10 Generations of Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Image: Editor AL (top) W124 from 2012 to 2014, (bottom) W211 from 2014 to present. 

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Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary

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Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary
– Featuring Guest Reviewer Trisha Lim 
– Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary in Sony E-Mount.
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Image: Trisha with the NEW Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN | C lens mounted to her Sony a7.  

  

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

IMG_6214.jpgImage: The NEW Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN | C lens mounted to Trisha’s Sony a7. 

 

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

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

IMG_6217.jpgImage: The NEW Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN | C lens mounted to Trisha’s Sony a7.   

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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Image: Shot by Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN | C lens with Sony a7.   
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I had never enjoyed a prime lens for a long time since the Sigma 19mm F2.8 & the 30mm F1.4 – this means Sigma’s new 16mm F1.4 seems like a good addition to all mirrorless system users. The wide angel, the large aperture, light & small, fast & accurate focusing simply adds up to a great lens that will be enjoyed by users! Looks very much like the lens that I will buy next, what about you?
– Trisha Lim.

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Thanks Trisha for the review!

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

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Exclusive Christmas Offer!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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What if I tell you that you can now produce DSLR quality images with Sigma’s DP2 camera? Do google for the specs or read our reviews on this little monster!
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Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 17mm F1.2 PRO

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inside the lens, the elements are lined-up in 15 elements in 11 groups which includes
01 x Super ED glass, 03 x ED glasses, 01 x ED-DSA glass, 01 x EDA glass, 01 x Super HR glass &  01 Aspherical glass – Olympus you crazy or what? A quick look at other 35mm F1.4 lenses from other brands seems to suggest that Olympus has decided to sort out all the usual “problems” with 35mm lenses with all the optical corrections done via the lots of expensive elements and the end result is a mighty 17mm with zero distortion, zero axial chromatic aberrations – including on-axis and off-axis! And if you are the photographer who loves to shoot at wide open (F1.2), you will be amazed by the sharpness of the focused area and the insane Feather Bokeh that at the time of review – Olympus is the only manufacturer capable of this optical effect!
(Photo examples after the jump)

 

The 9-Blades rounded aperture diaphram creates superb feather bokeh which tapers off the focused area into a progressive off-focus blur which is currently an industry breakthrough – portrait photographers will love how the bokehs are “redesigned” via Olympus’s new PRO lenses. The 17mm is definitely a great example.

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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Roy Chuang Productions Moves

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

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

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

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

Getting there:
61 Ubi Road 1, #04-10
Oxley Bizhub 1, Singapore 408727
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5th Edition Ourshutterjourney Shirt
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30th October 2017, Singapore – Members’ Announcement – 

Dear Registered Members!
We have created a strong identity since 2009 with our own activity shirts and we have also built a brand that is widely recognizable in Asia. As we move into our 9th Anniversary, we are producing our limited run 05th Edition Ourshutterjourney.com Shirt EXCLUSIVELY for Members – we call this “Version LE 2018-2020”!

Featuring the same cooling Dry-Fit material with a NEW Design! (White with Orange for Staff, Admins & Trainers and White with Blue for Registered Members)
Price: $25.00 each.

TO ORDER. Please email us –
1) Your Name
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4) Your Contact Number
5) Your Size (XXS/XS/S/M/L/XL/XXL/XXXL)
6) Number of Shirts.
7) Transfer the Amount to DBS Savings 002-6-062238 ($25 per shirt)
8) Email all the required information & Bank Transfer Reference Number to ourshutterjourney@live.com.sg
9) Order starts from TODAY onwards.

Important Note!
– You will received a confirmation email once we have confirm your bank transfer.
– Order Closing 17th November 2017.
– Any Order Received after 17th Nov will be at $38.00 per shirt.
– Shirts will be ready for Collection by early Dec 2017, do check our Facebook Pages for updates!

We will be looking forward to receiving your orders!
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Olympus Launches New F1.2 Additions to Lineup

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


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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

TECHNOLOGY & FEATURE ADDENDUM

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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Registered Membership Fee Adjustment

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Registered Membership Fee Adjustment
– From January 2018


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19th October 2017, Singapore – Group Announcement –


Dear Friends,
In view of higher operating costs for staff, events, workshops, competition & exhibitions, we have decided to adjust our membership fees from SGD $20.00 to SGD $30.00 (from January 2018.)

All membership benefits remains unchanged and we would like Thank All for your years of support!

For more information, please kindly visit our membership page.

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Sigma 30mm Mirrorless DUO

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Image: Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART.

 

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

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Image: Sigma 30mm F2.8 DN ART.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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Sigma 60mm F2.8 DN ART


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

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Nikon D7500

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Nikon D7500 – with Pat Law
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File Photo: The New Nikon D7500 with DX 18-140mm lens.


