Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV Review

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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SJS Telegram PhotoSpam – Editor’s Pick

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

 

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

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

 

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

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EDITOR’s PICKS 

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

 

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#08 – Theme “Lines” by Surya Sadikin

 

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

 

#10 – Theme “Looking Back” by Kervin Ng

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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#15 – Theme “Look Up” by Joseph Lim
 

 

#16 – Theme “Look Up” by Joleen Tan
 

 

#17 – Theme “Look Up” by Jo E Go
 

 

#18 – Theme “Black” by Pat SC Choo
 

 

#19 – Theme “06” by Pang Teng Lin
 

 

#20 – Theme “Shadow” by Esther Liu
 

 

#21 – Theme “Shadow” by Gary Chow
 

 

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

 

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

 

 

#24 – Theme “Fire” by Soh Chui Lian
 

 

#25 – Theme “Sound” by Alan Lim
 

 

#26 – Theme “Leaves” by Teh Peng Wee
 

 

 

#27 – Theme “Bubbles” by Koh Lye Huat
 

 

 

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

 

#29 – Theme “Lost” by Dennis Chew
 

 

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

 

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

 

 

#32 – Theme “90 Degree” by Setiawan Ara
 

 

#33 – Theme “90 Degree” by Jo E Go

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

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

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Camera Rental Centre is Conveniently Located at:
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Reviewer: AL Lee
Chief Editor / Visionary & Brand Ambassador for Olympus Imaging Singapore
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Olympus Announces OM-D E-M10 Mark IV & M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5-6.3 IS Lens

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Olympus Announces OM-D E-M10 Mark IV & M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5-6.3 IS Lens
– Posted by Melody Tan
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Image: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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Sigma FP with 24-70mm DG DN | ART

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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and after cropping (below)

 

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

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At 24mm (below)

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at 70mm (below)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sigma fp with 45mm F2.8 DG DN (C)

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Latest News from Olympus

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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CovidShare Photo Museum Submission Extended
– Posted by Lee Shi Qing

Image submitted by: Steven CF Yee.

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

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

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

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Our Merchants Featured by BEST IN SINGAPORE

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

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

 

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So which are the 5 featured camera shops?

1) Cathay Photo
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2) SLR Revolution

3) P&G Photographic Centre,

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4) Alan Photo
 

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

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

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

 

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READ ALSO: Should I Clean My Own Sensor?

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

READ ALSO:  Photo Submission x CovidShare

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Photo Submission x CovidShare

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

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

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

 

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

  


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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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Should I Clean My Own Sensor?

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

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– Example of Sensor Dusts appearing on images 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

  

Please see below for examples of scratched sensors.

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

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

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

*When the store is not packed.

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

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Stucked at Home? Here’s What You Can Shoot!

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

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

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

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

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

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Image: 1:87 Toy Figurine posed on wholegrain bread slices.

 

 

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2) Outside Your Window
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Depending where you stay, most of us stays in public housing (called flats in Singapore). Although we do not recommend you fixing that 500mm and point it at the hot chick staying opposite your unit, you can make use of the sun light shadows or use an ultra wide angle to capture the feeling of diversity of public housing in Singapore.

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3) Corridor Garden Macro
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Image: If your potted plants are blooming in the hot & sunny March/April, shoot!

Corridor gardening is one of the hobby that is very popular with many families. Just take a look at any housing flat block, you will notice many unit will have a row (or a few) of potted plants at the common corridor. While the variety may range from flowering pots to edible vegetables, this is a great opportunity to take a closer look at what you have been planting.
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Image: Combine toys with your plants!
Or simply combine your toys with your plants! Open up your apertures and create nature-like images, be creative and you never know what you may get as a result!

 

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4) Nostalgia from Yesteryears
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Image: Collections from yesteryears like badges, coins, stamps all makes very interesting still life subjects.


Time to dig out your collections of trophies, old coins/ notes, stamps, badges or souvenirs that you had been collecting. These items makes very good still life subjects. You can create a scene to pose your items or get creative with using filters or special effects to create images!

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Image: Photo by Koh Lye Huat – This is ancient in Singapore’s context!

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5) House Insects
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Image: Look carefully, there are tiny insects living among us in our homes.

No matter how clean or well maintained your home is, there will be tiny friends living among us at some secluded and quiet corners right in our homes! In Singapore, there will be Ants, Lizards, Roaches, Spiders, Beetles etc which is common by any standard. Not forgetting your corridor garden may also get unexpected visitors too. Time to take a second look at your home, you might just find some of these cute little creatures living right under your bed.

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6) Play with Water
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Image: Water are excellent for fun play & photography.

