Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG DN Macro (ART) Part 2

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Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG DN Macro (ART) Part 2
Reviewed by AL Lee

31st January 2021, Singapore/Malaysia – I did a review last week on the new Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG DN Macro (ART) and I didn’t have enough of this lens and so I requested for another week extension from Sigma Singapore to use this lens. You can read my last review here.

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I decided to take the same macro set up out to shoot again. (Sony camera, Sigma 105mm, Godox TT350 flash, Victor Cheah’s Custom Diffuser). Went somewhere nearby and hunt for insects, these are some of the images that I’ve gotten.

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As expected, the Sigma 105mm Macro ART really delivers. All images can be viewed at 100% – just click on it and select view. See to believe how much details were captured.

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Since this the second time I am using this lens, it feels so much easier to use than the previous round when I decided to just take it and shoot without really reading up on the lens specifications. This round, I set the focusing to 0.295-0.5m for the whole session.

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There are a lot more images on my Facebook. Do check them out.

Buying this Lens
Alright peeps, Buy your NEW Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG DN Macro | ART here from our accredited merchants for a peace of mind!
 (Our eStore coming soon by the way!)

Renting this Camera
For those of you who wish to try out the camera/ lens before purchase, we are pleased to share that this camera & lens is available for rental at our appointed rental merchant:

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Camera Rental Centre is Conveniently Located at:
50 South Bridge Road, CMO Building,  (very near to Clarke Quay MRT)
#02-18. Singapore 058682
Website: http://sg.camerarental.biz/

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Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG DN Macro (ART)

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Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG DN Macro (ART)
Reviewed by AL Lee

Image: Editor AL Lee with the Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG DN Macro mounted to a Sony camera. 

 

24th January 2021, Singapore/Malaysia – We apologize that this review was 01 week late due to the torrential storms that had washed down Singapore for weeks. And finally the weather clears up and I am able to try out the lens (before another storm came 2 hours later). Back to the review, Sigma had always been a favorite brand for Macro Lenses, not just from the pricing point, but from usability, quality and the options of focal length available as compared to proprietary brand offerings. Some of you who had been following this site will know that I own all the EX Series Sigma Macro lenses (30mm, 50mm, 70mm, 105mm, 150mm & 180mm) and when the ART Series 105mm Macro was announced, I was thrilled. Why so? Simply Sigma Macro lenses had proven itself over the years offering me & photographers superb & quality macro images while saving me lots of cash.

So let’s dive in and see what the new Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG DN Macro (ART) has to offer. Comes in L Mount and Sony E Mount, the version that was issued to me was the Sony E Mount, which (strangely) weights slightly less than the L Mount (by 5 grams). The external construction of the lens promises high quality build as expected from an ART lens.

 

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The new Sigma 105mm ART had been redesigned from the EX 105mm version.  In fact Sigma had achieved the “limits” for a mid-range telephoto focal length lens perfecting the bokeh, the sharpness and as well the full functionality of a macro lens. (And those who does portraits, set the lens to “Full” and F2.8 you will love what you see). Well, it is nothing new as Sigma had always strive to improve their current offerings with many times ended up building a completely new lens – this 105mm Macro is a great example.

Inside the lens, the elements are optimized for quality and sharpness with 17 elements in 12 groups including 01 SLD element right towards the end of the configuration. Featuring 09 rounded aperture blades that focuses down to F22, the magnification ratio reaches 1:1 at the minimum focusing distance of 29.5cm. While many may lament that why cannot go closer, I will suggest you go back to your table-top macro lenses (30mm, 35mm 50mm) as the 105mm was designed for further shooting without compromising on the magnification as well as not to agitate the insects that you are approaching for field macro.

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The buttons layout are interesting, you get the usual focusing selector (MF or AF), there is a AF Lock button now, 03 selectable shooting range limiter, and (interestingly) and “click” selector and when you select it, your aperture ring has no clicking sound when you manually turned the aperture ring – and a lock button too for the aperture – what I did was, just set the aperture to “A” and control the aperture from inside the camera.

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The front of the lens take 62mm filters (was expected 67 or 72mm) and personally I love the focusing ring. It stretches from the front of the lens and 65% of the lens barrel length. So it is easy for manual shooting. Not a massive lens at φ74mm × 135.6mm and definitely light (710g) so your hands won’t feel tired for an afternoon of shooting.

I paired the Sigma 105mm Macro to a Sony camera (this lens can be used on all Sony E-mount & FE-Mount bodies) & Victor Cheah’s Customed Diffuser and took it out to my playground at Thomson Nature Park for a review run. I was lucky to have close to 2 hours of good weather before the storm came.

Let’s check out what I shot with this lens.

 

As a person who is used to close-focusing macro lenses, I spent the first few minutes trying to understand how to use this new 105mm properly. As I usually do not read the specs before I review the lens, it took me a while to get used to the slightly further focusing distance. After that, using the lens was a breeze. I just have to remind my self that this is NOT the old EX 105mm that I already had.

 

 

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I was pleasantly pleased with the quiet focusing, fast & accurate – but my advise, please selected the focal length limiter properly before you shoot. If you set to “FULL”, prepare for a little hunting during focusing, well, every other macro lens have the same issue too, I was using 0.295m to 05m range for this review with the occasional “FULL” mode.

 

 

 

The ergonomics of the lens are well thought out, I pretty much “blind-located” all the buttons easily and without much issue. I know I had said this earlier, but I really like the focusing ring. Thick, grippy and it has that expensive feel.

 

 

 

The lens produces sharp and quality images that (maybe its the Sony body) but lens plays an important part too. I like the colors produced and the overall sharpness of the images.

 

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And the storm came and I ran for my life.

Summary: The Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG DN Macro (ART) is continuing the legacy of Sigma macro lenses. Giving photographers an alternative to macro photography with more choices of focal length, cheaper prices and the lenses promises high quality images (in some cases the quality is even better than your proprietary brand macro lenses).

I like the feel of this Sigma 105mm Macro and it is a very usable lens, practical and easy to use, reasonably small in size and light to be carried everywhere I go. Excellent color rendering and a very very capable lens.

I don’t like the fact that this lens is currently available for L Mount and Sony E mount, let’s hope versions for Canon, Nikon will be announced soon. (and if they decides to make for Micro Four Thirds, I am sure Olympus & Panasonic Lumix users will be happy too) – (What Fujifilm?) – mean time Canon users can still fall back on the mighty 70mm Art.

Last words – Buy it!

Buying this Lens
Alright peeps, Buy your NEW Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG DN Macro | ART here from our accredited merchants for a peace of mind!
 (Our eStore coming soon by the way!)

Renting this Camera
For those of you who wish to try out the camera/ lens before purchase, we are pleased to share that this camera & lens is available for rental at our appointed rental merchant:

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Camera Rental Centre is Conveniently Located at:
50 South Bridge Road, CMO Building,  (very near to Clarke Quay MRT)
#02-18. Singapore 058682
Website: http://sg.camerarental.biz/

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Ourshutterjourney & P&G Photographic Centre Renews Partnership

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Ourshutterjourney & P&G Photographic Centre Renews Partnership
– Posted by Lee Shi Qing


07th January 2021, Singapore/ Malaysia –  We are pleased to announce that Ourshutterjourney & P&G Photographic Centre had renewed a partnership that had spanned 07 years serving thousands of Ourshutterjourney Card Members!

