OM-D E-M10 III vs X-T100 vs M50 vs a6000

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 III vs Fujifilm X-T100 vs Canon M50 vs Sony a6000
Text by Editor AL Lee


23rd March 2021, Singapore – 
This is probably the hardest review to write. Brand rivalry has always been an entertainment to many photographers from all over the world. In the past, most of us will laugh it off as most of the camera brands from Japan – they are all in the same association. (I am not going to touch on brands from Germany or China here.) So somewhere in December 2020, we received a few requests for an updated review for the above 4 cameras – which we had previously reviewed all 4, but we had only published the review for 2 out of the 4. And do not ask why.

I am putting the Sony a6000 into this comparison as they are on the same camera class or should I say these are the current Entry Level Mirrorless cameras from the various brands. After like 5 drafts, I decided to do this in a different way. By using scores. So I won’t sound biased in any way or getting accused for siding any brand. While most of you knew that I had been a Olympus Visionary (ambassador) for a few years and I parted ways with Olympus Singapore after the brand’s digital imaging operation pulls out from Singapore and appointed a distributor instead. So I am sharing that to assure you that I have nothing to do with Olympus while this article was being prepared.

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Entry level mirrorless cameras are indeed the door to the world of mirrorless photography. Many who bought their first mirrorless camera were already DSLR users who took a leap of faith and try out something lighter and some claimed even more capable. Apart from those who bought it for their girlfriends and ended up on eBay, who are smartphone users who wanted more for their photography needs & progress.

At the moment, many of these entry level cameras had a Mark II or an updated version – but the fun part is to put all 4 that were launched closest to each other in this article. While we all knew that the Canon M50 & Olympus Em10 Mark III are the newer cameras among the 4, Sony a6000 being the oldest followed by the Fujifilm X-T100, their specs are seemingly close. In fact we imagined all 4 cameras came from the same factory in a country that makes OEM for the world.

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For this article, I am just going to pick the key specifications that are worthy to be compared, because the rest of the specs are closely similar so I shall not waste your time.

Let’s Start!
**I would like to add and disclaim – all comments and comparisons here are my personal views through the hands-on, observation and from feedbacks from users. So don’t send me any love letters.

1. Sensor Size
Canon EOS M50 – APSC 1.6X Crop Factor
Fujifilm X-T100 – APSC 1.5X Crop Factor
Olympus OM-D E-M10 III – Micro Four Third 2X Crop Factor
Sony a6000 – APSC 1.5X Crop Factor

Personally I prefers the Fujifm/ Sony’s 1.5X Crop factor for general use and easier to manage on focal length. The added crop factor for Canon & Olympus may be useful for closeups or macro, then again sensor size does matters. Olympus may have the smallest sensor here but the little capable sensor have more Photodiodes than the bigger sensors  in case you wanna start anything to laugh at Olympus. so size is not a factor here. So between Fujifilm and Sony, I will pick Fujifilm’s X-T100 & Sony’s a6000 here as the winners for this section.

Scores
Canon: 0
Fujifilm: 1
Olympus: 0
Sony: 1

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2. Megapixels
Canon EOS M50 – 25.8 MP
Fujifilm X-T100 – 24.2 MP
Olympus OM-D E-M10 III – 17.2 MP
Sony a6000 – 24.7 MP

While many of you may argue with me that megapixels are not everything, but personally it is important. Just imagine you are shooting birds or macro, the insane amount or cropping will be highly dependent on the megapixel as that determines the amount of usable details capture within the image and how much you can crop before your image becomes a sandpaper art. I came from the era that has 2mp or 4mp cameras and I truly appreciate megapixels of today’s cameras. Maybe its just me. You can argue, but I will ignore you. So it is clear that Canon, Fuji & Sony all 3 wins in this section, but Sony gets the biased vote with the slightly higher megapixel.

Scores
Canon: 1
Fujifilm: 1
Olympus: 0
Sony: 1

 

 

 

3. In-Body Image Stabilization
Canon EOS M50 – Digital, 3-Axis (Video Only)
Fujifilm X-T100 – None
Olympus OM-D E-M10 III – Sensor-Shift, 5-Axis
Sony a6000 – None

I know this section is unfair but it has become a real need in today’s photography. Do not forget these 4 cameras are entry level cameras. While Olympus had prided itself for having in-camera image stabilizer since the Four Third era, I am surprised that Sony had forgotten not included their proven SteadyShot – Sony’s version of in-body image stabilizer. Canon stay true to their DSLR roots by selling you overpriced lens with stabilizer while offering mostly a parallel version without the IS for a cheaper price. offering lens that has image stabilizers. Fujifilm probably forgot that beginners may have shaky hands too. strangely did not try to include this as well. Beginners will appreciate image stabilizers more than you can imagine. This round, Olympus wins.

