Samyang 16mm F2.0 ED AS UMC CS

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03rd December 2016, Singapore – The Samyang 16mm F2 ED AS UMC CS had been around for a while, 18 months to be exact, but the popularity of this lens is still going strong I must say. There aren’t many options for a Ultra Wide Angle lens for cropped sensors and I must say the Samyang 16mm F2 fits in rather well as a good alternative.

Before we proceed with the review, I would like to (again) share that if you ended up here looking for technical in-depth review, then you are certainly in the wrong place. Over here we are only keen how the lens behaved & performed, the image quality etc. If you are cool with this, read on.

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Lenses for the APS-C sensor bodies had improved tremendously over the last few year and Samyang’s 16mm F2 is one fine example. It has a timeless design and the lens body is solid
& it feels expensive to the touch. Internally nothing was compromised, it has 13 elements divided into 11 groups and the 16mm F2 opens from F2 to F22. Designed as an 8-Blader, it is supposed to give the user excellent bokeh when opened to the widest aperture. Weights about 500gm (estimated) and measures about 80mm x 95mm, this is one tiny lens (when compared to other ultra wide angle lenses of similar range). The front accepts 77mm filters and the minimum focusing distance is just 17.5cm, pretty good to max out the magnification capability for this lens.

For this review, we had passed the Samyang 16mm to Ida Rasid, our guest reviewer for this review. Do check out all her images on this article and read about her thoughts about the Samyang 16mm F2.0!

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Samyang 16mm F2.0 ED AS UMC CS Review
by Ida Rashid

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Image by Ida: Shot using the New Samyang 16mm F2 ED AS UMC CS.

Hi Everyone! Here’s my thoughts on the Samyang 16mm F2 after using it for 7 days! I had always wanted to try ultra wide angle lenses but never really had a chance – so when Editor AL contacted me to invite me to be a guest reviewer for this lens, I was thrilled!  For those of you who are not aware, the Editor, AL is Singapore’s appointed Ambassador for Samyang Lenses.

I have heard a lot about Samyang lenses from fellow photographers and friends but never really have a chance to use or try, so finally I got my chance and test out a Samyang lens and a focal range that I sought after.

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Image by Ida: Shot using the New Samyang 16mm F2 ED AS UMC CS.


Wide, wide, wide, just how wide is enough? For me, 16mm (24mm eqv in 35mm format) is just right, as I do not like my subjects to be too small and still have enough space for me to crop later.  And what surprised me was the minimal distortion at the edges, as most UWA lenses suffers a fair bit of softness or distortion at the edges, the Samyang 16mm has very little distortion – you can see from the image below of my daughter standing in the center of the frame and everything else is properly rendered.

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Image by Ida: Shot using the New Samyang 16mm F2 ED AS UMC CS.

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Image by Ida: Shot using the New Samyang 16mm F2 ED AS UMC CS.

On the lens build, I like it a lot too, the body was very solid and well put together. The focusing ring is creamy smooth and the focusing ratio is really good, very easy to use. Honestly I never knew using a manual focus lens can be this easy.

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Image by Ida: Shot using the New Samyang 16mm F2 ED AS UMC CS.

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Image by Ida: Shot using the New Samyang 16mm F2 ED AS UMC CS.

  

The colors rendered from the Samyang 16mm F2.0 is pretty nice and the image are contrasty straight out of the camera which is very decent for most photography applications. Another plus point is that the Samyang 16mm F2.0 is a value-for-money lens with a super big aperture as it was priced very reasonably low.

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Image by Ida: Shot using the New Samyang 16mm F2 ED AS UMC CS.

I had planned to try astrophotography with this lens but unfortunately it was raining every night when I was holding this lens. To sum up, the Samyang 16mm F2.0 is really a good lens for money or as an entry point to ultra wide angle photography. Priced to sell and good image quality, no wonder this lens is fast disappearing from the shelves. I say – go get yours!
Once again, thanks Editor AL for the opportunity!
– Ida Rashid

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Image: Ida Rashid, Guest Reviewer.

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Editor’s Note: Thank you Ida for taking time out to review this lens!
Thanks for sharing your thoughts & your experience in using this lens!

OK Guys, Buy your Samyang 16mm F2.0 ED AS UMC CS here.

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Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC

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Image: The New Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC mated to a Sony a7.


09th November 2016, Singapore –
Well, if you had noticed, recently we had been reviewing quite a bit of Samyang’s lenses. Among the recent new releases, came the 20mm F1.8, an Ultra-Wide Angle lens designed for Full Frame cameras. While purists may think that 20mm is not the ultra-wide-widest when put against 14mm and so on, do not forget the standard focal length is 50mm and wide means 24mm, 28mm & 35mm while everything else is ultra-wide. So where does a focal length of 20mm stands? Personally I will call is cross-breed as this lens is capable of many applications from landscape, wide angle portrait, wide angle close-ups or even for wide angle portraits. It really depends a lot on you – the user.

Before we proceed with the review, I would like to (again) share that if you ended up here looking for technical in-depth review, then you are certainly in the wrong place. Over here we are only keen how the lens behaved & performed, the image quality etc. If you are cool with this, read on.

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The New Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC was really designed for bigger (or wider) things, why? Let’s get to the details. The lens build carries the same solid body like the recent new releases and this compact lens will appeals to those who had been using ultra-wide angle lenses which is ultra big and heavy. This compact 20mm only measures 83mm x 88mm & weights slightly less than 500gm. It is compact by any standard unless you are comparing to mirrorless system lenses. It comes with the company’s signature smooth focusing rings with distance scale markings and feels ready to perform.

Inside the lens, the glass are arranged into 13 elements in 12 groups including 02 aspherical elements. Comes with 07 rounded aperture blades and focuses from F1.8 to F22 and from a front distance of 0.2m, this lens is really designed for many uses. The front of the lens accepts 77mm screw-on filters and the front element comes with the company’s popular and proven UMC Coating to minimize dust and condensation.

We have decided to pass the lens to a guest reviewer Mr. Marcus Low and he is known for his stunning landscape images. Let’s see his images and his views on the new Samyang 20mm F1.8 F1.8 ED AS UMC.

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Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC Review
by Marcus JH Low

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Image: Shot using the New Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC mated to a Sony a7.

When I was informed by the Editor AL that he will be sending me the new Samyang 20mm F1.8 lens, I was thinking how can I “max” out the lens to reveal its true potential. From the images posted on this article, it is easy to note that I tried on landscape, small tiny close-ups etc and the results are pretty decent.

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Image: Shot using the New Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC mated to a Sony a7.

Let’s talk about the lens. The built quality has notably improved over the last generation of Samyang lenses. The lens hood fits nicely as compared to my past experience with older Samyang lenses and particularly the focus ring is nice and smooth to use. The focus throw allows me to focus fast and accurately. The body wise is solid and easy to handle.

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Image: Shot using the New Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC mated to a Sony a7.
On the image quality, flare control is not bad for its humble asking price. It also produces a very pleasing Bokeh which is nice and when shooting small subjects (as exampled). A plus point will be that this lens focus very near to the subject which I think it will be very suited for those who are into creative macro/ close-up for small subjects.

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Image: Shot using the New Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC mated to a Sony a7.

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Image: Shot using the New Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC mated to a Sony a7.

 

On the image, the colors rendered is pretty much accurate and I like the center sharpness when I was shooting with apertures wide opened. Although the corners suffers a little softness which is a common phenomenon with such ultra-wide angle lenses, it is very acceptable to me. No problem at all. And of course, this is a full manual-focus lenses and I secretly hope Samyang will eventually release an Auto-focus version of this lens.

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Image: Shot using the New Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC mated to a Sony a7.

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Image: Shot using the New Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC mated to a Sony a7.

In Conclusion, the new Samyang 20mm F1.8 is not exactly targeting users from the 16-35mm (or 17-40mm) group. Although released as an ultra wide angle lens, this is lens is more of a lens that lets you do what you usually do but with an ultra wide perspective of it. The F1.8 allows many possibilities for night applications or for nice bokehs. Not forgetting the minimum focusing distance actually allows me to do close-ups like miniature toys, food or even product photography!
Try it for yourself!
– Marcus Low.

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Image: Shot using the New Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC mated to a Sony a7.

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Image: Marcus Low, Guest Reviewer. 

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Editor’s Note: Thank you Marcus for taking time out to review this lens.
The images are awesome while giving us and the reader a good idea of what we can use this lens for. And thanks for sharing your thoughts & your experience in using this lens!

OK Guys, Buy your Samyang 20mm F1.8 ED AS UMC here.

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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro

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Image: The New Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro fitted to the recently released Olympus E-PL8.

08th November 2016, Singapore –  Olympus Singapore gave me a surprise recently by having the latest Zuiko 30mm F.35 Macro quietly sent to me. At that point, we had just published our review for the New Olympus E-PL8 and was about to send the camera back to Olympus then came this little macro lens. We were (of course) delighted as we get to keep the E-PL8 a little longer and now with a new macro lens to try out.

The New Olympus M. Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro is a new lens that was designed from ground up. (If you are thinking of the last generation’s 4/3 macro, no.). This mirrorless system (Micro Four Thirds) lens is newly designed to match the capabilities of the current crop of Micro Four Third system cameras and optimized for performance & image quality.

Before we proceed with the review, I would like to (again) share that if you ended up here looking for technical in-depth review, then you are certainly in the wrong place. Over here we are only keen how the lens behaved & performed, the image quality etc. If you are cool with this, read on.

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Image: The New Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro fitted to the recently released Olympus E-PL8.


The New 30mm F3.5 Macro is a super light macro lens. Weighing at a mere 128gm, I was tempted to dismantle the lens and count the elements (just kidding Olympus!), and the size is like most Micro Four Third system lenses – it’s small & cute. Measuring at 57mm x 60mm, this is one lens that you might lost it in your own camera bag. The lens barrel build is “typically Olympus” and it feels right ergonomically when handled or during operations. The only thing that I felt missing from the hard ware was the weather sealing.

Inside the lens, there’s 7 elements in 6 groups including 01 x Aspherical element, 01 x ED element (extra dispersion) & 01 x Zuiko-licious Dual Super Aspherical element that promises excellent image quality, clarity, color accuracy and sharpness. The magnification is 1.25x and the 30mm starts focusing from 10cm and opens from F3.5 to F22 with 07 aperture blades. Although Olympus did not specify if the blades are rounded or regular, we noted that blades are “curved” gently but not rounded enough to be called rounded. An internal focusing (IF) lens, it is paired to a Micro-Motor resulting in quiet & fast focusing. The front accepts 46mm screw-on filters and from what we saw & know so far, this 30mm Macro should behave and works like any other macro lenses that doubles as a close-up lens as well as a portrait lens.

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Image: The New Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro fitted to the recently released Olympus E-PL8.

Just when I was thinking what & how to do review the 30mm Macro, I decided to skip insects and the outdoors for once and tried shooting something else. To start, I took a shot of Bingo (my rabbit) at wide open (F3.5) to check out the bokeh. Pretty nice if you look at the image of Bingo below and see the off-focus area. The bokeh is smooth and well suited for portraits if you use this lens at wide open.

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Image: Bingo, my rabbit. Shot with the New Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro fitted to the recently released Olympus E-PL8.

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So recently I decided to use the 30mm Macro for one of our event and see how this lens perform in an inconsistent-lighted environment. Long story cut short, Hawker Centre. (Singapore’s local food stalls that are consolidated and housed under a proper roof). It had been a casual food photography outing and I decided to put the new 30mm Macro through its paces.

Below is a Kueh, a local snack that was made from Tapioca (I was told) and comes with lots of shaved coconut flakes. I decided to take a shot.

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And I decided to select a section to crop out. This crop is loosely equivalent to about 75% crop. See the red box below which is the part that I will be cropping off the main image.

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After I cropped out the red box from above, see below for the cropped image. The image quality did not suffer much and there are still tons of details shown on the cropped image.
This also means the magnification (1.25x) helps a lot when retaining micro details like the below example.

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I was impressed so I went on to try out on other food that was available. Below is another snack that was made from glutinous rice and topped with caramel coconut. So I took a shot. See below.

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I decided to crop out the red box below which accounts to a 80% crop. I selected the area because it has both rice & coconut and the colors of blue and brown. I wanted to see if 30mm macro can still deliver at such a crop level. See below.

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After cropping from the above red box, see next image for the cropped image. The amount of details is amazing! This is really getting up & really close to the food. Had these snacks been insects, I can imagine what I can get out of this lens, just simply, simply amazing!