03rd October 2017, Singapore –
Nikon Singapore recently sent us the D7500 for us to review and we were thinking hard what to do with it. At the time of writing, the D7500 had already been widely reviewed and as for us, we are really more interested in what this camera is capable of. From the published specifications, this new 20.6 megapixel mid-ranger sits in between the pro range and the entry-level DSLRs in the product line.

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

 

The DX (crop factor x 1.53) 15.7mm × 23.5mm CMOS sensor give you a good image size up to 5,568 × 3,712 and it has no anti-alias filter. The Ultrasonic Sensor cleaner comes as standard. The camera also allows user to set the crop factor to 1.3 ratio too. The electronic stablized 4K Video capability allows still grabs while shooting and at normal shooting mode, the camera does a fast 8 frames per second (fps). ISO range starts from ISO 50 to whopping ISO 1,638,400! Time lapse fans will also love the built-in time lapse function but we like the 3D tracking with the 51 focus points more! The bright 3.2 inch tilt-able screen is nice too for low angle shooting & framing. OK there is certainly a whole lot more of specifications to read up on which I will suggest reading those on Nikon’s sites.

So we passed the Nikon D7500 to one of our accredited Photography Trainer & Review Editor Pat Law and let his have the D7500 for 2 weeks. Let’s hear what he have to say after using the D7500 for 2 weeks in his usual applications.

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NIKON D7500 – Pat Law

I have been a Nikon user for a long time and when Editor AL passed me the new D7500, I was pretty excited to try it out having read several reviews on this camera.

The first impressions always counts and when I took the camera out of the box, I play around with it feeling its weight and size etc. I found the handling ergonomics to be extremely impressive and personally I love the feel of the grip. Buttons layouts were “very-much-Nikon” and this gives a close familiarity to existing Nikon users while new Nikon users will find it easy to navigate and use.

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The 18-140mm kit lens that came with the camera is a little DX monster on its own. The sharpness and contrast are superb and you can see from the above example. (in fact all the images on this article you may click on them – then view at 100% up to 300%). Usually kit lens are a basic lens that comes with the camera but in this case, I think the 18-140mm belongs to a different class – definitely higher than a basic line lens.

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Hand-held shooting at low shutter speed somehow becomes much easier with the VR (Vibration Reduction) on the lens and it give users more space for creative shooting. Frankly, I find the D7500 to be extremely easy to use and the camera did not disappoint. I managed to get what I have envisioned every time before I took the shot and I am sure anyone will love D7500. 

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The above image was meant to share with readers that when I tried shooting this scene in both Raw & Jpeg, I noticed the image values on the Jpeg is not too far from the Raw. In short, the D7500 is capable of much bigger things – but made simpler & friendlier for users.

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From landscape shots to portraits, the D7500 does it all and does it well. I tried shooting portraits with the D7500 and I really happy with the results.

 

 

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I am certainly impressed with the new Nikon D7500 for what it can produce. From the handling to using it for everyday subjects, this camera is a performer in its class. I wish I can have more time with the D7500 to try the time-lapse or 4K video but as life have it – there are priorities in life and then again, there’s a deadline to return the camera.

 

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My short stint with it has impressed me greatly and I cannot imagine what might happen if I am to hold the D7500 longer – I might just buy 1 for myself too.
– Pat Law
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Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN ART

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Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN ART

Image: Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN ART

 

23rd September 2017, Singapore – As more new mirrorless cameras gets released into the photography market, the demand for mirrorless lenses increases significantly too. However, many mirrorless users is finding the available options are limited for alternative lenses from other lens manufacturers – and today, we take a look at Sigma’s 19mm F2.8 DN ART (DN = mirrorless lens). This ART version replaced the previous Sigma 19mm F2.8 EX DN – which was already a very good mirrorless system lens. And if Sigma labels a lens as “ART”, you know you are getting a lot of bangs for your bucks.

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

 


Image: Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN ART mounted on an Olympus OM-D E-M1 MarkII.

 

We were given a Silver unit (also available in metallic Black), this pro-level wide angle lens gives Micro Four Thirds system users an equivalent of 38mm and for E-mount users, a wider 28.5mm (the real equivalent on a 35mm format). Internally, the 19mm ART comes with 03 aspherical lenses that corrects all forms of distortions and great reduction of aberrations especially when compared to the earlier version. Arranged into 8 elements in 6 groups, the 19mm focuses from F2.8 to F22  via a 7 blades (round diaphragm) that produces beautiful bokehs. The lens barrel feel solidly built and the focusing ring are addictive to touch. (lol!) Smooth and classy.