Water when left on different surfaces, it changes its forms and its behavior. If you think this is a boring idea, try spraying water onto glass, ceramics, boards etc. If you are in the mood for suicide, try spraying water on your Wife’s face too.

7) Hone Your Photo Editing Skills
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Lastly, this is a great time to dig out all those old photos to take a second look. You may wish to try to re-edit the images or add a little fun to your old images while taking this time to try out all the functions of your photo editing software. Importantly, have fun!

And if shooting does not interest you at the moment, you may shop for photography gears online at our Online Shop – just click the below banner to start shopping!
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As there seems to be no immediate end to the current Covid-19 situation, we strongly urge everyone to stay safe, stay healthy and to stay away from crowded places & gatherings. Remember, Health above Everything. We can all survive this together! Adios!
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Ourshutterjourney FLY DAY – Drone Workshop

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Ourshutterjourney FLY DAY – Drone Workshop
Posted by Melody Tan
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11th March 2020, Singapore – Members Alert! – While many of you have friends who had flown drones and done interesting aerial photography, you are wondering what the fuss is about. There are certainly more than just flying a “Winged Camera” around, in this workshop, you will taught how to a drone correctly (drone provided) and the trainer will also share about the basic rules on flying and explain what is “No-Fly” zone etc.

In collaboration with our appointed gear rental company – Camera Rental Centre – we had put together this workshop specially for Ourshutterjourney Card Members at a special price of One for One at SGD $68.00 Nett.

Registration Details after the jump.

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Date:

18th April 2020

How to Register: (IMPORTANT)
Email –
1) Your Name
2) Your Ourshutterjouney Card Number
3) Your Contact Number
to: crcdrones@camerarental.biz

Costs:
$68.00 Nett (One for One) – or per person $34.00 when register in pairs!
– First-Come, First-Served, No Reserve.

More details after the jump.

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What to bring

    • iPhone/ iPad with “DJI Go 4, for drone since P4” app (not the Dji Go app) for Android | iOS if you wish to use your own phone or tablet. We strongly encourage you to use iOS equipment. We do provide iPhone and iPad but with your own device, you can chose to post the scaled down footage immediately to your favourite social media platform like Instagram and Facebook.
        • Please download the DJI Go App 4 before Fly Day as it’s over 100Mb. It will not download via 4G.
      • After downloading and installing the DJI Go 4 app, you must register and login to the app. Please do so before the day you’ll be meeting us.
  • Your own microSD card (the same size you use for your phones) if you want to save the footage for your own use later on Facebook, Instagram etc. Yes, we encourage sharing!

 

 

Duration

  • About 1.5 hour

Location

  • Marina South Pier

Attire

  • Be in comfortable clothes. Wear what you would wear to fly a kite. Bermudas and covered shoes.

 

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Getting There

    • Take the MRT to Marina South Pier MRT station
    • Take exit A towards Marina Bay Cruise Centre, go up the escalator and turn right. We’ll be at the field next to the exit.
  • Driving, park at Marina South Pier carpark.


Useful Information

    • There are 2 shops in Marina South Pier that sells drinks and food/ snacks should you need them
    • Halal food is available.
  • Restrooms are conveniently location at Marina South Pier, near departure gate on Level 1 or in the MRT Station near exit A.

 

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Register Early! We look forward to seeing you and having a great and safe day having fun with the drones!

Any queries just email the CRC Trainer (Wee) at  crcdrones@camerarental.biz
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Camera Rental Scam 2020

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Camera Rental Scam 2020
– Posted by Melody Tan
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20th February 2020, Singapore – On 19th Feb 2020, we received a message from a stranger informing us that his equipment might be lost due to a possible scam. This victim had rented out his Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8 II to a person by the name of “Erman”. After some difficulty in contacting “Erman”, he took to google and found our article about another scam that had happened last year. (You can read it here)

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Image: Screen shot of the conversation with the Victim.

 

 

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Read Also: Camera Rental Scam 2019

After we established what had happened, we launched into action sending out warnings to all the merchants in our network to take note of this person as from our last experience with other scammers, they will usually try to offload the equipment for cash at Used Gear centres or quick-selling on Carousell. A total of 22 stores were alerted within 30 mins.

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After we had warned our merchants, a warning post had also been posted across photography FB groups which garnered close to 50 shares within minutes.

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The public saw the post and started sharing more information with us to which we had advised to everyone if they had rental or loan out any equipment to this “Erman”. A few others had also stepped up and messaged us. Some also shared and commented which suddenly we realized many had probably fallen victim again to yet another Camera Scam.

