Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro (ART)

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Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro (ART)
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Photo: Editor AL with the NEW Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro (ART)  
10th June 2018, Singapore – Sigma’s latest addition to their ART series lens comes in the form of – 70mm MACRO! While many of us had waited long enough for a Macro lens to join the ARTS line, the new Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro ART is finally here. Designed for high resolution close-ups and a newly designed lens from ground-up, Sigma is hoping to duplicate the past success of its super-sharp Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro.

Before we proceed, and as usual we would like to disclaim that we are reviewing based on user experience rather than a technical review which you can easily find on Sigma’s website. We are really more interested in what this lens can do and image quality etc. If you are cool, read on.

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Photo: Without Hood.
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Photo: With Hood.
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Right-NEW Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro (ART)

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On first look, the new Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro (ART) has slimmed down but had grow a little taller. (70.8mm x 105.8mm) Weight wise, it’s pretty close to the previous version at 515gm. As expected from an ART series lens from Sigma, the lens construction features the proven TSC compound on its barrel and the design cues from the new Sigma Global Vision are prominently exhibited. Like every ART series lens, the focusing ring is creamy smooth and handling this lens is a breeze with its thoughtful buttons layout that are ergonomically designed for macro work.

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The front of the lens has shrink to accept 49mm filter with a reverse thread for mounting the macro flash adapter. (the adapter was not available at time of review).

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Photo: Lens Front – NEW Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro (ART)   

Internally, Sigma had the lens grouped into 13 elements in 10 group – including 02 x FLD glass, 02 x SLD glass & an Aspherical element for all possible optical corrections and the end results is a super sharp lens with zero CA, zero distortions, super color reproduction and of course, the amount of details that this lens can captured is amazing!

Aperture blades are rounded (09 blades) for that nice creamy bokeh (at F2.8 to F5.6) just in case you will be shooting portraits with this lens and aperture goes all the way to F22 for all your close-up and infinity focus needs. Minimum Focusing Distance is at 25.8cm which is reasonably good and pretty versatile for various use.

Photo: NEW Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro (ART)  

The focusing motor is on a focus-by-wire system powered by a coreless DC motor that is smooth and for precise focusing and focusing accuracy is also greatly enhanced with this newly designed macro lens. I had tried manual focusing during the review and found it to be pleasing and easy to use too. Before you head out to buy this lens, I am sorry to break the news that Sigma had only produced the new Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro (ART) in Sigma SD Mount, Canon EF Mount & Sony FE Mount. (Sorry Nikon & MFT Users….)

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While I was expecting myself to be doing the review at some regular parks, in the end I decided to do the review at Wildlife Reserve Singapore aka Singapore Zoological Gardens. I paired the new 70mm Macro onto a Canon DSLR and off I went to the zoo.

Here comes the photos! Most of the insects images are shot at F10 to F16 while the larger reptiles/ animals are shot between F2.8 to F8.

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I hope you enjoyed viewing the photos that was shot with the new Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro (ART). (More images of the same series will be posted on my Facebook Album on a later date.)

My verdict: The New Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro ART definitely impressed me. As a photographer who owns every past Sigma Macro lenses (yes, I have them all), the 70mm ART is a long-awaited update. The lens performance is definitely ART-Series level and you guys know what? This lens will be retailing less than SGD $900.00.

OK Guys, Buy your NEW Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro | ART here!   

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Ourshutterjourney Online Store Opens!

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10th June 2018, Singapore
– Ourshutterjourney Photography Consortium Worldwide officially launched our Online Store today! Based on Carousell’s selling platform, we will be bringing you good deals & additional value-added services for our registered Card Members!

Partnering our Appointed Authorized Service Centre (P&G Photographic Centre), you can be sure that we will be offering our members quality used & new photography equipment & accessories, including trade-in, consignment of equipment on top of members’ services like complimentary checking, service quotation, servicing etc.

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“We choose Carousell’s platform as it is already well-used by online-savvy photographers and the interactive platforms allows us to better & faster communicate with our members for purchase enquiries, trade-in questions & sharing of images. This speeds things up and to sweeten the deal, registered OSJ card members enjoys special discounts off our listed price or enjoy a free gift upon a successful purchase! So just follow us on Carousell & start to enjoy! Members who wish to sell their equipment may also list their gear on our Online store too! Happy Selling, Happy Buying for All!”

– AL Lee, Founder – Ourshutterjourney Photography Consortium Worldwide

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Members who wish to sell & list their equipment at our online store, do email us at ourshutterjourney@live.com.sg & furnish us with;
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2) clearly state the condition (00 to 10) / shutter count (for camera)
3) clearly state what other things that comes with your gear. (box/ hood/ pouch etc).
4) clearly state the selling price you are looking at.
5) give us your Membership card number & Contact number.

So follow us on Carousell now & be the first to be notified whenever we post a new item for sale! See you at our Online Store soon!

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Members’ Sales 2018 Now On!

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04th June 2018, Singapore –  Dear Members! We are pleased to announce that we have started our Members’ Sales 2018! We are partnering our appointed Authorized Service Centre – P&G Photographic Centre to bring you the best deals for photography gear!

However, for this year, the format is somewhat different. We will be posting cameras, lenses, accessories as regular posts on our Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/ourshutterjourney/).
So keep a lookout for the sales postings starting from today till end of June 2018!
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Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | ART

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NEW 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM |ART
– Featuring Guest Reviewer Serene Ong from Serene Digital Crafts.
– Posted by Lee Shi Qing.
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Image: Guest Reviewer Serene Ong (Serene Digital Crafts) with the NEW Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | ART lens.


04th April 2018, Singapore – 
Sigma’s latest incarnated ART Lens – the NEW Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | ART is finally released in Singapore. This Ultra Wide Angle Zoom (UWA) lens had been long anticipated by landscape fans as well as professional photographers and it is easy to see why.

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Image: The NEW Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | ART lens.

Before we proceed, and as usual we would like to disclaim that we are reviewing based on user experience rather than a technical review which you can easily find on Sigma’s website. We are really more interested in what this lens can do and image quality etc. If you are cool, read on.

 

 

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Image: The NEW Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | ART lens.

As a Sigma DG lens, it is designed for a full frame DSLR with compatibility with APS-C format cameras, Sigma’s USB Dock etc. Targeting at users for creative photography, landscape, weddings & events, the new 14-24mm ART comes weather sealed. What probably amazed photographers around the world is the near-zero distortion even at infinity focus which is a feat in the optical world. (Most Ultra Wide Angle lenses distorts pretty badly)

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Image: The NEW Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | ART lens.

The New Sigma 14-24mm ART is sizable to start but Sigma managed to keep its dimensions manageable at 96.4mm x 135.1mm and weights about 1.1kg which is not too bad. If you think this is heavy do check out other Ultra Wide Angle lenses from other brands that starts from 1.4 kg – you get the drift. The lens barrel uses Sigma’s highly successful TSC compound and well put together. Honestly the lens feels really expensive on the hands. Handling wise, the focusing ring and zoom ring functions as it was expected from an ART lens – seamless.

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Image: The NEW Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | ART lens.

Internally, it came with a 9 blades (rounded) aperture and opens to a wide of F2.8. It focuses from F2.8 to F22 and it starts focusing as close as just 26cm (minimum focus distance). The New 14-24mm also came with Sigma’s new Hypersonic Motor (HSM) that was updated recently giving users an even faster and quieter focusing and importantly, accuracy had been improved greatly too!

 

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Optically, the glass department had been divided into 17 elements in 10 groups which is massive for a lens in this category. Among the glass, Sigma included 03 x FLD, 03 x SLD elements AND 03 x Aspherical elements PLUS an upsized Aspherical element that has reduced almost all chromatic aberration (CA) giving users a super sharp and highly detailed image.

Sigma sent us this lens since 2 weeks ago and weather in Singapore had been erratic and unpredictable thus the delay in this review article. For this review, we decided to pass the lens to Serene Ong from SDC and let her spent an afternoon with the New Sigma 14-24mm ART.

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Image: Guest Reviewer Serene Ong (Serene Digital Crafts) with the NEW Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | ART lens.


Thank You Ourshutterjourney.com and Editor AL Lee for the opportunity to review the new Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | ART lens. Personally I had always wanted to try an ultra wide angle lens and this review assignment is just perfect.

