New LEE100 Filter System

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New LEE100 Filter System – Available Now!
– Posted by Lee Shi Qing
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16th March 2019, BIRMINGHAM, UK – Setting the standard in filter holders for the past 25 years , LEE Filters announces a new filter system that takes the original design and elevates it to another level. With input from photographers, the LEE100 filter system is adaptable, intuitive and modular, making it a game changer in the field. The LEE100 is available now from the LEE Filters dealer network and on display at stand G81 at The Photography Show, running March 16-19.

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Intuitive to use, with improved aesthetics, the new LEE100 filter system is based on extensive customer feedback and product testing. Its clever new design features ensure an enhanced performance and more ergonomic handling.  “Lee is excited to introduce our latest product innovation at The Photography Show,” says Paul Mason, managing director, Lee Filters.  “We are especially pleased to bring the Lee100 filter system to the market knowing it meets the unique needs of our photography customers.”

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Precision engineered from injection-moulded composite materials, the LEE100 holder is rigid and durable, while remaining lightweight enough that it will never be a burden to add to a camera bag. Crucially, it is compatible with all existing LEE 100mm filters and adaptor rings.

The spring release allows for one-handed operation when attaching to the adapter ring, and the new holder’s most innovative design element is the blue locking dial, which permits it to be used in three different settings:

  • Neutral: Holder can be both rotated and quickly removed or knocked off should it be caught by clothing, for example, thereby protecting the camera and lens.
  • Half lock: Holder can be rotated but is locked to the adaptor ring, and cannot be removed from it.
  • Full lock: Holder cannot be rotated and is also locked in place, so cannot be removed from adaptor ring.

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Also new are the modular filter-guide blocks, which come in one, two and three-slot configurations. Their simplified design means they simply snap on to the holder and remain securely in place until the photographer is ready to remove them. The new tapered profile gives improved resistance when positioning filters.

Compatible with many of today’s ultra-wide angle lenses, the LEE100 system can be used with up to three slot-in filters without the risk of vignetting.

Polarising filter
Slim and light, yet highly robust, and with an improved optical performance, the LEE100 Polariser is easy to use and quick to attach. It simply snaps on to the front of the filter-guide block, where it is firmly secured until ready to be removed again. Constructed using a lightweight, high-transmission polariser glass, the LEE100 Polariser features a subtle warm tone to help intensify natural colours. It can be used in combination with LEE’s 100mm filter range, and when clipped on to the two-slot filter-guide block, has the same wide-angle capabilities as the previous filter holder.

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Existing LEE Filters polarisers can be attached to the new holder via a clip-on 105mm polariser ring. The polariser is simply screwed into the ring and clipped on to the LEE100 filter holder, and can be used either on its own or in combination with other filters.

Brand-new premium packaging completes the look of the LEE100 system.

Pricing*
The LEE100 filter holder retails at £69.95 (SGD $125.00)
The LEE100 Polariser retails at £195 (SGD $347.00)
The LEE100 105mm polariser ring retails at £35 ($62.00)

New kits
Three kits that include the LEE100 filter holder are now available:

LEE100 Landscape Kit:
Includes LEE100 filter holder, LEE 0.6 ND medium grad
RRP £140 (SGD $249.00)

LEE100 Long Exposure Kit:
Includes LEE100 filter holder, Big Stopper, Little Stopper, LEE 0.6 ND hard grad
RRP £299 (SGD $530.00)

LEE100 Deluxe Kit:
Includes LEE100 filter holder, LEE100 Polariser, Big Stopper, LEE 0.6 ND medium grad, LEE 0.9 ND hard grad, LEE 1.2 ND medium grad, 50ml ClearLEE filter wash, ClearLEE filter cloth.
RRP £540 (SGD $960.00)

*All prices excludes GST

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Since 1967, LEE Filters continues as the world’s leading manufacturer of professional quality filters, designed for the entertainment, architectural, and photography industries. Ongoing research and development have kept the company at the forefront of new technologies, adapting to the ever-changing needs of lighting designers, cinematographers, architects and photographers. Creating equipment that is capable of producing precise, reliable and repeatable results is what has made LEE Filters the masters of light.

For more information, visit www.leefilters.com.

LEE Filters is part of Panavision’s portfolio of renowned brands, which includes Light Iron, Panalux, Direct Digital and Island Studios. For more information and locations worldwide, visit Panavision.com.

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Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary

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Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary
– Posted by AL Lee
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10th March 2019, Singapore – Sigma Singapore sent me the 56mm F1.4 |C| lens somewhere in Jan 2019 and I couldn’t find the right editor to review this lens. Felicia is overseas, Melody is busy, Shiqing is doing part-time courses and Serene is pro-landscape – so ended with no choice, I decided to review this lens myself. The unit that Sigma Singapore sent me was in Micro Four Third mount and I mated it with my Olympus OM-D EM1 MarkII and took it out to Gardens by the Bay where the annual Sakura exhibits are on.

Before I continue, I would like to disclaim (as usual) that we are more interested in how this lens performs rather than the technical part of it. For those information that you might be seeking, you may wish to visit Sigma’ websites to find out more – back here, we just wanna share about our view and user experience of this new lens. If you are cool, read on.

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Image: The new Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN / Contemporary.

The Sigma 56mm came as a tiny lens to me as I was really expecting something much bigger for a F1.4, measuring just ø66.5mm x 59.5mm – I can slip this little monster into my pocket. Weighing just 280gm, this lens will find its place into any camera bag out there. While the lens barrel is is everything Sigma – from the TSC material to the awesome focusing ring which meets my expectations from a Sigma lens, I would like to share that I am surprised that Sigma didn’t made this an Art lens – because it’s so premium looking and feels expensive when handled.

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Image: The new Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN / Contemporary.

 

Inside the lens, there’s 10 elements in 06 groups but wait – Sigma managed to slip in an Aspherical glass and a SLD glass creating sharp and and highly detailed images with near-perfect rendering including the successful elimination of ghosting and distortion. Aperture comes in 09 rounded blades that opens the light gate from F1.4 to F16 and allows the user to focus from 50cm. Not exactly close but with a magnification ratio of 1:7.4, you can always make it up by cropping – if your camera’s resolution is of high resolution/megapixels. The front of the lens takes 55mm screw-on filters and the lens hood + pouch came as part of the retail box.