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Read Also: More Camera Scams 2017

 

It is not known for now if this Erman is linked to the previous scammers which we were previously informed by the Police that it may be a syndicate that is behind these spams. More information surfaced when we were informed that this Erman has an upcoming trial at the Singapore Courts on 26th Feb 2020 and it is unknown if his trial is linked to other related scams.

Another public member sent us a link dating back to 2013 which we are not sure if the Erman in this scam is the same Erman in the link. You can read it here.

We hope the law can catch up with this Erman and his accomplices soon.

Some advise from us – 
If you are renting out your equipment as an individual:
– always make sure meet the person at a place with CCTV.
– always take photo of their NRIC. 
– always collect a deposit worth 50% of the gear value. 
– If photo on NRIC is different or deposite not given, do not rent out.
– if you spotted someone selling photography gear at a really incredible price on Carousell and you sense something fishy, inform the Police.

From what we know, since the 2019 incident, they may not offload at Used Gear Centres since their stupidity in doing so had lead to arrests. Instead, they may just try to offload via Carousell or Ebay or other social media platforms. So look out for this Erman.

Those with more information on Erman, or had been a victim of Erman or other photography-gear scammers, please email us at:   editorial_ourshutterjourney@hotmail.com

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So what to do if you suspect a Scam or had been approached by Scammers?

1) CALL ANTI-SCAM HELPLINE: 1800-722-6688

2) VISIT SCAM ALERT SITE (By POLICE)

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III – Reviewed

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III
– by AL Lee
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12th February 2020, Singapore, Worldwide – After almost 25 days of silence and rejecting rumors online, finally I can breathe and publish this announcement & review. Presenting the NEW Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III! When rumors surfaced somewhere in Nov 2019, many started asking us if this is confirmed and if this model is for real, we were excited too except that we do not have any official information back then so we did not speculate. Then in Jan 2020 when we went to collect the EM-1 Mark III, (as usual) we  signed the Non-Disclosure Agreement thus the hushed lips till this announcement!

And since I am one of the Olympus Visionary & Ambassador for Singapore, many came to bug me about the rumors, to which I gave the standard answer “This Model Don’t Exist” lol!

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And so, the 20.4  megapixel live mos sensor has a new processor aka the new TruePix IX which is capable of producing 50mp handheld hi-res photos without using tripod. The Image stabilizer had been updated too which Olympus claims now photographers can handheld to a slow speed of 7.5 stops!

The E-M1 Mark III had upped the Autofocus department with 121-points, all cross-type with On-chip Phase Detection AF sensor for focusing on almost all areas within the screen. (75% vertical coverage and 80% horizontal coverage of the screen for a wide focusing area.)

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Apart from the expected “High End” specs from Olympus’ Flagship, another interesting function that I love has to be the “Starry Sky AF+MF” function. Comes in 2 selectable priorities, it claimed to help those who are keen to shoot stars and astro-photography to which I did tested this, you can check out my image after the jump below.

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Another interesting addition is the “mouse” aka all-ways scroller at the back panel. This is probably Olympus’ way to incorporate the DNA of E-M1X and E-M1 Mark II. Another interesting point to note is – the E-M1 Mark III uses the same battery grip as the E-M1 Mark II as well as the same batteries too. That should save many E-M1 Mark II users money when shifting over to E-M1 Mark III.

Apart from the scroller, the button layout are familiar to current Olympus Users and easy to use for those who had just switched to Olympus from other soul-less mirrorless brands.

 

 

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With the E-M1 Mark III,  the M. Zuiko Digital 12-45mm F4 PRO is launched too. Like Canon offering 24-70mm F2.8 & Canon 24-105mm F4,  Olympus decided that many users who do not need the F2.8 aperture may wish to get the F4 version at a friendlier price, a lighter lens with a little extra focal length. I used the 12-45mm F4 Pro for all the images in the review and I found the 12-45mm to be a really handy lens.

 

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Image: NEW M. Zuiko Digital 12-45mm F4 PRO mounted the NEW OM-D E-M1 Mark III 

 

The New M. Zuiko 12-45mm F4 Pro has the equivalent focal length of 24-90mm in full frame format. The 07 rounded apertures focuses from F4 to F22 and starts focusing from as close as 12cm! Magnification ration is 0.25x which was as expected for a zoom lens too. Inside the lens barrel, there’s 12 elements in 9 groups including 02 x HR elements, 01 x DSA element, 01 x Super HR Element, 02 x Aspherical element & 02 ED elements (That is impressive!!!!!!!) and are housed in a Dust & Splashproof design barrel and you know what? This lens weights only 254gm!