 

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And since it was a food photography event, I decided to shoot any food that was within my range on that day and the next few images further proves that the new 30mm Macro is a real performer. Please go ahead and click on the individual images below and view at 100% or 150%. I am sure you will be amazed by what you see.

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Image: Shot with the New Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro fitted to the recently released Olympus E-PL8.

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Image: Shot with the New Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro fitted to the recently released Olympus E-PL8.

 

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Image: Shot with the New Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro fitted to the recently released Olympus E-PL8.

 

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Image: Shot with the New Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro fitted to the recently released Olympus E-PL8.

 

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Image: Shot with the New Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro fitted to the recently released Olympus E-PL8.

Editor’s Summary: 
Amazed by the images above? (Or are you hungry now?) As an end user, I like the images that I had produced using the new 30mm Macro. The sharpness is incredible, the color rendering is flawless and operationally, this feather-weight lens is easy to use, handles well and as a package, I will say this is one of the lens that you should buy and lost it somewhere in your camera bag. I have not even gone into the versatility of this lens yet.
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For those who are complaining that how come a macro lens review has no insect or plants images, here, I have a cactus for you below.

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– AL Lee, Editor.

 

Thanks You Olympus Singapore for the Lens!

For the rest of you, Buy your New Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro here!

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Samyang 35mm T1.3 ED AS UMC CS

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03rd November 2016, Singapore – Recently we posted a review of the new Samyang 35mmm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS which is not to be confused with this lens. This review is on Samyang’s new 35mm T1.3 ED AS UMC CS cine lens. Although both are designed for mirrorless cameras with APS-C sensors, it is obvious that the T version aka the cine lens was really made for light-thirsty videographers.

Measuring a length of 73.6mm and weights only 430mm, this is probably one of the smallest cine lenses in the market now. The standard focal length of 35mm covers a wide range of genres which means it is versatile for most video needs. Designed for “follow-focus system and an extremely quiet (& smooth) de-clicked focus & aperture gear rings, this is an extremely easy cine lens to use. Like most cine lenses, you get the distance scale meter and the T numbers marked clearly on both sides of the lens – this means instant convenience during filming how nice is that?

 

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The aperture focus from T1.3 to T16, comes with Samyang’s Ultra Multi Coating. The glasses are arranged in the order of 9 elements in 7 groups which includes 02 aspherical elements, and this T lens starts focusing from 38cm while the front accepts 62mm screw-on filters for more videographic options. The Samyang 35mm T1.3 is compatible with four mirrorless camera mounts namely Sony E, MFT, Fujifilm X and Canon M.

Before we proceed, I would like to (again) share that if you ended up here looking for technical in-depth review, then you are certainly in the wrong place. Over here we are only keen how does the lens performed, the image quality and the ease of use. If you are cool with this, read on.

 

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For this review, we decided to pass this cine-lens to a well-known Videographer Patrick Poh of Express-Oh Photography (EOP) and let him have the lens for a weekend. Let’s hear about his experience with the new Samyang 35mm T1.3 ED AS UMC CS cine lens!

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Samyang 35mm T1.3 ED AS UMC CS Review
by Patrick Poh (EOP)

Hi Everyone! I am happy to be invited by AL, the Editor for OSJ to review this latest cine-lens from Samyang. As a crossbreed videographer & photographer, I have always heard about Samyang’s lenses and the new Samyang 35mm T1.3 ED AS UMC CS is just great for me to try out due to the commercial assignments that I am doing. However, instead of posting a video that I had done for my client, I decided to make a short clip with this lens so that everyone gets to see what this lens is capable of. (Video below)

Video: Shot using the Samyang 35mm T1.3 ED AS UMC CS


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After using the Samyang 35mm T1.3, I felt that the built is very friendly for all videographers of all levels. The Declicked Iris makes the transition of T-Stops superbly smooth or should I say Buttery (wow!). The gearings on the iris & focus ring makes pulling force easy on the focus pull system mechanism. I also like the fact that there are 2 readings available on the lens barrel making it easy for the user to read the distance scale & focus scale be it reading it from the top (for low angle shoot) or from the sides. The lens itself was constructed in a  solid state and definitely made & designed as a workhorse.

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On the optical quality, this lens produces a near-zero chromatic aberration even when shooting in back-lighting situation with the aperture wide open, this is just awesome. Personally I like the color reproduction with a hint of “filmsy” feel to it. From the video above, you may also noticed that the bokeh is smooth, really nothing much to complain about. 

However, I would like to share that this lens eventually grows on you. It takes a while for me to get used to this lens, I am talking about the focusing part. For inexperienced users, you might find yourself out of focus with the slightest movement say at T1.4 – however I am sure for the rest of the seasoned videographers, this is easy to overcome. And not forgetting that this is a full manual lens (with the iris on manual too) inexperienced users may takes a while to get used to using this lens.

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In summary, I really love the Samyang 35mm T1.3, it is one of the good & affordable cine-lens that you may like to use for shooting video in a leisurely fashion. Sadly, this lens has to be returned to AL, else I would have gladly assign it a slot in my gear bag.
– Patrick Poh (EOP)

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Image: Patrick Poh (EOP), Guest Reviewer. 

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Editor’s Note: Thank you Patrick for taking time out and providing us with a short clip produced by the new Samyang 35mm T1.3 and sharing his thoughts about this cine-lens. As Samyang is releasing more & more lenses for both photographic & cinematic applications, the consumers is no doubt smiling. These days when we think about image quality and easy for the wallet – think Samyang.


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Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS

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Image: by Kenneth Chui using the new Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS.


25th October 2016, Singapore –
Samyang Singapore is getting really active recently with the launch of many lenses including Auto-Focus & Cine-Lenses. Among the new releases is a little monster that we least expected from Samyang. It comes in the form of a Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS – a super bright aperture lenses for the APS-C Mirrorless cameras. (Compatible with Sony’s Full Frame A-series cameras when used in “Auto-Crop” or “APS-C” mode.) While some (in fact many) people was trying to compare the huge difference in size over Samyang’s 35mm F1.4 for DSLR, all we can say is, the new Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS is really a difference lens catering to a different system altogether – so do your homework before you start comparing and make a fool of yourself.

Those new to Samyang lenses, the lens code can be a little mouthful to read and understand, so let us help you on that.
Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS –
1) Samyang = Brand
2) 35mm = Focal length
3) F1.2 = Aperture at widest
4) ED = Low Dispersion Element
5) AS = Aspherical Element
6) UMC = Ultra Multi Coating
7) CS = Crop Sensor.

So from the above, we understand that this is the latest lens from Samyang, it has a focal length of 35mm (angle of view), comes with a super wide aperture of F1.2, images are corrected via ED + AS elements (glass) + UMC and designed for crop sensor cameras. Not that difficult right?

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Before we proceed, I would like to (again) share that if you ended up here looking for technical in-depth review, then you are certainly in the wrong place. Over here we are only keen how does the lens performed, the image quality and the ease of use. If you are cool with this, read on.

The Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS is tiny and compact measuring a mere 74mm length x 67.5mm and weights 420gm. In the world of gearheads, this lens is considered “feather weight” and small enough for most your pockets. Featuring an alloy construction, the lens does feel very solid to the hands. The focusing is smooth and well-geared out as it is very easy to get subjects in focus easily. The front accepts 62mm screw-on filters and this lens starts focusing from as close as 38cm! Internally, the glass are arranged as 9 elements in 7 groups including 02 Aspherical elements & 01 Extra Low Dispersion element- we went WOW! Samyang’s proven UMC has also been long recognized by professional photographers for its ability to reduce light flares & ghostings, this is something which matters a lot to many photographers.

What we love best is the 9 blades round aperture that focuses from F1.2 to F16. Now, in most mirrorless system lenses, you are getting 7 blades apertures most of the time – hey this Samyang gives you 9 blades! For an aperture like that, you know this is made for creamy smooth & flawless bokehs. The new Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS will be produced in 4 mounts namely Sony E, MFT, Fujifilm X and Canon M.


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To make things interesting for this review, we have decided to pass this lens to one of our administrators, Kenneth Chui. He took the Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS for a pretty long walk that covers from China Town to Raffles Place. Let’s check out his images shot with the Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS and hear what he thinks of this new lens from Samyang!

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Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS Review
by Kenneth Chui

I was excited when the Editor (AL) informed me that he will be sending me the new Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS to me for review. I have always been a fan of large aperture prime lenses and this lens sounds very interesting to use. The standard 35mm focal length are suitable for a wide range of photography genres – from landscape to street photography, wide angle portraits to big view close-ups, I can’t wait to try out this lens. So I decided to take this lens for an extended walk that covers a favorite route by street photographers from Singapore’s Chinatown to Raffles Place/ Singapore River area.

Do check out all my images posted on this article – all were shot by the new Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS and the images are not edited except some straightening, cropping & adding of watermarks. You may also click on the images to view at 100% too – trust me, you will be amazed.

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Image: by Kenneth Chui using the new Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS.

 

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Image: by Kenneth Chui using the new Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS.
The new Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS was surprisingly a joy to use. It is light and small, very easy on the hands. Since I am versatile to focusing, the manual focusing was very easy as the focusing ring is smooth and I like the feel of it. The lens was well designed and it will find home in many people’s hands. I got my subject in focus rather easily and fast, a really one from Samyang.
In low light, the wide aperture helps a lot without having me to compromise on a slower shutter speed, this again is something that I really like as a user. 

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Image: by Kenneth Chui using the new Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS.


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Image: by Kenneth Chui using the new Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS.

 

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Image: by Kenneth Chui using the new Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS.

The sharpness is amazing as you can see from the images on this article. Even when I blow up the images, there was little loss of quality and the image are excellent and suitable for large prints.
At the point of reviewing, I do not know what’s “inside” the lens and it is until much later then I found out that this lens has a few “goodies’ among the elements. This is a pleasant surprise.

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Image: by Kenneth Chui using the new Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS.

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Image: by Kenneth Chui using the new Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS.

 

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Image: by Kenneth Chui using the new Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS.
The F1.2 wide aperture when paired with the 9 blades round aperture blades, it created an outstanding bokeh that many photographers will die for. It’s so creamy smooth that you will not believe that it comes out from a mirrorless system lens – or better still – from a Samyang!
I am truly impressed at this point.

 

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Image: by Kenneth Chui using the new Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS.

 

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Image: by Kenneth Chui using the new Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS.
Conclusion – Be it indoor or outdoor, the new Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS is really a lens that you want it to be with you. Depending on what you shoot, this lens is capable of many wizardry and every photographer should have the new Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS on their camera or in their bags. While falling in love with this lens, time’s up and I have to return the lens to the Editor.

Let’s hope he will point me to a dealer who will offer me a big discount – for helping to review this wonderful lens!
– Kenneth Chiu.

 

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Image: by Kenneth Chui using the new Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS.


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– Kenneth Chui, Guest Reviewer.

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Editor’s Note: Thank you Kenneth for the good review and awesome images. Indeed, the new Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS was pretty “unexpected” and it is poised to outperform many other lenses in the same class – but only to be priced much cheaper!
Samyang is indeed very pro-active recently with more & more good releases and we are contemplating what Samyang will do next. 2016/2017 will be the year to watch.
Excellent lenses, Priced to Sell & fits most systems, Samyang – you very gooder*.
*a local slang.

OK Guys, Buy your Samyang 35mm F1.2 ED AS UMC CS here.

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[•REC] by Alan Photo

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[•REC] by Alan Photo
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Image: [•REC] Studio Area

21st October 2016, Singapore – Alan Photo Trading is not new to the photo retail market and currently has 2 photo video retail stores countrywide. Alan Photo Trading has recently soft launched a new concept store, [•REC] By Alan Photo, at CT Hub 2. Its aim is to break away from the traditional photo retail market by establishing itself as a one-stop photography and videography hub that provides a full range of products and services all in one space.

Conventionally, the camera retail scene involves the average consumers moving from shop to shop in order to sieve out the best price. With the rise of the Internet and E-commerce, the average customers are now more price-informed and knowledge eccentric and these has caused the need for retail stores to diminish. Coupled with the advent of camera phones, which have similar capacities to a digital compact camera, the photography market has shrunk by more than 30%. As such, Alan Photo have further refined our target consumers to be the mid-tier photo and video users and identified the needs that have yet to be fulfilled in this industry.

