23rd July 2014, Singapore - Most of the photographers that I know owns a couple of cameras as well as many lenses from various makers, sometimes from different brands, some from different eras. It is pretty diversified when it comes to selecting a brand of camera. There are many deciding factors too when selecting a new cameras. From photo quality to user interface, from ISO performance to creative filters, from high resolution LCD screen to tilt-able screen, from price point to brand presence, the factors are far too many to mention.
Out of curiosity and taking this opportunity as part of a Readers’ Demographic update, we are conducting a simple poll here. Please kindly tick the brand(s) of camera(s) & lense (2nd Poll) that you currently own. Although there is no prize for polling, it will help me & my team in the long run to provide more relevant articles, resources and contents for your enjoyment & references.
About Olympus Imaging Singapore
Olympus Imaging Singapore is the unparalleled industry leader in opto-digital technologies, delivering award-winning digital imaging products for the consumer and professional markets in Singapore. Driven by a strong commitment in providing innovative products and solutions of the highest quality, Olympus Imaging Singapore works closely with industry partners, customers and other Olympus business units in producing leading-edge products. These include analogue and digital cameras, professional SLR imaging systems, and voice recorders, amongst others. Olympus Imaging Singapore’s unrelenting efforts in superior customer service also bear testimony to its brand promise of delivering the best user experience to all consumers and professional users in the imaging field. For more information, please visit http://www.olympusimage.com.sg.
18th July 2014, Singapore – The Ricoh GR had been around for a while since its introduction to the market. From our understanding, the GR had done well in terms of sales locally and till this moment as I write, units of the GR are still being bought off the shelves. The Ricoh’s GR-Series compact cameras had been around since the good old days where film rules. Marketed and position as the company’s High-End compact cameras line, Ricoh GR-series cameras had been trusted by professional photographers all over the world till today. As the global digitalization evolves, the Ricoh GR Series had also updated what a modern professional compact camera should be. It was made not just to replace the previous model (Ricoh GR Digital IV or GRD4), the newly designed GR is a new camera altogether. The latest & current model – simply called the “GR” is the answer to this update.
The main reasons why professional photographers are buying the GR are pretty obvious. The GR comes with a 16.2mp APS-C sensor – the biggest sensor so far that Ricoh had ever placed in a compact camera, a newly designed prime lens that gives an effective focal range of 28mm wide, a bright aperture of F2.8 (I missed the F1.9 on the GRD4 though) & a new GR V-Processor as the sweetener for the GR package. To make the GR sweeter, the 3 inch 1.23 million dots LCD is using the same “WM” aka “WhiteMagic” technology as the Sony RX1/RX100.
For the keen eye, one would have also noticed that Ricoh had added the TAv shooting mode (Time Aperture Value) to the GR which is pretty unique to Pentax cameras. Since both companies (Pentax & Ricoh) had merged, it’s great to see Pentax-ish factors finding their way into Ricoh cameras and I hope to see the same can be done to the Pentax products too.
As usual, I would like to disclaim myself that this is not a technical review site, we are really more keen on what kind of photo, colors & image quality that the GR can produce. If you are looking for in-depth specifications, please look elsewhere or at the provided links after the jump.
(PS: Hello to the people over at Dpreview forum, thanks for constantly sharing my reviews over the dpreview forums. I noted the comments from many dpreview users that this site is not a technical-review site. Yes, they are absolutely right. From day 1, I had positioned my humble website as the “user review site” and not a “technical site” and I hope this is the last time I had to disclaim myself. Keep sharing my articles anyway – love you all!)
Recently when I was meeting up with the local distributor, I took the opportunity to loan the GR out for a weekend. I had own a few previous versions of the GR-Series cameras and admittedly, I had not really touch the new GR till this review. The GR was introduced for exactly a year now, and after using it over a weekend, it is easy to understand why professional photographers are buying the Ricoh GR as their travel or “Off-Day” compact. The GR was built on a solid magnesium alloy body, nice & large grip (a typical Ricoh design cue but useful anytime!), fits into most pockets, focus fast & accurately, produces images with excellent resolutions and a sensible button layout.
All photos published along with this article were shot using the Ricoh GR on a one-day excursion to places of worships in Singapore. The photos were not edited except for straightening, slight cropping and added water-marks. You may wish to click on the photo to view at full size to check out the sharpness and the number of details captured within every shot.
You can buy your Ricoh GR here.
PENTAX RICOH IMAGING CORPORATION was originally founded in 1919 under the name Asahi Optical Joint Stock Co. In the 1950s, launched the first SLR camera, the Asahiflex I, and the company haven’t stopped since. From the Asahi PENTAX single-lens reflex camera to the Spotmatic and to our most recent K-5IIs and incredibly tiny Q10, Pentax empowers and inspired photographers around the world.
For information on Ricoh, click here.
About APDS (Exclusive Distributor for Singapore)
Audio & Photo Distributor (Far East) Pte. Ltd. formerly known as MHE Consumer (S) Pte. Ltd was founded in 1973.