 

 

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The New 12-45mm F4 Pro len takes 58mm filter on the front and since it only weights at 254gm, super light when compared to its elder brother  the 12-40mm F2.8 PRO. What most people will find it interesting is, the new 12-45mm has a high magnification ration of x25 which allows users to do some form of macro easily without really have to use a macro lens. Although we prefer to call it “Close-Ups” shots than macro.

 

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Throughout this review, I had the New 12-45mm F4 Pro mounted on the E-M1 Mark III all the way. Though tempted to switch lens to 7-14mm or 60mm macro etc, in the end, I lazily just used the 12-45mm for the whole review. Image was sharp (as expected) with lots of details to spare, I didn’t broke my arms holding this lens for hours and it grows on me as a very competent lens for most of the things I shot during this review.

 

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OK how I started the review? I went straight for the Stars! I was so excited to try the “Starry Sky AF+MF function!!!!  This photo below is not real sadly, I cheated by layering all the stars that was captured over several frames. See the real photo after the jump!

 

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OK, here’s the real original image below. If you look carefully, you can already see many stars. But not quite obvious at first look, as this place that I was shooting has too many stray lights.
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Apparently the Starry Sky AF+MF function works damn well and got both surrounding subjects and the stars in focus! Just that, this was a wrong place to shoot stars! If you look at the cropped out section below, there are tons of stars captured!
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After the stars, I tried out the Live Composite and Live Time modes too. These functions are now found under a new “B” mode dial.

The below image was done using the LiveTime mode, which is like a Bulb Mode but with a stimulated visual, the frame is updated via a selection of how many times you want the camera to update the visual image on your LED screen. Lastly you have to stop the shutter when you are done else you will risk over-exposing. Those who still prefers the traditional way of exposing in Bulb can continue to do so but after I tried the LiveTime which acts like a Live Bulb, I am never going back to normal bulb again.

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For this image above, do click on it and view in 100%, you will be amazed by all the details captured, and to add, the ships are floating on water, which means the image subject are expected to be blur, however, the E-M1 Mark III’s focus had locked on to the subject and the Image stabilizer kicked in to achieve this image compensating the movement both ways to have it sharp. If this had been done on a DSLR or other camera, the ship would have been blur due to the floating actions.

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Many Olympus users will be very familiar with the Live Composite mode by now, first seen & released during the E-M10 Mark III which later found its way into the rest of the models had won many fans. LiveCompo works a little differently from LiveTime if you are confused at this point, LiveCompo are more suited for shooting light trails, light painting etc. The function works by shooting a single frame as a “base” image, then when activated, the camera will retain the original exposure of the background aka the base frame and only capture new light source onto the original image – its like overlaying, similar but different. And you can never over-exposed your image since only new light source are captured.

In both modes, the E-M1 Mark III works amazingly well for night shooting, from stars to long exposure to light painting. Since most cameras works well in the day and failed terribly at night, the E-M1 Mark III certainly is a camera of the night.

The high ISO did not show up as noise on the images on the jpeg copy and I am amazed.

 

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OK, for the day shooting, what excites me is the Live ND function. This function is activated under “M” or “S” mode, go to Menu, Under Cam2 folder, select LiveND Shooting. In this mode, user can further select the ND filter up to 5 stops.

Below, you can see 02 shots that I had done with the LiveND activated with 5 stops of shades.
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I just have to get another shot of the flowing stream.
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See how I did this shot below (Tripod in water of course!)
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And here’s some other shots that I had done with the OM-D E-M1 Mark III with the New 12-45mm F4 Pro lens. I’ve included a shot of a scene that I had shot with ALL the Art Filters. A total of 30 shots (30 art filter variants)

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As a current user of E-M1 Mark II & E-M1X, the E-M1 Mark III supposedly indeed carries the DNA of both cameras and it feels like more than an upgraded version of the E-M1 Mark II with functionalities from E-M1X, it actually feels more like a new camera sitting on a class of its own.

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I was so immersed in using the E-M1 Mark III that I almost forgotten that I am on a Review assignment, you can say that I got too comfortable with it. And maybe, just maybe, I had fallen in love with it without knowing.

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Trying out the magnification of the 12-45mm F4 PRO lens.
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An excellent camera for upgraders (E-M10 & E-M5 users, I am talking about you guys!), it is also the “next best upgrade” for current E-M1 users or for those who are shifting systems from the “F” or “S” brand.
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The OM-D E-M1 Mark III sits on the flagship line of Olympus and there is no question that the camera is very capable (and smart) for almost any photography genre you can think of. As I continue my photography journey with Olympus, the E-M1 Mark III will be my next best companion after I retires the E-M1 Mark II.  (Olympus, Don’t Pretend not to see this. Thanks ya~!)