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“At [•REC], we stand to Resolve, Experience and Create. Resolve photography problems, provide an Experience like no other and allow the Creation of content. Accompanied with our friendly and knowledgeable staff to help Resolve worries, we have not 1 but 2 multi-purpose photo/video studios for our dear customers to experience products at its fullest capacity, a café to enjoy a cuppa and a photo printing station catered to meet their needs. Create content with us as we guide customers through our post-production editing software. Definitely, we are not ordinary photo retail store. Above all that, we also have a photo wall for aspiring photographers to showcase their works. However, the flexibility of such a space is boundless as we can be transform our studios into a seminar room that could accommodate at least 50 participants for workshops, events, launches, etc.” – Alan Photo Spokesperson.


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Image: [•REC] Make Up Room.

 

The one-stop hub will serve as a platform that connects a full range of services to their (Alan Photo) community. The services include photo shoots, workshops, classes, networking platform, studio rental, printing, etc. It will be a place that caters to all their customers’ needs. The main goal of providing such a platform is to create a community that is ardent to Alan Photo’s services. The company aims to expand their database of Alan Photo’s customers by providing value added services and reasonable priced products. The measure of the company’s success is indicative to the size of their already huge database.

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Image: [•REC] Make Up Room.

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Image: [•REC] Photography Showcase & Retail Area.

 

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Image: [•REC] Photography Showcase & Retail Area.

Studio Rental
-51m2 Cyclorama Studio

$60/hr – Public
$30/hr – Alan Photo members (Oct to Dec 2016 ONLY)
& Ourshutterjourney.com Registered Card Members ONLY.*

*Terms & Conditions Applies.

Located near Lavender MRT. The studio features a 7.6m wide cyclorama wall, up to 4m depth from studio backdrop, and fully equipped with lightings and other essential equipment for your production needs. Furnished with air conditioning, sound system and a make-up room, the prices are inclusive of lightings and equipment provided. Prices applies only during retail hours.

Booking
Reservation:
– Call Alan Photo at 6384 3592
– PM Alan Photo at www.facebook.com/RECbyAlanPhoto
– Email Alan Photo at enquiries@alanphoto.com.sg

Editor’s Note: We all have seen so many studios opening in the last 3 years and we found [•REC] an interesting concept. Almost every other studios have a shooting area and a make up room, but what makes [•REC] stands out is (Surprise!) the Cafe & the Retail Area.  Image this, I can meet my client at the [•REC] Cafe to discuss an assignment, then show the client the actual location that I will be shooting, this will be an added edge when prospecting to potential clients. Further to that, it will be a nice place to hang out and do a little shopping for photography gear away from the crowd and noise in the city. This is way chic cool & [•REC]  had raised the level of how a great photo studio should be! Congratulations on your opening!
– AL Lee, Editor. 


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Buying Gear Online? Read This First.

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Buying Gear Online? Read This First.
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19th October 2016, Singapore – With Christmas 2016 creeping up slowly, many of you will be buying gifts for your photographer friends, or for yourself etc. In today’s shopping trend, many of you would have turned to online shopping sites and browsing for items and comparing prices while some of you will be purchasing online already. I have decided to write this article at the requests of several photographers & even merchants from our network to share the unseen side of online shopping.

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Before I proceed, I would like to disclaim myself that this article is not to cast a shadow on online shopping but to present all the possible risks, potential losses and things that you will never expect that will really happen. It’s a wild world out there and sometimes wilder in the cyber world which we call the Internet.

With permission, I had spoken to a few photographers who regularly purchase gear from online plus inputs from feedback received from some of our merchants. I have put together 05 case studies here including one that is of my own personal experience from shopping gear online. Please read carefully as I do not wish anyone of you to fall prey or become a willing victim one day. You have been warned.

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*Important Disclaimer: All names had been changed to protect the identity of the individuals. Any similarity of incident or reference to anyone, alive or dead, are purely incidental and coincidental.  

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Case Study #01 – Paid, Item Never Came.
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Alex
had been calling up local camera shops and comparing the prices of a particular camera that he is interested in purchasing. After calling every camera shops that he knows, he decided to search online alternative as he have heard from his peers that buying online can be cheaper. He searched through a few reputable online shopping sites and even auctions sites. Finally he found an online shop that sells the camera that he so badly wanted that sells cheaper than all the prices that he had came across. The savings, he calculated including shipping – he saves about SGD $200.00. Without giving a 2nd thought, he click “Buy” and paid with his credit card. (No, he doesn’t have a PayPal account). He received an email confirming his payment and the email provided a date for the estimated delivery of his new camera. Everything seems legit and with a peace of mind (the confirmation email), he eagerly waited for his new camera to arrive.

3 weeks later, he got a little restless as his new camera had not been delivered. He went back to the online site, found the online store had been removed. He panicked. He remembered the confirmation email and decided to write to the seller. The seller did replied and informed him that his camera had been shipped and the online store was going through a revamp – assuring Alex that his camera will arrive soon.

1 week later, no camera came, Alex decided not to email but call the number of the seller as stated on the email – the number was a dead line. He emailed the seller again, his email bounced. He tried to contact the online site admin to report this seller, but the online site admin replied Alex that they have no way to trace back an online store who had closed (b*llshit) and they do not know how many persons are managing the account.

It is at this time that Alex realized that he had been cheated. Thinking that he could saved SGD $200.00 for a camera that he love, but instead got cheated of SGD $2,480.19 & gotten a life lesson that he will never forget.

Editor’s Note: Alex’s incident is one of the many cases that gets reported on a daily basis. There are certainly many reputable and trusted online shopping sites, but there are just as many scam sites/ sellers lurking out there too. A simple advice will be to check the ratings of the seller, research a bit on the stores or even google for reviews since many of us takes to complimenting or complaining online – I am sure you will find some materials to read up. And for trying to save SGD $200.00 Alex lost SGD $2,480.19 – is that even worth the risk? You decide.

 

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Case Study #02 – Wrong Item Delivered.
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John was shopping online for a DSLR lens. He was browsing on several sites and finally decided to buy from an online shop. He carefully selected the Item, checked on all the right boxes, selected his shipping option, confirmed his address and finally paid. He received a confirmation email with information of his purchase and happily, John waited for his new lens to arrive. Little known to John, his nightmare was about to start.

5 days later, a parcel arrived at his door. He was excited and happy. New lens are always a joy to photographers. After carefully removing the shipping tags and package, he excitement turned into disappointment. He ordered a premium 70-300mm lens which he paid SGD $580 for, but the lens that came was the cheap version that cost a mere SGD $299.00 based on MSRP. He contacted the seller immediately via messaging, the seller retorted that that was the correct lens that he ordered and paid for.

John was shocked at the attitude of the seller and apparently this seller is not very helpful. He swung into action by sending the seller the 2 different specs of the 2 similar focal range zoom lenses and even clearly stated the item/ product name that he had clicked on. The seller continued to deny any responsibility. Dangerously angered and feeling cheated, John threatens the seller if the wrongly-sent lens is not changed to the lens that he initially ordered, he will post all over social media about his purchase and threatens to smear the seller’s reputation. He also informed the seller that he flies to Hong Kong regularly and he will hunt the seller down or even get his Hong Kong “friends” to find this seller.

The seller at this point is definitely not going to have an angry Singaporean man knocking on his door while eating his Dim Sum at Temple Street (Hong Kong), the seller offers to change the lens. But John must ship the wrong lens back to him at John’s cost. John agreed. The correct lens eventually came via Fedex 2 weeks. Consider the initial savings, John gotten the wrong lens, got angry & disappointed, waited for weeks and even have to cough up the shipping costs to return the wrong lens. When added the costs together, it costed about the same if John had just visit any of Singapore’s camera shops and buy off the shelves – minus the anger, weeks of waiting & a nasty experience to remember for life.

Editor’s Note: John’s account & experience is not uncommon. Some of the online shops or sellers are dedicated E-businesses and it is common that during packing & shipping, things like this are bound to happen. However, in the online shopping world, one must understand that if a wrong item is shipped to you, and you are going to reject the item, most of the time, the seller will require you to ship the wrong item back so that they may send you the right one – however at your cost. Now, let me rub a little salt, what if they (again) send you the wrong item again? Or in extreme cases the seller/shop simply denies all responsibility? Now with a little common sense in place, wouldn’t it be better for you to just go to the retailers, ask to try the lens, test it & purchase it? Not forgetting the warranty that comes it. (Some brands denies warranty if the unit/ item is not purchased from Singapore – do not forget everything comes with a serial number & a bar code. (more on this at #05)

 

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Case Study #03 – Damaged Item Delivered.
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Emily was thrilled when she heard that her photography friends bought a DSLR & a Lens online with a sizable discount. Out of curiosity, she went to the same site and browse. Indeed some of the prices are marginally cheaper, but the offer of a cheaper combined shipping means if she is to maximize the deal and buy a few item at the same time, the savings works out to about SGD $300.00 cheaper. So she decided to continue shopping.
During check-out, she had 01 DSLR, 01 Compact Camera & 02 lenses on her shopping list which she paid for the items with her credit card.

A parcel came 7 days later. Emily was excited that her new gears have arrived. Happily & carefully she remove the shipping tags and tapes then opening the shipping box. She received a rude shock. There were glass bits everywhere, the seller/shop had simply placed all her items – loose – into the shipping box without the original boxes. Everything was in a mess, both her lenses were badly scratched with the lens cap off, charging cables and sockets had also partially destroyed the LCD Screen of the DSLR and it was a photographer’s nightmare. Emily broke down crying. When she finally calm down, she wrote to seller/ shop and question about the shipping packing standards and even sent images of the broken items in the box.

The seller/shop brushed all responsibilities citing that she had picked “Standard International Shipping” without insurance and additional packing options. Emily was shocked! She went on to check her email for the purchase confirmation, indeed, she had forgotten to click on the options for packing, which gave the seller/ shop the rights to remove all the original boxes and packages and pack everything together to save spaces & on shipping costs! To save SGD $300.00, this expensive and painful lesson had cost Emily SGD $3,800.00 and she have to spend addition money close to SGD $700 to have her 2 lenses repaired, replace the LCD screen on the DSLR.

Editor’s Note: It is common for online sellers and for some online shops to mark-up the shipping costs charged to the buyers and also they will try to save as much money as possible for the shipping packaging. I’ve met some really cool sellers that will take the effort to pack my purchase nicely and properly protect the item while I have also encountered some really irresponsible ones. Just imagine you receiving a camera from Russia without a bubble-wrap and a half-empty box. And of course, the camera that I bought was damaged during the shipping process. For the rest of you, if you are buying something online, when it comes to the shipping part, open your eyes and read carefully, and if several options are available, read them carefully too. Although most of the online sellers / shops does exercise common sense when it comes to item packaging for shipping, I must warn you there are some idiots out there who doesn’t have common sense. Worth the risk?

 

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Case Study #04 – Too Good to be True.
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We have all heard of this famous saying “If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.”
Yet among us there are still people who falls for scams using the above as a base for deceit. Anna was browsing online for a travel camera, she was comparing the prices stated on the brand/ manufacturer’s website against the prices published on the other reputable online electronic stores. She saw that the price was somewhat close and she was not impressed.

Anna decided to google for the camera that she wanted and something caught her attention from the search results. An online seller was selling the same camera for just half the price! Anna was really excited, while thinking to herself that her effort in searching for a better deal online had finally paid off when she found someone selling a NEW unit for just half the price of what every other shops are selling! So Anna started to make contact with this seller.

The conversation went on fine with Anna asking about the authenticity of the camera, shipping process etc. And Anna was convinced that this camera that she will be buying is new and the source of the camera was this is showroom unit thus the huge discount. Greed kicks in – since Anna only need to pay half price for this camera, why not buy 2? So she can give one of the camera to her friend whom is her travel buddy. Next day, She paid for 2 cameras via her credit card via a portal and waited for the delivery which the seller promised to ship to her within 14 days.

At this point, I am sure all of you know the outcome. No cameras came, all attempts to communicate with the seller failed and the portal who had facilitated the sale denies responsibility. Anna immediately called her Credit Card company however, the amount had been credited ( thus the 14 days) and if she is to dispute the purchase, she must produce evidence, however the email from the “seller” stated that Anna had agreed to the terms on the sales contract and no refund or whatsoever after 7 days of the purchase. In this case, Anna has not rights to dispute the sale unless that item delivered was wrong – but no cameras came. Anna also made a Police Report, but was later told my friends that the Police cannot really do much as the seller is not based in Singapore – and she willingly make the payment – ouch.