“We appointed P&G Photographic Centre as our Authorized Service Centre back in March 2014 to undertake the camera servicing, camera repair & sensor cleaning services for our card members. We selected P&G based on their excellent track records and over a few decades of experience for camera repairs, through the last 7 years partnering P&G, we had received zero complaints but lots of excellent feedback, thus we decided to continue this partnership for another 7 years! Thank You Andrew Phan, David Phan & Alan Phan for rendering such an excellent service to our members”
– AL Lee (Founder Ourshutterjourney.com)

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Read: Ourshutterjourney Appoints Authorized Service Centre

 

Since the partnership started in 2014, P&G Photographic Centre had since became the Go-to place for anything photography. Apart from the servicing, repairs & cleaning, P&G provides restoration services, trade-in & resale, modification services, retail photography accessories and best of all, P&G provided something that other repair centres does not offer – Friendship.

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Many of our members love to hang out at P&G Photographic Centre today or even doubles as a meeting point before they go for their shoots. Both P&G Photographic Centre branches are located within 10 steps to a food establishment, that also created lots of convenience for members who are waiting for their equipment to be serviced or for those grabbing a quick meal/ snack before collecting their gear.

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Let’s hear what our members say about P&G Photographic Centre!

“Uncle David (Adelphi Branch) provides excellent service and offers advice that money cannot buy. Recently found out that he was once a camera tech from Konica-Minolta days that sums up to at least 25 years of service/repair experience. I trust my cameras & lenses with him and no one else.”
– Emily Xu
, Senior SJS Member.


Image – Emily Xu, Senior SJS Member.

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“I had visited P&G Photographic Centre countless times for the last few years to buy accessories, clean my camera sensors etc. I always enjoy every visit to P&G as they are more than just an Authorized Service Centre for Ourshutterjourney, they are more like friends helping us and although they are running a business, they offer one of the best rates in Singapore.”
Teh Peng Wee, Senior SJS Member


Image – Teh Peng Wee, Senior SJS Member 

 

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“I had been visiting P&G Photographic Centre for all my photography needs for the last few years. A very friendly place, doesn’t feel like a camera store, feels more like a living room with thousands of cameras. Good Job to David & Andrew for providing such a great place for us to service our cameras and buy photography stuff.
– Koh Lye Huat, Senior SJS Member/ Outing Trainer.


Image – Koh Lye Huat (OldKingKoh), Senior SJS Member/ Outing Trainer. 

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“I came to know about P&G Photographic Centre & Uncle David through SJS/OSJ. They have different types of cameras such as brands like Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Fujifilm, and more. Very professional and courteous. This is the photography store that I  recommend whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting out in photography. Visit P&G to experience it yourself!”
– Serene Ong (Serene.Digital.Crafts), Senior SJS Member/ OSJ Administrator. 


Image – Serene Ong (Serene.Digital.Crafts), Senior SJS Member/ OSJ Administrator. 

 

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Services Provided by P&G Photographic Centre
– Repair Service for Cameras & Lenses.
– Trading of Used Photography Equipment.
– Retail of New Photography Equipment.
– Free Checking and Assessment of Photography Equipment.
– Modifications for Cameras.
– Free Quotation for Equipment Repair & Service.
– Free Advice.
– Free Friendship & Smiles.
– Ourshutterjourney Membership Services* (Sign-Ups, Card Collection etc)
*Adelphi Branch Only

 

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Ourshutterjourney Card Members Benefit!
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Use Your Membership Card to Enjoy
– Discounts on Servicing & Cleaning
– Discounts on Accessories
– Priority Queue

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P & G Photographic Centre is located at:
The Adelphi
1 Coleman Street,
#B1-04, The Adelphi,
Singapore 179803

Tel: (65)68370696
Fax: (65)68370697
Email : pgcameras@gmail.com

OPERATING HOURS: Mon to Sat from 11.00 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.
We close on Sunday & public holidays only

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Tel: (65)63380833
Fax: (65)63382142
Email : andrew.pgcameras@gmail.com

OPERATING HOURS: Mon to Sat from 1.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
We close on Sunday & public holidays only.

Or visit https://pgcameras.co/

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A firm believer of Self-Sufficient living and gives no f**k to anyone getting in her way to reaching her goals in life. Kind in nature & Dangerous when provoked. Loves Mcdonald’s Fries and hates all the burgers there. While she helps out in gear reviews, Qing is currently serving as an Online Administrator for Ourshutterjourney.com Facebook Groups and Online Shop.

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Ourshutterjourney & Camera Rental Centre Renews Partnership

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Ourshutterjourney & Camera Rental Centre Renews Partnership
– Text by Melody Tan

06th January 2020, Singapore/Malaysia – Ourshutterjourney (OSJ) & Camera Rental Centre (CRC) announced a Partnership Renewal today! Both photography entities came together in November 2019 to provide camera equipment rental service to Ourshutterjourney Card Members and it had been a meaningful collaboration with the members enjoying the seamless service by Camera Rental Centre (CRC).

On a side note, our 2019 featured article on CRC (view here) had garnered a total views of 13,828 views from Singapore and Asia.

 

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The Covid-19 pandemic had indeed caused a heavy toll on the photography industry as well as everyone else in between. While the economy is slowly (but surely) returning to normal, this collaboration hopes to bring everyone closer, and bringing more values to OSJ members.

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Camera Rental Centre (CRC) is well known for its extensive and comprehensive range of equipment (Photography & Videography) and providing economical rates with great service. While Ourshutterjourney is now is currently one of the largest registered photography group/ academy in Singapore who had recently been voted for providing “Best Photography Courses in Singapore” by it.com.sg

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When two titans comes together, the possibilities are endless. Ourshutterjourney will be working closely with Camera Rental Centre in 2021 and both parties hope to create more activities for photographers in Singapore.

We are re-sharing this!

Reasons to Rent
There are so many reasons to why people rent equipment – we had sum it up below:
– Pre-purchase Trial or comparative uses
– Special requirements for specific shoot
– Not wanting to buy a lens that user seldom use.
– Expensive gear like Studio set is cost effective to rent.
– No need to hog gears
and many more reasons to!

 

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To more good years, to a better years.
– Ourshutterjourney x Camera Rental Centre

 

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Use Your Membership Card to Enjoy 20% OFF for your first rental! *
(Subsequent rental at 10% OFF)  – Valid Till 31st December 2021!
*Limited to Photography Equipment ONLY! 

 

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Camera Rental Centre is Conveniently Located at:
50 South Bridge Road, CMO Building,  (very near to Clarke Quay MRT)
#02-18. Singapore 058682
Website: http://sg.camerarental.biz/ 

 

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Loves quiet walks along beaches, has a mind of her own and decides everything in life in either black or white with nothing in between. Her priority these days revolves around her 2 lovely kids & teaching them music or photography. A lover of yoga and an avid traveler, Melody aims to visit at least 30 countries before she reach 40 years old – from what we know, she had completed 27 as of 2018.
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CO-OP HOT SHOTS 8: MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

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CO-OP HOT SHOTS 8: MAKE THE DIFFERENCE
– Posted by Lee Shi Qing

04th January 2021, Singapore – Ourshutterjourney.com is pleased to announce that we will be partnering Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF) this year for the annual Co-Op Hot Shots photo competition. Our Founder – AL Lee – had been invited to be one of the judges too.

