Epson and SO Sofitel Singapore collaborate on AR experience

The world of travel, tourism and hospitality has benefitted and also changed from the technology boom over the past few decades. As we move into the future, new technology such as augmented reality (AR) has a role to play in a customer’s overall experience. How does AR plays a part in business operation in the hospitality industry such as a hotel?

AR today and in the near future, they can play a part in enhancing a guest experience beyond the luxuries, amenities, accommodation and hospitality in the hotel. How can they go about doing this?

In Singapore, Epson, a global leader in projection technology and visual communications, partners SO Sofitel Singapore for Southeast Asia first augmented reality (AR) smart glass experience within a hotel, using Epson’s latest Moverio BT-300 smart glasses. At the media event held recently, I had the opportunity to witness the launch and experience AR technology implementation in a hospitality organisation.

This was also my first time putting on the Moverio BT-300 and trying it out in a hospitality context. The Moverio BT-300 was lightweight and beautifully designed, the experience was pretty good with the visuals through the smart glasses and accompanying audio.

Guests can look forward to a true see-through immersive experience with the Moverio BT-300’s HD high-contrast display, which uses Epson’s cutting edge silicon-based OLED (organic light emitting diode) digital display technology. Powered by software from EON Reality, a world leader in Virtual and Augmented Reality-based knowledge transfer, the curated experience transports viewers into a part-real part-virtual world where informative content and videos blend seamlessly with real design elements found within the hotel lobby and suite.

 Pictures courtesy of Epson Singapore and SO Sofitel Singapore 

“It is our pleasure to partner leaders in Luxury Hospitality, Design and Augmented Reality to curate this experience that is a first in the region. With Moverio, Epson believes that the potential of Augmented Reality is limitless for commercial and enterprise usage – to create exceptional experiences using one of the most lightweight and comfortable smart eyewear on the market. By bringing the flavours and secrets within the heritage building to life through our technology, we look forward to deliver new and exciting multi-sensory experiences and showcase the familiar in a brand new way,” said Mr Siew Jin Kiat, Regional General Manager (Southeast Asia), Printers and Visual Products Division, Epson Singapore.

“We are So delighted to partner with Epson Singapore to be the first to launch the augmented reality smart glasses experience in Southeast Asia. When you step into SO Sofitel Singapore, you will be naturally captivated by the different elements of French design blending with local touches. With this AR smart glasses experience, guests will be able to discover and be intrigued by the surprising design elements,” said Mr Piotr Kupiec, General Manager for SO Sofitel Singapore.

On the pilot project, EON Reality Singapore’s Managing Director Mr Sridhar Sunkhad added, “Collaborating with Epson to augment the SO Sofitel unique guest experience will be an exciting journey that will teach us how Augmented Reality will become a part of our everyday lifestyle.”

Source: Epson and SO Sofitel Singapore press release

Starting my AR experiential tour journey from the SO Sofitel Hotel lobby, our first stop was the “The Lion Seal” emblem, designed for the hotel by the legendary Karl Langerfield. Once the AR experience started, I was greeted virtually by Isabelle Miaja, the interior designer of SO Sofitel Singapore.

Walking along the SO Sofitel Hotel lobby, I learned about the inspiration of SO Sofitel Singapore’s beautiful design, French elegance blending with the building’s unique history and modern Singapore, through the Moverio BT-300 smart glasses.

Continuing the journey inside the hotel, we entered into a special suite, the SO Sofitel Lofy suite. Through the Moverio BT-300 smart glasses, Isabelle returned on a composite screen, sharing her thoughts on the hotel design and special touches within the suite. I saw gorgeous art pieces that gave Isabelle the inspiration to combine French indulgence and the local culture of Singapore.

If you are staying at the gorgeous SO Sofitel, do try out the AR experience tour and if you happen to stay in the SO Lofy suite, you can also experience the SO Augmented room tour as well! For members of the public, if you wish to enjoy the SO Augmented hotel lobby tour, you can enquire with the guest relations officer, with sets subject to availability.

