Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 – Macro Ring Flash

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Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 – Macro Ring Flash
- Featuring Dyan Tjhia.

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Photo: Dyan Tjhia & her camera fitted with Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 – Macro Ring Flash

 

30th September 2014, Singapore – Famed for their high quality flashes that are favored by professional photographers from around the world, German Flash maker METZ has an interesting flash among their product line of professional flashes – the Mecablitz 15 MS-1. This professional macro flash is unique in many ways, the MS-1 runs on a wireless macro flash system via two individually-controlled reflectors that promises the user precision illumination and a balanced light distribution which many other macro flashes struggles. Metz managed to figure out what type of light adjustments, light throw and illumination control that a macro photographer really need and use.

Another interesting point to note is, the Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 operates via wireless TTL which is controlled by the master flash mounted on the hot shoe. And this professional flash runs on just 02 AAA batteries which I will not share where the battery chamber is. It took us (pretty amazing after we found the battery chamber) a while at first to figure out how to use this flash.

We decided to invite Dyan Tjhia, an avid macro photographer as well as an award-winning sports photographer to take the Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 out for a day and below are the photos that Dyan had shot using her camera with the Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 . Let’s check out her photos below. If you searching for the specifications, it’s right below after the jump.

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I am sure that you will agree that Dyan’s photos above were awesome. It is no wonder why the Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 (a true performer flash that) is trusted & used by professional macro photographers. Personally, I like the wireless TTL feature as I get pretty irritated by coiled cables from other macro flashes. From Dyan’s photos above, we noted on the even distribution of light, the not-so-harsh flash landed on the subject pretty gently if I must describe in easy terms.

Priced competitively, the Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 is one excellent (and interesting) macro flash to purchase. Get yours today!

Buy the Metz Mecablitz 15 MS-1 here.

Technical Specifications.
Wireless TTL flash control
– Two reflector system, individually pivoting (0°, 10°, 20°) and separately controlled
– Ratio function (light distribution from left to right
– Horizontal (20°) pivoting reflector
– Dot matrix display
– Standard 50 mm illumination
– Enclosed bouncer disc for softer illumination
– Adjustable light (modelling light)
– Integrated autofocus auxiliary light
– Flash standby and exposure control indicator on flash unit
– Flash functions for specific camera models in remote TTL mode

Operates as slave flash unit in the following operating modes:
– E-TTL – remote flash mode (Canon)
– i-TTL- remote flash mode (Nikon / Fujifilm)
– P-TTL remote flash mode (Pentax / Samsung)
– Four-Thirds TTL remote flash mode (Olympus / Panasonic / Leica)
– ADI remote flash mode (Sony Alpha)

Basic flash functions

– TTL remote flash operating mode (as slave unit)
– Slave flash mode with pre-flash suppression
– Slave flash mode with learn function
– Manual flash mode with 6 partial lighting levels
– 1st and 2nd shutter curtain synchronization

Flash output
– Max. guide number (GN) of 15 for ISO 100/21° and 50 mm
– High number of flashes (e.g. 200 full flashes with NiMH batteries, 1000 mAh)
– Flash recycle time 0.3 – 5 secs (depending on the energy source and flash output)

Included in delivery
– 52, 55 and 58 mm adapter rings
– Bouncer disc
– IR clip-ons
– Belt pouch

The Metz mecablitz 15 MS-1 digital that is directly mounted on the lens, and is suitable for nearly all cameras DSLRs from Canon, Nikon, Olympus/Panasonic, Pentax/Samsung or Sony Alpha.

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Getty Images inspires Spikes Asia to kill the cliché and Re-Picture the world‏

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Getty Images inspires Spikes Asia to kill the cliché and Re-Picture the world‏
The world’s leading digital media company launches Re-Picture photo contest and supports Asia Pacific’s emerging creative talent through continued sponsorship of Young Spikes.
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19th September 2014, Singapore – Getty Images, the global leader in visual communication, is challenging attendees of Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity to drop stereotypes, reconsider the way they look at the world and embrace the power of imagery to shape the future.

As part of its mission to move the world through imagery, Getty Images is inspiring Spikes delegates to look beyond stereotypical images when describing people and communicating concepts, inviting creatives to ‘re-picture’ visual representations of key concepts like success, beauty, age and family.

“Social media in Asia is growing fast and as more consumers engage with brands online we’re seeing a rising demand for authenticity in imagery. At Getty Images we believe it’s time to move away from the cliché  content and embrace the world around us as it actually is – in all its variety and beauty,” said Corinne Woels, Head of Sales, Getty Images, South East Asia.

“Spikes Asia attracts the region’s top industry influencers and best emerging talent – creative leaders with the power to redefine our perception of the world. Getty Images is excited to join forces with this year’s delegates to re-picture stereotypes and inspire change.”

Delegates can explore image galleries representing re-pictured perspectives on selected themes and respond with their own ideas by using the #RePicture hashtag. In addition, Getty Images is launching a photo contest, inviting attendees to submit their interpretation of Re-Picture to win a US$200 Photos.com by Getty Images voucher.

For the third year, Getty Images is the official sponsor of the Young Spikes Competition. Taking place at the heart of the Festival, and judged by a panel of top media experts, the competition sees Asia’s best young creatives compete around the clock to create an award-winning campaign. Getty Images is the exclusive content provider for the competition, enabling participants to draw from its broad range of award-winning creative imagery to produce inspiring work of their own.

For more information on re-picture, visit www.gettyimages.com/repicture.

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Widen Your Horizons: Sony Introduces ZEISS 16-35mm F4

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Widen Your Horizons: Sony Introduces ZEISS 16-35mm F4 Full-Frame Wide-Angle Zoom for α E-Mount Cameras

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- Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z) with versatile wide-angle zoom range
- Legendary ZEISS design optimised for Sony α7 series 35mm full-frame cameras
- Optical SteadyShot™ in-lens image stabilisation
- Compact and portable with dust and moisture resistant design

15th September 2014, Singapore – Sony’s latest full-frame ZEISS wide-angle zoom packs serious imaging power into a light, compact addition to the E-mount lens range for α camera users.

The eagerly-awaited Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z) now offers photo enthusiasts a choice of three wide-aperture premium zoom lenses. Complementing the existing SEL2470Z zoom and SEL70200G telephoto zoom, the wide-angle SEL1635Z is a compelling choice for landscapes, interiors and architecture plus everyday shooting.

Legendary ZEISS quality exploits the immense creative potential of the acclaimed α7 series of 35mm full-frame cameras. It’s also an ideal partner for the complete Sony range of E-mount cameras and camcorders.

The uncompromising optical design features five aspherical lens elements, including one large AA (advanced aspherical) element and three ED glass elements. This helps the SEL1635Z achieve outstanding corner-to-corner resolution and sharpness, while reducing distortion and colour aberration to an absolute minimum – all in a lens that’s both compact and light to carry.

A signature of ZEISS lenses, the T* coating on optical surfaces minimises flare and ghosting to boost contrast, clarity and depth with landscapes and strongly backlit scenes.

A constant F4 maximum aperture allows photographers to achieve beautiful background defocus effects with a shallow depth of field at all focal lengths. Coupled with Optical SteadyShot™ in-lens image stabilisation, it enables stunning handheld shots in low light without boosting ISO sensitivity and the risk of increased noise.

Wherever you are sent on assignment, the lens’s dust and moisture-resistant design lets serious photographers keep shooting with confidence in the harshest of environments.

The Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z) full-frame wide-angle zoom lens will be available at selected Sony Stores and authorised outlets from November 2014.

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Specifications Sheet:
– Model Name” SEL1635Z
– 35mm equivalent focal-length (when attached to APS-C body) 24-52.5mm
– Max. magnification ratio 0.19x
– Min. focus distance 0.28m
– Filter diameter 72mm
– Dimensions 78 x 98.5mm
– Weight 518g
– Supplied accessories Front cap, Rear cap, Hood, Case
– Colour Black

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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Nikon brings internationally renowned photographer Chris McLennan to Singapore

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Nikon brings internationally renowned photographer Chris McLennan to Singapore.
Nikon’s latest D750 to provide consumers with an exciting Nikon FX experience at Funan DigitaLife Mall.

I AM FULL FREEDOM-Chris McLennan

16th September 2014, Singapore – Nikon Singapore today announced that they will be bringing in recognised industry leader in travel and wildlife photography, Nikon New Zealand Ambassador’s Chris McLennan, to Singapore to speak at Nikon’s I AM FULL FREEDOM consumer roadshow. The public event will be held at Funan DigitaLife Mall from 3 to 5 October 2014.

McLennan will be sharing his experiences as a travel and wildlife photographer during the event. His recent notable work includes a viral video titled “Car-L meets the lions” where Chris used a remote control camera buggy to get close up photos of a wild pride of eight lions.

“We are very honoured to have Chris McLennan with us to share his 25 years of experience in photography,” said Jonathan Ang, Deputy General Manager, Nikon Singapore. “Chris’ experience shooting in diverse and challenging conditions all around the world allow him to provide invaluable insights to photography enthusiasts and inspire them to get the very best out of their cameras.”

“I’m delighted to be present in Singapore to talk about my journey as a photographer for Nikon, and my experiences from New Zealand and all over the globe,” said Chris McLennan. “My photography assignments have taken me to more than 45 different countries to shoot many amazing subjects, and having Nikon cameras has allowed me to get the best out of every shot.”

“I’m looking forward to sharing those experiences with everyone here,” McLennan added.

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with Nikon Professional Photographers such as Alex Soh, Bryan Foong, and Imran Ahmad, who are experts in their own fields of travel, wedding and underwater photography respectively. They will talk about their own behind-the-scene stories and share photography insights for aspiring photographers to learn from.

Titled “I AM FULL FREEDOM”, the Nikon FX experience happening this October is also open to members of the public and photography enthusiasts to try out Nikon’s latest full frame DSLR, the Nikon D750, which will make its official debut at the event. Other full frame Nikon FX-format DSLR cameras, which include the D4S and the recently launched D810 will also be available for hands-on testing at the event, with a variety of NIKKOR lenses.

As part of the Nikon FX experience, members of the public will also be able to participate in a novel open-top bus tour around town. The ride will take them around nearby city spots while they test out the new D750, as well as other Nikon full frame FX-format DSLR cameras available on the bus. There will also be free sensor cleaning services over the weekend for existing Nikon users for the first 100 participants per day.

Photographers can also look forward to various exciting performances throughout the weekend, which range from Japanese Taiko Drums to freestyle dance performances and more! Shutterbugs looking to get some weekend captures are encouraged to come by to test their photography skills.

Programme Summary

Programme Date / Time Details and Registration

Talks by Chris McLennan and Nikon professional photographers: Alex Soh, Bryan Foong and Imran Ahmad

3 – 5 October – Various timings
(These photography talks are open to all.)

Register at http://www.nikon.com.sg/fullfreedom.
Limited to 100 pax for seating. Registration is free and opens on 23 September 2014 at 12pm online on a first-come-first-served basis.

Mall Performances 4 – 5 October 2014 Shutterbugs looking to get some weekend shots can also come by the mall to watch various exciting performances, which range from Japanese Taiko Drums to freestyle dance performances and even fire juggling.

“FREEDOM BUS” Open Top bus tours 4 – 5 October 2014, Hourly, between 12-6pm. Members of the public can sign up for a free ride on the Open Top bus tour where you will get a chance to try your hands on the latest Nikon D750 and other Nikon FX Cameras. Register at http://www.nikon.com.sg/fullfreedom and receive an 8GB SanDisk card. Registration begins on 23 September 2014 at 12pm online on a first-come-first-served basis. Tours run every hour with a capacity of 20 pax per ride.

Free Sensor Cleaning 3 – 5 October 2014 (Fri – Sun) From 11am
Special Perks for Nikon users: Limited to the first 100 pax per day and one Nikon camera body per person only. T&Cs apply. View website for further details.

For more details, please visit http://www.nikon.com.sg/fullfreedom.

About the Nikon DSLR D750
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The Nikon D750 is Nikon’s smallest and lightest FX-format camera to deliver incredible image quality in an ideal package of enriched features. The D750 enables the freedom of photographic expression with sought-after functionalities of built-in Wi-Fi®, tilting monitor, 24.3 megapixels,

91K-pixel RGB sensor, and outstanding high-speed continuous shooting rate of approximately 6.5 frames per second for both FX- and DX-format, all fitted into a slim and durable body.

Read the media release at www.nikon.com.sg

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

For more information, visit http://www.nikon.com.sg.

Connect with Nikon Singapore and other photographers on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nikonsingapore

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iStock by Getty Images to disrupt stock photo industry with bold new changes

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iStock by Getty Images to disrupt stock photo industry with bold new changes.
- Major changes to credits, pricing and content sets iStock ahead of competitors
- Premium exclusive content now available at dramatically reduced prices
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16 September 2014, SinGAPOREiStock by Getty Images, the original resource for crowd-sourced royalty-free stock images, media and design elements, today launches a series of major changes to simplify purchasing and make its premium content available to customers for even less.  The far reaching changes, which include simplified content collections, improved search and new pricing firmly position iStock as the number one place to source unique, quality content at the best price.

Breaking new ground is in iStock’s DNA. From its humble beginnings 14 years ago as a start-up in Calgary, iStock turned the image industry on its head by crowd-sourcing imagery and inventing the microstock model. Today, iStock is disrupting again, with changes that will leave no room for ambiguity or indecision about the best place to source the right content at the right price.