Scores
Canon: 0
Fujifilm: 0
Olympus: 1
Sony: 0

 

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4. ISO
Canon EOS M50 – Up t0 51200
Fujifilm X-T100 – Up t0 51200
Olympus OM-D E-M10 III – Up t0 25600
Sony a6000 – Up t0 25600

OK, we are not going to talk about which camera can make the best sandpaper art here. Usable ISO without noise usually ranges between 800 to 1600 for these entry level cameras. Canon & Fujifilm understands that most beginners who sucks at photography will push ISO to the max so they allow ISO expansion to a range-topping level of 51200 which in my view is added value for money – although for the Canon EOS-M has slightly cleaner images over the Fujifilm X-T100 at around 3200 ISO. I reckon Olympus & Sony knows how bad it is to put 51200 on their cameras of this price range so they decided to max up at 25600. On the flipside, at 3200, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 III is the cleanest among all 4 cameras here. But based on the numbers and the level of ISO noise, Canon & Fuji wins this round.

Scores
Canon: 1
Fujifilm: 1
Olympus: 0
Sony: 0

 

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5. Shutter Speed
Canon EOS M50
– 1/4000 to 30 Seconds / Bulb Mode

Fujifilm X-T100
-Mechanical Shutter
1/4000 to 4 Seconds in Program Mode, 1/4000 to 30 Seconds, 0 to 60 Minutes in Bulb Mode
– Electronic Shutter
1/32000 to 4 Seconds in Program Mode, 1/32000 to 30 Seconds, 1 Second in Bulb Mode,
– Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/32000 to 4 Seconds in Program Mode, 1/32000 to 30 Seconds, 0 to 60 Minutes in Bulb Mode

Olympus OM-D E-M10 III
– Mechanical Shutter
1/4000 to 60 Seconds, 0.5 to 60 Minutes in Bulb Mode
– Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/320 to 60 Seconds
– Electronic Shutter
1/16000 to 30 Seconds

Sony a6000
– Electronic Front Curtain Shutter
1/4000 to 30 Seconds, 1/4000 to 1/4 Second in Movie Mode,
Bulb Mode

Before I proceed, I have to remind everyone that these 4 are entry level cameras before you starting jumping on me. And if you do not know the difference between mechanical shutter & an electronic shutter, you shouldn’t even be shooting you should google a bit how both works. The added advantage of having both allows more options and variations when shutter speed is the priority during use. From the list above, you can see that Canon & Sony gave the same “entry level DSLR” kind of specs while Olympus gave more but not too much else the E-M5 will have problem in moving off the shelves but the range-topper here is Fujifilm’s X-T100. Take a second look again at X-T100’s shutter speed. OK You get it now.

Scores
Canon: 0
Fujifilm: 1
Olympus: 0
Sony: 0

 

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6. Exposure Compensation
Canon EOS M50 – -3 to +3 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Fujifilm X-T100 – -5 to +5 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Olympus OM-D E-M10 III – -5 to +5 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
Sony a6000 – -5 to +5 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)

Again, haters are gonna argue   most beginners will not really bother about EV, but do not forget those who are already DSLR users and they are trying out a mirrorless and maybe as their first mirrorless camera, this function now plays a part, a deciding factor. While Fujifilm, Olympus & Sony probably had a secret meeting decides that giving users a wider range from negative 5 to plus 5 is standard, Canon who was not invited to the meeting gave a pretty basic negative 3 to plus 3. But the winner here is definitely Sony – as it is the only camera that offers 1/2 steps and 1/3 steps adjustments as an option.

Scores
Canon: 0
Fujifilm: 0
Olympus: 0
Sony: 1

 

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7. Continuous Shooting (on jpg)
Canon EOS M50 – 10 fps
Fujifilm X-T100 – 06 fps
Olympus OM-D E-M10 III – 8.6 fps
Sony a6000 – 11 fps

Today’s camera specs are really something – just imagine 10 years ago, any camera that can do 8fps & above are mostly Semi-Pro or Pro DSLRs. Today, such features has made their way to entry level cameras and as such, it became the new benchmark for entry level specifications. Fuji failed in this section with the laughable 6 fps while Olympus did a reasonable 8.6 fps while Canon and Sony topped the range with 10fps & 11fps. Clearly Sony won for this section.

