaningful.”
– AL.
alice chia I am tried but I wont give up

 

Selected Featured Entry #03
Title (Caption): We Are In It Together.
Photographer: Alice Chia
Editor’s Note:
“Similar to the previous entry, it employs the same concept, but creatively done. An additional pebble was noted to create the height difference making this shot even more creative and powerful than the previous entry by Alice.”
– AL.
alice chia We are in it togather

 

Selected Featured Entry #04
Title (Caption): You Need Patience to draw the love out of someone.
Photographer: Alice Chia
Editor’s Note:
“A 3rd entry by Alice Chia was selected again for her creative use of Yotsuba scribbling a love shape and matching captions. Good Job Alice!”
– AL.
Alice chia You need patience to draw the love out of someone 


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Selected Featured Entry #05
Title (Caption): The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promised to keep and miles to go before I sleep – Robert Frost
Photographer: Celestine Lim
Editor’s Note:
“Good quoted caption and placement of this Lego figurine, nicely delivered!”
– AL.
Celestine Lim The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promised to keep and miles to go before I sleep - Robert Frost

 

Selected Featured Entry #06
Title (Caption): A Day at the Park.
Photographer: Cheryl Lincoln
Editor’s Note:
“A simple depiction of a typical scene at the park. Although the shot was a little under-exposed, the PlayMobil figures are well-positioned and recreated the scene nicely.”
– AL.
cheryl lincoln A day at the park

 

Selected Featured Entry #07
Title (Caption): Out On Tour.

Photographer: Cheryl Lincoln.
Editor’s Note:
“Another interesting entry from Cheryl. Using PlayMobil figures, this scene is depicted with a figurine on a wheeler-walker at a monument. Great shot!”
– AL.

cheryl lincoln Out on tour

 

Selected Featured Entry #08
Title (Caption): I Am Anti-Dengue Ambassador

Photographer: Soh Chui Lian
Editor’s Note:
“Using the recent & trending Pose-able Skeleton figurine, Chui Lian created quite a fair number of images with this figurine. This entry is one of those really interesting one.”
– AL.

chui lian I am anti-dengue ambassador


Selected Featured Entry #09
Title (Caption): Smoking is Injurious to Health.

Photographer: Soh Chui Lian
Editor’s Note:
“Using the same poseable skeleton, this time Chui Lian pair it up with an incense holder in the form of a person smoking. The caption are ticklishly hilarious!”
– AL.
Chui Lian Smoking is injurious to health

 

Selected Featured Entry #10
Title (Caption): I love to be surrounded by these beautiful flowers!

Photographer: Tan Hui Hui
Editor’s Note:
“Using the bright and colorful pink Bougainvillea bush as a secondary subject & background, this Minion is delighted – as always. Nice contrasts of colors and sweet tones across the image!”
– AL.

huihui i love to be surrounded by these beautiful flowers

 

Selected Featured Entry #11
Title (Caption): Help! I am locked up here with a Doggy!

Photographer: Janet Toh
“Good Fenced-up perspective of 2 toy pet figurines and humorous caption! Although we know most Dogs & Cats can’t get along, it sure get more dramatic when one of each are being locked up together – chaos ensured.”
– AL.

janet toh Help, I am locked up here with a doggy

 

Selected Featured Entry #12
Title (Caption): Feeling Emo. Time to Self-Reflect.

Photographer: Joanna Ng
“Coming from a Toy Photography expert, Joanna Ng is known for her creative work with toys. This below image shows Yotsuba kneeling down in front of a pool of puddle and certainly looked emo. Well done Joanna!”
– AL.

joanna ng emo feeling, reflect on self

 

Selected Featured Entry #13
Title (Caption): Shelter Yourself from the Storm

Photographer: Joanna Ng
“Another interesting image from Joanna Ng. Here, a Danbo is holding on a leave in its attempt to shelter himself from the rain and right at the foot of a tree – simply brilliant & creative!”
– AL.

joanna ng Shelter yourself from the storm

 

Selected Featured Entry #14
Title (Caption): Rain, Rain, Go Away.

Photographer: Cindy S. (Muse2)
“We do not know if the rain is real, however this is creative level 99. We simply love this shot!”
– AL.

Muse Rain, rain, go away!

 

Selected Featured Entry #15
Title (Caption): I Think I Need a Boat.

Photographer: Nicole Teo
“Nicole placed the Lego Stormtrooper figurine on a stone while (we suspect rain water) surrounded by ‘deep’ water – yeah, he need a boat!”
– AL.

Nicole Teo I think I need a boat.

 

Selected Featured Entry #16
Title (Caption): Chilling against the wall and watching the world go by.

Photographer: Long Siow Leng
“We were told that Siow Leng is kinda new to ToyArt and what surprised me more was 3 of her entries were picked from the pool of submissions. Here, Yotsuba is depicted as ‘leaning against a wall’, nicely angled and nicely delivered.”
– AL.

siow leng Chilling against the wall and watching the world go by

 

Selected Featured Entry #17
Title (Caption):  Hello there! During Evening walk against a setting sun.

Photographer: Long Siow Leng
“Another excellent shot of Yotsuba strolling around a HDB estate, with flowers (ixora) and waving Hello! to everyone! Nicely delivered!”
– AL.

siow leng Hello there  while walking in the evening with the setting sun

 

Selected Featured Entry #18
Title (Caption): Laid To Rest.

Photographer: Long Siow Leng
“Using the Poseable Skeleton, Siow Leng arranged some pebbles and flowers and depicted an open grave where the skelly seems to be enjoying himself, totally laid back and resting. This is definitely not the work of a photographer who is new to Toy Photography!”
– AL.

Siow Leng Laid to rest

 

Selected Featured Entry #19
Title (Caption): Found someone who loves flowers as much as me.

Photographer: Susan Gwee
“Susan had won prizes before in the past Toy Photography Competitions and we are not surprised that her work got picked up by our sponsors this round. The Danbo right in front of a Butterly perching on a flower – just perfect!”
– AL.

Susan Gwee Found someone who love the flower as much as I do...

 

Selected Featured Entry #20
Title (Caption): Cooling Day for Shooting Outdoor Family Portrait.

Photographer: Trisha Lim
“A family of bunnies from the Sylvanian Families series, posing against the soon-to-be-demolish Rochor Centre colorful government housing. We like this scene!”
– AL.

Trisha lim Cooling day for a family portrait shoot

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And the Winners are!!!!

1st Place – Laid to Rest
Photographer: Long Siew Leng
Editor’s Note: When the Judges (Sponsor) sent me his selection, this photo already caught my eyes but simply cannot remember where I saw it – then I remember, it was by Siow Leng! The creativity for this image is beyond most people and if I am to put it in words, Siow Leng is a genius! Very nicely done and we love it!”
– AL.
Congratulations Siow Leng!- You’ve Won a Casio SHEEN (Gold Color) Watch!
* Battery NOT Included. (Sorry have to put this due to past bad experience.)
Siow Leng Laid to rest

 

2md Place – Rain, Rain, Go Away!
Photographer: Cindy S. (Muse2)
Editor’s Note: “This is Cute Cute Cute! Adding effects such as rain (or is this real??) does increase the storyline level in your toy photos, in this case, Cindy had done it right. We like how the scene is depicted and that look on the Danbo sitting on the ground! There’s so much warmth in this image, nice work Cindy!”
– AL

Congratulations Cindy S!- You’ve Won a Casio SHEEN (Gold Color) Watch!
* Battery NOT Included. (Sorry have to put this due to past bad experience.)
Muse Rain, rain, go away!

 

3rd Place – You Need Patience to draw the love out of someone.
Photographer: Alice Chia
Editor’s Note: “When I found out this shot was from Alice Chia, I am not surprised, she had been pursuing toy photography all these while and there are mark improvement in her work. Although she is known to place toys of varying ratio together, there are also times where she produces high quality image like this winning entry! Keep it up Alice!”
– AL.
Congratulations Alice!- You’ve Won a Casio SHEEN (Gold Color) Watch!
* Battery NOT Included. (Sorry have to put this due to past bad experience.)

Alice chia You need patience to draw the love out of someone 

 

1st Special Mention – Out on Tour.
Photographer: Cheryl Lincoln.
Editor’s Note: “Well composed, right place, right toy, right time. Need me say more?”
– AL.
Congratulations Cheryl!- You’ve Won a Casio SHEEN (Silver Color) Watch!
* Battery NOT Included. (Sorry have to put this due to past bad experience.)
cheryl lincoln Out on tour

 

2nd Special Mention – Cooling Day for Shooting Outdoor Family Portrait.
Photographer: Trisha Lim
Editor’s Note: “OK, I was at the same outing, but little I expect the shot to turn out so nice and eventually got selected by the judges (Sponsor). Well deserved Win!”
– AL.
Congratulations Trisha!- You’ve Won a Casio SHEEN (Gold Color w Leather Strap) Watch!
* Battery NOT Included. (Sorry have to put this due to past bad experience.)
Trisha lim Cooling day for a family portrait shoot

ALL Prizes are Proudly Sponsored by Alan Foto!