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Image: The new Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN / Contemporary.

 

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Image: The new Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN / Contemporary.

 

As we all know – Sigma lenses is still manufactured ONLY in Japan today and QC is guaranteed that every lenses that leaves the production line is of the highest quality that Sigma promises. Lastly, since this unit was meant for Micro Four Third mount – the 56mm is the equivalent of 112mm in 35 full frame format. (Please note for Sony SE mount is 84mm). So I am getting a mid telephoto lens with a high magnification and there’s no macro – I decided to review & test the lens at my favourite haunt – Gardens by the Bay.

 

Using the lens, I love the company’s Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) focusing in complete silence and focusing speed is fast as expected too. While it is not a macro-designated lens, I am pleased with what this lens had produced at my visit to Gardens by the Bay.
Let’s check out the images! (All images are slightly cropped, adjusted mildly for exposure and we added watermarks – everything else is pretty much as it is from the camera. (You may click on the image and view the image as 100%)

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Image: Shot by the new Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN / Contemporary.

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Image: Shot by the new Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN / Contemporary. 

 

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The Stars at Garden by the Bay currently is Sakura – the cherry blossom flowers! The flowers are small and grow in clusters – so it makes shooting kinda hard – but the Sigma 56mm managed to pull it off – like a pro!

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Then, there are other floral & fauna too. Tried shooting some of them. I was holding the camera throughout my hours inside the Flower Dome where the exhibit is ongoing and it was a breeze given the weight of the lens+camera combo. Colors were reproduced nicely and the images captured a lot of details.

 

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Do You like what you are seeing? I love the results! Using the Sigma 56mm had been a joy! We also went indoor to the exhibition area. I forgot to mention, although this lens starts from F1.4, almost all the images on this review were shot between F2 to F4.

 

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As usual, my visit to the Flower Dome will not be complete without visiting the Cactus plots. The Sigma 56mm is indeed a bokeh monster – just too bad its not a macro lens else this lens will be the SUPER LENS for Flowers!

 

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Now let’s see what 56mm (112mm) on an Olympus OM-D EM1 Mark II is capable of.
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Quick summary – the New Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN | C | is more than just a Contemporary lens – it has the functionality and quality of an Art series lens. Images produced are very sharp with creamy bokeh and the build of the lens is compact and lightweight but built solid. This is a great lens to have in your camera bag as a telephoto, or a street photo lens. Although I used it to shoot flowers for this review – the possibilities with this lens are endless. And you know what? This lens will not burn a hole in your pocket – not at all.

As we publish this review, it’s noted that on this very same day in 2012, we officially started Reviewing Sigma lenses – looking back, its been an exciting 07 years with Sigma!
I will be glad to have this lens from Sigma for/as our long service award! (Hahahahahaha!)

Buy your NEW Sigma 56mm F1.4 DC DN | C |  here!   

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Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED

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Olympus 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 M.Zuiko Digital ED
– Posted by AL Lee.
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Image: Editor AL with the NEW Olympus 12-200mm mated to his OM-D EM1 MarkII.


09th March 2019, Singapore – 
Olympus’ latest lens – the mighty 12-200mm – created a new benchmark in Super-Telephoto Zoom lens. It gives users a wide angle equivalent of 24mm to a super-tele range of 400mm making itself the near-perfect all-in-one lens. While many Olympus touted this new lens to be the replacement for the aging 12-100mm, from what we have gathered, this lens will be sitting on a higher rank and possibly selling alongside with the 12-100mm until Olympus confirms that the new 12-200mm will send the 12-100mm for permanent retirement.

Before I continue, I would like to disclaim (as usual) that we are more interested in how this lens performs rather than the technical part of it. For those information that you might be seeking, you may wish to visit Olympus’ websites to find out more – back here, we just wanna share about our view and user experience of this new lens. If you are cool, read on.

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Most Olympus users will know by now that the Zuiko lenses are classified into 03 ranges – namely the top-of-the-line M.Zuiko PRO for the super high performance and build quality, the M.Zuiko Premium range for those who demands more than the M.Zuiko Standard line of lenses – we feel that the new 12-200mm sits somewhere between the Premium & Standard range after using it for a day.

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Let’s take a quick look at its specifications. We were surprised that although the new 12-200mm is not designated as a PRO range lens – it comes with dustproof & splashproof build design – a first for Standard range lens. Given the zoom range – if you done the math you will realised this is really a 16.6x Zoom lens – another first in the Micro Four Third system.

Small & compact – measuring a mere 99.7mm x 77.5mm and weigh only 455gm, this is consider small when compared to the focal range that this lens offers. The lens barrel is pretty much “very Olympus” and carries the same design cue with other lenses in the standard line. As expected from all Olympus lenses, the zoom ring and focusing ring feels good to the touch and operates smoothly. No complaints at all.

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Inside the lens, it has a 7 rounded aperture blades allowing users to use light from F3.5 to F22 which is pretty much standard – but another surprise for us is, the lens elements are not what we expected from a standard lens – it has 16 elements in 11 groups – 3 x Aspherical elements, 2 x Super ED elements, 2 x ED elements, 1 x Super HR element and 2 x HR elements and comes coated with the company’s renowned ZERO Coating – these are the groupings and elements that you can find in most of the Zuiko PRO lenses and this was why we felt that this 12-200mm is something else.

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The front of the lens accepts 72mm screw-on filters and the lens starts to focus from as close 22cm which is pretty good. I like the internal focusing with the HS Imager AF machine which allows a quiet operation but kinda felt strange that the lens focusing motor is a rotary-based unit. It works as how it should work and behaves how it was expected to behave, maybe its just me who are already used to electronic focusing units.

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Image Slides: See lens barrel position at 12mm & 200mm.

 

And so, I took the New Olympus 12-200mm out for a photo outing at Chinese Gardens (Singapore) and spent some time using this lens as the ONLY lens in the bag. Singapore’s Chinese Gardens offers many interesting subjects for various photography genres – landscape, macro, birdings, infrared etc – since the New 12-200mm is supposedly a super lens with a range of wide angle to super-tele, I have 24mm to 400mm at my disposal and off I went.