Buying the new Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III & the M. Zuiko 12-45mm F4 Pro
OK people, Buy your E-M1 Mark III or the 12-45mm F4 Pro from our Accredited Merchants for a peace of mind.

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

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Rounding Up 2019 Camera Releases

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Rounding Up 2019 Camera Releases
– by Lee Shi Qing
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29th January 2020, Singapore – 2019 almost seems like a bad dream with so much going-on in the photography industry. Things are not looking too good on the dealers’ front where we received news of stores closing or downsizing, but there are also some who went the other way and took the opportunity to expand. We hope for all the best for our merchants who are in our network.

Important Note: Before I moved to the brands, I would like to disclaim that the below information are compiled from many websites. And I am just mentioning selected brands only.  

Over to the Brands, Canon announced their EOS 90D on 28th August 2019 together with the mirrorless EOS M6 MarkII. And there are rumours of a certain EOS 1DX Mark III on the way. Over to Canon’s arch-rival Nikon, the corporation announced the mirrorless Z50 on 10th October 2019 with unconfirmed released dates for their D780 & D6 DSLR for 2020.

 

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Over at Sony camp, a6400 was announced on 15th Jan 2019 then later on 28th Aug 2019,  Sony announced the a6600 (& a6100 in selected markets). Over to Olympus, they  announced the OM-D E-M1X on January 2019 & later that year in October 2019, announcement for OM-D E-M5 MarkIII went public with units arriving at our shores within weeks of its announcements. A Pro model was rumoured to be released in “early 2020” by many online sites too!

 

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Panasonic on 5th April 2019 gave us Lumix G95 then on 31st May 2019, S1H was announced. Sigma decided to surprised the rest of us with their Sigma fp camera in July 2019 which we suspect, it is going after Sony users who wants a mirrorless that is so much lighter and with a Full Frame sensor. Ricoh also took the opportunity to announce Pentax’s development of a replacement DSLR to replace the KP on 30th September 2020 and the best part, Ricoh had not given the world the new model’s name as of press time today. Mysterious!

 

 

While we do not know (or interested) what the “other brands” are brewing, we are sure 2020 will be an exciting year for new camera releases.  While brands are pushing out more advanced and more powerful cameras, I got to remind myself that I still have to get my foundation right. After helping out on this site for almost 2 years, I finally started get my ass out there and learning how to shoot.

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Here’s an image adaptation of the estimated market shares for 2019 for each brand in our view.
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As I dive deeper into photography, I am going to remind myself that I have to shoot more, experiment more and try more gears from different brands. Also mean time, taking references from other photographers and do more reading up. I would like to share what my Mentor (Editor AL) had told me;

“Always go back to basics whenever you advance, this is how not to lose track of what you had learnt.” – AL Lee 

Have a great 2020 Everyone!

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Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN ART

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Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN ART
– Review by AL Lee, Posted by Lee Shi Qing
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Image: Editor AL with the Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN ART mounted to a Sony Mirrorless camera.

 

21st December 2019, Singapore – This is probably the last review for the year before the editorial team takes a break for the holidays. We decided to close the year with Sigma’s 35mm F1.2 DG DN Art lens. Being an Art lens in Sigma’s line-up is tough as the pressure is on to be on the top-of-the-line lens category. We had review Sigma’s lenses & cameras for about 7 years now and like the market’s increasing demands, we had raised our expectations for Sigma’s lenses progressively through the years too. To be honest, I was expecting a lot from the 35mm F1.2 ART lens.

 

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Image: Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN ART mounted to a Sony Mirrorless camera.

 

The 35mm F1.2 ART is not small in size measuring at 87.8mm × 136.2mm and when I mounted the lens to the Sony a7R, the camera looks kinda small. Weight wise, its definitely not feather weight as gravity decided that it feels like 1090gm. But I understand the weight is the result of the construction of the elements and lens barrel.
There’s 17 elements in 12 groups!!! There’s 03 SLD glass and 03 Aspherical glass among the other elements, that is massive in the 35mm lenses category!

 

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Image: Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN ART mounted to a Sony Mirrorless camera.

 

The 11 rounded aperture blades focuses from 30cm from the front (minimum focusing distance) not forgetting the smooth switching aperture selector ring. I don’t know about you but it gave me the new + old feel of handling especially you had came from the film era. The lens takes 82mm screw-on filters at the front in case you are wondering.

 

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Being an ART line lens, Sigma had definitely ensured that nothing is open to the unforgiving scrutiny of today’s photographers, the near-perfect construction is one of the key factor why ART lenses are made to withstand harsh shooting environment. From the TSC compound used to buid the lens barrel to the coating on the the elements, everything about the 35mm F1.2 ART is well covered and well thought of.