All Winners Will Be Notified via FB Messenger on the Collection Details.
Congratulations Ladies!

Special Thanks to Alan Photo Trading for sponsoring the prizes!
For those that didn’t win, please try harder next time.
Thank you for your participation Ladies!

Join PINK Photographers Singapore (PPSG)’s Next Upcoming (Photo Outing)! Click here for more details!

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Pink Submissions #13 “ToyArt – Creativity Unleashed”
(Read carefully – any condition not met your entry will be disqualified!)
As mentioned in my workshop, ToyArt is not about having the toy in front of you and shooting it. You have to manage the ratio and the angle of view. In this Pink Submission #13, not only you have to shoot a toy, you have to creatively present it. I am sure you Ladies can do it!

Prizes this Round – Sponsored by Alan Foto
And We Have managed to secure another 05 Watches to Give Away!
(1st Prize, 2nd Prize, 3rd Prize, and 2 prizes for Editor’s Mention!)

*All Submissions must be captioned & hashtagged
#pinksubmissions13 + #ourshutterjourney + #toyart
Submission Deadline: 28th January 2016. 6.00pm
Prize Collection will be on 30th Jan at our event.
Good Luck Ladies!

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Beautiful Bali 2016 (Photography Trip)

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Beautiful Bali 2016 (Photography Trip)
with Editor Allan Lee
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Image: AL Lee, Editor, Commercial Photographer & Tour Leader.

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21st January 2016, Singapore – Jointly Organized by Punggol CC Photography Group  & Ourshutterjourney.com, the group will be visiting beautiful destinations in Bali that are well worth a visit this lifetime. Packed with a photography-intended itinerary, this is the trip that will work your shutter and get to learn from our Editor & Commercial Photographer – Allan Lee at the same time.

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Image: Nusa Dua

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Allan Lee, a Certified PA Trainer (CPA) for Photography and member of Royal Photographic Society of UK, is not new to Bali. Having done assignments at Bali for several resorts and hotels including Ayana Resort, Allan will take you through this trip with many shooting tips while visiting this beautiful and exotic island in Indonesia.

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Image: Goa Hajah aka Elephant Cave Temple.


DSC05084.JPGImage: Ulun Danu Beratan Temple.

 

Trip Information.
Instructor & Tour Leader: Allan Lee (CPA, RPS)
Tour Agency: New Shan Travel
Price: $1188 pax (Twin Sharing)

1) Travel Date:
– 01st July to 04th July 2016
– Bali Indonesia (Denpasar DPS)
– Departure 01st July from SGP morning
– Return 04th July from DPS late afternoon.
– Pax: 20 MAX

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2) Hotel Inaya Putri Bali 5 Star

3) Tour
Day 1:
– Arrival & Transfer
– Check-in + Lunch
– Kecak Dance Performance
– Uluwatu Temple, Uluwatu
– Jimbaran Beach, Uluwatu (Dinner)
– Free & Easy

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Day 2:
– After Breakfast
– Tegalallang, Ubud
– Mount Batur Volcano (Lunch)
– Ubud Palace, Ubud
– Goa Gajah, Ubud
– Dinner
– Free & Easy
– Photo Critique

Day 3:
– After Breakfast
– Bali Denpasar Museum
– Bajra Sandi Monument
– Lunch
– Taman Ayun Temple
– Tanah Lot
– Badung
– Dinner
– Free & Easy

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Day 4:
– After Breakfast
– Explore Hotel Surrounding & Facilities.
– Free & Easy
– Lunch
– Check Out
– Transfer to Airport DPS.

Important Note:
– Please note that the suggested itinerary above may be modified by the tour agent to make some sense.
– All meals stated above inclusive.
– Fares includes Airfares (Not Budget), Hotel (5 Stars), Transfers & Instructor Fees.
-More details to come. First Come First Served. No reserves, No maybes.

 

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Image: Tengalalang. (Padi Terrace)

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Pre-Trip Briefing – 24th June 2016 7.30pm at Punggol CC.
Post-Trip Photo Critique, Competition and Judging 15th July 2016.
Many Prizes to be Given Away.

Those who are keen please email media_world@live.com to book!

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Sony Enhances Ultra High-Speed Media Offerings

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Sony Enhances Ultra High-Speed Media Offerings with
New XQD & SD Cards and World’s First XQD/SD Card Reader.
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Fast and Reliable, New High-Performance Media Options Provide More Flexibility and Convenience for the Changing Demands of Today’s Professional Photographers and Videographers.

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Image: Left QD-M128 & Right SF-M128.

18th January 2016, Singapore – Sony is expanding its lineup of memory card options for professionals to include newer and faster XQD and SD media, as well as card readers for the XQD and SD formats, and an XQD USB adapter, all designed to support the latest high-performance DSLR cameras like Nikon D5 or D500.

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Sony’s XQD-M series provides users ultra-high data transfer speeds of up to 440MB/s (read) and 150MB/s (write) for stable burst shooting, and the ability to backup 64GB of data in approximately 3 minutes, when using Sony’s newest card reader technology. The XQD format’s unique and robust structure, featuring card thickness and pin protection, and a tough, reinforced outer case is made for reliable use.

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In addition, Sony’s newest SD cards, SF-M series, are UHS-II supported cards optimised for digital imaging devices including professional, DSLR and mirrorless cameras. With high-speeds up to 260MB/s (read) and 100MB/s (write), SF-M series contributes quick data transfer to and from a PC with Sony’s new UHS-II supporting card reader, which maximises SF-M series’ performance.

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Both new media offerings are extremely dependable and durable, dust-proof, X-Ray proof, anti-static and magnet proof to protect the most sensitive photo and video content. Downloadable File Rescue Software aids in the recovery of photos and videos that may have been deleted, including RAW images, MOV files and 4K XAVC-S video files.

In conjunction with the new card options, Sony is introducing the world’s first XQD/SD card reader, model MRW-E90, which supports reliable, ultra-high speed data transfer to a PC from all XQD series and UHS-II SD cards, eliminating the need for multiple adapters and readers.  The new card reader also supports SuperSpeed USB (USB3.1 Gen. 1). Sony developed the E90 together with Sony’s XQD and SD cards, which optimises reliability and ensures the cards will be well matched, offering professionals the best performance.

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MRW-E90.

QDA-SB1 is a USB XQD adapter compatible with the M and G Series XQD cards. The adapter is streamlined to occupy only one USB port, and comes with an extension USB cable.

In addition to the new XQD-M series, Sony offers XQD-G series which is able to record up to 200 frames in continuous burst shooting with the latest high-speed cameras including models like Nikon’s D5[1].

Thus, Sony continues enhancing its memory cards ideal for high-performance digital imaging devices to fulfill the wider variety of need from customers.

[1] FX format 14bit lossless compressed RAW mode. For details, visit http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/index.htm.

The new XQD-M series and SF-M series will be available at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres and selected Sony authorised dealers from February 2016 and March 2016 respectively.

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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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SIGMA DP Quattro Introduction Workshop

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SIGMA DP Quattro Introduction Workshop

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15th January 2016, Singapore – Sigma Marketing, a subsidiary of Sigma Japan is conducting a special introductory workshop for the DP Quattro. This monster of a camera is well known for its resolution (39 megapixel) & its APS-C Foveon X3 Quattro sensor.  Replacing the Merrill versions, the Quattro is a different breed altogether.

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For those new to the DP series, the DP Quattro is a line of professional-spec of digital compact cameras catering to the various needs of photographers. The DP0 Quattro features a 14mm (21mm) ultra-wide angle focal length for landscape and interior photographers, the DP1 Quattro  features a 19mm (28.5mm)wide angle that is well loved by travel photographers and nightscape shooters, the DP2 Quattro comes with  a standard 30mm (45mm) lens that covers most generic photography genres and probably the best walkabout Quattro and lastly the DP4 Quattro comes with a 50mm (75mm) focal length and the best portrait compact you can buy today.

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Image: (File Photo) David Yeo Kim Huat, Professional Photographer.

The guest speaker is none other than David Yeo, a professional photographer based in Singapore and an active member of the Photographic Society of America. So this is your chance to hear from the man himself and learn more about the Sigma DP Quattro series.

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This workshop will be conducted at:

Sigma Singapore office, 
3791 Jalan Bukit Merah
#07-19/20 E-Centre@Redhill
S(159471) SINGAPORE

Date: 23-Jan-2016 (Sat)
Time: 11.00 am to 12.30 pm

So if you are keen to attend this special workshop by Sigma Singapore,
please email to : rbteow@apds.com.sg to RSVP.