 

I tried shooting whatever that comes within my range and even shot subjects that are not within my range.

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I kept reminding myself that this is NOT a 40-150mm F2.8 PRO or 300mm F4 PRO. But I used it like as if it is a Pro lens.

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The close-ups were awesome too!

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Then I went into more in-depth subject like birds. Chinese Gardens is a haven for Bird photography. It boost a healthy eco-system that both local and migratory birds can mingle and has their own “territories” within the garden and the garden offers enough food sources for all.

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Although I wouldn’t say these are the best images that the new 12-200mm can produce, but comparing the New 12-200mm to other lenses in the PRO category will be pretty wrong too. I felt that what I had managed to get from this lens is pretty much acceptable and the lens had “done its best”.

Below is a slideshow of images shot at all the focal range stops on the lens.

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A quick summary – the New 12-200mm comes with many features that are previously found in the PRO range which brings smiles to users. The super zoom focal range puts the New 12-200mm into the category of Travel Photography lens and its capability creates possibilities. However, after spending a full day with this lens, I find that users may have to spend a little time to get acquainted with this lens, to understand it better so that you know where are the limits and what limits you – or the lens.

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Guess Which Camera – Answers!

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Guess Which Camera – Answers!
– Posted by Melody Tan
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Image: Screen grab of Editor AL’s post on our Facebook Group. He posted the above collage image and asked for guesses from the community to guess which camera was used for each shot.

 

19th February 2019, Singapore – And so, our Editor AL Lee posted a collage of 04 flowers and asked everyone to guess which camera was used to capture each shot. He further added an example “For Example, A-Canon, B-Nikon, C-Olympus, D-Sony” so that everyone knows how the labeling goes.

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And expected, guesses started pouring in with many variations of answers and camera brands.

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From the above, there was even a guess that all 4 images were shot with smart phones!

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(above) And there is the odd one who guessed all the 4 shots were taken by an Olympus camera.

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Here are the 4 Original images in its original resolution, you may click on the individual image and view at 100%.

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So can you tell which flower image was shot by which camera? Are you ready for the answer??

The answer is………………………………………………..

Editor AL shot all 4 images with an Apple iPhoneX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is a social experiment and an excellent example of perceived value and brand affiliation. Many of you got thrown offtrack when AL gave the “example” and many of you started to look the image details, the possibility of cameras used etc. While there’s a person who suspected it was shot with phone cameras, but not expecting that all 4 images came from the same phone!

This is also another great example of Skill vs Gear, so upgrade your skill before you upgrade your gear. 🙂 Have a Great Day everyone!

PS: AL had fooled all of you, so anything, please go after AL, I am just a Writer. lol!!!!!

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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 OM-D EM1X (SG Trial)

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Olympus OM-D EM1X (SG Trial)
by AL LEE
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03rd February 2019, Singapore – Following the launch of Olympus’s NEW OM-D EM1X at KL, Malaysia, I finally got my hands on the review unit in Singapore. I had posted some of the photos taken at KL on my FB album you can view it here. If you wish to find out more about the specs, I will strongly recommend you to visit this link. Long story cut short, the NEW OM-D EM1X is NOT a replacement for the EM1 MarkII. It’s a different PRO model altogether retailing side by side with the current flagship EM1 MarkII – but catered to photographers who are more specialized in sports & wild life photography.

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The EM1X comes with an integrated vertical grip that houses 2 batteries and a more user-friendly interface with the button layout. The AI technology behind the super-fast focus-tracking is supported by not 1 but 2 TruePic VIII image processors.

“this model features vastly improved AF with new subject detection auto-focus technology, high frame rate performance, and stunning image quality with the ability to deliver 50MP equivalent Handheld High Res Shot.”

More specs over here.

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And so, I was contracted to shoot a car as the owner was about to change car and she wanted an album of her current car for memory’s sake. I show up at the assignment with the Olympus OM-D EM1X with the Zuiko 12-100mm (24-200mm equivalent) lens.

Remembering the cars that I was shooting at the EM1X Launch at Sepang, KL – I decided to ask the car owner to drive in Figure 8 so I may pan her driving the car using the EM1X. The result is really satisfying – do check out the images below.

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I am like impressed for the 2nd time (since the 1st time was at the launch event), the EM1X focus tracking is indeed out of this world. Not only the AF tracks the subject closely, it actually decides the focus area based on the speed vs my pan speed to ensure a sharp image. At the launch event, we were all “freezing” the supercars but for this assignment, I wanted spinning wheels and speeding background to better portray the driving part of the car. The EM1X never disappoints!

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Be it panning or still shots, the EM1X feels completely different from the EM1 MarkII. Although I had been shooting commercial assignments with the EM1 MarkII, the EM1X is just way too competent of about anything, it gives the user absolute confidence – from the operations to its final image delivery.

 

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While I was shooting the car at Changi Business Park, there were a group of Indians playing cricket, so I took the opportunity to try shooting them in action. If you know cricket, you will know how small the ball is and how fast the ball is gonna be thrown, passed etc. See below image – I managed to freezed the ball.

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A quick summary – I will think that the new EM1X has set a new benchmark for PRO series Mirrorless camera, with its specs and capabilities – which some DSLR cannot even achieve, the EM1X is indeed a game changer for photographers who wanted more from their gear. After using the EM1X for this assignment, you know what? I have ABSOLUTE CONFIDENCE that the EM1X is going to perform beyond my expectations for any assignments in any genres. I better start saving money for this camera.

Buy your NEW Olympus OM-D EM1X here!   

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Olympus OM-D EM1X Launch (KL)

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Olympus OM-D EM1X Launch (KL)
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25th January 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Olympus Imaging Singapore launched their latest OM-D EM1X with a really cool launch event at Sepang International Circuit on 25th Jan 2019. The Singapore group comprises of Members of Media representatives, Photography Retailers & Professional Photographers along with the Singapore Olympus team.

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Image: Sepang International Circuit. 

The whole racing circuit was decked out with Olympus banner & liveries which was pretty impressive. We started the day with breakfast followed by the launch presentation! With “everyone from Singapore” meeting “everyone from Malaysia”, it had been a really great experience meeting “Everyone” from everywhere!