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Theme: People make the difference to COVID-19 resilience in Singapore and worldwide. The COVID-19 global pandemic has adversely affected communities everywhere. We are faced with an unprecedented challenge and will need to forge deeper collaborations and co-operations to assist our communities.

In Co-op Hot Shots 8, participants are to submit photos that communicate the belief that people make the difference and create positive impact to the community.

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The photography competition is now on till 28 Feb 2021!

People make the difference to COVID-19 resilience in Singapore and worldwide. The COVID-19 global pandemic has adversely affected communities everywhere. We are faced with an unprecedented challenge and will need to forge deeper collaborations and co-operations to assist our communities.

Submit photos that communicate the belief that people make the difference and create positive impact to the community and stand to win S$1,000!

 

 

 

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**IMPORTANT**

Click here for more information on the competition!

Click here to Submit Your Photo!

Click here for Terms & Conditions!

Click here to check out the Prizes or find out who are the Judges!


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Still Unsure of what to submit?

Now define this:
“How does the community spirit look like to you in times of crisis? Show us through photos and stand to win S$1,000!”

Hope that helps.
In short, the organizer is looking for images that depicts the warmth, the team spirit and things that people do together to help one another to overcome this Covid-19 crisis.

Still unsure? Do email us for a chat.

 

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About SNCF
The Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF) is the apex body of Singapore’s co-operative movement, and secretariat of the Central Co-operative Fund (CCF). Formed in 1980 with the aim of championing Singapore’s co-operative movement, the apex body represents 99% of co-operative members in Singapore.

Today, the movement boasts a base of more than 1.4 million members. SNCF aims to promote and develop co-operatives as sustainable enterprises that address the social and economic needs through the co-operative principle of self and mutual help, so as to foster a more resilient society.

SNCF is a member of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) and the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU). It enjoys co-operative relationship with the United Nations, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and other International and regional bodies. For more information on SNCF and the Singapore Co-op movement, visit www.sncf.coop.

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Contributing Editor – Lee Shi Qing
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A firm believer of Self-Sufficient living and gives no f**k to anyone getting in her way to reaching her goals in life. Kind in nature & Dangerous when provoked. Loves Mcdonald’s Fries and hates all the burgers there. While she helps out in gear reviews, Qing is currently serving as an Online Administrator for Ourshutterjourney.com Facebook Groups and Online Shop.

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Ourshutterjourney Photography Academy Shortlisted for Best Photography Courses in Singapore

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Ourshutterjourney Photography Academy Shortlisted for Best Photography Courses in Singapore
– Posted by Lee Shi Qing

Image: Certification of Competency of a Trainee.

02nd December 2020, Singapore/Malaysia – Ourshutterjourney Photography Academy had been operating since 2011 under the management of Ourshutterjourney LLP. Offering affordable photography courses to everyone, our courses had been featured many times across various media/press and many had benefitted from our courses.

We were recently notified by IT.COM.SG that our academy had been shortlisted for the Best Photography Courses in Singapore – we were thrilled!

You may check out the list here.

Image: Our Principal Trainer AL Lee

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Covering a wide variety of genre, our courses had been well received by photographers from all walks of life. Some of the most popular courses includes Macro Photography, Food Photography, Street Photography etc.

Image: Our Principal Trainer AL Lee conducting Photography Workshop at Changi General Hospital

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Our courses emphasize a lot on knowledge as well as ability giving our curriculum a 50:50 ratio in terms of course delivery and objectives. Unlike other schools, that concentrates a lot on knowledge-based learning, our academy works on a lot more on the individual’s ability to execute the knowledge and putting what had been learnt to use onsite.

Image: Many outings were conducted to allow the Trainees to practice what they had learnt.

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A Note from our Principal Trainer AL LEE

“I am surprised and thrilled at the same time when I received the news that our academy had been shortlisted for “Best Photography Courses in Singapore”. Surely this is an encouragement to us that our effort and commitment in photography education is being recognized, thanks to all our trainees that brought us this far.”
– AL LEE

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About IT.COM.SG

What Is IT.com.sg
Striving to become Singapore’s go-to tech and IT site on the Internet, IT.com.sg compiles the most relevant and best local companies with services you are looking for. With the aim to enlighten and empower SME business owners and micro-entrepreneurs on how to go about utilising the power of tech to their advantage.

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Contributing Editor – Lee Shi Qing
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A firm believer of Self-Sufficient living and gives no f**k to anyone getting in her way to reaching her goals in life. Kind in nature & Dangerous when provoked. Loves Mcdonald’s Fries and hates all the burgers there. While she helps out in gear reviews, Qing is currently serving as an Online Administrator for Ourshutterjourney.com Facebook Groups and Online Shop.

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV Review

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Olympus OM-D EM-10 Mark IV Review
– by AL Lee
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Image: Editor AL with Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV on Macro Set Up. 

 

23rd August 2020, Singapore/ Malaysia – When we received the New Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV a week ago, we were in a state of deja vu as it seems like we just reviewed the E-M10 Mark III yesterday. Then we realised we did the review for E-M10 Mark III was in August 2017 – exactly 03 years ago.

The OM-D E-M10 series are the entry-level little monsters from the OM-D range. While M10 series are always been used as a choice comparison with other Olympus cameras like the Olympus PEN-F or the E-PL series, personally I prefer the OM-D series – then again its my preference. No whys.

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Image: OM-D E-M10 Mark III with E-M10 Mark IV – Can you tell the difference? 

 

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Like its predecessors, the E-M10 Mark IV comes in either Silver or Black color and the exterior styling had retained to be in-line with the series design cue. If you do not observe carefully you might not spot the differences between the Mark III & Mark IV.

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The Mark IV has added a tinge of black to the top panel scrollers but the rest of the camera seems to be using almost identical parts from the Mark III. (The Mark IV emblem had found its way to the front panel on the right botton similar to EM-1 series)

 

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Another improvement that Olympus claimed – the thumb grip had been improved for a better handling experience and a more comfortable grip. See if you can spot the grip difference from the below image. Based on our initial observation and handling the Mark IV, there is a raise on the outer right portion of the grip that gives user a firmer hold on the camera. We used a vernier caliper to check, there was an increase of 2mm raised on the grip as compared to the Mark III.

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The Mark IV has a 20 megapixel (Live MOS) sensor and features the TruPic VIII processor. And it now comes with a 5-Axis In-Body Image Stabilizer that offers users up to 4.5 stops compensation. AF system is using Contrast-Detect over 121 points (which was expected). What interest us more is that the Mark IV now comes with a full flip-down touchscreen display which was not available in the Mark III. (see below) So now you can do selfie too.  Now its easier to frame a group shot if you mount it on a tripod and flip the screen down to see your framing.

 

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Electronic Viewfinder is standard across the E-M10 series and the Mark IV burst shots at 4.5 frames per second which is decent. The usual Wi–Fi & Bluetooth functions are intact and battery life had been improved to approximately 360 shots per full charge. (And USB Charging is available too – so you can use your power banks to charge your camera)

 

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While most reviewers will be taking the Mark IV to shoot “everyday stuff” since the M10 are made as a “everyday” camera, I decided to go against the flow  & do something different and picked Macro instead. So I paired the Mark IV to an Olympus 60mm Macro along with Victor Cheah’s Custom Diffuser and went to West Coast Park in Singapore.