 

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Image: Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN ART mounted to a Sony Mirrorless camera.

 

 

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The best way to test out the new Sigma 35mm F1.2 ART will be to take this lens out in the night and shoot and put the lens through its paces. Since Christmas is around the corner so I took it out at one of Ourshutterjourney’s Events where the shoot was planned at Orchard Road.

Although the decorations & light-up at Orchard Road had dropped in standard progressively over the years, it’s still a go-to place for the festivities although this year might be the very the last year that the group will visit Orchard Road. Let’s see what I managed to shoot/do with the new Sigma 35mm F1.2 ART lens!

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Image: Shot with Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN ART mounted to a Sony Mirrorless camera.

 

When I started shooting, I totally forgot that I am holding a lens that weight 1 kg as strangely as it seems, the weight seems to be very manageable and easily forgotten. Although the Sony camera looks kinda tiny while mounted, on overall it is still lighter than your DSLR + Lens combo.  I started to enjoy my night.

 

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35mm is a focal length that is very versatile, from closer perspectives to wider framing, all it takes is a little walking for that “human zoom”.

I intentionally de-focused to blur out the lens for the below shot to check out the bokehs – quite decent to be honest.

 

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Image: Shot with Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN ART mounted to a Sony Mirrorless camera.

 

Pairing the Sigma 35mm F1.2 ART with the Sony is definitely the right move, the images are highly detailed (on the focused area), the magnificent colors and the sharpness, its a perfect match anytime.

 

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Image: Shot with Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN ART mounted to a Sony Mirrorless camera.

 

Although 35mm is very much a favored focal length for street photographers and film purists, I find that it is a very good range for shooting any genre that requires a walkabout. It can be the lens to accompany for a walk – be it anywhere, day or night.

 

 

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Image: Shot with Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN ART mounted to a Sony Mirrorless camera.

 

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I like how fast the lens focuses and behaves while mated to the Sony. Many times I almost convinced myself that I am using a Zeiss lens while reality prove to me that this is really a Sigma ART lens.

 

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As the night ended, I was thrilled with the Sigma 35mm F1.2 DG DN ART.  I managed to shoot what I wanted easily and effortlessly with this lens. From the handling to the image quality, from the fast & silent focusing that is super accurate to holding this lens for 2 hours straight without breaking either arms, this is one of the lens that will rewrite the history of 35mm lenses. As more manufacturers are producing 35mm in F1.2 specs, I will say not all 35mm F1.2 are created equal – the Sigma 35mm F1.2 takes the lead and had created a benchmark that is hard to duplicate or surpass.

For a lens this great, I will not share about the retail price here, you will have to go find out yourself. 🙂

Before I go, the Team at Ourshutterjourney.com would like to wish Everyone a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year! We will be back in 2020!

Here’s a Parting Shot for you.
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Buying this Lens
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Renting this Lens
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Reviewer: AL Lee
Chief Editor / Visionary & Brand Ambassador for Olympus Imaging Singapore
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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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Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN ART

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Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN ART
– Review by Serene Ong, Edited by Melody Tan
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Image: Serene Ong from Serene Digital Crafts with the new Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN (A) mounted to a Sony a7.

 

16th December 2019, Singapore – Probably one of the Sigma’s craziest Ultra-Wide Zoom lens ever released, the NEW Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN (Art) definitely lives up to it. Featuring a new internal design and layout that is not seen on any other Sigma lenses, this 14-24mm was designed for many photography genre apart from just landscape that many had presumed. Sitting on the ART line of Sigma lenses, the 14-24mm exudes everything premium from the construction, materials used and the elements. Designed & optimised for Full Frame Mirrorless systems in FE Mount and L Mount, this is the lens that many had been waiting for.

 

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Image: New Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN (A) mounted to a Sony a7R. 

 

The lens is not exactly small – just like any other Ultra-Wide angle lenses – measuring 85mm x 131mm which puts this lens on the large lens category and weight wise, its not too bad at a very manageable 795gm. (this was why we purposely gotten Serene from SDC to be our reviewer!)

 

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Image: New Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN (A) mounted to a Sony a7R. 

 

Featuring an AF-Lock Button right below the AF/MF switch, many FE users will welcome this feature since Sony users will know some of the most expensive Sony lenses has this AF-Lock button on some of Sony’s premium lenses.

 

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Image: New Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN (A) mounted to a Sony a7R. 