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The OM-D EM1X was revealed to be a Pro model for high-speed photography and not a replacement for the current flagship OM-D EM1-MarkII. Olympus General Manager Mr. Jimmy Loh further added “the EM1X was created as a tougher camera for the professional photographers that demands high-speed shooting and working in harsh environments.”.

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Image: The moment when everyone held their breath!

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Image: Everyone was given a special EM1X shirt as well as a Super Fast SD Card! 


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After the launch presentation & briefing, all the guests were invited to the tracks to view the cars that we will be shooting with the NEW OM-D EM1X as well as for a group photo.

Let’s see how many familiar faces can you spot below!

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Image: GM Jimmy Loh posing at the F-1 Car.

 
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Image: Editor AL having fun at the circuit photo-taking.

 

After the photo-taking, everyone was grouped and the hands-on session begin! There’s street-racing cars, F-1 Cars, super bikes and we are all in for a treat! And finally we got our hands on the new EM1X!

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The new OM-D EM1X comes with an integrated vertical grip which is probably the 1st thing most users will notice. However, the real surprise lies inside the camera. We will be doing a full review for the EM1X once we are back in Singapore. For now, we will get to shoot and try out the camera.

For the photos below – please bear in mind these vehicles are travelling at super high speed!

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Below is the iconic angle that most motorsports racing photographers will shoot while in Sepang. This Renault GT was travelling super, super fast!

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Based on the above shot, I am selecting a section to be cropped out. (in the red box below)

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check out the below image after cropping. I am amazed by the focus-tracking speed and accuracy.

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I don’t know about you but I am certainly VERY IMPRESSED with the EM1X.  Here’s the 2 groups that were with me at the circuit. Many familiar faces eh?

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Thank You Olympus Imaging Singapore for sending us up to Sepang for the launch of the OM-D EM1X. It had been a great experience and our editorial team will be looking forward to receiving the review unit for the OM-D EM1X!

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Take A Walk with Pat Law (Workshop)

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Take A Walk with Pat Law (Landscape Photography Workshop) 
– Posted by Melody Tan
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23rd January 2019, Singapore – We are pleased to announce that we are partnering Master Photographer Pat Law again for a special Landscape/ Cityscape Photography Workshop in March 2019! Famed for his stunning and world-class landscape/cityscape images, Pat Law sees alternative perspectives and visualizes compositions that are thoughts-evoking while pleasing at the same time!
(more details after the jump)

 

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Here’s Your Chance to take “a walk” with the Master himself through a practical workshop where he will be sharing tips and know-hows about visualization & composition for this special workshop!
(registration details below)

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Date: 16th March 2019
Day: Saturday
Venue: Marina Bay
Time: 06.00pm to 08.00pm
Meeting Up: Actual Location will be shared to Registered Attendees.
Cost:
1) SGD $50.00 for Registered Ourshutterjourney.com Card Members.
2) SGD $65.00 for Public.
Total Pax: Limited to 15 pax ONLY.

To Register:
Email –
1) Your Full Name +
2) Your Contact Number +
3) Your Ourshutterjourney Card Number (For Card Members)
to ourshutterjourney@live.com.sg

Important Note:
– Successfully Registered Attendees will be notified of Payment Details, Meet-up locations via our reply email.
– First-Come, First-Served.
– Registration is only successful & complete upon receiving our confirmation email & payment.

 

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Financial Planning – Photographers Edition

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Financial Planning – Photographers Edition
– Posted by Lee Shi Qing
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05th November 2018, Singapore – Our little island with an ageing population has seen many changes over the last decade. The estates had been upgraded to facilitate geriatric care, many community events are focused on seniors and by 2025, there will be a lot more seniors who are aged 60 & above. Given that our costs of living in Singapore is not exactly low, many retired or semi-retired persons will find living the golden years a tad  challenging.

Let’s take a look again – those turning 60 in 2025 – many would have worked for 35 to 40 years since 1985 – among these 4 decades, there’s been the great recession, Asia Financial Crisis, the sudden economy boom that came with great inflation in the mid 90s, then came SARS, and the property bubble busted several times at about the same period, Lehman Brothers broke the banks, jobless rates had fluctuated leaving many with just pay cheques away from living near to poverty. For the luckier ones, they survived, but probably left with a bank account balance that’s dangerously low & not ready for any form of emergency.

 

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Now, let’s take a look at the photography community. Recently, we have noted on the increase of senior members joining the community. Photography being a favorite hobby for most retirees in Singapore, we are also aware that photography equipment does not comes cheap. While many are pretty much well to do, especially those with good pension plans or CPF payouts, we know that many are struggling to stay afloat at the same time. Personally, I will think that these are the same group of individuals that had survived many financial crisis to get to where they are today. This is probably also the same group of folks who had paid hundreds of thousands for their house, and maybe the same group that might have lost their jobs along the timeline.

 

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As much as people are trying to save up for a decent retirement, life’s commitments are very real and costly. While many of us who are still working are living from pay cheque to pay cheque and unfortunately there are those who are living from credit card bills to yet another bill. This is like a never-ending cycle, while money can be made, we can never recover the years and the time loss in living out such a lifestyle.

So how do plan for a retirement that enables us to retire comfortably and have the extra cash for hobbies like photography? We will say – professional financial planning. A lot of people told us that a fixed deposit, some investments will see them through, though makes sense, but many had mis-managed their funds and in a worse scenario, many are left high & dry and penniless after a failed investment, or the world just surprise everyone with yet another financial crisis. Our question is, can you handle another punch on your finance? At the age of 60? Think again.

To be honest, we had seen many seniors parting their precious photography equipment in exchange for cash due to emergency needs or for any other reasons. This is sad. They had worked all their life to retire and enjoy photography and never expected to have their equipment sold due to urgent need for cash. To rub more salt, photography equipment depreciates in value once it left the store as new and with time and model replacements, the losses just doubles up.
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Recently we caught up with Patsy Khoo, who had been a marketer for more than 15 years. Patsy shared with us on why she had made the career switch to be an independent financial advisor leaving a stable payroll. Patsy shared that she would like to bring (the much needed) clarity and fresh insights to a highly-misunderstood life conversation – Money.

