Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD

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Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
- Featuring Guest Reviewer Guek Peng Siong (GPS)

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Photo: Peng Siong aka GPS with the new Tamron 15-30mm mounted on his camera.

 

24th March 2015, Singapore – Tamron’s latest lens is set to change the way how photographers perceived Ultra-Wide Angle Zooms lens for Full Frame Sensors. (35mm). The Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD (on most APS-C sensors 22.9mm-45mm or 24mm-48mm on Canon’s APS-C & 19.5mm-39mm APS-H) is a new breed of ultra-wide angle zoom lens that will set a new benchmark on how such a lens should behave or priced. Before we get there, let’s do a quick run-up on Tamron’s product development. Since Tamron released that SP 24-70mm F2.8, the photography world woke up to more insane surprises like the 16-300mm hyper zoom for APS-C, then followed by the professional 150-600mm Super Tele-zoom. Just when the world was wondering what Tamron might pull off next, the SP 15-30mm came to our world. As of today, the Tamron SP 15-30mm is the World’s First “Widest-Angel-Zoom-Lens for Full Frame”.

So what is this latest monster from Tamron all about? This weighty lens (about 1 kg) is huge (9.8cm x 14.5cm) is making a huge statement on the first look. This is common with most large aperture wide angle lenses and the 15-30mm is a zoom, so the size and weight is acceptable given how the lens was constructed. On the outside, Tamron is using the proven all-weather coated compound that made the lens strong enough to survive most outdoor abuses, apart from the large size, everything else is well-thought out. Switches are easy to reach, the zoom ring and focusing ring feels smooth and purposeful, the overall grip is excellent.

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Photo: The New Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD (A012)

 

On the inside, you will be glad to know that Tamron had opted for the “rounded-iris” 9 aperture blades set up that allows light from F2.8 to F22. For the elements, there’s 18 in 13 groups which partially explained the weight. Tamron included the XGM (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical) element making this high-performance UWA zoom lens behaving like it is 2 prime lenses of 15mm and 30mm respectively. This lens starts focusing from just 25cm and it runs on the company’s highly successful Ultrasonic Drive (USD) motor giving the user breakneck focusing speed while doing its thing at near silence.

As usual, before we carry on, if you are looking for technical reviews etc, you are in the wrong place, we are more keen on how the lens perform over the technical gaga that most of you wouldn’t understand anyway. ( Ha ha!) If you want tech details look here.

We invited our guest reviewer, Guek Peng Siong – better known as “GPS” by his peers and the local photography community to have the Tamron SP 15-30mm for a weekend. Let’s check out his thoughts on this lens as well as the excellent photos that he shot using this lens.

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The Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD
- Reviewed by GPS

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First Impressions – I was excited when the Editor AL contacted me to review the new SP 15-30mm F2.8. I was never a Tamron fan although I’ve heard interesting things about this brand. It was later make known to me that I will be having the SP 15-30mm for a weekend. Opening the box, I saw a lens that I can never imagine to be from Tamron. The lens build was very impressive and it does look very expensive to me. The surface finishes are well-toned for outdoor use and feels nice to the touch. For certain moments, I thought I was holding the Nikon AF 14-24 F2.8 ED, yes that’s how solid it is.

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Handling – First thing that I would like to mention is the cover-on lens cap. I am sure many of you with lenses that has the cover-on type, most of the time it’s very loose and fell off pretty easily, however, for the Tamron SP15-30mm, the lens cap sits nicely with not too much free-play and sure, it does feel like it will not fall off anytime soon. The next thing that I like a lot was the smooth zoom ring. It feels like it had been “buttered” and the grip is excellent, likewise the focusing ring was also made in the same fashion. The size and ratio is good for any hands/ fingers out there so Tamron had scored a lot of points here.

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The corner distortion is very manageable, a surprise actually because usually for such lens, it is common that users suffers from softness at the corners, but not this lens. In fact I find that Tamron had sorted out this department pretty well and the corners will be very much acceptable by most photographers of today. 

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Next I would like to share with the readers that I am very impressed with the focusing. It was so quiet that for several times, I had to look at the distance scale meter window to confirm that the lens is focusing. The near silence focusing from Tamron is the real deal here and it is fast. The SP 15-30mm focus in milliseconds and it locks focus really fast, this is really unexpected from a 3rd party lens maker and Tamron made that happened. I also tried focusing tracking (AF-C) and it works really well too. To top that off, the Vibration Control (VC) from Tamron is a proven technology that many Tamron fans will swear by – I tried shooting with a slow speed of 0.3″ while handheld and the photo was sharp when recorded. Thumbs up for the VC!

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On the image produced by the Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8, the quality is excellent. The details are well-captured with colors that are rendered nicely and with a hint of mid-range contrasts. The photos are sharp and crisp with almost zero CA. I have no complaints really – with this lens.

 

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However the Editor AL insisted that I must find a fault that I would complain about if I can have things my way. That will be the Lens Hood. With a mid-size lens that was made so solid, it will be great to have a metal hood instead of the thermal compound hood that was supplied. There’s really nothing to complain and I am more of picking at the lens now haha.

 

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Recommendation – So would I recommend this lens to anyone? Surely I will. In fact I am contemplating to buy one for myself as I write. After finding out the selling price at my regular dealers, I am so buying one soon, the asking price will not cost you an arm & a leg. (Maybe just a few fingers) You can buy yours from the links below after the jump.

 

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Summary –  This is by far, one of the best lens that Tamron had made. As technology advances with better DSLRs, Tamron is definitely keeping up the times with newly designed releases. To me, lenses are an investment, so I will always buy lenses that will last or even outlast the camera bodies that I am using. This SP 15-30mm is definitely made to last. Hardy & solid, you have to hold it yourself to believe.

Mid-size but not too big, weighty but not too heavy, coupled with excellent images with (negligible) minimal distortion, the excellent VC, fast & quiet focusing, I will say that Tamron is selling this lens too cheap. (Hahahaha!) It is very value for money and suitable for a wide variety of applications. Get it people!

Peng Siong (GPS), 45 years old is an IT Analyst and a freelance Photography Coach. He had been in photography for a good 15 years (5 years film, 10 years digital) specializing in Landscape, Astrophotography, Sports, Stage & Events Photography.
guekps@gmail.com / http://facebook.com/guekps / http://guek.net
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Special Thanks to:
Tamron Singapore for the lens.
Peng Siong for taking time to review the lens.

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NIKON’S RANGE OF DX-FORMAT CAMERAS: CONNECTED, CREATIVE AND CAPABLE

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NIKON’S RANGE OF DX-FORMAT CAMERAS: CONNECTED, CREATIVE AND CAPABLE
- Explore and grow with the Nikon D7200, D5500 and D3300

 

23rd March 2015, SINGAPORE – Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd today announces the completion of the latest range of DX-format cameras, providing every amateur photographer and enthusiast with the tools to push boundaries and pursue creative instincts while capturing brilliant images and videos.

The DX family now includes the recently announced Nikon D7200, D5500, and the D3300. Carefully crafted for maximum flexibility and performance, photographers of any skill level now have a DX-format model to keep up with each individual’s pace as their level of expertise evolves.

“Nikon’s latest DX-range of DSLR reflects our partnership and commitment to nurturing the passion of photographers and the culture of photography, by supporting them in the pursuit of great shots every time,” said Hiroaki Ono, General Manager of International Marketing Division Imaging Group, Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd. “The range allows photographers to engage and connect with the world around them like never before, with rich details and vibrant colours for still images and Full HD videos, all with a camera that is user-friendly, dependable and adaptable. From convenient connectivity to great low-light performance, or compatibility with an extensive imaging ecosystem and resilient camera body, the D7200, D5500 and D3300 will see the photographers through their promising craft.”

 

The Nikon D7200: When only the reliable will do
An explorer’s ultimate companion, the always-ready D7200 is perfect for advanced enthusiasts who crave stand-out performance at every step of the journey.

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The D7200 shines with 24.2-megapixels DX-format CMOS sensor, built without an optical low-pass filter, providing an immersive experience with a camera that is a pleasure to shoot with. An ISO range of 100 to 25600 with the EXPEED 4 image-processing engine aids in improved noise reduction performance, while maintaining quality image definition at high ISO. The latest Nikon DSLR also delivers low-light prowess from a powerful 51-point autofocus (AF) system thanks to the new Advanced Multi-CAM 3500 II autofocus sensor module also seen in the Nikon D750. Superior low-light performance is further enhanced with an expanded AF detection range down to -3EV.

For the precise moments in dynamic situations with great expressions and fast movements, photographers can now capture 100 JPEG frames during continuous shooting with the extended buffer capacity. The D7200 is also the socially-connected adventurer’s camera, with built-in Wi-Fi®*1 and Near Field Communication (NFC) support*2, the first of such combination for a Nikon DSLR. Photographers now have the ability to share their adventures in real time with the world via their favourite social media sites.

Made for capturing the vastness and majesty of the outdoors, stunning time-lapse video is also possible with the D7200, another first for the Nikon DX-format range of cameras. Movie-making magic is now in the hands of the user, with smooth exposure variations and minimal disruption to video and image quality when encountering rapidly changing lighting conditions. The D7200 boasts other handy features to simplify the movie-making process such as dedicated movie menus for convenient settings, an additional highlight display function, and improved audio performance with wind noise reduction.

As a top-of-the-line DX-format DSLR, premium design and materials have been incorporated into the camera’s construction for a sleek, resilient finish, while a comprehensively-sealed body protects the camera from dust and water droplets.

The Nikon D5500: Define your creative identity
The Nikon D5500 is the artist’s muse, inspiring photographers to continually redefine their artistic boundaries, and breathes life into still images and HD videos.
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A camera designed for photographers seeking to create images in new and exciting ways, the D5500 comes with a 24. 2-megapixel CMOS sensor built without OLPF and features a 39-point AF system accompanied by the EXPEED 4 image-processing engine. Accompanied by a 3.2-inch vari-angle touch screen LCD monitor, the D5500 is an impressive assembly of imaging technology to tell creative stories in remarkably sharp, vivid details and tonally-rich quality.

The D5500 boasts a suite of intuitive features that put creativity in the hands of aspiring photographers. The DSLR features an intelligent eye-sensor feature which automatically turns the LCD monitor screen on and off as necessary, and a ‘Touch Fn’ for quick adjustments of operational settings. With the ‘Touch Fn’, functions selected can be easily executed via touch operation with the right thumb whilst holding the grip and confirming viewfinder information. Another first for Nikon DSLR cameras, the D5500 also comes with a touch operation permission feature, incorporating a setting that allows touch-screen controls only during playback while disabling them during shooting.

The camera supports a wide ISO range of up to 25600 for low-lighting conditions, high speed continuous shooting frame rate of 5 frames per second*3 (fps) to capture sharp and precise shots of dynamic action, and records smooth Full HD 1080/60p videos with crystal clear audio.

Also at hand are 16 scene modes, specifically configured for shooting in a wide variety of situations and subjects. During shooting, a selection of 10 special effects settings is available, displaying the effects in real time for photographers to visualize their unique, personalized creations. These special moments can in-turn be shared instantly with friends and family using the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi®*1.

Being the world’s lightest*4 DSLR, the D5500, available in black (in Singapore), inspires the aesthetically-inclined with its sleek and innovative design DNA.

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The Nikon D3300: The Perfect Start
The D3300 is packed with powerful features that give users who are new to DSLR the independence to capture the world around them with a device that is delightfully simple to use.
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The robust D3300 comes with an EXPEED 4 image-processing engine and 24.2 effective megapixels in a lightweight, compact body, giving photographers the freedom to experiment like never before, to shoot both great images and videos. With the Nikon D3300, users stand at the heart of the image in dynamic environments with high movement, with high-speed continuous shooting of up to 100 JPEG frames with approximately 5 fps*3 and an 11-point AF system. Challenging lighting conditions are also easily overcome with an ISO range of 100 to 12800 that can be expanded to 25600. This user-friendly DSLR also includes the Picture Control, a Nikon original system of image creation, where photographers can easily tweak image characteristics such as saturation, brightness, hue, contrast and sharpness, all of which can also be saved and configured as custom settings.