I took the lens and decided to head out to one of the quietest & beautiful park in Singapore – Sengkang Riverside Park. I have always love the serenity of this park and the breezy and green surroundings. Do check out the images below that is taken with the New Sigma 14-24mm ART lens that I had mounted on a Canon EOS 5D.

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Image shot with the NEW Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | ART lens. 

Firstly, the lens looks intimidatingly huge, then again, my hands are small and I was holding the camera+lens throughout my walk at the park and honestly, it is not that heavy and very manageable. The exterior of the lens feels like it is built for harsh conditions and it sure can take lots of abuse.

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Image shot with the NEW Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | ART lens.

 

I like the super wide open feel when I am composing my shots and it really gives me lots of new perspectives and more creative options for my subjects. From 14mm Ultra Wide to 24mm Wide, this 14-24mm basically combines 04 wide prime lenses into 01 super lens. (14mm F2.8, 18mm F2.8, 20mm F2.8 & 24mm F2.8) and now speaking of weight? Well, it beats having to carry 04 lenses around anytime.

 

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Image shot with the NEW Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | ART lens. 

Combining it with my DSLR, the lens produces nice & rich colors that is cheerfully-sunny which I simply love! And I realized I can do more with shooting wide frames especially when I am at the park and this lens is definitely at home even when used indoors too!

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Image shot with the NEW Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | ART lens. 


The amount of details captured in the shots are amazing too! Do click on all the images in this review and view it at 100% and you will understand what I meant. This is not just the sharpness of the lens that I am talking about, it’s about all the small lines, gradients, patterns that are all captured within an image. The Sigma 14-24mm is a monster!

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I personally felt that I can do so much more with the 14-24mm and I am loving the wide-open feel where the widest horizons are within my composition. I must admit that this lens is also great for Ultra Wide Angle Portraitures too.

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Image shot with the NEW Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | ART lens. 

 

Below is 02 shots, 01 taken at 14mm and the other at 24mm. While some may argue that the difference in focal length is so minimal, but looking at the below example, the difference is not so small after all. 

 

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Image: Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | ART lens. Shot at 14mm.
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Image: Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | ART lens. Shot at 24mm.
As I walking out of Sengkang Riverside Park, I found this nice Cafe in the park. It’s Mushroom Cafe (managed by Old Chang Kee) and they serves lots of great local and fusion food and “foodcourt” prices! And so, I asked for permission to shoot the cafe and that was when I decided to end my session with a Laksa and cold glass of Iced Milo – right at the park!

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Image: Shot by Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | ART lens.

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Image: Shot by Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM | ART lens.

The Laksa was great! As for the Sigma 14-24mm ART lens, this is definitely a great lens. Suitable for advanced users to professionals, this is a must-have lens if you have not gotten yourself an Ultra Wide Angle lens. Although I am not sure how much this lens is retailing for, I will say get it!
– Serene Ong

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Bali Astro & Creative Filters Photography Trip

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Ourshutterjourney.com Presents:
Bali Astro & Creative Filters Photography Trip with Pat Law & CK Ang
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21st March 2018, Singapore – Presented by Ourshutterjourney.com,  we will be returning to Bali again this year for our annual trip. Open to Registered Card Card Members & Public (price differs), join Master Photographer C.K. Ang & Photography Master Pat Law for a fun-filled Astro & Seascape with Creative filters photography trip at Bali on 07th Sep 2018 to 10th Sep 2018.

One Trip, Two Photography Masters, Three Photography Genres, Four Days & Endless Fun Learning from the best Photography Masters!

(Itinerary after the jump)

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Image: Photography Master Photographer Pat Law. 

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Image: Master Photographer CK Ang. 

 

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Itinerary:
Day 1 & 2
– we will be cover Astro, Sunrise n Waterfall with filters.

Day 3
After Sunrise we moving to next hotel, follow by free n easy, shopping.

Day 4
Sunrise only, rest n relax than back to Singapore.

Costs:
1) Ourshutterjourney Registered Card Members
SGD $950.00 (Excluding Air Tix and Meals.)

2) Public
SGD $1,050.00 (Excluding Air Tix and Meals.)

 

Other Information:
* Subject to weather condition shooting venue might change or cancel due to unforeseen weather condition.
* Attendees are advised to purchase their own travel insurance.
* This is NOT an organized tour but a photography outing in another country lead by our
appointed photography trainers.
* Due to STB’s regulations on tour agencies act, this is why you have to buy your own air tickets.
* Fees collected are Course Fees for the Trainers and for accommodation.

 

Travel Group Size
12 pax ONLY. Slots is limited so HURRY!

Booking: (Read Carefully)
To Book Your Slot on this awesome Overseas Photography Course cum Outing,
1) Email your Name, Membership Card Number, Contact Number to:  patlawhl@yahoo.com.sg
2) and CC: ourshutterjourney@live.com.sg

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Olympus E-PL9 Part 2 (Thailand)

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Olympus E-PL9 Part 2 (Thailand)
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Image: Editor AL with the NEW Olympus E-PL9 in Thailand.
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23rd February 2018, Bangkok, Thailand – Following my Part 1 Review of the NEW Olympus E-PL9, and as promised, I brought the E-PL9 to Thailand for a solo trip and use the E-PL9 like a travel camera to see if this little camera can keep up with my travel.

Before we proceed, and as usual we would like to disclaim that we are reviewing based on user experience rather than a technical review which you can easily find on Olympus’s websites. We are really more interested in what the camera can produce and image quality etc. If you are cool, read on.

 

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And so, prior to this review trip, I had already tested the NEW E-PL9 in Singapore and I was quite happy with the results and the images that I’ve gotten. However, in Thailand, things are much different. The sun is more harsh, the heat is intense, and things happened really quickly on the streets, colors are more rich and contrasty and subjects can change from a scenic scene to a street hawker in seconds. To survive Thailand, a fast-focusing camera, light & compact camera, performs well during day & night and a low profile (low visibility) camera – the NEW Olympus E-PL9 seems to fit the bill. Let’s check out the images! (more images available on my Facebook Albums)

 

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Image: Wat Hua Lamphong, shot by Olympus E-PL9.

And so, I had packed my bags and visiting Thailand for the 59th time and reviewing Olympus gear in Thailand for the 4th time and it is also my 6th Solo trip to Thailand. Before I start, I would like to clarify that I did not bring any other lenses with me except the kit lens 14-42mm. This basic focal range is sufficient for at least 95% of the images that I had shot. Although I secretly hope that I have a slightly wider lens for this trip, the 14-42mm managed to keep up with what I am shooting. For this review, I am revisiting places that I’ve been in the past and doing a mental update at the same time.

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Image: Wat Erawan, shot by Olympus E-PL9. Rendered with Bokeh Filter.

The E-PL9’s focusing amazed me. It is as fast as my OM-D EM-1 MarkII and the focusing is accurate up to 99% which really helps a lot when I am doing street images. It allows me or any users to “catch” the moment in milliseconds which is very important for street photography.

 

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Image: Street Hawkers, shot by Olympus E-PL9. 

 

Those of you who had been following Thailand’s news, there’s a “Clean-Up” on unlicensed street hawkers and sadly this trip, many of my favorite street stalls had disappeared. A quick check with the locals reveals that many had been relocated into malls, food streets and for some, they had decided to stop hawking altogether.

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Image: Wat Erawan, image taken from the BTS Linkway, shot by Olympus E-PL9.  

 

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Image: Bangkok Rush, shot by Olympus E-PL9.  

 

Unlike the review done in Singapore, using the E-PL9 as a travel camera is pretty cool due to its weight and size. I can slip it into my pockets easily and I don’t get tired from shooting with it all day. Not to mention that the little camera is capable of doing everything that I needed for this trip and the subjects that I am shooting.

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Image: Bangkok City by Night, shot from Baiyoke Sky Observation Point,  shot by Olympus E-PL9.  

 

Low light performance is surprisingly good and the camera behaved well. ISO noise is visible (from the unedited example above) when I maxed it out but this is easy to fix during processing. Apart from that, most of the details are well retained. Do click on the image above (or any image on this article) and view at 100% you will be able to see and understand what I am talking about.

 

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Image: Grand Palace, shot by Olympus E-PL9.  

 

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Image: Wat Pho (Sleeping Buddha), shot by Olympus E-PL9.  