Focusing on investments and retirement planning, Patsy aims to help our members and the photography community supercharge their bank balance through a non-obligational conversation with you! If you found the name to be familiar, that’s because she is a regular contributor to the financial site bankbazaar.sg. So, if you are keen & intends to meet up with Patsy, this is our warning – Don’t expect textbook answers and mainstream advice.

Ourshutterjourney would like to encourage members or anyone to take a second thought on planning for your retirement.

1) For members who plans to meet Patsy to discuss
– we will give you a $10 Capitaland Voucher.

2) For members who purchase a plan based on their needs
– we will give you a $50 Capitaland Voucher.

You may wish to contact Patsy at +65 9667 7864 or if you are feeling shy, do email Patsy at patsyklq@gmail.com

So folks, start planning, so you can buy more photography equipment and never to worry about finances again!

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About 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. Currently serving as an Online Administrator for Ourshutterjourney.com Facebook Groups and Online Shop. 

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Olympus Sales II – Members Special

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Olympus Sales II – Members Special
– Posted by Melody Tan
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Important:
– ONLY from 09th Nov to 11th Nov 2018!
– Members Gets An Additional SGD $100 OFF the Promo Price!
– Redeemable from Alan Photo, Cathay Photo, Parisilk, SLR Revo, TK Foto.
– Just Show Screen Shot of the above Promo E-Brochure to Enjoy $100 OFF.
– Applicable to Card Members & Non-Card Members for this Round.
– After purchase, drop us an email to share with us what you had purchased and enjoy additional secret deals! ourshutterjourney@live.com.sg

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Olympus Sales – Members Special

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Olympus Sales – Members Special!
– Posted by Melody Tan
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Important:
– ONLY from 02nd Nov to 04 Nov 2018!
– Members Gets An Additional SGD $100 OFF the Promo Price!
– Redeemable from Alan Photo, Cathay Photo, Parisilk, SLR Revo, TK Foto.
– Just Show Screen Shot of the above Promo E-Brochure to Enjoy $100 OFF.
– Applicable to Card Members & Non-Card Members for this Round.
– After purchase, drop us an email to share with us what you had purchased and enjoy additional secret deals! ourshutterjourney@live.com.sg

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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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2018 Members’ Closed Door Sales!

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2018 Members’ Closed Door Sales!
– Exclusive to Registered Ourshutterjourney Card Members ONLY!
– Posted by Melody Tan
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11th October 2018, Singapore – This is our official 4th Closed Door Sales for registered card members and we will be partnering our accredited merchantAlan Photo for 2018!
Since we launched our Club Membership 3 years ago, the Membership Team had been working hard to bring value to our registered card members. Riding on this announcement, we will also be launching more promotions with lifestyle & F&B merchants from 2019 so do look out for the announcements or the email newsletter!

For this year, we had purposely dated the Closed Door Sales on the 24th of November 2018 so Members get to do their Christmas shopping way ahead of others PLUS the ridiculous price that we will be shocking the Members!
For example:
New Lenses Price starts from $100
New Cameras/DSLRs Price starts from $200
New Camera Bags Price starts from $30
New Tripod Price starts from $50 and
hundreds of photography accessories going at Unbelievable prices!
* more details after the jump

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First, the queue starts at 8.45am at the door.
Gaining entry to the Sales will be limited to Ourshutterjourney Card Members which possess a physical card at the door.
Payment options available will be Cash, NETS or Credit Cards.

 

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Featuring products from all major photography brands, it’s also a great chance to ask questions about gear information with non-obligated purchase as there will be sales consultants, photography trainers around to assist you.

This is a great chance for you to meet & catch up with other fellow registered members, make new friends, mingles with like-minded photographers and simply enjoy the mingling and shopping together – as a big family!

 

If you are a Card Member and wish to attend this Closed – Door Sales, do RSVP here for more updates on this event! Otherwise, see you there!

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Sony Introduces The World’s Toughest & Fastest SD Cards

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Sony Introduces The World’s Toughest & Fastest SD Cards
– Posted by Lee Shi Qing
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09th October 2018, Singapore – As memory cards are an essential component to today’s digital photography, the race to create the greatest SD card had probably ended with Sony’s newly released SF-G Series SD Cards – leaving the competition high & dry as a new benchmark had been set by Sony.

Matching up to today’s digital cameras & DSLRs with break-neck image processor speed – the answer is a faster card and a tough one at that.
Some snippets from Sony’s press release as below.

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Sony Singapore announced the world’s toughest and fastest SD Cards, SF-G series TOUGH specification UHS-II SD card. These SD Cards will be available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities and will be launched in October 2018. 

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Key features of the SF-G TOUGH includes:
– World’s toughest SD card is 18x bend proof and drop proof
– World’s first one-piece molding structure for strength and hardness
– Ribless and switchless design ensures there are no fragile components
– World’s fastest read speed up to 300MB/s and write speed up to 299MB/s
– Waterproof and dustproof world-class ratings of IPX8 and IP6X respectively
– Keep your work safe with the SD Scan Utility and File Rescue Software

The SF-G TOUGH SD Cards are now available at selected Sony Stores, Sony Centres and Sony Authorised dealers and will be retailing at the following prices:
1) S$203 – 64GB

2) S$399 – 128GB

*Price for 32GB not available at time of publishing this release. We will update the price for the 32 GB once we have it from Sony Singapore.

For the rest of you, Buy your NEW Sony SF-G SD Cards here!   

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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. Currently serving as an Online Administrator for Ourshutterjourney.com Facebook Groups and Online Shop. 

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Selling Photography Gear on Carousell

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Selling Photography Gear on Carousell
– Posted by Li Shi Qing
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19th September 2018, Singapore – Since we started our Online Shop on Carousell about 3 months ago, we have met our shares of nice buyers and of course – weirdos. As much as it had been a fun experience, it takes great patience to remain composed & calm – especially when the requests gets weirder and sometimes – shamelessly below the belt.

Today, I am going to share some of the conversations from the weirdest of buyers that we had encountered. These are real conversations and I am sure many of you may have already experienced or encountered this group of weirdos.

Let’s see how many can you relate to!