West Coast Park has a boardwalk that was recently opened (after rennovation) to the public and although this place is notoriously known for the combat-trained mosquitoes and commando-ants, I decided to try my luck.

Check out my images below from using the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV + Olympus 60mm F2.8 Macro, Godox TT350s + VC Custom Diffuser.

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As expected from an E-M10 camera, the light weight are much appreciated when I am doing a macro hunt which typically means 2-3 hours of walking with the camera on my hand. Although my macro setup are kinda elaborated, it doesn’t tires me out throughout this walk with the Mark IV.

 

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As basic as it is, the Mark IV is a very capable camera. Using it for macro is easy and very manageable. Although the focusing works a little harder (I am probably too used to EM-1 series kind of blazing fast focusing), I managed to get my shots with the E-M10 Mark IV.

 

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As a badly pampered E-M1 series user, I was really expecting a lot from the E-M10 Mark IV, but forgetting that both cameras are really designed for different purposes. Then again with the series progression, the E-M10 Mark IV is on its way to be “nearer” to the E-M5 series based on the functions, improvements etc. (Yeah E-M5 series are moving near to E-M1 series too by the way).

 

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So if you already a Pen-F or EPL series user, the OM-D E-M10 Mark IV will be a nice addition or in fact, an upgrade. For pro-series users, the Mark IV will be your little capable backup body just in case – for the YOLO fellas, the Mark IV is definitely the travel camera to get for all your social media image postings. Lastly if you are sitting on the fence between the “F” or the “O”, I say go for this camera.

OK people, Buy your Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV from our Accredited Merchants for a peace of mind.

Renting this Camera
For those of you who wish to try out the camera/ lens before purchase, we are pleased to share that this camera & lens is available for rental at our appointed rental merchant:

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Camera Rental Centre is Conveniently Located at:
50 South Bridge Road, CMO Building,  (very near to Clarke Quay MRT)
#02-18. Singapore 058682
Website: http://sg.camerarental.biz/

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Reviewer: AL Lee
Chief Editor / Visionary & Brand Ambassador for Olympus Imaging Singapore
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SJS Telegram PhotoSpam – Editor’s Pick

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SJS Telegram PhotoSpam – Editor’s Pick
Text by Lee Shi Qing, Melody Tan & AL Lee
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Image: AL’s submission for the theme “My Precious”.

 

21st August 2020, Singapore, Asia – During the Phase 1 Covid-19 Circuit Breaker in Singapore, the team at Ourshutterjourney decided to keep the photography community going and created a SJS Telegram Group and surprised the members with a Daily Photography theme that can be produced, share or achieved without really leaving their homes. A total of 59 photography themes were shared to the group in which many participated. What we didn’t share to the participating members – their photos will be picked by the Chief Editor (AL Lee) to be featured as “Editor’s Picks”.

The themes given ranges from everyday scenes/ items to abstracts/ artistic to nostalgic/ contemporary. All the 59 themes were contributed and suggested by Chief Editor AL Lee, Sub-Editor Lee Shi Qing & Contributing Editor Melody Tan. And the 59 themes were created in 1 hour – unbelievable.

 

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For this feature, all the submitted images are curated & selected based on the relevance to the theme, the presentation and also (somehow) reflected back on the crazier things we do during the home confinement circuit breaker. Here we go!

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EDITOR’s PICKS 

#01 – Theme “Post Your Lunch” – by Wilson Boey & Jasmine Teo
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#02 – Theme “The Shoes at Home” by Serene Ong (Serene Digital Crafts)
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#03 – Theme “Be Like Water” by  Pang Teng Lin
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#04 – Theme “Time” by Carol Yuen
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#05 – Theme “Flower” by Gary Chow
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#06 – Theme “Lines” by Ling Seaw Foong‎
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#07 – Theme “Lines” by Cindy Siah

 

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#08 – Theme “Lines” by Surya Sadikin

 

#09 – Theme “In Between” by Pang Teng Lin
   

 

#10 – Theme “Looking Back” by Kervin Ng

 

#11 – Theme “Lights at the End of Tunnel” by Carol Yuen
 

 

#12 – Theme “Lights at the End of Tunnel” by Koh Lye Huat
 

 

#13 – Theme “Lights at the End of Tunnel” by Loh Chiueh Eyen

 

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#15 – Theme “Look Up” by Joseph Lim
 

 

#16 – Theme “Look Up” by Joleen Tan
 

 

#17 – Theme “Look Up” by Jo E Go
 

 

#18 – Theme “Black” by Pat SC Choo
 

 

#19 – Theme “06” by Pang Teng Lin
 

 

#20 – Theme “Shadow” by Esther Liu
 

 

#21 – Theme “Shadow” by Gary Chow
 

 

#22 – Theme “My Ten” by Jovian Jennifer Koh
 

 

#23 – Theme “Fire” by KK Lim (Kennedy)
 

 

 

#24 – Theme “Fire” by Soh Chui Lian
 

 

#25 – Theme “Sound” by Alan Lim
 

 

#26 – Theme “Leaves” by Teh Peng Wee
 

 

 

#27 – Theme “Bubbles” by Koh Lye Huat
 

 

 

#28 – Theme “Bubbles” by Magdalene Teo-Yong
 

 

#29 – Theme “Lost” by Dennis Chew
 

 

#30 – Theme “Thick & Thin” by Pang Teng Lin

 

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#31 – Theme “Wide Open Spaces” by Serene Ong (Serene Digital Crafts)
 

 

 

#32 – Theme “90 Degree” by Setiawan Ara
 

 

#33 – Theme “90 Degree” by Jo E Go

 

Editor AL: “The photospam themes were designed to keep everyone busy during the Covid-19 Lockdown Circuit Breaker in Singapore. While no one was really allowed to be outside their homes, we started this Telegram group and push out daily themes so that those that wish to participate may participate. In fact, when we were looking through all the theme postings, we are in fact happy to see many was trying their best to be creative and to be making do with whatever they have or available to them. Although not everyone’s work was selected by me to be featured, I would like to share with everyone that I really love all your work. Just that, the 33 entries that I had selected for the feature seems to be on another level which I am sure you will agree with me. Thank you again Everyone who participated, Take Care, Stay Safe, Love you All~!”
– AL Lee

 

 

 

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Contributing Editor – Lee Shi Qing
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A firm believer of Self-Sufficient living and gives no f**k to anyone getting in her way to reaching her goals in life. Kind in nature & Dangerous when provoked. Loves Mcdonald’s Fries and hates all the burgers there. While she helps out in gear reviews, Qing is currently serving as an Online Administrator for Ourshutterjourney.com Facebook Groups and Online Shop.
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Loves quiet walks along beaches, has a mind of her own and decides everything in life in either black or white with nothing in between. Her priority these days revolves around her 2 lovely kids & teaching them music or photography. A lover of yoga and an avid traveler, Melody aims to visit at least 30 countries before she reach 40 years old – from what we know, she had completed 27 as of 2018.