The world of augmented reality is now entering into our life, our work, the adoption and implementation is taking place among different organisations and industries. This AR collaboration project between Epson and SO Sofitel Singapore is the first in Southeast Asia within a hotel, I believe there will be more hotels entering and implementing AR technology to enhance their guests experiences.

I would like to thank Epson Singapore and SO Sofitel Singapore for the invitation to experience the new AR experience at SO Sofitel Singapore.

The Universe and Art at ArtScience Museum

The night has fallen, when you look up into the night skyline, filled with bright shining stars, do you ask yourself, is there life in the universe and beyond? Are we able to live in the other planets in the solar system? Why is the universe so mysterious? Is there an explaination to anything besides the universe? How did the human race seek to learn, unravel and discover the universe over the centuries?

In order to seek some answers to the questions above, why not visit the ArtScience Museum in Singapore and enter into the world of The Universe and Art? This is is a very special, intriguing and it can also be a pretty abstract exhibition that unravels the human race journey over the centuries, understanding the Universe through arts, religion and philosophies, and not just science and engineering.

This exhibition, The Universe and Art at ArtScience Museum, is jointly curated and organised by Mori Art Museum in Tokyo and ArtScience Museum. Featuring over 120 original artworks, scientific artefacts and manuscripts, this exhibition presents visions of the Universe from across the globe and through the centuries. Exhibiting alongside masterpieces from around the world, are important artefacts on loan from Singapore’s Asian Civilisations Museum, and a newly commissioned installation by British sculptor, Conrad Shawcross.

Entering into the world of The Universe and Art, there are 4 parts for the visitors to view, learn and immerse into the our mysterious universe

Historical cosmologies

The first part of the exhibition focus on historical cosmologies from around the world, including religious arts from the Buddhist, Hindu and Jain traditions, on loan from Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore. Visitors can also view the masterpieces by Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton, on display for the first time in Singapore.

New scientific thinking on the Universe

The second part focus on scientific thinking of the Universe by contemporary artists including Björn Dahlem, Mariko Mori, Andreas Gursky, and the new commission by Conrad Shawcross.

Origin of life in the cosmos

The third part explores the origin of life in the cosmos, through artworks by major figures, such as Pierre Huyghe, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Laurent Grasso, and Patricia Piccinini.

Life in space

The fourth part of the exhibition is about pondering life in space, through the work of historical pioneer, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, and contemporary artists including Arthur Woods, Kitsuo Dubois, Takuro Osaka, and Dragan Živadinov.

The commissioned work by Conrad Shawcross caught my attention, his artwork is titled “Slow Arc inside a Cube VIII”. Shawcross amazing commissioned artwork is a kinetic sculpture inspired by science. With the world’s technology improved vastly over the centuries, radical new theories and vast international space endeavours, the Universe is still like a mystery to us human beings on Earth, there is still so much unknown. Shawcross created this artwork to invite us and make us ponder on the unknown and mysteries of the Universe.

Through the selected photgraphs that I took at The Universe and Art and shared inside my Flickr collection, this special and unique exhibition is something worth visiting, for everybody to learn and understand more about the human race, arts, culture, our planet Mother Earth and the Universe beyond. Do visit the ArtScience Museum website for more information on the programmes organised by the ArtScience Museum that visitors can participate and join.

As I left the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, away from the The Universe and Art exhibition, I asked myself again, “Is there life beyond the Universe and our planet Mother Earth?”

I don’t have an answer, I may never have an answer. However, I did learn more about the mysteries and beauty of the Universe through the arts.

I would like to thank ArtScience Museum and Asian Civilisations Museum for the invitation to the The Universe and Art exhibition.

Key information and details on The Universe and Art at ArtScience Museum

Exhibition period: 1st April to 30th July 2017

Tickets can be purchased from Marina Bay Sands box offices and website. Terms and conditions apply.