For those who are just beginning to discover the joy of photography, the camera’s Guide Mode which provides step-by-step instructions for capturing exquisite images, will be a helpful support in every step of the way. Every captured moment can also be embellished with 13 special effect modes and various retouch options, making it easy for budding photographers to creatively express themselves. Budding film-makers will have the ability to preserve precious memories on video in stunning details with Full HD movie recording in 1080/60p.

When the perfect captures are done, the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter, together with the free Wireless Mobile Utility app, allows photographers to transfer their favourite shots to smart devices for sharing. Users can also control the image size to be transferred and add location information, obtained through the smart device, to the images. For selfies and challenging shooting angles, remote shooting is made possible with the adapter and app for convenient shooting every time.

For a personalised style, the D3300 is also available in colours of black and red (in Singapore).

1 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. Wireless transfer of videos is available only on the Android OS

2 NFC-compatible Android™ smartphones and tablets (Android 4.0 or later)

3 Measured in accordance with CIPA guidelines

4 Among digital SLR cameras equipped with a vari-angle monitor as of March 23, 2015, based on Nikon research

As part of Nikon’s outstanding range of DX-format DSLR, the D7200, D5500 and D3300 enjoy seamless integration with an array of NIKKOR lenses and accessories including Speedlights, wireless remote controls, external stereo microphones, and others. Photographers will find a comprehensive imaging ecosystem to create and complement a photography experience of their choice as they hone their craft.

The full range of Nikon’s DX-format cameras is now available in stores. For more information on the Nikon D7200, D5500, D3300 and other Nikon products, including the comprehensive range of NIKKOR lenses, please visit 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, please visit www.nikon.com.sg

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Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM (ART) – First to Review in Singapore

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Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM (ART) – First to Review in Singapore
- Featuring Melvin Ho, Cindy & Chester Chen
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Photo (L to R): Cindy, Editor AL, Melvin Ho & Chester Chen
Photo by Trisha Lim

 

14th March 2014, Singapore – We were given the NEW Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM (Art) from Sigma and we decided to review it via our guests reviewers for some real world user-comments. Made & designed as one of Sigma’s Top-Line Prime Lens, this Wide-angle lens is “created” to the likes of the ultra successful Sigma 35mm F1.4 ART as well as the 50mm F1.4 ART. According to Sigma, the new 24mm F1.4 ART  was designed to give photographers of what Sigma calls the “edge to edge performance”. Most photographers would know that for wide angle focal range like 24mm (on full frame), the corners are somewhat distorted which is a normal phenomenon that occurs in most wide angle lenses. Sigma aims to counter this and came up with a design that had the aspherical elements finding its way to the back of the lens barrel/group which allows users to shoot high quality images even when the aperture is opened wide.

Topping off that, Sigma incoporated premium FLD & SLD glass elements which dramatically reduces chromatic aberrations (CA) & corner distortions to a negligible level. Made as an all-purpose prime lens for wide angle applications, Sigma informed us that this lens was designed for “wedding photography, landscape photography, videography, astrophotography, indoor photography and event photography.”

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Photo: The New 2015 Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM (ART)

 

From our past reviews with the 35mm (ART) & 50mm (ART) (Part 1 & Part 2), we expected a lot more with the New 24mm (ART) as the previous 2 releases are already award-winning lenses now. On first look, the lens is slightly shorter than both 35mm & 50mm at 85mm x 90.2mm, and it’s pretty light at 665g. Featuring the same level of build, the lens barrels are made using the TSC and the lens size & design vividly reminded me of the Sony-Zeiss SAL CZ-24mm F1.4 SSM. A 9-blader which stops down to F16, the new 24mm focuses from a mere 25cm rendering a good magnification ratio of 1:5.3. It accepts 77mm filters at the front and it runs on the company’s proven and improved hypersonic motor (HSM) that gives you near silent focusing and hyper-fast & accurate focusing.

We invited 3 Guest Reviewers this Round to put the new Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM (Art) through its paces and hear what they think of this lens after using them. We have Melvin Ho, a Wedding & Event Photographer with a Full Frame Canon EOS 5D MarkIII, Cindy, a serious Enthusiast with an APS-C Canon EOS 60D and lastly, an Award-winning photographer Chester Chen testing out the 24mm (ART) with his Infrared-converted (full Spectrum) Canon EOS 5D MarkII for IR compatibility.

What Melvin Ho have to say –
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Photo: Melvin Ho with the New Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM(ART) mounted on his Canon 5D MarkIII.

 

“The new Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM (ART) is rock-solid. Lens built and overall design is very good and it does seems like this is a lens that can withstand the elements. This has live up to the mass expectations of being an “ART” lens. On shooting, the lens is easy to handle and switches well-placed and it is not heavy to carry or use. In terms of image quality, I would say that the distortion control is well sorted out and in fact if you are not paying attention, you might not even notice any distortion at all. This is a great lens for wedding table shots or ambience documentations or even portraits of wedding guests against a background or a decorated scene. Lastly, it was revealed to us that this lens costs only a fraction of Canon’s EF 24mm F1.4L USM.” – Melvin Ho.

 

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Melvin Ho is 37 years young, 6 years in wedding photography. 

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Photo: Melvin keeps smiling to himself while using the new Sigma 24mm (ART). We wonder what he saw that made him smile.

 

What Cindy have to say –
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Photo: Cindy with the New Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM(ART) mounted on her Canon 60D.

“The New Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM (ART) is light and compact making itself more user-friendly to users. I also like the fact the lens looks very professional although its a 3rd party lens. On the lens, it is a very versatile lens and it has a wide variety of possible uses – even when it is used on an APS-C sensor. I would like to highlight that the photos produced by this lens is sharp even when I was shooting with it wide-open (aperture). I had lots of fun using this lens and I would recommend this lens to anyone who wants to have a fast wide-angle primes lens (for full frame) or a street lens (for APS-C) – the possibilities are endless.” – Cindy S. 

 

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 Cindy S,  an ageless beautiful young lady who loves macro photography and had been doing photography for about 3 years.

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Photo: Cindy shooting a “pre-scene check” before mounting the New Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM(ART).


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What Chester Chen have to say -
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Photo: Chester Chen with the New Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM(ART) mounted on his Infrared-Converted Canon 5D MarkII.

 

“I had the opportunity to fire a few shots with the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM (ART) lens on my Canon EOS 5DMk2 modified full spectrum infrared camera to test for IR compatibility. As this was a co-review with other guest reviewers, it was a time-limited window to test the lens.”
 
“For comparison I shot an equivalent focal length using EF 17-40 f/4 lens at the same aperture of f/5.6., please see the photo examples below.”

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“The two raw files were converted to B&W in Photoshop. No additional sharpening or clarity was added. Exposure was tweaked to achieve a desirable image for this article.

You’ll notice that the prime lens at 24mm does offer the same viewing angle of the Wide Angle Canon zoom. However, the 17-40 tends to make the buildings look a lot more distant and smaller.

Take a look at the 100 percent crops to get an idea of sharpness at f/5.6. Note I chose to zoom this area of the image because it had similar lighting although not exact.

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“I don’t have access to the Canon 24mm f/1.4 Mk2 for comparison. I do know that the Canon 24mm works well shooting infrared and the Sigma does appear to work well with no hotspotting. If you like primes and the sharpness associated with primes the Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Series lens is worth a look as it is very friendly to your wallet.” – Chester Chen.

Chester Chen, a mysterious photographer who had won multiple photography awards and loves spending time with his children. (When he is not holding a camera of course.)

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Photo: Chester with the New Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM (ART) under the extreme heat from the mid-day sun.

 

Editor’s Note:
From what we gathered from our 3 guest reviewers, the new 2015 Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM (ART) is well poised to challenge & take on the wide-angle prime lens market. Well built, good image quality and a fraction of the asking price of other equivalents, the 2015 Sigma 24mm (ART) stands out among the rest easily. If you are into primes or a new-found Fan of Sigma’s ART lenses, this lens is a must-get.

Sigma had proven to the world that they had beefed up their manufacturing consistency after the company went under the “Sigma Global Vision“, the company had sold lenses like hot cakes while churning out award-winning lenses after lenses. This is the brand to watch.

– Thanks Melvin, Cindy & Chester for taking time out and went under the hot sun for the new Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM (ART).
– Thanks to Trisha Lim for all the Behind-the-Scenes photos for this Article.
– Special Thanks to Sigma Marketing (Singapore) for letting us have the lens before anyone else did in Singapore.

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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, SigmaSports line lenses deliver high action-capture performance, enabling photographers to get exactly the shots they want. Lenses in this category are Telephoto lenses, telephoto zoom lenses, super telephoto lenses, super telephoto zoom lenses.

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Singapore National Award Winner Revealed for 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

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Singapore National Award Winner Revealed for 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Singapore PanoramaPhoto: © Chua Boon Kiat Jansen, 1st Place, Singapore National Award, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

* Single best photograph taken by a Singaporean photographer discovered by world’s biggest photography competition

* Photographer will be flown to London to attend Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony and image will be exhibited at Somerset House, London, 24 April to 10 May 2015

17th March 2015, Singapore/ Asia Pacific – Singaporean photographer Chua Boon Kiat Jansen is today named as the winner of the Singapore National Award as part of the prestigious 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.

Chua’s winning image “Douce enfance” was chosen as the single best photograph taken by a Singapore photographer entered into any of the ten Open categories of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s biggest photography competition.

Chua, a client consultant and keen amateur photographer who only began shooting seriously last year, has won a Sony α7 camera. He will also be flown to London to attend the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony on 23 April 2015, and his winning photograph will be shown as part of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Somerset House, London from 24 April to 10 May 2015.

Talking about his win, Chua commented, “Winning this award means the world to me. Being a new photographer, I am constantly awed by many images shared by people on social media. Never have I dreamt that my piece would emerge as a winner this year. Deep down, there is still much uncertainty about many aspects of photography, and I know there are still lots to improve on. This award ascertained the approach I have undertaken, and I will continue to work even harder to achieve greater heights with my photography, and hopefully produce better images in the future.”

Describing the image, he said, “Taken from the Bay East Garden of Gardens by the Bay, this is a panoramic view of the modern Marina Bay Waterfront. My original intention was to capture a sunset that day, but it started raining. I managed to find a shelter and decided to wait out the rain. Thankfully, the rained stopped just in time for me to catch the last moments of the fast fading blue hours. This composite image is a panoramic stitch-up 15 frames, each with 3 exposure digitally blended.”

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Runner up positions for the Singapore National Award were given to:
* 2nd place – David Wirawan
* 3rd place – Heng Wang Tan

The winners of all 54 National Awards were announced today by the Sony World Photography Awards. The National Awards programme honours and rewards the best single image taken by a local photographer and runs across the world from Argentina to Australia. It is open to photographers of all abilities. To see all the winning images, please go to www.worldphoto.org.

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About World Photography Organisation (WPO)
WPO is a home where photography is celebrated and the art of the photographer is recognised. Working with professional, enthusiast and student photographers alike, the World Photography Organisation provides a global network across the photographic industry to not only to raise the level of conversation around the subject, but to increase awareness and appreciation of this artform. WPO hosts a year-round portfolio of industry and public events including: Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s largest photography competition and accompanying global exhibition; the World Photography Student Focus Programme, inspiring and working with the next generation of photographers, and Photo Shanghai, Asia Pacific’s premier art fair dedicated to photography. In addition, WPO has a thriving online presence via its website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and addresses the industry’s latest issues in its monthly online publication, The Magazine. For more information please visit www.worldphoto.org

About Sony Corporation
Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and on-line businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately US$75 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014. Sony Global Web Site: http://www.sony.net/

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Tokina AT-X 11-20mm F2.8 (IF) PRO DX

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Tokina AT-X 11-20mm F2.8 (IF) PRO DX
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Photo: Editor with the NEW Tokina AT-X 11-20mm F2.8 (IF) PRO DX mounted on his NEW Nikon D5500.

17th March 2015, Singapore – Tokina surprised us with their latest wide angle zoom lens in the form of Tokina AT-X 11-20mm F2.8 (IF) PRO DX. On first look, the focal range 11-20mm F2.8 seems pretty direct in telling us that this is designed and made as the bigger brother of the award-winning AT-X 11-16 F2.8 with the added range, but at the meantime, it looks uncannily alike to the AT-X 12-28 F4 or the older award-winning AT-X 12-24mm F4 MarkII. While the industry speculates what exactly is Tokina up to, we decided to review the lens for ourselves.

