ToyArt Photography Competition 2022 Prize Presentation

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ToyArt Photography Competition 2022 Prize Presentation

17th September 2022, Singapore/Malaysia –

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS!

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
CATHAY PHOTO STORE
CHRONICLES INC

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Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | C

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Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | C
Review by Editor AL Lee

Image: Editor AL out with a Sony a7R mounted with Sigma 16-28mm (C)

 

16th September 2022, Singapore/Malaysia – We received Sigma’s latest Ultra Wide Angle Zoom lens 2 week ago and we had been thinking how shall we review this lens. The new Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | C – is a Contemporary line lens that we kinda suspect its a “prank lens” from Sigma. Why so? To us, it is obvious that Sigma is poking fun at Tamron’s 17-28mm F2.8 & Sony’s 16-36mm F2.8 GM – by offering a 1 millimeter wider  focal length lens than Tamron & by offering a much cheaper priced lens than Sony. After being in photography for so many years, we had seen how Sigma had “poked fun” at various lens makers like Canon, Nikon, Tamron by releasing a similar focal length or greater focal length lens while offering the lens at a cheaper price than the said brands while giving the public a good quality lens. So the new Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | C – when it was released as a Contemporary line lens we knew Sigma is at it again.


Image: Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | C

We are all so used to Ultra Wide Angle zoom lenses (UWAZ) to be huge and bulky but the Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | C is anything but bulky. Measuring just 77mm x 103mm and weights only 450gm, this is probably the lightest version for a UWAZ.

Sigma only made this lens for Sony E mount and Leica L mount (as usual). We were hoping for an image stabilizer but it was not included but everything else is very Sigma. From the TSC-made lens barrel, high quality switches and the layout of the lens, visually it had every design cue from the current Sigma line of lenses.

 


Image: Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | C

Those familiar with Sigma will know that all Sigma lenses are still being produced in Japan unlike other brands – so in terms of build quality, you are getting JDM standards. Inside the lens, the optics are arranged into 16 elements in 11 groups – this is impressive as lights is going to pass through a total of 5 FLD (‘Fluorite’ Low Dispersion) & 4 aspherical elements giving the user an unsurpassed edge-to-edge sharpness. Chromatic aberrations are also kept to a minimum which is great especially for such a capable lens with a low asking price. The front elements comes standard with Sigma’s Super Multi-Layer Coatings and Nano Porous Coatings to effectively reduce ghosting and flare.

The 9 rounded-blades aperture focuses from F2.8 to F22 as expected and the front minimum focusing distance is mere 25cm which is good for general close-up shots. It take a 72mm front screw-on filter & Petal type lens hood (LH756-01) is also included in the retail box.

So far this lens really makes us feel that Sigma may have “mis-categorized” this lens as everything seems to be very “ART-like”.


Image: Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | C

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Image: Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | C

 

The Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | C  uses a linear stepping motor to power the focusing and it is designed for fast & quiet operation. Although many claimed that it is not as fast as the Hypersonic focusing (HSM), it is fast enough for most photography genres and shooting environments.

The Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | C at a Glance.

  • Compact size and exceptional optical quality
  • Bright F2.8 constant aperture
  • Inner zoom for optimal balance
  • Convenient 72mm front filter thread
  • Responsive and near-silent stepping focus motor
  • Mount with dust and splash resistant structure
  • TSC (Thermally Stable Composite) construction
  • Designed to minimize flare and ghosting
  • Rounded 9-blade diaphragm
  • Compatible with Lens Aberration Correction*

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We took the Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN | C for a walk during one of our academy’s workshop and put this lens through its pace. Let’s see how it performed on the streets.

Being an Ultra Wide Angle Zoom lens, the advantage of having the ultra wide angle is really great for street photography, architectures or street scenes. One great example will be the below shot of the Buddha Relic Temple from right across the road.

On street use, the Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 is super capable for street scenes. The zoom focal length range allows lots of shooting and framing flexibility. I also like how fast the lens is focusing. There were times I really think Sigma had put in the HSM secretly just to prank users.

 

 

Despite walking under the hot 35 degree sun that day, the Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 did not add on to my fatigue as it is not heavy and very manageable, making it a great choice if you just wanna have 1 lens to walk through streets after streets looking for subjects. The amount of details captured are pleasing.

The Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 is really fast when it comes to focusing and the edge-to-edge sharpness is for real. The super-accurate focusing also allows me to frame and shoot fast especially in an uncontrolled environment like the streets and people around.

The 9 rounded blades apertures gives super creamy bokeh when it shoots wide open (wide aperture), this lens will be also great for wide angle portraits too.

The below shot, I was standing right in front of the wall and the lens still focused and check out the amount of details captured. Amazing lens.

In Summary, the Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 is a very capable and value-for-money lens. You can use this lens from landscape to street photography to portraits and close-ups. It can also be a super travel-lens too if you want to travel light and just have 1 lens that can shoot almost everything within your sight. Apart from its humble asking price, the lens build is of high quality and Sigma had spared no costs in the optics too. All I can say, you are getting a lot for your money.

We are still laughing as Sigma use that 1 extra millimeter to prank Tamron (17-28mm) and selling so much cheaper than Sony’s GM (16-35mm). Sigma had been very consistent with their lens quality for the last 9 years and it is definitely winning the market.

Our Recoomendation – GET THIS LENS!

here’s a parting shot by Nash Koh.

Buying this Lens
If you need an ultra-wide angle zoom lens that does almost everything, the Sigma 16-28mm F2.8 DG DN (C) is your best choice, you should go ahead & buy this lens. Buy from our accredited merchants for a peace of mind!