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Olympus M.Zuiko 100-400mm F5-6.3 IS ED

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Olympus M.Zuiko 100-400mm F5-6.3 IS ED
– Review by AL Lee – Text by Melody Tan
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Image: Editor AL with the NEW Olympus 100-400mm mounted to OM-D EM1.2 

 

19th August 2020, Singapore/Malaysia – After all that waiting, finally Olympus announced the long-awaited 100-400mm IS on 05th August 2020. And our editorial team was lucky enough to receive the review unit on the 06th August 2020. However due to the recent monsoon and crazy weather, the review had been postponed several times. And finally about 2 weeks ago there was a window of good weather and our Editor took the opportunity and brought the new 100-400mm out to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserves to review and try out the lens.

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To start, the new 100-400mm  is a huge lens, but when compared to its equivalent in the DSLR realm, the 100-400mm is still considered as “tiny” measuring at 205.7 x 86.4mm and weights at 1,120g (excluding tripod bracket, caps, lens hood). Not forgetting at this size, it give the user a whopping 200-800mm on a full frame format! Slap on a 2x Teleconvertor, and you get a mega 1600mm lens in a small package!

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The construction came with weather-sealing which is usually a standard for Pro Series lenses but found its way into the 100-400mm which was a surprise to us. The handling was good with the weight balance a little nearer to the lens mount rather than the front. This is good as that help to reduce fatigue for long-hours use.

I like the zoom ring which feels really expensive to the touch but importantly, the button layout and egonomics are very well-sorted out and designed.

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On the inside, Olympus had designed the lens quite extensively on the optics. The elements are grouped into 21 elements in 15 groups including 4 x ED elements + 2 x Super HR elements + 2 HR elements and if you look at the lens grouping, this design seems to suggest that Olympus is aiming for maximum sharpness.

The lens comes with a 3-stops image stabilizer (works with Olympus in-body IS) and focus down to smallest aperture of F22 with its 09 diaphragm aperture blades. The front of the lens take 72mm screw-on filters and the minimum focusing distance is a very manageable 1.3m.

In case you wanna know, the Olympus 100-400mm comes with a tripod mount, a lens hood and some paperwork in the retail box.

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So Editor AL took the 100-400mm out to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserves and try out the lens. It had been a hot & humid day. Although there isn’t much activities going on, he captured whatever they crossed his path while there.

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Ed: I did a few shots using the 100mm focal range and 400mm focal range to exhibit the sharpness & range of this lens. Lots of details were captured, I am already impressed. 

 

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ED: Throughout the 4 hours when I was there, I was holding the lens and never once I felt tired from holding & using it. This is a bonus for those who likes hand-held birding without a tripod. Many gave up due to fatigue and not the lack of wildlife.  

 

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ED: The focusing speed is not bad, not blazing fast but fat enough to capture whatever I need to shoot.  The amount of details captured served its purpose. The magnification ratio of 0.57x on the tele end is just right although I hope it can be more so it can help more when I need to do more cropping than expected.

 

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ED: On overall, the NEW Olympus 100-400mm is a very capable lens. Having used 40-150mm F2.8 PRO for the longest time, this 100-400mm seems a little different when I tried to shoot when I was shooting with 40-150mm – then I realised I was really using a different lens altogether.  


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This 100-400mm seems to grow itself on me as I ended my 4 hours walk, I realised I had fallen in love with 100-400mm. Time to save up some cash for this.
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OK people, Buy your Olympus 100-400mm F5-6.3 IS from our Accredited Merchants for a peace of mind.

Renting this Lens
For those of you who wish to try out the camera/ lens before purchase, we are pleased to share that this camera & lens is available for rental at our appointed rental merchant:

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Olympus Announces OM-D E-M10 Mark IV & M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5-6.3 IS Lens

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Olympus Announces OM-D E-M10 Mark IV & M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5-6.3 IS Lens
– Posted by Melody Tan
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04th August 2020, Singapore/ Malaysia
– Olympus announced on 4th August 2020 at 2pm (Singapore time) for the launch of the latest OM-D E-M10 Mark IV & the long awaited Olympus 100-400mm F5-6.3 IS lens. Below are the images from the official press release.

Feature Highlights
1. First OM-D with 180° Flip-down LCD monitor perfect for selfies
2. Powerful 5-axis image stabilization with 4.5 stops compensation
3. Outstanding portability with 20MP high image quality
4. 15 fps high-speed sequential shooting speed
5. Improved C-AF precision for continuous focusing on moving subjects
6. Face Priority/Eye Priority AF which focuses on faces in profile or looking downwards 7. Digital cinema standard 4K 30P movies with high quality linear PCM recording 8. Built-in Wi-Fi & Bluetooth for easy wireless connection with smart devices via OI.Share App. 9. USB Camera charging

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Olympus Singapore is pleased to announce the launch of the new OM-D E-M10 Mark IV. This interchangeable lens camera conforms to the Micro Four Thirds System standard and features a compact, lightweight body for easy portability with versatile shooting features including powerful 5-axis image stabilization1. It features a flip-down LCD monitor which is perfect for selfies and a highdefinition electronic viewfinder, giving users the freedom to enjoy their unique shooting styles. The dedicated smartphone app makes it easy to share images on the camera, and new content for learning authentic photography techniques is also available.

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This interchangeable lens camera delivers high-quality image enjoyment to all users, from families that want to keep a record of their children as they grow, to photo enthusiasts. The classic body design, which is now lighter than ever before even when paired with the standard kit lens, making it incredibly portable. This model also features a highdefinition electronic viewfinder for concentrating on shooting in bright outdoor or backlit conditions and a grip with secure hold for superb portability and comfortable controls.
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And here are the image of the new M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5-6.3 IS Lens.

Main Features
1. Compact, lightweight, super-telephoto zoom lens capable of shooting up to 1600mm equivalent1 when paired with the optional 2x teleconverter
2. Optical design that delivers superb depictive performance across the entire zoom range and reliable dustproof and splashproof performance
3. Comfortable AF even at the super-telephoto range and in-lens image stabilization

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Olympus Singapore is pleased to announce the M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS, scheduled to go on sale on September 2020. This compact, lightweight super-telephoto zoom lens covers a wide focal length of 200-800mm equivalent1 and is compliant with the Micro Four Thirds System standard.

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This lens features the same dustproof and splashproof performance as the M.Zuiko PRO lens series, and when paired with the M.Zuiko Digital 2x Teleconverter MC-20, delivers up to 1600mm equivalent1 super-telephoto shooting in any environment.

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We will be back with a hands-on Review really soon! Do check back!

 

 

 

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Sigma FP with 24-70mm DG DN | ART

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Sigma FP with 24-70mm DG DN | ART
– Reviewed by: AL LEE / Text by Melody Tan
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Image: Editor AL with the Sigma fp mounted with Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN (A) 

 

01st August 2020, Singapore – Following our last review on Sigma fp with the 45mm, we cannot get enough of the fp and did up a 2nd review for the fp and this time with Sigma’s L-Mount 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN ART lens. The 24-70mm range had probably rule the professional zoom lens segment for almost 2 decades after replacing the then popular 28-75mm focal length, these days, only 24-70mm rules. From our previous review, we are well aware what the fp is capable of, so this round, we will be pushing the fp a little harder with a zoom lens.