So instead of just making a trip to our local camera stores and buy off the shop, she decided to outsmart the pricing system in Singapore by trying to buy online. And her greed feeds her gullible mind that she is getting a super deal as she can pay the price of one camera but gets away with two cameras! Anna’s losses amounted to SGD $980+ (02 cameras + shipping + insurance) and the local camera shops are selling the camera at SGD $499.00 – Anna agreed for me to share this as she wish for no one to get scammed while buying camera gear online.

Editor’s Note: People are Gullible, this is true. People are Greedy, this is also true. And the 2 mentioned points formed a useful sales tool for Scammers preying on such online buyers. People, all photography gear comes with a base cost from the manufacturer, which then got distributed to a network with many exchange of hands before the camera/ lenses reached the retail front. This network feeds the whole photography industry so price wise, you must understand gear are not cheap. So if someone is trying to sell you a camera for $299 that worth (for example) $999 – you should be sounding the alarm for we all know that this is impossible! I call these scammers the fast-deal, fast-run scams. They act fast when a particular gear is new or in demand, then disappear after many victims falls prey to the scam. The whole process will be repeated again and again with a new name, a new payment account with every new gear launch in the market. So don’t be gullible or greedy, play safe & buy from your local camera stores. (Even if the local stores promises you 2 for the price of 1 – at least you get both the cameras right after paying.)

 

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Case Study #05 – Warranty not Recognized.
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As a Singaporean, Ben frequently visits Hong Kong for recreation and leisure and as a photographer, he cannot but help realized the retail pricing over at HK is slightly cheaper than what we are being offered here by local retailers. During one such visit, Ben decided to visit the camera shops near his hotel which is located near in-between Bristol Avenue & Hart Avenue at the east of Tsim Shai Tsui. There are several camera stores in this area catering to both locals & tourists. Ben went into one of the shops and check out the prices. Yes, the cameras & lenses are slightly cheaper than Singapore. Ben was hesitant as the savings are negligible but the prospect of buying more means more savings.Ben left the shop without buying however the salesman had promised Ben that if he decides to buy, they can throw in free shipping for him and the warranty is valid world wide.

When Ben returned to Singapore, he is still very keen in purchasing the lot. So he went online to the website which the salesman told him about and he placed his order from the store in Hong Kong for 01 DSLR & 03 Lenses. With the free shipping, he saved about SGD $350.00. Ben received his order 4 days later from Hong Kong. Everything is proper and Ben was a happy man. Then something happened. Ben was out shooting with his friends when his DSLR suddenly went dead. He checked everything from battery to contacts but the DSLR remain dead. He decided to pay the local service centre for this brand to seek help.

At the service centre, after Ben told the service person what happened, the SP asked him if the DSLR is still under warranty. Ben replied “Yes” and the SP started to key in the serial number of the DSLR. A few seconds later, the SP told Ben that his DSLR was not purchase locally to Ben’s surprise. “How did they know??” Ben’s thoughts started racing. At this point, Ben decided to be honest and admitted that his DSLR was bought from a HK based online camera store. He told the SP that he was promised “International Warranty”. The SP informed him to read the fine text about International Warranty and what it covers. Now people, every warranty has limitations I am sure all of you would know. In Ben’s case, his 3-weeks old DSLR died from a faulty motherboard and if Ben is to claim from his International Warranty, he has to do it in Hong Kong. The local office will offer other service/ technical/ repair support apart from replacements.

Ben is in dire straits, what he had got himself into? For saving SGD $350.00, his new DSLR is dead and the local office is not going to give him a replacement. Ben decided that he will not pay SGD $480 to replace the motherboard here in Singapore but instead, planned another trip up in 2 months’ time – so he can bring the set to HK’s service centre. Back in Hong Kong, the service centre replaced Ben’s DSLR Motherboard for free, but charged him a service fee the equivalent of SGD $80.00. When Ben narrated his account to me, I burst out laughing – laughed so hard that I almost laughed away my spare tire. His parting words – not worth doing it.

Editor’s Note: Singaporeans travels a lot and many times, ended up in countries when the currency exchange rates is in our favor. We are so tempted to buy gear at times as the savings can adds up to be a lot. And many online shops promises International Warranty, tax rebate, free shipping etc so sometimes it is just easy to buy from overseas or just order from these stores’ online portal. However, many people do not realized that they are not buying just camera & lenses. They are buying electronics and optical instruments and among the lot, there will bound to be some faulty ones, some lemons, and some in-betweens. Warranty comes into the picture and each manufacturer has some differences when it comes to warranty terms & conditions. As a consumer, it is your job to understand, read and know your rights of coverage, and what legal recourse & obligations, and on which/ what area that your warranty is in force or voided. Confusing? You may skip this part if you bought your gear locally in Singapore. :) 

 

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Conclusion – Personally, I prefer to buy from a shop where I can feel the item, view the item and talk to real humans for advice. At the very least if something does goes wrong, you can always go to the shop and seek assistance and in worse scenario, taking legal action against the shop will be easy. Not forgetting warranty are honored and recognized by local service centre too! Online stores/ sellers may be cheap – but cheap does comes with risks & a price too.

Things does goes wrong (if you are unlucky to meet unethical merchants)! So ask
yourself if you are willing to take risks to save that couple tens or hundreds of dollars.

Thanks to all who had shared with me their personal experiences and accounts. This article will not be possible without all your inputs. Hope our readers will learn something from all your experiences and hope no one have to go through what you guys & gals went through.

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Olympus E-PL 8

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17th October 2016, Singapore – Olympus Singapore recently launched the latest Baby Pen the E-PL 8 just when Christmas Shopping is heating up in Singapore. For those unfamiliar to Olympus, the E-PL series sits on the entry-level line of Olympus’s mirrorless cameras. The “E” stands for Olympus E-series, “P” stands for Pen, a model line, “L” stands for “Lite” which means a more basic camera meant for entry-level users and “8” stands for the 8th model or 8th generation model for this line. Being made as an entry-level camera, this does not means the E-PL8 is only capable of basic photography. Looking through the specs, this little baby does pack a punch.

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Before we proceed with the review, I would like to (again) share that if you ended up here looking for technical in-depth review, then you are certainly in the wrong place. Over here we are only keen how does the camera performed, the image quality and handling of the camera. If you cool with this, read on.

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Externally, the layout of the camera is very much similar to its predecessors while new users or brand-switchers will find it easy to use & to locate the buttons to the settings. The E-PL8 also carries the same design cues from the earlier Pen series mixing contemporary designs with retro styling – not sure what I am talking about? Do google for the 35mm (Film) Olympus Pen from yesteryears.

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On the specs, the E-PL8 is a 17.2 mega-pixel that comes with a micro 4/3 Live Mos sensor in a mirrorless body.  It features the latest TruePic VII image processor from Olympus and a supersonic wave filter for dust-reduction.  On shooting, the E-PL8 is capable of a decent shutter speed of 1/4000, ISO 100 (Low) to 25,600, brackets up to 7 frames or ISO-Bracketing up to 3 frames, not bad. Like its other Olympus siblings, the E-PL8 does comes with an array of shooting options comprising 25 scene modes & 14 art filters that you get further tweak a selection of 18 different colors under the “Pale Color” mode. Those who are lost at this point, what I meant earlier was – you can do a whole lot more of creative stuff to your images! Personally I have had hours and hours of fun with the art filters. But not part of our review criteria where we set everything to “0” or Default.

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This little Pen (as expected) was built in solid metal alloy, weights 374gm (body only) and measures 117.1 x 68.3 x 38.4mm, very similar to its earlier siblings. This means, the E-PL8 is super compact, but made solid for heavy use & abuse. Olympus passed us this Brown unit for review while we understand that the E-PL8 does comes in White & Black color too.
For more in-depth review or specifications, please visit Olympus’s website. We are really more keen to what kind of image can this little Pen produce. I took the E-PL8 with me for a couple of days and do check the images that I am sharing in this article. All images are clickable and you can view the 100% for each images (except the images of the camera where I took it with my iPhone 7). All images are not edited except for the usual straightening and cropping + watermarks. Enjoy!

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Image: An old estate in Singapore (Dakota), shot by the NEW Olympus E-PL8  

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Image: An old estate in Singapore (Dakota), shot by the NEW Olympus E-PL8  

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Image: An old estate in Singapore (Dakota), shot by the NEW Olympus E-PL8  

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Image: An old estate in Singapore (Dakota), shot by the NEW Olympus E-PL8  
I must say I am impressed with the color and the image quality. While remembering that the E-PL8 was designed as an entry-level camera, this little Pen is capable of much more things. It worked seamlessly with the issued kit lens 14-42mm that translates to (based on 35mm format) a wide angle focal range of 28mm to 84mm medium telephoto range that is commonly used and it this range covers many photography genres. Having said that, don’t forget this E-PL8 takes all Olympus Zuiko lenses (interchangeable system) and you can expand your photography needs easily!

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I chanced upon a group office workers doing a mid-week workout at Raffles Place (Singapore) beside the Singapore River and I decided to try the E-PL8. Focusing was fast and accurate (I am on P Mode) and I like how this little Pen behaves at a scene like below where 90% of the frame are moving objects. Check out the images below.

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Image: Evening Workout by the Singapore River, shot by the NEW Olympus E-PL8  

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Image: Evening Workout by the Singapore River, shot by the NEW Olympus E-PL8  

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Image: Evening Workout by the Singapore River, shot by the NEW Olympus E-PL8  

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I decided to stay around the river and wait for the sun to set. At this point, light is getting lesser by the minute and the E-PL8 seems to be adjusting itself fine. (metering) Below is a bracketed shot of 3 frames and the shop houses near the centre of the frame was almost black but the bracketed shot “recover” the dark areas well. Aren’t you impressed?
I am.

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Image: Evening at the Singapore River, shot by the NEW Olympus E-PL8

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Image: Blue Hour at Raffles Place, shot by the NEW Olympus E-PL8
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Image: A Moody shot by the Singapore River, shot by the NEW Olympus E-PL8 with one of the Art Filter. Make a guess which one did I used.🙂  
Without saying, I am definitely impressed with this little Pen. It handles well, feels solid, shoots well and produce really nice images. Although it will be silly of me to compare the E-PL8 with its bigger siblings like the OM-D EM series, but as an Olympus user, I can assure you the feel, the touch, the operational aspects are similar, it’s just so Olympus.
If you need a “partner” camera to complement your set up, or looking for a reliable travel camera, the new Olympus E-PL8 is for you. Get it.

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– AL Lee, Editor.

Thanks You Olympus Singapore for the camera!

For the rest of you, Buy your Olympus E-PL 8 here!

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Members-ONLY – Cullmann Sale!

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Members ONLY – Cullmen Sale!
(While Stock Last!)
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17th October 2016, Singapore – Cullmann Singapore is partnering Ourshutterjourney to offer an ONE-OFF SPECIAL MEMBERS-ONLY Special Sale! Cullmann, a leading established brand for camera support from Germany had been around for ages and the quality is known & proven to many professionals. All Cullmann products comes with a 10 year warranty too! For the individual specification, please google yourself!

Do Check Out the Items on Sale below and Ordering Details Below! Membership Number will be Required. Limited to One Item Purchase per Member!

1) CULLMANN CONCEPT ONE 622TC TRAVEL TRIPOD
Members Sale Price – SGD $180.00
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2) CULLMANN CONCEPT ONE 622T TRAVEL TRIPOD (Editor’s PICK)
Members Sale Price – SGD $125.00
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3) CULLMANN CONCEPT ONE 625 OH2.5V TRIPOD
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4) CULLMANN CONCEPT ONE 628 OH4.5V TRIPOD
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5) CULLMANN CONCEPT ONE 628M OH4.5V TRIPOD

Members Sale Price – SGD $220.00
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6) CULLMANN CONCEPT ONE 628C TRIPOD
Members Sale Price – SGD $210.00
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7) CULLMANN CONCEPT ONE 628C TRIPOD
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8) CULLMANN TITAN 970 MONOPOD
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5) Delivery to your doorsteps can be arranged at $25.00 nett.

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Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART

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12th October 20116, Singapore – This review came a tad late as the lens was issued to us and this review was completed in April 2016, but for some strange reasons, the whole folder for this review – including all the photos & text went missing among our backup servers. And last night while we are backing up our servers, the folder mysteriously appears again. Strange as it is, we decided to post this review as it was a really good lens as reviewed by our Review Editor Trisha Lim.