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

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Reviewer: Chief Editor AL Lee
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ToyArt Photography Competition 2022 WINNERS ANNOUNCED

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ToyArt Photography Competition 2022 WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Text by Li Shiqing, Edited by Melody Tan

Image: Attendees from the ToyArt Series II Outing hosted by Ourshutterjourney Photography Academy


09th September 2022, Singapore
The ToyArt Photo Competition 2022 “In Action” was organized by Ourshutterjourney.com, Chronicles Inc (with Genesis Frontier), Cathay Photo & supported by Ourshutterjourney Photography Academy.

Congratulations to ALL the WINNERS!
We have included Special Mentions section too.
(Winners list after the jump)

Auditing
– Submission CLOSED on 24th August 2022 at SGT 23:59 hours.
– Total Submission: 297
– Accepted: 127
– Rejected: 170

Breakdown
– Rejected (Blur/Out of Focus): 38
– Rejected (Wrong Orientation/Square/Portrait): 59
– Rejected (Submitted with No Caption/Too Much Caption): 36
– Rejected (Multiple Submission/Excessive Submission): 23
– Rejected (Sent Raw): 11
– Rejected (Corrupted): 3

 


Image: Attendees from the ToyArt Series I Outing hosted by Ourshutterjourney Photography Academy

 

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Judges:
– Cathay Photo Store.
– Chronicles Inc
– Ourshutterjourney.com
*All decisions made by the Judges are final.

Theme: In Action
The theme “In Action” was selected because toys are motionless and are mostly limited in poses, this created a challenge for photographers to bring “life” to the toys by depicting the figurines in a story or make-believe that the toys are actually moving or playing out a story. Using clever & creative ways to compose their entries, the crossing of fiction and blending into reality is indeed a test of each photographer’s creativity, technical knowledge and skills.

Are You Ready to View the Winners’ works?
We have included the Judges’ Notes below too!

 

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The Winning Entries! (with Judges Notes)

1st Prize – Entry 28
Photographer: Richard Chia
Caption: “Snip..Snip.. RX-78-2 Gundam”

Judges’ Notes: The RX-78-2 Gundam Mobile Suit is one of the most iconic model kit from the Gundam brand. Richard cleverly depicted and framed this shot against a cloud background giving the mobile suit the “above the clouds” feel which is correctly depicted in the animation series. Interesting and well executed.

 

 

2nd Prize – Entry 40
Name : Loh Chiueh Eyen
Caption: “For the spirit of wushu, this will be the ULTIMATE DUEL, we will fight from dawn to dusk, rain or shine, to determine the Ultimate true warrior and Champion”

Judges’ Notes: These figurines of monks had been around for as long as we can all remember. But using these figurines, posed them, and dropped leaves at the background and shooting them on a rocky surface with the skyline at the back – this becomes a scene from a movie. Creatively done and nicely executed!

 

 

3rd Prize – Entry 125
Name : Loke Man Kai
Caption: “Check your gears and ready for action !!!

Judges Notes: These are not your regular dolls. Dolls photographers will know the pain in getting the accessories “right” and in this submission by Loke, there were 2 dolls in action, 1 doing a selfie and another is posing with a camera with a telephoto lens. Many didn’t even notice the 2nd doll. The scale management is excellent and although the dolls are just toys, everything is so right in this image. Well Done.

 

 

Consolations Prizes (Not in any particular order)

Consolation Prize 1 – Entry 19
Photographer: Serene Ong
Caption: let’s go anywhere

Judges Notes: Simple but clever use of same scale figurines and using reflections to create this interesting image. For a moment, we all thought this was a screengrab directly from the animation series – but it is too real to be fake and too fictional to be real at the same time. Simple idea but an image with impact. Good job!

 

Consolation Prize 2 – Entry 43
Photographer: Ken Loh
Caption: The multi-verse of madness gets madder!

Judges Notes: Scooby Doo & Shaggy driving a van, Spider man recreating a scene from the cruise ship incident, Tin Tin’s dog. Now this is a messed up story here, so Spiderman is trying to prevent Tintin’s dog from getting ran over by the Scooby van. This image took the judging panel a while to fully understand, which is exciting & interesting. In addition, Ken put in much effort to recreate scenes – you can check out his other entries. Thanks Ken for sharing such an interesting shot with us & everyone!

 

Consolation Prize 3 – Entry 62
Photographer: Jolyn Goh
Caption: Caption: Let’s fight for it! Moving forward is never easy! You fight to Hold On! Always fight for what you want!

Judges Notes: The judging panel took a while to relate this shot to the competition theme. In deep thoughts while grinning at infinity is indeed a form of action and in this case, several notable points were observed, from the clever use of plants, flare from the sun (or torchlight we don’t know) and the placement of Luffy (the figurine), everything adds up to a great shot! Good job Jolyn!

 

 

 

Special Mentions!
– these are the submissions that had scored high points but falling short of a few points from the winning entries!

Special Mentions – Entry 22
Photographer: Kenneth Chui
Caption: Street Scene – Newspaper & Magazine Stall

Judges Notes: Shooting miniatures involves several important factors. First the figurines must be well-detailed and painted, secondly, the photographer must know the best angle to shoot. Kenneth picked this angle that showcased the entire store with its surroundings which is important for this image. from the roller shutter, the lottery ticket table, the displays of newspapers and magazine, did anyone spotted the cat too?  Lifelike and bringing us into another world using a carefully captured angle, well done Kenneth!

 

Special Mentions – Entry 115
Photographer: Kelvin Won
Caption: Anata, Aishiteru~

Judges Notes: Shooting toys or dolls in this case of Kelvin’s entry, one of the challenges is to manage the scale of the figurines and carefully blend them into our world. Kelvin had  picked a spot to set up these dolls which the end results are lifelike and scaled closely from their world to our world. So this shot also serves to remind everyone that its not about how expensive or how detailed is your toys, it is about how much you know how to manage their scales and create realistic shots with it. We love this image Kelvin, thank you!