 

 


Image: Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN ART – Made in Japan.

 

Beneath the super compact size at 60.8㎜ × 45.7㎜ and weights a mere 160gm, this tiny lens is very capable for producing high quality images. As a designated ART lens, the front element comes standard with the company’s Super Multi-Layer Coating that have proven to reduce light flares and ghosting while producing higher-than-usual contrasty images. The front takes 46mm screw-on filters and the 19mm ART starts focusing from as close 20cm – which also highly improved the magnification ratio to 1:7.4. 
 

Image: Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN ART – Tiny but lethal.  
 
 
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And so I took the Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN ART and mounted to my Olympus OM-D E-M1 MarkII (MFT System camera) and went on a walk to Gardens by the Bay – one of my favorite place to review camera & lenses. All images below are mildly edited for cropping, straightening and adjustment of exposure only – everything else was kept as it is when downloaded from the SD card.

 

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Image: The Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN ART is considered an wide-angle lens so scenes like this are achievable – although regular users of ultra-wide lenses may find the 19mm a little tight for framing. As for me, no problem at all! 

 

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Image: With a minimum focusing distance of 20cm and coupled with a magnification ration of 1:7.4 – the Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN ART is capable of close-ups shooting like this example.

 

 

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Image: The Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN ART produces beautiful bokehs with its 7-round blades aperture.

 

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Image: The Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN ART produces excellent color rendering and contrasty images like this example. 
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P9220066.JPGImage: The Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN ART wide enough for many styles of shooting. The above 2 examples are just so satisfying to view.

 

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Image: The Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN ART produces lots of details despite me shooting at F2.8 at most of the time for this review.

 

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Image: The Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN ART performs exceptionally well in the night while shooting lighted displays.

 

Through using the Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN ART for this review, my verdict is – this is an excellent all-rounder lens that produces high quality images be it during day or night. The lens are well built, light & compact, helps to balance the weight between lens-camera and definitely an ease to use for hours and hours. The focusing is near-silent and accurately fast, I’ve fallen in love with this lens already.

We will be back with the reviews for Sigma’s DN series 30mm (both F2.8 & F1,4) and the mighty 60mm, do look out for it!

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Co-op Hot Shots 6 Returns

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22nd September 2017, Singapore – Co-op Hot Shots 6 is back this year with the theme of”Building a Caring and Inclusive Community” – as part of the annual edition of the Co-op Hot Shots, this year’s theme shines spotlight on the importance of building a caring and inclusive society which evolves around the 5 values of help, mutual help, equality, care for others and co-operation.

Whether your passion is towards the elderly such as providing holistic care and promoting active ageing, or towards the youths such as equipping them with life skills, or your passion in helping yourself and others to achieve financial independence – as long as your passion contributes to build a caring and inclusive society, we want your story!

Tell us your story through your photos with a short caption of less than 50 words, and stand to walk away with attractive cash prizes of up to $1,000!

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Organised by the Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF), the apex body of Singapore’s co-operative movement, SNCF hopes to provide aspiring and professional photo enthusiasts with the opportunity to  showcase their creative talents. To participate, interested individuals can simply submit their photos (with a short caption of less than 50 words) based on the five values of help, mutual help, equality, care for others and co-operation.

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Submitted entries will then be judged by a panel of distinguished judges including Mindy Tan, a well-known street photographer as well as Fujifilm’s first female X-Photographer in Southeast Asia. Winners can stand a chance to walk away with attractive cash prizes of up to $1,000!

More details of the competition are available here: http://www.sncf.coop/hotshots/

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Event: Co-op Hot Shots 6
Theme: Building a Caring & Inclusive Community
Submission Period: Monday, 28 August 2017 – Monday, 30 October 2017
Available Categories:

·         International – For participants residing overseas

·         Local Open – For Singaporeans & PR

·         Youth – For those aged 35 and below; submission to be done only on the SNCF Facebook Page (here) or via Instagram with hashtag #coopHotShots6

Note: Entries for the International and Local Open categories are to be submitted through http://www.sncf.coop/hotshots/index.php/hotshot

 

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 MarkIII

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Olympus OM-D E-M10 MarkIII

– the Little Monster has Arrived!
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Image: The All New Olympus OM-D E-M10 MarkIII for our review.

 

 

01st September 2017, SingaporeOlympus has just released the latest incarnation of the baby OM-D in the form of E-M10 MarkIII. Sitting at the entry-line of the OM-D series, the EM10 MarkIII was designed as an introductory OM-D for the higher-ups like EM-5 or the flagship EM-1. A quick look at the specs reveals a lot of improvements with new functions, a new sensor, a new focusing engine and many more goodies that we wasn’t quite expecting.