Scores
Canon: 0
Fujifilm: 0
Olympus: 0
Sony: 1

 

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8. Autofocus Points
Canon EOS M50 – Contrast Detection: 143 / Phase Detection: 99
Fujifilm X-T100 – Phase Detection: 91
Olympus OM-D E-M10 III – Contrast Detection: 121
Sony a6000 – Contrast Detection: 25 / Phase Detection: 179

As a person who uses only 01 center focusing point for the last 18 years, the number of focus points does not matters to me. But for photographers who relies heavily on zone focusing or focus detect, this means a lot to them. Canon, Olympus & Sony all offers Contrast Detection while Fujifilm only offers Phase Detection with 91 points. Sony offers both Contrast Detection 25 points and Phase Detection with 179 points. So Olympus is out. Canon offers both Detections which topples Sony on Contrast but lose out on Phase. But Canon won Fujifilm slightly on Phase. Given the above ratio, the number of points and the type of detection, Canon is clearly taking the lead here.

Scores
Canon: 1
Fujifilm: 0
Olympus: 0
Sony: 0

 

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9. Maximum Flash Sync Speed
Canon EOS M50 – 1/200 Second
Fujifilm X-T100 – 1/180 Second
Olympus OM-D E-M10 III – 1/250 Second
Sony a6000 – 1/160 Second

I do not know what Sony was thinking when they set the speed for Flash Sync for the a6000. Maybe they thought that a6000 users are likely not going to use fast speed flash. Then again, Olympus & Canon gave users flash sync speed of 1/250 & 1/200 respectively which is a marvel for entry level cameras. My vote goes to Olympus & Canon for being thoughtful on this.

Scores
Canon: 1
Fujifilm: 0
Olympus: 1
Sony: 0

 

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10 . Battery
Canon EOS M50 – LP-E12 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 875 mAh
Fujifilm X-T100 – NP-W126S Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 8.4 VDC, 1260 mAh
Olympus OM-D E-M10 III – BLS-50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1175 mAh
Sony a6000 – NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1080 mAh

Lastly, the next thing that matter to me is the battery life. Large capacity battery will ensure more shots to be taken while smaller capacity batteries means frequent change of battery while shooting and incurring more costs to purchase more spare batteries. From the stock batteries for the above cameras, Canon’s battery has the smallest capacity (875 mAh) while Fujifilm top the range with 1260 mAh. A quick research on internet, I saw claims that some Canon users swore by the battery and claim Canon camera consumes lesser power as compared to the rest so the stock battery is smaller capacity. What a load of bullshit. For me, I still feel that it all depends on the user and how the user uses the camera matters more. But for comparative reasons, Fujifilm has the most power here.

Scores
Canon: 0
Fujifilm: 1
Olympus: 0
Sony: 0

The above 10 items that I had chosen to compare are mostly for the reason that there are some noticeable differences in a way or another – the regular specs of other features are vastly similar so I did not use those as a comparative items.

The Total Score.

Scores
Canon: 4 out of 10
Fujifilm: 5 out of 10
Olympus: 2 out of 10
Sony: 4 out of 10

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4th Place
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III
– The latest camera to be released on this list and the one with the most expensive RRP, I am kinda disappointed that the EM10-3 is inferior on specifications – even losing out to the Sony a6000 which was launch 11 months ahead of the E-M10-3. I enjoyed using it as it is light and compact then again the Fujifilm X-T100 has about the same weight and size and far more superior in many ways. The little OM-D is well built and it has the design cue from the 35mm OM which many will appreciate.
I hope the EM10 Mark IV will be able to catch up and outclass the rest one day.

3rd Place
Canon EOS M50 – Clearly made and designed to the likes of Canon’s basic EOS DSLR range. Everything about the EOS M50 is Basic, functional and Easy to use. Slightly plasticky and does not feel as solid as the Olympus or Fujifilm, the M50 made up for the lack of features by compensating with the price point and with the backup & interchangeability of all the EOS EF lenses via adaptors, the Canon EOS M50 will be the best-seller among the 4. Still it loses out to Sony on an overall despite getting the same score as Sony due to the total customisation capability and specs.