 

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Image: Sigma fp mounted with Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN (A)


The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN (A) is designated as an Art series lens, in short, this is the top of the line zoom lens you can buy from Sigma and today we will be focusing a little more on this lens and how well (or bad) it is while paired to the Sigma fp camera.

 

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Measuring at 87.8mm × 122.9mm, the 24-70mm ART seems to dwarfed out the fp. But I am not surprised since the 24-70mm does pack a punch inside – the optics are arranged as 19 elements in 15 groups and that includes 06 FLD Glass, 02 SLD Glass & 04 Aspherical Glass – now that is a lot of premiums inside a single lens! Well we are not suprised that Sigma had designed this lens with so many premium elements but since this is going to be the flagship zoom lens, why not?

 

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Although the 24-70mm ART are pretty weighty at 835gm, the design of the lens kinda make up for it with more purposeful grip and that helps a lot with handling!

During our review, we noted the 11 rounded aperture blades gave us creamy and smooth bokehs. The front of the lens accepts 82mm screw-on filters which we do not really fancy as 82mm filters are not cheap – however many lenses in the market now uses 82mm filters so we guess prices will come down soon.

 

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As expected, Sigma had designed & build a solid lens that are fit for war. Featuring the company’s award-winning TSC material for the lens barrel, the overall feel of the lens does feels expensive with its layout and ergonomics.

When paired to the Sigma fp that was made with 100% aluminum,  everything just falls into place.

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Taking advantage of Sigma fp’s 35mm Full Frame (full size effective) bayer sensor with 24.6 million pixels, we decided to head out to Gardens by the Bay to test out this interesting combo of Sigma fp + Sigma 24-70mm Art.

 

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The bokeh at F2.8 is crazily smooth and the focused area are tacked sharp. Lots of details were possible with the fp’s sensor.

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When we moved to F5.6, we were surprised at how well the fp produced the image, try opening any of the images in this review and view at 100% – you will be amazed.

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Editor: “Personally I like the colors that were co-produced by the fp + the 24-70mm, the vibrancy is on another level. Very rich and diverse colors.”  
While the minimum focusing distance is about 18cm and it has a magnification ratio range of 1:2.9 Wide –  1:4.5 Tele, we did some serious cropping (about 50%) to check out the details captured. See the below pic.

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and after cropping (below)

 

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We are glad to share that NO DETAILS were lost!  This is amazing – then again, we attribute this to the fp’s mighty sensor.

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At 24mm (below)

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at 70mm (below)

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We like the versatility of wide (24mm) to tele (70mm) – apart from professional use, the 24-70mm covers a wide range of photographic possibilities. During this review, we shot almost everything that came within our sight, from toys, flowers, decorations, landscape and the 24-70mm performed well and definitely beyond our expectations.

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Using the fp + 24-70mm, it turned out better than what we initially expected. We imagining breaking our arms holding this lens but we did not. The fp seems to grow itself on us throughout the session and we started to realized the real potential of the fp. Not just capable, but really competent.

While we love the Sigma fp, we will advise everyone to get/ bring a spare battery for the fp. Comparing to our last review which we did at Singapore’s Chinatown in blazing heat, the battery didn’t really lasted – but for this review shooting in a fully air-conditioned environment, the battery seems to last 20% longer. Maybe its just us, to verify, please check with your local Sigma dealer.

OK people, Buy your Sigma fp or Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN (A) from our Accredited Merchants for a peace of mind.

Renting this Lens
For those of you who wish to try out the camera/ lens before purchase, we are pleased to share that this camera & lens is available for rental at our appointed rental merchant:

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Camera Rental Centre is Conveniently Located at:
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Website: http://sg.camerarental.biz/

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Reviewer: AL Lee
Chief Editor / Visionary & Brand Ambassador for Olympus Imaging Singapore
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Contributing Editor – Melody Tan
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Loves quiet walks along beaches, has a mind of her own and decides everything in life in either black or white with nothing in between. Her priority these days revolves around her 2 lovely kids & teaching them music or photography. A lover of yoga and an avid traveler, Melody aims to visit at least 30 countries before she reach 40 years old – from what we know, she had completed 27 as of 2018.
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Ourshutterjourney Events Resumes

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Ourshutterjourney Events Resumes
– Posted by Lee Shi Qing
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29th July 2020, SingaporeOurshutterjourney is pleased to announce today that we will be resuming our events from August 2020. In view of the current Covid-19 pandemic, our events had evolved into a different format as below.

1) All Events Requires Pre-Registration. (via Whatapps)
2) Event will be held concurrently at various locations.
3) Each location will be assigned a Trainer/Outing Leader.
4) Each location will be limited to 05 pax (including Trainer)
4) All Events will be limited to Card Members ONLY. (for now)
5) All Registered Attendees will be given the Location & Name of Trainer.
6) All Registrations will be on First-Come, First-Served Basis.
7) Declaration of Health & Mask to be worn at all times.

Register for our August 2020 Event now!
Event Link here.

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Sigma fp with 45mm F2.8 DG DN (C)

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Sigma FP with 45mm F2.8 DG DN (C)
– Reviewed by: AL LEE / Text by Melody Tan
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Image: Editor AL with the Sigma fp mounted with Sigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN (C)

19th July 2020, Singapore – Somewhere in July 2019, Sigma made an announcement and released the world’s smallest full frame mirrorless camera – the Sigma fp. No one saw it coming especially among the competitors, really. But it had certainly caused a storm among the mirrorless market no doubt. A year had passed since the launch and dealers locally had reported a renewed interest in the fp. Price aside, the increased attention for the fp has to be the affordable L-mount lenses from Sigma that kinda paired off the fp perfectly in a nice way.

For this review, I am pairing off the fp with Sigma’s highly popular 45mm F2.8 DG DN (C) – contemporary line – in L-mount. Before we get to the lens, let’s refresh everyone what’s fp made of.

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The fp got its fame for being the World’s smallest FULL FRAME mirrorless camera. Made with 100% aluminum body, the simplistic design reminded everyone of the earlier Sigma cameras – think SD series or Quattro etc. Simple yet bold in the fp’s case. Many were surprised (or shocked) at the large heat sink in between the main camera body and the LCD screen which was mimicked after professional video cameras allowing a free airflow to cool the camera down. Weighing at a mere 370gm, this feather-weight camera measuring 112.6 X 69.9 X 45.3mm is ridiculously small.

 

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The heart of the fp – is a 35mm Full Frame (full size effective) bayer sensor with an arsonal of 24.6 million pixels. The fp uses a full time electronic shutter that eliminates shutter shocks, shutter sound, and possible lags that is common in other cameras and it greatly helped especially in fast-point-shoot situation or when using the fp for cinematic videos reducing unnecessary noise from the camera’s operation.

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Some key features that we like was the “Fill Light” – an editing function previously found only in SIGMA Photo Pro, SIGMA’s proprietary image editing software, Fill Light had found its way into the body of Sigma fp. Fill Light function adds brightness to an image by adding extra light boost into the darker areas without affecting the overall exposure of brighter areas. This function assisted the fp to produce images with lots of details, (even on/at areas that are usually hard to edit or control using the standard exposure adjustment settings). The adjustable range, which was ±2.0, is now upgraded to ±5.0, making it possible to create exposure-perfect images easily. By the way the ISO goes all the way up to 102 400 – that is insane for a little camera like lil’ fp.