Before we proceed with the review, I would like to (again) share that if you ended up here looking for technical in-depth review, then you are certainly in the wrong place. Over here we are only keen how does the lens performed, the image quality and handling of the lens.

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The Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART lens certainly did not came as a surprise as Sigma has always been serious in capturing the mirrorless market. With Sony now leading the market (kind of), the lens was released at the right time. The previous 30mm F.28 had been a great performer and this version is the ART version so do not be confused and ended up buying the wrong lens. Comes in black or silver, there are more than just a nice cosmetic makeover. For those new to Sigma, the “ART” series means Premium if that is layman enough.

The Sigma 30mm ART gives a focal length of 45mm for APSC (E-mount) system and a 60mm for other micro Four Thirds system with a large aperture that is well suited for many shooting conditions. To start, this lens is super compact measuring a mere 40.5mm x 60.8mm and weights like a feather at 140gm. Designed and built as a fast prime, this lens focus really fast (not sure if it is just me) as compared to its predecessor, and the focusing operation is so quiet that we have to place our ears on the lens to check if it is (even) working.

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The optics are corrected via 7 elements in 5 groups  which includes 2 aspherical elements that gives you excellent image quality with very minimal distortions and a good control over Chromatic Abberation. The 7 aperture blades are rounded so it gives a nice cylindrical bokeh similiar to those lenses with 9 blades. From F2.8 to F22, that is pretty much expected too for most of Sigma’s prime lenses. The front element is coated with Sigma’s proprietary Super Coating that reduce dusts and corrects colors as you shoot which is pretty standard. The front take 46mm screw-on filters and the lens feels tiny but well balanced to the hands. The Sigma 30mm ART focus from just 30cm from the sensor to the subject and has a very decent magnification ration of 1:8.1.

Our Review Editor Trisha Lim, took the Sigma 30mm ART to Thailand and used the lens throughout her trip. Let’s check out her review!

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Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART Review
by Trisha Lim
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Image: Inside a Thai Temple, Shot with Sony a7 with the NEW Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART. 

Trisha: When Editor AL told me that Sigma had delivered the review unit for their new 30mm F2.8 DN ART, I had a crazy idea. That is to just bring this lens and pair it up with my Sony a7 and do away with my usual insane gear combo. And I did not regret the decision!

My first impression of Sigma’s 30mm F2.8 DN ART was – it is a cute little lens. Light and small in size, I was contemplating if I should just bring along my zoom lens for the trip just in case. However I managed to survived the trip with just the 30mm. The lens performed beyond expectations and I like the image quality & colors that it produced.

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Image: River Kwai, Shot with Sony a7 with the NEW Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART.
The Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN Art focuses really fast and very quiet. Although it hunts a little when I was trying to focus on faraway subjects, I came to know later that it is pretty normal for lens of this focal range especially when you try to focus on “all-inifinity” subjects. So I am cool on this.

 

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Image: Ancient City, Shot with Sony a7 with the NEW Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART.

I like the feel of the lens barrel, very solid feel & very “metallic” but weights next to nothing. This is great especially for travel as heavy gear also means extra fatigue. The amount of details captured are awesome. I shot in jpg, not even raw, it is amazing how the Sony a7 + Sigma 30mm ART complements each other!  Do check out some of the images that I am sharing here!

(Editor: All images posted here are clickable to view in full res 100%)

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Image: Aerial View of Bangkok from Bai Yoke Sky II, Shot with Sony a7 with the NEW Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART.

Large aperture lens are perfect for night photography! I went up to Baiyoke SkyII and took a few shots from the Observation Deck and I am amazed by what I can shoot with the Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART. Do see my example above. Isn’t it amazing? Do check out the rest of the images that I had shared for this article too!

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Image: Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Shot with Sony a7 with the NEW Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART.

(Below) I cannot resist not shooting my Sister who was with me. Shot at wide open, check out how creamy smooth the bokeh is. This 30mm ART is a wonderful lens!

 

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Image: My little Sister, Shot with Sony a7 with the NEW Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART.

 

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Conclusion – The New Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART is a well-designed, well made lens that is capable & reliable. I believed Sigma will not just allocate the “Art” designation unless the lens is meant for performance and high quality, so this 30mm is no exception. Going through my images for this trip, I am so glad that I had decided to leave my other gears at home and to just bring & use this lens throughout the trip. You should consider buying this lens for your next holiday!

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Editor: Right! The Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART lens is not just another lens that was made to compete, but to give high quality images and ease of use to users! And the last surprise? The lens is priced “below market expected” rates and you can own this lens for that little money. Time to hit the camera stores!

Thank you Sigma Singapore for the lens!

Buy your Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART here.

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Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 FE

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Image: The NEW Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 FE mated to a Sony a7. 

10th October 2016, Singapore – Following our recent review of Samyang’s NEW Auto-focus 50mm lens by our review Editor Trisha Lim, the new Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 is the 2nd Auto-Focus lens from Samyang which we were lucky enough to review. As mentioned in our Samyang 50mm article, with the new Auto-focus 50mm & 14mm, Samyang is putting all the competitors on their toes. In the past, other manufacturers pretty much ignores Samyang as they are making manual lenses, but now with Auto-focus & a very friendly asking price, we sense there will be a huge shift in market shares for lens shoppers.

Before we proceed with the review, I would like to (again) share that if you ended up here looking for technical in-depth review, then you are certainly in the wrong place. Over here we are only keen how does the lens performed, the image quality and handling of the lens.

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The new Samyang AF 14mm is made and designed as an Ultra-Wide Angle lens with a near “full horizon” view. The lens barrel is made from a light weight aluminum alloy that seems to be ready for some heavy use or abuse. Weight at a mere 500gm (estimated) & measures at 97.5mm length, this lens is compact too! The focusing ring is creamy smooth which makes the 14mm a joy to use as the “feel” is expensive and for some moments, it feels like some SGD$3,000.00 lens but the Samyang is only asking for 1/3 of that price.

Optical wise, we went wild after knowing that this little monster was designed with image quality in mind as the optics were corrected with a whopping 14 elements in 10 groups!!!!! And among the elements, Samyang included 03 aspherical glasses! For the asking price, this is like striking slots bonus 3 times in a row! A 7-blader, the aperture opens from F2.8 to F22 which is pretty much standard. Although Samyang did not indicate the style of the aperture blades, it looks semi-curved blades to us that means the bokeh will be decent and for F2.8, this lens is a great lens for wide-angle portraits too – for day or night. And this lens starts focusing from 20cm distance and with a magnification ratio of x 0.12, this lens will be loved by wedding photographers too. (go figure.)

Those who are on Sony’s APS-C bodies, this 14mm will become a 21mm F2.8 which is also great for low light street photography!

Our Review Editor Trisha Lim was so thrilled with the new Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 while doing the review, she begged us to let her review the 14mm too. And so we did. Let’s hear her views on this Ultra-Wide monster of a lens.

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Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 FE User Review
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Image: ASUS Store Opening, shot by Sony a7 + Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 FE.

Trisha: Yes, I was thrilled and amazed by the Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE while doing the review! And definitely I wanted to try the 14mm! When Editor AL (also Singapore’s Ambassador for Samyang) passed me the Samyang AF 14mm, I decided to use it for one of my assignment – a store opening event. (ASUS). For such assignments, going wide is the way as most retailers will want to have a “wide open” feel of their stores and the Samyang 14mm is a perfect fit. What amazed me further is the low level of distortion – a common phenomenon with such ultra wide angle lenses. This Samyang 14mm has very little distortions which is just really great!


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Image: ASUS Store Opening, shot by Sony a7 + Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 FE. 
On handling, the Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 FE is pretty light on my hands and after using it for a full assignment, I do not feel tired holding the lenses after several hours. I like the focusing of this lens, it is fast despite it is an ultra-wide angle lens. Some ultra-wide angle lenses hunts a bit during focusing due to the much larger area and the number of possible subjects within a frame but not this Samyang. It auto-focus fast and it is very accurate. Always spot on every time I start to focus! 
Operational noise are minimal too, in fact when I was using it, I can barely hear the focusing motor at all!


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I tried focus-peaking with the new Samyang AF 14mm on my a7 too and surprisingly it is equally easy to use an the accuracy is meticulous! However since this lens was made as an AF lens, I was 99% on auto-focus hahaha!

With all ultra-wide angle lenses, this lens will also be very suitable for landscapes and other applications. If you do interior shoots for properties, this is a super good lens to use too! And so, recently I have some time to attend photo events by this site so I use the new Samyang AF 14mm for some light-painting against a cityscape.

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Image: light-painting against a cityscape, shot by Sony a7 + Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 FE.


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Image: light-painting against a cityscape, shot by Sony a7 + Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 FE.


From the above images, you can see that distortion is very, very low and the amount of details captured are awesome! Not forgetting that the colors are rendered accurately with good balance. 
If you are into nightscapes or cityscapes, this 14mm is the lens to use!


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Image: Editor AL at close range, shot by Sony a7 + Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 FE.

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In conclusion, the new Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 FE is a brand experience for me. Initially I thought this is just a mutated 14mm where Samyang squeezed in an autofocus motor into the old manual 14mm UMC lens and man I was so wrong. This lens was designed from scratch and presented to the world as a new lens. From handling to the optical quality, this lens is a performance lens and yet, the asking price is ridiculously low! Readers, yes, I will be BUYING this Lens! Go get yours soon!

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Thanks again Trisha for the sharing on your thoughts and user experience of the new Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 FE lens & the nice images that you had shared from using this lens. OK people, you heard the lady, time to get yours!

Thank you Samyang Singapore for the lens!

Buy your Samyang AF 14mm F2.8 FE here.

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Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE

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Image: The New Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE mounted to a Sony a7.

 

28th September 2016, Singapore – Samyang recently announced the release of a few auto-focus lenses that kinda “shook up” the market. Samyang had long established themselves as a brand that manufactures high quality manual lenses for more than a decade with a friendly price tag, with the launch of the new auto-focus lenses range, Samyang had moved into a competitive territory that is fiercely defended by brands like Sigma, Tamron & Tokina. However, the photographers are watching closely of what’s to come by Samyang. Before we even get to the optical quality and build, Samyang had already “beaten” the rest with its humble asking price which I had already expected.

We were issued the new 14mm & the 50mm so this user review will be on the 50mm.
Let’s take a closer look at the NEW Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE. Before we proceed, if you ended up here looking for technical specs and technical reviews of this lens, sorry, please look elsewhere, we are more interested in what kind of images can we produce with this lens.

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Made as a standard prime lens with a focal length of 50mm, this lens offers the photographer lots of possibilities. From portraits to street photography, this lens covers everything in between. Weighing at 585gm, this lens is not exactly heavy, the lens barrel was made with a high-quality alloy and the feel is just right. Internally, the glass elements are arranged in a no-fuss 9 elements in 8 groups configuration and comes with a 9 blades aperture – which is pretty standard for most 50mm lenses out there. The lens front accepts 67mm screw-on filters and it has a minimum focusing distance from 45cm. So far everything seems pretty standard and made to “current trend”.  Let’s see how capable this lens is. We decided to pass the lens to one of our Review Editor – Trisha Lim – and let’s see the images shot by thus lens and share her thoughts on this lens.

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Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE User Review
by Trisha Lim

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Image: Cosplay Suicide Squad. Shot by Sony a7 + Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE.

Trisha: I was all excited when I was notified by Editor AL that Samyang Singapore had delivered the NEWLY Launched 50mm & 14mm to him. I immediately asked him if I can review these 2 lenses that had been widely discussed by photography communities from all over the world. As you know big aperture prime lenses do not come cheap and Samyang being famed for their optical quality and friendly asking price, I was thrilled.

I took the 50mm out to a cosplay event by Cosplay Suicide Squad and tested the lens in both low light and outdoor using various settings. Do check out the images.

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Image: Cosplay Suicide Squad. Shot by Sony a7 + Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE.
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Image: Cosplay Suicide Squad. Shot by Sony a7 + Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE.


Personally, I like the fast-focusing aspect of the new Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE lens. I will not call it “blazing fast” like some over-hyped “tech-magazines” but rather as a user, I will describe it as “really fast”.  This is from my personal experience using this lens. The 50mm focal length (to my interpretations) is a nice portrait lens with spaces to play with for composition & a nicely thought-out street photography lens. So focusing speed is one of the key factor if this lens will sells. I am pleased with this aspect so far.

 

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Image: Cosplay Suicide Squad. Shot by Sony a7 + Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE.

 

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Image: Cosplay Suicide Squad. Shot by Sony a7 + Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE. 

The Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE handles well and feels balanced (camera vs lens) during operations. I like the cool alloy lens barrel which seems able to take abuse to some crazy level. When switched to manual focus, the focusing ring is creamy smooth and easy to use. at this point, I am sure this 50mm will be giving the rest (50mm lenses from other brands) a run for the money.
In my view, a good operational prime lens must autofocus fast & easy to manual-focus + meticulous accuracy.

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Image: Cosplay Suicide Squad. Shot by Sony a7 + Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE. 

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Image: Cosplay Suicide Squad. Shot by Sony a7 + Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE. 

Image quality exceeds my expectations as the sharpness rendered is superb and the de-focused area are well-toned and “creamed out”. Color wise, beautiful! The images (here) are not edited except for the usual cropping and straightening, so everyone can see the colors and the original images from the camera. I will encourage you to click on the images, blow it up to 100% and take a closer look. I am sure you will be as delighted as me!

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Image: Cosplay Suicide Squad. Shot by Sony a7 + Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE. 

 

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Image: Cosplay Suicide Squad. Shot by Sony a7 + Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE. 

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Image: Cosplay Suicide Squad. Shot by Sony a7 + Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE. 

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Image: Cosplay Suicide Squad. Shot by Sony a7 + Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE.

After using the Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE, I will say that this lens is an excellent alternative to main stream units and this is a serious competitor for the rest too. Combining a solid build lens, excellent image quality with a decently fast auto-focus motor, this lens has everything sorted out right – not forgetting the asking price is so negligible too! I will highly recommend this lens to anyone looking for their first premium standard prime lens. OK, I am sold, Editor AL, please order 01 unit for me please!

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– Trisha Lim, Review Editor.

Additional Credits to Cosplay Suicide Squad.
“Harley Quinn”: Riely Alecia Saville
Makeup: Riely Alecia Saville
“Joker”: Chris Bucko
HMUA: Gratia Bravo Arguelles
Additional Props: HuiYing.

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Thank you Trisha for the sharing & nice images. OK folks, you heard the lady and her thoughts/ user experience of the Samyang AF 50mm F1.4 FE. Seriously you can’t find a single fault with this lens, this will be the 50mm that will give you goosebumps & raise some hairs for its capability as the latest AF 50mm F1.4 that will change perspectives – photographers’ perspective that is.

Thank you Samyang Singapore for the lens!

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Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Arts

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26th September 2016, Singapore – Recently we received the new Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM ART from Sigma Singapore. We have decided to do  3-part review of this long awaited lens (since the rumours surfaced about 4 months ago). For Part 1, we passed this lens to Daniel Ho (SGJP), one of our appointed reviewer for a weekend. Let’s hear what he thinks of this latest offering from Sigma.

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Videography Review of the new Sigma 50-100mm f1.8 HSM DC Arts Lens

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Sigma has gone out of the tradition to launch a 50-100mm HSM DC Arts Lens for the cropped sensor (APS-C), and rightly so, has surprised many people for various reasons, one of which is the range of 50mm to 100mm, which translate to a 75mm-150mm, that comes close to a 70-200 range for a 35mm equivalent on a full frame body. Second, is the decision on Sigma to launch an amazing lens which can deliver superb quality on a DX or Cropped Sensor (APS-C), with of course, many conversations or arguments out there that a full frame sensor is better than a cropped sensor. Third reason why this came as a surprise for many, that could this lens be a specialty lens just for the newly launched series of bodies by the Canon and Nikon for Sports Photography such as Nikon D500?

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This short user-review unfortunately, will not cover those user scenarios but something out of the ordinary, that I am testing this on my Blackmagic 4k Cinema Camera. This superb but weirdly designed video camera is built for a canon mount and besides the usual suspect of using the range of Canon lens or the third parties lenses, this specific 50-100mm f1.8 HSM DC Art Lens may be an interesting fit to find out how it performs on shooting video.

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At the publishing of this article, I have yet to reformat the huge raw video footage showing the quality of this lens shooting video and most importantly, testing the focusing, and the sharpness of this lens on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Some background to this video camera, that it has a cropped sensor, captures great professional grade video in multiple format, from Raw, to ProRes422 (which is the compressed version that makes it easier to repurpose faster for delivery to multiple devices mainly for Apple devices). Rest assured, once i have reformatted the video footage showing the speed of focusing, the sharpness of the video and the colour rending of this lens on the video, i will put up a link. So in the mean time, I will go through my thoughts for now on this lens.

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Amazing build quality

Expected as of any ART Series from the Sigma lineup, this lens is built like a tank. Great material, almost feel like it is made solely from a block of cast iron, and the smooth black with the rubber ring makes it extremely comfortable in the hand albeit its weight, I think it has a right feel and balance to it, especially when holding the Blackmagic Cinema Camera.

The focusing ring is smooth and somehow on the video camera, manual focusing is a tad faster and painless than the auto focusing, and somehow this is different from a Canon lens or other third party lens I have tried, but with the peak focusing feature, manual focusing of this lens on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera is extremely easy.

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Focusing

This lens may not be optimised for use on a video camera, as the focusing speed is not fantastic. You can see this on the video which i will be putting up, and while that, I am not too bothered because I know the target audience of this lens is on professional shooting on their DSLR for Sports. While that, the engine and the focusing of the lens is very quiet and I am very impressed by the silence. It is not the chunky loud focusing I have experienced in other third party lens which really bothers me especially when I am taking video as the sensitive microphone tends to pick up these noise.

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Colour 

This lens live up to its reputation as on the ART series, the ART implies on the brilliant rendering of colours on the video, and it is extremely sharp when shooting in f8 and above. For me, I am no expert on colour but at least it renders green as green, red as red and overall, less than a harsher saturation which gives a great overall balance to the video. It is one of the key when choosing lens for video production.

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Editor’s Note:
Thank you Daniel for the detailed review!
From what we have read, this is one of the finer offering from Sigma. Next to review this lens is Wilson Wong of SPIN & TechGoondu fame. Let’s see what (images) he’s gonna return with the new Sigma 50-100mm ART.

Thank you Sigma Singapore for the lens!

Buy your Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC ART here.

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

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** 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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Olympus Announcements
22nd September 2016, Singapore – Olympus made a few announcements concurrently and here’s a quick summary of what’s to come.
– Olympus Singapore announces the development of the new OM-D E-M1 Mark II.
– Olympus selfie-ready camera series return with the new PEN E-PL8.
– Olympus launches new M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO lens.
– Olympus Singapore launches the new M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro.
– Olympus Singapore launches the new M.Zuiko 25 mm F1.2 PRO

1) Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II.
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Olympus Singapore is pleased to announce the development of the new OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Advancing from the highly successful OM-D EM1 flagship series which was launched in 2013, the upcoming successor sees a boost of technological advancements which enables it to surpass DSLRs while bringing portability and image quality into the next dimension. Featuring a maximum 18 fps high-speed sequential shooting in AF/AE tracking, newly developed TruePic VIII image processor, 20.4 Megapixel Live MOS sensor equipped with the latest 121-point all cross-type On-chip Phase Detection AF sensor and an advanced 5-axis Image Stabilization system, the OM-D E-M1 Mark II
resonates uncompromised image quality and system excellence that is synonymous with the Olympus OM-D series flagship model.

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The roll out of this advanced system will now enable all photographers to capture every detail in sports, motoring and nature photography – while maintaining the compact and mobility of Olympus mirrorless cameras. Coupled with the M. Zuiko PRO lens series, the Olympus system is set to provide photographers with an unbridled freedom of photographic expression.

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Feature Highlights
1. Maximum 18 fps sequential shooting performance in AF/AE tracking
2. Advanced DUAL FAST AF with 121-point all cross-type sensor
3. New Pro Capture mode for lag-free shooting
4. 20.4 Megapixel Live MOS sensor with new High-speed TruePic VIII image processor
5. Digital cinema standard 4K movies
6. Advanced in-body 5-axis Image Stabilization with approx. 5.5 shutter speed steps
7. Dual SD Card Slots
8. Ultra high-resolution image quality with 50M High Res. Shot
9. Dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof performance
10. High-magnification, high-speed Electronic Viewfinder

11. Silent Mode for noiseless shooting environment.

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2) Olympus PEN E-PL8.
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Olympus Singapore is pleased to announce the latest addition of the PEN E-PL8 to the PEN series. The PEN E-PL8 is set to reinvent the definition of high-quality mobile shooting with excellent selfie functions. Capturing selfies on-the-go has never been easier with the new compact and lightweight PEN model, featuring enhanced shooting and connectivity capabilities.

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The Olympus PEN E-PL8 offers premium design inherited from the PEN series, a Touch Selfie Mode and a wide range of creative shooting features that provides complete freedom of photographic expression. These features can be used not only with still images, but also with movies, which have shown increasing popularity on social networks in recent years.

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With excellent photo and video image quality synonymous with an interchangeable lens camera, coupled with smartphone connectivity that lets you share your images then and there, the PEN delivers an experience that people have come to expect from photography
today.

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The PEN E-PL8 Touch Selfie Mode is now enhanced with an additional Movie Clips function that allows users to record selfie movies and edit them via the Movie Effect button. A dedicated Art Filter mode also allows users to have a live view selection of their selfie movies, hence eliminating any time wasted on editing.

Feature Highlights
1. 180 degree – flip down LCD screen optimised for touch-selfie shooting with special selfie-interface
2. Enhanced video recording mode featuring Clips, Art Filter and Movie Effects mode
3. 3-Axis VCM Image Stabilisation(in body) with-3.5EV spec that works with all lenses
4. 3” capacitive touch LCD with 1.04 million dots (3:2)
5. 16.1 Megapixel LiveMOS image sensor
6. TruePic VII image engine with automatic CA correction, diffraction compensation and lens sharpness optimisation technology
7. 8 frames per second shooting speed.
8. 81-point FAST-AF focusing system
9. 1080P Full HD video recording
10. Wi-fi camera control and image sharing from iOS/Android smart devices using Olympus OI.Share app
11. M.Zuiko 14-42mm EZ kit lens (28-84mm equiv)

 

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3) Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO lens
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Olympus Singapore is pleased to announce the launch of the new M.Zuiko Digital ED
12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO. The first high-magnification zoom lens with powerful image

stabilization in the M.Zuiko PRO category. This compact, lightweight, high-performance, high-magnification professional zoom lens features a dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof (-10°) construction along with an image stabilization mechanism.

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It conforms to the Micro Four Thirds System standard and provides amazing mobility. When combined with a compatible camera body, the in-body 5-axis sync IS is enhanced, enabling the world’s most powerful 6.5 shutter speed steps of compensation performance,
expanding the range of hand-held shooting scenes.


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Feature Highlights
1. 5-axis sync IS with the world’s most powerful 6.5 stops compensation
2. 24-200m equivalent (35mm format) cover a focal length that requires two average zoom lenses
3. Dustproof, splash proof and freeze proof (-10°C)
4. Z Coating Nano technology significantly reducing ghost & flaring

5. 17 Elements in 11 Groups optical design using DSA, ED, HR and Super HR high performance lens elements

6. 1.5cm (from the end of the lens) near shooting distance at all zoom settings
7. Maximum shooting magnification of 0.6 x (35mm equivalent)
8. 7-blade circular aperture diaphragm

9. Design styling matched to OM-D E-M1 Mark II body

10. 72mm filter diameter

4) Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro
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Olympus Singapore is pleased to announce the launch of the premium macro lens, M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro (35mm equivalent: 60mm). The new M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 premium macro lens, which conforms to the Micro Four Thirds System standard, features a maximum image magnification of 2.5x (35mm equivalent) making it
the highest in its class. The high powered magnification allows users the ability to approach subjects up to 1.4cm away from the end of the lens for a whole new world of macro shooting expression.
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The new M.Zuiko Digital ED 30mm F3.5 Macro provides sharpness and beautiful defocusing effects appropriate to a lens in the M.Zuiko Premium category. Furthermore, when combined with the 5-axis Image Stabilization of the OM-D and PEN cameras, users can enjoy high magnification shooting, without worrying about camera shake.