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IMPORTANT NOTE:
** Sigma had re-organized their whole lens line into 3 category.
They are “C” Lens, “A” Lens & “S” Lens.

C Lens = Contemporary Lens Line
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Featuring the very latest technology, and combining optical performance with compactness, Sigma’s high-performance Contemporary line covers a wide range of needs. Lenses in this category are Standard zoom lenses, telephoto zoom lenses, high-magnification zoom lenses.

A Lens = Art Lens Line
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Designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance and abundant expressive power, Sigma’s Art line delivers high-level artistic expression. Lenses in this category are Large-aperture prime lenses, wide-angle lenses, ultra-wide-angle lenses, macro lenses, fisheye lenses.

S Lens – Sports Lens Line
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While offering sophisticated optical performance and expressiveness, SigmaSports line lenses deliver high action-capture performance, enabling photographers to get exactly the shots they want. Lenses in this category are Telephoto lenses, telephoto zoom lenses, super telephoto lenses, super telephoto zoom lenses.

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Sigma Marketing Singapore Pte Ltd. is a subsidiary of Sigma Japan Corporation.

For more information, please visit http://www.sigma-global.com

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The Sigma DN Monsters – Part 2

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The Sigma DN Monsters – Part 2
– Featuring Robing Ng as Guest Reviewer

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Image: Guest-Reviewers (L) Trisha Lim & (R) Robing Ng.

08th January 2016, Singapore – Like the new Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART which we had published in Part 1, the popular Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN EX gets its ART upgrade too. Now it is formally known as the Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN ART. With the focal range, most mirrorless systems will get an effective focal range of 120mm while the Sony E Mount gets 90mm. For this lens, we invited Robing Ng to be our guest reviewer doing the review side by side with Trisha Lim.

Although the 60mm ART looks like a taller twin to the 30mm, well it almost is. Sharing the same full metal construction, the lens exterior is identical with the 30mm with a simplistic and no-fuss design. Although slighly taller at 60.8mm x 55.5mm, it is still very compact for a lens with this focal length. Weighty but still light at 190gm, the 60mm is easy to bring around without a toil on your shoulder.

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The Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN ART features the same 7 blades aperture (Rounded) that produces beautiful bokehs – some say same it is even more beautiful than the 30mm due to the telephoto range that resulted with a more shallow depth of field in addition to the rounded aperture blades. It focuses from wide open to F22 and it starts focusing from 50cm from the front. Magnification wise, it is pretty standard at 1:7.2 for small & compact lenses.

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Image: (L) Trisha’a Sony a7 & Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN Art (R) Robing’s Sony a7 & Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN Art.

On the optics, it is slightly different from the 30mm, it has 8 elements in 6 groups including Special Low Dispersion glass (SLD) & Apherical glass for all that correction from possible CA, distortions etc. The lens front accepts 46mm screw-on filters and everything else is pretty similar to the 30mm.

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Robing Ng was given this lens for the weekend along with Trisha Lim for the review. Let’s check out Robing’s images that were shot with his Sony a7 and paired to the Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN ART.

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“The Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN ART’s metallic body feels good to the touch. It is classic yet exudes a class of its own. The metallic barrel/ zoom ring is smooth to the touch and it makes the lens feel much more expensive than it really is. For those that has sweaty palm, I will recommend the use of gloves.”
– Robing Ng.

 

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“The round blades aperture produces interesting and near “perfect zero” bokehs! There isn’t really anything much to complain about!”
– Robing Ng.

 

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“At 60mm, I have used it for street photography and am very impressed with the images that this lens had produced. Instead of me adapting to the lens, it feels more like the lens had adapted to my style of shooting. I have also used it for landscape in the above example. While many may not agree that I was using a medium tele for landscape, I would like to share that tele lenses produces very straight corners unlike wide angle lenses that distorts at the side.” – Robing Ng.

 

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“Sigma lenses have been long known for its clarity and sharpness, including this chap. Its unimaginable that a lens of such size and cost, could produce such sharpness. Be it landscape or portraiture, the images produced great sharpness and clarity.” – Robing Ng.
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“The Editor (AL) informed me that this DN Art does not comes with Sigma’s famous Hyper-Sonic Motor (HSM) but instead, a newly desgined Linear-AF that literally carries & shift the Elements Groups for focusing – whatever that means. In my own words, the focusing is quiet, fast and accurate!” – Robing Ng.
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“On overall, the Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN ART is a value-for-money lens. High quality images, nice color rendering, fast-quiet-accurate focusing and the humble asking price, seriously you should get one too!”
– Robing Ng. 

Ed: Robing Ng had said it all and yes, I agree – you should buy one too!

Thank you Sigma Singapore for the lens!
Thank you Robing for reviewing the lens!
-Ed.

Buy your Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN ART here.

Read Trisha Lim’s Review on the Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART here.

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IMPORTANT NOTE:
** Sigma had re-organized their whole lens line into 3 category.
They are “C” Lens, “A” Lens & “S” Lens.

C Lens = Contemporary Lens Line
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Featuring the very latest technology, and combining optical performance with compactness, Sigma’s high-performance Contemporary line covers a wide range of needs. Lenses in this category are Standard zoom lenses, telephoto zoom lenses, high-magnification zoom lenses.

A Lens = Art Lens Line
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Designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance and abundant expressive power, Sigma’s Art line delivers high-level artistic expression. Lenses in this category are Large-aperture prime lenses, wide-angle lenses, ultra-wide-angle lenses, macro lenses, fisheye lenses.

S Lens – Sports Lens Line
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While offering sophisticated optical performance and expressiveness, SigmaSports line lenses deliver high action-capture performance, enabling photographers to get exactly the shots they want. Lenses in this category are Telephoto lenses, telephoto zoom lenses, super telephoto lenses, super telephoto zoom lenses.

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For more information, please visit http://www.sigma-global.com

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The Sigma DN Monsters – Part 1

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The Sigma DN Monsters – Part 1
– Featuring Trisha Lim as Guest Reviewer

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Image: Guest-Reviewers (L) Trisha Lim & (R) Robing Ng.

07th January 2016, Singapore – Replacing the older Sigma EX 30mm DN for mirrorless cameras, Sigma redesigned the 30mm and had released the Art version recently. More than just a cosmetic rebrand, the new ART series DN lenses actually packs some serious punches. We were issued the 30mm ART & the 60mm ART – both in Sony E-Mount guise and we had invited two guest-reviewers who are Sony a7 series users to try these ART lenses out. This part 1 review will be on the 30mm DN ART and the guest reviewer is our regular – Trisha Lim.

While the DN lenses gives an 35mm equivalent to 60mm for Micro4/3 mirrorless cameras, Sony E Mount gets the equivalent for 45mm. Spotting a fully metal body and lens barrel, the new DN Art lenses comes either in Black or Silver color. The 30mm is super compact at 60.8mm x 40.5mm which fits almost every pocket in your jeans, and it weights a mere 140gm. For that size, the lens feels light but has that expensive feel. Personally I like the focusing ring (a big part of the barrel) as it was designed for super smooth operation.

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Like we mentioned, it’s not just about the cosmetics, the lens opens up with a 7 rounded blades aperture ensuring beautiful bokehs. Focusing from F2.8 t0 F22, sharpness on focused subjects was maintained throughout the whole aperture range. On the optics, you get 7 elements in 5 groups with 2 aspherical elements (1 is a double-sided element) for optical distortion corrections and super sharpness – and of course, the company’s famous Super Coating on the front element which effectively reduces “ghostings” or chromatic aberration.

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Image: (L) Trisha’a Sony a7 & Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN Art (R) Robing’s Sony a7 & Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN Art.

The Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN Art starts focusing from as close as 30cm and it allows a magnification ration up to 1:8.1. Running on a newly designed Linear-AF system, the focusing is quiet, accurate and pretty fast. (Although we were hoping for a Mini HSM aka Micro Hypersonic Motor) The lens front accepts 46mm screw-on filters and the lens is shipped with a lens pouch and a hood.

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So we passed the Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART  to Trisha Lim and the Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN ART to Robing Ng (Part 2) for a weekend. Let’s check out Trisha’s images that were shot with her Sony a7 and paired to the Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART.

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“The Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN Art truly lives up to its worth & the lens designation to wear the Art line. Photos from this lens are tack sharp with beautiful colors rendered, this is very impressive from a small and compact lens like this. The focusing are fast and accurate just as expected from a Sigma Art lens. Although this lens comes with a new AF and not the HSM, I was later told by AL the Editor that it is not quite possible to squeeze the HSM into a lens of this size and Sigma do not produce Ring HSM just like how Canon came up with a Ring USM for lens that has a slimmer profile. However the new Linear-AF feels good and it focuses slightly faster than Canon’s lower end AF STM.” – Trisha Lim.