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1) Posted a Nikon D300s for $520…
Buyer: Available?
Me: Available if offer is right.
Buyer: Made Offer $250.00
Me: Sir, you misplaced the “2” & “5”.
Buyer: Nope its Correct.
Me: Sorry I typo – I am selling $5200.
Buyer: D300s for $5200? U are kidding!
Me: Nope its Correct.
Buyer: Ok I get it. Sorry.

* Well at least this ended nicely with the buyer finally understand where this is leading to. But not so much for the next buyer.

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This is going to be lengthy – but worth the read. I spent close to 04 days entertaining this guy.

2. Posted a Canon 70-200mm F4 for $490…
Buyer: Is this real?
Me: Yes.
Buyer: You selling $490?
Me: As posted Sir.
Buyer: Condition?
Me: As posted – mint.
Buyer: Any chips
Me: Nope
Buyer: Paint peel?
Me: Nope
Buyer: Comes with Filter?
Me: Nope.
Buyer: Any problem w the lens?
Me: Nope.
Buyer: Really $490?
Me: Yes.
Buyer: Are you a Shop?
Me: Nope, I am young lady.
Buyer: lol! er.. I meant if your stock is from a shop.
Me: Yes.
Buyer: Ok, any discount?
Me: $490 – Fixed for Public & $450 for OSJ Card Member.
Buyer: OK I am Public.
Me: Hi Public!
Buyer:?
Me: Sorry thought your name is Public.
Buyer: ? I dun understand.
Me: Nevermind Sir. It’s been 6 hours of chatting – would you like to make an offer?
Buyer: Ok.
Buyer: Made Offer $200
Me: Hi Sir, Sorry Lens just got stolen and no longer available.
Buyer: What? But I saw the listing is still LIVE.
Me: Yes, because we have at least 10 units of 70-200mm
Buyer: Ok, so means still available?
Me: Available if the offer is right.
Buyer: Made Offer $200
Me: I am so sorry Sir, another thief came and stolen the next available unit.
Buyer: Seriously?
Me: Yes.
Buyer: Ok, no more games. What is the lowest you can sell me?
Me: $490 – Fixed for Public & $450 for OSJ Card Member.
Buyer: but that is the same price you quoted earlier.
Me: Its the same lens so same price Sir.
Buyer: But You said got stolen?
Me: I told you we have many of this lens in our shop.
Buyer: Ok, how shall we proceed?
Me: Would you like to make a reasonable offer sir?
Buyer: Made Offer $200.
Me: Oh my God! I am so sorry, Johnny English just bought the last 70-200mm from our shop.
Buyer: Who is that?
Me: [image:001]
Buyer: Hi lady, I am a customer why are you taking me for a ride?
Me: Hi Sir. It’s been 43 hours of chatting, why are you making offer that’s taking me for a ride?
Buyer: I offer $200.
Me: $200, I know a place that sells water mugs that looks like 70-200mm F4. Want?
Buyer: I need the lens.
Me: I need the money.
Buyer: $200.
Me: Sorry today is my last day working for this company.
Buyer: Hey! Before you resign, just sell me the lens at $200.
Me: Sir. No One in their right mind will sell you a 70-200mm at $200.
Buyer: I am sincerely buying. Its been 46 hours, can’t you feel my sincerity?
Me: I feel you. I feel like knocking your head.
Buyer: lol! Ok. What’s your last last last price?
Me: $490 – Fixed for Public & $450 for OSJ Card Member.
Buyer: Made Offer $200.
Me: Sir, I am not supposed to be rude, but I really cannot sell u at $200 for this lens.
Me: Decline Offer $200.
Buyer: Made Offer $201.
Me: Decline Offer $201.
Buyer: You are a terrible Seller.
Me: I am really so sorry that I cannot meet your budget.
Buyer: Dun be sarcastic.
Me: I never wor.
Buyer: Ok Fine. Lousy shop, you dun wan to sell – many people will want to sell me their 70-200mm for $200.
Me: Ok.
Buyer: I am serious.
Me: Sir, it’s been 3 days of chatting. If you can find someone to sell you this lens at $200, please go ahead. and if someone really will sell you at $200 – you dare to buy?
Buyer: Why not?
Me: Ok. Good luck with that.
Buyer: How about this? I trade in my lenses & top up.
Me: Hi Sir, what lenses do you have?
Buyer: Canon 18-55mm, Canon 50mm F1.8 and a Samyang fisheye.
Me: We take in 18-55mm $10, 50mm $20 & NO Samyang.
Buyer: Why so low?
Me: We have 2 baskets full of 18-55mm which we are exporting to Africa and 1 palette of 50mm that we are sending for scrap.
Buyer: But those are Pro lenses!
Me: 18-55mm is entry level, not pro. 50mm is the cheapest plastic 50mm ever in history – how can those lenses be pro?
Buyer: But when I bought my camera, the salesman told me these are Pro!
Me: hmmmm, did you do anything funny while buying?
Buyer: Like what?
Me: Like asking for discounts and offering $200?
Buyer: I do not wish to reply this question.
Me: Ok Sir. Today is Day 4, would you like to make me a good offer so we can both move on with our lives?
Buyer: Morning. Ok sure.
Buyer: Made Offer $200.
Me: Declined Offer $200.
Me: Sir, I am sorry, please try elsewhere. Price is fixed.
Buyer: Lousy seller! I am going to report you!
Buyer: Hey! Want to sell or not?
Buyer: You there?
Buyer: I am sorry, I would like to make a proper offer.
Buyer: Made Offer $250.
Buyer: Cancelled Offer $250
Buyer: Made Offer $200.
Buyer: Halllloooo???

* As expected, I decided to ignore this guy knowing that this is leading to nowhere but square one. To my last knowledge, this guy is still making his $200 offer as I write. |

 

3) Posted a Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E Mark III for $480
Buyer: I am Interested!
Me: Hi! Please make offer then.
Buyer: I want to ask, when it says 2X means I get the double the distance right?
Me: Yes. if 200mm becomes 400mm.
Buyer: Ok great! Does it fit every Nikon lens?
Me: Technically you can mount, but some lenses will not work.
Buyer: I see, where can I check?
Me: nikon.com.sg
Buyer: Hmmm, can I just ask you?
Me: Ok which lens you want to mount this with?
Buyer: My 18-105mm, its a Nikon lens.
Me: Sir, the teleconverters are mainly used for super tele-lens.
Buyer: What’s a super-tele lens? Does it have special powers? lol
Me: Nope.
Buyer: But Nikon website describe my 18-105mm as “wide to super-tele”, so can use?
Me: cannot sir.
Buyer: Ok.