Ticket prices:

The Universe and Art

Standard Ticket (SGD$) Adult $17
Seniors (65 years and above) $14
Child (2-12 years) $10
Family package (2 kids and 2 adults) $44
Singapore Residence (SGD$) Adult $14
Seniors (65 years and above) $11
Child (2-12 years) $7
Family package (2 kids and 2 adults) $35

The Universe and Art + Future World

Standard Ticket (SGD$) Adult $28
Seniors (65 years and above) $24
Child (2-12 years) $17
Family package (2 kids and 2 adults) $73
Singapore Residence (SGD$) Adult $24
Seniors (65 years and above) $20
Child (2-12 years) $12
Family package (2 kids and 2 adults) $60

For more information on the exhibition, please visit www.marinabaysands.com/ArtScienceMuseum


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Canon EOS 1DX Mark II Review

The Canon EOS 1 series, the flagship Canon DSLR camera, the most powerful and fastest Canon DSLR camera, a must have workhorse lens for journalists, sports and wildlife photographers. Once you used the EOS 1 series, that’s no turning back.

My love affair with the EOS 1 series started when I playing with my friends Canon EOS 1D Mark I and Mark IIN, I was totally awed by its high frames per second and the sound of the high speed shutter. In time to come, I found myself owning a used Canon EOS 1D Mark III that I faithfully used for a few years before I upgraded to another EOS 1 series, the Canon EOS 1DX, also a used camera when the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II was announced and the price of a used EOS 1DX started to drop.

During a media event in February 2016, I got my hands on experience with the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II and inside my heart said, “I know you want it, buy it!”. However, my brain said, “It’s out of your current budget at the moment, even though you have a use for it on a professional basis” Therefore, I opted for a used Canon EOS 1DX, that I still love it and it’s now my current workhorse DSLR camera, as much as I badly wanted the EOS 1DX Mark II.

I did have an opportunity to review the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II recently, I was very excited because I am a huge fan of the EOS 1 series, not just on and from a professional basis, also from a photography enthusiast perspective.

During the review period, I had the opportunities to test the EOS 1DX Mark II over different situations, themes and events, from Singapore Motorshow 2017, Chinatown Heritage Walking Trail CNY 2017, River Hongbao 2017, Battle for Singapore Tour media preview, Chinese New Year gathering, Jaybird Freedom Wireless earphones product theme shoot and walking around Marina Bay area in the blue hour and night sceneries walkabout shoot. The experiences were really good and I was secretly lusting for a Canon EOS 1DX Mark II for my professional photography work along with a Canon EOS 1DX as a back up / second camera setup!

Through the various types of photographs that I took with the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II, I have the following observations, views and opinions of this powerful and awesome Canon flagship DSLR camera, written down in this review article.

However, before I begin, first and foremost, let me highlight the key differences between the technical specifications between the Canon EOS 1DX and EOS 1DX Mark II, the information that I extracted from Canon Singapore website by comparing these two Canon DSLR cameras side by side –

DSLR Specifications Canon EOS 1DX Canon EOS 1DX Mark II
Continuous Shooting Speed (shots per sec) (Up to) 14 16
Custom Functions (Total) 31 34
Dimensions (Excl. Protrusions) (mm) (Approximately) 158 x 163.6 x 82.7 158 x 167.6 x 82.6
Effective ISO 50 to 20,4800 (expandable to L (ISO50), H1 (ISO 102,400), H2 (ISO 204,800) 100 to 51,200 (expandable to L (ISO50), H1 (ISO 102,400), H2 (ISO 204,800), H3 (ISO 409,600)
Effective Pixels (Megapixels) (Approximately) 18.1 20.2
File numbering Consecutive numbering, Auto reset, Manual reset Continuous, Auto reset, Manual reset
Image Resolution 5184 x 3456 (L)
4608 x 3072 (M1)
3456 x 2304 (M2)
2592 x 1728 (S)
5184 x 3456 (RAW)
3888 x 2592 (M-RAW)
2592 x 1728 (S-RAW) 
5472 x 3648 (L)
4368 x 2912 (M1)
3648 x 2432 (M2)
2736 x 1824 (S)
5472 x 3648 (RAW)
4104 x 2736 (M-RAW)
2736 x 1824 (S-RAW) 
LCD Monitor Resolutions (dots) 1,040,000 Approx 1,620,000
Max. Resolution (Pixel) (Still images) 5184 x 3156 5472 x 3648
Memory Card Type CF Card (Type I or II) CF cards (Type 1, UDMA 7 supported)