 

Shooting in Singapore and shooting in Thailand is a whole world of technical differences. Likewise the camera behaves differently due to the exposure/ color metering, the extent of the sunlight and color hues and sometimes you will be surprised with the images that you had shot after you had transfer them to a computer. Many times, the image you had seen on the camera preview somehow differs from what you are viewing on the computer. However, the preview from the E-PL9 is showing exactly what I had shot and I am pretty happy with that.

 

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Image: Erawan Museum, Shot by Olympus E-PL9.  

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Image: Erawan Museum, Shot by Olympus E-PL9.  

 

 

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Image: A Long Tail Boat Speeding on Chao Phraya River, Shot by Olympus E-PL9.  

 

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Image: Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), Shot by Olympus E-PL9.  

 

I am very happy with the little Olympus E-PL9’s performance and it is definitely a great travel camera, street photography camera, landscape camera like an all-rounder. The puny size and feather-weight package makes it a perfect camera for prolong usage. For the 3 days that I am at Thailand, I survived with just 1 fully-charged battery and it is amazing how power-saving the E-PL9 is. From the image quality and colors, the usability to practicality, the Olympus E-PL9 is the camera to get if you are upgrading from compact cameras or looking to have a 2nd backup camera, or simply use for your travel, get the Olympus E-PL9.

To view the rest of the images shot by the NEW Olympus E-PL9, you may wish to pop by my Facebook albums.

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Olympus E-PL9 Part 1 (Singapore)

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Image: Editor AL with the NEW Olympus E-PL9
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11th February 2018, Singapore – As promised in our Olympus E-PL9 Pictorial Preview, we will be doing a 2-Part Review for the E-PL9. This is Part 1, aka the Singapore review. At the time of review, the Olympus E-PL9 is not available at the stores yet – probably going on sale in a few more weeks once the units reaches the camera stores.

Before we proceed, and as usual we would like to disclaim that we are reviewing based on user experience rather than a technical review which you can easily find on Olympus’s websites. We are really more interested in what the camera can produce and image quality etc. If you are cool, read on.

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By now, most of you would already know that Olympus’ E-PL series cameras are pretty much meant for photographers who demands style, travel photographers, or photographers upgrading from compact cameras – seriously I would like to think otherwise. Having reviewed Olympus cameras for years, I will say the E-PL9 is designed and made for those who wants a lighter and compact camera with DSLR image quality, interchangeable lens option, a second camera for that just-in-case situations and definitely a performer in its own class.

 

Since the E-PL8, the E-PL9 took on some similar specs like the 16 megapixel M4/3 sensor, image stabilizer, contrast-detection focusing, touch screen that flips 180 degree for selfies and similar built and ergonomics. But the real deal is about the updates that includes a 121-Focus Point focusing that had been upgraded from the E-PL8’s 81 point, the E-PL9 has a larger handgrip than the E-PL8 but both weights and sized very closely. Another interesting difference is the Menu interface, which somehow reminds me of the Olympus EM10 MarkIII which I had reviewed not too long ago. On top of that, “Advanced Photo” was added to the top dial which allows fast access to other creative shooting menus – sweet!

And while the E-PL8 has Wi-Fi connectivity, the E-PL9 comes with both Wi-Fi & Bluetooth and this translate to more transfer options and faster transfer speed too. Lastly, the E-PL9 comes with a cute built-in flash and if you remembers the E-PL8 do not have one (but Olympus provided an attached-on flash unit).

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And so, I decided to leave my Olympus EM1 Mark II at home & instead, take the Olympus E-PL9 out to URA’s City Gallery & Chinatown to test out its low-light performance, its behavior when used in other varying lighting scenes and check out what the E-PL9 is really capable of. Here we go!

 

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All the images below had been cropped or straightened and added watermarks – otherwise, the image you see below is pretty much direct-from-the-camera and you can click on the below images and view at 100%.
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I was pretty amazed at the amount of details captured when I blew up the images to view. The kit lens 14-42mm (equivalent to 28mm-85mm on a Full Frame format) is very capable when paired to the E-PL9.

 

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The E-PL9 is certainly at home when it comes to low-light scenes like the examples on this article and at high ISO, image is clean and smooth. The colors produced are almost 95% of what our eyes sees! Focusing speed is not compromised even when the scene is dim and I got the shots that I wanted easily!

 

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Moving on from URA’s City Gallery to Chinatown, it’s a different challenge for the E-PL9 now. As the sky rapidly dims the evening, I switched to shooting in “P” mode to see how the E-PL9 reacts and I am not disappointed at all. As expected from Olympus – the metering reacts as rapidly as the sky and all my exposure are well balanced in Program Auto and the Auto White Balance works like magic giving me 90% color accuracy!
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Just when I was getting worried if the 14mm (28mm) is wide enough for me to shoot the Buddha Relic Temple from across the street, I got the below shot with a breeze. If fact, I am starting to fall in love with this tiny kit lens that is very capable and covers a good focal range that suits many genres of photography!

 

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Without a tripod, I decided to rest the E-PL9 on a wall parapet, switched to Manual mode and started shooting slow shutter. While I am not too worried about the camera falling
2-storeys to an instant death, I was more worried about my image being blurred or captured badly – and when I saw what I’ve gotten from the camera (below image), a smile broke out on my silly face. I was super amazed by the E-PL9!

 

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The focusing speed is another area that I would like to share. Not only its fast & silent, the focusing is accurate and locks-on to your subject every time and importantly, it lands on the right spot without fail! If you ask me, I will say the E-PL9 is well suited to be a low-profile Street Photography camera or simply an all-rounder Travel camera!

 

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Personally, I like E-PL9, small & capable, comes with many professional functions that you will usually find in higher end cameras, lots of fun with its creative Art Filters, well built and solidly made, I can’t find any fault with the Olympus E-PL9 in any way. If you are still wondering if you should get or upgrade with the E-PL9, I will say go for it!

I will be back with a Part 2 review as Olympus Singapore had given me permission to bring the E-PL9 to Thailand later this month! So look out for it!

To view the rest of the images shot by the NEW Olympus E-PL9, you may wish to pop by my Facebook albums here.

OK Guys, Pre-Order & Buy your NEW Olympus E-PL9 here!  

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Olympus E-PL9 Pictorial Preview

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Olympus E-PL9 – A Pictorial Preview
– Coming Soon to Our Camera Stores in Singapore!
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10th February 2018, Singapore – Olympus Singapore Announced the NEW (and long awaited) Olympus E-PL9 mirrorless camera 2 days ago. The E-PL9 will be available at the stores in a few weeks’ time.

 

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Although retaining the basic shape and design the E-PL series cameras, the E-PL9 seems to have picked up some design traits from the Pen-F as well giving users bits of retro cues that seems to be working well with the overall design and with the series evolution.

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So before you get to buy the E-PL9 in Singapore, here’s all the images of the unit that Olympus Singapore had sent me for review. By the way, 04 colors are available and the black+silver seen here has to be my favorite!

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Meanwhile, I will be doing a 2-Part Review for this camera, probably 1 in Singapore and 1 in Thailand. So look out for the coming reviews.

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Meantime, if you wish to find out more about the specs, do visit here.

For those wish to pre-order, you may do it with the merchants listed here!  

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NAT GEO LIVE! With Joel Sartore

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NAT GEO LIVE! With Joel Sartore
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11th January 2018, Singapore – National Geographic LIVE!, together with NTU Singapore and the Singapore Zoo, invites you to an intimate talk with world-famous, international award-winning photographer and conservationist, Joel Sartore, at the Mastercard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands on 27 January 2018.

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Fans of NatGeo, together with nature photographers, wildlife lovers, environmentalists, explorers and thinkers of all ages can learn from and enjoy Joel’s LIVE! show where he will share his experience photographing the world’s animals, along with personal stories from over two decades of contribution to Nat Geo. These stories of exploration and discovery seek to educate audiences, inspire exploration and encourage change, towards building a better world.

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See You at NAT GEO LIVE! With Joel Sartore!
When: 27 January 2018.
Time: 04.00pm (Ticket Collection at 03.00pm)
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About Joel Sartore
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An American photographer, speaker, author, teacher, and a 20-year contributor to National Geographic magazine. Sartore grew up in Ralston, Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in journalism. His interest in nature started in childhood, when he learned about the very last passenger pigeonfrom one of his mother’s Time-Life picture books. He has since been chased by a wide variety of species including wolves, grizzlies, musk oxen, lions, elephants and polar bears. His first National Geographic assignments introduced him to nature photography, and also allowed him to see human impact on the environment first-hand.