From today, customers will see:

•       A single price per image and video allowing customers to access the needed file size without paying more.

•       Two collections:

–      Essentials: Millions of every day images, vectors, videos and music tracks at an unbelievable price.

–      Signature:  7 million and growing premium-quality images, vectors, video and music tracks (includes premium files formerly in the Vetta™ collection) exclusively and only available from iStock at a dramatically reduced price.

•       The flexibility of two simple payment methods with subscriptions and pay-as-you-go credit packs, enabling customers to easily buy what they need for less.  Pay-as-you-go pricing is as low as $8 per high-resolution image or $48 per high definition video.  Subscription plans provide access for as low as $0.22 per image.

“Our customers have spoken. They want quality and individuality at the best possible price – and they want it from iStock by Getty Images,” said Getty Images Co-founder and CEO Jonathan Klein.

“Only iStock offers more than just commodity content. We offer Signature – exclusive images, video and vectors curated by a global team of visual and trend experts, at a price that cannot be matched. Now our customers have even better access to this unique premium content, available only from iStock and with the trusted backing of Getty Images. Creatives and other image users do not have to settle for a sea of commoditised sameness.”

Click here for more information on the changes taking place.  

Do You Know?
iStock by Getty Images vs Shutterstock comparison

1) Worldwide Contributors
– iStock has 155K contributors from 165 countries
– Shutterstock 60K+ contributors from 100+ countries

2) Pings
- 80% of search results in key global markets are returned in under 3 seconds during core business hours on iStock
– 30% for Shutterstock

3) Video HD
Video HD from $48USD for iStock
– $79USD for Shutterstock

4) Minimum Entry
– iStock $15USD
– Shutterstock $29USD (2 images)

5) Daily Download Limit
– iStock: No daily download limits on subscriptions.
– Shutterstock: 25/day download limit.

*All information provided above were provided by Getty Images.

About iStock by Getty Images
iStock by Getty Images is the web’s original resource for crowd sourced royalty-free stock images, media and design elements, offering millions of hand-picked photos, illustrations, videos and audio tracks. A site “by creatives, for creatives,” iStock started in 2000 as the pioneer micropayment photography site, freeing creatives everywhere to create beautiful communications on a budget. The site has become one of the most successful and profitable user-generated content sites in the world. iStock is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Getty Images.

About Getty Images
Getty Images is a world leader in visual communication, with over 180 million assets available through its premium content site http://www.gettyimages.com and its leading stock content site http://www.istock.com. With its advanced search and image recognition technology, Getty Images serves business customers in more than 100 countries and is the first place creative and media professionals turn to discover, purchase and manage images and other digital content. Its award-winning photographers and content creators help customers produce inspiring work which appears every day in the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and online media. Visit Getty Images at http://www.gettyimages.com to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of digital media in communications and business, and enabling creative ideas to come to life.  For company news and announcements, visit press.gettyimages.com, and for the stories, innovation and inspiration behind our content, visit Stories & Trends http://stories.gettyimages.com. Find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/gettyimages and Twitter at https://twitter.com/GettyImages.

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Nikon Announces D750.

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Nikon Announces D750.
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The New Nikon D750 is at the Pinnacle of Innovation, Offering Performance and Maneuverability

With superior maneuverability and agility in a powerful, compact package, the revolutionary Nikon D750 is packed with features to provide photographers all they need to capture stunning images .

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12th September 2014, SINGAPORE – Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd is pleased to announce the launch of the new D750, the smallest and lightest Nikon FX-format camera*1 to deliver incredible image quality in an ideal package of enriched features. The D750 enables the freedom of photographic expression with sought-after functionalities of built-in Wi-Fi®*2, tilting monitor, 24.3 megapixels, 91K-pixel RGB sensor, and outstanding high-speed continuous shooting rate of approximately 6.5 frames per second*3 for both FX- and DX-format, all fitted into a slim and durable body.

The innovative D750 challenges the common assumption that the higher a DSLR’s specifications, the bulkier it becomes. The D750 includes revolutionary technologies designed to offer a strong, lightweight camera without compromising image quality. Its powerful FX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image-processing engine are packed into a monocoque structure framed by carbon fiber composite material (new material*4), and magnesium alloy to provide nimble durability while producing beautiful, balanced shots. Aimed at a discerning audience, the D750 is a superior camera with similar full-scale features and performance as those in the high-end range to offer photographers the room to expand their capabilities and evolve their skills.

“With a 24.3 megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, built in Wi-Fi®*2,cutting-edge engineering, and superior maneuverability, the D750 provides everything a photographer needs to create and share incredible images in a single device,” said Garland Mak, Deputy General Manager of International Marketing Division Imaging Group, Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd. “The D750 is synonymous with a crafted perfection of an ideal FX-format camera in its minimal weight and frame accompanied by compelling features for the closest true-to-life imaging experience.”

D750 Primary Features

1. Rich image quality paired with exceptional technology

• Stunning output quality: The 24.3 megapixel CMOS sensor combines with ISO sensitivities. An effective ISO range from 100 to 12800, also expandable from Lo 1 (ISO 50 equivalent) right up to Hi 2 (ISO 51200 equivalent), is achieved through enhanced performance of image processing to offer images with minimal noise regardless of ambient light.

• Powerful image processing: The EXPEED 4 image-processing engine delivers stunning shots, boosting image superiority over its predecessor. Enhancements include improved noise reduction performance at high ISO sensitivities, as well as upgraded depth and clarity in gradation rendering.

• Smooth, cinematic Full HD video: The D750 offers the capability to record Full HD movies in 1920×1080/60p (59.94 fps) format with minimal jaggies or moiré to offer a smooth, clear movie. A new movie shooting menu and “highlight display” function are also designed to make it easier for the videographer to achieve a refined, high-quality video regardless of environment. A multi-area mode also provides support for DX-format NIKKOR lenses, offering users flexible movie expression. Additionally, improved audio performance helps ensure the sound is as good as the image.

2. Outstanding functionality and performance for precision

• Fast, enhanced autofocus: A high-speed, highly accurate 51-point autofocus (AF) system employs a new AF sensor module that enhances low-light performance (down to -3EV), making it possible to shoot using AF in dark environments where it is impossible to focus with the naked eye. A Group-area AF mode also works to detect moving subjects with incredible accuracy, ensuring crisp, well-focused shots.

• Intuitive features: The D750 offers high-speed continuous shooting at approximately 6.5 fps*3 (in FX/DX format) with a highlight-weighted metering function that helps prevent overblown highlights. A Spot White Balance function also makes it easier to capture accurate, balanced images quickly and easily by acquiring preset manual data of white balance during a live view.

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• Clear, accurate display on a vivid wide-viewing angle monitor: It is possible to set the color balance on the clear, bright 3.2-inch monitor with a wide viewing-angle (170° horizontally or vertically), to suit the user’s preference. An Advanced Scene Recognition System that utilizes the compact 91K-pixel RGB sensor helps with focusing and metering accuracy of the subject, and an optical viewfinder with 100% frame coverage makes it easier to line up the perfect shot.

3. Incredible Flexibility

• Light, strong structure: The D750 is the first Nikon FX-format camera to adopt a monocoque structure, eliminating the rear body. The camera employs carbon fiber composite material (new material*4), for the front body and cover, and magnesium alloy for the rear and top covers to reduce weight and increase durability.

• Designed for usability: A new internal layout is optimized to allow sufficient space for enhanced maneuverability with comfortable grip ensuring secure handling while minimizing the overall size. A tri-axis hinge on the monitor tilting mechanism

also enables the screen to tilt up to approximately 90 degrees and down to 75 degrees, maintaining a rugged and lightweight design. The monitor is always positioned in the center of the camera to make it easier to compose shots, while also providing a more intuitive view to shoot from various angles.

4. Additional versatility and functionality

• Rapid uploading via Wi-Fi®: With a built-in Wi-Fi®*2, instant uploading of high-quality images to devices is enabled for an efficient workflow. The Wireless Mobile Utility application, available as a free download for the iOS and AndroidTM operating systems, enables a seamless transfer of images from the D750 to any compatible smart device of choice. The D750 also features the support for wireless image transfer with the optional Eye-Fi card.

• Double SD card slots: The D750 packs double SD memory card slots to enable “Overflow” recording, “Backup” recording, separate RAW/JPEG recording and shooting, and even copying between slots.

• Rich gradation with Picture Control: The Nikon D750 also features a new “Flat” Picture Control option to apply a more natural effect and enable the camera to acquire maximum subject information. Lost highlights and shadows or color saturation can be effectively suppressed even after image adjustment, achieving rich gradation in both brightness and color.

5. Complementary High-performance Accessories

• Powerful flash compatibility: The D750 also offers support for the Nikon Creative Lighting System, which provides a range of flexible flash and lighting options for compatible flash units to offer even more creative control in the hands of the photographer.

• Wireless remote control: The WR-1 and WR-R10/WR-T10 Wireless Remote Controllers are supported, as is the UT-1 Communication Unit and WT-5 Wireless Transmitter combined with a compact FX-format model that is ideal for a companion camera.

• Broad range of lens options: The D750, as an FX-format camera, features support for selected NIKKOR lenses and accessories, opening up a new world of creative options for enthusiast photographers.

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1 Among cameras with a built-in flash and movie functions.

2 Assuming no interference; range may vary with signal strength and presence or absence of obstacles. Wireless Mobile Utility must be downloaded onto a smart device (compatible with iOS/AndroidTM) to use the Wi-Fi function. Wireless Mobile Utility can be downloaded for free from the appropriate application store. The built-in Wi-Fi feature is not compatible with Camera Control Pro 2.

3 With shooting of JPEG-format images, excludes shooting of FX-format images at an image quality setting of JPEG fine and an image size setting of Large (up to 87 shots). Value with shooting in AF-C autofocus mode, [S] or [M] mode, shutter speed of 1/250 s or faster, all other settings at their default values.

4 Sereebo®, which is manufactured by Teijin Limited. This new material, which utilizes carbon fibers, is very lightweight without sacrificing strength or durability. As this material is well suited to use on camera exteriors because its surface is incredibly smooth with no carbon fiber bosses, it is the perfect cover material for cameras with a monocoque body structure.

Price and Availability

The Nikon D750 will be available end September 2014. The price will be available nearing sales start.

For more information about the new Nikon D750 and other Nikon products, please visit http://www.nikon.com.sg

About Nikon

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

For more information, visit http://www.nikon.com.sg.

Connect with Nikon Singapore and other photographers on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nikonsingapore

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Pentax WG-M1 – Announced

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Pentax WG-M1 – Announced
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11th September 2014, Singapore – Press Release from Pentax Ricoh.
Following the release of the strange-looking Pentax K-S1, Pentax Ricoh launches yet another strange-looking WG-M1. Maybe the company will start to produce a robot next.
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Adventure- in motion
Live out your adventure with the all-new WG-M1. The latest addition to the WG series combines the features you love, including waterproof, shock-resistant and coldproof assurance plus the ability to capture class leading high-resolution images and motion activities. With the ultra-wide angle lens, users are sure to capture an array of outdoor activities from underwater adventures to daredevil outdoor fun. . Waterproof up to a depth of 32 feet and cold resistant to temperatures as low as -10°C, the WG-M1 is ideal for the adventure seeker. With the equipped Wi-Fi connection, sending still images and movies from your smartphone is made easy for uploading to your favorite social media site. With the WG-M1 you’ll be able to capture dynamic Full HD movie clips with a realistic sense of depth. The rugged, heavy-duty design which offers large buttons and controls for ease of use, mimics that of the other WG series cameras. Equipped with a 1.5-inch color LCD monitor, you can easily check real-time images during both still-image and movie shooting modes. The WG-M1 is the must-have camera for the thrill seeker looking to capture the world around.

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Effortless underwater shooting without a housing
By simply mounting the included underwater lens protector on the airtight body, the WG-M1 assures outstanding waterproof performance to a depth of 32’/10 m., and for up to one hour of continuous operation (equivalent to IPX8 or JIS Class 8). It is also designed to be shock-resistant against a fall from a height of 6’/2 m., *dustproof (equivalent to JIS Class 6), and cold-resistant against temperatures as low as 14°F. All these features make the WG-M1 a truly dependable, heavy-duty action camera in harsh, demanding outdoor conditions. Since it doesn’t require a cumbersome housing to protect the body, the user can not only enjoy underwater movies and images more freely, but also record sounds more clearly without muffling. * Measured under RICOH IMAGING-original testing standards (from a height of 6,5’/2 m., onto a surface of 2 inch-thick plywood), conforming to Method 516.5-Shock of the MIL-Standard 810F. ** When the image size of 848 x 480 pixels (at 120fps) is selected, sound cannot be recorded.

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Functional, outdoor-oriented design
Inheriting the design theme of the waterproof WG series, the WG-M1 offers a functional, heavy-duty design perfect for active outdoor shooting. It comes equipped with a 1.5-inch color LCD monitor for easy confirmation of the image composition during shooting and quick review of recorded images and movies during playback. Its large control buttons facilitate camera operations — including instant switching between still-image and movie modes — even when the user is wearing gloves. It also features a tripod socket on the bottom for the direct attachment of various accessories. The WG-M1 offers a choice of two body colors: black and orange.