Cfast card (Cfast 2.0 supported)

Metering Mode 252-zone TTL Evaluative, Partial Spot, Centre-weighted Approx. 360,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor and 216-zone TTL open-aperture metering, EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis) system, Evaluative metering, Partial metering, Spot metering, Center-weighted average metering

 

Metering Range (Measured at at 23°C or 73°F with EF50mm f1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)

 

EV 0 – 20 EV 0 – 20
Mirror Quick-return half mirror Quick-return type
Movie Format MOV MOV, MP4
Peripheral Connections Hi-Speed USB, Video Output, HDMI, LAN SuperSpeed USB, Video Output, HDMI, LAN
Playback Zoom (Approximately) 1.5x – 10x 1.5 – 10x
Processor Type Dual DIGIC 5+ Dual Digic 6+
Red Eye Reduction Yes
Standard Power Supply Battery Pack LP-E4N Battery Pack LP-E19 / LP-E4N / LP-E4
Video Resolution (HD) (Pixel) (Approximately) 1280 x 720
Video Resolution (SD) (Pixel) (Approximately) 640 x 480
Viewfinder Information AF information, metering and exposure information, flash information, white balance correction, JPEG Type / RAW Type recording, maximum burst, number of shots remaining, battery check, recording media information, highlight tone priority (D+), composition information, grid, electronic level

 

Image type: JPEG/RAW, Shooting mode, Metering mode, White balance, Drive mode, AF operation, Flicker detection, Warning ! indicator, AF operation indicator

 

White Balance Auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten light, white fluorescent light, flash, custom, colour temperature setting, personal white balance (Total 5 settings)

 

Auto (Ambience priority), Auto (White priority), Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White fluorescent light, Flash), Custom (5 settings), Color temperature setting (approx. 2500-10000 K), Personal white balance (5 settings)

 

Based on the comparisons of technical specifications only, the key differences may not seem by many users as a big jump from the EOS 1DX to EOS 1DX Mark II. From my sharing of my Canon EOS 1DX Mark II review, I would share some of the key improvements that makes professional photographers to make their upgrade from EOS 1DX to EOS 1DX Mark II.

Colours

The Dual Digic 6+ processors inside the EOS 1DX Mark II make a key difference and impact to the quality and output of the photographs. They were richer and more accurate in colours, making it even easier and faster for jpeg photographs straight out from the EOS 1DX Mark II to be used quickly for your work requirements.

Dynamic Range

From my observations of the photographs shot with the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II review camera, on various subjects and themes during the review period, the dynamic range of the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II has improved. Therefore, the EOS 1DX Mark II is able to capture and retain more details and information. With this significant improvement, the shadows/dark tone areas of the photograph are lifted.

Anti-Flicker Technology

The Anti-Flicker technology that was first introduced to the Canon EOS 7D Mark II is now available inside the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II. The flickering of the indoor lights always pose an issue to photographers and they can give some photographers many problems/challenges to handle when shooting indoors. With the Anti-Flicker technology, indoor sports or events photography with the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II is so much more easier and pleasant, without the hassles of the flickering lights.