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Photo: (L) Tokina 12-24mm F4 II & (R) Tokina 11-20mm F2.8, same same?
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To start things off, and for those new to Tokina, the lens barrel was made with the company’s proven thermal compound that are designed withstand most elements for both outdoor and indoor use. Although Tokina had retained most of the design cue of their releases, this is something that Tokina fans can relate to – Tokina is not giving fanciful designs but a lens that is designed for easy handling and practicality. Personally I like Tokina’s One-Touch Focus Clutch Mechanism since I gotten my first Tokina lens in 2010. The user can switch between Auto-focus and Manual-focus by pulling or pushing the focusing ring forward or backwards.

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Photo: The NEW Tokina 11-20mm F2.8 mounted on my Nikon D5500.

The new 11-20mm F2.8 has some interesting “changes”. The lens accepts 82mm filters (most Tokina Lens are on 77mm), and the lens is a little “fatter” now at 89mm x 92mm and with that, the lens gained a little weight at 560gm. This is really manageable as when I took it out for this review, I had hand held the lens mounted with my Nikon D5500 for almost 3.5 hours without feeling that my arms are falling off. On the glass, there are new advancements. The 11-20mm has 3 aspherical lens elements (one of the 3 is a PMO hybrid) that produce super contrasty and sharp images while correcting distortions at the same time. If that is not enough, Tokina also added 3 SD (anti-dispersion) glass elements to reduce CA to a negligible concern.

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Photo: Useable F2.8 with interesting bokehs from the 9 blades aperture.

Other goodies remain largely the same. Made as a 9 blader (aperture) with a minimum opening of F22 to a wide F2.8, it starts focusing from 28cm to the front .Standard issue includes the Tokina’s “Advance Multi-Layer” lens coating on the front element and lastly, it has a good magnification of 1:8.62. (Tips: means you can shoot at small aperture, then crop an insane amount off the photo and your photo will still be sharp and usable).

I brought the Tokina 11-20mm out and visited an old estate and tried putting it through its paces. Check out the photos below. All photos was adjusted for the horizontal slant, crop and watermarks. Everything is else what you get from the camera direct.

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Photo: The near fish-eye range creates very interesting perspectives if you know what you are doing. Corner to corner sharpness is evident without any signs of turning soft.

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Photo: As the skies suddenly turns gloomy dark, time for some effects. Check out the contrasts.

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Photo: You really need an Ultra Wide Angle lens to do this. The 11-20mm is perfect if you wish to shoot photos like this.

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Photo: The typical curving distortion that most wide angle lenses suffers are very negligible on the new Tokina 11-20mm. I am impressed!

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Photo: Ultra Wide is not Everything, but you need an Ultra Wide to do overview shots like this.


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Photo: Street Photography that requires a scene + subject? The Tokina 11-20mm is perfect.

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Photo: Don’t just shoot the building, shoot the skies too. No need to squeeze, 11mm got them all.

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Photo: Again, for corner to corner sharpness and contrast.

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Photo: Wide is the New game.

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Photo: shortly after this shot, the rain came down hard.

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Photo: Shooting building will be easy and fun. Note: the plane is fake.

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Photo: Just one last example of how the New Tokina 11-20mm can be fun and functional at the same time.

At 11mm (or 16.5mm on FX/Full Frame/35mm) this lens will be excellent for interior shoot, landscape, cityscape and at the tele end of 20mm (or 30mm on FX/Full Frame/35mm); this lens is also excellent for street photography or close-range portraits, a very versatile lens. Well built and importantly, it produces high-quality ultra-wide angle images for APS-C cameras. Comfortable to handle and Very easy on the wallet, get yours today!

– Ed

Buy Your Tokina AT-X 11-20mm F2.8 PRO DX here.
For More information click here.

Special Thanks to:
Cathay Photo for sponsoring the Lens.
Trisha Lim for Behind-the-Scene coverage.

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Nikon D5500 Review – By Trisha Lim

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Nikon D5500 Review
- By Guest Reviewer Trisha Lim
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13th March 2015, Singapore – Nikon’s latest entry DSLR for the advance users came in the form of D5500 – which is the first Nikon DX-format (APS-C) DSLR that is equipped with a “touch-screen-vari-angle monitor” with direct wi-fi connectivity.  We were pretty excited when we saw the specs and decided to review the camera. And to keep things “layman” around here, we decided to invite a guest reviewer, Miss Trisha Lim – an event photographer to try out the D5500. If you ended up here while looking for technical details for the D5500, please visit Nikon’s site.  We are more interested in how the camera feels & operates over here. :) Let’s hear from what Trisha what she has to say about the new Nikon D5500.

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The Nikon D5500
- words by Trisha Lim

First Impression & handling:
The Nikon D5500 seems tiny on first look. However, the grip has a deep recess that allows me to hold the camera comfortably as well as confidently. It feels really good while giving me a firm grippy feeling. As an end-user, this is important to me, I want to hold and use a camera that gives me the right “feel”. The camera also feels that it can take abuse as it is very well put together, the build is solid yet super light and compact at the same time. To be honest, it does not feel cheap at all.

The Nikon D5500 is almost weightless at 470gm, means this will be a great camera for almost daily and general use – including travel. The compact size (124 x 97 x 70 mm) makes it appealing to use especially when I do full-day events. As most event photographers will agree with me, the longer we hold the camera, the “heavier” it becomes. This feather-weight DSLR will be nice to use or for those who believes in mid-range to pro-range DSLR, the Nikon D5500 is a good camera to have it in your gear bag as a backup camera.

The layout of the buttons are easy to navigate and located mostly at the right places which makes it easy to change settings or to find a certain function. The ergonomics fits the smallest of hands and this is a plus point to me.

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Operations – although made and marketed as an advanced-users’ DSLR, the D5500 is packed with some serious specs. The 24.2mp CMOS sensor + Expeed 4 processor engine combo promises high-resolution & quality images. The 39-points focusing is fast and it has a continuous shutter of 5fps which is considered very fast for DSLR of this class. (Nikon Multi-CAM 4800DX autofocus sensor module with TTL phase detection, 39 focus points (including 9 cross-type sensors) The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 which is pretty standard, but with all the goodies mentioned earlier, the D5500 is like a “little monster in disguise”.

Another area that I like was the really quiet shutter, and this is extremely helpful especially when I am shooting a corporate seminar or talk, we have to be quiet. Just imagine how the machine-gun-like sound of the D4s will be in a talk when the whole conference room is in complete silence except for the speaker.

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The Nikon D5500’s ISO handling is pretty good too. It has a peak range of 25,600 which allows me to shoot at higher shutter speed in “no-flash” situations. Function wise, I like it that the D5500 has lots of interesting built-in shooting mode which will be useful for those starting out in photography or for the Pro on an Off Day to play with without having to give too much thoughts on the settings. I copied the modes from Nikon’s site for your quick reference.
*Auto modes (auto; auto, flash off); programmed auto with flexible program (P); shutter-priority auto (S); aperture-priority auto (A); manual (M); scene modes (portrait; landscape; child; sports; close up; night portrait; night landscape; party/indoor; beach/snow; sunset; dusk/dawn; pet portrait; candlelight; blossom; autumn colors; food); special effects modes (night vision; super vivid; pop; photo illustration; toy camera effect; miniature effect; selective color; silhouette; high key; low key)

That’s quite a handful isn’t it? If that is not enough, even the Flash had been pimped up.

*Auto, portrait, child, close-up, night portrait, party/indoor, pet portrait, vivid, pop, photo illustration, toy camera effect: Auto flash with auto pop-up
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Other standard functions (for Nikon) like the proven Matrix Metering, WB bracketing and everything else you can think of from the previous D5XXX models are all present – except that it had only got better. The vari-angle screen is pretty useful and wide range of applications and Nikon had up the ante by making it a touch screen too. The Wi-Fi was another perk – especially for selfie-lovers who can use the light & compact D5500 to take selfies with the vari-angle screen and then touch-screen to focus and shoot. Now don’t compare your smartphone selfie photos here, we are talking about a selfie image that is from a 24.2mp camera which you can print the photos to cover a living room wall.

In summary, the Nikon D5500 (along with its specs) is a really fun and competent DSLR to have for all photographers from all levels. It’s functional while fun to use at the same time. Although the editor did not share with me about the retail price of the D5500, I reckon the price will be very reasonable. I will be making my order for the Nikon D5500, what about you?

- Trisha Lim. 

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Editor’s Note:
That was a satisfied review from our Guest Reviewer; Miss. Trisha Lim. Personally, I find he that the Nikon D5500 is value for money and another great camera added to the Nikon family. These days when consumers are demanding more for their money, Nikon is definitely listening to its consumers of what they wants and Nikon give them what they want. Good job Nikon!

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.

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Travelling with the Leica T by Michael Lee

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Travelling with the Leica T – by Michael Lee.
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09th March 2015, Singapore – Experience the natural and human landscapes spanning across Asia and Africa with Michael Lee, shot entirely on the Leica T Camera System in China, Cambodia, Bhutan, Malaysia and Namibia.

“Travel Photography is a documentary of a journey through which the traveller expresses his own perspective of a specific time, place, land, its people and culture. Images captured in one location fills one with inspiration for the next journey. I believe that with an appreciation of nature’s beauty and a strong understanding of the local community, making that important connection with them will enable one to photograph an outstanding image that communicates beyond one’s technical capability.”

Experience “Travelling with the Leica T” as we see life in different landscapes & culture with Master Photographer (MPAUK), Michael Lee. His specialties include street candid, cultural & landscape photography and of course, travel photography. His respect for people and cultures helps generate new ideas in his workshops & tours to see Asia in its purest form.

Period:
January – March 2015

Venue:
Leica Store@Raffles Hotel Arcade
328 North Bridge Road
#01-18, Singapore 188719

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Photos from “Travelling with the Leica T” exhibition by Michael Lee at Leica Store Singapore @ Raffles Hotel Arcade is available for sale at SGD450 each, with profits of 100% going towards PHOTOkidz – a volunteer-based program for under-served children and youth organizations that encourages creativity, promotes communication skills and develops confidence in children at Bhutan, Cambodia and Indonesia through photography.

Let’s support the youth development who share our passion of photography. For more information, please email raffles@leica-store.sg or call +65 6336-9555.

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PRICE ANNOUNCED: Nikon D810 kit and Spring 2015 COOLPIX Range‏

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PRICE ANNOUNCED: Nikon D810 kit and Spring 2015 COOLPIX Range‏

Nikon D810 – Best of Both Worlds
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New 36.3-megapixel Nikon D810 Boasts the Versatility and Performance for Stunning Shots

05th March 2015, Singapore – Nikon is pleased to announce the launch of the following new products starting sales today.

* Please note that the Nikon COOLPIX AW130 will only be available mid/end March 2015.

List prices after the jump.

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Stock will be available at all Nikon authorised dealers today, 5 March 2015 at the following prices:

  • D810 + AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR (Kit set) – SGD$ 5,688
  • COOLPIX S3700 (Silver, Black, Red, Pink, Blue) – SGD$ 239
  • COOLPIX S7000 (Black, White, Gold) – SGD$ 339
  • COOLPIX L840 (Black, Red) – SGD$ 399
  • COOLPIX AW130 (Black, Blue, Orange, Green) – SGD$ 529 (available mid/end March 2015)
  • COOLPIX P610 (Black, Red) – SGD$ 689

    Interested parties are advised to call their preferred dealers before make a trip down.

    Or simply call our Accredited Merchants here.

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My Favourite Moments Photography Contest 2015

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My Favourite Moments Photography Contest 2015
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05th March 2015, Singpapore – Good news to all ! Celebrate your Lunar New Year and stand a chance to win from over $500 worth of GIFT VOUCHERS from our Accredited Merchant RedDotPhoto!!

All you need to do is to take part in RedDotPhoto Lunar New Year Photo Competition and submit photo entries of “My Favourite Moments”!

So bring along your camera during visiting and start snapping away !!

PRIZES
1st Prize – $288 Gift Voucher
2nd Prize – $188 Gift Voucher
2nd Prize – $88 Gift Voucher

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To Enter
Sign up for a Red Dot Photo forum account (if you don’t yet have one)

  1. Submit your photo as a reply to this thread
  2. That’s it!
  3. Alternatively, you can also email to shafiq@reddotphoto.com.sg
- Upon submission, we will post your photo on RedDotPhoto’s Facebook Page.
– The number of Facebook ‘likes’ each photo gets will influence the final decision, so look out for your photo and get your friends to like it!