 

Inside the Sigma 14-24mm, there’s a massive elements arrangement with 18 whopping elements in  13 groups!!! (WOW!!!), 11 Rounded Aperture blades that focuses from F2.8 to F22, and starts focusing from as close as 28cm which is pretty standard and typical of ultra-wide angle zoom lenses.

For the record, there’s 01 FLD element, 02 SLD elements & several Aspherical elements which made up the lens groups!

 

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Once again, we invited our Contributing Editor Serene from Serene Digital Crafts to review this Sigma 14-24mm. As the editorial team knows that she has smaller hands than anyone of us, we decided to let Serene try and see if she complains of anything.

Check out her comments & images below.

 

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DSC00498.JPGImage: Shot by Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN (A) lens on a Sony camera.

 

So right after I completed the review for the Sigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN (C) lens, I was booked for another review by Ourshutterjourney’s Editorial team. I remember I was sharing that the 45mm was great but sometimes it will be better and interesting to go wide, I mean really wide, or ultra wide. Next moment I found myself staring at the Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN (ART) lens. 

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Image: Shot by Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN (A) lens on a Sony camera.

 

I was wondering where shall I review this lens as the first thing that came to my mind was to do landscape – but also wanting to do something different for this round. Looking out of the window, Singapore is currently at the peak of monsoon season with 85% of the time with the skies gloomed out. That just gave me more reason to stay away from landscape and since I wanted to try something different, I heard Editor AL was visiting Gardens by the Bay with Veteran Photographer – Old King Koh – to shoot toys and Christmas deco, I jumped right in and joined them! (with the Sigma 14-24mm in my bag).

 

 

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Image: Shot by Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN (A) lens on a Sony camera. 
I had shot Toys on several occasions during Ourshutterjourney’s ToyArt sessions and so I will be trying to shoot both toys and scenes at Garden by the Bay and see if I can survive the session with just the Sigma 14-24mm lens.

To start, please check out the slide show below for a scene that I had shot in 14mm, 18mm & 24mm focal lengths for your comparisons. While the differences is clearly seen, wide angle fans may say that the difference is minimal – true to a certain extent, but when you needed that extra 1mm wider, you will appreciate being able to capture an entire scene without having to find space to back off to gain that extra wider angle.

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Slideshow: Shot at 14mm, 18mm & 24mm focal lengths.

 

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Image: Shot by Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN (A) lens on a Sony camera.

For this shot above, I went really near to take advantage of the minimum focusing distance and to test out the bokeh – turns out to be amazing! 

 

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Image: Shot by Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN (A) lens on a Sony camera.

 

I shot at almost everything that came within my range. While using the Sigma 14-24mm, I find that the handling was quite comfortable as I’ve got tiny hands. While the Editorial team had warned me that this lens was a little on the obese side, I find it to be quite easy to use.

Especially the button layout, it was pretty well designed, I can still switch between modes easily and I love the AF Lock button, it just made shooting really easy (for me at least).

 

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Image: Shot by Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN (A) lens on a Sony camera.

 

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Image: Shot by Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN (A) lens on a Sony camera.

 

And shooting toys with an ultra-wide angle zoom lens like the Sigma 14-24mm makes me learn a new perspective, to move away from the usual toy shoot where we frame the toys more tightly to gain the ratio advantage, but doing using ultra-wide angle gave me sweet results too. 

 

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Image: Shot by Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN (A) lens on a Sony camera.

 

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Image: Shot by Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN (A) lens on a Sony camera.

 

I also like the how Sigma 14-24mm handles the corner distortions – like there is no distortion at all. (See the next image) and I am pleased with what I’ve gotten while shooting at 14mm. While I pretty much shot at F2.8 like 50% of the time at spot-focus to the centre, the progressive graduation of the depth of field are seamless and beautiful like the example above.  

 

 

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Image: Shot by Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN (A) lens on a Sony camera.

 

Check out the above scene, image was not corrected for distortions – because there is no need to. 

 

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Image: Shot by Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN (A) lens on a Sony camera.

 

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Image: Shot by Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN (A) lens on a Sony camera.

 

A quick summary, the Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN (ART) is a premium Ultra-Wide Angle Zoom lens. Do not be fooled by the specs (which is already impressive), after using the lens for a day, I will say to those who complain of the weight & size, seriously its very manageable. As for the image quality (mated to Sony), it produces great images with nice colors and lots of details. I will highly recommend this lens to anyone who are looking to shoot Ultra-Wide Angle images – not just landscape, you can shoot anything!
– Serene Ong

 

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Image: Serene Behind the Scenes for the Review 

 

OK, you guys heard the lady. While the rest of us at the Editorial office are still wondering how Serene survived the Sigma 14-24mm without breaking her arms, the Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN (A) turned out to be a really great lens. Although we do not have the MSRP at press time, we reckon this lens will be in the regions of SGD $2,000-$2,200 before you go “Wow that’s ex!” – go check the price of Sony’s equivalent. Enough said!