 

Special Mentions – Entry 127
Photographer: Lee Siew Ni
Caption: LOVE warms more than a thousand fires.

Judges Notes: Siew Ni’s submission really defines the use of “less is more” logic when shooting toys. Using a simple background with vegetations, and using the sun light that pierced through the trees, this is a simple & clean shot of a pair of lovers. We love it due to its simplicity and how it matches the captions which is simple, innocent and its all about love. Good job Siew Ni!

 

 

The Prizes! 
(All Winners had been contacted for Prize Collection – we will be back with photos!)

1st Prize: Winner Richard Chia
– JOBY Gorillapod 3K Pro Kit (worth S$179) by Cathay Photo Store Pte Ltd
– Phat Company, SSSS.Gridman Akane Shinjo Figure (Worth $227) by Chronicles Inc – In collaboration with Genesis Frontier

2nd Prize: Winner Loh Chiueh Eyen
– JOBY Gorillapod 3K Kit (worth S$108)
– Good Smile Company, Fate Grand Order Saber/Altria Pendragon: Heroic Spirit Formal Dress Version Figure (Worth $154) by Chronicles Inc – In collaboration with Genesis Frontier

3rd Prize: Winner Loke Man Kai
– JOBY Podzilla Large Kit (worth S$79) by Cathay Photo Store Pte Ltd
– Toytec, Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & Secret Hideout Nendoroid No. 1543 Ryza (Worth $103)

03 x Consolation Prizes: Winners Serene Ong, Ken Loh & Jolyn Goh 
– JOBY Podzilla Medium Kit (worth S$64) by Cathay Photo Store Pte Ltd
– Re Zero Rem in Circus SSS Figure, Furyu Demon Slayer Toonize Tanjiro x 2. (Worth $27 each) by Chronicles Inc – In collaboration with Genesis

View all the Accepted Entries here!

 

Closing Note from Judges:
This is the first post-covid photo competition and we are pleased to receive so many great entries. Many had put in lots of effort to create the story in their images and how we wish everyone can win. We were also humbled by how far some of the photographers took to painfully build up a background scene just to take a single shot. It simply amazed us that Toy Photography is still going on so strongly and we hope this movement will continue, so that we all may continue to enjoy these amazing images from all of you. Thank you Everyone, we hope everyone had fun & keep shooting!
– Judging Panelists  
(Cathay Photo / Chronicles Inc / Ourshutterjourney)


Open Photo Critique Session (Free)
Ourshutterjourney Photography Academy is conducting an Open Photo Critique for the competition entries and all Photographers who had submitted successfully are encouraged to join. The session will be hosted by one of the Judges – Allan Lee, Principal Trainer of Ourshutterjourney Photography Academy on
Date: 13th September 2022
Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm
At: 10 Anson Road, #03-54, International Plaza, Singapore 079903
To Register for this Free Session, you are required to RSVP
– via Whatapps to +65 8388 8135
– or email to editorial_ourshutterjourney@hotmail.com
– See You there!

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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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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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Ricoh GR IIIx Part 2 – Review (Malacca)

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Ricoh GR IIIx Part 2 – Review (Malacca)
Reviewed by Serene Ong, Edited by Melody Tan

Image: Review Editor Serene Ong in Melaka with the Ricoh GR IIIx.

17th July 2022, Malaysia – Following our Part 1 review of the Ricoh GR IIIx, which was done by our Chief Editor AL, we had promised Ricoh’s Singapore Distributor (APD) that we will return with a Part 2 review that will be done “elsewhere”. As fate has it, Editor AL was down with a serious bout of Covid-19 (He has since recovered) and the editorial team decided to appoint our Review Editor Serene Ong to do the part 2 review for the Ricoh GR IIIx.

For a quick refresh, the  GRIIIx comes with a 24MP APS-C sensor and a fixed focal length of 26.1mm (40mm equivalent) with a bright aperture F2.8 lens. Comes standard with in-body image stabilization, a new hybrid autofocus system, built-in neutral density filter and if you wish to read more about the specs, do check out the part 1 review here.

Our Review Editor Serene Ong informed us that she will be taking the Ricoh GR IIIx to Melaka (Malacca) in Malaysia to review this little street monster. Let’s see what she shot in Melaka and what she thinks of the Ricoh GR IIIx.

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Text by Serene Ong
Firstly, I was thrilled to be issued the Ricoh GR IIIx, secondly I had never travelled with a compact camera and so this is going to be really interesting. Before I went Melaka, I was reading AL’s review and find that this is going to challenging as I am used to wide angel shots and using zoom lens during my trips. However, with a fixed focal length of 40mm (35mm equivalent), I was a little worried that I might not be able to capture what I usually shoots. 


Image: A view from my hotel room, shot with Ricoh GR IIIx

And so, without further hesitation, I packed the Ricoh GR IIIx and an Ulanzi Tripod and went to Melaka. I must say, first time travelling with a compact without my usual gear (Olympus) feels kinda insecure. But the editorial team (Melody & AL) convinced me that I will enjoy this camera.

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After I arrived in Melaka, I wasted no time to put the Ricoh GR IIIx to work.  I shot mainly in Manual Mode & Program Mode for this trip. First stop, I headed straight to the Christ Church Melaka, one of the tourist icon at Melaka. It was sunny, hot & humid.

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Image: Christ Church Melaka, shot with Ricoh GR IIIx


Image: Colorful Tricycles outside Christ Church Melaka, shot with Ricoh GR IIIx

The GR IIIx focusing was super fast and accurate, and the colors & details it captured amazed me. I am still getting used to this compact while feeling strange that I am all the way here at Melaka without my Olympus.

After exploring Christ Church, I crossed the bridge to Jonker Walk – where all tourists will come as this is a bucket list location for many.