2nd Place
Sony a6000
– Its like wine that had aged well. The oldest camera on this list managed to be on the 2nd place of this list. Sony had always used specs to win customers since the Alpha days – think a230, a700, a900 – those DSLRs back then are already ahead of the game but the public are so into Canon & Nikon so Sony indeed lost out back then. Sony’s E mount and subsequent FE mount became the real game changer. After the early E series mirrorless cameras were launched, indeed it had caused a storm and Sony finally showhand with the release of the Full Frame a7 series cameras capturing the hearts of many photographers and capturing a huge market from rivals like Canon & Nikon.

1st Place
Fujifilm X-T100 – The X Series are the Fuji cameras that managed to put Fujifilm back in the race. When people say Fujifilm gives a lot of value for the money you paid, that is true. Banking on the long legacy of Fujinon lenses, the X Series (rangefinder style) cameras are built like a tank, offers many interesting functions – my personal favorite are the digital filter-rendition of films in the digital form. Fujifilm cameras have never been fancy like Olympus, or overly marketed like Canon, or opt for new age design like Sony. Fujifilm had took on the digital face with a classic feel and everything remains Fujifilm – as it is.

I am not forcing you to agree with me or with this list, as mentioned, I did this list based on facts and specs and through usage experience. If you disagree, I can always give you a kite. I am surprised too with the result when I was tallying up the scores. So if you are in the market looking for a used entry-level camera – do go for the Fujifilm X-T100. It’s worth your every dollar.
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Leica Super Elmar-M 18mm F/3.8 ASPH – Revisited

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Leica Super Elmar-M 18mm F/3.8 ASPH – Revisited
Reviewed by Editor AL Lee

Image: Editor AL with Leica Super Elmar-M 18mm F/3.8 ASPH mounted to a Leica M10.   

 

21st March 2021, Singapore – Last week when I did a walk with the Leica Summilux 50mm, the article garnered almost 5,000 views in 24 hours – that got me thinking, is Leica still generating interest with younger & potential photographers that have not bought-in into the history of Leica cameras? Well, for me, I have always perceived Leica as a “progression” in many photographer’s journey. It is not a must-have, but definitely a must to own a Leica once in your lifetime in my view. For me, my love with rangefinder cameras started when my Dad gave me a Yashica MG-1 in 2010. (It was a 1975 camera and he bought it to shoot me as I was born in that very same year.) I find shooting with a rangefinder challenging but fun at the same time. It is hard to describe but it’s another level of photography that many will probably not experience or have not experienced it. The Leica M10 is the epitome of everything you can image from a digital rangefinder camera – all right let us not go that far. Back to the Super Elmar-M 18mm that I am re-reviewing today.

 


Image: Leica Super Elmar-M 18mm F/3.8 ASPH with the special 77mm filter adaptor mounted to a Leica M10.  

For those new to Leica lenses, here’s a quick introduction.
Lens type: Elmar – These are entry-level “slower” lenses with a max aperture of F3.8-F4.
Lens type: Elmarit – These slightly faster lenses comes with a max Aperture of 2.8
Lens type: Summarit – Latest Leica lens-line with a max Aperture of 2.5
Lens type: Summicron – The premium line of F2 lenses.
Lens type: Summilux – The “First Class” fast & sharp lenses with 1.4 Aperture.
Lens type: Noctilux – Out-of-this-World lenses with F0.95 Aperture with an unworldly price. (Note: previous Noctilux lenses come in F1.0)

We shall call it the Elmar 18mm for this review. Search the history of Leica and you will be surprised why the Elmar 18mm is special – because Leica has not added any ultra-wide angle prime lens for the M series line since 1958 – since the 21mm that is. Many have touted the Elmar 18mm as the “Millennial lens” since most of the younger photographers prefers wider angle photography. Whatever you call it – to me, it is an extremely useful and a great lens to use. The only thing that puzzled me was – why Leica does not make it as a Elmarit (F2.8) since the price point for the Elmar 18mm is close to the Elmarit price bracket. Anyway, Leica being Leica, we can only remain puzzled.

 

 

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At 18mm, the Elmar 18mm is under the category of Ultra-Wide-Angle lens. The optics are lined up into 8 elements in 7 groups with 2 aspherical (on surface) elements (that explains the ASPH code on lens). The aperture is a standard 09 blade which was rumoured to give nice starburst at F16 – which I have not tried since I own this lens.

 

As expected from Leica, the anodized aluminum Elmar 18mm was built like a tank, the lens is solid and weighty but not heavy at 309gm (with the special filter adaptor) and it measures only 48.8mm X 61mm – can be easily passed off as the smallest ultra-angle lens in the world. The Elmar 18mm starts focusing from 70cm to the front and although this is not really impressive – hey, this a UWA lens, not a fisheye or macro lens.