The deadline for submission is Tuesday, 31st March 2015, 2359hrs.

Rules & Regulations:
1) The Lunar New Year Photo Competition is open to entrants of all skill levels.
2) All participants agree to grant Red Dot Photo a license to reproduce and publish winning entries. All copyright remains vested in the participants.
3) Each submitted photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the contest entrant. Any discrepancy in entrant’s particulars may lead to disqualification at the discretion of the organiser.

Format
1) Submissions must be:
– JPEG format
– Recommended 1200px on the long edge
2) Every contestant may submit as many entry (unless otherwise informed)
3) Staff and judges are not responsible for loss or any damage to photographic submissions.

This exciting competition is organized by Red Dot Photo,
Proudly sponsored by Chromage, Lumia & Maha Powerex
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Spoiled for Choice: Sony α E-mount Family Grows with Four Brand-New Full-Frame Lenses plus Two Full-Frame Converters

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Spoiled for Choice: Sony α E-mount Family Grows with Four Brand-New Full-Frame Lenses plus Two Full-Frame Converters

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* Zeiss® Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA (SEL35F14Z) Full-frame Wide-angle Lens
* FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS (SEL90M28G) Full-frame Mid-telephoto Macro G Lens
* FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS (SEL24240) Full-frame Zoom 10x Lens
* FE 28mm F2 (SEL28F20) Full-frame Wide-angle Prime Lens
* SEL057FEC Fisheye Converter and SEL075UWC Ultra-wide Converter for the SEL28F20
* VCL-ECU2/VCL-ECF2 Ultra-wide & Fisheye converters (APS-C)

5th March 2015, Singapore – Serious photographers now have the opportunity to explore even more creative possibilities with four brand-new Full-frame α E-mount lenses for Sony’s acclaimed family of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras.

From soulful portraits, dramatic landscapes and exquisite macro shots to fast-moving action, travel and everyday shooting – the expanded E-mount range has every situation covered. The quartet of premium lenses is joined by a further four lens converters – two of them full frame – making it easier to capture dramatic ultra-wide or fisheye perspectives.

Zeiss® Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA (SEL35F14Z) Full-frame Wide-angle Lens

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Legendary ZEISS® optical performance is showcased in this Full-frame wide angle prime that’s a superior choice for uncompromising professionals and enthusiasts wanting to craft portraits, day-to-day snapshots and night scenes.

Offering a minimum focusing distance of just 0.3m, the SEL35F14Z is also the first E-mount lens to provide a bright F1.4 aperture constructed with 9 blades: ideal for low-light conditions and super smooth bokeh (quality of the out-of-focus areas).

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Stunning corner-to-corner sharpness – even at maximum aperture – is assured by an advanced optical design that features aspherical elements including one Sony AA (Advanced Aspherical) element. Peerless optical performance is further assured by the ZEISS® T* coating that suppresses flare and ghosting for natural colour reproduction and excellent contrast.

Whether you’re shooting movies or stills, the Direct Drive SSM (DDSSM) system enables fast and whisper-quiet precision focusing. A dedicated aperture ring can be set for smooth, continuous operation – ideal for movie-makers – or with click-stops to provide tactile feedback when shooting stills. The dust and moisture resistant design ensures reliable operation when shooting outdoors.

 

FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS (SEL90M28G) Full-frame Mid-telephoto Macro G Lens

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Tailor-made for the Macro or Still-life photographer in mind, the SEL90M28G delivers an impressive blend of clarity and exceptionally smooth bokeh – thanks to careful control of spherical aberration – that’s a signature of every G Lens. The E-mount line-up’s first mid-telephoto macro also features built in Optical SteadyShot™ (OSS) image stabilisation, allowing pin-sharp images at up to 1:1 magnification even when shooting handheld making it a perfect lens for both Macro or Portrait Photography.

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The smooth, quiet Direct Drive SSM (DDSSM) mechanism drives two ‘floating’ focus groups independently, ensuring extremely precise focus positioning that’s crucial for macro photography.

The lens uses an Internal Focusing mechanism that ensures no protrusions – a big plus when you’re just centimetres from your subject during macro shooting. There’s also a focus hold button and sliding focus ring that instantly switches between manual and auto focus. Resistance to dust and moisture helps ensure dependable performance when you’re shooting detail-packed close-ups of insects and wildlife.

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FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS (SEL24240) 10x Full-frame Zoom Lens
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The SEL24240 covers a whole range from Wide-angle to Telephoto and gives you the ability to cover a wide range of photography genres from landscapes and everyday portraits to sports and action scenes. Its huge 24-240mm focal length range (10x optical zoom) makes this Full-frame tele-zoom an ideal travel partner.

The advanced design includes five aspherical elements and one ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass element, contributing to excellent optical performance in a compact, easy-to-handle body. Serious photographers’ needs are catered for with an advanced linear motor that drives the focusing mechanism for quick, smooth response throughout the generous zoom range.

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Built-in Optical SteadyShot™ (OSS) image stabilisation is a welcome addition for handheld telephoto shots and low-light scenes at longer shutter speeds. Like every new FE (Full-frame E-mount) lens, the SEL24240 features a dust and moisture resistant design.

FE 28mm F2 (SEL28F20) Full-frame Wide-angle Prime Lens

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An ideal second lens to supplement every photographer’s basic lens kit, this Full-frame 28mm wide-angle prime features a bright F2.0 maximum aperture that’s ideal for handheld shooting in low light.

Lightweight, compact and designed to resist dust and moisture, the lens makes a beautifully-proportioned match for Sony’s acclaimed α7 series Full-frame camera bodies, with a high-grade aluminium finish adding instant visual appeal.

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The SEL28F20 features a 9-blade circular aperture for smoother bokeh, three aspherical lens elements – including one AA (Advanced Aspherical) element – and two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements for excellent edge-to-edge sharpness. All lens surfaces are multi-coated to suppress flare and ghosting.

The Internal Focusing mechanism is driven by an advanced linear actuator for whisper-quiet AF, ensuring no lens protrusion when focusing.

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Image: SEL075UWC Ultra-wide Converter

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Image: SEL057FEC Fisheye Converter

For even wider perspectives, the optional SEL075UWC Ultra-wide Converter and SEL057FEC Fisheye Converter respectively increase the viewing angle to 21mm or 16mm fisheye with full 180° coverage. The maximum aperture of each converter is F2.8 and F3.5 respectively when mounted on the SEL28F20. In a first for α lens converters, corresponding EXIF data is generated with either converter attached to the lens.

VCL-ECU2 Ultra-wide and VCL-ECF2 Fisheye APS-C converters

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There’s no need to compromise optical performance when exploring extreme wide-angle and fisheye perspective effects.

The VCL-ECU2 adapter is compatible with the SEL16F28 16mm F2.8 and SEL20F28 20mm F2.8 wide angle (APS-C) lenses, boosting ultra-wide angle performance to 12mm (with SEL16F28) or 16 mm (SEL20F28). The VCL-ECF2 Fisheye Converter creates exaggerated perspective effect, with a full 180 degree field of view for the SEL16F28, and 133 degrees for the SEL20F28. Each converter sports a smart new black finish.

Software updates for E-mount lenses
Available now, a new software update enhances lens functionality for selected current E-mount lens models. There will also be a software update for these newly-announced FE lens models in early March 2015. Details will be available at http://www.sony.com.sg/section/support.

The SEL24240 Full-frame Zoom Lens will be available all Sony Stores, Sony Centres and selected Sony authorised dealers from 5 March 2015 onwards at a recommended retail price of S$1,369. The SEL35F14Z, SEL90M28G and SEL28F20 E-mount lenses, as well as the SEL075UWC, SEL057FEC, VCL-ECU2 and VCL-ECF2 lens converters will be available from March 2015 onwards.

Specifications Sheet

– SEL35F14Z SEL90M28G SEL24240 SEL28F20
35mm equiv. focal length (when attached to APS-C body)
52.5mm 135mm 36-360mm 42mm

– Max. magnification ratio (x) 0.18 1.0 0.27 0.13

– Min. focus 0.3m 28cm 0.5m (Wide) – 0.8m (Tele) 29cm

– Filter dia. 72 mm 62 mm 72 mm 49 mm

– Dimensions
(Dia. x L) 78.5 x 112 mm 79 x 130.5 mm 80.5mm x 118.5mm 64 x 60mm

– Weight (approx.) 630g 602g 780g 200g

– Supplied accessories Front cap (Φ72㎜), Rear cap, Hood, Case Front cap (Φ62㎜), Rear cap, Hood, Case Front cap (Φ 72㎜), Rear cap, Hood Front cap (Φ 49㎜) Rear cap, Hood

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


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Namibia – A Lesser Known Photographic Heaven

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Namibia – A Lesser Known Photographic Heaven
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04th March 2015, Singapore – Photographers in Singapore are an active lot. Most of them started shooting everything, everywhere, every attraction, every festivals and celebrations and in no time, everything would have been covered. Factually, Singapore is really tiny, so photography enthusiasts started venturing out to neighbouring countries – and soon, every other person would have been to almost every country in Asia & North Asia.

Where next? Many seasoned photographers were wondering. Although a privileged lot would have been to faraway (and at most time, expensive) & exotic destinations, there are certainly many other options out there.

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Recently I came to know about Namibia – officially the Republic of Namibia – and previously known as South West Africa. Bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Namibia is flank by Zambia & Angola to its North, Botswana to its East & of course, South Africa to its southern borders. Namibia gained its independence from South Africa since 21st March 1990.

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Today, Namibia has a total population of 2.1 million with a flourishing economy mainly based on mining, herding, tourism & agriculture. (Mining precious stones like diamonds and metals like gold, silver, uranium etc.) In terms of safety & stability, Namibia is politically stable with a good parliament, economically doing well and its citizens enjoy social stability as compared to many other African republics/ states.

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Some interesting facts here are, Namibia is the world’s 34th largest country (after Venezuela) and just because of its geographical position (smacked in between 2 deserts, the Namib & Kalahari), Namibia is badly deprived of rain.

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Namibia’s Coastal Desert is one of the oldest deserts in the world. Its unique reddish sand dunes, created by the strong onshore winds, are among the world’s tallest. And out of 365 days in a year, probably 19 to 26 days will rain (350mm per year), please note I said probably. :)
So how does Namibians get water? From the ground that is.

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Tourism is a major contributor (14.5%) to Namibia’s overall GDP, creating jobs for over 80,000 Namibians to service a million visitors per year. It (Namibia) is also one of the preferred destinations in Africa due to ecotourism which heavily promotes Namibia’s extensive wildlife.

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The other most-visited places includes the Caprivi Strip, Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei, the Skeleton Coast Park, Sesriem, Etosha Pan and the coastal towns of Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Lüderitz. English is the official language in Namibia and for the record; the Republic offers free education for 10 years to Namibians.
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Lastly, as a travelling precaution for photographers heading to Namibia, **AIDS & Malaria is common although you are more likely to get Malaria more than AIDS. (9 persons have AIDS out of every 100 persons but 15 persons are likely to catch Malaria out of 100 persons) So behave yourself and stay “main stream” with your tour guide – you will be safe & fine. Lastly, Namibia had only 598 physicians in 2002; I am sure they have much more Doctors now than in 2015.

**Source: Namibia Health.

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Photography wise, Namibia will be a great destination to explore. Given the basic information from above, you may also wish to research more on Namibia’s festivals and culture while planing your trip there. We came to know that Xing Asia, a licensed Tour Agent in Singapore conducts regular group tours to Namibia, you may wish to seek their advise too.

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From wildlife photography (the wild animals that roams the Namibia safari freely) to landscape photography (red dunes, fish canyon etc), from street photography (town, food, markets) to portraitures (Tribes like the San People, the Nama, the Damara, the Ovambo & the Herero), Namibia is definitely the “new” photography heaven that many will not imagine or even think about. The options are just endless from what I had read and discover so far.

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For the Asian Travel Photographer, Namibia will be a refreshing change from the regular Asian cities that many visits. It will be the “safer Madagascar” to enjoy a well-rounded photography trip as compared to other African states/ republics. When we say “safer”, trust us, comparing to the likes of Somalia, Congo, South Africa, Nigeria & Burundi*, Namibia is considered the oasis among the list.