Auto Focus

The Canon EOS 1DX Mark II is the current flagship DSLR camera, it’s a monster machine as I always love (and usually) call it. Their Auto Focus system has improved significantly over the past few models since I started off (still owning it at this current juncture) with the EOS 1D Mark III and I am currrently using the EOS 1DX.

What make this Canon flagship DSLR camera so powerful, highly trusted and widely adopted by professionals around the world, from photojournalists, sports and wildlife photographers, are the AF technology packed inside this camera.

The technical specifications on paper shows how good and powerful this Canon EOS 1DX Mark II is. I recommend photographers who are keen in this camera to try it out and have a go at this flagship DSLR camera, you will then know why it is so highly trusted and widely adopted by the professioanls in photojournalism, sports and wildlife.

Here are the key improvements that are built inside the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II

  • 170 RAW images with CFast 2.0 card
  • Live View RAW – 16fps
  • New AF algorithm and AI Servo AF III+
  • EOS iTR
  • Large Zone AF
  • Newly developed 61-point AF sensor
  • AF shooting is possible on most lenses using all AF points with a maximum aperture value of f/8
  • Intelligent viewfinder II

During my review and research that I done previously for the Canon EOS 1DX, I discovered Canon USA produced a guide book on Canon EOS 1DX AF Setting Guidebook for users to fully utilise and customise the full AF capabilites. This book is now helping me to fine tune my AF settings in my EOS 1DX.

For this review article, I went back to Canon USA website and discovered that they have produced a new book titled Canon EOS 1DX Mark II AF Setting Guidebook. I strongly encourage photographers (whether professionals or serious enthusiasts) to download this handy guide book for their Canon EOS 1DX Mark II DSLR camera. This is a very handy and useful guide book to have for the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II.

Thoughts and views

The Canon EOS 1DX Mark II is the flagship Canon DSLR camera, this camera is highly regarded and used by professional photographers in the fields of journalism, sports and wildlife.

Owning a EOS 1DX is a huge upfront investment, the cost is pretty substantial. Therefore, this camera model is not something that all photographers would choose to purchase, considering their shooting requirements and budget. Moreover, Canon has a series of different professional DSLR camera models for professional as well as photography enthusiasts to choose from, such as the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, EOS 5DS, EOS 5DS R and not to forget the semi-professional camera models such as the EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 6D, EOS 80D etc.

Key factors that make photographers upgrade from EOS 1DX to 1DX Mark II

While the differences between the EOS 1DX and EOS 1DX Mark II may not be that big of a difference on paper, professional photographers who view the photos and read about the key differences in performances, they would choose to let go of their EOS 1DX and go for the EOS 1DX Mark II.

During the period when I reviewed the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II, these key factors (in my personal opinion) are why some photographers are letting go of their Canon EOS 1DX for the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II

  • Improved dynamic range
  • Shadows/Dark tone areas improvements
  • Anti-flickr shooting capabilities
  • Smarter and faster auto focusing with the new AF algorithm and AI Servo AF III+
  • 170 RAW images with CFast 2.0 card

On a personal note, I would really love to own the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II when my budget and finances allow. The Canon EOS 1DX is still a very capable camera, that is still doing its job well for me. Therefore when the opportunity arises, I hope that I can upgrade to the EOS 1DX Mark II in the near future.

I would like to thank Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations for the opportunity to review the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II.


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Precious Artistic, Beautiful and Cultural Eggs Exhibition

Eggs, when you hear this word, what comes to your mind? Food? What are the various ways that I can cook the eggs? What type of eggs? My mother gave me the best answer, “Salted egg yolk” when she saw my collection of photographs that I took recently of this new, unique and very interesting arts exhibition at the Singapore Philatelic Museum, titled “Precious Eggs: of Arts, Beauty and Culture

Like most human beings, the first thought and reaction upon hearing the word “eggs” is about food. I have to confess that I was thinking about eggs in the form of food initially! Upon visiting the Singapore Philatelic Museum, I was brought into an amazing world that I never dreamed of and something that is even possible, it’s an exhibition about eggs!