Image: Jonker Walk, shot with Ricoh GR IIIx

Jonker walk, also known as Chicken Soup Street in local lingo are a hotspot for tourists looking to immerse in the rich and colorful Peranakan culture. Food, merchandise, local produce and souvenirs are all readily available here.

I went into a restaurant to cool off from the heat and to check out these heritage shop houses.


Image: Inside a Peranakan Restaurant, shot with Ricoh GR IIIx


Image: Chendol served by the Peranakan Restaurant, shot with Ricoh GR IIIx

Activated the Macro Mode and did a shot of the famous local Chendol, a shaved ice desert with boiled red beans, jelly, coconut milk and Gula Melaka (coconut sugar). This cooling and sweet desert is a must-try if you visits Melaka. Check out the Bokeh too, amazing for a compact.

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Image: Stroll along Jonker Walk, shot with Ricoh GR IIIx
Jonker Walk is indeed colorful and full of flavors. Although the sun and heat is crazy, it is an interesting place to be when You are in Melaka. I am getting comfortable with the Ricoh GR IIIx as it is indeed a very capable little camera. Ricoh has always been “branded” as a street photography brand, and I can finally try it for myself and agree.

I never knew that a tiny compact camera like Ricoh GR IIIx can be used like a regular camera with its (very capable) Manual Mode and the focusing speed can easily beat many entry level or Semi-Pro DSLRs or Mirrorless cameras.


Image: Drink Seller along Jonker Walk, shot with Ricoh GR IIIx


Image: Entrance of Straits Hokkien Clan Association at  Jonker Walk, shot with Ricoh GR IIIx

The colors of the various scenes are captured “as it is” and in fact all the images in this review are mostly untouched and not edited. Only minor straightening and adding of watermarks, the other aspects of the images are left untouched as there is no need for further editing, that is how accurate the colors are rendered from the GR IIIx.


Image: Murals along Jonker Walk, shot with Ricoh GR IIIx

Day 2 in Melaka, I took a walk (with the help of Google’ Map) to several museums (both indoor & outdoor). The Ricoh GR IIIx behaved well and I got my shots pretty easily despite the blazing sun and the occasional overcast (which can darken the whole scene by a whopping 50%).


Image: An old KTM Train, shot with Ricoh GR IIIx


Image: An old passenger plane, shot with Ricoh GR IIIx


Image: Dutch Settlers came in this, shot with Ricoh GR IIIx

And how huge is this ship? Use the stone bench in the image as a size comparison. After this I went up the Menara Taming Sari, a rotating viewing platform with a 360 degree panaromic view of Melaka. (Similar to the one we have at Sentosa, Singapore).


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I got a great overview of Melaka town. And as the viewing platform was constantly rotating (faster than our Sentosa version), I am glad the Ricoh GR IIIx was able to focus and shoot fast. Check out the images below.


Image: During the ascend inside the Taming Sari, shot with Ricoh GR IIIx


Image: Inside the Taming Sari, shot with Ricoh GR IIIx


Image: Inside the Taming Sari, shot with Ricoh GR IIIx


Image: Inside the Taming Sari, shot with Ricoh GR IIIx

 

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Next, I pop on the Melaka River Cruise. I was told that the Ricoh GR IIIx has a capable in-built image stabilizer, so I decided to trying shooting on the cruise ferry.


Image: A view from the cruise ferry along the river, shot with Ricoh GR IIIx


Image: A view from the cruise ferry along the river, shot with Ricoh GR IIIx


Image: A view from the cruise ferry along the river, shot with Ricoh GR IIIx


Image: A view from the cruise ferry along the river, shot with Ricoh GR IIIx


Image: A view from the cruise ferry along the river, shot with Ricoh GR IIIx

And how can anyone say they visit Melaka without a visit to the Melaka Straits Mosque (Masjid Selat Melaka)? Armed with GR IIIX & Ulanzi tripod, using a slower shutter and risking sand flies, my parting shot below. Bye Melaka, See You Again Soon@


Image: Masjid Selat Melaka at dusk, shot with Ricoh GR IIIx

Summary:
Well, I never expect that I did travelled with the Ricoh GR IIIx and I survived without my wide angle lenses. The Ricoh GR IIIx is indeed a crazy little monster. The capabilities can easily matched any mirrorless or DSLR while the amount of details captured in every image is pure stunning. Best part, I can easily slip the Ricoh GR IIIx into any bag due to the tiny size and it weights like a mobile phone. I love the colors and how the way the camera behaves and operates. If you are considering to get a super compact, get the Ricoh GR IIIx!

Special Thanks to Ourshutterjourney.com Editorial Team & Audio & Photo Distributors (Singapore Ricoh Distributor) for making this trip & review possible!

See you again soon Melaka!
– Serene Ong, Review Editor.


Image: Review Editor Serene Ong, shot with Ricoh GR IIIx on Ulanzi Tripod.


Buying this Camera
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Renting this Camera
For those of you who wish to try out the lens before purchase, we are pleased to share that this camera may be available for rental (do call them to check) at our appointed rental merchant:

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Contributing Review Editor – Serene Ong
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Started photography with a strong affinity in Long Exposure and Macro, Serene has created a following under the name of “Serene Digital Crafts”. She is an experimental photographer who will keep trying until she gets the shots that she had envisioned on her mind. Of a joyful character and friendly personality, Serene had started to contribute to gear review during her free time over the last few years. 

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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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Mural Workshop & Photowalk by Stephen Lee

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Mural Workshop & Photowalk by Stephen Lee
– Text by Melody Tan

Image by AL Lee


06th July 2022, Singapore –
Dear OSJ/SJS Card Members! We are pleased to announce of an upcoming Workshop + Photowalk for the month of September 2022.