In addition to the work he has done for National Geographic, Joel has contributed to Audubon Magazine, GEO, Time, Life, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and numerous book projects. Joel and his work have been the subjects of several national broadcasts including National Geographic’s Explorer, the NBC Nightly News, NPR’s Weekend Edition and an hour-long PBS documentary, At Close Range. He is also a contributor on the CBS Sunday Morning Show with Charles Osgood. In 2015, he had an appearance in the film Racing Extinction where he photographed the very last Rabb’s fringe-limbed treefrog.

Joel Sartore is a founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP). In 2012, Sartore was named a Fellow of the National Geographic Society.

Sartore resides in Lincoln, Nebraska with his wife and children.

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Announcement: Samyang Ambassadorship

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Announcement: Samyang Ambassadorship Ends


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02nd January 2018, Singapore – Ourshutterjourney.com Editor AL Lee will cease to be Samyang Singapore’s Brand Ambassador as the 2-years term had ended in December 2017. It had been an interesting 2 years with Samyang Singapore sponsoring/loaning lenses to our members during our events and many of the members have since made their purchase or learn more about the lenses after using Samyang brand lenses.

 

After 10 co-branded outings under the “SJS-Samyang” event header, and after 20 Samyang Lens Reviews by Editor AL, Ourshutterjourney.com will continue to support Samyang Singapore in every possible way to bring the brand to our members.

 

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A Word from Editor AL – 
“Samyang makes great lenses at an affordable price and our members have learn so much about the Samyang brand and their line of lenses which had added lots of value to our photography consortium. We will continue to support Samyang Singapore and we will still bring you reviews & updates from Samyang. 

I would like to Thank Samyang Singapore for giving me the opportunity for the last 2 years to front Samyang Lenses and I wish Samyang Singapore All the Best!”
– Editor AL.

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10 Generations of Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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10 Generations of Mercedes-Benz E-Class
– A Project by Ourshutterjourney.com & Sigma Singapore.
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Image: 10 Generations of Mercedes-Benz E-Class in 1:43 scale.  

01st January 2018, Singapore – Recently Sigma Singapore had sent their latest 16mm F1.4 DC DN|C to our office for our review. Our guest editor Trisha had reviewed the lens in Sony E-mount – you can read it here. And so I took the MFT mount and have it fitted to my Olympus OM-D EM1 MarkII and use it for this project. All the model cars are in 1:43 scale (longest side is about 6.5cm) and some of them are rare – so rare that I have to use a glove to handle these cars to prevent accidental damage to them.

This is an article about the legacy of Mercedes-Benz’s E-Class saloons from its first form till present – doubling up as a photography project and a lens test for Sigma.

Image: The New Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN | C mounted to Olympus OM-D EM1 MarkII. 

Mercedes-Benz has always been a brand of luxury, quality & automotive legacy. In Singapore, it is one of the top 3 luxury car brand and I am sure you will have seen a lot Mercedes-Benz running on our roads and the models spans from generations ago to the latest model – and yes, many are still running from yesteryears. We did a simple photoshoot in 2014 with a few W124 Owners and it was my initiative to meet other W124 owners having bought my first E-Class back then. You can check out the article here.
Noting that when I bought my W124, it was already 26 years old and I drove it for another 2.5 years before another buyer bought it from me. And I move on to my next
E-Class the W211 and drove it till this very day.

As my curiosity & interest about E-Class feeds on each other, I begin reading up about the Mercedes-Benz brand and the E-Class series line, the history, the models and everything in between. I have also started collecting scale models of E-Class models and I had selected 1:43 scale (aka palm size scale) to collect as this scale has ALL the models in the E-Class series and for practical reasons like easy storage and space. I managed to collect all the 10 generations models – including the pre-E-Class W136 or better known as the Mercedes 170V! Let’s go!

10 Generations of Mercedes-Benz E-Class – in 1:43 Scale!

Mercedes-Benz W15 – The Origin
The Mercedes-Benz E Class legacy (sort of) started with the W15 model which spans from 1931 to 1936 of which 13,775 units were produced. Although the W15 was the “skeleton” of many other models to come (and not exactly the supreme great grandfather of E-Class), it played an important role in fitting a Mercedes-Benz into a middle class segment back in the 1930s. Sadly after years of sourcing for the 1:43 scale model of the W15, none was found.

Mercedes-Benz W136 – The War
The Mercedes-Benz W136 is the beginning of many E-Class to come. Better known as Mercedes-Benz 170V, it replaced the W15 in 1935 and productions runs till 1942 (75,006 units) which the world war started. After the war, Mercedes-Benz continued the production from 1947 to 1955 (83,190 units). Many units were made for military use too!
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Mercedes-Benz W120 – The Ponton Era
The W120 path the way and eventually leads Mercedes-Benz into the middle class luxury saloons segment. Released in 1953 and lasted till 1962 (442,963 units produced), the W120 is widely known by a nickname aka “Ponton” and this car sees the “growth” in vehicular size and specs and importantly, it covers an era which modernization takes centre stage across the world.
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Mercedes-Benz-W110 – The Fin Tail
From 1961 to 1968 (628,282 units produced), the Mercedes-Benz W110 marked yet another important model replacement. Marketed as the “Entry Level” of mid-sized luxury saloon cars, it features a Fin Tail design that was a hit back in that era and after the W110 made its debut, many other automotive manufacturers incorporated the Fin Tail designs into their cars too. The Mercedes-Benz W110 is indeed a trend-setter!
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Mercedes-Benz W114 – Mini S-Class
The Mercedes-Benz W114 that was produced from 1968–1976 with 1,919,056 units built was widely touted as the “Mini S-Class” as the vehicle have grown in overall size and it exudes an overbearing road presence as compared to other mid-sized saloon of that era. The W114 also laid new design cues that will we will all see in all the later E-Class models to come.
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Mercedes-Benz W123 – True Executive Class
Till this very day, Mercedes-Benz W123 is still very much alive with many still running on our roads and all over the world. Produced from 1976 to 1985 and with 2,696,915 units built, this has to be the most successful and profitable model for Mercedes-Benz. Many variants was also spawned from the W123 saloon with Coupes, Estates & others making the W123 a true Mercedes-Benz statement to the world of what “luxury with practicality” means. During its time, this was the most sought-after saloon car by executives and upper-middle class.
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sigmaMercedes-Benz W124 – The Official First E-Class
Mercedes-Benz first badge “E-Class” onto the W124 making it the first Official E-Class model. This was my first Mercedes-Benz too as mentioned earlier. On Singapore roads, you can still see many W124 running till today. Although its model year was from 1985 to 1996 with 2,562,143 units built, today is 2018 and this model is still going strong! With parts easily sourced and low running cost, the W124 is a workhorse that had lived beyond its intended life span. Like me, many had driven a W124 as their 1st Mercedes-Benz and got hooked to E-Class – for its practicality, reliability and quality of build.
Although I had sold my W124 for a W211, I still miss my W124 very much.
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Mercedes-Benz W210 – New Look
Spotting a brand new look that either you love or hate, the radical design of the W210 had the automotive industry shook up for “new age” car design. Produced from 1996 to 2001 (No official numbers was recorded on how many units were produced), this model was Mercedes-Benz’s “King of variants” – with at least 20 engine options and comes in so many forms (coupes, estates, sports, hearse & many more!) The W21 were also loved by many for the interior space which is huge & the offending & towering road presence. And yes, you can still see this model running on Singapore roads till today.
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Mercedes-Benz W211 – Timeless Update
Taking design cues from the W210, the Mercedes-Benz W211 was really a new car designed from ground up. Probably the similarity is the headlight design that features a “split pair of eyes” but slicker and angled for an aggressive look! Hard ware are more hardy and electronics kept simple – but made to last for ages. Produced from 2002 to 2009 with over 1,500,000 units produced, this is the popular “replacement” for W124 as the next workhorse that will see this E-Class on our roads for another 30 years or more. The design is timeless (with a mid-life facelift) and still look very relevant on our roads with newer cars and among the newer E-Classes. I had never regretted buying this model and it offers one of the best driving experience & lowest maintenance that one can get from a Mercedes-Benz. Till today, I am still driving the W211 and I am sure it will continue to serve me for a few more decades.
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While Mercedes-Benz’s competitors in Singapore are taking market shares with newer models, bigger cars and newer designs, Mercedes-Benz knew they were up for some really nasty competition here in Singapore. The W212 came along and changed the game. Building on Mercedes-Benz’s legacy of hardy & solid cars that offers the unique Mercedes-Benz experience, the W212 brought back memories of W124’s solid build, W210’s space management & W211’s electronics technology and a new E-Class was born.
Built from 2009 to 2016, Mercedes-Benz had not released an official figure on how many units were built during the model year. The W212 became Mercedes-Benz’s best seller in recent times and it is easy to know why – with a package that are backed by more than 100 years of automotive manufacturing experience and combining the constant advancement of technologies, the W212 is truly continuing the E-Class legacy line.
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Mercedes-Benz W213 – The Future
The Mercedes-Benz W213 is the current model that took design cue from its bigger (S-Class) & younger sibling (C-Class) which many can see the similarity in the headlights & tail lights, the front grille and the body lines. Touted as the 5th Generation E-Class (If taking W124 as the Official 1st E-Class), it started the model year from 2017 to present, Mercedes-Benz had claimed this E-Class to be the most advanced in its features. Personally I do not like the design, once inside the car, you will find all the “E-Class-typicals” all in place with many more extras. If you have driven any E-Class before, you will feel immediately at home with the W213. I am just crossing my fingers that the next model (hopefully W214), Mercedes-Benz will bring back the solid feel of W124, good space management with the W212 & the slick looks of W211. Mercedes-Benz please note if you are reading this.
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Most of the information stated in this article comes from here. If you are keen to find out more, please feel free to visit the link.