*source (Worst countries in Africa)

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Namibia, beautiful and not exactly swarming with tourists yet – I will recommend taking a trip there before all the good things are destroyed – as more and more tourists flocks there. Be among the pioneering photographers to visit & uses your images to share to the world that among all the bad reputations and negative impressions of Africa, Namibia stands out among the rest as one of the best destination in Africa that you must visit – at least once in your life time.

As mentioned earlier in the article, we came to know that Xing Asia, a licensed tour agent in Singapore does regular trips to Namibia, you may want to speak to their specialists before you make (yet another boring) tour booking to some “over-traveled” destinations in Asia (again).

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Nikon launches D7200, COOLPIX P900 and ViewNX-i software!‏

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Nikon launches D7200, COOLPIX P900 and ViewNX-i software!‏
- Versatility and performance: The Nikon D7200, made for photographers who trust the
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- With reliable ingenuity for life’s adventures, Nikon’s latest DX-format DSLR pushes the limits for enthusiasts in a suite of features for low-light photography, social connectivity, excellence in image quality and Full HD videos

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02nd March 2015, SINGAPORE – Embark on an adventure of infinite imaging possibilities with the new Nikon D7200, announced today by Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd. Combined with the renowned reliability of the D7000 series’ pedigree, the D7200 delivers exceptional performance with outstanding technology, innovative imaging solutions, a new seamless connectivity feature, and distinction in function, design and build.

The 24.2-megapixel DSLR, coupled with the EXPEED 4 image-processing engine and a Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor delivers an impressive experience of vivid photos and HD videos with lower noise at high ISO, and superior image processing speeds. Outstanding image quality is further assured even in low-light conditions, with the new autofocus (AF) sensor module that is also utilised by the Nikon D750, and an AF detection range down to -3EV. Nikon D7200 takes the journey further by allowing photographers to share adventures in real time via built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity*1 with Near Field Communication (NFC)-support*2, the latter being a first for Nikon DSLRs.

“To enrich the Nikon DX experience for photographers, not only does the D7200 render images and videos of rich tonality and sharp details with its standard ISO up to 25600, the camera also provides instant connectivity with its built-in Wi-Fi*1 and new NFC-support*2,” said Hiroaki Ono, General Manager of International Marketing Division Imaging Group, Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd.

“Creating adaptability to any environment, such as low-light scenes, is made possible with the 51-point system of the new Advanced Multi-CAM 3500 II autofocus sensor module, a
technology that was first adopted by the Nikon D750.

“With a robust form, the D7200 and its Full-HD movie features, is also the first in the Nikon DXformat range to adopt the time-lapse function so photographers can also now enjoy time-lapse photography. Matched with the capability to shoot up to 100 shots*3, using JPEG format in continuous shooting mode, alongside the NIKKOR lenses’ superior optical performance, this is the reliable companion that’s up for any challenge a photographer may encounter in their pursuit of the perfect shot.”

D7200 Primary Features
1. Exciting journeys, stunning images
· Standout performance: With the incorporation of an EXPEED 4 image processing
engine, colours and fine details are accurately captured, ensuring consistent performance whether taking beautiful portraits with natural luminous skin tones or gorgeous cityscapes. Images are clear, sharp, and defined with this 24.2 megapixel shooter, perfect for subjects that require fine detail rendering such as foliage or breath-taking landscapes. An ISO range of 100 to 25600 is achieved with the EXPEED 4 image-processing engine, which also provides improved noise reduction performance, while maintaining image definition at high ISO. Should photographers wish to shoot monochrome masterpieces, the ISO range can be further extended to Hi BW 1 (equivalent to ISO 51200) and Hi BW 2 (equivalent to ISO 102400).

· Picture perfect creations: Further aiding in the quest for image perfection and
refinement, and minimizing countless hours of post-processing, is the Picture Control
option of “Flat”. The “Flat” option allows overblown highlights, shadows or colour
saturation to be effectively suppressed even after image adjustment, achieving rich
gradation in both brightness and colour. Further flexible adjustments such as “Clarity”,
lets photographers adjust the crispness of still images while maintaining details and
saturation of the subject.

· Artistic inspirations: Embrace creative expression with the Special Effects modes
which enable immediate confirmation of results during shooting for both still images and
movies. Injecting creativity and fun into every shot is made possible with variable options
such as Night Vision, Colour Sketch, Miniature Effect, Selective Colour, and others, of all
which can be visualised in real time, before shots are captured.

2. Meeting expectations of demanding environments
· Built for the best: Solid and sturdy with a practical design both inside and out, the
D7200 is designed to be a constant companion. A magnesium alloy has been
incorporated into the top and rear covers for durability and superior texture, keeping the
camera light yet strong, while a comprehensively-sealed body protects the camera from
dust and water droplets.

· Size matters: Photographers demanding outstanding performance need not sacrifice on
size and weight. The top-tier DX-format performance ideally fits in a body that is
compact in size and weight with approximately 1,250g when combined with the AF-S DX
NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, and its EN-EL15 battery. Nikon’s
understanding of photographers’ needs has led to the development of a system focused
on functionality and efficiency, allowing them to pack smarter and maximise space.

· Ready for anything: The D7200 is an adaptable shooter, capable of delivering smooth performance in a variety of challenging conditions. Low-light photography, which often comes off as a deterrent for ideal compositions in dark environments, is made easy with the 51 focus points of the new Advanced Multi-CAM 3500 II autofocus sensor module, first
adopted by the D750. Superior low-light performance is further enhanced with an
expanded AF detection range down to -3EV. With the AF detection range down to -3 EV
for the single central focus point, and at -2 EV or below (above -3 EV) with the other 50
points, the freedom to shoot low-light and low-contrast scenes has been remarkably
boosted. The DSLR makes a perfect outdoor companion as one enjoys the spectacular
northern lights or explores the subterranean passageways of a cave.
· Greater viewing pleasure: The optical viewfinder is the perfect framing aid with
approximately 100% frame coverage, featuring superior light transmission ratio and
colouration, for perfectly lined-up shots. This is perfectly accompanied by a high
resolution 1,229k-dot, 3.2-inch LCD display, with RGBW alignment, for enhanced
visibility, ensuring clear and vibrant colours on a bright screen as one reviews shots on
the camera.
· Telephoto triumph: Ideal for capturing lightning-fast action up close, subjects can be
captured in a larger size when using a lens with the same focal length, with a 1.3x image
area option (approximately 15.4 megapixels) that elevates the telephoto shooting
experience. The 51-point AF system comprehensively covers the 1.3x image area,
providing superior subject-acquisition performance even for quick-moving objects over a
wide area, so getting a shot of the winning goal from a fast-paced street soccer match is
not an obstacle anymore.
3. Start sharing adventures in real-time
· Made for sharing: Select, send and upload high-quality images on favourite social media platforms seamlessly. The D7200 makes on-the-go connectivity even simpler with its built-in Wi-Fi® capability*1 and NFC-support*2, the latter being a pioneer feature on a Nikon DSLR. Photographers looking to share and upload their shots wherever they are, can now wirelessly transfer images to a smart device through the free Wireless Mobile Utility application*1, available for iOS or Android devices. The built-in Wi-Fi® also enables remote shooting with a smart device, especially when taking photographs from tricky angles while minimising camera shake.

· Connected for work and play: Leveraging on the connectivity features, professional photographers can tap on a suite of optional wireless accessories to maximise workflow efficiency. The WR-1/WR-R10/WR-T10 Wireless Remote Controllers enable efficient remote shooting in the studio, while the WT-5A/B/C/D Wireless Transmitters together with a UT-1 Communication Unit provide stable, high-speed data transmission directly to computers and FTP servers.

4. Creativity without interruption
· The continuous shooting champ: Experience greater freedom to create and experiment with majestic shots of beautiful light trails and similar burst mode captures. With an extended buffer capacity, the number of shots recordable during continuous shooting is increased to a magnificent 100 shots*3 in large image size, JPEG fine-format, 18 shots in RAW, 14-bit lossless compressed, and 27 shots in RAW, 12-bit lossless compressed. Furthermore, unlimited number of images can be captured continuously, as long as battery and memory card capacity permit, when using the CH or CL release mode with a shutter speed slower than 4 seconds.

· Time-lapse and interval wonders: A first for a Nikon DX-format DSLR, stunning timelapse videos are made possible with the D7200. With its ability to ensure smooth
exposure variations during time-lapse and interval-timer photography, photographers
can also film scenes where light conditions change vastly such as twilight evenings and
breath-taking dusk scenes, with minimal disruption to video and image quality.

5. For moments best captured on video
· Movie-making magic: Choose to capture video on a DX-based movie format, similar
to that of a super-35 format movie film, or experience up-close action in extreme
sports with a favourite telephoto zoom lens and the 1.3x-based format image area. Full
HD recording up to 1080/60p in 1.3x-based format, with minimal noise even at high ISO
settings, is conceivable with the EXPEED 4 image-processing engine. The “Flat” Picture Control option also works with movie recording, should photographers require rich gradation for added movie brightness and colour. Mode M provides Auto ISO sensitivity control during filming, allowing an automatic response for the appropriate exposure with sensitivity adjustments only while shutter speed and aperture values remain fixed. This intuitive technology allows photographers to shoot movies in a single shot even when moving from dark to bright areas.

· The director’s assistant: Besides innovative technology, the D7200 boasts additional
handy features to simplify the movie-making process. To allow more time being focused
on the subject instead of fiddling with the camera, an independent menu dedicated for
movies enables a more efficient configuration of settings for movie recording. The
additional highlight display function provides further assistance by identifying potentially
troublesome overblown highlights when recording. To complement great videos,
improved audio performance is made available with wind noise reduction when the builtin
stereo microphone is used, providing clear audio with less interference. Select a
preferred microphone frequency response to suit respective filming needs, such as
“Wide” for street sounds and musical performances, or “Voice” for interviews and
speeches.

· Relive the sounds: Pair up the D7200 and the newly released ME-W1 Wireless
Microphone for clear off-camera audio recording when the intended subject (sounds) is
too far away for the camera’s built-in microphone, or an external microphone attached to
the camera’s accessory shoe. The water-resistant wireless microphone, also compatible
with other Nikon DSLR, Nikon 1 and COOLPIX cameras that are equipped with an
external microphone connector, comes with Bluetooth® specification Power Class 1
support to allow recording of sounds as far away as approximately 50 m. Both distant
sounds and those near the videographer can be recorded, and two-way communication between a subject and the videographer is possible with the usage of headphones or earphones. Stereo sound can also be recorded with the ME-W1 Wireless Microphone when the Stereo Microphone ME-1 (sold separately) is connected to the microphone component.

6. A perfect fit for any Nikon DX enthusiast
· Capture more with NIKKOR: Experience seamless integration and maximize the 24.2-
megapixel count with the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 G ED VR, which delivers superior
optical imaging and telephoto performance. In addition, take advantage of the extensive
range of NIKKOR lenses, including the AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
for a range of dynamic wide-angle shots, or the AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G for
gorgeous close-ups with softly blurred backgrounds. The world’s lightest 300mm
autofocus (AF) lens*4, the new AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR, also makes as an
extra complement to the D7200 with its outstanding optical proficiency of sharpness and
clarity with absolutely minimal chromatic aberration of ghosting.

· Be in the spotlight: Like any member of the Nikon DSLR family, the D7200 is readily
compatible with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System. Photographers can enjoy even
greater creative control with a diverse range of flexible flash and lighting options to suit
any occasion.

· Complete the creative imaging experience: Discover a readily comprehensive
system to support a great photoshoot with free Nikon software, from the new ViewNX-i
for convenient browsing of stills and movie files, and even uploading onto social media
networks, to its bundled ViewNX-Movie Editor with features to convert, create and edit
movies. The Capture NX-D also allows photographers to compare images pre-and postediting, adjust exposure, white balance and picture tones, and customise Picture Control for seamless end-to-end image management.