Buying this Lens
OK people, Buy your Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN (A) from our Accredited Merchants to experience this great lens for yourself!

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

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

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Contributing 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 – when she is not shooting, she will be dedicating her time taking care of her 2 lovely kids.

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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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Special Customized VC Macro Diffuser

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Special Customized VC Macro Diffuser – Created by Victor Cheah
– Review by AL Lee, Posted by Lee Shi Qing
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Image: Editor AL with the Customized Diffuser created by Victor Cheah

 

09th December 2019, Singapore – The quest for the best diffused light for macro photography is like a never-ending process. We used to be really contented with the yesteryears options but as cameras/ lenses advanced, we seems to be getting more details – both desired and undesired ones. One of the painful factor has to be the light source used for today’s macro photography.

As a macro enthusiast myself, I had tested not less than 10 commercially available diffusers as well as countless customized versions designed & made by individuals who are also macro photographers themselves. Some are really great while some are not really up to mark. I will say there will never be a perfect flash diffuser, but probably the better ones. As someone who had experimented various types of flash used for macro (Regular, Twin-Adjustable, Ring-Type, Off-Camera Type etc), I am never contented, as we all know light behaves differently in different shooting environments.

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Image: Set-up with Victor Cheah’s Customized Flash Diffuser.

 

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And so, recently I’ve gotten a chance to speak a fellow Olympus Visionary – Victor Cheah who had been innovating and designing customized flash diffusers – and I know I am speaking to the right person when I browse through his macro images – I am Super Impressed! So a meeting was swiftly set up and we met.

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Image: Set-up with Victor Cheah’s Customized Flash Diffuser.

I explained to Victor on the challenges that I faced with my set-up and also shared with him how sometimes I was not able to get the light in the way I want it – Victor decided to pass me a”Prototype” diffuser that he had been working on. Made from inexpensive materials that are easily available from DAISO, I will say the R&D part is the most tedious. Victor had made several prototypes and failed until this version that he humbly told “this one should work”.

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Image: Set-up with Victor Cheah’s Customized Flash Diffuser. 

Victor explained how this customized diffuser works, when the flash is fired from the speedlite, the light travel and instant-bounce from the shiny inner surface to downwards via and secondary diffuser which further softens the light while as it passes through and reaching the front end. The angle & shape of the modified light path allowed the flash to travel all the way to the front of the lens in a soften & mellowed form while maintain at least 90% of the lux idex of the flash.

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Image: Set-up with Victor Cheah’s Customized Flash Diffuser. Front View.

 

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Victor also solved the problem of focusing in undergrowth and darker environment by adding a small but powerful LED light secured to the speedlite. I was at first skeptical about this little LED light until I ended up shooting in a very shaded area during the review and this LED light does magic. While other fellow photographers who were with me and finding it hard to focus in the darker & shady area, I was focusing and shooting like a breeze.

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Image: Victor Cheah’s Customized Flash Diffuser – the LED Light does Wonders.

 

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So I decided to set Victor’s Customized Diffuser on my Olympus OM-D EM1.2 with the Olympus 60mm Macro lens + a dedicated micro Four Thirds flash – Godox TT350 Speedlite from Sgcameratore and took it out to Botanic Gardens. Check out the photos below. All photos are mostly cropped with no adjustment to the exposure & colors.

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I like the rather mellow light falls onto the subject without over-exposing lighter colored areas, it’s like doing a portrait shoot for insects.

 

 

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The rounded half-dome-like diffuser created a very nice and soft “Down Light”, which is perfect for insects on top of leaves/ branches etc. It’s bright enough and not harsh, everything about it is just right.

 

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There’s a lot more photos over my FB album from this review, do pop over too.

In brief, Victor’s prototype had solved several challenges that most macro photographers faced. The soft and mellow light was made possible with the double-diffusing arrangement and the round half-dome shape created a 4 directional light source the “wraps” around the subject that we are shooting. The light channeling is awesome too as I do have light right in front of the lens. How awesome is this?

From my understanding, Victor is making these Diffusers on a leisure basis but if you try hard enough, you may get lucky and he may sell you one of this awesome Flash Diffuser!

“Victor, thanks and this is probably one of the best customized flash diffuser for Macro that I had ever tested! Good Job on the R&D!” – AL Lee

here’s a parting shot
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And Ourshutterjourney Card Members who are keen to purchase the Godox Speedlite at a special secret discount, please contact Sgcamerastore.com for details.

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

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