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Feature Highlights
1. 30mm F3.5 (60mm in 35mm equivalent)
2. Highest in class magnification of 2.5x (35mm equivalent)
3.Superior macro capabilities, 1.4cm (from the end of the lens) near shooting distance
at all zoom settings
4. High-speed AF even in macro range
5. 7 Elements in 6 Groups optical design using DSA, Aspherical, and EDA high performance
lens elements
6. 7-blade circular aperture
7. Design styling matched to OM-D series camera bodies
8. 46mm filter diameter
9. Lightweight and compact: 128g; L 60mm x D 57mm


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5) Olympus M.Zuiko 25 mm F1.2 PRO
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Olympus Singapore is pleased to announce the launch of the new M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1.2 PRO (35mm equivalent: 50mm). This large-diameter single-focal-length lens, which conforms to the Micro Four Thirds System standard, features dustproof, splash proof and freeze proof construction with excellent resolution performance and outstanding image quality. This lens thoroughly removes all types of aberrations common to large-diameter lenses, and achieves superb resolution performance from the widest aperture setting of f1.2, by lavishly using 19 lenses including 8 special lenses in an effective arrangement. The latest optical technologies provide not only superb resolution performance, but also beautiful, natural de-focusing effects.

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The high-speed AF and silent MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) technology makes
autofocusing fast and highly precise. This allows users to capture still images and movies
without any stress especially when shooting in a shallow depth of field at the widest aperture setting. Users can also simply select Face Detect AF or Eye Detect AF for accurate focusing on faces or eyes for better portrait photography.


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Feature Highlights
1. Widest aperture setting of F1.2 with excellent resolution performance
2. 50mm equivalent (35mm format)
3. Splash, Dust and Freezeproof (-10C)
4. High-speed, high precision AF and silent MSC (Movie & Still Compatible) technology
5. Limits chromatic aberration with 19 Elements in 14 Groups optical design
6. Super ED, ED, E-HR, Aspherical and HR high performance lens elements
7. 0.3m near shooting distance at all zoom settings
8. Z Coating Nano technology significantly reducing ghosts and flaring.
9. 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm
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About Olympus
Olympus Singapore Pte Ltd is a subsidiary of Olympus Corporation, headquartered
in Japan. Olympus Singapore Pte Ltd is responsible for the marketing and distribution of Olympus consumer products in Singapore. The Olympus consumer range encompasses still and video imaging products, binoculars and digital audio recorders.
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Sony Launches New Flagship ɑ99 II

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Sony Launches New Flagship ɑ99 II
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21st September 2016, Singapore – Reaffirming its commitment to produce industry leading A-mount interchangeable lens cameras, Sony today launched a new flagship ɑ A-mount model, the a99 II. A successor to the highly acclaimed ɑ99, the new a99 II combines the best of Sony’s latest digital imaging innovations including a new Hybrid Phase Detection AF system with exclusive Sony A-mount features such as Translucent Mirror Technology™ (TMT). The result is a supremely specified, professional level camera that will be particularly appealing to sports and wildlife photographers.

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Redefining Autofocus
The newly developed Phase Detection AF System is capable of ‘full-time AF’ and is the first implementation of 4D FOCUS in the full-frame ɑ series, bringing a supreme new level of AF performance to ɑ99 II users. The Hybrid Phase Detection AF System is enabled by combining a precision 79-point dedicated phase detection AF sensor with 399 focal plane phase detection AF points1 to produce a 79 hybrid cross AF point array. These cross points deliver incredibly precise autofocus performance and advanced subject tracking of any moving objects right across the image, at high speed. In addition, as there is no moving mirror, TMT enables continuous AF operation and the finder image remains unaffected during any type of shooting, including live view and movie recording.

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Low light conditions present no problem to the ɑ99 II. The precision AF system will function properly down to EV-4 brightness levels where most other cameras struggle.

Data flow through the ɑ99 II has been redesigned to allow for high resolution and continuous shooting at high frame rates. A new front-end LSI works with the image sensor and BIONZ X image processing engine, as well as a newly designed shutter unit, to enable continuous shooting at up to 12fps2 with AF/AE tracking, all whilst harnessing the sensor’s 42.4MP capabilities. The result is an ultra-fast camera that will deliver incredibly detailed shots, even with fast moving objects in challenging light conditions. Thanks to a large buffer and sophisticated data processing, these shots can be viewed immediately after shooting even when in high speed continuous shooting mode and if shots are being taken indoors under artificial lighting, flicker is automatically detected and the shutter is timed to minimise its effect on the end image.

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Improvements to the EVF display algorithm now deliver continuous live-view shooting at up to 8 fps with AF/AE tracking with minimal display lag so that the viewing experience is essentially no different from that of an optical viewfinder. Exposure, white balance and other camera settings are displayed in real time in the viewfinder and continuous live view shooting can be set in 3 stages to match a variety of subjects: 8 fps, 6 fps and 4 fps.

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Pixel Power
The back-illuminated full-frame 42.4MP Exmor R CMOS sensor benefits from a gapless-on-chip design and allows for fast readout of large volumes of data as well as being extremely efficient in its light gathering ability. The net result is very high sensitivity with low noise, wide dynamic range and 42.4MP resolution across an ISO range of 100-25600, expandable to ISO 50 – 102,400.The ɑ99 II has been designed without an optical low-pass filter to allow the finest natural details and textures to be captured with unprecedented depth and realism and the photographer can select compressed or uncompressed RAW files, as required.

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5-axis SteadyShot™ INSIDE Image Stabilisation
Having proved to be incredibly popular in the ɑ7 II series of cameras, Sony has designed a new in-body 5 axis image stabilisation system for A-mount cameras which debuts for the first time in the ɑ99 II. In addition to movement in the pitch and yaw axes that tend to occur at longer focal lengths, this system effectively detects and compensates for shift blur that can occur on the X and Y axes when shooting close-up, and roll blur that is often apparent in still images and movies that are shot at night. Newly implemented precision gyro sensors are capable of precisely detecting even tiny camera movements that can cause blurring, providing a 4.5 step shutter speed advantage that can help realise the full potential of the 42.4MP sensor, in both stills and movies. The effect of image stabilisation can be monitored in the viewfinder or on the LCD screen during live view when the shutter button is half pressed or the Focus Magnifier functions are used. This allows framing and focus to be accurately checked via live view when shooting at telephoto focal lengths or macro distances.

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Improved design and operability
The design of the new ɑ99 II has noticeably evolved compared to its predecessor, based upon feedback from professional users. The new model is 8 per cent smaller than the original ɑ99 and has a newly designed grip, magnesium alloy body, dual SD card slot and other upgrades that improve both hold and operation. All major buttons and dials are provided with seals and the media jack cover and enclosure edges feature tongue and groove – the result is a body that is both dust and moisture resistant and can be used in the toughest and most challenging shooting conditions.

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In addition to being designed for faster response, the new shutter unit is also more durable and has passed endurance tests in excess of 300,000 shutter operations. The XGA OLED Tru-finder has a ZEISS® T* Coating and has a 4 element lens group that includes a double sided aspherical element whilst offering a powerful 0.78x magnification, delivering outstanding clarity from corner to corner. It also has a fluorine coating on the outer lens to prevent fingerprints, dust, water, oil and dirt from sticking, thus ensuring a clear view.

The silent Multi Controller introduced in the original ɑ99 has been improved so that in addition to allowing control of aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation, AF area, AF mode and other settings, it now features a click-stop ON/OFF switch. When ON, the preferred setting for still image shooting, the control clicks, providing a tactile indication of the length of rotation. When OFF, the control turns smoothly and quietly, ideal for movie shooting. Location data acquisition has also been made possible via Bluetooth connection to a compatible mobile device and it is now possible to select whether the storage location should just be on a tethered computer or also on camera for easy review without leaving the shooting position. Based upon feedback from a number of ɑ users, the menu structure of the ɑ99 II has also been updated to deliver a smoother navigational experience.

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Movie Magic
The ɑ99 II enables internal 4K movie recording featuring full pixel readout, without pixel binning, for ultimate high resolution video in the pro friendly XAVC S format. It is capable of recording high quality footage at 100Mbps for 4K recording. A new ‘Slow and Quick’ mode (S&Q) supports both slow motion and quick motion. Frame rates from 1 fps to 120 fps (100 fps) can be selected in 8 steps for up to 60x (50x) quick motion and 5x (4x) slow motion recording. A number of features designed for a professional movie production workflow are included such as picture profiles, time code and HDMI clear output and the new ɑ99 II now also offers gamma assist for real time S-Log monitoring and a zebra mode for easier exposure adjustment. S-Log3 and S-Log2 gamma are now included, making wide dynamic range shooting possible with blown highlights or blocked shadows making the ɑ99 II easily integratable into a fully professional movie production workflow.

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The new ɑ99 II will be available in selected Asia Pacific countries from November 2016.

Editor’s Note: “Just in time for Christmas too!”.

About Sony Electronics Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
Based in Singapore, Sony Electronics Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation. It serves as the regional management and marketing headquarters for Sony’s consumer as well as broadcasting and professional products, overseeing Asia, Middle East and Africa regions. For more information on Sony’s products and services in Asia Pacific, please visit www.sony-asia.com

About Sony Corporation
Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, imaging, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and online businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $72 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016. Sony Global Web Site: http://www.sony.net/

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Dare to be different with Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

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Dare to be different with Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Online Customisation Service
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19th August 2016, Singapore – Make a bold statement with a customised OM-D EM5 Mark II set featuring the finest M.ZUIKO PREMIUM lenses and handcrafted leather accessories.

Discerning photographers with a keen eye for detail can now revel with the customisable, award winning Olympus O-MD E-M5 Mark II. Olympus Imaging Singapore has recently launched its second online customisation service after the PEN E-PL7, which allows
photographers to curate key characteristics of their OM-D E-M5 MarkII kit.
The customisation service, available exclusively online at
https://www.shopatolympus.com.sg/daretobedifferent.html , allows customers to drift away from the full black camera models and personalize their OM-D E-M5 Mark II body from the mounts to the dials. Whether it’s the black body with silver mounts and dials or the vice versa, it is all in the details that makes the difference.
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Each OM-D E-M5 Mark II is handled by Olympus’s experienced engineers to ensure a high
– quality and sophisticated silhouette which is perfect for the food, street and fashion photographers. To top it off, the customisation service also allows customers
to choose from a selection of M. ZUIKO PREMIUM lenses in monochromatic colours to match the camera mount. The premium lenses range from the 12mm F2.0 lens, perfect for
capturing architecture and sceneries, to the 75mm F1.8 lens which is ideal for capturing portraits and close-ups.

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Each customised camera unit will also be complemented by a dedicated leather wrist strap or opt for a hand crafted neck strap with their personalized initials on it. The new OM-D
E-M5 Mark II customisation service is a simple one-stop solution for a sophisticated and
leading-edge product from Olympus.

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About the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
The OM-D E-M5 Mark II, designed within the OM-D ILC system, is arguably the most

reminiscent of classic “OM System” 35mm film cameras. An improved in-body 5-axis image stabilization system achieves the world’s highest compensation performance of 5 steps, making hand-held shooting enjoyable and possibility to shoot at a telephoto end without worrying about camera shake even in dark locations. The OM-D E-M5 Mark II, designed in pursuit of excellent operability, comes with a dustproof and splashproof camera body and lenses to make shooting in any environment possible.

Prices for OM-D E-M5 Mark II starts at SGD1,498 (body only) to SGD3,096 (bundled with M.ZUIKO PREMIUM 75mm F1.8 lens)

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About Olympus
Olympus Imaging Singapore Pte Ltd is a subsidiary of Olympus Corporation, headquartered in Japan. Olympus Imaging Singapore Pte Ltd is responsible
for the marketing and distribution of Olympus consumer products in Singapore.
The Olympus consumer range encompasses still and video imaging products, binoculars and digital audio recorders. Your Vision, Our Future.
http://www.olympusimage.com.sg
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Sony Tops Five Categories at 2016 EISA Awards

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Sony Tops Five Categories at 2016 EISA Awards
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16th August 2016, Singapore – Recognising Sony’s success in delivering products that inspire and fulfil customer curiosity, the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) have honoured Sony with five awards in their 2016 round-up. As the largest editorial and multimedia organisation in Europe, the EISA committee carefully assesses and evaluates a vast variety of technology categories, and is consequently renowned for recognising true quality and innovation.

European Premium Compact Camera 2016-2017: DSC-RX1R II
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As one of the world’s smallest full-frame cameras, the RX1R II delivers the highest picture quality of any Sony compact camera ever made. This is made possible by the combination of the camera’s high resolution 42.4 MP full-frame sensor with its large aperture, fixed focal length ZEISS Sonnar T* 35mm F2 lens, which was optimised to work in combination with the sensor. It also features the world’s first variable optical low-pass filter1 providing stunning image quality with a wide dynamic range and very low noise. The Fast Hybrid AF system with advanced phase-detection and contrast-detection guarantees razor-sharp images, and with the powerful BIONZ X processor you will never miss a precious moment. The retractable XGA OLED Tru-Finder2 and a tiltable LCD screen offer great freedom to capture creative compositions. This premium compact camera is a true winner in every aspect.