 

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Other key functions of the Sigma fp includes the HDR that takes 03 exposures at one go, the cinemagraph that is a hybrid between still images + video (go google for it – this is amazing), the Face/Eye detection AF that is great for street portraits and a focus peaking that peaks at edges of selected color and all these in a little nice package in the form of fp. We secretly love the Color menu where many digital color filters is available (do check out “Teal & Orange” mode) and lastly, we like the super simple design and the fast switch between Stills & Cine mode.

For this review, we did not use any special color filter (except “Fill Light” in some shots) and we wish to present to everyone the original photos taken from the fp with the 45mm  F2.8 DG DN Contemporary lens. Editor took the fp to one of his favorite hangout – Singapore’s Chinatown to play with the fp.

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The fp coupled with the 45mm, shooting at F2.8 created a bokeh that is more towards a F2 which was amazing in any sense. For all the images in this review, you are invited to view at 100% so you can see how much details were captured by the fp – super amazing.

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I did a crop with over 70% on one of the images – you can check out what I meant by “lots of details”.

This is the original shot.
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Now check out the crops (from the above image) in stages below.

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Shot at F2.8, the sharpness is out of this world! The Sigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN (C) lens is a small tiny lens built & designed for street portraits and creamy bokeh. Inside the 45mm, its a simple design with 8 elements in 7 groups with just 7 circular aperture blades and starts focusing from as close as 24cm. It has a good magnification of 1:4 – means you can do quite a bit of close-ups shots and the aperture closes to F22. (it has an aperture ring on the lens too!).

 

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Ed: When I was at Chinatown, I was a bit worried that the 45mm is a little too tight to cover Chinatown in general, but I realized that using the 45mm throughout the walk gave me new perspective and I learn how to manage the 45mm focal length and used it to get the images I want.

 

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Chinatown is no longer that Chinatown that I once knew. It had taken a bad hit from the Covid-19 with almost 90% of the shops closed and the streets are near empty. Kinda depressing though.

 

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To say the fp focus like lightning I will be lying, however, when I was shooting, many of these shots were “fast shots” and the fp focus fast and accurate, a very competent camera.

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The above shot is an excellent example of the “Fill Light” function. amidst the shadows and strong sun casting an uneven light on this scene, the fp performed well and personally I love this shot a lot!

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Using the fp, personally I find that the small size are excellent for shooting and it does not attract attention like a DSLR, the buttons are a easy to locate and use. By saying that, it also means a non-Sigma user can just pick up the fp and can operate the fp easily within minutes. The camera build quality is solid and the fp does RAW video too.

While no camera is perfect, the fp does comes with some downside – there is no built-in viewfinder or hot shoe and the battery (1200mh) drained out after about 220 shots (in between standby mode) The best consolation that I think the fp gives is its relatively low price.

OK people, Buy your Sigma fp or Sigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN (C) from our Accredited Merchants for a peace of mind.

Renting this Lens
For those of you who wish to try out the camera/ lens before purchase, we are pleased to share that this camera & lens is available for rental at our appointed rental merchant:

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Latest News from Olympus

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Latest News from Olympus
– Olympus Unveils the Latest M.Zuiko Digital Lens Roadmap
– Updates on the Development of M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO
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02nd July 2020, Singapore – Olympus Singapore is pleased to announce the latest lens roadmap for M.Zuiko Digital lenses that conform to the Micro Four Thirds System standard, and provide an update on the development of the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO lens of which the development was announced in January 2019.

The development of the M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO lens was
announced in January 2019. The development of this lens continues with an estimated
scheduled release of this winter. The final image design of the product is now available.
Furthermore, to make super-telephoto shooting more convenient, the development is
underway to add Bird detection to Intelligent Subject Detection AF on the Olympus OM-D EM1X. The firmware is scheduled for release this winter.

Olympus will continue enhancing the lens lineup to make full use of the unrivaled portability made possible by the compact, lightweight, high image quality of the Micro Four Thirds System.

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The latest lens roadmap for Olympus M.Zuiko Digital Lens
▪M.Zuiko Digital ED 8-25mm F4.0 PRO is updated
▪Macro Lens is added
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More information avaliable on https://cameras.olympus.com/zuiko/en/  

 

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Updated information of M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO
Development on the high-resolution M.Zuiko Digital ED 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS PRO supertelephoto zoom lens with a built-in 1.25x teleconverter was announced January 2019 and is currently moving toward the scheduled release of this winter. Furthermore, the final image design of the product is now available.
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Lastly, Development of future firmware upgrade to support Bird detection AF
Development is underway to add Bird detection to Intelligent Subject Detection AF on the Olympus OM-D E-M1X. The firmware is scheduled for release this winter.

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Editor’s Note:
Many Olympus Fans were baffled recently over the news of Olympus selling the camera business to another funds management company. But many did not read the content of the announcement and only read the headlines which was misleading. Look at it as Olympus is getting a Fund Boost in view of the current economy that was almost destroyed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Olympus with 100 years of legacy, will continue to lives on. The newly announced road map and development news just serves to assure all Olympus users that Olympus is here to stay. Good job Olympus!
– Editor AL

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CovidShare Photo Museum Submission Extended

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CovidShare Photo Museum Submission Extended
– Posted by Lee Shi Qing

Image submitted by: Steven CF Yee.

12th June 2020, Singapore – As Singapore slowly & gradually lifted movement restrictions under the Covid-19 Circuit Breaker, we are currently at Phase One of reopening our economy. Given the current situation, many of us are still stuck working or studying from home. Hence the Editorial Team had decided to extend the Photo Submission for our “CovidShare Photo Museum“.

As of today, we had received over 400+ entries however many were rejected due to the image not meeting the requirements as stated on our Submission Page. We would like to remind everyone to read the Submission criteria before submitting.

We will close the Submission at the End of July 2020. So start submitting your images of your experience during this Covid-10 Circuit Breaker in Singapore!
Stay Safe Everyone!
Lee Shi Qing
– On Behalf of Ourshutterjourney Editorial Team

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Our Merchants Featured by BEST IN SINGAPORE

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Our Accredited Merchants Featured by BEST IN SINGAPORE
– by Editorial Team
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Visit Best In Singapore for the Feature Article here.

29th April 2020, Singapore – The Editorial team woke up to an exciting morning. We received a message from one of our accredited merchant. It was a feature article by Best In Singapore titled “The 5 Best Camera Shops in Singapore“. Out of curiosity, we check out the article and were surprised & happy that all 5 cameras shops featured are our accredited merchants!

 

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So which are the 5 featured camera shops?

1) Cathay Photo
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2) SLR Revolution

3) P&G Photographic Centre,

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4) Alan Photo
 

5) Sgcamerastore!
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CONGRATS TO ALL OUR MERCHANTS! Keep Up the great job!
>>Check out our Full List of Accredited Merchants here!

>> Visit Best In Singapore for the Feature Article here.

READ ALSO: Stucked at Home? Here’s what You can shoot! 