And if you are a fellow Mercedes-Benz E-Class Owner, do say Hi! in the comments and share with me which E-Class you are driving/ owned & from which country too!

Thank You Sigma Singapore for sponsoring the 16mm F1.4 DC DN | C lens for this project!

To view the full set of the 1:43 E-Class scale models for this article, please visit here.
To view my old W124 photos, please visit here.

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Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary

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Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary
– Featuring Guest Reviewer Trisha Lim 
– Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary in Sony E-Mount.
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31st December 2017, Singapore – Sigma Singapore delivered 2 new lenses to our office recently and when we open the package, we found 02 units of Sigma’s latest mirrorless lenses – the Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN | C lens – one in Sony E-mount and the other in Micro Four Thirds (MFT) mount.

Before we proceed, as usual we would like to disclaim that we are reviewing based on user experience rather than a technical review which you can easily find on Sigma’s  websites. We are more interested in what the lens can produce and image quality etc. If you are cool, read on.

The new 16mm F1.4 is the latest prime lens from Sigma that was designed & developed with no back reference from any previous Sigma mirrorless lenses. On a Sony APSC E-mount camera, the 16mm has the FF equivalent of 24mm while the MFT mount will give Olympus, Panasonic users 32mm with large aperture of F1.4. Designated as a “C” lens aka the Contemporary line, the new 16mm F1.4 features build-quality & ergonomics that’s on par with Sigma’s Pro ART (A) series lenses. The lens is Dust & Splash-Proof and it uses the same TSC compound for the lens barrel, the lens feels solid and purposeful and many will love the focusing ring too – smooth as cream.

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Image: The NEW Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN | C lens mounted to Trisha’s Sony a7.  

 

Measuring 72.2mm×92.3mm, the new Sigma 16mm look averagely small and weights about 400gm which is a good weight to balance most mirrorless camera bodies giving it a balanced weight distribution. The front of the lens accepts 67mm screw-in filters and like all Sigma lenses, it comes with a dedicated petal-type lens hood in the retail box.

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Inside the lens, the elements are arranged into 16 elements in 13 groups – including 03 x FLD elements, 02 x SLD elements & 02 aspherical elements for corrections of optical faults giving photographers photos that are sharp, full of details and with all the optical mambos sorted out properly. Well, pretty much of Sigma’s style as a 3rd party lens manufacturer that rolls out quality lenses with a friendly price tag. For those who are still living in another world, all Sigma lenses are still being put together in their Aiyu’s plant in Japan till today and staying true to their proudly printed “Made In Japan”.

The 16mm starts focusing from a distance of about 25cm and the 9 rounded blades aperture opens from F1.4 & stops down at F16 while giving users a magnification ratio of 1:9.9 which is pretty awesome and highly suitable as a walkabout or travel lens.

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And so, I decided to review the new Sigma 16mm F1.4 at one of Ourshutterjourney.com’s event and use it with my Sony a7. We went to Singapore’s National Gallery which there are many exhibitions running within the same complex and the interior are of mixed lighting conditions which will allow me to put the new Sigma 16mm through its paces among all the lighting inconsistency.

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The angel of view is well suited for many subjects including building interiors to exhibition pieces of art. the colors are rendered correctly and easy to manage. The amount of details captured are amazing!

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The focusing speed of the new Sigma 16mm F1.4 is super fast and quiet from the company’s new hybrid focus motor with a high level of accuracy even when I am focusing in badly lighted area.

 

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The good magnification ratio allows me to shoot small little toy figurines (like above) without losing details and the wide angle allows me to compose my image creatively.
The light weight and small size makes my session a breeze and I got my shots really easily.

 

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I had never enjoyed a prime lens for a long time since the Sigma 19mm F2.8 & the 30mm F1.4 – this means Sigma’s new 16mm F1.4 seems like a good addition to all mirrorless system users. The wide angel, the large aperture, light & small, fast & accurate focusing simply adds up to a great lens that will be enjoyed by users! Looks very much like the lens that I will buy next, what about you?
– Trisha Lim.

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Thanks Trisha for the review!

OK Guys, Buy your NEW Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN | C lens here!  

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Exclusive Christmas Offer!

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Exclusive Christmas Offer!
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23rd December 2017, Singapore – It’s CHRISTMAS! Still wondering what to buy for Christmas for your photographer friends or simply buying a gift for yourself? Check out the below exclusive offer from Ourshutterjourney.com for a list of Sigma Lenses that we have gathered from our Accredited Merchants at Festive Low price!

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– All Lenses & Cameras listed below are NEW and Comes with Two Years Limited Warranty!
– All Lenses or Cameras listed below comes in retail box with all the paperwork.
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1. Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC – SGD $249.00 ONLY
– For Sony A-Mount.
This is the version that was ruling the 30mm market for APSC DSLRs before the Sigma ART series arrives. Tack sharp and super fast focusing, an ultimate street photography monster that was highly sought after during its prime!
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2. Sigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN – SGD $176.00 ONLY
– For Micro Four Thirds Mount (MFT)
One of the best MFT Prime lens with ultra fast focusing, corner to corner sharpness and near-zero distortion. Light weight & solid built, now at insane price!
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3) Sigma 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM – SGD $474.00 ONLY!
– For Nikon F Mount (FX or DX)
This is undoubtedly a Legend lens from Sigma (before the Art version). The world’s most favorite 50mm F1.4 with its creamy bokeh and superb sharpness – highly used for portraiture works or street photography, now you can own this legend lens!
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4) Sigma 50mm F2.8 EX DG Macro – SGD $331.00 ONLY!
– For Nikon F Mount (FX or DX)
Still wondering which Macro lens to buy? We have a very limited number of Sigma’s 50mm Macro (75mm on DX) that is available for this exclusive sale! A true macro lens 1:1 with a very usable focal length, this macro lens is excellent from hunting down insects outdoor to leisure table top macro shoot. Grab while it last!

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5) Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM – SGD $596.00 ONLY!
– For Pentax K Mount.
Let’s not forget about Pentax users and here’s a Pro lens for K Mount.
Widely known for the Pro abilities from events photography to weddings, this lens
is designed and made for working photographers! From image details to sharpness & from its hypersonic Focus speed to focus accuracy, this is the best lens for any Pentax system user!