 

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Image: Compact and yet look every part an OM-D should be.

 

Weeks ahead of the official release date, Olympus had sent us the review unit and we have been having fun with the E-M10 and putting the little guy through its paces. We used it for a commercial shoot, took it to an exhibition and many walks with it. Before we get to the actual images & review shot using the E-M10 MarkIII, let’s take a quick tour.

 

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Image: A quick size comparison – E-M1 MarkII (left) and E-M10 MarkIII (right).

 
 

 

 

 

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

 

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Image: E-M10 MarkIII back view with screen tilted.

 

The E-M10 MarkIII features the same image processor – TruePic VIII as its flagship brother the EM1 MarkII, the proven 5-axis in-built image stabilisation (IBIS), 4K video recording and a simpler version of the 121 AF points focusing.

 

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Image: OMG the pop-up flash is so cute!!!

 

Other highlights includes new shooting modes, new high-speed AF with touch screen (touch focus), easy sharing via smartphone connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi, a new art filter (Bleach Bypass), high speed shooting at 8.5 fps, a cute built-in flash and all of these in a compact package in a timeless and elegant OM-D design body. You can read up more over at Olympus’s website.

 

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Image: E-M10 MarkII Top view. 

 

 

So when we received the OM-D E-M10 MarkIII about a week ago, we were thrilled as the E-M10 MarkIII is insanely cute and after learning about the new specs, we called it the little monster. While we were planning on how to review this baby OM-D, we decided to use it for a commercial assignment for a fitness company (PRECOR) to shoot a car with corporate branding and also brought the E-M10 to Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition at National Gallery.
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The objective here is see how the E-M10 MarkIII perform in varying shooting condition for the commercial shoot that involves 3 different scenes with different lighting condition, from an abandon distripark to the expressways and to check out the image quality. As for the Yayoi Kusama exhibition, it will be a good test for its low-light performance, ISO noise and focusing in near-darkness condition.
Do check out the images posted on this article. (You may click on the image, zoom to 100%).

*Except the first image which we edited to client’s specification, the rest are mildly edited with straightening, cropping, adjusting of exposure values and adding watermarks. 

We took the E-M10 MarkIII with the kit-lens 12-42mm + 8mm Fisheye and produced the below images.
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Our clients (PRECOR) were impressed with the image quality and colors produced by the E-M10. They were expecting us to show up with a DSLR and some elaborated set-up but said nothing when I pull the E-M10 out from my camera bag and to get away with any questioning, I gave them a silly grin. (it works).

And over to Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition at National Gallery, Singapore.

 

 

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The E-M10 performs seamlessly in low-light and when I set the ISO to Auto-ISO, the high ISO produces very clean and decent images without much traces of noise or any form of deterioration. Very impressive.

 

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And how can I resist not shooting my bunny with the E-M10 MarkIII?

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In brief, the OM-D E-M10 MarkIII has come a long since the 1st E-M10 was released. This latest incarnation had positioned itself nearer to the mid-ranger E-M5 while giving users lots of friendly functions and a fun camera to use. Targeted at advanced users, I will also highly recommend the E-M10 MarkIII to professional users who will find it useful as a 2nd camera or a backup camera. For the rest of you, the E-M10 will be a great family camera & a vacation camera – easy to use, compact & elegant, great image quality & tons of functions for everybody! Lastly for those of you who are already using the E-M5 or E-M1, get this too!

 

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Nikon D850

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Nikon D850
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24th August 2017, Singapore – At 12.10pm (GMT +8.00), we received the official press release from Nikon Singapore about the long-rumored Nikon D850 DSLR. A quick check on Facebook reveals that many other camera sites had already posted up the full press releases with Editors already sharing their thoughts and comments – ahead of us  and before we receiving the press release.

Screen Grabs of other sites announcing the release of Nikon D850 before we received the press release from Singapore’s Nikon office.


Since it’s meaningless for us to announce it again, we decided not to post up the full article as many of you would have read up on other sites. Anyway here’s some extracts from the mail we received. For the full information on Nikon D850 please visit www.nikon.com.sg

Extracts:
Nikon today announced the latest release of the D850 – the highly anticipated successor to the widely popular FX-format D810 released in 2014. Engineered with advanced features that deliver versatility and uncompromised performance across stills and video shooting, the D850 is geared towards the growing segment of hybrid photographers in wedding photography, and also of those in the genres of nature, events, and fashion.