We are pleased to have Stephen Lee, a tour curator and content creator for a local company to publish pictorial virtual guide and guided tour for Heritage, Historical And Art Scenes in Singapore. Stephen is also well known for his street photography in the photography circle.

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Most mural found in Singapore are intertwine with our history, culture and vanished trades. And they co-existed with us through generations appearing as casual works of Art, though casual, each mural has a story to tell, a meaning to be defined and a sight to behold.


Image by AL Lee

registration details below

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For this workshop/ Photowalk, Stephen will be covering Telok Ayer District, Chinatown District  & Kota Ayer District. There will be a Sit-in workshop at a classroom, followed by lunch then the photowalk!


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registration details below

 

 


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Registration Details: (For OSJ/SJS Card Members ONLY)
*Pre-Registration Required/ Max 20 pax

Fees: Free / Entrance by OSJ/SJS Card Only
Date: 10th September 2022
Part 1: Workshop (Slides Presentation)
10.30am – Check-In / Registrations
11.00am – Workshop/ Presentation by Stephen Lee
12.00nn – Lunch Break

Part 2: Photowalk (led by Stephen Lee)
01.15pm – Photowalk commence
04.00pm – Event Ends

To Register, please whatapps your Name, your OSJ/SJS Card Number to 9764-9167.
*You will receive a reply if your registration is successful.
*Event will be update on our Telegram Group too.
*Details of the Classroom Venue will be updated on the Telegram group too.

Not a Card Member yet? Click here to Join Now!


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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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(Updated) ToyArt Photo Competition “In Action”

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ToyArt Photo Competition “In Action” (Updated V2)
– Text Melody Tan

02nd June 2022, Singapore – ANNOUNCEMENT of ToyArt Photo Competition

Dear ALL, we are pleased to announce that we will be holding the ToyArt Photo Competition for this year (finally!). The theme selected for this year is “In Action”. Please see below for the details.

Schedule:
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18th Jun 2022 (Sat)
– 11.00am – Closed Door Sales of Collectible Action Figures
(Chronicles Inc – 3 Coleman St, #B1-12A, Singapore 179804)

– 12.30pm – Workshop – Sharing on shooting action figures and how to create action driven images using simple tricks – by AL Lee

– 01.00pm – Lunch Break

(Open to Public & Non-Card Members)
– 02.00pm – Photowalk with Toy Action Figurine. (City Hall)

– 04.00pm – Event Ends

* Please note that limited number of rare action figurines will be available for loan for the photowalk.

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30th Jul 2022 (Sat)
– 04.00pm – Photowalk with Toy Action Figurine. (Boat Quay)

– 06.00pm – Event Ends

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03rd Aug 2022 (Wed)
– 00.00mn – Submission Opens (Open to Public)
Criteria:
– Submit your images to editorial_ourshutterjourney@hotmail.com
– Submit your image in Landscape Orientation
– Submit your image in jpg format ONLY.
– Submit ONE image per email
– Submit Maximum 5 images ONLY
– No Watermarks
– Image can be from our photo walk or self-shot elsewhere.
– In your email, please state your Name, Contact Number & SJS Card Number (If Any).
– You are to include a short paragraph of not more than 50 words as your image caption

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24th Aug 2022 (Wed)
00.00mn – Submission Close.
– Any email submission received after the said time/date will not be accepted for judging

24th Aug – 31st Aug 2022 – Judging

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09th Sep 2022 (Fri)
– Results will be announced on this website & across all our social media platform.
All Winners will be notified via SMS/Whatapps for Prize Collection

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Judges
1. AL Lee
– Founder of Ourshutterjourney & Principal Trainer of Ourshutterjourney Photography Academy
2. Jeff Lee
– Founder – Chronicles Inc
3. Cathay Photo Marketing Team

Judging Criteria
All images will be judged based on;
– creativity
– sharpness and color
– theme “In Action”
– All decisions made by the judges are final and non-negotiable

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Sponsors
Chronicles Inc – In collaboration with Genesis Frontier


Cathay Photo Store Pte Ltd

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Prizes
1st Prize:
– JOBY Gorillapod 3K Pro Kit (worth S$179) by Cathay Photo Store Pte Ltd
– Phat Company, SSSS.Gridman Akane Shinjo Figure (Worth $227) by Chronicles Inc – In collaboration with Genesis Frontier

2nd Prize
– JOBY Gorillapod 3K Kit (worth S$108)
– Good Smile Company, Fate Grand Order Saber/Altria Pendragon: Heroic Spirit Formal Dress Version Figure (Worth $154) by Chronicles Inc – In collaboration with Genesis Frontier

3rd Prize
– JOBY Podzilla Large Kit (worth S$79) by Cathay Photo Store Pte Ltd
– Toytec, Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & Secret Hideout Nendoroid No. 1543 Ryza (Worth $103)

03 x Consolation Prizes
– JOBY Podzilla Medium Kit (worth S$64) by Cathay Photo Store Pte Ltd
– Re Zero Rem in Circus SSS Figure, Furyu Demon Slayer Toonize Tanjiro x 2. (Worth $27 each) by Chronicles Inc – In collaboration with Genesis
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Good Luck Everyone~!

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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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RICOH GRIIIx – Part 1

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RICOH GRIIIx – Part 1
Review by Editor AL Lee


Image: Ricoh GRIIIx (front) & Ricoh GR (background)

22nd May 2022, Singapore/Malaysia – The RICOH GRIIIx had redefined what a professional compact camera should be. In addition, it is now an even better reincarnation of its predecessors with the new specs pointing it to becoming a super street camera. The GRIIIx comes with a 24MP APS-C sensor and a focal length of 26.1mm (40mm equivalent) & a bright aperture F2.8 lens. It has in-body image stabilization, a new hybrid autofocus system, built-in neutral density filter, and a fixed touchscreen display (optical and electronic viewfinders are optional). It’s capable of capturing Full HD video at 60 fps.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are also built-in. What caught my attention here is the 40mm lens. (For the record, all the previous models like the GR, GRII, GRIII all comes with 18.3mm f/2.8  with an Equiv. of 28mm). Guess Ricoh really upped their game this time for the ultimate “Street Compact” with the GRIIIx.