* At times, I really wonder why people did not do their own research before trying to buy anything from Carousell. If this guy had met a bad seller, you can imagine this poor guy trying to mount his 18-105mm to a teleconverter and later discovered that it won’t work,

4) Posted a Sony A7 MarkII Body for $1280
Buyer: Price Negotiable?
Me: Hi! Please make offer.
Buyer: Made Offer $800.
Me: Decline Offer $800
Me: I am sorry I cannot meet your budget.
Buyer: Why?
Me: Because cannot.
Buyer: Ya, but why cannot.
Me: Cannot means Cannot.
Buyer: Made Offer $820
Me: Decline Offer $820
Me: Sir, lowest $1265 for you.
Buyer: But others are selling at $800.
Me: Sir, our items are priced based on condition, accessories, shutter count and we had checked, cleaned/ serviced the camera before we list. Cannot compare like this.
Buyer: But its the same camera.
Me: Yes. Same camera. The unit I posted Shutter Count is 9.9K at $1280.00 and we are giving 01 week shop warranty. The $800 unit that You mentioned, what is the shutter count and the seller give you warranty?
Buyer: Let me check hang on.
Buyer: That $800 unit shutter count is 52K. No warranty.
Me: See? That’s what I meant! 52K shutter count is very high! Why pay $800 for a half-dead camera when mine is only 9.9k?
Buyer: Hmmmm I see. By the way what is “Shutter Count”?
Me: ………….

*that almost killed me. Really? Seriously? But wait, meet the next seller.

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5) Posted a Lumix 25mm F1.4 Summilux ASPH DG (for Micro Four Third) for $480.
Buyer: Hi! May I check if the price is final?
Me: Slightly negotiable.
Buyer: Ok. Does the lens work?
Me: Yes, checked and cleaned + 01 week warranty from us.
Buyer: Cool!
Me: Please make offer sir.
Buyer: Made Offer $180
Me: Declined Offer $180
Me: Sir, I believed that was a typo out of good faith. Please make another offer. Lowest $460 for you.
Buyer: It’s not a mistake, I offered $180.
Me: I see. I am sorry but that’s too low.
Buyer: Ok.
Buyer: Made Offer $200
Me: Declined Offer $200.
Me: Sir, lowest $460.
Buyer: Made Offer $220
Me: Declined Offer $220.
Me: Sir, are you gonna keep increasing $20 until I accept?
Buyer: Yes lol!
Me: Ok you offer $460 and we call it a day! Ok?
Buyer: Made Offer $240
Me: Declined Offer $240
Me: Seriously?
Buyer: Yes.
Me: I am sorry but I am running a business, can you stop playing?
Buyer: Ok I offer $460 + a Dinner with you.
Me: Sir thanks but I cannot do the dinner. And this account is shared by a few of us including boss. Unless you want to buy all of us dinner.
Buyer: Nope, only you. You accept dinner with me, I buy the lens at $460.
Me: Sorry sir, that’s against our policy.
Buyer: Then I dun wan to buy.
Me: Ok, it’s your wish sir, I am not forcing you to buy.
Buyer: Where you stay? You hv BF? Eat with me la, I buy you nice dinner.
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Buyer: See? That’s my photo, I am handsome, eat with me ok?
Me: Sorry nope.
Buyer: Ok Fine. Then the deal is off. I can keep my $460 and you can play with yourself using that lens.
Me: lol! Ok Sir. Sorry. And if I want to play with myself, I will get a 70-200mm, not a 25mm. Sorry, you mean your little is only 25mm? I am so sorry to hear that.
Buyer: ..|.. F**koff.

*Ok, I really have no choice when this buyer is trying to use Carousell like T*nder.

OK, there’s a whole more of “interesting” conversations of all sorts but I decided to share these as these are the most recent ones and some are really offensive. As we progress, I am sure we will be “meeting” more weirdos.

As much as I had these bad experiences, but I do wish to highlight that there are actually just as many nice and sincere buyers that I had encountered too. So the crazy world of Carouselling is not as bad as I had imagined to be.

For Ourshutterjourney Registered Card Members, remember you guys are a special bunch and enjoys further discounts when buying from our Online Store! 
(Just remember to be nice to me.) – 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. Currently serving as an Online Administrator for Ourshutterjourney.com Facebook Groups and Online Shop. 

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Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro (ART) – PART 2

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Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro (ART) – PART 2
– Featuring Guest Reviewer Serene Ong from Serene Digital Crafts.
– Posted by Lee Shi Qing.
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Image: Guest Reviewer Serene Ong (Serene Digital Crafts) with the NEW Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG MACRO HSM | ART lens. 



11th August 2018, Singapore – Editor AL previously reviewed the new Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro HSM ART with a regular flash – you can read it here. For Part 2, we have invited Serene Ong (again) from Serene Digital Craft to try out the new Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro HSM ART – but this time, mounted with a Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ring Flash!

 

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Serene: Thank You Editor AL for inviting me to try out the new Sigma 70mm Macro lens! This is the first time that I am doing macro with a dedicated Ring Flash and I was all excited about the review! I am also happy to share about my experience from using this lens + macro flash combo!  

 

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Image: Serene using the NEW Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro HSM ART mounted with a Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ring Flash.


Serene: The size + the weight of the new 70mm Macro was lighter than what I was expecting. I was using and holding it for a good 2 hours and I did not broke my arm – it is pretty light and the size is very compact for a lens of this focal range. The lens exterior carries the same design cues with the rest of the Art series lens and it does looks like the lens can take some serious abuse.

 

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Image: Serene using the NEW Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro HSM ART mounted with a Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ring Flash.

 

Serene: What I like was the super fast focusing and near silent operation. It really helps when I am creeping up some insects and the silent operation won’t startle them. Focus was spot on pretty accurately and easily making this lens very easy and a joy to use!

 

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Serene: And since Editor had the technical part covered in his Part 1 review, I decide to talk less and shoot more – so check out some of my images that I had shot using the NEW Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro HSM ART mounted with a Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ring Flash below!