Since its inception Audio & Photo has had been the distributor of many well-known international consumer brands such as Konica cameras from Japan, Kenwood and Nakamachi hi-fi products from Japan, and Metz flash and accessories, Rollei cameras and Jos Schneider enlarging/professional lenses from Germany, to name a few.
Currently Audio & Photo Distributor is the sole distributor of Pentax & Ricoh cameras from Japan . With over 35 years of marketing experience and history, Audio & Photo has developed a strong network of dealers located islandwide in Singapore with whom it enjoys close rapport and support.
Audio & Photo Distributor (FE) Pte Ltd bides by its belief that it exists because of the customer, and therefore it will always strive to serve the needs of its customers with full dedication and commitment.
15th July 2014, Singapore – Most photographers will know a couple of famous photography shops that are known to be reputable and trustworthy. This is important as photography equipment is not cheap and you need a good and well-stocked retailer to back you up especially if you are a professional and paying your bills from your shutter count. Today, I went on to find out more about one of the famous photographer store here in Singapore – they are none other than Alan Photo Trading.
Before we start, I would like to disclaim that although my name is Allan, I am not related to Alan Photo Trading in any way except that they are one of our Accredited Merchants for our members, subscribers and followers. :)
Alan Photo Trading was founded in 1987 by Mr. Alan Tan, their pioneer store was located at Sim Lim Square and it was a humble shop selling mainly films, film cameras & accessories. Since then, Alan Photo Trading had come a long way, and they had supported the photography trade through the digital revolution when digital formats were introduced towards the end of 1990s.
Today, Alan Photo Trading is one of the Top 5 Photography store in Singapore retailing with a full inventory of photography equipment that professional photographers trust and hobbyists love. Today Alan Photo Trading has 3 unique stores located at Sim Lim Square, Funan Digitalife Mall & Marina Bay Sands Shoppes and they have a separate administrative office & distribution centre at Waterloo Street.
So what are their secrets to success and sustainability? We caught up with the Alan Photo Trading’s Operation Manager John Chong and I managed to have a few words with him.
Ed: John, can you please share with our readers the secret(s) to Alan Photo Trading’s success today?
John: Staff integrity, Honest trading & Friendship with every customer.
Ed: Can you elaborate on that?
John: Staff integrity is important, for a business to succeed, we must first work on our staff, impart ownership values, properly trained, knows the product that they are selling and must be able to handle all kinds of customer. And there must not be any internal competition, rather, the sales team works as a team, helping out one another whenever someone needed help.
Honest trading is important because at Alan Photo trading, we do not believe in doing one-off business and we are very careful with the guidelines & pricing given to us by brand owners – likewise with our customers when they make a purchase at our stores. The competition is tough in this industry, but we strongly believe in our products & our services so there is no need for us to do anything out of the ordinary. By being honest and transparent in our business operations, we are also protecting other like-minded fellow retailers, the brand owners and our customers too.
Photo: Alan Photo Trading in the 1980s.
John: Friendship is when we place emphasis on developing long-term relationships with our customers over profit. In every business, profit is important, but relationship is even more important for a business to sustain & survive. We strive to develop this relationship with every customer that passed through our doors. What is a business without business-client relationships? When our customers become our friends, it means mutual trusts had developed and this is when we know that we had won our customers’ trust & heart.
This is sweet.
Ed: That is very interesting. Thank you for sharing!
Back from where Alan Photo Trading were selling film & film, today Alan Photo Trading sells almost everything that a photographer or videographer can think of. The inventory is comprehensively huge and there is something for everyone. Alan Photo Trading is also an Authorized Reseller for major brands like Leica, Hasselblad, Blackmagic Design, Canon, Nikon, Sony etc.
To stay updated with News & Promotional Offers from Alan Photo Trading,
please visit http://www.alanphoto.com.sg/
And pop over to their Facebook page and “LIKE” to stay updated.
Alan Photo Trading is an Accredited Merchant with ALL the photography groups
SINGAPORE, 10 July 2014 – Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd today announced it will officially sponsor the upcoming friendly match between Italian Serie A champions, Juventus Football Club and a Singapore Select side on 16 August 2014 at Singapore’s new Sports Hub.
“We are delighted to sponsor this significant match as the first major football game to take place at the new Sports Hub. With our heritage and track record in digital imaging, Nikon is pleased to be able to provide photographers with this exclusive opportunity to capture this milestone event in Singapore’s sports history,” said Mr Sunny Ng, Senior Sales and Marketing Manager, Nikon Singapore.
“The highly-anticipated match between Juventus and the Singapore team at the new National Stadium is a world-class sporting event that is set to draw thousands of fans and supporters,” said Malcolm Thorpe, VP Sports Development and Events, World Sport Group. “Juventus FC is one of the world’s greatest football teams and we are happy to have Nikon as the camera sponsor for this ground-breaking match.”