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6) Sigma 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 APO DG OS HSM – SGD $685.00 ONLY!
– For Sony A-Mount.
A popular Super-telephoto zoom lens that was once the go-to lens for sports, birdings and events photographers. Comes with Sigma’s hybrid Optical Stabilizer, a hypersonic focus engine and it produces sharp images that one can only wonder. When used on Sony’s APSC DSLRs, this little monster gives you an astronomic focal range of 180mm to whopping 600mm! 
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7) Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro HSM – SGD $333.00 ONLY!
– For Sony A-Mount.
One of the best “Walkabout” lens from Sigma (before C Version)! Large aperture, superb focal range, a high magnification ration and a widely known sharp lens, this is one of the most popular travel lens and also the lens that makes your 18-55mm looks dumb.

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8) Sigma 18-50mm F2.8-4 DC OS HSM – SGD $156.00 ONLY!
– For Sony A-Mount & Canon EFS-Mount
This is the lens that was created by Sigma to make your kit lens (your 18-55mm F3.5-5.6) look dumb. Featuring many aspherical elements (ED, IF, LD) with many optical corrections, a fast hypersonic focusing motor and a big aperture from F2.8 to F4, ok, you can throw your kit lens now.

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9) Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS AF – SGD $335.00 ONLY!
– For Pentax K-Mount.
One of the best selling lens from Sigma! A super telephoto zoom lens that costs next to nothing and yet super usable and produces great images!

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10) Sigma SD14 DSLR Camera (body ONLY) – SGD $712.00 ONLY!
– Featuring Sigma’s Legendary Foveon Sensor.
One of the craziest DSLR money can buy today! Sigma’s SD14 DSLR features the same foveon sensor from its flagship SD-1 and comes in a friendly and lighter package.
Do google for the specs!
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Purchase with Purchase Offer! Buy a Sigma SD14 DSLR and you are entitled to purchase Sigma’s Macro Flash – the EF-140 DG macro flash with TTL and fully adjustable setttings for portraits or macro photography at SGD $486.00!


11) Sigma DP2 Merrill Camera – SGD $406.00 ONLY!
– Super Imaging Details on a UltraCompact!
What if I tell you that you can now produce DSLR quality images with Sigma’s DP2 camera? Do google for the specs or read our reviews on this little monster!
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3) Include Your Name & Contact Number.
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO

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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO
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Image: Editor AL with his Olympus OM-D EM-1 MarkII with the NEW Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO.

18th December 2017, Singapore And so, Olympus’s F1.2 PRO lenses are upon us! Together with Olympus’ 25mm F1.2 & 45mm F1.2, the PRO “trinity lenses” are complete for now (although I secretly wish that there’s a 12mm F1.2 or 8mm F1.2).  As a F1.2, many would expect to have a monster size lens that looks oddly out of proportion on a Olympus Micro 4/3 body but nope, not only it looked balance, the weight are properly sorted out for a great user experience.

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Image: Olympus OM-D EM-1 MarkII mounted with the NEW Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO.

Before we proceed, as usual we would like to disclaim that we are reviewing based on user experience rather than a technical review which you can easily find on Olympus’ websites. We are more interested in what the lens can produce and image quality etc. If you are cool, read on.

The Focal length of 17mm in Micro Four Thirds is equivalent (close) to 35mm on a Full Frame format. It’s a favorite focal length for street photographers and wide enough for most photography genres and the super wide aperture of F1.2 simply open up more possibilities for the photographer.

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Image: Olympus OM-D EM-1 MarkII mounted with the NEW Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO. 

Inside the lens, the elements are lined-up in 15 elements in 11 groups which includes
01 x Super ED glass, 03 x ED glasses, 01 x ED-DSA glass, 01 x EDA glass, 01 x Super HR glass &  01 Aspherical glass – Olympus you crazy or what? A quick look at other 35mm F1.4 lenses from other brands seems to suggest that Olympus has decided to sort out all the usual “problems” with 35mm lenses with all the optical corrections done via the lots of expensive elements and the end result is a mighty 17mm with zero distortion, zero axial chromatic aberrations – including on-axis and off-axis! And if you are the photographer who loves to shoot at wide open (F1.2), you will be amazed by the sharpness of the focused area and the insane Feather Bokeh that at the time of review – Olympus is the only manufacturer capable of this optical effect!
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The 9-Blades rounded aperture diaphram creates superb feather bokeh which tapers off the focused area into a progressive off-focus blur which is currently an industry breakthrough – portrait photographers will love how the bokehs are “redesigned” via Olympus’s new PRO lenses. The 17mm is definitely a great example.

And earlier I was saying about the size, the new 17mm measures only a mere 115.3 × 86.7mm and weights like a feather  at 390gm! The 17mm focuses from F1.2 to F16 and it starts focusing from as close as 0.2m giving users a magnification ratio of 0.15x which is amazingly useful!

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Image: Olympus OM-D EM-1 MarkII mounted with the NEW Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO. 

 

The front of the 17mm allows the use of 62mm screw-on filters and the dedicated lens hood comes as standard in the retail box along with a pouch and all the paperwork.
As expected from Olympus’ PRO series, the lens is made splashproof and dustproof and the handling of the lens are very comfortable – I was holding the lens for a good 2 hours during the review shoot and the weight is super manageable.

 

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And so, I took the Olympus 17mm F1.2 PRO out for a walk down Singapore’s Orchard Road and put the lens through its paces and shooting mostly at only F1.2. You may click on the image and select view at 100% to see the sharpness and details captured despite me shooting at F1.2 – be warned, it’s so sharp it cuts. All images are straightened, slightly cropped and added watermarks – otherwise the images are pretty much the same as what I had taken originally straight from the camera!

 

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PC170010.JPGThis image above is an excellent example of “feather bokeh”, although I prefer to call it “progressive Bokeh”. See how the off-focus area tapers off the sharpness level progressively and so smoothly. Can your regular prime lenses do this?

 

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At the equivalent of 34mm, this lens is wide enough for scenes like this and the super big aperture helps a lot especially in inconsistent lighting scenes like this example.

 

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Shooting wide open at F1.2 is not really my thing but for this review, I kinda keep the F1.2 all the way and I like what I am getting from this lens. The colors are 200% accurate and the details captured on the focused area is amazing!

 

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I shot this using manual focusing and to my surprise, the focus ratio is so well made that I got my subject in focus almost as quick as using the auto-focus. I am truly amazed!

 

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Just one hour into using the new Olympus 17mm I am already in love with it! This is one of those lenses that I go “wow wow wow”!!

 

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Against a lighted LED wall, most will end up with silhouettes due to the back light – while I am getting the above shot with my OM-D EM1 MarkII + 17mm Combo.

 

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At F1.2, almost everything can become a Bokeh line/ mass. In this example above, the lighted gift boxes was just less than 30cm away from the sign which I had focused on. Expectedly, everything else becomes bokeh easily!

 

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Took a shot of this street performer at F1.2 and yet, most of him stays in focus while everything else feathers out in a creamy smooth bokeh! When I saw this image – I literally went crazy!

 

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Focused on the Christmas Tree in the centre and shooting at F1.2 – do open this image at 100% and view all the details that were captured! The new 17mm is insanely a street monster lens!

Given the size & weight of this lens, after my 2 hours walk, I feel that I can walk another 2 hours as it is simply light and easy to carry. The images are sharp at wide open and the details captured are amazing! And since Olympus had made this lens (as well as the other Pro lenses) dustproof and splashproof, the new 17mm F1.2 PRO is definitely the new Street Photography or Travel Photography monster lens.

OK Guys, Buy your NEW Olympus 17mm F1.2 PRO & your OM-D EM1 MarkII here.  

 

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Roy Chuang Productions Moves

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Roy Chuang Productions Moves – Studio Upsized!
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15th December 2017, Singapore – Our Accredited Merchant – Roy Chuang Productions had recently announced their new studio! Featuring a super 8000mm x 9000mm shooting area, the new studio is capable of shooting super big groups or large products!

A special make-up area measuring 3000mm x 2000mm has also been incorporated into the new studio design so 2 to 3 make-up artists can work concurrently to minimize studio time. Another part which many minimalistic portrait photographers will like is the raw cement wall measuring 8000mm in length and 3500mm in height – that huge amount of spaces allows a gazillion creative ideas and billions of possibilities!

As an established photography studio, you will expect all that you need for studio work as Roy Chuang Productions is fully equipped as a full service photo studio – lights, strobes, stands, backdrops, amenities, wardrobe knick-knacks etc. You name it, they have it.