Image: Ricoh GRIIIx (front) & Ricoh GR (background)

The body design and layout is very similar to all previous GR models, likely done this way so that all previous Ricoh users will find the familiarity a plus point while the layout is already very simple and easy to use, this will also appeal to all newly inducted Ricoh users.


Image: Ricoh GRIIIx (left) & Ricoh GR (right)


Image: Ricoh GRIIIx (left) & Ricoh GR (right)

On the camera operations, the focusing feels slightly faster than GRIII. The contrast detecting APS-C sensor (23.5 x 15.6 mm) probably helps with the focusing speed in my view I am not too sure. With 24 megapixel, there is a lot of potential for cropping and it helps with macro shots. By the way the minimum focusing distance for Macro mode is 12cm which is great, but on normal shooting mode the focusing is effective from 20cm. Does not bothers me much since this camera with its 40mm focal length is destined to be a street photography camera which the shooting distance usually range several metres.

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On the specs, sensor resolution increased from 16 MP to 24 MP, the lens is redesigned into 6 elements, in 4 groups), the 3-axis sensor-shift image stabilization allows shooting in slower speed & in dark environment. The ISO is impressive as the ISO range from 100 to 102,400 (2 stops higher than the GR II’s max of 25,600). It also comes with a Dust reduction system “using ultrasonic vibrations” (DR II).

The Autofocus system is now a hybrid, with phase detection used in combination with contrast detection which I had mentioned earlier, it feels faster then GRII. Lastly, the GRIIIx can be charged just using an USB-C Type cable. Absolute portability assured.

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As the review title suggest, I will be doing the review in 2 parts for the Ricoh GRIIIx. In this review, I decided to try out the Macro function and general shooting and probably do the street photography/ travel photography in July 2022 when I visit my hometown in Penang.

So it is back to my favorite review location at Gardens by the Bay. And at the point of the review, GBTB is having the “Roses Romantic” exhibition, so I took the opportunity to review the GRIIIx there. Before we get to the images, here’s a short video of my setup. I mounted a coldshoe rig with an LED light – perfect cos the light angle is just perfect and the illumination is just directly above the subject at the closest focusing distance.

 

 

 

Onto the images!

 

 

I like the bokeh a lot. While you may think that the bokeh are common with DSLR & wide aperture lenses, do not forget the Ricoh GRIIIx is a compact camera. The size, weight easily beat any camera system hands-down and very easy to carry around too. Throughout my walk at GBTB, it was super effortless while the shooting capability is excellent.

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The colors rendered are super vibrant & rich! And the amount of details captured are way above my expectations. Just look at the petals of the roses from above, how much sharper can that be?

I try my hands on some scenes at GBTB too, I am impressed. At 40mm, it is probably the most unimaginable GR that I will buy but after this Part 1, I am sold. Check out the images below too. (more images over at my FB)

Summary
For those thinking to invest in a professional level compact camera, do get the Ricoh GRIIIx. It is way more capable than most of the “usual offerings” by the other brands. I had so much fun with this camera and I had written to the local distributor (APD) to extend my review till end July so that I may bring this camera to Penang for a part 2 review.

Buying this Camera
From the colours to the details, from the operational aspects to the overall package, it is a super compact that is second to none. Best for travel, street photography, day-to-day photography & macro – You should get this.
Buy from our accredited merchants for a peace of mind!

Renting this Camera/Lens – (Please check for availability first)
For those of you who wish to try out this camera before purchase, we are pleased to share that this camera & lens is probably 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: https://camerarental.biz/

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Ulanzi MT-44 Multipurpose Tripod

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Ulanzi MT-44 Multipurpose Tripod
Review by Editor AL Lee

24th April 2022, Singapore – With the rise of vLoggers (video bloggers), influencers & TikTok, the Ulanzi MT-44 tripod came at a great time. Although it was designed for video logging for smart phone users, it is also a great tripod for light mirrorless cameras and also a capable travel tripod. Before we get into the specs, do check out the video of me trying out the Ulanzi MT-44.


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Measuring just 32.5cm length (extendable to 102cm in 4 sections) with a width of 7cm, the MT-44 can clip on a smart phone in seconds or it can be mounted with a light mirrorless camera or a point-&-shoot compact camera. In the above video, I was using a Ricoh GR and it was a perfect fit.

Made from high quality ABS material, this tiny tripod weights only 397gms and can hold weight up to 1.5kg easily.

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What I like most was the dual-use options where I can choose to mount on a smart phone or a camera. The “hot-shoe” holder also allows the user to add on a LED Light Panel or a High density microphone easily. And of cos the size is amazingly easy for me to carry everywhere I go.


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Interested to get the Ulanzi MT-44 & other Ulanzi gear?
Bring your OSJ Member Card Down to Enjoy a Special Price for this tripod!

Head down to Authorized Service Centre to Get Yours today!
P & G Photographic Centre @ The Adelphi
1 Coleman Street,
#B1-04, The Adelphi,
Singapore 179803

Tel: (65)68370696
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Chief Editor & Founder of Ourshutterjourney.com Worldwide and Principal Trainer at Ourshutterjourney Photography Academy. AL is a commercial photographer as well as an educator who believes in the art of digital memories. An ambassador of several photography brands, AL is well versed in many camera systems. Someone once told us AL’s man cave looks more like a camera store than a bedroom.