 

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D850 primary features:

  • Equipped with a powerful 45.7-megapixel FX-Format CMOS sensor with silent photography feature and no mechanical blur
  • Full-frame brilliance with 4K UHD (3840×2160)/30p support
  • Complemented by NIKKOR’s extensive selection of high-performance interchangeable lenses, be it from the latest AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED, or the AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED for wide-angle landscapes, or the AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
  • 9fps or 7fps continuous shooting makes easy and adaptable tracking of moving subjects
  • High-resolution tilting 3.2-inch touch-screen with 2359k-dot LCD monitor
  • Dynamic range of native ISO 64 to 25600 and an extended low metering limit auto exposure (AE) shooting is enabled in low-light and a variety of situations

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The D850 will be available from September 2017 with the AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR, or with the body-only configuration. For more information on the new D850 and other Nikon products, please visit www.nikon.com.sg. Pricing to be confirmed at a later date.

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SNCF – Co-Op Hot Shots 6 (2017)

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Co-Op Hot Shots 6 (2017)

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18th August 2017, Singapore –  “Building a Caring and Inclusive Community” –
28 August – 30 October 2017 – Co-op Hot Shots 6 is back this year with the theme of “Building a Caring and Inclusive Society” which evolves around the 5 values of help, mutual help, equality, care for others and co-operation.

Whether your passion is towards the elderly such as providing holistic care and promoting active ageing, or towards the youths such as equipping them with life skills, or your passion in helping yourself and others to achieve financial independence – as long as your passion contributes to build a caring and inclusive society, we want your story!

Tell us your story through your photos with a short caption of less than 50 words, and stand to walk away with attractive cash prizes of up to $1,000!

There are 03 categories and lots of prizes to be won! More information on the competition here.

Apart from that, Besides that, SNCF will also be holding a smartphone photography workshop on 26 August at Crossings Café from 11am to 2pm. More information available here.

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Journey: Photo Competition

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16th August 2017, Singapore – “Journey: Photo Competition” is organized by Jurong Health Campus as part of their Art&Health Festival 2017. As the banner says, this competition is open to all Staff, Residents residing in the South West District of Singapore.

You may wish to click here to check if you are staying within the South West CDC.

For more information on this competition, please kindly visit here.

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Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 FE

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Image: Contributing Editor Qian Ling with her Sony A7 + Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 FE.



17th July 2017, Singapore – When Samyang previously released the Autofocus 14mm F2.8 FE & the 50mm F1.4 FE, Sony mirrorless users was shocked since Samyang was better known for their wide range of reasonably-priced & high performance manual focusing lenses. The 2 autofocusing lenses did not disappoint as both lenses produces high quality images and the images were sharp and the focusing was fast & quiet giving Sony brand lenses an unexpected competition. So that did not end there, Samyang’s latest Autofocus 35mm F2.8 FE simply stiffens the competition for Sony brand lenses and the new little lens from Samyang did not disappoint.

35mm has always been a favourite focal length for many photographers, be it wider street photography or portraits, it is also a range that is probably 2nd most popular after the 50mm. Before we proceed, if you are here looking for technical specs or MTF charts, you may stop reading now and move on to the other sites. Over here, we are more keen on how the lens perform and the image quality that this lens can produce. If you are cool, read on.

The new Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 FE is a tiny little lens. The exterior design of the 35mm continues the design cue from the previous 14mm & 50mm FE and although the lens is tiny (33mm x 61.8mm), it really feels purposeful & weighty when handled but surprisingly the weight is only 85gm. The focusing motor is the same as the earlier 14mm & 50mm giving the user fast & near-silent focusing and it is accurate and lands a focus point within milliseconds. The front accepts a 49mm filter which is getting common so there won’t be much issue finding one.

The 7 blades apertures produces a nice and creamy bokeh that is defined and internally the glass are arranged in 7 elements in 6 groups – quite expected from a tiny lens and the apertures allows focusing from F2.8 to F22 which is pretty standard. In distance, the 35mm starts focusing from as near as 35cm from the front of the lens with a magnification ratio of 0.12x – means you can actually do a fair bit of close-up shots and later crop further without much resolution loss.

We decided to pass the Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 FE to Qian Ling, one of our Contributing Editor and see what she will do with the lens.

 

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Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 FE 
– by Ang Qian Ling

Two months ago, I was considering to get a 35mm lens for my Sony mirrorless camera when Editor AL told me to hang on as he had received news about the upcoming new Samyang 35mm F2.8 for FE mount Sony cameras and I am supposed to keep quiet about until Samyang officially announce it. Soon, the Samyang unit came and I decided to review it while doing a pre-purchase trial with it.

 

01Image: Everyday commute: The usual sight of commuters fixated on their mobile phones. Shot using the Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 FE with a Sony a7 camera.