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To book the studio, you can visit http://www.roychuangproductions.com/  or visit their facebook here.

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Olympus Launches New F1.2 Additions to Lineup

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Olympus launches new additions to the F1.2 series lineup
– M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO & M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO lens
– The F1.2 series lineup delivers the ultimate bokeh, resulting in the creation of a beautifully defocused ‘feathered bokeh’ while maintaining high resolution


Image: (L to R) Olympus’s New F1.2 Monsters – NEW 45mm F1.2 Pro, the current 25mm F1.2 Pro & NEW 17mm F1.2 Pro.

 

26th October 2017, Singapore – (PRESS RELEASE) Olympus Singapore is pleased to announce the launch of the new additions to the F1.2 series lineup – M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO & M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO. The F1.2 series lineup delivers the most beautiful bokeh and outstanding resolution.

Image: The NEW M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO

These compact, lightweight, high-performance professional F1.2 lens features a dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof (-10°) construction along with fast and high precision AF. It conforms to the Micro Four Thirds System standard and provides amazing mobility. When combined with the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, the 121 point all cross-type On-ship Phase Detection sensor provides wide-range, high precision coverage of subjects. Featuring newly developed ED-DSA lens in the 17mm F1.2 PRO, which Olympus is the first to manufacturer to mass produce.

 

The F1.2 Lens lineup also boasts excellent close-up shooting properties, making it possible to shoot at a closest focusing distance of 20cm and a maximum image magnification of 0.15x (35mm equivalent: 0.3x) for the 17mm F1.2 PRO, while the 45mm F1.2 lens has a closest focusing distance of 50cm and a maximum magnification of 0.1x (35mm equivalent: 0.2x).

Image: The NEW M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO 

 

These two lenses were developed on the same design philosophy as the currently available M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm f/1.2 PRO. The design philosophy consists of delivering a new level of dimensionality achieved by both beautiful feathered bokeh at maximum aperture of F1.2 and outstanding resolution.

 

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Optical breakthroughs from Olympus’ optical R&D focused on not only the size but also the aesthetics of the bokeh, making main subjects, such as people, stand out in a truly magnificent way. Newly developed ED-DSA lens is included on the M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO, which possesses the characteristics of both ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens and DSA lens, of which Olympus was the first manufacturer to successfully mass produce.

Image: The NEW M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO

 

The new lenses complete a series where characteristics of the feathered bokeh are shared across the three lenses, this benefits not only still photographers but also videographers. Thus resulting in a series that allows for consistency of feathered bokeh across differing focal lengths. Additionally, location and physical size of focusing rings are similar across the range allowing for easier setups of complex manual focusing mechanisms suited to videography when the manual focusing clutch is engaged.

Image: The NEW M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO

Here’s some information based on the Official Press Release, for more information You should visit Olympus’s website.

TECHNOLOGY & FEATURE ADDENDUM

i. Incredible depictive performance delivering both beautiful feathered bokeh and outstanding resolution.
Feathered bokeh refers to a bokeh style where the bokeh transitions smoothly from the in-focus to the out-of-focus, provides a smoother overall background bokeh, and thus makes the subject stand out more beautifully.

In order to achieve feathered bokeh, an aberration measuring instrument was utilized to measure defocusing at the aberration level. This ultra-high precision aberration measurement instrument that was produced by our extensive experience in the development of advanced microscope technology, to accurately measure aberrations, helped in the development of lenses that optimize the level of aberrations while minimizing unwanted aberrations in the lens to ensure beautiful quality bokeh.

Image: The Current M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1.2 PRO – and with the 2 NEW Zuikos, the trinity is complete.

 

Newly developed ED-DSA lens is included on the M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO. The EDDSA lens possesses the characteristics of both ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens and DSA lens, of which Olympus was the first manufacturer to successfully mass produce. The ED-DSA lens makes it possible to significantly reduce the number of lens elements, resulting in a lighter product. This construction also effectively compensates for various types of aberrations that tend to occur on wide-angle lenses, such as chromatic aberration, distortion, and color bleeding on the image periphery (magnification chromatic aberration). Extensive use of special lenses incorporated into 15 elements in 11 groups makes outstanding imaging performance possible.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO also contains 3 optimally placed and bonded lens elements including one ED lens, which effectively compensate for out-of-focus color bleeding (axial chromatic aberration), a common problem on large-aperture lenses, as well as peripheral color bleeding (magnified chromatic aberration). The extensive use of special lenses incorporated into 14 elements in 10 groups results in excellent optical performance that delivers feathered bokeh effects and accurate detail reproductions, even at the widest aperture setting.

Both lenses use the same Z Coating Nano technology as on the M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1.2 PRO for sharp, clear image quality that significantly reduces ghosts and flares that tend to occur in backlit shots.

Image: The Current M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm F1.2 PRO – and with the 2 NEW Zuikos, the trinity is complete. 

 

ii. Fast & high-precision AF
Both lenses are equipped with an MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) mechanism. Even though these are large-aperture lenses, a lightweight focusing unit allows quiet and high-speed focusing. Most importantly, there are no limitations on AF performance with CSC cameras, as is typical with DSLR cameras when a fast speed lens is used. The 121 point all-cross type On-chip Phase Detection AF sensor provides wide-range, high-precision coverage of subjects even when using a large-aperture f/1.2 lens with the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Using Face Priority or Eye Priority AF, which are highly regarded by professional portrait photographers, brings out the true power of these large aperture lenses.

iii. Excellent mobility with a compact, lightweight construction and dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof (-10°) performance
Our amazingly compact, lightweight system provides unrivalled mobility with the F1.2 prime lens series. The same operability is realized by making the overall length and the maximum diameter almost the same size. A uniform lens filter diameter across the three F1.2 lenses allows the photographer to use the same lens filters such as ND filters and PL filters. The f/1.2 prime lens series also features reliable dustproof, splashproof and freezeproof (-10°C) performance as the M.Zuiko PRO series for use under any weather conditions.

1. Other Features
i. Excellent close-up shooting
The M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO has a closest focusing distance of 20 cm and a maximum image magnification of 0.15x (35mm equivalent: 0.3x), while the M.Zuiko Digital ED 45mm F1.2 PRO has a closest focusing distance of 50 cm and a maximum image magnification of 0.1x (35mm equivalent: 0.2x), giving these two lenses the same top class close-up shooting abilities as the M.Zuiko Digital ED 25mm f/1.2 PRO.

ii. Design
These lenses were designed with the high level professional photographer in mind. The focusing ring placed at the front of the lens makes focusing easier when paired with the large grip of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Keeping the L-Fn button on a gently curving surface makes it easy to access. The MF Clutch mechanism makes it possible to instantly switch between auto and manual focusing mode by pulling the focusing ring toward you.

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Registered Membership Fee Adjustment
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19th October 2017, Singapore – Group Announcement –


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Sigma 30mm Mirrorless DUO

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Sigma 30mm Mirrorless DUO – Reviewed!
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Image: (L-R) Guest Reviewer Kervin Ng, Editor AL, Guest Reviewer KK Lim.

 

18th October 2017, Singapore – We posted a review of the Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART (in Sony E-mount) last year and Sigma Singapore recently sent us the new Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary in Micro Four Third mount. After much thought, I decided to round up 2 Olympus users and have them as our guest reviewers while I curate and play the role as a controller. I guess that will be really interesting to have 2 advance photographers to do the review instead of me doing every other review. (lol!).

 

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Image: (L-R) Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART & Sigma F1.4 DC DN Contemporary. 

 

Kervin Ng & KK Lim, both Olympus users are excited when I told them they will be doing the review for both versions of Sigma’s 30mm for mirrorless cameras. And I decided that both should do the review shoot at Hougang Central. Hougang is an interesting town in Singapore, strangely I find that the people at Hougang to be much more friendly, more warmth and conversational (in my view) than other parts of Singapore. Then again, that’s just my view!

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Image: Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART.

 

Back to the Sigma lenses, before we proceed, (and as usual) we would like to disclaim that we are reviewing based on user experience rather than a technical review which you can easily find on Sigma’s websites. We are more interested in what the lens can produce and image quality etc. If you are cool, read on.

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Image: Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART.