1 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. Wireless transfer of videos is available only on the Android OS.
2 NFC-compatible Android™ smartphones and tablets (Android 4.0 or later).
3 When a 16-GB SanDisk SDHC UHS-I memory card (SDSDXPA-016G-J35) is used, and an ISO
sensitivity setting of ISO 100 is applied.
4 Among 300mm fixed focal length (prime) AF lenses compatible with 35mm “full-size” format cameras
available as of March 2, 2015. Statement based on Nikon research.
Availability
The Nikon D7200 will be available by end March 2015 with the AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G
ED VR lens, or AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, or with the body-only configuration.
For more information on the new D7200, ME-W1, and other Nikon products, please visit
http://www.nikon.com.sg

Launch News on COOLPIX P900 and ViewNX-i software after the jump.

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With ultra high-powered zoom, the COOLPIX P900 takes compact photography to new
heights. Fusing innovative technology and exceptional design, the latest COOLPIX model from Nikon is engineered for superior telephoto performance with 83x optical zoom.

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– Experience the rush of ultra high-power zoom photography, and enjoy the action up close with the new COOLPIX P900, announced today by Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd.
Made for users who are unwilling to compromise on superior image quality, the 16.1-
megapixel*1 P900 and its new Dual Detect Optical VR technology boasts the finest supertelephoto performance in the history of the Nikon COOLPIX range. The impeccable
combination of an optical zoom reach up to 2000 mm*2, alongside a Dynamic Fine Zoom
with focal length reach of 4000 mm*2, comes in handy when shooting a wide array of
subjects, from plane spotting to bird watching and vast landscapes in full gorgeous detail.

“The P900 represents the pinnacle of Nikon’s technological innovation with regard to
compact digital cameras. With an amazing optical zoom reach of 2000 mm and the
accompanying 4000 mm from its Dynamic Fine Zoom, users can now shoot what was
conventionally impossible with a device that fits comfortably in the palm of the hand,” said
Hiroaki Ono, General Manager of International Marketing Division Imaging Group, Nikon
Singapore Pte Ltd. “Packed with advanced features and improvements, such as the newly
introduced Dual Detect Optical VR, a remarkably shortened shooting time lag, and the
inclusion of built-in Wi-Fi with NFC-support, the P900 reflects our commitment to constantly improving the experience of everyday photography.”

P900 Primary Features
1. Innovation and class-leading performance
· Leader of the pack: Backed by 16.1 megapixels*1, and an EXPEED C2 imageprocessing
engine, superior image quality and vibrant Full HD video are assured.
The P900 also comes equipped with a backlight illumination CMOS sensor and High
ISO sensitivity, expandable up to ISO 6400 for superb performance, even in low light
conditions. Users can get creative and hone their craft with consecutive shot
combination technology and a range of specialized shooting modes such as Night
Landscape, Night Portrait, Backlighting (HDR), and Close-up, all configured to show
off the P900’s strengths.

· Unrivalled ultra high-powered zoom: Leveraging on its core NIKKOR lens
technology, the P900 is capable of 83x optical zoom, from wide-angle 24 mm to
2000 mm (35mm-format equivalent), and an impressive 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom*3, with an approximate focal length of 4000 mm (35mm-format equivalent) with maximum
image size used. Sheer zoom power allows the capture of incredibly fine subject detail,
such as distant wild animals in a safari, or craters on the moon’s surface. Powerful
both near and far, macro photography of subjects as close as 1 cm to the lens is
made possible, making it perfect for the daintiest of subjects like insects and fine
textures.

· Crystal clarity: Blur-reduction is immensely enhanced with the newly adopted, Dual
Detect Optical VR. A high-performance lens-shift VR, it ensures crisp images while
on-the-move and minimizes image blur from camera shake, especially when utilizing
the P900’s ultra-zoom features, by providing an effect equivalent of shooting at a
shutter speed 5.0 stops*4 faster. Vibration reduction is improved with a great degree
of accuracy, by the angular velocity sensor and the image sensor, which work in
tandem to detect and calculate vibration intensity and frequency.

· Refined shooting experience: In order to capture precise moments, an evolved highspeed
response is required. The P900 provides this with an autofocus (AF) speed
of approximately 0.10 seconds*5, perfect for the fleeting moments in sports or wildlife
photography. This is accompanied by a shooting time lag of approximately 0.12
seconds*5 at wide-angle and 0.75 seconds*6 at tele-angle. When photographing subjects
in motion the P900 excels with a range of continuous shooting modes such as
Continuous H, for the largest image size at approximately 7 fps (up to 7 frames).

· Speedy reaction to every moment: Complementing the ultra high-power zoom
capability is a suite of features dedicated to maximizing the ease of use. Should subjects
move out of frame temporarily during telephoto shooting, zoom position can be
easily shifted to the wide-angle side with the quick press of the Snap-back zoom button,
while the Side zoom control enables zoom operation while minimising camera shake,
allowing for stable movie and still images. Additionally, Moon and Bird-watching modes
have been incorporated, enabling simple focusing and dedicated settings for capturing the best shots of these challenging subjects and helping users take full advantage of the P900’s superior zoom power.

· Premium technology, compact portability: This versatile, outstanding performance
is made possible with the use of refined NIKKOR lens technology, and the inclusion
of a Super Extra-low Dispersion (ED) lens element. The Super ED lens element,
normally used in interchangeable lenses for SLRs, provides superior chromatic
aberration correction capability for high image quality, even at high zoom ratios and
maximum aperture. This ensures sharp, clear images with excellent contrast during
shooting, minimizing the need for image post-processing, thus resulting in gorgeous
images, ready for sharing and uploading with the touch of a button. The incorporation
of the lens element also enables superb image forming capability, without increasing
the size of the lens barrel, keeping the P900 compact and fitting nicely in the hand for
easy handling.

· Movie-making magic: Get into the director’s chair and film Full HD videos of
1080/60p with stereo sound. Equipped with a zoom microphone that changes
directivity according to the zoom operation, videos are accompanied with sharp
sounds for a vivid experience in reliving the captured moments. A Time-Lapse Movie
function also automatically creates 10-second movies from still images captured at
various intervals, simply with a selection of a preferred shooting scene.

2. Shoot and share
· Technology that brings people together: In line with the Spring 2015 COOLPIX
digital camera range, connectivity is key with the P900’s built-in Wi-Fi® and Near
Field Communication (NFC) capability*7. With the simple tap of a smart device on the
camera’s NFC antenna to activate its built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity, high quality images
can be transferred to a compatible smart device through the use of the Wireless
Mobile Utility app*8. This allows the quick upload of photos to social media and
websites, for exciting adventures and memories to be shared with the world.

· Geotagging, anywhere in the world: Explorers can now embrace their
wanderlust with GPS, GLONASS and QZSS*9 support. The P900’s improved
geolocation capabilities identify locations and tag images with higher speed and
greater accuracy, recording information, such as longitude and latitude into pictures.
With fast and convenient location tagging, picture-perfect memories and idyllic
locations are accurately matched and memorably preserved.

3. Pure photography pleasure
· Brilliant, both inside and out: The P900’s dimensions of approximately 139.5 (W) x
103.2 (H) x 137.4 (D) mm*10, reflect a compact, yet elegant design. The camera sits
comfortably in the hand with a secure grip that ensures stability during shooting,
offering users a shooting experience that is similar to that of DSLR cameras. Like a
DSLR, the command dial is projected, allowing the manual switching between
shooting modes, while an eye sensor enables a variety of shooting styles by
automatically switching from monitor shooting to the Electronic View Finder (EVF)
when the photographer’s eye gets closer to the viewfinder. Shooting and reviewing photos is further enhanced by the high-definition, approx. 921k-dot, 3.0-in.,
wide-viewing-angle, vari-angle TFT LCD monitor. A vari-angle system grants the freedom to shoot from various angles for flexible and creative composition when framing shots, while the RGBW pixel alignment provides superior visibility even under direct sunlight and maintains low power consumption.

1 Image processing may reduce the number of effective pixels
2 In 35mm-format equivalent
3 Dynamic Fine Zoom magnification is calculated from the full-wide end of optical zoom. Dynamic Fine
Zoom refers to the areas in which the camera can zoom while maintaining resolution from the
maximum optical telephoto zoom position
4 Based on CIPA standards, measured at approx. 350 mm (35mm-format equivalent)
5 Based on CIPA standards, measured at maximum wide-angle position, subject brightness
measuring 10 LV, programmed auto exposure, Single AF autofocus mode
6 Based on CIPA standards, measured at maximum telephoto position, subject brightness measuring
10 LV, programmed auto exposure, Single AF autofocus mode
7 NFC-compatible Android™ smartphones and tablets (Android 4.0 or later)
8 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. Wireless transfer of videos is available only on the Android OS
9 GLONASS refers to “Global Navigation Satellite Systems” operated by Russia. QZSS refers to
‘Quasi Zenith Satellite System’ commissioned by the Japanese Government
10 Excluding protrusions

Price and availability
The Nikon COOLPIX P900 will be available by end March 2015. For more information on the new COOLPIX P900 and other Nikon products, please visit http://www.nikon.com.sg.

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Nikon presents new image-browsing software, ViewNX-i, available for free download
Nikon will be initiating a free download of its new image browsing software, readily
compatible with other Nikon software applications, on March 17, 2015.

The ViewNX-i, a new image-browsing software designed to enable easy
management of still images and movies recorded with a Nikon digital
camera, has been announced by Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd for a free
download beginning March 17.

ViewNX-i is the successor application to the ViewNX 2 image-browsing and
editing software Nikon has offered to date. Inheriting the user-friendly
interface of ViewNX 2, the new software offers simpler operation as an
application specialized for image browsing, with features such as tabs that make it easy to
switch between workspaces, and the addition of an Output Toolbar that intuitively displays convenient functions.

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The ViewNX-i is also fully compatible with other Nikon software applications, in which the
ViewNX-i serves as the launch pad for RAW development and still-image adjustment using Capture NX-D, and movie editing using ViewNX-Movie Editor. With Capture NX-D, Nikon’s photofinishing software, all advanced adjustment functions available with the application can be used to develop RAW images and edit still images via ViewNX-i. Further complementing the ViewNX-i functionality is the ViewNX-Movie Editor, a bundled movie-editing software that provides users of all proficiency levels in movie-editing with the ability to easily convert, create and edit movies.

The enhanced mutual collaboration between these applications greatly expands the ways in which users can now enjoy their photos and movies after they are recorded.
ViewNX-i Overview
Name: ViewNX-i
Release date: March 17, 2015
Download URL: http://nikonimglib.com/nvnxi/
· ViewNX-i Primary Features
– Quick switching between the browser, map display, and Web services using tabs
– An Output Toolbar that enables quick access to easy-to-use functions, including
image editing with Capture NX-D, movie editing with ViewNX-Movie Editor,
printing, and image upload
– A variety of display formats, including vertical and horizontal thumbnail display and
display of two images for comparison, that can be easily used as needed
– Simple shooting information display with a layout familiar to users of DSLR
cameras
– Photo Tray function in which still images and movies from multiple folders can be
temporarily stored for quick and easy access
– Smooth upload of files to Facebook, YouTube, and Nikon Image Space
– Flexible RAW development and image adjustment using Capture NX-D, which can
be accessed directly from ViewNX-i (collaboration between the two applications
will be strengthened with the addition of a button that returns operation to ViewNXi
to Capture NX-D Ver. 1.2.0 and later)
– Support for the sidecar file format for movies enables the application of ratings
and specification of playback range without modifying the original movie file
– Movie-editing functions that enable creation of original movies, movie trimming,
combination of multiple photos and movies into a single movie, and saving of
individual movie frames as still images with simple operations (collaboration with
ViewNX-Movie Editor)
· ViewNX-i System Requirements
Windows
OS: 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows® 7 (Service Pack 1), Windows® 8.1
CPU: 1.6-GHz or better Intel Celeron/Pentium 4/Core i-series
Memory (RAM): 1 GB or more (2 GB or more recommended) under 32-bit operating
systems, 2 GB or more (4 GB or more recommended) under 64-bit operating
systems
Hard disk: 1 GB or more free space on the start-up disk required to launch the
application, 3 GB or more required during use
Monitor resolution: 1024 × 768 pixels or more (1,366 × 768 pixels or more
recommended) with 24-bit colour or better
Others: An Internet connection is required to use all functions (Online help, the map
function, Web services, and functions, including those built into ViewNX-Movie Editor,
related to movies, as well as to acquire update information). A 3 GHz Pentium D or
better, or Intel Core i5 or better CPU is recommended to play back or edit HD and
Full HD movies.
Mac
OS: OS X versions 10.8.5, 10.9.5, 10.10.2 (however, OS X version 10.9.5 or 10.10.2
is required to use ViewNX-Movie Editor)
CPU: Intel Core series/Xeon series
Memory (RAM): 2 GB or more (4 GB or more recommended)
Hard disk: 1 GB or more free space on the start-up disk required to launch the
application, 3 GB or more required during use
Monitor resolution: 1024 × 768 pixels or more (1,366 × 768 pixels or more
recommended) with 24-bit colour or better
Others: An Internet connection is required to use all functions (Online help, the map
function, Web services, and functions, including those built into ViewNX-Movie Editor,
related to movies, as well as to acquire update information). A 2 GHz Core Duo or
better, or Intel Core i5 or better CPU is recommended to play back or edit HD and
Full HD movies.
* Windows is a trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and
other countries.
* Mac is a trademark or registered trademark of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.
* All other trade names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
Specifications, design, product name and supplied accessories may differ by country or
area. Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on
the part of the manufacture.