 

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Image: Lens was light enough and I had no issue trying a one-handed high angle shot. 
Shot using the Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 FE with a Sony a7 camera.

 

03Image: Captured while walking around the station. Shot using the Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 FE with a Sony a7 camera.



First impressions: When I first opened the box, I was surprised by how tiny the lens was (Plus it came with a nifty lens cover). When I mounted it to my Sony A7, the balance in the weight was obvious & well managed. The entire set felt light and was easy to carry around. The build was solid and for a moment I can imagine what the rumours had claimed was true – designed to fit a Sony A series camera.



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Image: Lens was fast enough to allow a last minute capture of a man on his electric scooter. Shot using the Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 FE with a Sony a7 camera.

 

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Image: Office worker sitting around the Boat Quay area at the end of the day. Shot using the Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 FE with a Sony a7 camera.

 

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Image: As dawn turned to dusk, it’s the end of the day for some, and the beginning of the day for others. Shot using the Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 FE with a Sony a7 camera.

 

I had been doing quite a lot of street photography and since 35mm is like an “everyday lens” to me, I decided to take it out and capture whatever that comes along my way while I am heading to work and back.

Do check out all the images in this article which was shot from this lens. All images are un-edited and you may click on the image to view the actual resolution size at 100%.

 

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Image: Drinks and good food triumphs. Shot using the Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 FE with a Sony a7 camera.

 

08Image: Wrapping up the day with some yoga. Shot using the Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 FE with a Sony a7 camera.

 

Using it as an “everyday lens”, I will want the lens to be able to focus fast which the Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 FE does very well. The focusing is so quiet I even tried to refocus several times just in case the lens was not focusing – but I was wrong. Not only it is quiet & fast, the focusing are so accurate and it lands on the intended focus point every time without fail. The images are sharp and colors well rendered as you can see from the un-edited images above. I really love the tiny size and the “tiny” asking price for this lens. I am buying mine soon – If you are looking for a 35mm for your Sony A series camera, say no more – get this lens!
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Editor’s Note:
From the above images that our Contributing Editor Qianling had submitted, I guess we all have the answers to why we should buy this 35mm. Further to the “rumours”, while the internet says that this lens was designed and produced to time it with the launch of Sony’s flagship mirrorless A9 – but beyond the rumours and hearsays, the lens definitely pairs off well with any FE Mount cameras and it has proven that it has all the capability to hold its own in the market. I am sure the Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 FE will attract fans with its reasonable asking price and excellent performance. Yes, I will be buying mine too.
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The NEW 135mm F1.8 DG HSM|ART

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Image: Left- Canon EF 135mm F2L USM & Right- Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM ART.

 

04th July 2017, Singapore – So recently there’s been a lot of questions asked about Sigma’s latest ART Series lens, the 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art. Instead of just shooting with the lens and write a review, we decided to take the lens and shoot with it side by side with the Canon EF 135mm F2L USM. While the Canon EF 135mm F2L USM had long held the unofficial title of being the “King Bokeh-licious portrait lens” for a really long time, the new Sigma 135mm F1.8 seems to be going the same route as their previously released & world-recognized 50mm F1.4, the mighty 35mm F1.4 or even the 24-105mm F4 and if you are thinking what I am thinking, yes, Sigma is definitely going after Canon users with an alternate lens that promises better quality build and better images, and if we get lucky – better priced too.

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From our understanding, the existing & ageing 135mm lenses from the various makers had been around for a pretty long time (you can google this yourself) and what Sigma did was brilliant – design a brand new 135mm that is meant for the current crop of newer DSLRs which produces much higher resolution images and still produces that addictive bokeh and sharpness even when shot wide open – a feat if you ask me. Just like the saying goes “it takes a smart mind to design an original and a smarter mind to improve it”.
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Image: Left- Canon EF 135mm F2L USM & Right- Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM ART.  

 

Before we proceed further, and as usual, we would like to disclaim that we are really more interested in the lens performance and the images that it can produce. If you end up here looking for technical information probably you would like to stop reading and pop over to Sigma’s official site. Over here, it’s sharing of user’s experience and a layman review that others can understand. If you are cool with this, read on.

The 135mm had always been widely used for various genres mainly by professionals. As a medium telelphoto lens with a really wide aperture, the 135mm is well suited for wedding photography, documenting events, portraitures and given the speed, it can be used for certain sports and for capturing action-packed activities. The Sigma 135mm was given the ART designation and this means this lens is made as a premium lens sitting higher on the product line and it’s targeted at professional & advance users. Made compatible with Sigma’s proprietary USB Dock (MC-11), now pros have more avenues for tweaking and fine focus adjustments.