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  • High-resolution still images captured by an ultra-wide-angle, 160-degree lens and approximately 14.0 effective megapixels

    The WG-M1 delivers true-to-life, high-resolution still images, thanks to the combination of approximately 14.0 effective megapixels and a CMOS image sensor with outstanding high-sensitivity and low-noise characteristics and high-speed data readout.  During still-image shooting, it offers a choice of four angle-of-view settings: Wide (160 degrees),* Medium,** Narrow** and Underwater. It also provides a high-speed continuous shooting mode to record a series of still images at a speed of approximately 10 images per second. * The angle of view may vary depending on the selected image size. The maximum angle of view in underwater still-image recording is approximately 97 degrees. ** The medium and narrow settings are selectable only when image size of 10M or 14M is selected.

  • Wireless LAN connection to support remote operation using smartphones

    By installing a WG-M1-dedicated application in a smartphone or tablet computer, the user can perform various camera functions from a distance: confirm the status of a subject or scene, release the WG-M1’s shutter, and even check movie recordings in real time. The user can also browse and download images and movies recorded by the WG-M1 onto a smartphone or tablet computer for effortless editing using the tools provided by the application, then upload them to social networking and other websites to share them with friends.

  • Full HD movie recording with a selection of creative tools

    The WG-M1 provides Full HD movie recording in the H.264 recording format, capturing high-quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels, 16:9 proportions) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second.* Thanks to its digital shake reduction mode, the user is assured of flawless, blur-free movies, with a choice of four angle-of-view settings — Wide (approximately 137 degrees),** Medium,*** Narrow*** and Underwater. It also provides a host of creative tools to simplify complex movie-recording techniques, including “Motion detection,” which automatically starts recording a movie when the camera detects a moving object within the image field; “Loop recording,” which keeps recording movies while creating new files at five- or ten-minute intervals; “High-speed Movie,”**** which records movies specifically for slow-motion playbacks; and “Time Lapse Movie,” which produces time-compressed movies using a time-lapse recording technique. In addition, a micro-HDMI terminal (type D) is provided on the camera body for the simultaneous output of movie clips and sound to external audio-visual devices. * The maximum length of a single movie clip is 25 minutes. ** The angle of view may vary depending on the selected image size. The maximum angle of view in underwater movie recording is approximately 90 degrees. *** The medium and narrow settings are selectable only when the image size of 1920 x 1080 pixels (at 30fps) is selected. **** The image size is fixed at 848 x 480 pixels (at 120fps), while the recording duration is fixed at 60 seconds.

  • Other features

    Face Detection AF & AE function, to automatically optimize focus and set exposure on the subject’s face WG adhesive mount, to attach the camera body to different surfaces using a powerful adhesive tape Carabineer-equipped strap, to suspend the camera on a backpack or other object for easy carrying Compatible with micro SD and micro SDHC memory cards.

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Magnificient Malacca with Xing Asia!

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Magnificient Malacca with Xing Asia!
- Featuring Terence Kwan

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Photo by Terence Kwan: Clogs are significantly Peranakan & “very Malacca” .

 

09th September 2014, Singapore – Listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 7th July 2008, Malacca is the 3rd smallest Malaysia state (after Perlis & Penang).  Malacca is also widely known as the “Historic State” due to its history and culture mix – most prominently once colonized by Portuguese & Dutch. It is also one of the last states with a high number of Peranakans which is almost on par with Penang.

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Photo by Terence Kwan: A local man having his haircut at a traditional barber shop.

Having an interesting history also resulted in the modern Malacca we see today. Bustling with lots of activities, tourists flocks to Malacca to experience the culture, the food and the heritage. There are lots of ancient churches and buildings that are still well-preserved till today and this makes Malacca a good place to visit for photography too.

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Photo by Terence Kwan: Colorful trishaws are still very much used by the locals as well as the tourists. Many of these trishaws are elaborately decorated to attract customers. These trishaws are now an important element of Malacca adding colors to to the streets and adding to the unique flavor of Malacca.

 

Terence Kwan, a photographer from Singapore joined Xing Asia’s Malacca trip recently (August 2014) and came back with some really interesting photos. I bet it will be more than just nice photos that Terence brought back, from what we understand, he brought back an unforgettable experience, a complete new understanding of Malacca & lots of memories.

We took the opportunity to catch up with Terence and have him share with our readers about his trip to Malacca with Xing Asia.

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Photo by Terence Kwan: Malacca Straits Mosque or Masjid Selat Melaka. A must-visit attraction in Malacca.

 

Editor: Hi Terence, thank you for allowing us to interview you. I know this is a silly question but, have you been to Malacca before prior to this trip with Xing Asia?

Terence: No, this is really my first maiden trip to Malacca.

Editor: Wow! Then please share with me what made you want to sign up for Xing Asia trip travel program “Heritage Malacca”?

Terence: I was introduced to Xing Asia’s tour by a few friends of mine. They had previously traveled with Xing Asia and have nothing but only good things to say about Xing Asia. My expectations of Malacca came mostly from friends that have been there before and from what they have experienced & shared, Malacca is a place that has good food and lots of nostalgic places. So it is my ideal place for a short holiday.

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Photo by Terence Kwan: “Colors of Malacca”, Trishaw

Editor: I was told that this is a 2D1N weekend trip, so the program itinerary must be really packed. Please share your thoughts on the itinerary & overall tour arrangement?

Terence: The itinerary was indeed well-planned and professionally executed. During the first day, we had both day and night photo sessions at the famous Jonker Street which look and feel very different (between day & night). Jonker Street offers lots of photography opportunities, such as mosques, temples, street hawkers and even a classic barber shop!

There were so much to see, to shoot & to eat that we ended up spending quite a fair bit of time there. (giggles). After that, we visited the Malacca Island and were greeted by an awesome sunset scene with the Floating Mosque (Malacca Straits Mosque) as the subject.

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Photo by Terence Kwan: A traditional shoe-maker at work.

Editor: Wow! Sounds like you had lots of fun (& food)! So what did you do on the 2nd day?

Terence: Well, on the second day, we woke up early and had a sunrise shoot at the Portuguese Settlement followed by UNESCO World Heritage Malacca Museum Complex of St Paul Hill, The Stadthuys, A Fomasa. We covered quite a number of places in the morning before we headed out for a fantastic beef noodle for lunch. In the afternoon, we visited the Glass Temple at JB before we head back to Singapore.

Editor: That sounds really tight-scheduled! Wouldn’t that be too rush since the main objective is to do photography?

Terence: Not really. On overall, I would say the schedule was very well-planned and we were given enough time to explore all the places we visited and also enough locations to keep us (fully) occupied for the 2 full days.

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Photo by Terence Kwan: Malacca Straits Mosque or Masjid Selat Melaka at twilight.

Editor: From our understanding, you are an avid photographer, how did you find the overall photography experience while traveling with Xing Asia ?

Terence: It was a great photography experience with Xing Asia. I would attribute the main credit to the tour leader, Mr Michael Lee – who is a Master Photographer. During the trip, he gave us valuable photography tips and share a lot on how to capture a better photo. Apart from that, he (Michael Lee) is one person that fully embrace the local culture and he mingles easily with the local residents to create rare photography opportunities for us. For example; While we were walking along Jonker Street, Michael spotted a classic-old-style barbershop and he went in to chat up with the shop owner. Soon, permission was granted for us to take photograph inside the shop. This factor itself is a great advantage of doing photography tours when comparing Xing Asia to other travel agents.

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Photo by Terence Kwan: A Five-Foot way scene filled with Art Pieces, Feel and Colors that made Malacca interesting & nostalgic.

Editor: That was a strong positive statement about Xing Asia! So for this trip, the main objective was photography. Did you discover new perspectives to shooting through your camera?

Terence: As I had never been to Malacca before this trip, I would think that my perspective and opportunities would be limited if I had traveled with other travel agencies.

Editor: Good, that means you had learned a lot during the trip. Was Michael really that “in touch” with Malacca?

Terence: Absolutely! Michael Lee even knows where are all the good food!

Editor: Was there an unforgettable experience/ moment that you had encounter during the trip and would like to share with us ?

Terence: The whole trip itself is an unforgettable experience that makes me want to go back to Malacca again. If I have to share one MOST unforgettable experience, it will have to be the good food that was provided throughout the journey. Absolutely deli-fantastic!
I will want to go back to Malacca with Xing Asia again – even if it is just for the food! Everything else are bonuses! (giggles)

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Photo by Terence Kwan: A moment in time.
Editor: You are making me hungry now. So how does it feel to be traveling with other photographers whom you just met at the trip? Was the atmosphere tensed?

Terence: I expected that since we are all strangers to each other, however, it turned out that everyone was cordial and friendly (with lots of jokes in between). Many of us became friends after a little warming up. Soon, everyone was sharing photography ideas and techniques like we had known each other for a long time.

Editor: That sounds like great fun with a bunch of great photographers! Tell me, will you recommend Xing Asia photography trips to your friends (be it season traveller, photographer)?

Terence: Ah, this is the question that I don’t even have to think! Absolutely is the answer!

Editor: Ok! Last question. Do you have anything to share with our readers who are photographers like yourself?

Terence: If you are a photographer, you will definitely enjoy the photography trip with Xing Asia. You will be presented with lots of (rare and fantastic) photography opportunities. If you are not a photographer, oh well, the FOOD itself is already worth the trip!

Editor: Thank You Terence for your time and allowing us to interview you! Hope to catch you eating Chicken Rice Balls at Malacca one day!

Terence: Thank you!

TK
Photo: Terence Kwan, Photographer.

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

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– All trips are designed and owned by us making us a true travel company and not just a travel agent.
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Nikon supports NParks’ national photo competition in celebration of Singapore’s 50th birthday

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Nikon supports NParks’ national photo competition  in celebration of Singapore’s 50th birthday

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2014, Singapore  In celebration of Singapore’s 50th birthday, Nikon Singapore is proud to support NPark’s year-long national photo competition on themes surrounding our City in a Garden.

Launched on Saturday by Minister of State for National Development Mr Desmond Lee, the ‘Singapore Garden Photographer of the Year’ photo competition aims to create a greater appreciation and awareness of our natural heritage through the lens of the community.

Participants can submit photographs of what they think best represents the four themes: “Singapore Botanic Gardens – Celebrating Our Heritage”, “Trees, Forests and Parks”, “People and Nature” and “Our BiodiverCITY”.

“We are delighted to be part of this exciting initiative by NParks. The photo competition will provide an avenue for photographers to express their creativity and elevate Singapore’s profile as a green city,” said Mr. Jonathan Ang, Deputy General Manager, Nikon Singapore.

“We would like to encourage more individuals, young and old, to take this initiative as a positive platform to showcase the multiple facets of Singapore through their photos.”

Participants will compete for cash and camera prizes worth about $50,000. The overall best winner will walk away with a Nikon D610 kit, camera lens, and $3,000 cash. First prize winners of each theme will win a Nikon D5300 kit and $2,000 cash. The competition’s presenting sponsor is City Developments Limited (CDL), supported by Nikon and Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). It is also organised in partnership with the Garden City Fund (GCF) and Photographic Society of Singapore (PSS).

In support of Singapore Botanic Gardens’ bid to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the first theme for the competition will be “Singapore Botanic Gardens – Celebrating Our Heritage”. From now till 7 January 2015, participants can submit photographs that feature the Gardens’ rich natural, historical and cultural heritage.

The photo competition will feature an open category and Instagram category. Members of the public are encouraged to participate in all four themes and submit them in both categories. For the open category, a maximum of 10 photographs per theme is allowed for each participant. All entries must be sent to www.nparks.gov.sg/sgpy. For the Instagram category, there is no limit on the number of entries that can be submitted. However, participants should include the hashtag #sgpy_<theme> in their picture descriptions.

Award-winning wildlife photographers C.S.Ling and Dr Chua Ee Kiam will be the judges for the competition organised by NParks.

New photo exhibition at the Singapore Botanic Gardens

Saturday additionally marked the start of the ‘Lasting Impressions – the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ exhibition – a photo collection that features the Gardens’ rich heritage through its iconic landmarks and landscape. The exhibition is developed in collaboration with a community of photography enthusiasts who share a love for nature and the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

For the next six months, more than 50 photographs will be displayed at three locations in the Gardens; the Botany Centre (Tanglin Gate), Visitor Centre (Nassim Gate), and the entrance of the Bukit Timah Gate. The exhibition is free for the public.

The photography group is led by Mr Andrew JK Tan, a seasoned photographer with more than 30 years of experience. He regularly organises workshops and outings for budding photographers who are keen to learn more about the craft.

NParks will also be organising photography workshops in conjunction with the photo competition.  Interested members of the public can refer to the website www.nparks.gov.sg/SGPY for updates.

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

For more information, visit www.nikon.com.sg.

Connect with Nikon Singapore and other photographers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nikonsingapore.

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The Canon EOS Rebels – Special Feature

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The Canon EOS Rebels – Special Feature  

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Photo: (L to R) Lili/100D, Chun Heng/300D, Trisha/350D, Nyen Sin/400D, Kim Chwee/450D, AL/500D, Janice/550D, Alyssa/600D, Clement/650D & Boon Yan/700D.
Photo by Suliadi Pochong.