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“The Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN Art feels completely at home when night falls. Combining the wide open F2.8 with the incredible ISO from the Sony a7 series cameras, this lens is a night monster. Unlike some of the lenses that I had used before, this lens does not take ages to focus even at night, in fact it retains the same speed as day time shooting. This is a feat for a lens maker!” – Trisha Lim.

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“For anyone (especially Sony E-Mount users) who is looking for a standard walkabout lens with a big aperture, compact sized and light weight, good image quality and affordability, the Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN Art is the lens to buy. You will not regret this!” – Trisha Lim

Based on what Trisha had shared and from the images that she had shot, the Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN Art is a lens that you would want to take it seriously. Combining practicality with quality is something that Sigma had successsfully done for the DN Art lenses. As if Sigma had taken a page out of their successful DG & DC Art-Series, Sport-Series & Contemporary Series, the Art-line DN lenses is a new class of its own. I am sure it will be a hit among the mirrorless community.

Thank you Sigma Singapore for the lens!
Thank you Trisha for reviewing the lens!
-Ed.

Read Robing’s Review on the Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN ART here.

Buy your Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART here.

For other Sigma Articles by Ourshutterjourney.com, click here.

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IMPORTANT NOTE:
** Sigma had re-organized their whole lens line into 3 category.
They are “C” Lens, “A” Lens & “S” Lens.

C Lens = Contemporary Lens Line
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Featuring the very latest technology, and combining optical performance with compactness, Sigma’s high-performance Contemporary line covers a wide range of needs. Lenses in this category are Standard zoom lenses, telephoto zoom lenses, high-magnification zoom lenses.

A Lens = Art Lens Line
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Designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance and abundant expressive power, Sigma’s Art line delivers high-level artistic expression. Lenses in this category are Large-aperture prime lenses, wide-angle lenses, ultra-wide-angle lenses, macro lenses, fisheye lenses.

S Lens – Sports Lens Line
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While offering sophisticated optical performance and expressiveness, SigmaSports line lenses deliver high action-capture performance, enabling photographers to get exactly the shots they want. Lenses in this category are Telephoto lenses, telephoto zoom lenses, super telephoto lenses, super telephoto zoom lenses.

SIGMA-NEW-LOGO
Sigma Marketing Singapore Pte Ltd. is a subsidiary of Sigma Japan Corporation.

For more information, please visit http://www.sigma-global.com

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Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC

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Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC
Featuring Daryl Lee as Guest Reviewer.
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22nd December 2015, Singapore – Samyang’s new line of MarkII and MarkII lenses are picking up sales quickly (and unexpectedly) to the amazement of many in the photography circle. Although many attribute the increase of lens sales to the hot-selling Sony’s E-Mount cameras which feature focus peaking (best for manual lenses), we found out from the local distributor that units for other mounts like Canon, Nikon & Fujifilm are doing pretty well too.

The Samyang 24mm F1.4 is strong contender to some of the proprietory brand’s equivalent. The large aperture, wide angle focal length and designed as a full frame lens, is targeting photographers who does wide angle portraits, landscape & interior – and it is also a excellent lens for travel too. The 24mm comes with an 8-blade aperture that produces a nice bokeh and the optics is something that I am proud to share – 13 elements in 12 groups – including 04 Low Dispersion glass & 02 Aspherical glass – do your research and you will know what you are getting is far more than what you are paying for.

The lens built is solid – just like the new line of Samyang lenses available today and it feels expensive to the touch, the design is simplistic and ergonomically sound. The front of the lens accepts 77mm filters and made in 06 different mounts for various systems. Pretty compact at 97mm x 83mm and weight merely at 680 gm, the Samyang 24mm will find a place in your camera bag easily. To make this lens even more competent and friendly to use, the 24mm starts focusing from as close as 25cm and it focuses from F1.4 to F22. If you have a full frame camera body, this is the perfect lens if you do what I mentioned above. If you are using a crop body, well, that will  be 36mm (38.4mm for Canon APSC) for you and it is still a very usable range and the perfect street photography range.

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We heard a friend, Daryl Lee was going on a little trip to Taipei so we decided to pass the Samyang 24mm F1.4 to him and let him use for his trip. Below are the photos that was shot by Daryl with the Samyang 24mm F1.4 – check it out!

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Even at F1.4, you can still see the sharpness and details. I am pleasantly impressed with the quality of the image from the Samyang lens.” – Daryl Lee

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“A typical optical fault with most wide angle lens is the usual corner distortion. But from this image, it is almost negligible. Really quite happy with the output.” – Daryl Lee

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” (The image above) I decided to try something different by allowing some lens flare. I removed the hood which is normally used to prevent lens flare. Shot this image at F14 and produced some flare as well as the starburst effect. Totally fell in love with this lens!” – Daryl Lee

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“In summary, it is really a good lens to use. Personally, I am more for the image quality rather than the brand of the lens. This was my first encounter (with a Samyang) and I am very surprised by how well it had performed. Without the auto focus, it is not the end of the world. Relearn a new workflow or method of focusing, like hyper-focal focusing, and you would be producing impressive works of art. This will be something that I will need to learn. Meanwhile, I will let the other images speak for itself.” – Daryl Lee

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“This image (above) was taken at F2. Unable to auto focus, I had to manually adjust the focusing. Tried looking through the viewfinder on my D800e, the smooth and easy focusing got my subject in focus really fast and I got the shot!” – Daryl Lee

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“In conclusion, the Samyang 24mm is has surpassed my expectation of a manual lens. The capability is comparable to other brands’ units but simply a lot cheaper. The humble asking price makes this lens very affordable not just for the pros, but also within the buying range of most hobbyists. You have to try it to believe – will be buying one for myself soon – you should too!” 
– Daryl Lee

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Image: (Left) Editor AL and (Right) Daryl Lee.

Get your Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS  here.

About Samyang Singapore
Samyang DSLR lenses are exclusively distributed by Alan Photo Trading – a photography retailer and photography equipment distributor for many brands in Singapore. Alan Photo had been serving the local photography community since 1987 and they are one of the top 5 camera retailers in Singapore. A firm believer in honest deals & long term customer relationships, the brand operates on integrity and customer satisfaction. Today, Alan Photo is one of the most recognizable & respected retailers/ distributor for photographic equipment in Singapore. Follow Alan Photo on their Facebook here or visit their website here.

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Pink Submission #12 “Sweet Desserts” Editor’s Picks

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Pink Submission #12 “Sweet Desserts” Editor’s Picks

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21st Dec 2015, SingaporePINK Photographers Singapore (PPSG) did a very interesting submission theme this round – Sweet Desserts. Everyone loves desserts don’t we? Most of the time, these sweet temptations are visually appealing with pretty colors and taste sinfully yummy! So we made the ladies shoot them for this submission and we almost licked the computer screen.
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From the 500+ entries that we had received, including those who had hashtagged us on Instagram and some from emails (people with no Facebook account), I admitted salivating while shortlisting entries for the judges (Sponsor) to finalize the Picks & winning submissions. This theme so far had proven to be the most popular theme and the most fun too (speaking of delicious).

We have selected the below images that best represent this theme and several things were considered before the image made it here. So this is a tough one. Before we get to the selected entries, let’s hear what the sponsor Alan Photo Trading  & the Editor AL have to say about the entries.

“Selecting the entries in the middle of the night had made me hungry! The entries this round is not just quantity, but of good quality, Thumbs up Ladies! Now, who is going to buy me a rainbow cake?”
 AL, Editor.

“We thought the theme -Sweet Desserts – is relevant since its festive season now. Going through the entries, sure, it made us hungry too. We love almost all the entries submitted but only the best made it to this list ! Excellent job Ladies!”
– John Chong, Alan Photo Trading.