Contributing Editor – Serene Ong (Behind the Scenes)
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Started photography with a strong affinity in Long Exposure and Macro, Serene has created a following under the name of “Serene Digital Crafts”. She is an experimental photographer who will keep trying until she gets the shots that she had envisioned on her mind. Of a joyful character and friendly personality, Serene had started to contribute to gear review during her free time – when she is not shooting, she will be dedicating her time taking care of her 2 lovely kids.

Contributor – Koh Lye Huat (Behind the Scenes)

Famously known as “OldKingKoh” or “Uncle Koh” – Koh Lye Huat is known for his love of photography. He is an all-rounder shooter covering a majority of genres and he shoots almost everyday since he retired. His specialty are macro photography and a vivid lover for flowers, when he is not at Gardens by the Bay, you may spot him documenting historic roads, heritage sites all over Singapore.

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Channel 8 Photography Feature (with Video)

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Channel 8 Photography Feature
– Text by Melody Tan


Image: Screen Grab of the Featured Photographers.

04th March 2022, Singapore – Channel8 News ran a feature today on their Morning Express Segment this morning. The topic was on specialized photography that includes dramatic landscapes/ cityscapes & infrared photography.

Out of the 4 photographers (including our Founder & Chief Editor AL Lee), 3 are Members from Shutter Journey (Singapore) – which is managed by Ourshutterjourney.com. We are really proud of these guys!

(Video after the jump)

 


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Here’s the Video!

In case the vid is not working, you may view here too.

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Jun Hao (Steiner)

Jun Hao was one of the pioneering members of Shutter Journey who excels in landscapes/ cityscapes.

Follow Jun Hao here.

 

Jimmy Chiau

Jimmy is one of the senior members of Shutter Journey, he dabbles with Infrared since the day we know him.

Follow Jimmy here.

Stanley Chan

Stanley Chan is a known Macro photography enthusiasts as well as a Light Painting Master by the photography circle. He is not a member of Shutter Journey (yet) and we hope one day he will be part of our group and maybe even become a Trainer for our Academy.

Follow Stanley here.

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AL Lee

Lastly, our Founder and Principal Trainer for our academy, AL Lee is not new to the photography circle in Singapore. Being the 1st person to hold an IR Photography Exhibition in Singapore, he is responsible for over 11 photography groups in Singapore.

Follow AL Lee here.

Congratulations to all the photographers who got featured – from all of us at Ourshutterjourney.com !

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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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Featured Photographer – Neo Jin Ju

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Featured Photographer – Neo Jin Ju
– Interview by Editor AL Lee
– Behind-the-scenes Photographer Serene Ong (Serene Digital Crafts)

Image: Left: Neo Jin Jun, Right: AL Lee 


10th December 2021, Singapore
– I last saw Neo Jin Ju (梁金菊) exactly 30 years ago (Dec 1991) – that was when I left Yuhua Secondary School after completing my O Levels. Rewind another 4 years, back in 1988, Jin Ju or “Miss Neo” as she was commonly known, was my Art & Craft Teacher. As one of those naughty boys back then, I had countless brushes (pun intended) with Jin Ju – she even got me to stand outside the class once as a punishment. I cannot remember what had I done, but it was certainly enough to have pissed her off at that time. Fast forward to today, I think back of those days and I realized I actually enjoy the art lessons as those classes took me off the academic grind and offers me (and many of us) a good mental relief.

Through social media, I got connected to Jin Ju somewhere in Nov 2015 but did not interacted much with her until her name keeps showing up on my feeds with her bird images – I was thrilled. Jin Ju is a Birding Photographer & a famous one at that! I decided to connect with Jin Ju & interview her as part of our Featured Photographer Series and to take this chance to connect with a teacher that I had once terrorized in school (more to rekindle all the wrongs that I had done wrong in her class.).

Image: It’s yesterday once more, Jin Ju sharing with AL Lee on the types of common birds at SBWR

 

And so, I invited Jin Ju out to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserves on a Sunday morning for “birding walk”. I had mixed feelings but Jin Ju came across as someone completely different from my vivid & faraway memories of her – she was chatty, laughs a lot and most willing to share her knowledge, as compared to her “teacher” image that I had of her.

Image: Teacher & Student again, after 30 years.

 

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Here’s the interview with Jin Ju

AL: You seem to be very knowledgeable with the birds ID, how & where did you learn about the birds?

JJ: I usually look at my peers’ (fellow birders) and see the bird names that they posted. I also did a fair bit of research online too, and that includes books on birds that I frequently read up or refer to.

 


Image of Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker by Neo Jin Ju during our walk


AL: Is it important to know the name of the birds?

JJ: Yes it is, I contribute articles to ZaoBao & pictorials to WanBao and all the information given must be accurate and factual.


Images: some of Jin Ju’s articles from the various newspapers

 

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AL: How long have you been shooting birds and contributing to the newspapers? 

JJ: Since 2017, I had contributed mainly articles to ZaoBao and pictorials to WanBao.

AL: Wow! Can you recall roughly how many articles were published?

JJ: If I remember correctly, it should be approximately 20+ articles on ZaoBao and over a hundred images published on WanBao.


Image of Crimson Sunbird by Neo Jin Ju during our walk

 

 

Image: Waiting for Birds

AL: May I know if there is a specific time or a best time to catch the birds in action?

JJ: I will say the best timing will be roughly between 7.00am to 11.00 am. That’s the feeding time for majority of the birds. However birds can also be spotted at other time if the weather is cooler. Usually during hot weather, the birds tends to hide a lot.

AL: Do birds feeds all day?

JJ: Some birds, they will feed and within an hour or so after they digested the earlier feed, they will fly out to get more food. So you can say they do eat all day.


Image of Oriental Pied Hornbill by Neo Jin Ju during our walk

 

AL: Can you share with me & our readers One tip about bird behavior or spotting?