 

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Image: Leica Super Elmar-M 18mm F/3.8 ASPH with the special 77mm filter adaptor mounted to a Leica M10.

 

Due to the Elmar 18mm’s construction and design, I had mounted the special 77mm adaptor to it and to put a filter over the front element to protect it. I have always “over-experimented” almost every lens/camera that I had and that goes the same for this Elmar 18mm. In the case of this Elmar 18mm, it is an “over-engineered” lens which gives a lot of value, usability for the price it retails.

I took the Elmar 18mm out on a gloomy Saturday afternoon for a walk with a couple of friends and I am doing this as a last review for this lens as I will be selling off this lens to make space and I have always used the 21mm more often than this Elmar 18mm. Instead of wasting its time exhibiting itself in my dry cabinet, it is time for a new owner who will appreciate this lens to own it.

(This lens is for Sale by the way as I have the 21mm which I am keeping – do scroll down for the details)

 

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Let’s see some of the photos that I had shot using the Elmar 18mm paired to a M10 below.

 

With an Ultra-Wide-Angle lens like the Elmar 18mm, I almost feel that I can rule the world. Most people will not think that an UWA can do anything decent for street photography, but I beg to differ. That was why I decided to do this review to prove many of you wrong. In fact, with the wider angle of view, you can achieve wide angle street scenes, coupled with landscapes, cityscapes and you can do wonders in really tight places.

 

 

I decided to walk from City Hall to Chinatown, a short 4.2 km walk via Connaught Road, Boat Quay, Hong Lim to Chinatown. The Elmar 18mm is a wonder when space is tight or subject is too tall/large – while my friends struggled the above shot with their 24mm, I got everything framed and composed in seconds and took the above shot.

 

 

The Elmar 18mm is not just another UWA lens, it renders colours very accurately (paired with M10) and it gives shit loads of details – even when I shot some of the scenes in F3.8.
In a way, this is amazing, yes you may argue many other brands produce wider angles prime lenses than Leica – but wait till you check out the details – the Elmar 18mm is not just wide, it captures details like no other.

 

 

 

 

The Elmar 18mm is a lens that one must first understand its strength before you can use it to its max capability. Despite owning the lens for a while, I have not really mastered its effective use except learning how it processes light slightly differently from other UWA lenses. The above image taken at Esplanade MRT is such an example – the Elmar 18mm is really good at “dividing lights” and I can create the above shot easily without much effort. While other systems may end up giving the user an over-exposed image due to the “smarter” metering, the Elmar 18mm gave me the above image in One Shot.

 

 

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I believe I do not have to explain the benefits of having an Ultra-Wide-Angle lens while on the street. It was absolutely amazing for me to see the images that I had shot with the Elmar 18mm for this walk. If I had brought the Summilux 50mm with me, I believed many of the images in this review would not be possible at all.

 

 

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I chanced upon a group of youngsters having fun with skateboards and I decided to take a group shot for them. These guys are cool and friendly, do say hello to them when you see them, they are near to the underpass leading to Esplanade.

 

 

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Walking around with the Elmar 18mm allows me to shoot almost everything from anywhere. Some of these shots were cropped – and because I can do so. The Leica M10 has enough pixels for me to crop up to 70% off the original image from the Elmar 18mm.

 

 

Yes, the above image was shot right at the foot of the spotlight structure, I was that close, and the Elmar 18mm allows me to shoot it standing right below it. The beauty of 18mm.

The below shot was the back alley of Boat Quay – I had attempted this shot at this location many times with many lenses, the Elmar 18mm nailed it in just one shot. Another great example of what this Elmar 18mm is capable of.

 

The Leica Super Elmar-M 18mm F/3.8 ASPH is in a class of its own. At F/3.8, I really think Leica could have made it as an Elmarit (F/2.8) so the Elmar 18mm will find a home with nightscape photographers. Very capable lens for landscape for sure, it has also become a class-leader for wide angle street shots among the younger photographers of today. If you are a Leica M System user, you will love the Elmar 18mm – I promise.

Here’s a parting shot (courtesy of Serene | Digital | Crafts). See you again soon!