1st September 2014, Singapore – Most photographers would have picked up an entry-level Canon EOS DSLRs when they first started photography or when they upgraded from prosumer digital compacts. Let me take you back in time, exactly 11 years ago, during September 2003, it was a year to remember for all Canon fans. Canon launched the EOS 300D to replace the D60 (and the earlier D30).  And with the launch of the EOS 300D, Canon had opened doors to millions of photographers worldwide with its friendly asking price and the sheer compactness of this entry-level DSLR.

Before I go on, let me share a little bit of history with all of you. Canon named this camera product line (entry-level line) into various names for different markets.
– For international markets, this model series goes by a 3 digit numbering system with a “D” right behind the model number. Example “300D”, “450D” etc.
– For America, this model series are named Canon EOS Digital Rebel
– For Japan, it’s called “Canon EOS KISS Digital. The Kiss actually means Keep-It-Silent-&-Simple”
Although no one really knows why Canon named its DSLRs like this but I suspect the naming has to do with easy numbering with every future model replacement.

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Photo: When the Rebels are not shooting.
Photo by Suliadi Pochong.

While I was planning the editorial contents for Sep & Oct 2014, I remember a project that I always wanted to do but didn’t get round to do it. I wanted to round up all the XXXD series cameras together with their owners and get everyone out to shoot together, interview the owners about their cameras and make it a “Rebels” outing. So I posted on our Facebook Group Page and started to look for owners of these cameras. With a little luck, I found all the cameras/ owners within 24 hours. (I excluded the smaller 4 digit series Rebels/ 1000D, 1100D & 1200D)

So an outing/ interview was planned and I had picked Chinatown as the location for our project. Singapore is currently building up momentum to the annual Mid Autumn Festival (also known as Mooncake Festival) and Chinatown will be a colorful & interesting place to shoot. After a short talk about the history of Canon DSLRs to the attendees, the group went on to shoot with their EOS Rebels. And to make the project interesting, all the participants can only use Canon’s EF-S 18-55mm of any version.

While shooting, I took the opportunity to interview the owners individually. Here, I present to you, Singapore Mid Autumn Festival by the Canon Rebels!

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Canon EOS 100D
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Name: Lok Li Li
Age: Undisclosed
Profession: Regional Pharma Competence Manager
Camera: Canon EOS 100D (Released April 2013)
(Also known as Canon EOS Rebel SL1/ Canon EOS Kiss X7)
Specialized Genre: General Photography

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“Personally I like the Canon EOS 100D as it is light and compact. I can put it into my handbag even when mounted with the Canon 40mm pancake lens especially when I want to bring the camera with me to work. After work, I can go on and shoot photos without having the feeling of carrying a “brick”. My friends are amazed that I have the EOS 100D in my handbag.  Being an Canon, EOS, it can uses other EF/EF-S lenses and it is very versatile as I can mount on other zoom lenses when traveling or a macro lens when I need to do close ups. The creative mode functions (filters) makes it a fun camera to use and I love to play with the Toy Mode or miniature mode. It’s fun camera for travel & everything else!” – Lili

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Name Kor Chun Heng
Age: 33
Profession School Teacher
Camera: Canon EOS 300D (Announced June 2003, Released Sep 2003)(Also known as Canon EOS Digital Rebel/ Canon EOS Kiss Digital/ Canon DS4041)
Specialized Genre: Events/ Street Photography

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“I like the Rebel Series for its reliability and easy handling. The camera still produces nice image colors despite its age (11 years old), and the shutter is particularly quiet during operations. I also like the fact that the camera body is very light weighted. My only complaint is this camera (EOS 300D) takes about 2 seconds to “wake up” from standby and this makes street photography really challenging.” – Chun Heng

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Canon EOS 350D
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Name: Trisha Lim
Age: 38
Profession: Corporate Sales
Camera: Canon EOS 350D
(Released Jan 2005)
(Also known as Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT/ Canon EOS Kiss Digital N)
Specialized Genre: Corporate Events

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“Canon’s Rebel series DSLRs are great cameras. I like the sound of the shutter from my EOS 350D, it’s really unique, Further to that, this camera is really light & small, I love to carry it everywhere I go. The 8 megapixel 350D is 9 years old today and the photos taken by it still looks great! This is also one of the best DSLR to convert to a full time Infrared camera. If only the LCD screen is bigger, otherwise it would have been a perfect camera.” – Trisha.

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Canon EOS 400D
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Name: See Nyen Sin
Age: 58
Profession: Self-Employed
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Released April 2006) (Also known as Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi/ Canon EOS Kiss Digital X)
Specialized Genre: General Photography

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“When the 400D was released, the design layout of the camera had changed from its predecessors when Canon decides to do away with the 2nd digital menu screen that the EOS 300D & EOS 350D has. With the new shooting menu integrated into one digital menu, this has set the path for future Rebels Series cameras to come. The camera is easy to use and understand, you won’t go wrong with a Rebel.” – Nyen Sin.

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Canon EOS 450D
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Name: Tan Kim Chwee
Age: 64
Profession: Civil Servant
Camera: Canon EOS 450D
(Also known as Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/ Canon EOS Kiss Digital X2)
Specialized Genre: Portraitures

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“I bought the Canon EOS 450D a few years ago and it is also my first DSLR. I have grown to love it as it has served me well as an amateur photographer. I like the large LCD screen, high megapixel (back then) and the large selection of EF/EF-S Lenses that I can use with it.” – Kim Chwee.

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Canon EOS 500D

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Photo: AL took this 10-shots Stitched Panorama by 500D.

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Name: A Lee
Age: 39
Profession: Review Editor/ Photography Instructor
Camera: Canon EOS 500D (Released April 2009) (Also known as Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i/ Canon EOS Kiss Digital X3)
Specialized Genre: General Photography

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“My wife (then girlfriend) bought me the Canon EOS 500D as a Christmas present. As a past Nikon user, I find it easy to use and carry around due to its size. I also uses the EOS 500D a lot for close up works due to its 1.6X crop factor and high resolution images. It is also my favorite travel camera. My EOS 500D had followed me to Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia & Philippines so far.” – A Lee

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Name: Janice Koh
Age: 55
Profession: Supervisor
Camera: Canon EOS 550D (Released January 2010) (Also known as Canon EOS Digital Rebel T2i/ Canon EOS Kiss Digital X4)
Specialized Genre: General Photography

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“I like my Canon EOS 550D because this is my first DSLR and it is easy to use. It is also not heavy so it is also a great camera for traveling too.” – Janice

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Name: Alyssa Chan
Age: 33
Profession: Dietician
Camera: Canon EOS 600D
(Also known as Canon EOS Digital Rebel T3i/ Canon EOS Kiss Digital X5)
Specilized Genre: Portraits

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“The Canon EOS 600D or the rebel series is one of the easiest DSLRs to operate. Although small, the camera build is solid and surprisingly light. My rebel has an articulated LCD screen that allows me to shoot at odd angle by using the Live View mode too!” – Alyssa

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Canon EOS 650D
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Name: Clement Lim
Age: 28
Profession: Application Specialist
Camera: Canon EOS 650D
(Also known as Canon EOS Digital Rebel T4i/ Canon EOS Kiss Digital X6i)
Specialized Genre: Street/ Photojournalism

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“I will recommend anyone starting photography with a Canon rebel series camera. The menus are easy to navigate and weight is never an issue. The shutter sound has a soft touch to it which I particularly like. My only complaint is probably the the ISO noise control, but as a package and on overall, its a great cam!” – Clement

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Canon EOS 700D
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Name: Boon Yan
Age: 35
Profession: Software Developer
Camera: Canon EOS 700D
(Released March 2013)
(Also known as Canon EOS Digital Rebel T5i/ Canon EOS Kiss Digital X7i)
Specialized Genre: Events

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“The Canon rebel series are very affordable DSLRs and it captures beautiful images. Ergonomics are well designed with its grippy hand grip and the camera’s rounded design cues. Operation wise, the menus are easy to navigate when I need to change settings. Last but not least, as a family member of the EOS line, I have many options for lenses from the EF/EF-S range.” – Boon Yan

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Hope you enjoyed the photos produced by the Rebel Photographers and on Mid Autumn Festival. It’s a colorful and delicious festival (mooncakes, pomelos etc) celebrated by the Chinese from all over the world.

On the DSLR, the Canon XXXD/Rebel/KISS series are indeed one of the best basic DSLRs that money can buy. Easy to use, light and compact, silent shutter, friendly asking price & good inventory of lenses as options. To find out about this camera series, please visit here.

I believed at this time that you are reading this article, Canon is probably getting the EOS 750D ready to be shipped worldwide.

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Pre-Shoot Briefing by AL, the Editor.

Thanks Lili (100D), Chun Heng (300D), Trisha (350D), Nyen Sin (400D), Kim Chwee (450D), Janice (550D), Alyssa (600D), Clement (650D) & Boon Yan (700D) for participating in this project. Indeed getting everyone together is not easy but we did it!

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Thanks Suliadi Pochong for being our Behind-the-scenes photographer.


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Photo: Suliadi Pochong, Behind-the-scene Photographer.

Special Thanks to Chester Chen for finding the 400D for this project and Chun Heng for bringing so many 18-55mm for all of us to use. Rounding up old cameras and kit lenses are not easy, but we did it!

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 Photo: After all the shooting. We start to play cell phones.

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Pink Submissions #02 Editor’s Picks.

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Pink Submissions #02 Editor’s Picks
(Special Feature & Winners Announcement)
Proudly Sponsored by Cathay Photo.
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05th September 2014, Singapore – Following our first successful run of the Pink Submissions by Pink Photographers Singapore (PPSG) a few weeks ago, we decided to do a Round 2. Our Sponsor Cathay Photo had given the theme “Color Changes Everything” for this round so that all submissions will be based on this theme. Within hours of posting the theme, entries poured in. In total, we received over 60+ submissions from the ladies at PPSG and this round, the photo standards are fiercely competed and the creativity level raised to a new high.

“These are (the submitted photos) beautiful photos. Our marketing team had a pretty tough time deciding the winners. But we finally managed to pick the three that best depict the theme given by us and we liked best!” – CT, Cathay Photo.

We were not able to feature every submitted photos so the Editor had picked out the below photos from the crop to run this feature.
(Winners Announcement after the jump)

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“Color Changes Everything”
#02 Pink Submissions Featured Photos.

Colors are very much a part of our life. Colors depicts moods, Color defines definitions but not definitive, Colors are everywhere. Cos indeed, Color Changes Everything.

Editor’s Pick #01 – Photo by Fione (Wee & Soh)
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“The decorative lights lighted against the sky hues created a dashes of colors that
are a joy to view. The combination of the different colors and sources makes this scene a very unique & exhilarated.” – AL, Editor.

 

Editor’s Pick #02 – Photo by Alice Chia
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“An interesting image of colored glass ornaments. The photo was framed at an angle that uses the reflections and it blended in nicely. The colors are mostly primary colors that works really well in this creative rendition”. - AL, Editor.


Editor’s Pick #03 – Photo by Alice Foo
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“The orange hue from the sky with the sun just right beside the statue created the feeling of ‘upcoming’ and bringing of new (& renewed) hope to the viewer. The silhouette from the surrounding trees added shapes and forms to this excellent Single Color scene.”
- AL, Editor.

Editor’s Pick #04 – Photo by Samantha Han (Semi)
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“This image of a man with multi-colored hair cheers me up. The splashes of colors, the facial feature and the smile from this man completes the color package. When I saw this photo, I almost smiled back.” – AL, Editor.

Editor’s Pick #05 – Photo by Alyssa Chan
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“An actor at the backstage of a Chinese Opera. In pockets of colors, the light bulb created an accentuated glow on the actor’s face that was masked by thick make-ups. The reds, the pinks and the orange made up the primary color structure creating this image that is full of ‘feel’ with a nostalgic touch.” – AL, Editor.

Editor’s Pick #06 – Photo by Angie Ng (Cinderella)
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“A simple pot of flower that is so simple, it became powerful. The bright and rich yellow flowers surrounding the center which are made up of interesting shaped leaves. Now think, usually it is the flowers that are surrounded by leaves right?” – AL, Editor.

Editor’s Pick #07 – Photo by Dyan TjhiaDyan4
“Color pencils are the beginning of making anything colorful. It can make a dull drawing  alive. And color pencils are usually a child’s first tool to creating a colorful first drawings . Colors are powerful & color pencils is the tool. So which is more powerful? You Decide.” – AL, Editor.

Editor’s Pick #08 – Photo by Ellis Jade TayEllis Jade Tay
“The most essential part of any sunrise or sunset is no doubt the colors it brings. It signifies the transition of day to night or night to day.  The colors it brings during these twilights are usually dramatic, rich and deep colored – no matter where you are.”
– AL, Editor.

Editor’s Pick #09 – Photo by Joanna Ng
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“A very interesting shot of colored marbles with its abstractive reflections. I call this image the Marbles Rainbow. A simple shot with a colorful and creative touch to it. ” – AL, Editor.

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“Just imagine how this shot will look like without the colorful street decorations. It would have been one of the spooky scenes from any horror flick but the colors from the street decor changes everything. The scene now looks like a busy city with incoming storm. Now color really changes everything here.” – AL, Editor.


Editor’s Pick #10 – Photo by Magdalene Teo-Yong
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“This ‘shot-to-death’ statue (Mother & Child) in one of our parks here had been photographed by thousands of photographers – both local & tourists. By using an infrared camera, Magdalene changes the scene (and color) dramatically and presented to us a new shot of an old scene in the 8th color. Clever!” AL, Editor.