JJ: Food. If a tree has a particular fruit or source of worms that the birds like, they will return to the same spot over & over again, day after days until the food source runs out. So if you spotted a particular bird that you want to shoot, it is quite safe to return to the same spot to wait for the bird to appear.

Image: “I never dream that I will be shooting side by side with Jin Ju” – AL

 

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AL: I know there are several places in Singapore that many birders like to go like Pasir Ris Park, Jurong Lake Gardens, Botanic Gardens, Gardens by the Bay, Lorong Halus, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserves etc but which one is your favorite?

JJ: Personally I like Botanic Gardens, I frequent the area near Eco-Lake, Healing Garden & Fragrance Garden. Fragrance Garden in particular are a hot favorite for migratory birds. I am currently writing an article on this, do look out for it on Zaobao.

Image: Birding Walk & Interview

AL: So what system have you been using to shoot birds?

JJ: I started with Nikon system and had moved to Sony system.

AL: For beginners who wish to learn shooting birds, is there like a “beginner lens”?

JJ: Any lens with a minimum focal length of 300mm will be a good lens to start. However I will advise those who are seriously passionate about birding to invest in better lenses.

AL: Lastly, what is the best tip you can advise budding birding photographers?

JJ: Patience is everything.

Editor’s Note:
Thank you Jin Ju for agreeing to this interview. I am sure our readers will be inspired! Thank you for your time & taking me on this walk while letting me discover another side of you. This meant a lot to me personally.
老师,谢谢! THANK YOU!

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Interviewer: Chief Editor AL Lee
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Chief Editor & Founder of Ourshutterjourney.com Worldwide and Principal Trainer at Ourshutterjourney Photography Academy. AL is a commercial photographer as well as an educator who believes in the art of digital memories. An ambassador of several photography brands, AL is well versed in many camera systems. Someone once told us AL’s man cave looks more like a camera store than a bedroom.

Contributing Editor – Serene Ong (Behind the Scenes)
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Started photography with a strong affinity in Long Exposure and Macro, Serene has created a following under the name of “Serene Digital Crafts”. She is an experimental photographer who will keep trying until she gets the shots that she had envisioned on her mind. Of a joyful character and friendly personality, Serene had started to contribute to gear review during her free time – when she is not shooting, she will be dedicating her time taking care of her 2 lovely kids.

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Sigma DC DN 18-50mm F2.8 (C)

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Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC DN (C)
– Reviewed by Editor AL Lee

Image: Editor AL with the Sigma 18-50mm DC DN (C) mounted to a Sony a7r. 

 

29th November 2021, Singapore – Just a week ago, I posted a project for diorama shooting using the Sigma 18-50mm DC DN (C) and I had received a lot of questions from our members & followers about this lens. You can check out my diorama project here. And if you had been looking for a lens with wide aperture, super minimum focusing distance, compact and light weight, zooms from wide to mid tele, this is the super lens that you need. Why? Because with this lens, likely you will not be changing lenses so often and I mean it.

When I first received the lens from Sigma Singapore, my first was impression was “wah so small?!?!” – well this tiny lens measures at 61.6mm × 76.5mm and weighs only 290gm! This is super compact given its F2.8 aperture and a zoom, usually such lenses will come in monster size and weights like a ship – but the Sigma 18-50mm is tiny! I have the old Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC and I was guessing if this is the “replacement” and I later found it is not. The new 18-50mm DC DN is designed from ground zero and takes not resemblance to the EX version in any way be it cosmetically or optically. And the new 18-50mm can be mounted on a Full Frame body while the old EX cannot.

 

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The external of the lens are pretty much everything you will expect from a Sigma, well made, body barrel made from TSC, grippy zoom/focusing rings and the familiar layout are user-friendly to all users. It is also optimized for “Dust & Splash” so it is safe to use this lens in most shooting environment outdoor!

Inside the lens, the optics are arranged in 10 groups with 13 elements including 1 SLD element & 3 aspherical elements for optimum optical quality and sharpness. That is amazing since such configuration are usually found in more expensive lenses etc. Comparing to the previous EX version where ghostings are prominent, the new DC DN version has completely eliminated that phenomenon. And the images turned out super sharp and detailed. (The front element is also equipped with the Super Multi-Layer Coating)

The aperture are made up of 7 rounded diaphragm blades that gives you near-perfect circular bokehs while the focused area are tack sharp. Powered by a stepping motor (sadly not Sigma’s Hypersonic Motor “HSM”), I was pleasantly surprised that the focusing are very fast and accurate despite it is not Sigma’s famous HSM. And the focusing is so quiet that I had to check several times during the review to make sure the lens are focusing – yes it is that quiet!

 

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This tiny monster has a super mini-focusing distance of ONLY 12cm (Measured) and it has a magnification ratio of 1:2.8 which means, you can do a lot of really decent close-ups photography with this lens! (Not Macro though).

Inside the retail, a dedicated Petal Type Hood (LH582-02) is supplied too.

So I took the lens out to Singapore’s Orchard Road and shot everything that caught my attention. Check out the images below!

(All images are adjusted for rotational horizon and cropped for framing. No other edits was done)

 

The Bokehs are delicious! While the focused area are very sharp and full of details. I also like the color, it is a perfect match for Sony’s sensor.

18-50mm is useful for wide-angle shooting (top) through mid-telephoto range like portraits (below).

I had decided to crop out a section to check out the bokeh (below)

I decided to crop out the red area above.

After the crop, check out the bokeh shapes. They are near “perfect-circle”, thanks to the 7 rounded aperture blades.


The Sigma 18-50mm DC DN (C) is super versatile and it performs really well even when darkness fell. The colors rendering are good, like I mentioned earlier, this lens is a superb match with Sony’s sensors.

 

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