For Sale
This very unit here from this review is for sale. This Leica Super Elmar-M 18mm F/3.8 ASPH comes with the special Leica 77mm filter adaptor and the everything else that came with the box. I am selling because I really prefer the 21mm due to my shooting style. I had only used the Elmar 18mm for a few times and it had been dormant inside my dry cabinet for a long time until I did this review – so you can imagine how mint this unit is. There is no dusts, no fungus, no mould and at a pristine condition.
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Leica Summilux 50mm F/1.4 ASPH – Revisited

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Leica Summilux 50mm F/1.4 ASPH – Revisited
Reviewed by Editor AL Lee

Image: Editor AL with Leica Summilux 50mm F/1.4 ASPH mounted to a Leica M10. 

**UPDATE: Lens Sold**

16th March 2021, Singapore – It had been a while since I took a Leica out for a walk. Been itching to visit Orchard Road as my last visit was 2 Christmas ago so I decided to warm the M10 up and do a revisit review for one of the most sought-after bokeh lens from Leica – the Leica Summilux 50mm F/1.4 ASPH.

For those new to Leica lenses, here’s a quick introduction.
Lens type: Elmar – These are entry-level “slower” lenses with a max aperture of F3.8-F4.
Lens type: Elmarit – These slightly faster lenses comes with a max Aperture of 2.8
Lens type: Summarit – Latest Leica lens-line with a max Aperture of 2.5
Lens type: Summicron – The premium line of F2 lenses.
Lens type: Summilux – The “First Class” fast & sharp lenses with 1.4 Aperture.
Lens type: Noctilux – Out-of-this-World lenses with F0.95 Aperture with an unworldly price. (Note: previous Noctilux lenses come in F1.0)

The Leica Summilux 50mm F/1.4 ASPH is widely known for its legendary bokeh and sharpness.  My Summilux 50mm comes in anodized black while a slightly heavier silver is available out there. It’s one of my favorite lens from Leica which grows on me over the months that I started using this lens – the more I use, the more I love it. Sitting just below the Noctilux range, it is a little solid lens. Made as if it can withstand another world war, the Summilux 50mm weights just 335gm and measures only 53.47 mm X 52.60mm, (if you ask me, I secretly wish all M-Series Leica should comes with this lens as a kit.)

**UPDATE: Lens Sold**(This lens is for Sale by the way as I have the Silver Version which I am keeping – do scroll down for the details)

 

 

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Inside the lens, the optics are arranged in 8 elements in 5 groups including one aspherical element (thus the ASPH code) and it is probably the ONLY 50mm in this world that has a floating group of elements if that matters to you. It has 9 unique aperture blades that curved inwards to which I wonder if this has anything to do with the crazy bokeh that this lens produces. When you focus down to F16, the apertures looks the roundest otherwise the inward curved blades created a strange but pleasing look though.

**UPDATE: Lens Sold**(This lens is for Sale by the way as I have the Silver Version which I am keeping – do scroll down for the details)

 

 

 

The Summilux 50mm starts focusing from a distance of about 70cm which makes sense since most photographers will be using this lens for street photography, portraits or newsroom images. The front of the lens takes 46mm filters which is common & easily available. (I recommend the use of B+W 46mm Filters for this lens) I like the idea that this lens comes with a built-in retractable hood, although small but definitely served its purpose. The thumb rest for the aperture ring control was also designed for maximum control which I love it.

**UPDATE: Lens Sold**(This lens is for Sale by the way as I have the Silver Version which I am keeping – do scroll down for the details)

 

 

 

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For this review, I paired it with a Leica M10 and took it to the streets of Orchard Road in Singapore for 3 km walk – passing by 3 MRT stations, several key landmarks and malls along Orchard Road. You may wish to check out the full album over at my FB.

Now, let’s check out the photos!
*All images on this review are clickable to view at 100%.

**UPDATE: Lens Sold**(This lens is for Sale by the way as I have the Silver Version which I am keeping – do scroll down for the details)

 

 

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The walk begins. I start from Dhoby Ghaut MRT/ Plaza Singapura.

 

OK, I got naughty during editing. I know of many Leica users loves to set their M10 to infinity and shoot at random street scenes but personally I felt that they might as well go get a mirrorless like an Olympus or Fuji if they are shooting that way. Using a Leica M10, the joy-of-use is really the take-your-time focusing and waiting out for subjects/ scenes at my own pace. While some may beg to differ, I will attribute that to using the right camera for the right mood & purposes.

 

The Summilux 50mm – apart from its fame as a Bokeh monster, it is also a very competent street lens promising sharpness that are unmatched. And the details are crazy – just click on the above image of a tailor shop, you can probably see me from the mirror that is inside the shop and I shot this from across the street – that is what I call details!