Editor’s Pick #11 – Photo by Nicole WongNicole Wong
“A single color multi-tone image of a pink flower. The pink contrasted so well with the white color on this flower that it simply blends. The flower is full of details and if you look carefully at every single petal, each petal is a masterpiece on its own. Beautiful.” – AL, Editor.


Editor’s Pick #12 – Photo by Sue Levens
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“Sue submitted this snapshot of a girl walking near the water feature at Marina Bay, Singapore. The huge deep colored flower display casted its reflections on the lotus pond creating an interesting scene. The purple from the lotus flowers & the red from the flower display coincidentally matches the dress that the girl was wearing – in red & purple too. A very timely shot” – AL, Editor. 


Editor’s Pick #13 – Photo by Trisha Lim
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“Mid Autumn Festival is around the corner and Singapore will soon be decorated in thousands of colorful lanterns across the island. This shot of round lanterns in various colors are painted by kids and are currently on display at Chinatown MRT (transit) in Singapore.”- AL, Editor. 

We have come to the end of “Editor’s Pick” for the #03 Pink Submissions. Before you scroll to the winning entries below, I would like to thank everyone from Pink Photographers Singapore (PPSG) who participated in this.

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And the Prize Winners for the #02 PINK SUBMISSION are!
(Exclusively Sponsored by Cathay Photo.)

1st PRIZE – Fione (Wee & Soh)
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2nd Prize – Samantha Han (Semi)
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3rd Prize – Rachel Ong
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Congratulations to All the Winners!
You will be Notified on the Collection of your prize via FB.
Thank you for your participation!

Special Thanks to Cathay Photo for sponsoring the Prizes!

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Established in 1959, Cathay Photo since its very beginning has been driven by the objectives of providing the best photographic equipment, pricing and service to our customers. These objectives have ensured its continued growth from just two humble showcases occupying a quarter of a shop-front to its present five retail outlets, an administrative / distribution office and a warehouse.

It is constantly on the lookout for the latest gadgets and solutions to add to its line-up of over 60 internationally renowned brands, and recognizing the growing presence and popularity of HD video, due largely to the introduction of DSLR cameras with HD video capabilities, it made its foray into the Pro Video market, expanding its offering to products from brands such as Steadicam, Zacuto, Kessler Crane and Genus to name a few.

Having served the photography industry for over 50 years, and backed by its proud heritage, Cathay Photo is without doubt the preferred photographic retailer in Singapore today.

Visit  www.cathayphoto.com.sg for more details.

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Pentax K-S1(with Editor’s Note)

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Pentax K-S1
Compact Design, Bright Inspiration.
(Editor’s Note after the Jump)
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03rd September 2014, Singapore – Experience photography in a new light with the PENTAX K-S1. Whether you’re new to photography or a skilled enthusiast, the K-S1 offers you the ability to take your imaging to the next level. The K-S1 incorporates new elements that optimize digital innovations, such as a compact, modern design and an inventive interface system.

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Serious DSLR Features: Both new DSLR users and experienced shooters will appreciate the K-S1 advanced features, including:

  • 20MP AA Filter-less CMOS Sensor
  • Prime MII Processor
  • Optical viewfinder with 100% FOV
  • AA Filter Simulator Technology
  • ISO 51,200
  • Full HD at 30,25,24 fps
  • Compatibility with PENTAX K-mount lenses

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    The K-S1 was made to grab on the go. It’s lightweight, easy to hold and intuitive to operate. LED illumination on the mode dial, on/off button and grip add to the experience by indicating modes and status, such as green for still shooting and red for movie shooting on the on/off button.

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    You can enhance your images with 10 different filter effects. On the outside, express your creativity with a choice of three standard body colors or two stylish body color collections.

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    The optional Flu Card lets you connect via Wi-Fi to share images instantly.

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    Editor’s Note:
    Looking at the Pentax K-S1, one cannot help but remember the Pentax K-01 that failed terribly in Singapore. Most photographers will relate the new Pentax K-S1 to its predecessor who died a prematured death. The NEW K-S1 seems to have missed out on certain design cues from the information that we have received so far. Looking at the current crop of DSLRs that are selling on the market now, the K-S1 could have done more with a swivel LCD screen, thicker hand grip and sadly, probably more new K – Mount lenses. Pentax seems to be (still) banging on its late success on offering users a multitude of colored bodies which does nothing except to match your clothes. And the new K-S1 now has LED lights that resembles those of a Transformer and the menu buttons seems to be more appropriate on a futuristic car dashboard than on a DSLR.

    Seriously, we do not know what Pentax is thinking this time. And I shall comment no further until the review unit arrives here in Singapore in 3 weeks’ time. Stay tuned people.

    AL.
    Editor.

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HISTORY™ ASIA TO LAUNCH FIRST ORIGINAL REALITY COMPETITION SERIES WITH CANON

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HISTORY™ ASIA TO LAUNCH FIRST ORIGINAL REALITY COMPETITION SERIES WITH CANON.
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28th August 2014, Singapore – On September 23, HISTORY™ and Canon will launch Photo Face-Off, an original reality competition series which sees amateur photographers go head to head with renowned and professional photographer, Justin Mott, in a series of photography challenges.

Five amateur photographers, one each from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam, will move on to the one hour finale to compete for the ultimate prize – two all-expenses paid trips, first to Japan for the Canon Photoclinic, where he or she will receive mentorship by a professional photographer; and next to New York City, where that training will be put to use as an official red carpet event photographer for some of the world’s biggest stars. Following two months of intense travels, filming concluded in Kenting, Taiwan, against the backdrop of the award-winning movie, Life of Pi.

Premiering September 23, every Tuesday at 10.30pm on HISTORY™ (StarHub TV Ch 401), Photo Face-Off will keep viewers at the edge of their seats as the photographers battle through three challenges – speed, theme and extreme.

“Photography is one of the most celebrated ways to capture history and we developed Photo Face-Off as an original series for HISTORY™ to showcase the unique cultures and diversity across these six countries in Asia,” said Michele Schofield, Senior Vice President, Programming & Marketing, A+E Networks Asia. “We injected the Canon PhotoMarathon concept into the series as our photographers’ skills and creativity are put to the test, completing each challenge under time pressure in a one day marathon.”

On partnering with Canon PhotoMarathon for Photo Face-Off, Charles Less, Head of Advertising Sales, A+E Networks Asia, commented, “We pride ourselves in offering our partners highly creative integrated solutions and it is our privilege to once again partner with a prominent brand like Canon.”

“We are thrilled to see our Canon PhotoMarathon concept brought to life on television with Photo Face-Off,” said Hideaki Nishimura, Senior Director & General Manager, Regional Imaging & Consumer Products Division, Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd. “At Canon, we believe anyone is capable of capturing his or her special moments in a beautiful manner and we hope to inspire more people in continuing to do so.”

Photo Face-Off is brought to you by Canon PhotoMarathon.

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

Homepage: www.historyasia.com Facebook & Twitter: HistoryAsia

About A+E Networks®
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A+E Networks is an award-winning, global media content company offering consumers a diverse communications environment ranging from television networks to websites, from home videos/DVDs to gaming and educational software. A+E Networks is comprised of the following networks and divisions: A&E®, Lifetime®, HISTORY®, LMN™ (formerly Lifetime Movie Network®), bio.®, H2™, HISTORY en Español™, Crime & Investigation Network®, Military HISTORY®, LRW™ (formerly Lifetime Real Women®), A&E IndieFilms®, A+E Networks International™, A+E Networks Digital™ and A+E Networks Consumer Products™. A+E Networks’ channels and branded programming reach more than 300 million households in over 150 countries. A+E Networks is a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.

About Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd.
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Canon is a global leader in photographic and digital imaging solutions. Canon Singapore Pte. Ltd. is the headquarters for South & Southeast Asia driving sales, marketing and service strategies. Besides handling the domestic market, the company leads 18 other countries including subsidiaries in India, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The parent company Canon Inc has a global network of close to 300 companies and employs close to 200,000 people worldwide. It is dedicated to the advancement in technology and innovation and commits about 10% of its total revenue each year to R&D. Canon is consistently one of the top few companies to earn the most number of patents over the last 20 years. As a Fortune Global 500 company, Canon is guided by its kyosei philosophy that focuses on living and working together for the common good.

More information is available at www.canon.com.sg.

About Canon PhotoMarathon
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Into its 12th consecutive edition, Canon PhotoMarathon is the premier photo competition in the South and South East Asia region. Spanning over 8 countries, Canon PhotoMarathon will bring together photographic talents from Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, challenging participants to create photographic masterpieces in line with assigned themes – under time pressure.

Participants will have their creativity and endurance stretched in this full-day event and the winner from each country will walk away with an unforgettable all-expenses paid trip to Canon Photoclinic, where they will be mentored by a professional photographer.

More details of Canon PhotoMarathon are available at www.canon-asia.com/photomarathon

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Nikon is the official camera of the Singapore International Photography Festival 2014

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Nikon is the official camera of the Singapore International  Photography Festival 2014
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28th August 2014, Singapore – Nikon Singapore is proud to be part of the 4th Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) 2014 as the official camera.

The Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF) 2014 is a biennial event gathering creative minds from around the world with the common objective to elevate the art of photography. It aims to provide an arena for critical thought and academic discourse on photography in Southeast Asia. SIPF also functions as a key platform to discover, nurture, and propel Southeast Asian photographers onto the international stage. Through its satellite programmes, the festival hopes to engage the public and cultivate a larger audience.

SIPF 2014 will mark the inaugural year for Nikon. Being part of this photography festival allows Nikon to play its part in bringing its industry expertise in photography to the community. Nikon’s support extends from not only being the official camera partner but to contributing to the festival’s programme line-up, through talks and workshops.

“We are very pleased to be part of the SPIF experience this year and look forward to creating more opportunities for photography education and development”.
– says Mr Sunny Ng, Senior Sales and Marketing Manager of Nikon Singapore.

“This festival allows us to come into contact with the people behind the lens — the passionate photographers who desire to grow in their photography journey. As a result it becomes a holistic relationship and we hope that many will come to enjoy and seize the opportunity to mingle with Nikon and our photographers during the SIPF 2014.”

Theme of SIPF 2014
The Infinity – An infinity focus, in photography terms, means to have the eye of the camera lens wide open. By using the smallest aperture f22, the maximum amount of light can enter the lens to create a picture with the largest depth of view. Using infinity focus, everything can be seen and captured in great clarity.

The Singapore International Photography Festival 2014, with the theme of The Infinity, celebrates the endless possibilities that ideas and collaborations can bring. The 4th edition of the festival continues in its mission to break new ground for photography in Singapore by propelling forward as the international photography stage in the region, pushing boundaries to present refreshing and meaningful content and going beyond the ordinary to create a memorable experience for all.

Taking the festival beyond its wildest dreams is its first collaboration with the esteemed Noorderlicht International Photofestival entitled An Ocean of Possibilities, as well as the launch of DECK, a brand new independent art space for photography in Singapore, which will be the first official festival village for SIPF.

Core exhibitions include the Open Call Showcase, Flux Realities: A showcase of Chinese Contemporary Photography, AFTERIMAGE: Contemporary Photography in Southeast Asia and TYPES: After Becher each adding more depth to the festival. Programmes include workshops for the professional and beginner, talks, film screenings, guided tours, and outreach, while school and education programmes continue to expand the horizons of our young minds.

Find out more about SIPF at http://sipf.sg

Portfolio Review Prize by Nikon
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Photo: Nikon Professional Photographer, Scott A. Woodward (Canada/Singapore)

 

Together with esteemed curators and industry experts, Nikon lends its voice in grooming our young photographer talents of today’s generation. Nikon is sponsoring a cash prize of S$1,000 for the best portfolio reviewed in this segment which takes place over 4 – 5 October, to further incentivise aspiring young photographers to take the step towards better photography.

Aspiring photographers and artists can also get their portfolios reviewed by Award-Winning Editorial and Commercial Photographer, Nikon Professional Photographer, Scott A. Woodward (Canada/Singapore), who will coach young photographers with his experience in commercial photography.

More info at: http://www.sipf.sg/portfolio-review-2/

Other Education Programmes

Outreach to Schools
With equipment support from Nikon, SIPF is able to reach out peripherally to schools as well and provide some basic photography and video workshops for new photography enthusiasts with support of Nikon DSLRs.

Beyond Point-and-Shoot: A Basic Photography Workshop for beginners
Wish you could do more than just point-and-shoot with the camera you have? Join Nikon School and learn how to make every photograph better with 3 simple F’s: features you can use, framing that stands out, and how to fully embrace the light.

Date: 1 November 2014
Time: 3 – 6pm
Venue: Festival Village at DECK
Registration limit: 30pax only
Registration opens on 2 September 2014, at http://www.sipf.eventbrite.sg

Life on the go: A Basic Video Workshop for beginners
Join Nikon School to learn how to use your DSLR for personal video projects, and you’ll never miss that special moment again!

Date: 15 November 2014
Time: 3 – 6pm
Venue: Festival Village at DECK
Registration limit: 30pax only
Registration opens on 2 September 2014, at http://www.sipf.eventbrite.sg

Presented by Nikon Singapore
Join Nikon on 18 OCTOBER 2014 at Festival Village, DECK!