 

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READ ALSO:  Photo Submission x CovidShare

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Photo Submission x CovidShare

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Photo Submission x “CovidShare”
– Posted by AL Lee
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23rd April 2020, SingaporeCovid19 in Singapore – And so Singapore had announced a semi-lockdown 02 weeks ago and it has since been extended till 01st June 2020. Although our Sub-Editor Shiqing had recently written an article on what (you as a photographer) can do at home, let;s face it, boredom, frustrations & even despair (for some of you) had kicked in. You can read that article here.

The Editorial Team recently had a video meeting and we were deciding what we can do to help inject some photography fun into everyone while being at home. After much consideration, we have decided to open a new Page called “CovidShare Photo Museum” on this site. But before we can do that, we need your submission!
– details after the jump.  
READ ALSO: Stucked at Home? Here’s what You can shoot!

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What is CovidShare Photo Museum
It will be an online museum of images that best describe/ depicts the current Circuit-Breaker (Semi Lock Down) period in Singapore. It can be the food that you have been cooking/ eating, it can be the things that you do to occupy time, it be the awesome view outside your window, or anything that best express YOUR time spent during this period. All images will be curated by the Editorial Team, images that meets the criteria will be uploaded to the Upcoming New Page. The Photo will remain in the Museum for infinity.
– Submission Criteria after the jump

 

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Submission Criteria (Important)
– ANYONE Can Submit.
– Photo must be submitted in Landscape Orientation
– Photo can be shot with any camera or phone.
– Photo can be in color or monochrome
– You can submit as many images as you wish.
– All Photos MUST Be Accompanied by a short Caption of 50 Words.
– Caption must be on YOUR Personal Experience of the Covid-19 Circuit Breaker.
– Watermarks are Allowed.
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READ ALSO: Should I Clean My Own Sensor?

  


Submission Details
– Email Your Image & Caption to editorial_ourshutterjourney@hotmail.com
– Please Include Your Name to be Displayed on the Museum.
– Please Submit by 30th July 2020, 12noon GMT+8.00
– Terms & Conditions after the jump

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Terms & Conditions
By submitting your image(s),
– You Agreed that at our discretion, we are permitted to display your image/your name on our online page (named: CovidShare Photo Museum 2020or on any of our online/offline platforms for an indefinite period.
– You Understand that this is a voluntary submission with no monetary compensation.
– You Understand that we will only display images that meets our criteria.
– You Agreed that we will not be held for any liability doing this project.
– You Agreed that any submission received by us after 01st June 2020, 12noon GMT+8.00 will not be receiving any attention.

 

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Not Sure what to submit? Check out what images had been submitted by others here!

We understand that the current situation is tough for everyone. So we hope that we can bring you some home activities through this online museum project which everyone is free to participate & have fun. So start planning, start shooting & start submitting. I will be looking forward to your entries!
– AL Lee, Editor.

 

READ ALSO: New Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III Reviewed

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Lastly, if you are bored, please feel free to visit our Online Shop for hundreds of Cameras & Lenses! Visit here.

 

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Should I Clean My Own Sensor?

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Should I Clean My Own Sensor?
Posted by Melody Tan
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27th March 2020, Singapore – As seasoned photographers, many of you would have encountered getting dust spots on your images caused by sensor dusts. Even with the newer cameras that comes with dust-proof design or in-camera cleaning using electro-waves / shakes to clean the sensor, many photographers still ended up with stubborn dusts on their sensor.

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– Example of Sensor Dusts appearing on images 

 

The sensor dusts usually becomes very visible when images are shot in small apertures.
But how dust Sensor dusts end up in camera? Simple – when you change lens in windy places, when the lens mount of your lens are already dirty, or even dust that can be “created” from inside the camera. Do not forget your camera is made up of moving parts and when there is friction, tiny specks of plastics, oil etc will find their way around from inside your camera.

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So the big question, should I clean my own Sensor since commercially-available sensor cleaning kits are on sale everywhere?

Good question. If you are a regular shooter and use your camera very often, likely you will get dusts on your sensor very frequently. Let’s see the options below.

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And we do understand that a visit to your camera’s service centre will cost you some money for just cleaning. They (the service centre) will likely charge you for the Cleaning, a manpower fees, GST etc and to rub more salt, you are most likely asked to return to collect your camera a few hours later or another working day. And from what we gathered, some very expensive camera brand can charge as much as SGD $200 for just cleaning the sensor. (Don’t ask which brand, you should know).

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Using Sensor Cleaning Swab
These swabs are available everywhere – from online shops to retailers – but are these safe to use? You may not like what you are going to hear, but as an independent media we have to share. The answer is “Use at your own risk”.

For the record, our service centre is receiving about 2 to 3 cameras per week for damaged/ scratched sensors – resulting from failed attempts from using Sensor Swabs. This is serious, most of the time, we will refer such cases to visit their service centre since replacing the sensor is very costly and advisable to be done only at your brand’s service centre.

  

Please see below for examples of scratched sensors.

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From the above images, you have seen it for yourself how easily camera sensor can be scratched. The ultra sensitive sensor surface once scratched, most of the time there is no reverse remedy except to have the sensor swap out for a new unit and it comes with a price tag. And when we say price tag, many had went through this and will warn you never to touch your sensor.

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Over at Ourshutterjourney.com, we highly recommend our Card members to send their cameras to our Authorized Service Centre (P&G Photographic Centre) . P&GPC cleans camera sensors at a very reasonable price – a fraction of what you might be paying at your own brand’s service centre. From what we understand, the sensor cleaning are being done in a controlled & clean environment using the same equipment and method used by your brand’s service centre to clean the sensor dust. Not only they have the right equipment, the technical chief was a camera technician for over 20 years! Apart from paying a much lower fee, you have the protection & the service quality assurance of a business that had span 19 years in Singapore.

Did we say that you can get your camera back in 10* mins?

*When the store is not packed.

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So there you have it. We Do NOT Recommend You Cleaning Your Own Sensor using Swabs. It can get really complicated and costly if you are doing it wrongly. If you are feeling rich and a Brand Fan boy, do send it back to your brand’s service centre or for those who are looking for great value, fast service, do pop by P & G Photographic Centre.

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Tel: (65)68370696
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Stucked at Home? Here’s What You Can Shoot!

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Stucked at Home? Here’s What You Can Shoot!
– by Lee Shi Qing
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26th March 2020, Singapore
While Covid-19 are affecting (and destroying) everything in its path, many individuals had been affected in a way or another. Most commonly – stuck at home. Be it a Work-From-Home situation or on Stay-Home-Notice, or on a Leave Of Absence or on Medical Leave or self Quarantine due to travel – you are grounded at home. Too bad – but for the greater good.

As times slowly passed with boredom kicks in, many of you will be longing to take your camera out for a walk, for some fresh air and to get a clear mind in the midst of this trying times. While social distancing had proven to be quite a popular prevention for the Covid-19 virus, you are advised not to round up your fellow photography friends for a little photowalk. So what can you do?

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We decided to put together a list of photography things that you can do at home without really having to step out from your home. Now go charge up your batteries and get ready for a list of things to shoot while at home!

1) Toys Photography
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Image: 1:87 Toy Figurine posed with a frothy drink.

Every home today would have some toys of some sort, get creative! You can take your time to pose your toys, find complementing subjects and create stunning toy images!