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.

 

 

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Getty Images celebrates one year with Lean In‏

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One Year On, Getty Images Lean In Collection has changed how women are portrayed in visual communications

Partnership to repicture women and girls is driving cultural change and commercial success in more than 65 countries

02nd March 2015, Singapore – Getty Images, the world’s leader in visual communication, and LeanIn.Org, the women’s non-profit founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, are celebrating one year of partnership with the anniversary of the Getty Images Lean In Collection – a curation of images devoted to the powerful depiction of women, girls and the communities who support them. Images from the collection have been licensed in over 65 countries, including Qatar, Kuwait and Korea, with sales doubling since the collection’s inception in February, 2014.

Thousands of images have been licensed through the collection across a wide variety of industries, with two of the biggest sectors being financial and tech organisations – industries which are actively trying to attract more women. The most successful images globally can be viewed here, with the most popular three images licensed in Singapore available to view here.

Speaking on the anniversary, Getty Images Co-Founder and CEO, Jonathan Klein said: “From the creation of Getty Images 20 years ago, we have been guided by the belief that imagery can change the world. Getty Images partnership with Sheryl Sandberg’s LeanIn.org to break down stereotypes and kill the cliché is changing the conversation about the depiction of women in visual communications and has delivered impressive bottom line results.”

“Men and women should be equally represented at the boardroom table and at the kitchen table. To get there we need reform of our policies, we need to encourage women to fulfil their ambitions and we need to encourage men to do their part in the home – but we also need to address how women and men are depicted, because you can’t be what you can’t see,” said Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, author of Lean In and founder of LeanIn.Org. “We are thrilled to be able to partner with Getty Images on this project and our shared commitment to literally repicture women, men and equality.”

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More than 2,000 images have been added to the collection since the launch, bringing the total to over 4,500, with new content being added each month. The collection is hand-curated by Getty Images’ global trend experts and LeanIn.Org, led by Getty Images Director of Visual Trends Pam Grossman and LeanIn.Org Contributing Editor Jessica Bennett.

Usage is growing in the US, UK and Canada, and growth is also being seen in a diverse range of countries including Russia, Mexico, Singapore and China.

The success of the partnership with Lean In has inspired Getty Images to address how other key concepts are communicated visually through the company’sRePicture movement, such as RePicture family and RePicture love, calling for content that breaks down stereotypes and celebrates the world in its raw and authentic form.

The Getty Images Lean In Collection is available to be licensed at gettyimages.com/leanin.

Click here to view a video that explores the success of the partnership in greater depth.

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

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Interesting Equipment We Found on Internet

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Interesting Equipment We Found on Internet

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17th February 2015, Singapore –
We were kinda bored as 80% of Singapore’s businesses is shutting down for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year. So we have pretty nothing much to do in the studio so we turned to google. Instead of typing “Photography” – which we were pretty bored with that too, we keyed in “Interesting Photo Gear” and several interesting results came up. We decided to pick 2 and write about what we think about these products.

The Peak Design Slide Professional Camera Sling (pictured above) was one of our pick.
From our understanding, the rest of the world call it “Slide” instead of PDSPCS. That’s quite a mouthful actually. Slide is a camera strap, but designed and made differently. It’s more than just a strap that you use to wear your camera, we call it an integration of the best camera straps that we (or you) can think of.

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Apart from regular uses like a normal camera strap, the Slide has a proprietory system that they call Anchor Link that an user only need one hand to connect. Next is what we like best, a 2-way, 2-tension slide adjustment that has a grippy side and a smooth one on the opposite side. This allows the user to custom-use their Slide to exactly how they want it to behave. Cool eh? That’s not all, the wide strap promises comfort and promises to take away (compensate) the weightiest of DSLRs.  Look-wise, the material reminds me of racing seatbelt harness which means this strap is much tougher than it actually looks and we also found out that comfort is not compromised as Slide has padded underlinings and best of all, Slide looks good.

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So far from what we have read and see, the Slide is probably the strongest camera strap that we had known to date, Slide can hold (almost) anything (big cameras, big lenses etc)!
Last but not least, we also learned that Slide is fully compatible with Arca-Swiss-type tripod heads, this means the user can secure the camera onto the tripod without without unscrewing anything – sweet!

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The next gear that caught our attention was the Audio Technica ATR3350 Lavalier Omnidirectional Condenser Microphone. Audio-Technica’s newscaster-style omnidirectional ATR3350 lavalier is engineered for intelligible, accurate voice reproduction. This high-quality condenser is ideal for video use, and is a favorite choice for aerobics/dance/sports instructors. Its low-profile design assures minimum visibility, and is engineered for intelligible, accurate voice reproduction. In addition, the capsule features an omni pickup pattern. 

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This newscaster-style miniature mic is perfect for video use, or any other application where minimum visibility and a low profile are desired. This also makes it an ideal choice for aerobics/dance/sports instructors.

The lavalier features an Omni pickup pattern, for full, 360-degree coverage. Clip it on and go, without worrying to much about where it’s pointing. And best of all, it works with almost all the cameras today with its integrated 6-meters (20-foot) cable with 3.5 mm mini-plug that connects directly to cameras ports.

Here’s the official specs:
– Element: Condenser
– Polar Pattern: Omnidirectional
– Frequency Response: 50 – 18,000 Hz
– Open Circuit Sensitivity: -54 dB
– Impedance: 1,000 ohms
– Weight: 6 g (0.2 oz)
– Cable: 6 m (20 foot) terminated with 3.5 mm (1/8-inch) mini-plug
– Accessories Furnished: Tie clip; battery; foam windscreen.

What’s in the Box
ATR3350 Lavalier Mic, Tie Clip, Battery, Foam Windscreen, LR44 Battery

Looks good? We tried to find out where can we buy this locally (Singapore) and we need not look far. One of our accredited merchant RedDotPhoto happened to carry these 2 products and you can buy directly without having to go to online sources. Make contact with RedDotPhoto to reserve yours today.

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Contact Person: Fisher
Tel: +65 63383830
Email: enquiries@reddotphoto.com.sg
Web: http://www.reddotphoto.com.sg/
Address: 109 North Bridge Road,
Funan DigitalLife Mall,
#02-K5 S179097

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Need a Reason to Switch to Sony A7 Series?

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A7 Series Cash Rebate Promotion 2015

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Nikon D810A: Lets Photographers Capture Wonders of the Galaxy

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 Nikon D810A: Lets Photographers Capture Wonders of the Galaxy
- The “A” Stands for Astrophotography? Nikon’s latest class-leading, high-definition DSLR built with a suite of outstanding features designed for astrophotography.

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11th February 2015, Singapore – Capturing the mysterious beauty of celestial bodies is now within grasp with the launch of the new D810A, a Nikon DSLR*1 designed with an array of features built specifically for the most dedicated astrophotography hobbyists.

Often requiring custom equipment and hours of persistence, stunning images of the night sky are within reach with the D810A, a pinnacle of bespoke imaging technology.
Chief among the D810A’s strength is its ability to capture astronomical subjects that emit the H-alpha wavelengths of light such as nebulae and other distant galaxies in red, allowing astrophotographers to see them just as imagined. Helping even the most skilled
photographers, are features such as longer exposures in low-light conditions with minimal
noise, and a live view preview function which assists with planning the best shots. In
addition, 36.3 megapixels ensure superior image quality in ultra-high definition.

Bringing astrophotographers one step closer to capturing the majestic vastness and beauty of space is a challenge that Nikon has undertaken with the D810A, empowering enthusiasts with the best dedicated model of unprecedented image quality,” said Hiroaki Ono, General Manager of International Marketing Division Imaging Group, Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd.

The DSLR marries advanced imaging technology and a deep understanding of the obstacles that astrophotographers face. This camera, precisely enhanced for the craft, offers them a new perspective in stunning detail. Its 36.3 megapixels and unique ability to capture subjects with H-alpha wavelengths ensure rich vibrant capture, for images of the cosmos that are true to the eye.

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D810A Primary Features

1. Stellar core for exceptional image quality
· Class-leading performance: The D810A is equipped with an array of top-notch features, designed to deliver superior image quality. At the core of full FX performance, images
with rich tonality and high resolution are guaranteed with the 36.3-megapixel Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor built without an optical lowpass filter. With the power of superhigh
resolution, the possibilities are endless as photographers can capture rich detail, crop with
confidence or even turn photos into wallscapes. Taking things up a notch, the image sensor which has been specially-developed for the art of astrophotography, is particularly
sensitive to emissions of the H-alpha wavelength, allowing astrophotography enthusiasts to shoot stunning images of nebulae and constellations.

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tonality: Also ensuring unrivalled image quality is the EXPEED 4 imageprocessing
engine, which improves noise reduction performance at high sensitivities, as well as upgraded depth and clarity in gradation rendering. Made for capturing the night sky, the ISO sensitivity ranges from ISO 200 to 12800 and can be decreased to Lo 1 (ISO 100 equivalent), or increased up to Hi 2 (ISO 51200 equivalent) to suit a variety of environments.

2. Seeing red in high definition
· Spectacular captures of H-alpha wavelength nebulae: Behind the most powerful, readily available camera for astrophotography, is its unique ability to capture nebulae that
emit the H-alpha wavelength in red, which cannot be achieved with ordinary DSLRs. The D810A*1 employs an optical filter (IR cut filter) with reassessed transmission characteristics in which the transmission of H-alpha spectral line has been increased by approximately four times from a typical DSLR. This allows remarkably-detailed shots of nebulae, constellations and other celestial objects in rich tones and vibrant colours that are true to the eye with a high signal-to-noise ratio.
With more accurate and detailed colour reproduction, users can better understand the images that they take, and reduce the need for long hours of post-processing.

 

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3. A galaxy of features optimised for astrophotography
· Optimal settings with minimal configuration: With the special long exposure
Manual (M*) mode, shutter speed can be set up to 900 seconds, making the
D810A a light capturing powerhouse, able to shoot in the darkest of conditions.
Be it the Milky Way or a meteor shower, users will find it a breeze to shoot in
low-light conditions.

· Vivid clarity for a masterpiece: One of the challenges astrophotographers face
when they point their cameras to the sky, is the difficulty in observing the live
view image which is often too dark, especially when photographing in the
wilderness away from light pollution. The D810A offers an intelligent solution to
this with the live view preview function which displays a brighter, clearer preview
image when the shutter speed is set at 30 seconds or more*2, enabling easier
focusing and framing adjustment, while minimizing misaligned focus on the
desired subject.

· Framed for perfection: Take a closer look at the stars and frame the perfect
shot with the ability to enlarge live view images up to approximately 23 times.
This helps astrophotographers achieve perfect framing and precise focusing,
while retaining high definition in the LCD display.

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4. Front-row seats to the greatest show on earth
· Striking details with minimised distortion: The D810A is especially adept at
capturing crisp, clear images of the moon’s surface or landscape photos with
minimal blur, when using telephoto lenses. An electronic front-curtain shutter can
be enabled to reduce internal mechanical vibration, by eliminating the movement
of the conventional front curtain of a mechanical shutter. Vibration from mirror
movement is also reduced with mirror-up shooting, increasing image clarity.