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Enjoy the Editor’s Picks (Selected entries)!
(Winners Announcement after the jump)
(Appearance in Alphabetical Order of the Photographer’s name)


Selected Featured Entry #01
Photographer: Alice Chia
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Selected Featured Entry #02
Photographer: Alice Chia
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Selected Featured Entry #03
Photographer: Alice Chia
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Selected Featured Entry #04
Photographer: Alice Chia
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Selected Featured Entry #05
Photographer: Anna FooAnnaFoo

Selected Featured Entry #06
Photographer: Anny TanAnnyTan

Selected Featured Entry #07
Photographer: Brenda NgBrendaNg
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Selected Featured Entry #08
Photographer: Brenda NgBrendaNg2

Selected Featured Entry #09
Photographer: Doris AngDorisAng

Selected Featured Entry #10
Photographer: Ellis Jade TayEllisJadeTay

Selected Featured Entry #11
Photographer: Fong LingFongLing

Selected Featured Entry #12
Photographer: Iris EuIrisEu

Selected Featured Entry #13
Photographer: Janet TohJanetToh
Selected Featured Entry #14
Photographer: Janet TohJanetToh2

Selected Featured Entry #15
Photographer: Jeslin TanJeslinTan

Selected Featured Entry #16
Photographer: Joanna NgJoannaNg

Selected Featured Entry #17
Photographer: Joanna NgJoannaNg2

Selected Featured Entry #18
Photographer: Josephine TangJosephineTang
Selected Featured Entry #19
Photographer: Kee BeeKeeBee

Selected Featured Entry #20
Photographer: Kim LimKimLim

Selected Featured Entry #21
Photographer: Magdalene Teo-YongMagTY

Selected Featured Entry #22
Photographer: Muse Muse  (Cindy)Musemuse

Selected Featured Entry #23
Photographer: Muse Muse (Cindy)Musemuse2

Selected Featured Entry #24
Photographer: Nicole PineappleNicole Pineapple

Selected Featured Entry #25
Photographer: Rachel OngRachelOng

Selected Featured Entry #26
Photographer: Sandra MacherouxSandra Macheroux OSJ2

Selected Featured Entry #27
Photographer: Sharon AngSharonAng

Selected Featured Entry #28
Photographer: Soh Chui LianSohChuiLian

Selected Featured Entry #29
Photographer: Suat HarSuatHar

And the Winners are!!!!


1st Place – Longevity Cake
Photographer: Soh Chui Lian
Editor’s Note: “I almost fell off the chair when I saw this entry by Chui Lian. Longevity cakes are presented to the elderly during their birthday and this is a modernized version – and super cute!”
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2nd Place – Fruity Desserts
Photographer: Alice Chia
Editor’s Note: “This came as a surprise,  Alice hit the right button this time with this shot, we like the perspective and the close up simply makes this dessert more delicious! Well done Alice!”
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3rd Place – Dessert Time
Photographer: Muse Muse  (Cindy)
Editor’s Note: “At first look, this looks like an advertisement copy. Then again, this image  depicts how desserts plays an important part of our lives, by making it sweeter and I personally like the mood of this image. Well done Cindy!”
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1st Special Mention – Cartoon Buns
Photographer: Doris Ang
Editor’s Note: “I cannot stop smiling, these buns are way too cute to be eaten! Nice catch Doris!”
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2nd Special Mention – Dessert Time
Photographer: Joanna Ng
Editor’s Note: “We love this shot because of the soft lightning, good use of bokeh and good selection of the subject. When we found out who is the photographer, I kinda guessed its Joanna. Well Done Joanna!”
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ALL Winner Above Will Received a Casio SHEEN Watch- Sponsored by Alan Foto!

All Winners Will Be Notified via FB Messenger on the Collection Details.
Congratulations Ladies!

Special Thanks to Alan Photo Trading for sponsoring the prizes!
For those that didn’t win, please try harder next time.
Thank you for your participation Ladies!

Join PINK Photographers Singapore (PPSG)’s Next Upcoming (Photo Outing)! Click here for more details!

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Members ONLY Closed Door Sales

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Members ONLY Closed Door Sales
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10th December 2015, Singapore – Our Accredited Merchant Alan Photo Trading is organizing a Special Closed-Door Sales just for our Registered Members! Sales highlights includes branded compact digital cameras from as low as $80.00 while photography accessories is going for as low as $3.00! No, we are not kidding!

The sales will be limited to 1.5 hrs starting from 10.00am to 11.30am before the usual business resumes on 19th December 2015. This sale will be held at Alan Photo’s Funan Digitalife Mall Branch.

For those who had missed our Membership Card launch at SITEX 2015, you may also sign up as our Registered Member at this event too! For more information on Membership, please visit here.

Lastly, a reminder, Entry to the Sales will be limited to Registered Card Holders ONLY!

Keen to join? RSVP here.

See You there!
– Ed.

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P&G Photographic Centre New Official Website Launch

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P&G Photographic Centre New Official Website Launch

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Photo: Andrew Phan.

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Photo: David Phan.

09th December 2015, Singapore – Our appointed Authorized Service Service Centre for Ourshutterjourney.com members – P & G Photographic Centre had a soft launch for their new official website yesterday. The newly designed website is neat, clean and easy to navigate – just like how the Phan Brothers had run their business for the last 30+ years – simple, honest and no-frills services.

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The new website is also designed to be mobile-friendly – when used on any smart phones and tablets. On top of just being a regular website, the site also features a News section where equipment reviews (many from here here), store news and promotions are being announced and shared.

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“We decided on a new website because like technology, we have to be constantly updated on the latest trends and needs of our customers. Going mobile-friendly is what everyone is doing right now.”
– Andrew Phan.

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“We wanted a website that reflects our business values and our style of working with our customers. The new website will serves that purpose while branding a new face for P &G.”
– David Phan

P & G’s new site also features a newly designed logo. Taking cue from the old logo, the camera was taken out and have a new font added for the business name. The New logo was Designed by Dorothy Phan, David’s daughter. And we love it!

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Do check out their new website if you have not. Nothing has changed for the business, just a new online face with the same excellent and personalized service that you (probably) had known for the last 30 years.

You may wish to visit their new website here.

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Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM ART

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Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM ART
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Image: The NEW Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM ART.


07th December 2015, Singapore – 
Sigma Singapore sent me their latest 20mm F1.4 ART series lens a couple of days ago. Firstly, I would say that this is the best time to release this lens as it is near Christmas so this lens makes a perfect gift for the photographers and the F1.4 aperture is superb for shooting Christmas Lights off the streets. While I was thinking how to review this lens, I decided the best way to test this lens is to use it for a Christmas outing that I had planned for the group. And off to Singapore’s Orchard Road we went.

Before we proceed, (and as usual) we would like to disclaim that we are more interested on how the lens performed and what kind of images can we achieve using this lens. If you found your way here looking for technical specs, I will suggest you try googling for it instead.

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Image: The NEW Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM ART.

The New Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM ART was designed as a “bokeh master lens” for those who wants flexibility on focal range (Ultra wide) as well as the large aperture that opens up to F1.4. I was pretty amazed by what Sigma had put inside the lens. Featuring  02 FLD glass, 05 SLD glass (Yes you saw it right!) & 02 aspherical glass and arranged to 11 groups with a total of 15 elements – this is MADNESS!!!!  It is like having all the best optics known to Sigma and have them all arranged into a lens!

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The 9 blades aperture is my personal favorite! It created a round bokeh – so round that my friends thought those were fake! It focuses from F1.4 to F22 which is pretty standard and it allow close focusing from as close as 27.6cm plus it has a really good magnification ratio of 1:71! For a moment, this full-frame lens is not exactly small at 90.7mm x 129.8mm but really manageable. Weight wise, it is slightly below the 1 kg mark at 950gm so this lens can be managed easily by most photographers.

OK, let’s take a look at the images produced by this monster of a lens by Sigma! All images are direct out from the camera with adjustment to straightening, cropping & adding of watermarks. No exposure or color manipulation was done. Check it out!

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Photos from the Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM ART

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Check out the below 3 photos where the 1st image was shot from a distance, then a 50% crop and followed by a 25% crop. The amount of details captured at wide open (F1.4) is amazing!

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At 25%
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I personally like the gradual loss of focus on the example below. At F1.4, I focused on the “F” and see how the out-of-focus kicks in gradually across the frame. This also means that this lens is great for wide angle portraits too!

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OK, this is passe but I like doing this every year.(Bokeh Tree)

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From the examples above, you will also notice that the Sigma 20mm F1.4 ART is also well suited to cover street shots and it is a monster at low light shooting situations which details are captured nicely.

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Hope everything like what you saw above. The Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM ART is not a lens that will usually come by. Marvel lens like this takes a lot of R&D & engineering to perfect it and Sigma had it all packaged for you and call it – Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM ART.

Thank you Sigma Singapore for the lens!

-Ed.

Buy your Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM ART here.

Behind-the-Scenes Photos by Cyndris Neo.

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IMPORTANT NOTE:
** Sigma had re-organized their whole lens line into 3 category.
They are “C” Lens, “A” Lens & “S” Lens.

C Lens = Contemporary Lens Line
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Featuring the very latest technology, and combining optical performance with compactness, Sigma’s high-performance Contemporary line covers a wide range of needs. Lenses in this category are Standard zoom lenses, telephoto zoom lenses, high-magnification zoom lenses.

A Lens = Art Lens Line
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Designed with a focus on sophisticated optical performance and abundant expressive power, Sigma’s Art line delivers high-level artistic expression. Lenses in this category are Large-aperture prime lenses, wide-angle lenses, ultra-wide-angle lenses, macro lenses, fisheye lenses.

S Lens – Sports Lens Line
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While offering sophisticated optical performance and expressiveness, SigmaSports line lenses deliver high action-capture performance, enabling photographers to get exactly the shots they want. Lenses in this category are Telephoto lenses, telephoto zoom lenses, super telephoto lenses, super telephoto zoom lenses.