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Serene: I am pretty amazed by what this lens can produce. No pro set up or whatsoever, just pure luck, some patience and lots of sweat during the hunting process. Once I spotted an insect, I just shoot and its a near-90% “hit rate” with this lens + flash combo! 

 

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Serene: In a nutshell, the new NEW Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro HSM ART is a super macro lens that do what it does best – close-ups! The sharpness are incredible and the amount of details captured is just amazing! All the photos in this article are pretty much “as it is” – I only did some cropping and adding water marks – everything else is just original and I am blown away with the results! Well, it’s an ART Series lens from Sigma – you know the rest of the story. Thank you Ourshutterjourney.com & Editor AL for the opportunity to review and try out this lens!

For the rest of you, Buy your NEW Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro | ART here!   

 

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Bought An Olympus? Tell Us!

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Bought An Olympus? Tell Us!
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23rd July 2018, Singapore – Bought an Olympus camera or lens recently? Ourshutterjourney.com is proud to partner Olympus Singapore for some really special deal for our registered card members from 1st July till 30th June 2019!

What Is It About?
If you have bought an Olympus camera, Olympus lens or Olympus accessories, just send us an email with details of the purchase and you stand to redeem a special useful gift on top of the freebies you already received at the point of purchase! It can be a hi-capacity memory card, an additional battery, a discount voucher, a limited edition souvenir, an extended warranty or simply a surprise!

I Am In! How Do I Entitle For This?
1) Purchase ANY Olympus camera, Olympus lens or Olympus accessories from any Dealer from now till 30th June 2019.

2) Email Us within 07 days of your purchase the following information;
– Item Bought.
– Where You Bought it.
– You Name & Contact Number.
– Your Membership Card Number.

3) Email to ourshutterjourney@live.com.sg
– Subject “Olympus Purchase”.
– You will received a Confirmation Email from us for the Redemption!

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Olympus E-PL9 BLUE Edition

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Olympus E-PL9 Blue Edition
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Image: The NEW Olympus E-PL9 Blue Edition.

23rd June 2018, Singapore – Olympus Singapore sent me the latest incarnation of their new E-PL9 – a Special Blue Edition. Having previously reviewed the camera in Singapore (Part 1) & Thailand (Part 2), going around to to review this camera again will be a direct duplicate so I was cracking my head how should I do this review. Then I decided not to.
(Muahahahahahaa…………….!)

The E-PL9 Blue Editon comes wrapped in light Navy Blue Leather and gold letterings – screaming “hipster culture” while hinting a Retro touch of yesteryears. Personally the Blue Edition is more than just a fashion piece, both my previous reviews (Part 1 & Part 2) had revealed that the new E-PL9 is a super capable camera.

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Image: The NEW Olympus E-PL9 Blue Edition. Gold Letterings on Blue Leather.

 

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Image: The NEW Olympus E-PL9 Blue Edition comes with a nice leather neck-strap.

 

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Image: The NEW Olympus E-PL9 Blue Edition – everything hip, & everything retro.

 

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I took the E-PL9 Blue Edition out to Peranakan Museum where an exhibition “Amek Gambar” is going on and I try to see how I can “use” the E-PL9 Blue Edition for a little shoot. Instead, I got shot. With the help of “everybody” – basically anyone I can grab – from museum staff, passer-bys to tourists – here’s some of the shots of me fooling around the E-PL9 Blue Edition at the Peranakan Museum.

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Image: Editor AL with the NEW Olympus E-PL9 Blue Edition at Amek Gambar Exhibition currently happening at the Peranakan Museum from now till February 2019. 

 
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Image: The NEW Olympus E-PL9 Blue Edition 

 

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Image: The accidental model – Editor AL with the NEW Olympus E-PL9 Blue Edition 

 

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Image: Editor AL with the NEW Olympus E-PL9 Blue Edition 

 

While shooting at the Peranakan Museum, several visitors turned their heads and asked me what camera am I using. While some are amazed that it’s an Olympus that I am holding, some asked where can they buy. (Strangely no one asked about the price.)

 

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Image: The NEW Olympus E-PL9 Blue Edition 

 

The Blue E-PL9 stands out against my grey stripe shirt like a star and as a person with bad fashion sense, I guess I picked the right shirt today to go with the Blue E-PL9.

 

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Thank You Olympus Imaging Singapore for letting me have fun with Blue.
Thank You Peranakan Museum (National Heritage Board) for allowing me to fool around in the museum! (The Amek Gambar Exhibition Rocks!)

Read the Reviews reviews (Part 1 & Part 2) !
OK Guys, Buy your Olympus E-PL9 BLUE Edition here!   

 

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Amek Gambar Weekend Festival

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Amek Gambar Weekend Festival
– 23rd & 24th June 2018!
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About the Curator
Peter Lee is an independent art and heritage consultant, and the honourary curator of the NUS Baba House, a historical house museum managed by the National University of Singapore. He is the co-author of The Straits Chinese House (1998). For the Asian Civilisations Museum and Peranakan Museum, he has curated the exhibitions Junk to Jewels: The Things that Peranakans Value (2008), Sarong Kebaya: Peranakan Fashion and Its International Sources (2011), and Port Cities: Multicultural Emporiums of Asia, 1500-1900 (2016). In 2016, he also co-curated Singapore, Sarong Kebaya and Style at the Fukuoka Art Museum and the Shoto Museum in Tokyo. He is guest curator for the Amek Gambar exhibition.

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Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro (ART)

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Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro (ART)
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Photo: Editor AL with the NEW Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro (ART)  

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

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

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

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Photo: With Hood.
Left-Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro
Right-NEW Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Macro (ART)

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ourshutterjourney Online Store Opens!

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

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

(Join as our Registered Card Member here!)

 

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

– AL Lee, Founder – Ourshutterjourney Photography Consortium Worldwide

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Members who wish to sell & list their equipment at our online store, do email us at ourshutterjourney@live.com.sg & furnish us with;
1) 02 to 03 clear images of your equipment.
2) clearly state the condition (00 to 10) / shutter count (for camera)
3) clearly state what other things that comes with your gear. (box/ hood/ pouch etc).
4) clearly state the selling price you are looking at.
5) give us your Membership card number & Contact number.

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

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