With a total of 148 unique artistic egg inspired works from the Liechtenstein National Museum, this is the first time that they are displayed outside of Europe and they are now at the Singapore Philatelic Museum in Singapore! When I started viewing and observing the eggs, I was totally blown away, how did the artists managed to produce such fine and delicate artworks on the eggs?

Every egg has a story behind it, from arts, beauty, culture, history, faiths and traditions. There were also different types of eggs used, from quail, chicken, duck, goose, swan and ostrich, as well as eggs crafted from precious and enamelled metals, glass, porcelain, wax, crystal, marble, stone, wood, reindeer horn, cardboard and papier-mache.

The selection of unique artistic egg-inspired works on display at SPM are drawn from the renowned Adulf Peter Goop Collection belonging to the Liechtenstein National Museum. Born in Liechtenstein, Mr Adulf Peter Goop (1921-2011) started to collect Easter eggs in 1985. He was inspired by his experiences as a boy giving painted eggs on Easter morning to Russian soldiers seeking asylum at the end of World War II, who were touched by the gesture of friendship. Numbering about 4,000 eggs, his impressive collection hails from all over the world – some from the Russian Imperial Family. In 2010, Mr Goop donated his comprehensive art collection to the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Ms Tresnawati Prihadi, General Manager of SPM says, “We are delighted to partner the Liechtenstein National Museum to bring this precious collection of egg art pieces to Singapore. We hope this exhibition will challenge Singaporeans to rethink what makes art, and how ordinary, everyday items, such as the humble egg and stamps, can tell such beautiful stories of love, history and faiths, and serve as windows to cultures of the world.” 

Prof Dr Rainer Vollkommer, Director of the Liechtenstein National Museum said, “Eggs are a symbol of peace, love, friendship and fertility. We would like to share this with everybody with this exhibition.”

 Source: Singapore Philatelic Museum press release


The Singapore Philatelic Museum has incorporated multi-media experiences for visitors to this exhibition that they can experience together when they are viewing the eggs exhibition. Visitors can have direct and personalised interaction with some of the eggs. When visitors tap into the “Precious Eggs” network via a QR code, they can have a 360 degrees view of the egg on their mobile device.

At the media preview, we were also introduced to Ukraine’s history, heritage, culture and folktales of Ukraine, via their beautifully decorated Ukrainian eggs and friendly folks from the Ukraine community in Singapore.

This was the Pysanka Eggs demonstration and we had the opportunity to make our own too! You can try it out too, when you visit Singapore Philatelic Museum on Easter Sunday on 17th April 2017, more details in the Annex 1 below!

Key information and details of the exhibition – Precious Eggs: of Arts, Beauty and Culture

Venue: Singapore Philatelic Museum

23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807

Date: 12 April – 8 October 2017

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday

10.00am – 7.00pm

Admission charges: Free admission for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents

Admission charges for foreigners:

Adult $8

Child (3 – 12 years) $6

Tel: 63373888

Website: www.spm.org.sg

Tell your family, relatives and friends about this special and unique exhibition about eggs, come on down and explore all 148 unique eggs! Pass It On and spread the word! When you visit Singapore Philatelic Museum, do remember to check out the other interesting exhibitions inside there too!

I haven’t manage to capture all 148 eggs on display at the exhibition yet and I hope to capture each and every one of the 148 eggs on display! Meanwhile, visit my photos collection and take a look at some of the eggs that I photographed!

I would like to thank Singapore Philatelic Museum for the invitation to the media preview of the Precious Eggs: of Arts, Beauty and Culture exhibition.

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Annex 1

Easter Sunday at Singapore Philatelic Museum

Date: Sunday, 16 April 2017

Time: 10.00am – 7.00pm

Usual museum admission applies

Free admission for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents

Admission charges for foreigners: Adult $8; Child (3 – 12 years) $6

Activities:

Easter Craft

10.00am – 5.00pm

Make your own fun pop-up chicky craft!