Members of Nikon Club Singapore will stand a chance to join the official photographer on the pitch side at the match. Registration for this exclusive VIP access will begin in August.
In addition, fans of the Nikon Singapore Facebook Page will also stand a chance to win tickets to watch a private Juventus training session on 15 August 2014, as well as the match between Singapore Selection and Juventus FC on 16 August 2014. More details will be announced on http://www.nikon.com.sg by end July.
Nikon is additionally a proud sponsor of the AFC Champions League 2014 and the AFC Cup 2014, both an annual international competition involving football clubs from Asian Football Confederation (AFC)-affiliated nations.
Nikon. At the Heart of the Image. Nikon is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognised for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX compact digital cameras; Nikon sports optics as well as the Nikon 1 advanced cameras with interchangeable lens system in over 50 countries.
6th July 2014, Vietnam/ Singapore – Sigma released the DP2 Quattro with much anticipation from the DP fans. (The DP 1 & DP3 Quattro will soon follow) The DP Series – favourably known for its high level of details and sharpness has definitely became a new breed with the Quattro guise. Completely redesigned, the DP2 is now much faster than its predecessors. The Foveon X3 CMOS sensor is also newly designed, but only better. Instead of 40mp, we get a 33 mp which is already very capable. The 30mm F2.8 fixed lens on the DP2 Quattro looks like the Sigma 30mm F1.4 DG HSM ART lens though.
At 30mm, the actual focal range is about 45mm on a 35mm format. The lens comes with a 9 blades aperture that uses light from F2.8 to F16 and at one push of the button the lens can be activated into a manual focusing lens. It has 8 elements in 6 groups and has a minimum focusing distance of 28cm, which is perfect for most close ups shots. The 30mm lens also accepts 58mm filters so using CPL or a regular UV is possible too.
The DP2 Quattro comes with a hotshoe that accepts Sigma proprietary flash guns however when I was reviewing this camera in Vietnam, I did not use any flash at all. The new Sigma DP2 Quattro ships with 02 battteries (BP-51) in the box with an extra battery pouch, strap, chargers & cables. Specs wise, the camera is considered very decent. ISO range is 100-6400 and I used100-800 only for this review trip and it has served me well. It has 9 focus points and 10 White balance modes, 11 Color modes (I like this) and the standard metering. Weight wise, its a mere 395gm without the battery, very good for walking the streets as the DP2 Quattro is light as compared to any DSLR.
As usual, I have to disclaim myself that this is not a technical site, so if you are looking for really in-depth review of the DP2 Quattro, do look elsewhere. We are more keen in sharing the real photos taken by the DP2 Quattro here. Check out the photos below.
All photos are un-edited straight from the camera except that I had straightened or cropped out as examples.
Photo: Shot by the new Sigma DP2 Quattro.
Did a little slow shutter at the street of Hanoi. The DP2 Quattro is a Street Photography Monster.
I do not know what you are probably thinking right now after viewing all the photos above. But I am very sure that you are impressed with the amount of details that was captured by the DP2 Quattro. Although many photographers will tell me that not everyone will scrutinize details like what I did, but I can tell you that many photographers crop their photos and with that, you cannot afford to have details lost in the process – wouldn’t you agree?
The sharpness of the DP2 Quattro is out of this world when compared to other high end compact cameras. Although the design does attracts more attention than it deserves, the DP2 is a new breed, a new look is definitely legit. And when compared to the previous versions of DP Series cameras, the new DP2 Quattro is much faster now – from starting up, to focusing, to recording well, at least this is something that makes the DP2 Quattro worth getting.
As my Vietnam trip comes to an end, my little love affair with the DP2 Quattro also ended.
This is a review unit from Sigma Singapore, hope to loan it again some day.
Some behind the scenes photos by Contributors.
** Sigma had re-organized their whole lens line into 3 category.
They are “C” Lens, “A” Lens & “S” Lens.
C Lens = Contemporary Lens Line
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
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
While offering sophisticated optical performance and expressiveness, Sigma Sports 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.
For more information, please visit http://www.sigma-global.com
03rd July 2014, Singapore – A reader shared with us that there is a blog by the name of “Shutter Journeys” and we got curious and we went on to check out this blog. The blog is managed by a beautiful lady by the name of Donna who is based in Las Vegas, Nevada and she specializes in ” Travel, photography, art, writing, animals, nature, hiking, and any combination thereof.” as stated on her profile page.
Thanks to the unnamed reader for sharing with us about this site.
We used to call our group/ company with the below names;
1) Photo Journey
2) Shutter Journey Singapore
3) Singapore Shutter Journey
However, we have finally decided & registered the name “Ourshutterjourney” earlier this year (2014) with the governing authorities as the main operating name & brand. The activity group is still called “Shutter Journey (Singapore) Photography Group” which the words “Shutter Journey” is non-exclusive to our group/ company/ brand. So if you spotted another site/ blog/ group bearing a similar name, please do not be alarmed.
Meantime, do check out Donna’s photos on her sites.