The colors produced from this combo (M10+50mm Summilux) is super rich and defined. The accuracy is almost 99% correct which makes editing a breeze when it comes to color management.

 

 

 

Now let’s test the bokeh.

Living up to its fame – I did a few shots in wider apertures and I am truly AMAZED. I still think that the inward-curved aperture blades has something to do with this creamy bokeh. The focused area are sharp and full of details while the bokeh area are simply silky smooth!

I took a few shots of Serene from Serene Digital Crafts using F1.7 & F2.4 (yes the apertures are half-steps clickable) and you can see the bokeh progression. In fact you can click on the image and view the EXIF Data.

 

 

 

I am loving the super creamy bokeh, the amount of details captured on the focused area and to add – I did not edit the above 2 images.

 

 

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Street scenes & situation in Orchard Road can change very fast given the high amount of activity and people that are moving around all the time and everywhere in Orchard Road.

 

 

One of things that I like to observe while shooting on the streets are showcase displays – some are really interesting to shoot or simply watching. The Summilux 50mm did an amazing job when I was trying to shoot this lighted display – the lens did not mess up the focusing despite the display was behind a glass that reflected the street behind me.

 

 

Some say architectures are not a thing with the Summilux 50mm, well I do not care and did/ shot everything with the Summilux 50mm during this walk. Personally I think it is great for shooting buildings too since 50mm focal range has less distortions compared to other wider lenses.

 

 

 

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Focusing at areas/ scenes with inconsistent lights are a challenge for many cameras/lenses, but definitely not the Summilux 50mm (with M10). Say all you want with your auto-focus cameras – I got all my shots accurately & easily with this manual combo. No details were compromised.

Orchard Road is not one of the top choice for street photographers – even locals don’t even really visit this place. Then again, I just want to take a walk here since I had not been to Orchard for a really long while.

The crowd observed on this day seems to have forgotten about Covid-19, but luckily everyone is masked up.

 

I love the below shot of 2 boys chilling outside Civic Plaza. Among the busy surroundings, these boys are enjoying peace in their own world ignoring the real world that they are in.


 

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As the skies turns dark, the Summilux 50mm takes on the incoming darkness with ease. I set the lens to wider apertures and shoot. The Leica M10 by itself is really an amazing  night camera – paired with the Summilux 50mm, this combo is ready for a night out.


The Leica Summilux 50mm F/1.4 ASPH will continue to be the street photography staple-lens for Leica M users. Built like a tank and performs well in different lights & environment. Being a Summilux, this lens is definitely built to last a few lifetimes. If you are a Leica M user and had not tried this lens, I wonder where on earth have you been.

For Sale
This very unit here from this review is for sale. This Leica Summilux 50mm F/1.4 ASPH comes with the Leica custom leather pouch & everything that came with the box – including the box. I am selling because after months of deliberating, I decided to keep the Silver unit and sell this black unit. I had only took this Black unit out once to Chinatown and I had not used it again until I did this review – so you can imagine how new this unit is. There is no dusts, no fungus, no mould and at a pristine condition.
**UPDATE: Lens Sold** **This review unit is yours for SGD $4,000.00**
Buy Here: https://www.ebay.com.sg/itm/Leica-Summilux-50mm-F-1-4-ASPH/294074090479

Buying this Lens
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Shutter Journey Now in Malaysia, France & Germany

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Shutter Journey Now in Malaysia, France & Germany
Text by Lee Shi Qing

11th March 2021, Singapore – Malaysia – France – Germany – After months of planning and discussions, Ourshutterjourney.com is pleased to announce the Official launch of Shutter Journey Malaysia, Shutter Journey France & Shutter Journey Germany! Although we had planned for Shutter Journey Vietnam, we were faced with challenges with the local authorities – with that, we decided to bagged the idea and instead, we invited our Vietnamese friends to join us on our FB Page.

Ourshutterjourney.com has always been an advocator for carefree photography since 2009. Through the years, we had perfected the formula for a photography community that was created and built by photographers. From Photography Exhibitions to Competitions, from Photo walks to tour, from workshops to courses, we had managed to piece every bit together slowly over the years. Today, Ourshutterjourney is a registered business entity is Singapore and an academy as well as an online retailer. Not forgetting the 4000+ registered card members and our network of photography merchants along with our very own Service Centre to better serve our members helping them to make informed choices and purchase options.

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Shutter Journey Malaysia (SJM) 


Shutter Journey Malaysia will be lead by Terence Tan. Hailing from Johor Bahru, Terence is mad about cars and he became interested in photography after he tried to record his first car purchase. He did it with the intention to document the process as a memory, however, that led him further and deeper into the world of photography.