 
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The lens build is no doubt one of the best as expected from an ART lens. The TSC based material gives the lens a super hardy feel and the switches are well positioned allowing users to make adjustments without really having to take the eyes off the viewfinder and the focusing ring turns smoothly with a hint of Leica-ish feel to it. Elegant looking and ergonomics well sorted, the Sigma 135mm is way ahead of our times. At 91.4mm x 114.9mm, this lens is not small and thankfully it weights at an useable 1130gm which will not break your hands if you use it for a full day shoot.

 

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Inside the Sigma 135mm F1.8, the glasses are arranged into 13 elements in 10 groups. From the drawing that Sigma had provided, it seems to suggest that the “floating” group are probably ED & LD  elements – so it means no matter what range you are focusing on, you get crispy sharp images. Powered by a much larger Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM), this reduces drag and focusing speed becomes turbo-charged while maintaining the silent operation. The 9 (rounded) blades F1.8 aperture seems like a mild improvement when compared to the existing F2 from other makers but we believe most of you out there will still shoot at F2 anyway. As mentioned earlier, the Sigma 135mm was designed for the newer DSLRs, which many users are already finding that the older legacy lenses are not doing any justice to the newer camera bodies. The front of the lens accepts 82mm screw-on filters & the Sigma 135mm was made as a dust-proof and splash-proof lens – luring users to bring it outdoors without fear of bad weather.

 
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Image: Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM ART on my hands.

 

And so, we took the new Sigma 135mm F1.8A, the Canon 135mm F2L out to a local park and shot comparatively with both lenses. Do check out the images below – shot by the same camera sequentially with both lenses at the same settings and environment.
All images are viewable in 100% so just click on it and view at full size.

 

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The camera, a Canon EOS 5D MarkIII was set at the same settings for both lenses. From the above images, do pay your attention to the leftmost palm tree – you can visually see the bokeh are more creamier than the shot done by the Canon EF 135mm.

 

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The above shot of the bench looks similar on first look. Even the out-of-focus area like the pebbles in the foreground all look similar. But if you take a closer look at the plants on the left side near to the bottom, you can see the Sigma’s bokeh are much smoother than the shot produced by Canon.

 

 

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OK this is tough. I spent some time trying to “spot the difference” and can’t really find any. Except that the color of the plants are slightly more rich from the Sigma 135mm and the Canon 135mm colors are slightly dull. Although this can be corrected during editing, direct color rendering saves us time during editing. Don’t you agree?

The next few images will be me shooting a scene and cropping out part of the image to see the sharpness – and the Sigma 135mm does not disappoint.

 

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(above) I took a shot. I focused on the pillar with the words “Greenhouse” and shot at F2.

 

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(above) I am cropping out the box in red as marked above.

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(above) after cropping – just see for yourself how sharp the Sigma 135mm can be. Do not forget I had cropped.

And since the 135mm range is medium telephoto and mostly used for portraits, here’s a few examples below of my friends – shot with both lenses –  as a comparative example.

 

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And the scarecrow too.

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From the above images, you will notice that the bokeh from the Sigma 135mm is more defined yet creamy without any loss of “out-of-focused” details while the ageing Canon 135mm gives you either a creamy bokeh with near-zero details or the bokeh just “flakes out” leaving the user with “other this or that”. While the Sigma 135mm gives you the best of both worlds and in a near-perfect balance.

 

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From the images that I’ve gotten from both lenses, it is evident that the new Sigma 135mm is designed, configured & built to meet the specs of DSLRs of today (or this era) for managing the higher resolutions that camera sensors of today are capable of.

Like the famous saying goes, “Do Not Pour Old Wine into a New skin” and in photography context, why use old lenses designed for low megapixel cameras on your 24-36mp? I am not saying that it will not work – but the question is – are you doing justice to your photos?

Canon EF 135mm F2L USM – Released April 1996,
Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM|ART – Released March 2017.

You decide.

OK Guys, Buy your NEW Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG HSM|ART  here

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Winners Announced – Snapshots of A Little Red Dot

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03rd July 2017, Singapore – After 3 rounds of judging by the judging panel, the winners for the Snapshots of A Little Red Dot Photo competition & exhibition had been selected!
Before we announce the Winners, let’s take a look at some numbers!

Total Number of Accepted Entries: 1495 entries.
Total Number of Rejected Entries: 344 entries.
Total Number of Entries Received: 1839 entries.

We were thrilled at this year’s response and we are happy to share that we had 3 times more submissions than last year. The winning 18 entries, along with 82 other selected exhibition entries will be on display at Capitol Theatre, 11 Stamford Road, Singapore 178884 from Sunday, 30 July – Tuesday, 8 August 2017. (More details on the Exhibition Opening, Prize Presentation & Photography Workshops after the jump.)