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European Photo & Video Camera 2016-2017: α7S II
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The α7S II provides professionals with the right tool to create top quality video and excellent still images in every shooting situation. Its 12.2-million-pixel3 full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor masters high sensitivity shooting, with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 4096004. In addition, its high dynamic range, 5-axis image stabilisation, and internal recording of 4K movies5 in full-frame format with full pixel readout, ensure that the professional videographer won’t have to make any compromise regarding image quality. The camera’s Fast Intelligent AF excels in speed and accuracy and guarantees stunning images with excellent sharpness even in the dark.
1 Among digital cameras. As of October 2015 press release, based on Sony research.
2 The XGA OLED Tru-Finder features 2,359,296 dots.
3 Approximate effective megapixels. 4 Standard ISO 100 – 102400, Expandable to ISO 50-409600. 5 QFHD: 3840 x 2160. Internal recording and HDMI output, both at 4K resolution, are available in full-frame.

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European Prosumer Compact System Camera 2016-2017: α6300
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The α6300 retains the compact lightweight design of its popular sister model, the α6000, but adds lightning fast (0.05 seconds) hybrid autofocus with 425 AF points and subject tracking 4D focus, professional-class 4K video shooting and a weather-sealed body. The new 24.2-million pixel6 Exmor CMOS sensor provides excellent image quality even in poorly lit situations, along with superb video quality, while the tilting 3-inch 921,000-dot LCD screen and the bright 2.36-million-dot OLED viewfinder are able to keep track of fast moving subjects at up to 11 frames per second.

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European Professional Compact System Lens 2016-2017: SEL85F14GM
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The SEL85F14GM telephoto prime lens is a true asset to any ambitious portrait photographer. The optical design and the use of advanced lens elements ensure that the lens delivers the extremely high resolution demanded by modern cameras. The circular aperture with 11 blades provides a smooth and appealing background blur, while Sony’s original Nano AR Coating reduces flare and ghosting with backlit subjects. The ring drive SSM motor system with two position sensors supports fast and accurate autofocus. As is to be expected from a professional lens, the FE 85mm F1.4 GM is dust and moisture resistant.
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European In-Car HD Player 2016-2017: RSX-GS9
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With its 1DIN housing and a rotary control, Sony’s RSX-GS9 may look like a classic and authentic head unit, but behind its stripped-down face plate this high resolution audio system is a cutting-edge sonic superstar. It offers support for up to 192kHz/24-bit PCM for various devices through USB Type A, 5.6MHz native DSD via USB micro-B for the connected digital high-resolution music players, while the optical output allows digital connection to an external DSP. Sony’s unique smartphone app “SongPal” allows users to search music tracks with no hassle, and offers easy adjustments in the detail of the sound on the smartphone screen so it can be customised exactly to the how the user desires. The use of the best available DAC, high-end op-amps and advanced circuitry ensure that the RSX-GS9‘s audio performance is nothing less than sensational. All of which means that the benefits of high-resolution music can finally be enjoyed from your dashboard.

Please note that model numbers may differ from country to country. Please check locally for product availability in your country.

About Sony Electronics (Singapore) & Sony South East Asia
Sony Electronics (Singapore) was established on 1 October 1999 with business activities comprising engineering and manufacturing, sales and marketing, 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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Delivering Colors Photo Exhibition

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15th August 2016, Singapore – “Delivering Colors” Photo Exhibition was derived from bringing joy – in the form of color images to showcase the colors of Singapore. Covering a wide variety of photography genres, the images are exhibited in full color & all images are captured locally giving instant familiarity to viewers/ visitors and covering from everyday scenes to everyday people and from the nature backyards of Singapore to the magnificent architectures in our city. Colors brings about creativity, instant gratification for the mind and has a positive effect on mental well-bring in the current fast-paced Singapore.

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We (the organizers) aim to bring our Colors to spread Joy with our images to the people of Singapore. Color is the universal language for everyone. 50 Colorful Images that have been carefully selected and curated will be on display at Capitol Piazza, more details below.

Organized by Bedok Reservoir-Punggol CC’s Photography Interest Group – Photographers@Punggol, Delivering Colors is part of the PassionArts 2016 (People’s Association) initiative.
– Allan Lee, Interest Group Advisor for Photographers@Punggol & Founder of Ourshutterjourney.com

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What: Delivering Colors Photo Exhibition
Where: Capitol Piazza Basement 1 (Facing Food Republic Foodcourt)
When: From 15th August 2016 to 31st August 2016. (10.30am to 10.30pm)
Who: Free Admission to All.

Organizers:
– PAssionArts
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Teardown of the FE 24-70 mm G Master Lens

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Teardown of the FE 24-70 mm G Master Lens

02nd August 2016, Singapore – Ever wonder what pieces make a lens? Here’s your chance to see what’s inside the FE 24-70mm G Master Lens. Now that’s a lot of glass and metal!

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Snapshots of Heritage Winners!

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16th July 2016, Singapore – Today is the opening of the Snapshots of Heritage Photo Exhibition. 100 selected entries (including th Winning Entries is currently on display at Capitol Piazza Level 1 (Open Plaza) from today till 11th August 2016. As promised, we are featuring the Winners’ Images here in this article. Congratulations to All the Winners & Exhibiting Photographers!

Entry: 357 – First Prize Winner
Image by: Ong Yi Chao
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The colourful row of shophouses at Joo Chiat reflects the rich heritage of the Peranakan culture. Over the years, these iconic shophouses have become a popular location for photography enthusiasts. It is of utmost importance to preserve these shophouses so that our younger generations will get to know more about the Peranakan culture of Singapore.

Entry: 388 – Second Prize Winner
Image by: Wong Chek Poh
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Tong Ah building is located at the corner of a triangular plot of land along Keong Saik Road. It is an iconic building with its distinctive red and white façade. The building had withstood the redevelopment around the area and has been conserved under the Building Conservation Act for its heritage architecture.

Entry: 282 – Third Prize Winner
Image by: Kelvin Ng
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Pearl Bank Apartments – One of the iconic apartment in Singapore. This was the first
all-housing project to be undertaken by the Urban Renewal Department of the Housing and Development Board’s sale of Sites Programme. With a height of 113m, the Pearl Bank Apartments was once the tallest residential building in Singapore when it was completed in 1976.

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Entry: 012 – Consolation Prize Winner
Image by: Eng Choon Siong
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Masjid Sultan – also known as the Sultan Mosque, is located at the intersection of Muscat Street and North Bridge Road within the Kampong Glam vicinity. This mosque is considered one of the most important mosque in Singapore and it features a prayer hall which can accommodate up to 5000 people at one go for mass prayers. Masjid Sultan is also one of the most visited tourist attraction in Singapore.

Entry: 040 – Consolation Prize Winner
Image by: Chui Yam Keng
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Trade – the life blood of our nation – Our family used to run a butchery business in Chinatown supplying meat to restaurants and walk-in customers. As a kid I remembered following my grandfather and father on their rounds to the abattoir in the early mornings to collect freshly slaughtered beef back to the shop and get ready for the day’s business. Although an insignificant trade, it is a part of our economy in those years. Featured in this photograph, a Bond certificate circa early 1900s.

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Entry: 549 – Consolation Prize Winner

Image by: Suhaimi Abdullah
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Thaipusam is a day for devotees to celebrate the fulfilment of their vows during the full moon in the Tamil month. The process involves gruelling ordeals for the devotees and always a marvel to watch. Let us preserve this heritage for our future generations to come.


Entry: 578 – Consolation Prize Winner

Image by: Ahmad Iskandar Bin Abdullah
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“It’s your Turn” – A game of Chongkak being played by our young generations. This is a traditional game played by many in the past and Singapore being Singapore, this game was already enjoyed by other races too.

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Entry: 046 – Consolation Prize Winner
Image by: Gary Chow
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One of Singapore’s most decorated temple – the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. I am always amazed by how grand this temple was constructed, both the interior as well as the exterior. It  is widely regarded as a beautiful fortress in its own rights. A favorite with tourists too.

Entry: 071 – Consolation Prize Winner
Image by: Koh Lye Huat
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Now: Malay Heritage Centre, then Istana Kampong Gelam – this was once the palace of the Sultanate of Singapore. It is located near to the Sultan Mosque and the centre features the rich historical links of the Malay culture which was made up of Bugis, Arab, Javanese, & Boyanese descendants mainly from Malacca, the Riau Island, and Sulawesi.

Entry: 137 – Consolation Prize Winner
Image by: Alice Chia
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Bird Watching Pastime – One of our fast disappearing heritage. In our earlier years, our father, grandfathers and uncles will bring out their pet birds and listen to them sing.
The gathering place is none other than the bird cage hangers where everyone meets.
We are losing such sights fast due to the constraints of space in Singapore. This image was captured at one of our HDB estate – but it won’t be for long before it disappears one day.

Entry: 252 – Consolation Prize Winner
Image by: Trisha Lim
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Street barbers is a “sunset” industry in Singapore. During my childhood days, there were many street barbers, whereas today the street barbers are really not easy to find as compared to the street cobblers. Many of the street barbers are now in their late 60s and most of them had retired. I remembered the price of a haircut was only $6 – much lower than those barbers that are located in a mall, their prices starts from $10.

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Entry: 234 – Consolation Prize Winner

Image by: Jeannie Lim
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These Ang Ku Kuehs (a traditional Chinese Peranakan snack) reminds me of the ones that my grandmother used to make. I used to loathe them as a kid as they were made in abundance. However as I grew up, I realised the intricacies, effort and heart which went into making them. What a lovely sight!

Entry: 366 – Consolation Prize Winner
Image by: Steven Liew

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Reflecting the Past, Seeing the Future – The famous Lau Pa Sat, still standing tall after more than 120 years in existence. Formerly a wet market, it is now the famous food court serving mostly the thousands of office workers around the area during office hours & the curious tourists. Locals throng the food centre especially during the evenings and weekends. The structure of Lau Pa Sat was reflected onto the modern glass architecture of an office building across the street, giving it an unique and abstract outlook.
Entry: 413 – Consolation Prize Winner
Image by: Uthup Binoy
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The Band Stand – situated inside Botanic gardens, it is almost 157 years old.
Botanic Gardens is located at the heart of the city where it has got amazing greeneries. Personally I like to spend time strolling here as it makes me feel refreshed and I get to enjoy the calmness and the beauty of nature.

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Entry: 494 – Consolation Prize Winner
Image by: Lemuel Jose Lucas
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Chinatown Complex – A group of senior citizens can be seen playing a serious game of checkers (commonly known as Dum) or Chinese Chess. This activity usually peaks during afternoons at the recreation area of the Chinatown Complex, which was originally built in 1983. Despite the competitiveness of the players, the area is often filled with laughter and sportsmanship.

Entry: 541 – Consolation Prize Winner
Image by: Andrew Bi
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Dragon Boat race is a part of a traditional Chinese culture to celebrate the Duan Wu Festival. In this year’s DBS Marina Regatta (2016), the participants are made up of every race that you can think of and it is beyond just-Chinese. Dragon boat racing requires team work, a high fitness level and never-say-die spirit to win.

Entry: 308 – Consolation Prize Winner
Image by: Sharon Ng
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Fullerton – This neo-classic architecture is an inspiring display of Singapore’s modern eloquence. From housing the General Post Office, Singapore Club, exchange rooms and government offices to a renowned boutique hotel today, Fullerton Building’s timeless beauty facade dates all the way back to 1928. Being a prestigious hotel and with the conservation efforts to maintain the architectural wealth within its walls, Fullerton Building is now a national monument and a tourist must-visit place in Singapore.

Entry: 463 Consolation Prize Winner
Image by: Allan Abarra Espolong
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The Twin Pagodas of Chinese Garden – This is one place that is very meaningful to me in Singapore especially during the mid-autumn festival. I enjoy viewing those beautiful lanterns during the festival. Beside the mid-autumn festival, one of the reason I like it here is th possibility of capturing the beautiful sunset while framing in the twin pagodas. This photo is one of the beautiful shot that I had taken as the light is just right and the reflection from the lake is clear.

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