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Food Photography Workshop

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Food Photography Workshop – by Triston Yeo
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03rd December 2015, Singapore – Come try your hands on creative food styling and get to enjoy a delicious and exciting lunch photography session with Triston Yeo – One of National Geographic’s Best Photographer of the Decade.

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Organized in conjunction with Alan Photo, you really don’t want to miss this.

So grab your seats now! You can Register Online Easily here.
So don’t say we never *Jio you.
See You There!

*Jio – equivalent to invite in a local hokkien slang.

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Ourshutterjourney.com is Official Photography Showcase Partner for SITEX 2015

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Ourshutterjourney.com is Official Photography Showcase Partner
– for SITEX 2015
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Updated:22nd November 2015

19th November 2015, Singapore – SITEX, One of the largest exhibition for consumer electronics is happening from 26th to 29th November 2015 at Singapore Expo Halls 5 &6 from 11.00am to 9.00pm. Ourshutterjourney.com is happy to announce that we are the Official Photography Showcase Partner for this show.

Visit our booth at 5P15 (near the Activity area) and enjoy Our Show Highlights! (See Below)

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1) Official Launch of Ourshutterjourney.com Membership.
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Be part of our large family! Ourshutterjourney.com Membership Card allows the registered member to enjoys special deals at our *selected accredited merchants for all your photography needs! Cardholders are also entitled to Members-Only events like Photography Talks, Closed-Door Sales and priority Sign-Ups for exclusive or limited events! Further to that, enjoy priority service and repairs at our appointed Authorized Service Centre!

Come on down to the booth and sign yourself up at “SITEX Price” & get a FREE limited edition Ourshutterjourney.com lanyard worth $9.90 & a LapTopPro Screen Cleaner worth $26.90!
*limited to promos, discounts, free gifts on a store to store basis and on selected items or services.

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2) Official Launch of Ourshutterjourney.com 5th Edition Shirt.
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We are pleased to Launch the 5th Edition Ourshutterjourney.com Activity Shirt. Made from 100% dri-fit materials, the shirt promises a comfortable wear for the photographer in all tropical weather condition. Airy and sweat resistant, the design is modern and features a mandarin collar. Members who had paid are encouraged to collect the shirts at SITEX and Members who wish to purchase the shirt may do so too. The launch price is applicable for SITEX 2015. While stocks last!
*Available in Size XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL. 

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3) Ourshutterjourney.com Merchandise Sales!
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We are delighted to share that Ourshutterjourney.com merchandise is back in stock again! High quality ceramic mugs for that coffee when you are editing photos in the wee hours or a cool crew badge for your camera bag or cap! And yes, you may grab it at SITEX Price! We have limited stocks so grab yours while stocks lasts!

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4) Live Demo of Underwater Photography (First in Singapore)
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Image: (Left) Alvinn Lim & (Right) Patrick Poh

Image: We were told she is going to be the Mermaid for the Underwater Photography Demo.

Check out our bi-hourly Underwater Photography Demo by our certified underwater photographers (Licensed Divers who happened to be professional photographers) Ourshutterjourney Instructor Alvinn Lim will be teaming up with Patrick Poh of Express-Oh Photography fame for the demo using Olympus equipment. We last heard they are using a female “Mermaid” for the demo. Don’t Miss This!
*Registered Members or New Sign-Ups gets to stand at the front row during the demo!

5) Official Launch of our Photography Courses.
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This is way overdue as we have been busy doing our research and modifying our current curriculum to match the photographers of today. Materials from 1990s does not really apply today in 2015 so we reworked our courses from ground up so that students will find that all our course materials will be relevant and definitely up-to-date.

Taught by qualified & certified or award-winning photographers/ instructors, you are in good hands.
* Registered Members enjoys Special Rates for All Courses.

6) Ourshutterjourney.com Instructors Announcement.
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“It’s not the school, but the instructors” – many say. We agreed. So we had put together a team of qualified photography instructors that most of you already know. Want to know who are they? Visit us at the booth to find out for yourself!

7) Photography Trips for 2016 Announcement.
We will whisper to your ears on the countries that we will be going in 2016. There will be one “exotic” country, one “island by the ocean” and a “border” that is vastly unknown to the world.  Want to know? Visit us at the booth.

8) Snap, Tag & Win! Win SGD $50.00 Daily!
– Visit our booth, take a selfie or wefie with our largest Logo.
– Give us your biggest smile!
– Share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
– Hashtag #ourshutterjourney
– Wait for our announcement on Ourshutterjourney.com!

See you at our booth (5P15) (near the Activity area) at SITEX!
– Ed.

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The Interview that Never Happened – Mr. Kwek Leng Joo

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The Interview that Never Happened
– The Late Mr. Kwek Leng Joo
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Image: The Late Mr. Kwek Leng Joo
Image Credit: www.straitstimes.com 

17th November 2015, Singapore – When the news reported that Mr. Kwek Leng Joo, 61 – the man who was responsible for CDL (City Development Limited), a known humble billionaire & an avid photographer who had raised millions for charities, I was shocked. He passed away on the night of 15th November 2015 in his sleep following a “sudden heart attack”. His passing came as a shock to thousands of photographers in Singapore. 

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I got acquainted to Mr Kwek just a couple of months ago when he asked to join my photography group. I have long heard about his good work and about him but never had a chance to formally speak to him. I sent him a welcome message and posted an announcement on our group wall welcoming him to which he responded with “Let’s learn from each other, we improve together.” After that, a couple of private messages was corresponded between Mr Kwek and myself and he agreed to an exclusive interview  for this site which is due to be published in December 2015. It was supposed to be an article about his photography achievements and designed to inspire new photographers about creating powerful images.

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Image: The Late Mr. Kwek Leng Joo
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Mr Kwek regularly shares his photos on his Facebook with inspirational captions that captures the hearts of many and his last post was on 15th November 2015 at 10.06am – he shared an image of a lovely family and his caption speaks about Happiness.

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Image: The Last Facebook post from the Late Mr. Kwek Leng Joo
Image Credit:
Screen shot by Editor AL.

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Image: The Late Mr. Kwek Leng Joo with Minister Dr Vivian
Image Credit: 
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Although the exclusive interview with Mr. Kwek did not happened, I am sure it would have been memorable after hearing so much good things about him. He will be remembered & dearly missed by the photography community in Singapore. There will never be another Mr. Kwek Leng Joo.

The Editorial Team would like to take this opportunity to convey our Deepest Condolences to Mr. Kwek’s family.

– From All of Us.

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Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye

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Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye
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Image: Esplanade, Singapore. Shot by Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye.

13th November 2015, Singapore – Fisheye lenses is probably one of the fun lenses that many love for its ridiculous barrel & optical distortion. However, it is also one of the (rather) expensive lens to get. As the appointed Samyang Ambassador for Singapore, one of the lenses that was issued to me is the Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye. I own several fisheye lenses from Canon, Nikon, Sony & Sigma so using a Samyang will be challenging (or I thought). Like other Samyang lenses, it is manual focusing, but like other fisheye lenses, it is a fisheye lens. You may thought I am being lame here but however, it is what it is.

Before I carry on, one must understand that fisheye lenses are further divided into 2 types. The Circular Fisheye & the Diagonal Fisheye. (Circular Fisheye only show the image in the centre with a black circle while diagonal fisheye covers the full image.) I shall leave the circular fisheye lenses out of this article. Next to remove from this article will be the fisheye lenses designed for crop sensor cameras, as these lenses belongs to a different breed and I am going to further remove Fisheye Zoom lenses too (sorry Canon). What I am left with will be the Full Frame Fisheye Prime Lenses and now it is fair for me to start.

My full frame (all diagonal) fisheye lenses includes Nikon 16mm F2.8 AF FX Fisheye, Sony 16mm F2.8 Fisheye, Canon EF 15mm F2.8 Fisheye & Sigma 15mm F2.8 DG Fisheye. But what makes the Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye so different from the rest is the focal length (apart from its manual focus incarnation). At 12mm on a Full Frame body, it is so much wider than what other makers had produced so far. Let’s take a closer look.

The Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye is light weight (530gm) and fairly compact. If fact is almost the same size as the rest of the auto-focusing fisheye gang (70.2mm x 77.2mm). It has no less glass elements than the rest with an optical structure of 12 elements in 8 groups – including goodies like 03 ED glass and 02 Aspherical glass – I was like “WOW! You Serious?”. The 7 blade apertures starts focusing from as close as 20cm and from F2.8 to F22 infinity which is what other fisheye does. What you will love to know will be, the Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye is priced at a tiny fraction of the rest of the fisheyes. So how does the Samyang stack up to the rest in terms of image quality and ease of use? Check out the photos.