I AM THE FULL STORY – Join us at Nikon’s first-ever 1-day pop up classroom at Festival Village at DECK on Saturday, 18 October 2014 from 9am to 9pm, where you can cosy up with Nikon for an entire day!

Together with special guest photographers, Nikon presents activities that will inspire one to tell their own story through their photos. Participants will get to know more of what goes behind the lens by hearing the behind-the-scenes, personal stories from our photographers as well as play with the latest technologies. Visitors could have a hands-on session with the Nikon D810 and other latest Nikon gears in the market!

Programme line-up

9am-1pm Architecture Photography Outing with Stefanus Elliot Lee
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Photo: Nikon Professional Photographer, Stefanus Elliot Lee

Join us for a workshop with Elliot and explore the Prinsep Street area in a photography walkaround! Elliot will share photography tips to expand your photography skills and know-how! 30pax by RSVP only.

1.30-4pm An Afternoon with the Latest Nikon Gear!
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Join us for a first-person, hands-on experience with our D810 and other latest Nikon gears on location. During this slot, you’ll get to meet with Nikon Photographers, Bryan Foong, Edwin Koo and others, who will answer your photography queries! Free admission, Open to public.

4.30-6pm Tell Real Stories™ with Edwin Koo
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Photo: Nikon Professional Photographer, Edwin Koo

Join Edwin on the popular “Tell Real Stories™ photo seminar and learn about the art of visual storytelling. Find out how to create stories from your photography and what goes on behind the ‘decisive moment’ in visual storytelling. 30pax by RSVP only.

6.30-8.30pm Light Painting with Nikon!
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Photo: Nikon Professional Photographer, Calvin Huang

Join us for a fantastic double presentation by Calvin Huang and Assoc Prof Liang-Tien Chia, Clement on light painting photography! Learn the tips of low-light photography and light-painting from Calvin, while Clement is an avid photographer and a believer on the use of technology in photography. At this session you’ll witness a light painting created with a light-display tool (developed by Clement’s undergraduate students from the NTU School of Computer Engineering). 30pax by RSVP only

Exclusive Nikon Tote Bag for Grabs!
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Nikon fans can also be delighted with the chance to purchase a limited edition Nikon Tote Bag*.
*while stocks last!

Registration opens on 2 September 2014 Register at http://www.sipf.eventbrite.sg

Get Inspired by Nikon Photographers in the industry

Not only will Nikon be sharing experiences over its 1-day pop-up booth, you could get more of the full story through four more talks by Nikon photographers. These events are free and open to the public.

The talks will be held at various branches of the National Library Board (NLB), as well as the new Festival Village at DECK by SIPF. As professional photographers in the industry, the Nikon pros will share their experiences of seeing their photography passion come to life through a behind-the-scenes journey from the early days of being a young photographer amateur, till where they are today.

The Eternal Moment
Speaker: Bryan Foong
Date: Saturday, 18 October 2014
Time: 4pm to 5pm
Venue: Cheng San Public Library
Registration limit: 30 pax

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Photo: Nikon Professional Photographer, Bryan Foong

Dreams are often fluid and transient but fine art photographer Bryan Foong is able to materialise them into photographs of extraordinary beauty meant to last a lifetime. This is especially so for his travel and bridal images, which often are dramatic tableaus combining contemporary with classical sensibilities. A Nikon professional photographer, Bryan has been commissioned with more than 200 wedding assignments and has accumulated over 50 awards and accolades in international competitions. Come hear about his inspirations and processes behind creating these masterpieces!

The Underwater Catwalk
Speaker: Aaron Wong
Date: Saturday, 25 October 2015
Time: 2pm to 3pm
Venue: Central Public Library
Registration limit: 80 pax
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Photo: Nikon Professional Photographer, Aaron Wong.

As a commercial photographer for over a decade, Singapore- based Nikon photographer Aaron Wong has shot celebrities for countless fashion magazines and ad campaigns. Beyond the glamour and limelight, he is equally fascinated by the tranquil world beneath the waves. Learn how he merged his two greatest passions by bringing fashion photography underwater, to eventually establishing himself as one of Asia Pacific’s most renowned underwater photographers.

Around the World in 60mins
Speaker: Scott A. Woodward
Date: Sunday, 2 November 2014
Time: 2pm to 3pm
Venue: Library@chinatown
Registration limit: 60 pax

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Photo: Nikon Professional Photographer, Scott A. Woodward.

Let your hair down, take a deep breath and roam to fascinating corners of the world through the images of award-winning Nikon Professional Photographer Scott A. Woodward. If you have a taste for the wild side, survive on that adrenaline rush and wish to pick up tips on documenting your adventures, this talk is not be missed! The Canadian-born, Singapore based photographer who was honoured by Luerzer’s Archive as one of the “200 Best Ad Photographers, will also share about his recent photo expedition up 4,000m high to the Himalayas in Bhutan.

Registration opens on 2 September 2014

For talks at the NLB, register via http://www.nlb.gov.sg/golibrary

The Story Behind Each Picture
Speaker: Alex Soh
Date: Saturday, 1 November 2014
Time: 1pm to 2pm
Venue: Festival Village at DECK
Registration limit: 50 pax

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Photo: Nikon Professional Photographer, Alex Soh.

20 years of love and 15 years of being a professional. “Capture with your heart” is Alex Soh’s guiding philosophy. He travels all over the world building stock imagery for organisations and companies for clients like Adobe and STB. He is also one of the world class contributing photographers to Gettyimages. Hear how Alex crafts his work through this series of pictures, whether it is magnificent landscapes or touching people’s lives along his journey. Come, let Alex share his journey and craft to capture the best moment.

Registration opens on 2 September 2014
Register at http://www.sipf.eventbrite.sg

ABOUT AARON WONG
There are many genres to Aaron Wong’s photographic work. From commercial advertising and fashion, to the unique underwater realm, few in the world have managed to master such a broad spectrum of work.

Known for his strong colors and contrast, Aaron has, for over 17 years, shot for countless fashion magazines, and Ad campaigns ranging from SONY to Levis. He had also collaborated with international celebrities like Gong Li and Mandy Moore.

Besides his commercial work, Aaron’s other great passion is the world beneath the waves. He took the plunge into the world of underwater photography in 2002 and have since gathered several international awards to his name, including Our World Underwater, and BBC Wildlife Photographer. A member of the prestigious Ocean Artists Society, Aaron’s images have graced the pages of magazines all over the globe and is today, one of the most published and recognized underwater photographer in the world. His images have set a whole new standard for the industry.

In 2006, Aaron started the WATER.COLORS project where he merged two of his greatest passions by bringing fashion photography underwater. Since than, underwater images of graceful models, have graced the pages of fashion magazines, won awards, and fronted Ad campaigns.

In April 2011, Aaron published his first book titled ‘WATER.COLORS’ showcasing some of the most stunning underwater images the world has ever seen. In April 2012, Aaron published his 2nd book titled ‘THE BLUE WITHIN’. which features the best of Aaron’s award winning underwater images from a decade of underwater exploration.

Aaron is now one of the most sought after underwater photographer in Asia with sponsorships from SEACAM, SCUBAPRO, UWATEC and FOURTH ELEMENT, a prestige reserved for the very best.

Through his images, Aaron helps spread the message of marine conservation. Most notably is his work with sharks where he campaigns actively for the projection of these beautiful animals. As the ambassador of Shark Savers, Aaron started the ‘FINished with Fins’ campaign in 2012, with aims to educate the mainstream media on the reality of shark finning. Today, ‘FINished with FINS’ is the largest shark saving campaign in the world with National Geographic, and WWF onboard.

Aaron now divides his time between his studio work and the protection and exploration of the world’s oceans.

http://www.aaronsphotocraft.com

ABOUT ALEX SOH
20 years of love and 15 years of professional. “Capture with your heart” is Alex Soh’s guiding philosophy as he travels across the globe with his camera.

Follow his footprints through the landscapes of Arizona, Scotland and Chile to the small villages in Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. His photographs showcase the beauty of nature in its wide array–from the people to their environment.

Alex is known for his passion in touching lives, both the audience and the friends he met along his journey. His fine art works are the loves of many collectors and his images can be found on the covers of Our Daily Bread, a publication that is distributed worldwide with a circulation figure of 17 million copies.

Alex is a Nikon ambassador in Singapore (Nikon Professional Photographer), a stock image contributing photographer to gettyimages and other clients he work with like Adobe, Singapore Toursim Board and more. He is based in Singapore and is ready for assignment to anywhere in the world from documentary to landscape and travel photography.

Alex is also the founder of The Rice Project: using the power of photography combined with exhibition to create public awareness to address poverty and in helping the needy. With his deep passion to share his love for photography with others, he also leads groups on photo expedition trips to Chile, Japan, Cambodia and Sri Lanka.

http://www.alexsohphotography.com http://www.facebook.com/alexsohphotography

ABOUT BRYAN FOONG
Bryan Foong, harnessed the power of photography to make dreams come true. By understanding the wants and needs of his clients, he is able to seamlessly weld the mood, feelings and emotions into the masterpieces of their dreams.

Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Bryan pursue to apprehend the changing perspectives of wedding photography through society’s progression. Being a keen learner of different cultures and traditions, he is able to fuse contemporary approach onto classical mores. Established in 2008, Bryan Jean Photography gained significant clout in its first year with a portfolio of 60 clients. The following year, Bryan bagged his first award, inducted into the Master Photographers Association as a Licentiate and finished in the Top 30 Photographers of AGWPJA.

Within a span of 4 years, he has been commissioned with more than 200 wedding assignments. He also accumulated over 70 awards and accolades in international competitions. Earlier in 2012, He was named one of the Asia TOP 30 Wedding Photographers by a regional magazine. Bryan has been featured in articles published in Today newspaper, Tatler Weddings, Herworld Brides, Blissful Brides and Style Weddings. He was also an invited speaker for Nikon, Hasselblad and Profoto on wedding and portraits photography.

With an uncompromising pursuit of excellence, Bryan’s accomplishments can be attributed to patience and unparalleled motivation for uniqueness of himself and his craft.

http://www.facebook.com/bryanjeanphotography http://www.bryanjeanphotography.com

ABOUT CALVIN HUANG
Specialising in Food and Product photography for commercial advertisement, Calvin passionately pursues visual perfection with remarkable talent and creativity. His global art sales began when he was chosen to represent Singapore as the featured international photo artist for Asian stock photography and further spurred by featured interviews with Yahoo news, JobsCentral and MediaCorp TV channels on his entrepreneurial photographic success.

After achieving countless experiences in the photography industry, contributing to many highly acclaimed functions & events, his exceptional work of art had earned him the top finalist spot on MediaCorp Channel 5 TV Nikon photography competition, “The Big Shot 2″. Equally comfortable in front of the camera, Calvin was occasionally invited as guest.

He also appeared on ClickNetwork’s TV show for “Food Styling and Photography” episode and garnered more than 61,000 viewers.

Harnessing the advance photography technology, he occasionally does light painting during his free time and was invited by URA as guest presenter for Asia’s first and only sustainable light art festival; i Light Marina Bay 2012. In 2013, he was filmed on MediaCorp OKTO TV show “The Art Bus” where he was interviewed and demonstrated how light painting works and shared useful tips on how to create our DIY light painting photographs.

The success of a person isn’t completely measured by wealth and fame. Calvin believes that it is measured by doing the same thing repeatedly over many years and still feels extremely passionate about it.

“Belief Sets Focus, Focus Sets Direction and Direction Sets Success”

http://www.glamourwavephotography.com

ABOUT EDWIN KOO
Edwin Koo was born in Singapore in 1978. He graduated First Class Honours from Nanyang Technological University School of Communication Studies, specialising in journalism. In 2008, after five years as a news photographer, he left the newsroom and decided to move to Nepal with his newly wedded wife.

Based in Kathmandu as a freelance documentary photographer, Koo mainly focused on personal work dealing with issues of human displacement and the lost sense of identity. His pet topics include the Tibetan exiles, the Maoist guerrillas, and Pakistan’s Swat Valley. Occasionally, he photographed for international publications, but the young couple mainly lived off savings during the two-year stint.

In 2011, Koo returned to Singapore with the birth of his son. His first personal project in Singapore – dedicated to his son – was to document the historic 2011 General Election. Eventually, it culminated in his first solo exhibition – “Notes from a Singapore Son” – a body of work reflecting a tsunami of change in Singapore’s political landscape. Koo’s work has been recognised internationally.

In 2009, he was awarded the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography. Earlier that year, his work on Pakistan also won a third placing in the UNICEF Photo of the Year.

In 2012, he was awarded one of Singapore’s most prestigious photography accolades: the ICON de Martell Cordon Bleu, which recognises an individual for an outstanding body of work in his photographic career.

Internationally, his works has also been exhibited at Breda Photo Festival (Netherlands, 2012); Visa Pour

L’Image (France, 2012), Dali International Photo Exhibition (China, 2012), the Angkor Photo Festival

(Cambodia, 2011), Photo Quai festival (France, 2011), and the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalists (Germany, 2009). Koo’s work has also been published in international titles such as GEO, International Herald Tribune, The New York Times and Le Monde.