 

Many are puzzled why Sigma has 2 versions of 30mm in 2 different line (Art & Contemporary) and to add to the confusion, the new DC DN F1.4 was categorized under the “C” aka Contemporary Line while the DN F2.8 was made as an “A” aka Art Line lens. Trust me, we are confused too but as we did the review, it became clear to us what Sigma was trying to do. For the simple reason that the F1.4 gives users a touch-preview of Art Line’s quality images, fun of shooting with wide opened apertures and the F2.8 was really made for serious photographers who wants the most out of their every images.

 

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Image: Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary. 

 

Let’s take a physical look at both lenses. The new Sigma F1.4 DC DN C lens (64.8mm x 73.3mm) stands taller than the Sigma F2.8 DN A lens (60.8mm x 40.5mm) and the C lens weights slightly heavier at 265gm than the A lens which is 140gm. Both lenses are built with high quality material however the A lens feels more expensive than the C in this area. The A lens accepts 46mm screw-on filters on the front while the C accepts 52mm. Both lenses comes with dedicated lends hood in the retail box too.

 

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Internally, the C lens has 9 elements in 7 groups while the A lens has 7 elements in 5 groups and here comes the juicy part – the C lens has 9 rounded aperture blades while the A lens has 7 rounded aperture blades – in the optical world, the C lens will produce rounder bokehs than the A lens. Both lenses starts focusing from as close as 30cm with the C lens focuses from F1.4 to F16 while the A lens focuses from F2.8 to F22 and that should give you an obvious hint that both lenses are designed for different applications.
And when both lenses are mounted to a Micro Four Third system, it gives the user a 35mm equivalent of 60mm focal length that is very good for street photography or mid-range portraiture works.

 

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Image: Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary. 

 

 

So, I passed both the lenses to Kervin & KK last weekend and briefly shared about Hougang and off they went with the lenses. I told them to capture the various sights, people and everything that best showcase Hougang and they did. Do check out their images below as well as their comments from using both lenses. (All review images below are mildly edited with straightening, cropping, adjustment of exposure and adding of water marks – everything else was left as it is).

Let’s check out their photos and see what they had made Hougang out to be.

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And next, are the images from the both of them using the Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN Art lens.PA150491PA150493PA150510

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There are a lot more awesome images which both Kervin & KK Lim will be posting on their Facebook pages. If you wish to check out the rest of the images that were shot by both lenses, please pop by Kervin’s Facebook or KK Lim’s Facebook.
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Now let’s hear what they have to say about both Sigma 30mm lenses!

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Kervin – “Both lenses are very similar yet different. Each has its unique quality and definitely made for different users. Although both lenses are sharp, the F2.8 Art is really more of a street lens as compared to the F1.4 Contemporary which I feel that it is made more towards portraits use. The wider aperture of the C lens also suggests that this lens is also suitable for indoor or shooting in low light scenes. The F2.8 Art is simply an excellent  street lens in my view. My favorite has to be the F2.8 Art.”  

 

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KK Lim – “After using both versions, I felt that the focusing on the Art lens is much faster than the C lens, but both lenses gave me equally sharp images even when shooting wide open. On the images, the C lens seems to be more contrasty when paired to my Olympus camera, it could be just me. As for handling, I like the fact that both lenses are light, small and very manageable.  The focal length of 30mm (60mm) is also great for street photography. The wide aperture of the F1.4 simply makes my images pop and more 3D, I’d take the F1.4 C anytime!” 

 

Editor – From what I had noticed, both Kervin & KK had tried both lenses and they both like certain aspects of each lenses – further confirming my earlier thoughts in the beginning of this article that both lenses are really made and designed for different applications even though the focal length is the same. At press time, I do not know the retail price of both lenses, I am sure Sigma had priced them closely and if you are looking for prime lenses for your mirrorless system, do check out both versions of Sigma’s 30mm and I am sure you will find the 30mm that you need.

OK Guys, Buy your NEW Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART or 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary here.  

 

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Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN ART


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Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN ART
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09th October 2017, Singapore –  Following our recent review on the Sigma 19mm DN ART, and as promised, today we will be looking at the Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN ART and later this month we will have both the Sigma 30mm DN ART reviewed too. As previously mentioned, the demand for mirrorless system lenses are on the rise as consumers are slowly moving into mirrorless systems or adding the mirrorless system to their inventory and at this moment – direct mount-on 3rd party lenses for the mirrorless system are still rare and (luckily) Sigma is one of the first 3rd party lens manufacturer providing mirrorless shooters with affordable and quality lenses for this segment.

Before we proceed, as usual we would like to disclaim that we are reviewing based on user experience rather than a technical review which you can easily find on Sigma’s websites. We are more interested in what the lens can produce and image quality etc. If you are cool, read on.

 

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The Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN ART is a mid-range telephoto prime lens giving Micro Four Thirds users a 120mm focal length and 90mm for the E-mount system. Similar to other Sigma’s DN Art lenses, the 60mm ART comes in 2 finishing namely the black or chrome finishing. The lens barrel oozes everything as expected from a Sigma ART lens – solid built, beautiful design and the balance – once mounted to a camera is near perfect for handling – giving users a satisfying experience while using this lens.Internally, the 60mm was designed and made for performance – there’s 8 elements in 6 groups including Sigma’s proven Super Low Dispersion (SLD) glass & Aspherical glass ensuring all distortions, chromatic aberrations are eliminated effectively resulting in sharp and contrasty high quality images. We also like the new linear AF motor that focuses really fast and silently while accurately landed a focus point every time!

 

 

 

Designed as a 7-bladder, the bokeh produced are creamy smooth (which you can see my examples later) and the lens starts focuses from just 50cm away from your subject and that allows many possible subjects or framing and stopping from F2.8 to F22. With that combo, you get a magnification ratio of 1:7.2 that is very, very useful. (if you shoot birds or sports). The front accepts 46mm screw-on filters to be used not forgetting the lens also comes with Sigma’s Super Coating on the front element which completes the lens as a whole.

 

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The Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN ART lens is compact and light (surprisingly) for this focal length measuring at 60.8mm x 55.5mm weights a mere 190gm. Like all Sigma DN ART lenses, the lens comes with a carrying pouch and lens hood are standard in the retail box.

 

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Yes, till today, ALL Sigma lenses are still manufactured in Japan. In terms of quality, this is also why photographers around the world still prefers Sigma lenses.

 

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And so, I took the Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN ART & pair it with my Olympus OM-D E-M1 MarkII and went out recently to Chinatown for the Mid- Autumn Festival light-up.
I shot everything else that came into my frame. All images are adjusted for exposure and straightened – some are cropped but you may still click on the images and view at 100% up to 300% – everything else was pretty much left as it is so that everyone can see what this lens is capable of.
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I shot this Uncle Cobbler from really far away. I remembered the last time when I shot him – I was standing too near and he started smiling and that is not natural, so I wanted a shot of him while he was concentrating on his work and I got it this round. I was standing almost more than 50 metres away nearer to the Chinatown MRT Exit & his stall was right outside the hawker centre – ok now you know how far that was.
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Low light is not a problem at all and when your subject is a lighted goldfish and hanging above the roads and a distance of 10 metres away or a lighted family display across the road. The Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN ART never disappoints! I’ve gotten sharp images easily.
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Heard about this grouchy lantern seller who is known to scold photographers who took photos of his lanterns without buying one – I shot this from across the road from another shop and this was how I use the telephoto focal length to my advantage.
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Apart from able to shoot subjects discreetly, I really like the colors produced by the Sigma lens + Olympus camera combo. The colors are natural yet rich and I am also amazed by the amount of details captured in my frame.
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Bokehs are excellent (and expected from a Sigma ART lens) and it really pops the subject easily. Most of the images in this review are shot at F2.8 and you can see if for yourself how nice is the bokeh and yet the subject that is on focus is super sharp!
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My Verdict – the Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN ART is really the “underdog”. Seriously no one will know that you are shooing in telephoto range as the lens is compact and looks like a walkabout lens. It produces sharp images with nice bokehs with minimal distortions and performs exceptionally well in low light conditions. It is fast-focusing and very quiet during operations and if you are looking to expand your lens inventory for your mirrorless system – do Check Out Sigma’s DN ART lenses! We will be back with the 30mm F2.8 & 30mm F1.4 DN ART lenses’ review soon!

 

OK Guys, Buy your NEW Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN ART here.  

 

 

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