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Image: Outdoor facade of Capitol, Singapore. Shot by Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye.

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Image: Inside Capitol, Singapore. Shot by Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye.

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Image: Inside Capitol, Singapore. Shot by Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye.

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Image: St Andrew’s Church, Singapore. Shot by Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye.

IMG_6954Image: External view of Capitol, Singapore. Shot by Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye.

 

 

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Image: Raffles City Shopping Centre, City Hall, Singapore. Shot by Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye.

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Image: City Link, Singapore. Shot by Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye.

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Image: City Link, Singapore. Shot by Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye.

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Image: Inside Esplanade, Singapore. Shot by Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye.

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Image: Roof Terrace at Esplanade, Singapore. Shot by Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye.

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Image: Roof Terrace at Esplanade, Singapore. Shot by Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye.

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Image: A view of Marina Square from the Roof Terrace at Esplanade, Singapore. Shot by Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye.

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Image: Esplanade Car Park, Singapore. Shot by Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye.

The Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye clearly is a performer here. Night scenes or Indoor, it shot like a pro lens and the images are crispy-contrasted and very sharp. I love the color hues that it produces too. The focusing ring is rather smooth and the properly ratio-ed so focusing it manually was a breeze. I like the fact that the Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS Fisheye is wider than any of the fisheye lenses that I own and it did not disapppoint. And when you have accepted that manual focusing is not everything, this fisheye is so easy to use that I am sure no one will fault the Samyang 12mm fisheye. I must also admit that after a night out with this lens, I had fell hopelessly in love with it. You will too.
– Ed.

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Get your Samyang 12mm F2.8 ED AS NCS  here.

About Samyang Singapore
Samyang DSLR lenses are exclusively distributed by Alan Photo Trading – a photography retailer and photography equipment distributor for many brands in Singapore. Alan Photo had been serving the local photography community since 1987 and they are one of the top 5 camera retailers in Singapore. A firm believer in honest deals & long term customer relationships, the brand operates on integrity and customer satisfaction. Today, Alan Photo is one of the most recognizable & respected retailers/ distributor for photographic equipment in Singapore. Follow Alan Photo on their Facebook here or visit their website here.

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Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC Part 2

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Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC Part 2
– Featuring Guest Reviewers Ang Qianling & Joanna Ng
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Image: (Left) Reviewer Ang Qianling & (Right) Joanna Ng.

13th November 2015, Singapore – Yesterday we posted an article about what our guest reviewers Ang Qianling & Joanna Ng think about the Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC lens and we also saw the great images that our reviewers had produced using the Samyang 35mm lens. Today, we are taking a look at the images that were produced by both our reviewers using the Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC lens. Just months ago, we had passed the lens to a professional photographer Ross Velatine Errol and he did a review for the Samyang 85mm and you can read it here.

The Samyang 85mm is a very different lens as compared to the 35mm. This focal length had been widely known for its “perfect portraiture length” and it is widely used in various industries likely Wedding Albums or Studio work. So taking and using the 85mm in a street photography environment will prove to be challenging to users who are not exactly familiar with this focal length – but our pair of reviewers seems to have made the best out of this lens. Let’s check out what they had shot using the Samyang 85mm!
(All images are adjusted for exposure, minor cropping and straightening only. Click on the image to view at 100%)

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Image: Among the streets of hawkers, Chinatown Singapore. (Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC) Photo by Ang Qianling.

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Image: Temple stone carvings, Chinatown Singapore. (Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC) Photo by Joanna Ng.

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Image: Among the streets of hawkers II, Chinatown Singapore. (Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC) Photo by Ang Qianling.

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Image: An Eurasian boy enjoying local food at, Chinatown Singapore. (Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC) Photo by Ang Qianling.

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Image: A busy afternoon at Chinatown, Singapore. (Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC) Photo by Joanna Ng.

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Image: Up close at a Chinese Chess game, Chinatown Singapore. (Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC) Photo by Ang Qianling.

 

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Image: Temple Door Bangers, Chinatown Singapore. (Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC) Photo by Ang Qianling.

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Image: “Through Manay Eyes” at Chinatown, Singapore. (Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC) Photo by Joanna Ng.

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Image: A fellow Photographer friend posing with merchandise at Chinatown, Singapore. (Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC) Photo by Ang Qianling.
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“Comparing the Samyang 85mm with the 35mm, it is a different lens altogether. The mid telephoto focal length allows me to achieve a close up from a distance and the bokeh is simply excellent. And seldom, you will hear about people using a 85mm lens for street photos but I am glad to share that it is possible and I quite like it too! Further to that, if you look at the photo of the temple door bangers (above), you will notice that the Samyang 85mm has almost zero corner distortions and this is way too good to be true. Given the asking price, the capability of the 85mm, this lens will be on my shopping list.”
– Ang Qianling

“A pleasant surprise is what I would describe the Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC. The lens produces sharp images that are full of details while the out-of-focus area (Bokeh) are well toned and smooth. This is a perfect lens for those who wish they can use bokeh to blur out the messing or distracting surroundings. The focal length also allows me to shoot from a little distance away so that I may capture people in their most natural expressions. Although I do not really shoot portraits a lot (I love shooting macro, food, toys & travel photography), the Samyang 85mm is definitely more than just a portraits lens – wish to own one someday.”
– Joanna Ng

Special Thanks to Ang Qianling & Joanna Ng for their user-experience of the Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC) lens. If you have photos and experience to share about this lens, please feel free to write to me at media_world@live.com

The Samyang 85mm F1.4 is shipped in various mounts – Canon EF, Canon M, Nikon AE (F), Pentax K, Sony A-mount, Sony E-mount, FujiFilm X, Samsung NX, Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds. Get your Samyang 85mm F1.4 AS IF UMC here.

About Samyang Singapore
Samyang DSLR lenses are exclusively distributed by Alan Photo Trading – a photography retailer and photography equipment distributor for many brands in Singapore. Alan Photo had been serving the local photography community since 1987 and they are one of the top 5 camera retailers in Singapore. A firm believer in honest deals & long term customer relationships, the brand operates on integrity and customer satisfaction. Today, Alan Photo is one of the most recognizable & respected retailers/ distributor for photographic equipment in Singapore. Follow Alan Photo on their Facebook here or visit their website here.

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Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC Part 2

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Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC Part 2
– Featuring Guest Reviewers Ang Qianling & Joanna Ng
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Image: (Left) Reviewer Ang Qianling & (Right) Joanna Ng.

12th November 2015, Singapore – When I posted the 1st review on Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC Part 2 about 2 months ago, there was much excitement about it as it was truly one of those “underdog” lenses which performs unbelievably decent. You may wish to read up a little more about this wonder lens here. Recently, I was out at Chinatown for PINK‘s outing and I brought out some of the Samyang lenses for the attendees to try.

Among the attendees, I decided to pass the Samyang 35mm & 85mm to Qianling & Joanna for them to “share share” &”have fun” with the lenses. Little that they knew that I am going to use their photos for a Part 2 Review for both lenses. This part 2 review will be a pictorial spread and some comments from both the reviewers. In this article, it will be a collection of images shot by the Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC by both Qianling & Joanna. I will post up a separate article on the Samyang 85mm soon. If you wish to have information about this lens, do pop by my previous 35mm review.

Let’s get to the images!
(All images are adjusted for exposure, minor cropping and straightening only. Click on the image to view at 100%)

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Image: Temple Door Banger, Chinatown Singapore. (Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC)
Photo by Ang Qianling.

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Image: Street Hawker preparing traditional snacks, Chinatown Singapore. (Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC) Photo by Joanna Ng. 

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Image: A view of the city from Chinatown, Singapore. (Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC)
Photo by Ang Qianling.

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Image: Street decorative lanterns, Chinatown Singapore. (Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC) Photo by Joanna Ng.

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Image: Seniors playing with Smartphone at Chinatown, Singapore. (Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC)
Photo by Ang Qianling.

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Image: Visitors are no longer looking at the city but their smartphones, Chinatown Singapore. (Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC) Photo by Joanna Ng.

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Image: Chinese Chess, a favorite pastime at Chinatown, Singapore. (Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC) Photo by Ang Qianling.

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Image: Probably taking a break from chess, Chinatown Singapore. (Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC) Photo by Joanna Ng.

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Image: Roof Terrace of Budhha Relic Temple at Chinatown, Singapore. (Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC) Photo by Ang Qianling. 

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Image: Resting outside the temple, Chinatown Singapore. (Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC) Photo by Joanna Ng.