· Uninterrupted inspiration: Smooth continuous shooting has never been easier,
with the ability to take an unlimited number of high-quality JPEG images, a
feature that is particularly handy when capturing beautiful light trails across the
night sky. When using the CH or CL release mode with a shutter speed 4
seconds or longer, the duration of continuous shooting can be extended
indefinitely, as long as memory card capacity and battery status permit.
Astrophotographers can also capture astronomical phenomena in action with
cinematic quality, time-lapse video.

5. A Capable Companion
· Built for journeys: Venturing out to photograph the unknown, the premium
design and build of the D810A ensures that astrophotographers have reliable
equipment that helps them capture their best shot, even in less than favourable
weather conditions. Inheriting the robust, weather-resistant design from the Nikon
D810, this FX-format DSLR offers a comprehensive seal against dust and water
droplets, with a grip that sits comfortably in the hand for steady shooting.
For improved product endurance, various components have been repeatedly
tested, such as a newly-designed, highly accurate and durable shutter, tested for
200,000 cycles with the unit actually loaded on the camera. This in turn provides
photographers with reliability and years of trouble-free image capture.

· Creative support: A variety of accessories to support the enthusiasm for the
craft is also available, making astrophotography easier and more enjoyable. From
a remote cord for remote shutter release, battery pack for longer battery life and
uninterrupted captures, to a GPS unit which enables the recording of latitude,
longitude, altitude, and Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) where photos were
taken, these equipment are ready to assist an astrophotographer’s exploration of
the galaxy. The new Picture Control system is also supported by the D810A and
users can utilize the free Capture NX-D software application to process and
adjust RAW images for full-scale photofinishing.

1 The D810A is a digital SLR camera designed exclusively for astrophotography. When
shooting under light sources with a significant amount of near-infrared wavelengths, or
capturing common subjects exhibiting high reflectance at near-infrared wavelengths,
resulting images may exhibit an unusually red cast.
2 When Bulb or Time is set at M mode or M* mode, or when the shutter speed is set at 60,
120, 180, 240, 300, 600 or 900 seconds at M* mode
Availability

The Nikon D810A will be available in early June 2015.

For more information on the new D810A and other Nikon products, please visit
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, please visit www.nikon.com.sg
Nikon Singapore Facebook Page www.facebook.com/nikonsingapore
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Getty Images launches commemorative SG50 EZ-Link card‏

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Getty Images launches commemorative SG50 EZ-Link card‏

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10th February 2015, Singapore – Joining in the SG50 Celebration, Getty Images has launched a series of interesting commemorative “SG50 EZ-Link” Cards. The series comprises of 10 EZ-Link card designs available to commemorate Singapore’s 50th anniversary of independence.

To receive one of this special EZ-Link Card, all you need to do is to spend a minimum of SGD$500.00 at www.gettyimages.com and quote the promotion code “FJ8PC46N”.

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Mean time, Getty Images is also announcing the launch of its SG50 page that allows industry professionals to easily and quickly find local Singapore images, including images from our archive, for their own SG50 campaigns. You can visit Getty Images’ SG50 page: http://e.gettyimages.com/SG50

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To learn more about the SG50 EZ-Link card visit: http://e.gettyimages.com/ezlink_card

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Elliott Erwitt to Receive Outstanding Contribution to Photography

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Elliott Erwitt to Receive Outstanding Contribution to Photography at 2015 Sony World Photography Awards‏

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06th February 2015, Singapore – Renowned Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt is to be honoured at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.

Erwitt, aged 86, will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize in person at the awards’ annual gala dinner in London, on Thursday 23 April 2015.

To coincide with the award ceremony, an intimate show celebrating Erwitt’s most familiar and lesser known works from his 60-year career will be presented at Somerset House, London from 24 April to 10 May 2015, as part of the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. A rare public talk between Erwitt and his long-time book designer, Stuart Smith, will also take place on 24 April 2015.

Recognised worldwide for his candid and often ironic black and white images capturing everyday life, Elliott Erwitt is a modest master who approaches both his commercial and personal work with the same wry and witty visual brilliance.

Since joining Magnum in 1953, the French born American has captured historic events, personalities, humour, and the absurd, with a seeming effortlessness and an inherent eye for good photographs. Describing his craft, Erwitt said, “To me, photography is an art of observation, it’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

While Erwitt’s images of President Nixon, Marilyn Monroe and Parisian dogs are instantly recognisable, the photographer has produced a huge body of diverse work across stills and film, and he continues to do so today. The exhibition at Somerset House will showcase this range with Erwitt’s vast collection of book publications, archive prints, a digital presentation of his Personal Best (Erwitt’s favourite photographs), and a selection of his films.

Friend and fellow Magnum photographer, Hiroji Kubota said, “Certainly, Elliott is a born photographer and also the most intelligent photographer I came to know. It is astonishing that he has been a top photographer for the last 60 years. I bet he will stay on top for another 10 years. At least.”

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The Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award is given each year by the Sony World Photography Awards in recognition of a photographer’s significance to the photographic industry. Previous recipients include Eve Arnold, William Klein, Marc Riboud, William Eggleston and Mary Ellen Mark.

Astrid Merget Motsenigos, Creative Director of the World Photography Organisation and organiser of the awards commented, “Elliott is entirely unique and independent in every way.  Photography is part of his very fabric, but he also clearly separates what he calls his ‘hobby’ from his client work. To most, there will be no noticeable difference between the two. That is what makes him a master.”

Elliott Erwitt will receive his award on Thursday, 23 April 2015, at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony. On the same night, the winners of the awards’ professional categories and the overall L’Iris d’Or / Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year will be announced.

Alongside Erwitt’s exhibition at Somerset House, the works of the winning and shortlisted photographers of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards will also be on display.

Tickets for the exhibition can be booked at www.worldphoto.org/2015exhibition.

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About World Photography Organisation (WPO)
WPO supports professional, amateur and young photographers, lending a global platform for the photographic industry to communicate, converge and showcase current trends across all genres of photography. Delivering various initiatives to this global community, these programmes involve the photographer in commercial, cultural and educational activities within the many industry sectors, whilst also creating events for the public to participate in. Currently included within the WPO portfolio are: the Sony World Photography Awards; the World Photography Student Focus Competition and Youth on Assignment. In addition the WPO have recently launched Photo Shanghai, Asia-Pacific’s premiere international Art Fair focused on photography and The Magazine, a monthly online publication where photography is explored, debated and discussed. WPO also has a thriving online presence via its website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and engages its online audience via regular PhotoTALK discussions. For more information please visit www.worldphoto.org

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

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Price Announced for Nikon D5500 and 2015 Spring COOLPIX Range‏

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Price Announced for Nikon D5500 and 2015 Spring COOLPIX Range‏

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06th February 2015, Singapore – Nikon is pleased to announce the pricing and availability information of the following products:
 
Sales start: Today, 5 Feb 2015
  • D5500 with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II – S$1,229
  • D5500 with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR – S$1,449
  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II – S$439
  • COOLPIX S2900 – S$179
  • COOLPIX L31 – S$129
 
Sales start: Mid-February
  • AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4E PF ED VR S$2,599
Interested parties are advised to contact their preferred Nikon authorised dealers before making a trip down. 

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To read more about the Nikon Spring CoolPix Series click here.

To read more about the Nikon D5500 click here.

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

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

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Pink Submissions #06 “Red” Editor’s Pick

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06th February 2015, Singapore – This is the 6th Pink Submissions by Pink Photographers Singapore (PPSG). For this round, we took on the theme of “Red” – and making it more challenging, I added that no Chinese New Year (CNY) related photos should be submitted since CNY is all about Red – the auspicious color that all Chinese believes in.

Red has multiple meanings, significance and symbolism to many things. It can be happiness, danger, sexiness, fresh, lively etc and this gives the photographers lots of versatility to play with for this submission. We received a total of 149 entries this round and by far, the largest number from a single female-based photography group and we are indeed overwhelmed by the response.

Before we go to the submissions, here’s some words from the Editor as well as the sponsor P & G Photographic Centre.

“As the curator and editor, I must share that I happy to see many new photographers submitting their works and on overall, the standards had been raised again by the entries. Good job ladies! You gals made my hard work all worthwhile. I enjoy the photos very much – thank you!”
- AL, Editor.

“Red may be just a color, but it holds an ocean. We love the entries ”
David Phan, P & G Photographic Centre.

Enjoy the entries!
(Winners Announcement after the jump)
(Appearance not in any order)

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Editor’s Picks #06 Pink Submission “RED”.
- Let’s see what or how the Pink Photographers define the theme “Red” and how they expressed the theme into images. For this round, I am doing away with the commentaries but instead, I would like to invite you to look at the selected entries and try to understand (or figure out) why we picked these excellent images. Here we go.

1) Red Baby Octopus – Adelene Ng
Adelene Ng

2) Red Strawberries – Alice Chia
Alice Chia

3) Red Dining Table – Alice Hsu
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4) Red Dahlia – Carolyn Ho
Carolyn Ho

5) Red Awl – Eileen Maki Val
Eileen  Maki Val

6) Red Post Box – Ellis Jade TayEllis Jade Tay

7) Red Chrysanthemum – Iris Eu
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8) Red Classic Mercedes Benz -Joanna NgJoanna Ng1

9) Red Umbrella – Lee Siew Yian
Lee Siew Yan

10) Red Art Display – Low Poh Ai
Low Poh Ai

11) Red Singapore Cheer Banners – Magdalene Teo-Yong
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12) Red Window – Cindy (Muse Muse)MuseMuse Cindy1

13) Red Prakeet – Nanette Cruz
Nanette Cruz

14) Red Shoes – Neelima PatnaikNeelima Patnaik‎

15) Red Apples – Norafida Tomoshika Luketika‎Norafida Tomoshika Luketika‎

16) Red Dress – Regina Mak
Regina Mak

17) Red Sun Shades – Soh Chui LianSoh Chui Lian

18) Red Descending Walkway – Suvarna Devacharan‎Suvarna Devacharan‎

19) Red Cut Asian Chilli – Tan HuihuiTan HuiHui

20) Red Jellyfishes – Zhang Tiantian
Tiantian Zhang

21) Red Corridor – Trisha Lim
Trisha Lim

22) Red Temple Doors – Fione (Wee & Soh)
WeenSoh Fion

 

And the Prize Winners for the #06 PINK SUBMISSION are!
- Proudly Sponsored by P & G Photographic Centre.


1st Prize – Lee Siew Yian
“The Red Umbrella”
(Prize: SunPro Dry-Box)
Lee Siew Yan
Editor’s Note: This is surely an interesting way to present an umbrella. Using the backlight, Siew Yian plays with the shadows from the umbrella structure against the design on the umbrella surface creating a superb image with a depth of thoughts. This is the type of image that I will print and hang it in my office – for it evokes inner thoughts and sends you off to another dimension especially when you are already deep in it.
Well Done Siew Yian! 

 

2nd Prize – Regina Mak
“Red Dress”

(Prize: Pentax 35mm Compact Camera)
Regina Mak
Editor’s Note: Red, when presented on a person can make or break the overall  effect of expressing over an image. This model has the “right looks” at the “right place” at the “right angle” with the “right light” and in the “right color”. Honestly, we have nothing “left” to complain about – in fact we love how this portrait was presented by Regina.
We love this Regina!

 

3rd Prize – Cindy (Muse Muse)
“Red Window”
(Prize: Steinzeisser 4-Section Tripod)
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Editor’s Note: A Red Window opens the world, your world into thousand of possibilities. Cindy presented this interesting image of a red window set against a dullish looking wall with a few pigeons on the latch – made us took a few extra looks. For this image evokes memories, missed opportunities and an insane mix of positives and negatives nicely blended together. This image is powerful.
Good job Cindy!

 

And! We have a special mention of the below entries!

Cool entry by Tan Huihui “Red Cut Asian Chilli”
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Editor’s Note:
 Maybe I am a fan of Chilli. We just love this image by Huihui for no reason. :)

Congratulations to All the Winners & Those Who are on Special Mention!

You will be Notified on the Collection of your prize via FB.
For those that didn’t win, please try harder next time.
Remember, it’s not about the prize, but taking up the challenge and going all out to shoot the theme in your own way and expressing yourself.

Thank you for your participation Ladies! Love you all!

Special Thanks to P & G Photographic Centre for sponsoring the Prizes!

Till then, look out for the next #07 Pink Submissions!

Ed.

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