He is currently represented by French photo agency Cosmos.

http://www.edwinkoo.com

ABOUT LIANG-TIEN CHIA, CLEMENT
Assoc Prof Liang-Tien Chia, Clement started his academic career in the mid-nineties with the Nanyang Technological University, School of Computer Engineering. His research interests can be broadly categorized into the following areas, Internet related research with emphasis on the Semantic Web, Multimedia (Image & Video) Understanding through media analysis, annotation and adaptation, Multimodal data fusion and Multimodality Ontology for Multimedia. He has published over 100 refereed research papers.

In additional to his academic career, Dr. Clement Chia has a life-long interest hobby – Photography. The first half of his photography journey, in the late seventies – at a very young age, resulted with him participating in International photography salons, winning a few certificate of merits and even a bronze medal (colour section) in the 1981 international students’ photographic salon. He faded away from the photography scene, only to slowly restart the second part of his photography journey in the last 10 plus years.

The photography scene has changed tremendously over the last twenty years; we are moved into in the digital era. There have been a number of technologies that has aided the developments of digital photography in the past and also in the future. Photo editing software has certainly benefited from computer vision techniques, camera hardware manufacturers have learned from the research area of computational imaging.

Clement, a believer on the use of technology in photography has been getting some undergraduate students to work on photography projects that incorporate their computer engineering skills.

In his presentation on 18th October at the Nikon pop-up booth, Clement will briefly describe the computer engineering technologies that have been used to create his light-display tool. He will also showcase how he does light-painting with his light-display tool.

ABOUT SCOTT A. WOODWARD
Singapore-based, Canadian photographer Scott A. Woodward calls his photography style “Choose Your Own Adventure Photography”, after the books he used to read as a young boy. Literally and creatively, Scott can go one direction and discover a remarkable photographic opportunity; or he can go another direction and find something entirely different. It is this adventure that is the beauty of photography for him.

Scott’s father is an avid and accomplished amateur photographer. When Scott was a young boy, he taught Scott how to operate a manual camera, skilfully interpret light and imaginatively compose an image. But more importantly, his dad instilled in him a sense of wonder and adventure; it is these traits that truly make Scott a photographer.

Scott’s editorial work has appeared in esteemed publications such as National Geographic Magazine, Condé Nast Traveller, Travel + Leisure, Departures, Monocl e, Vogue, GQ, Esquire, The Financial Times and The New York Times and he has photographed advertising campaigns for global brands Google, MasterCard, Adidas, Nokia, InterContinental Hotels, Johnnie Walker, Nestle, Standard Chartered Bank, Johnson & Johnson and Unilever.

Luerzer’s Archive honoured Scott as one of the “200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide” and Nikon named him “One of Asia’s Finest Photographers”.

Scott recently hosted Around the World with Voyager, a five-episode travel and portrait photography television series on HISTORY Asia.

Scott is a SanDisk Extreme Team member, a Nikon Professional Photographer and a Getty Images Global Assignments photographer.

http://www.scottawoodward.com http://www.facebook.com/scottawoodward

ABOUT STEFANUS ELLIOT LEE
As a commercial photographer, Elliot sells ideas; whether in shooting spaces, people, or still life.

This is the guiding philosophy and the basis for his work, most of which can be found alongside global brands in Singapore – like Starbucks, KFC, Pizza Hut – and local icons, like Studio M, and SC Global. It is a belief that has been kept intact for years since Elliot first won a regional photo competition by National Geographic and decided to leave a career in finance for photography.

Aside from storytelling, Elliot also develops a style for highly produced images and clean looks. Both self-taught and mentored by various veterans, Elliot has honed skills over time in the crafting of an image, and an intimacy for light. This evolution can be seen in his recent and past works at http://www.elliotly.com.

Elliot now plies the trade learning that the learning does not stop. Pursuing a passion is a life-long education.

ABOUT FESTIVAL AT DECK
A meeting place for the professional, the novice, the smartphone photographer, the photographed and the viewer.

Situated at the heart of the Arts & Heritage district, DECK is a revolutionary art space in Singapore. An independent, non-commercial space housed within 19 furbished containers, it heralds endless photographic possibilities for the people, by the people. From October onwards, DECK will be SIPF’s one-stop Festival Village for information, purchase of Festival Pass and merchandise, programmes, and media accreditation.

For more details, visit http://deck.sg!

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

For more information, visit http://www.nikon.com.sg.

Connect with Nikon Singapore and other photographers on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/nikonsingapore.

Note: All contents published on this article were originally sent to us by Nikon’s PR Agency.

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The 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 is in stores!‏

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The 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 is in stores!‏
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25th August 2014, Singapore – Welcome a new era of super-telephoto lenses with the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6. As the world’s smallest and lightest*1 super-telephoto zoom lens, it combines superb handling with outstanding shooting possibilities. It is the first 1 NIKKOR lens designed with a focus limit switch, which enables a faster autofocus for capturing fast-moving objects at a distance. Its compact design, coupled with the powerful Vibration Reduction function on the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 makes handheld shooting a breeze.

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Versatility meets reliability
Be prepared to be impressed with the CX-format 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6. A super-telephoto zoom lens with a focal length of 70-300mm (focal length is approximately 189 to 810mm in 35mm format), you can successfully capture a multitude of shots, down to the smallest detail. The 4.3x zoom ratio means you can depend on the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 to deliver the shots you want, with the ease of use you desire.

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Superb super-telephoto shots
The compact design and powerful Vibration Reduction (VR) function (approximately 4.0 stops*2 at telephoto, and approximately 4.5 stops*2 at wide-angle) of the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 makes handheld shooting possible even with a super-telephoto lens. It’s the first 1 NIKKOR lens to be fitted with a focus limit switch. This enables a faster autofocus (AF), which is especially effective for accurately capturing fast-moving subjects at different distances, without the need to switch lenses. The optional TR-N100 Tripod Mount will also prove to be an invaluable asset when shooting longer exposures or in dark conditions.

Capture every tiny detail
With a maximum reproduction ratio of approximately 0.41x (35mm format equivalent), the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 can capture telephoto macro shots of even the smallest objects like flowers and insects.

A state-of-the-art marvel
The 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 possesses the latest technology, so you can benefit from the innovation at work. A first for a 1 NIKKOR lens, the super ED glass element cuts the incidence of chromatic aberration so you won’t have to worry about blurry images or colour fringes around your shots.  The Nano Crystal Coat effectively reduces flare and ghost effects, ensuring your images turn out crystal clear. With this advanced lens, you can achieve the sharp, focused images surrounded by beautiful bokeh that you’ve always wanted.

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Your compact companion
We all lead fast-paced lives, zipping from place to place. Nothing makes our journeys easier than having compact, lightweight items that can be easily carried around. As the world’s smallest and lightest*1 super-telephoto zoom lens, the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 is the perfect lens to accompany you on your adventures. The retractable mechanism further enhances its portability, making storage a breeze.

We are pleased to share that the 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 will be available at limited Nikon Authorised Dealers* from today, 25 August 2014. 

It will be selling at the Recommended Retail Price of S$1,259Kindly call our dealers before going down to the store.

Or Buy Yours Here.

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The Big Blog Exchange 2014 Update

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The Big Blog Exchange 2014 Update
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21st August 2014, Singapore – Following our earlier announcement on our little run in the 2014 Big Blog Exchange, we are glad to announce that we had managed to scale the chart and had reached #05 Position as of this morning! We are truly excited and we would like to Thank everyone who had voted for us!

Cast Your Vote Today!
The Closing Date for the Voting is on the 3rd of September 2014 as stated on Big Blog Exchange’s website. So if you had not voted for us, you have a chance to help us stay on the chart!

How to Vote?
1) Go to Our Big Blog Exchange Voting Page here.
2) Click the “Vote for Me” Button. An email bar will appear after you clicked.
3) Enter your email then click “Ok”. You will receive an email from BBE.
4) Open the the email and click on the link to confirm your vote.
*Note:
– Do check your email junk box in case it went there like mine.
– This is not a SPAM.
– The email confirmation of Vote is to ensure you are human.

How to Join?
I would like to invite you to join me in this competition too (especially if you are from Singapore). At this moment, I am the ONLY Singaporean in the Top 25 list and I hope to have more fellow Singaporean joining me in the ranking. All you need is a blog with active content reporting on any genre.
Join the Contest here.

Thanks everyone for your support and please vote for us if you had not done so.

Thank you.

Ed.
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Nikon D4S receives EISA European Professional DSLR Camera 2014-2015 award‏

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Nikon D4S receives EISA European Professional DSLR Camera 2014-2015 award‏
Nikon’s impressive FX-format camera achieves European recognition as the professionals’ finest choice.
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20th August 2014, Singapore Nikon Singapore Pte. Ltd. is proud to announce that the Nikon D4S has recently been honored with the European Professional DSLR Camera 2014-2015 award by the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA).

“It is a huge honour for our flagship Nikon D4S to be recognised as EISA’s ‘Professional DSLR Camera of the Year’. The D4S was designed as an eloquent response to the photographers’ demands, bringing them unrivalled imaging quality, speed and accuracy. It is so to speak, a camera made by professionals for professionals.” said Garland Mak, Deputy General Manager of International Marketing Division Imaging Group, Nikon Singapore Pte. Ltd. “The esteemed recognition from EISA stamps a further approval on the brilliance of the D4S’ technology and build.”

As Nikon’s flagship camera, the D4S is renowned for its stunning sharpness and enhanced depth with intuitive responses to the advanced demands of professional photographers. The D4S, with an effective pixel count of 16.2-million pixels, provides a broad range of sensitivities with expansion to as low as ISO 50 and as high as ISO 409600 while also supporting full-HD movie recording at a variety of frame rates. The D4S features an approximately 11 frames per second (fps)* high-speed continuous shooting function with autofocus (AF) and automatic exposure (AE) tracking for an enhanced autofocusing performance.

*Value with shooting in AF-C autofocus mode, [S] or [M] exposure mode, shutter speed of 1/250 s or faster, and all other settings at their default values.

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The EISA judges said:
“Launched two years after the Nikon D4, the Nikon D4S may look almost the same from the outside as the D4 but internally there have been many improvements. The new EXPEED 4 processor has enabled the introduction of a phenomenal ISO sensitivity range of up to ISO 409600, and an exceptional 11 frames per second with focus tracking. In addition, the improved 51
-point autofocus and D-Movie functionality make the D4S much more usable than its predecessor. Overall, extensive testing by the EISA Expert Team has shown the Nikon D4S to be a worthy winner of the Professional DSLR Camera of the Year.”

The D4S has been recognized twice this year as it was also the recipient of the TIPA Awards 2014 Best Digital SLR Professional, presented by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) in May this year.

EISA is the unique association of roughly 50 major photo, video, audio, home theater, and mobile electronics magazines from 20 European countries. Each year, EISA chooses the best products released in Europe over the past year from a number of categories of imaging, audio and mobile devices for its awards. More information on EISA is available at www.eisa.eu.

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

For more information, visit www.nikon.com.sg.

Connect with Nikon Singapore and other photographers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nikonsingapore.

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Featured Merchant – Cathay Photo Store

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Featured Merchant – Cathay Photo Store
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Photo: The Movers & Shakers of Cathay Photo Store.
L-R: Chong, Vincent & Simon.

19th August 2014, Singapore – Founded in 1959 by Late Founder Mr. Toh Mun Peng, Cathay Photo Store is not new to all of us. The store had served a few generations of photographers in Singapore and if you are a photographer, be it a hobbyist or a professional, I am sure you would have heard of Cathay Photo Store.

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Photo: Cathay Photo, 1959.

Started from a humble little store at Bras Basah (in 1959), Cathay’s photography business are mainly sales of photography equipment & 35mm film developing services (Darkroom services). Things were pretty much simple then.

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Photo: Cathay Photo, Bras Basah 1964.

As photographic demands escalated in the late 1970s, Cathay Photo decided to shift to Peninsula Plaza in 1979 (till today). Another branch at Marina Square was opened in 1985 when Marina Square opened for business. Both stores are operating till today except that, the original store at Peninsula had expanded to a total of 9 retails units & 1 office with a combined staff strength of 50+ staff!

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Photo: Cathay Photo, Peninsula Plaza 2006.

I reckon there must be lots of X-Factors for a photography store to survive the competition in Singapore, so I contacted Cathay Photo for a chat. I was granted an afternoon with 3 of the most senior staff and a free roam to anywhere I want at Cathay Photo Store, Peninsula Plaza. Check out the interview below.

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The Interview – with Chong, Simon & Vincent of Cathay Photo Store.

Ed: Hi guys! Thanks for granting me this interview, let us start by sharing with me when did you started your career with Cathay Photo.

Chong: I joined Cathay Photo in 2004, so it’s about 10 years now.

Simon: I started in 1989 back then, so it’s my 25th year this year with Cathay Photo.

Vincent: I have been with Cathay Photo since I joined in 1985, 29 years.

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Photo: Vincent, 29 years with Cathay Photo Store.

Ed: Amazing! We are talking about serious long service here. Please share with me & our readers, what kept you going all these years and why you decided to build your career here at Cathay Photo?

Simon: I was hired by the Late Founder Mr. Toh Mun Peng. When I came on board, I observed that he took really good care of all the staff and he was a fair person & a fair employer. I decided then that this was the kind of environment that I was looking for. After the business was handled over to his son, Mr. William Toh, the same can be said for William as he takes care of all the staff like his own family.