“The Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC is an amazing lens. Using it on my Sony, it allows me to use the focus-peaking function seamlessly and surprisingly it is really easy to use, The focus is smooth and the images are excellent. Although the lens is quite large, the image quality make up for it and this lens produces nice colors and tones. I must add that the images are sharp even when I shot it at wide apertures. No wonder the Editor AL calls this lens an Underdog lens.”
– Ang Qianling

“I wasn’t really expecting much as I do not really know Samyang lenses very well. And to add to the challenge, I prefers auto-focus lenses so when Editor AL passed me the Samyang 35mm, I was a bit stunned and I was thinking, what can I do or shoot with this lens. But after using it for this outing together with the 85mm, I find that Samyang lenses is not that difficult to use after all and I am happy to report that I actually like this lens.”
– Joanna Ng
Special Thanks to Ang Qianling & Joanna Ng for their user-experience of the Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC) lens. If you have photos and experience to share about this lens, please feel free to write to me at media_world@live.com

The Samyang 35mm F1.4 is shipped in various mounts – Canon EF, Canon M, Nikon AE (F), Pentax K, Sony A-mount, Sony E-mount, FujiFilm X, Samsung NX, Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds. Get your Samyang 35mm F1.4 AS UMC here.

About Samyang Singapore
Samyang DSLR lenses are exclusively distributed by Alan Photo Trading – a photography retailer and photography equipment distributor for many brands in Singapore. Alan Photo had been serving the local photography community since 1987 and they are one of the top 5 camera retailers in Singapore. A firm believer in honest deals & long term customer relationships, the brand operates on integrity and customer satisfaction. Today, Alan Photo is one of the most recognizable & respected retailers/ distributor for photographic equipment in Singapore. Follow Alan Photo on their Facebook here or visit their website here.

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Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD

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 Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD
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Image: Shot by the New Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD

11th November 2015, Singapore – Strange as it is, I previously mentioned in my Review article for the Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD that Tamron launched the 45mm together with it and the focal length is so close that most photographers was torn in between which lens to buy and what can 10mm difference do their images. I had previously mentioned too that the 35mm was really meant to be a lens for those who want a standard wide angle walkabout lens with large aperture while the 45mm will be more towards the street photographers.

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Image: The New Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD has almost the same angle and line of vision as the human eyes. Very useful for quick framing and shooting.


Specification wise, it is almost identical to the 35mm, however at 45mm, this is the closest to a human’s angle and line of vision – it’s like you get what you see through your eyes – that was why I say most street photographers will love this lens. A 9 blader with rounded aperture blades, this lens promises beautiful bokehs and it starts focusing from as close as 29cm. The lens has 10 elements in 8 groups including 2 molded aspherical glass and 1 LD (low dispersion glass), weights about 540gms and accepts 67mm filter on the front of the lens. The design is identical to the 35mm featuring new barrel design and material and if you never look carefully, you might ended up grabbing the wrong lens (between 35mm & 45mm) because they are almost twins.

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Image: The bokeh from the New Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD is creamy and beautiful.

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Tamron’s latest design cue speaks of simplicity, class and ergonomics that make sense. Handling the lens was an ease and the buttons are all well-positioned and easy to operate. To be honest, Tamron’s new SP series lenses feels like a different class of lenses altogether. Long story cut short – Tamron’s new SP series lenses feels expensive and exudes a class of quality. If you found your way here looking for technical specifications, please look elsewhere – as usual, we are more keen to check out what kind of images can this lens produces. I took the Tamron SP 45 F1.8 Di VC USD out for a walk over the Deepavali Holiday in Singapore to Gardens by the Bay and use it on almost everything that meets my eyes. From people to flowers, from scenes to decorations, from evening to night, and I am excited to report that this lens rocks.

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Image: I never knew I can achieve a shot like this – which is typically what I will use a macro lens to shoot – the New Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD gave me this image. I am blown away.

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All the photos in this review articles are straightened, slightly cropped and water marks added – no further editing or adjustment was done to the images. And if you wish, you may click on the image to view at 100% view or save the image to view the exif data. Most of the images are shot between F1.8 to F2.8 and pay special attention to the bokehs, the sharpness of the area in focus and I am sure you will love this lens as much as I do.

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Image: This was what I shot. Then I did a tighter crop – see next photo.

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Image: After cropping from the previous image, I am still able to get this, the New Tamron 45mm is really not bad at all.

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Image: The 45mm produces almost 100% of what my eyes saw, only with more bokehs and details.

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Image: This is not a joke, this image was really shot by the New Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD. 

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Image: The New Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD is capable of shooting this, what else can this lens do? :)

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Image: The New Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD also produces nice skin tones making it a worthy portrait lens too.

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Image: Shot by the New Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD.

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Image: The above 2 images shows what kind of image that was done at 29cm minimum focusing distance of the New Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD.

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Image: The above shots simply shows that the New Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD can be used in a variety of scenes and genres. This little monster rocks.

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Image: Night photos are easy as long as you are using the New Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD.

Looking at the above images, I am sure you will understand why street photographers will love this lens. The amount of details captured, the sharpness on the focused area, the creamy and smooth bokehs are just some of the things that this Tamron lens had set itself to achieve. Atop of that, the New Tamron SP series is also making a strong statement that Tamron does have excellent Prime (fixed focal length) lenses to offer to the photography world. Reasonably priced and with its excellent image quality, the new Tamron SP 45mm F1.8 will be a hit. (together with the 35mm F1,8 lah.)

Although Tamron Singapore is keeping quiet after I asked them if I can keep the 35mm as my Christmas present, I am going to up my ante and ask if I can also keep the 45mm too.

Special Thanks to:
Tamron Singapore for the lens. (So may I keep both lenses for Christmas? Hahahaha!)

Buy your Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD here.

About Tamron Singapore (Serial i-Tech (Far East) Pte Ltd)
Tamron Singapore are committed to provide the best prices and after-sales service to all consumers and that is reflected in our commitment of a 5 years warranty. There are always greater benefits and extra savings when you purchase a Tamron lens, buy with a peace of mind, use with a peace of mind.

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Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD – Day Photos

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Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD – Day Photos (Part 2)
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Image: The Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD is fast-focusing, accurate and a street monster lens. (Click on the photo to view at 100% size). Shot by Editor AL.

09th November 2015, Singapore – Following my recent Review on the NEW Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD with a night out to the Esplanade, I promised the readers that I will be back with this Part 2 review with Day Photos. This time, I decided to test out the lens in one of the most colorful district in Singapore – Chinatown.

Singapore’s Chinatown is widely known for its colors, the people, the food and the hawkers. It’s a place for good street photography and I took the Tamron 35mm F1.8 along and see what kind of images I might get from this lens which I was clearly pleased with from my previous night run.  Please be reminded that all photos in this article can be viewed at 100% so just click on it to view. All images are shot with the New Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD and only minor cropping, straightening and watermarks are added else everything else is pretty much what I gotten direct from the camera.

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Image: The Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD is capable of incredible bokehs and beautiful contrasts – not too little, not too much, just perfect.

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Image: The Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD handles lighted & dark area with a nice balance when paired with my Canon DSLR.

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Image: The Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD produces creamy and very lustful looking bokehs – this will become a dream lens for many.

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Image: Street Food. Shot by Tamron 35mm F1.8

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Image: Street Hawker preparing food. Note how the lens picked up the subject when I was trying to get the reflected image into the shot and making it look like a double exposure shot. I was really amazed by the new Tamron 35mm F1.8.

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In summary, the New Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD is both a serious performer be it day shoot or night shoot. From the night review, I would have half guessed that this lens will perform really well in the day – and it did. Amazing sharpness at mostly wide-opened apertures, beautiful & creamy bokehs, fast & quiet focusing, and I know Tamron will be charging a reasonable price for this little monster. I shall start to hatch a plan to beg Tamron Singapore to give me this lens for Christmas 2015 – *grin.
– Ed.

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Special Thanks to:
Tamron Singapore for the lens. (So may I have this lens for Christmas?)

Buy your Tamron SP 35mm F1.8 Di VC USD here.

About Tamron Singapore (Serial i-Tech (Far East) Pte Ltd)
Tamron Singapore are committed to provide the best prices and after-sales service to all consumers and that is reflected in our commitment of a 5 years warranty. There are always greater benefits and extra savings when you purchase a Tamron lens, buy with a peace of mind, use with a peace of mind.

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Two GameStart Asia Tickets to be WON!

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Two GameStart Asia Tickets to be WON!
– Including a Pair of Special Edition Freshly Pressed(TM) GameStart Socks!

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09th November 2015, Singapore – On top the Giveaway that the organizers are offering, this is an additional chance to Win a Pair of tickets to GameStart Asia PLUS a chance to win the Limited Edition GameStart Sock from Freshly Pressed!

1) To Win, LIKE and SHARE this link to your Facebook & Hashtag #ourshutterjourney!
2) Then FOLLOW Freshly Pressed Socks here.

It’s that easy!

The GameStart Asia will be held at Suntec Convention Centre, Hall 401 & 402, Singapore from 14th-15th Nov 2015. The winner will be announced on 11th Nov 2015.

So start sharing now!

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