 

 

Exhibition Opening & Prize Presentation
30th July 2017 / 11.30am / Inside Captiol Theatre.

11.30am –
Opening Speech by Exhibition Curator Allan Lee, Founder of Ourshutterjourney.com

11.40am –
Speech by Competition Chief Judge Hilarion Goh, Professional Photographer

11.45am –
Speech by Competition Judge Liew Tong Leng, Award-Winning Photographer

11.50am –
Speech by Competition Judge Jino Lee, Professional Photographer

11.55am –
Speech by Competition Judge Tommy Chia, Professional Aerial Photographer

12,00nn –
Speech by Capitol GM Judy.

12.05pm –
Prize-Presentation

12.25pm –
Declaration of Exhibition Opening by Curator.

 

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Photography Workshops
There will be Photography Workshops during the exhibition on 30th July 2017 & 05th August 2017, the workshops are free however registration is required. You may do so by RSVP over here.

Activity & Sales Booths
1) Olympus Singapore will be featuring their latest product line during the period exhibition and there will be irresistible exclusive offers!

2) Cathay Photo will be exhibiting their exclusive offers during the exhibition with unbelievable deals!

3) Ourshutterjourney.com Membership booth. Sign up as a Registered Card Member
($20 Lifetime Membership) & enjoy exclusive Members-Only benefits + free Sensor Cleaning worth $40.00!

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The WINNERS for 2017 Snapshots of A Little Red Dot Photo Competition

1st Prize Winner – Chong Li Beng – Entry 0050
Caption: Slated for upcoming demolition, the colourful blocks of Rochor Centre will live on in the memories of their residents.
Prize: Olympus OM-D EM1 MarkII (Camera) + $2,000.00 Cash

2nd Prize Winner – Ong Wee Khee – Entry 744
Caption: Changi Airport, the world’s Best Airport (Skytrax  2013- 2017), is a gateway that connects the little red dot to the world. Being the busiest airport, is forever expanding.
Prize: Olympus E-PL8 (Camera) + $1,500.00 Cash

3rd Prize Winner – Suhaimi Abdullah – Entry 1208
Caption: Celebrating the birth of our nation. Together as ONE.
Prize: Olympus TG-4 TOUGH (Camera) + $1,000.00 Cash
 

15 x Consolation Prize Winners (*Not in Order of scores or merits)
Prize: Cathay Photo Vouchers + F&B & Retail Vouchers from stores at Capitol Piazza

Kelvin Ng Wai Mun – Entry 331
Caption: Machines that had helped to improve all Singaporean lives.

Gary Chow – Entry 425
Caption: Grand Entrance

Arthur Lee – Entry 443
Caption: I think I need a longer ladder!

David Ng Soon Thong – Entry 669
Caption: Harmonious Society – Regardless of race and religion, Singaporeans are united as one nation.

Chang Lee Liang – Entry 872
Caption: Achieving an amazing 50 years of nation building certainly was an event worth every cent of the celebrations for the little red dot.

Andrew Bi – Entry 939
Caption: Cleaning the Garden City.  Cleaners keep the city shining.

Teo Han Yang Effendi Jeremy – Entry 1001
Caption: Through the Eyes of Technology – One of Singapore’s housing estates, the iconic red and white blocks viewed through the smart phone.

Cheah Siew Chuan – Entry 1015
Caption: When all people of different races come together, they enjoy one another company in particularly these children.

Ong Yi Chao – Entry 1020
Caption: Joyous moment between parent and child at Raffles Place.

Wong Chek Poh – Entry 1050
Caption: While the new HDB blocks look swanky and condo-like, it is the old architecture that exude charm and character.

Ahmad Iskandar Bin Abdullah – Entry 1059
Caption: Heartbeat Of The Nation – These ordinary boys regardless of race, language or religion have been trained to serve and protect our nation with their hearts.

Koh Meng Hua – Entry 1142
Caption: Satay Man

Partha Pratim Roy – Entry 1161
Caption: Reflection – Chinatown in Singapore is a place where you could experience heritage culture of Singapore and known for its beautiful street art.

Allan Abarra Espolong – Entry 1302
Caption: The beautiful nightscape of Singapore city

Chan Wai Meng – Entry 1474
Caption: A fun and happy moment for family to enjoy over the weekend at Marina Barrage. There’s always fun thing to do in this little red dot that we call Singapore.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS! 

All Winning Participants will be notified via email too!

Exhibition.
As for the additional 82 entries that we will be exhibiting, do visit the exhibition to find out if your entry had been selected to be exhibited! You can RSVP here.

See you all of you at the Exhibition!

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