Vincent: I like being at the sales frontline. I was given the opportunity by the Bosses (both late & current) to learn about the latest equipment and selling the products by knowledge. Not many photo stores in Singapore encourage their staff to do knowledge-based selling, I am glad Cathay Photo is a firm believer in this. And like what Simon said, the bosses (both late & current) takes really good care of all the staff. It’s like a family working together here.

Chong: Agreed with both Simon & Vincent, we were given lots of opportunities to learn about newly released equipment before even we get to sell them to our customers. And we are not talking about just regular equipment, many are premium equipment, this makes me happy as I get to understand, try and share with the customers from my personal experience. Lastly, Yes, the company gives really good welfare to the staff and we are just like a big family working together.

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Photo: Simon, joined Cathay Photo Store since 1989.

Ed: Thanks for sharing. I guess the working environment is very important especially when it is retail hours and the bonus is to have an understanding management that takes good care of the employees. Staff training is another point to note as this is really important in my view. Personally I will want to buy my photography equipment from people who had tried & tested the product.

Ed: As I mentioned earlier, the local market is very competitive and I am sure you guys have lots of regular customers who will not go elsewhere (other photo stores) but always return for more purchases whenever they need to buy something. So can you please share with me & the readers what makes these regular customers comes back over & over again?

Vincent: I supposed our customers find it useful when we make relevant recommendations. We will try our best to find out the customers’ needs with a friendly chat so that we can break the ice and once the customer loosen up, they will be more open to talk about what they need, what they are using the equipment for, what range they are looking at – this also help us not only to understand the customers’ needs, but also crucial in our final recommendations for purchase.

Chong: Personally I find that our regular customers return because we (Cathay Photo) offer many choices. Backed with a comprehensive equipment inventory, the store has almost everything that a photographer/ videographer can think of buying. This makes us a one-stop-store and saves the customers precious time from going elsewhere.

Simon: I must highlight on the customer service, we treat every customer that passes our doors equally and everyone is served fairly. Whether it is a new customer or a returning regular, we try our best to meet their diverse needs. The large number of brands that we carry offers more choices for our customers and to top that off, Cathay Photo carries lots of professional equipment. And that further widens our reach to our customers – from beginners to professionals. We have something for everyone.

Ed: Totally amazing! From what 3 of you had shared, Cathay Photo really knows the way to a customer’s heart. Friendly service, knowledge-based sharing, huge inventory & excellent range of products, these must be the X-factors of Cathay Photo! Next, I am going to ask each of you to share an incident that you had encountered with the customer that had brought you positive experience. Please share.

Simon: There was this customer, whom I later came to know that he works as an engineer. He came into the store and asked about the right equipment to buy for his project. I asked him in details and after understanding what he needed (like after 30 minutes of listening to him), I made some recommendations and he purchased what I recommended him and left. Weeks later, he wrote in to Cathay Photo and shared with our management his happy shopping experience and I am glad my effort was recognized and complimented by this customer.

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Photo: Chong, 10 years with Cathay Photo Store.

Vincent: I was serving this customer who was purchasing cameras under his corporate account. After I quoted him based on his total purchase, he went on to check the price of the similar equipment in Malaysia. He found out that there are “parallel imported sets” in Malaysia that actually sells much cheaper than Singapore. (There weren’t much parallel imported equipment in Singapore back in those days) This customer then came back to Cathay Photo and told me about those cheaper sets. Before I can react, he happily announced that he is still buying from us despite the large difference in price. Out of curiosity, I asked this customer why the decision to buy from us while I was packing his order. this customer shared that he had experienced “Cathay Photo’s excellent customer service, trust my service, and he will rather make his corporate purchase from a trusted and reputable photography store”, that made my day.

Chong: I sold a defective camera to a customer. The customer came back to the store to seek assistance. As the person who sold the camera, I tried to replace the defective camera with a new unit. However, we ran out of stock for this particular camera so I offered to help the customer by contacting the brand for an urgent replacement. The customer got his new camera within a short period of time (10 years ago, 3 days is considered fast). He (the customer) later wrote in to my management and highly complimented me on my service that “went the extra mile” for him.

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Photo: Vincent with happy customers at Cathay Photo Store.

Ed: Wow! Those were really inspiring personal accounts that all of you had shared. From a consumer point of view, yes! all of you had scored on the finer points of the photography retail business. And I am sure every staff in Cathay Photo works the same way as the 3 of you – being the examples & front-line leaders at the store. So, let’s pretend I am new to Cathay Photo and I need One reason from each of you why should I buy from Cathay Photo, what will be that One reason?

Vincent: We are one of the oldest photo store in Singapore and we sell by understanding customers’ needs.

Ed: Vincent, that’s Two reasons already, *laughs. What about you Simon?

Simon: We take a positive approach to all our customers and everyone is treated fairly.

Ed: Simon, that’s Two reasons too! *laughs. Chong, maybe you would like to just give me 2 reasons too. *everyone laughs.

Chong: (still giggling) Well, we only make recommendations that best serves the customer’s need and every customer gets personalized service.

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Photo: Chong, engaging customers at Cathay Photo Store.

Ed: I guess there are certainly more reasons! But time is running out for me.
Lastly, there are getting more & more new photography stores mushrooming across Singapore in the last 5 years. Through some online research and reading off some forums, many people had been treated badly or cheated or both while shopping for equipment in Singapore. As veterans in this industry, do you have any buying tips for our readers?

Vincent: Shoppers must first know his/her requirement(s), the budget to purchase and to research for prices before buying.

Simon: Especially buying camera or lenses, shoppers must know which shops are the authorized dealers just to ensure after sales support (if any).

Chong: Shoppers must understand the pricing structures like comparing local sets with parallel-imported sets before buying. Lastly, this is stupid but I must highlight that shoppers should not compare New equipment price with those on the Used Market. *Everyone laughs.

Ed: Thank you everyone for taking the time out and allowing me to do this exclusive interview. Thank you.!

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Photo: L-R – Vincent, Chong, Simon & Ed.

Cathay Photo is more than just a Photography Store. They are actively engaging photographers and videographers through their seminars, workshops, trade shows, school road shows, actively sponsoring local photography communities & competitions. This is contributing back to the photography community  in many ways!

Cathay Photo imports & distributes an array of professional brands like Elinchrom, Manfrotto, Tokina, PhaseOne & many others.

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Editor’s Note
I will only buy my equipment from reputable photo stores whom I can trust – in the photography business, we cannot take any chance with our equipment. And it helps if the person that I am dealing with has proven to be trustworthy and will go all out to help me in my purchase or in time of emergency.

I am certainly not new to Cathay Photo (been shopping at Cathay Photo since 7 years ago after a friend brought me to Marina Square branch), I had personally came to know most of the staff by name from both stores (Peninsula & Marina Square) and each of them had helped me in one way or another – from making urgent order of equipment, finding a particular item from either store to getting quotations for my corporate purchase. The key here is everyone had left behind a positive and good experience that I will remember!

Thank you Simon, Sam, Michael, Jason, Duncan & especially Yijie (from Marina Square) for the past excellent service that I had personally experienced.
Thank you Vincent, Simon & Chong for the interview and lastly, I would like to Thank the Management of Cathay Photo Store for all the support, the good times & allowing this interview to happen.

Ed.

To stay updated with News & Promotional Offers from Cathay Photo Store,
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And pop over to their Facebook page and “LIKE” to stay updated.
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Cathay Photo Store is an Accredited Merchant with ALL the photography groups under the management of Ourshutterjourney LLP.

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About Cathay Photo Store Pte Ltd
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Established in 1959, Cathay Photo since its very beginning has been driven by the objectives of providing the best photographic equipment, pricing and service to our customers. These objectives have ensured its continued growth from just two humble showcases occupying a quarter of a shop-front to its present five retail outlets, an administrative / distribution office and a warehouse.

It is constantly on the lookout for the latest gadgets and solutions to add to its line-up of over 60 internationally renowned brands, and recognizing the growing presence and popularity of HD video, due largely to the introduction of DSLR cameras with HD video capabilities, it made its foray into the Pro Video market, expanding its offering to products from brands such as Steadicam, Zacuto, Kessler Crane and Genus to name a few.

Having served the photography industry for over 50 years, and backed by its proud heritage, Cathay Photo is without doubt the preferred photographic retailer in Singapore today.

Visit  www.cathayphoto.com.sg for more details.

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‘Pin & Win’ Thai Food Photo Sharing‏

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‘Pin & Win’ Thai Food Photo Sharing‏
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Tourism Authority of Thailand launched a ‘Pin&Win’ photo sharing campaign on online social media Pinterest inviting Thai food lovers to Re-Pin from Pinner “AmazingThaiFood TourismAuthority” with a chance to win international flight tickets from Air Asia and many other prizes. Participants enjoy insights and details about Thai food as well as its benefits, with mouth-watering photos that make everybody hungry.

Quiz game “Which Thai dish suits you the most?”
TAT creates a flavourful and entertaining quiz game for all Thai food lovers. This promotion not only helps everybody to identify the most suitable dish for them, but also introduces details and Thai food recipes.

The campaign runs on the Amazing Thai food website and online social media from 1 – 30 August 2014.
Get a chance to be one of 50 lucky winners winning free movie tickets from Major Cineplex.

For more information visit www.tourismthailand.org/amazingthaifood

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Sigma Contemporary Zooms – Twin Reviews

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Sigma Contemporary Zooms –  Twin Reviews
- Featuring Tan Hui Hui & Alyssa Chan
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Photo: The Contemporary Gang. L-R: Tan Hui Hui (Reviewer), Trisha Lim (BTS Photographer), AL (Editor) & Alyssa Chan (Reviewer)

19th August 2014, Singapore – My past reviews on the Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM (C) & the Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM (C) had reached more than 12,000 viewers over 19 countries. A single reader then emailed me and requested that I do up something more engaging, something different and I should try getting more non-professional photographers to use these lenses so that readers can be convinced that the photos from my above reviews are presented realistically & correctly. To make things more complicated, this reader even asked me why most of the equipment reviews are always done by male photographers.

Since I had reviewed these 2 lenses before, I’ve decided to round up a pair of “non-professional” photographers (as requested by the readers) and roped in a BTS (behind-the-scene) photographer for an afternoon. And to silence her, I’ve gathered 3 female photographers with me for the afternoon. (Melanie, yes, I am talking about you).

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Photo: Huihui (left) with Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM (C) & Alyssa (right) with Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM (C)

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Photo: The gals happily unboxing their lenses and mounting to their cameras.

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Photo: All Mounted and ready to go!

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Photo: And off we went with the 2 Sigma lenses.

If you want to read more technical stuff about these 2 lenses, please click Sigma 17-70mm (C) or Sigma 18-200mm (C). I am seriously more interested to show the readers what kind of photos can the lenses produce. Commentaries on the lenses by the ladies will be after the jump.

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Next Up will be Tan Huihui’s photos from the Sigma 17-70mm (C).
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Alright, I am sure you were impressed with their photos right? Let’s hear from the ladies about what they think of the Sigma (C) lenses that they had used on this little walk.

Alyssa Chan on Sigma 18-200mm (C).
“This all-rounder lens is capable of doing almost everything. From the standard wide-angle to a telephoto focal range, this lens is best used for street photography, travel photography etc. The close minimum focusing distance is impressive as I was able to do “near macro” type of photos due to its magnification ratio. I had read AL’s review before today’s walkabout and everything that he had reported in his review are true to his every word. This is indeed the all-rounder lens to get if you only can bring 01 lens or if you are traveling to places where changing lens is not possible. I will highly recommend this lens for ladies in particular because it is lightweight, compact in size, good focal range, produces sharp and crisp images.” – Alyssa Chan.

Tan Huihui on Sigma 17-70mm (C).
“I had heard of this lens from the Editor AL before today’s hands-on review, I even read his review prior to today. This is a fast focusing lens that has a wide aperture of F2.8 & gradual to a wide F4. A very useable lens in low light and the OS allows me to shoot in much slower shutter speed without risking shooting blur images. The HSM focusing motor is fast and quiet, it really feels like one of those expensive L-lenses from Canon. The 17mm, just 01mm short of the standard 18mm makes a lot of difference. AL pointed out that the difference is 6-8 steps backwards of you are using a 18mm and he show me during the walkabout. This lens zooms to a medium tele range of 70mm which is perfect for street photography or travel and it is also a great portrait lens. Just imagine shooting at 70mm at F4.0 just metres away from your subject. I am totally sold on this lens. Read AL’s review if you wish to know more!” – Tan Huihui.

OK everyone (and you Melanie), you’ve heard the ladies and their first hand account of the Sigma lenses. If you are interested to buy these great Sigma lenses, please visit here.

Meanwhile, our BTS Photographer Trisha Lim had caught us in action and here are some of the shots that I would like to share with you.

Behind-the-Scenes by Trisha Lim.
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Photo: Editor AL helping Huihui to figure out the lens control buttons.

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Photo: Alyssa hard at work.

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Photo: Both Reviewers caught within a frame.

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Photo: Editor AL looking out for vehicles while Alyssa shoot from the centre of the road..

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Photo: Huihui standing right outside the entrance of Pandora?

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Photo: Alyssa trying to capture details.

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Photo: Editor AL giving shooting tips to both reviewers.

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Photo: Shooting under the hot sun, gear review is not easy at all.

Read my other reviews of Sigma Equipments here.
Buy Your Sigma Lenses 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, 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.

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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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