 

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Image: Terence Tan, Country Head, Shutter Journey Malaysia.

“Buying my first car in Malaysia in my 40s is quite special for me. That is mainly because everyone else bought theirs way younger than me here in Malaysia. You may ask why I bought my first car only in my 40s? Well, that’s because I have stayed overseas since graduation and I had only recently moved back to my home country here in Malaysia. Since then, photographing cars starts to grow on me, as much as driving the cars themselves, if not, more.”
– Terence Tan, Country Head, Shutter Journey Malaysia.


Email SJM at shutterjourneymalaysia@gmail.com
Join SJM at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ourshutterjourney.malaysia/ 

 

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Shutter Journey France (SJF)

Shutter Journey France will be lead by Men-hau. Men-hau’s love for photography started with a simple wish for wanting to explore the world. Using photography as an expressive tool, Men-hau wants to share his feelings, emotions and visions by photographing breathtaking landscapes or indulging in street photography capturing unique and fun images off the streets. Through his works, he hope to share & inspires more photographers to express themselves using images.

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Image: Men-Hau El, Country Head, Shutter Journey France.

“I want to explore the world, the cultures, the seasons, the different places and the people. It may be a small world today in the digital realm, but the world that we lives in are far more interesting and much complex. From the Alps to the Desert, from Europe to Asia, it’s just a journey to a different world within this world, and this journey will be through photography.”
– Men-hau El, Country Head, Shutter Journey France.


Email SJF at shutterjourneyfrance@gmail.com
Join SJF at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ourshutterjourney.france 

 

 

 

 

Shutter Journey Germany (SJG)

Shutter Journey Germanywill be lead by Bill Watts. Started photography as a child of 5 years old, Bill started his photography journey with film cameras of yesteryears that many of us can only dream of. He made the move to digital in the year of 2000 and but had “kept in touch” with his love of film all these while.

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Image: Bill Watts, Country Head, Shutter Journey Germany.

From an early age, I was fascinated by photography, by both the technical aspects and its uses in advertising, business, reporting and as an art form. It can be used as an expressive tool, a recorder of history, documentation of events gone by or simply a memory jogger. Having travelled extensively, photographs evoke memories of places I have been and things I have seen and will do for times to come. From Film to Digital photography, technology has come a long way, but nothing has really changed, photography will always be photography..”
– Bill Watts, Country Head, Shutter Journey Germany.

Email SJG at shutterjourneygermany@gmail.com
Join SJG at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ourshutterjourney.germany

Ourshutterjourney.com would like to congratulate & welcome Terence Tan (SJM), Men-hau El (SJF) & Bill Watts (SJG) to our worldwide family of photographers!

For existing members in Singapore, do join the respective groups and start interacting from fellow photographers from all over the world!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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And the storm came and I ran for my life.

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

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

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

Last words – Buy it!

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

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

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Camera Rental Centre is Conveniently Located at:
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Ourshutterjourney & P&G Photographic Centre Renews Partnership

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


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

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

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Read: Ourshutterjourney Appoints Authorized Service Centre

 

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

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

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

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


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


Image – Teh Peng Wee, Senior SJS Member 

 

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


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

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


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

 

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

 

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Use Your Membership Card to Enjoy
– Discounts on Servicing & Cleaning
– Discounts on Accessories
– Priority Queue

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

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

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

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No. 3 Coleman Street,
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Tel: (65)63380833
Fax: (65)63382142
Email : andrew.pgcameras@gmail.com

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

Or visit https://pgcameras.co/

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

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Ourshutterjourney & Camera Rental Centre Renews Partnership

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

We are re-sharing this!

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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The photography competition is now on till 28 Feb 2021!

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

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

 

 

 

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**IMPORTANT**

Click here for more information on the competition!

Click here to Submit Your Photo!

Click here for Terms & Conditions!

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


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Still Unsure of what to submit?

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

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

Still unsure? Do email us for a chat.

 

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

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

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

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Ourshutterjourney Photography Academy Shortlisted for Best Photography Courses in Singapore

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

Image: Certification of Competency of a Trainee.

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

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

You may check out the list here.

Image: Our Principal Trainer AL Lee

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

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

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

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

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A Note from our Principal Trainer AL LEE

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

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About IT.COM.SG

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

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

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV Review

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Renting this Camera
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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!

>Editor’s Note at the end of this Feature Article.

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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:
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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