Donations apply.

Fun Quiz

10.00am – 5.00pm

Visit the museum galleries and take part in the fun quiz to win exciting prizes. Learn stories behind these beautiful stamps as you go on an adventure around the museum.

Pysanka Egg Demonstration

1.00pm – 4.00pm

Come see beautiful Ukrainian decorated eggs and get the opportunity to make your own! These traditional designs on eggs tell stories of culture, folktales and heritage of Ukraine.

Donations apply.

Green Eggs & Ham

2.30pm – 3.00pm

Join us as Centre Stage School of the Arts breathes new life into Dr Seuss’s fabulous story “Green Eggs & Ham”. Suitable for all ages.


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Canon announced PowerShot SX730 HS

Canon recently announced a new digital compact camera to their lineup, the Canon PowerShot SX730 HS. This is a high zoom, compact and lightweight compact camera, packed with some pretty good technical specifications and capabilities.

Let me share with you more details and information on the Canon PowerShot SX730 HS –

Canon announced the launch of the new PowerShot SX730 HS high-zoom compact camera. This pocket-sized addition provides high quality imaging and encompasses a high-sensitivity 20.3 megapixels CMOS sensor, up to 40x optical zoom, 180-degrees tilting LCD screen and advanced features such as Smooth Skin mode for enhancing self-portraits.

“The Powershot SX series is proven for its high zoom capabilities, enabling far-reaching sight for photographers such that fine details can be captured even from afar,” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “Going a step further to broaden functionality, features such as the smooth skin mode and tilt-type screen on the PowerShot SX730 HS will help users to take the most flattering and high-resolution selfies.”

Bridging Distances with Powerful 40x zoom

For users who are accustomed to the portability of small cameras and desire high zoom capabilities, the PowerShot SX730 HS offers the best of both worlds. Weighing a mere 300 grams, the PowerShot SX730 HS has far-reaching goals. With a high zoom capability of up to 40x which can be doubled to 80x zoom with Canon Zoomplus technology, the PowerShot SX730 HS is capable of capturing stunning details of distant subjects such as wildlife and concert performances.

The PowerShot SX730 HS is also equipped with the Zoom Framing Assist feature which ensures that users enjoy the fun of photography without worrying about losing track of their subjects. Should the subject move out of frame while user is shooting, the Zoom Framing Assist feature can be activated with a push of the button, to zoom out and quickly locate the subject, keeping it in frame. In addition, the Auto Zoom feature also enhances framing precision to help users achieve well-framed shots without complication. In essence, the function will enable the camera to adjust the zoom factor automatically, to maintain the optimum framing based on users’ desired setting.

Perfecting Portraiture Techniques with the new Smooth Skin mode

Taking creative shots and finding the best angles for self-portraits can now be a breeze with the PowerShot SX730 HS’s tilting LCD screen, which flips up to 180 degrees upward and downward. With three levels of effects to choose from via the Smooth Skin mode, users may bypass the reliance on filters to look their best. Coupled with the option to blur the background, depth of field can be achieved for beautiful portraits. The Smooth Skin mode is available in both the Self-Portrait mode and Regular mode. Along with a built-in Stabilization mode that suppresses camera shakes, sharp and high quality shots can be ensured.

Easy connectivity and instant sharing

The PowerShot SX730 HS is also equipped with a host of connectivity features. With Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communications) capabilities, users can easily establish a connection between the camera and their smartphones for photos and videos transfer, wireless printing, uploading onto social media and to use their smartphones for remote shooting via the Canon Camera Connect app. Additionally, with the built-in Bluetooth low energy technology, users can to switch to Wi-fi connection easily to transfer or view images on the go. 

Pricing and Availability

The PowerShot SX730 HS will be available at all Canon authorised dealers in end-May and pricing will be advised at a later date. 

Product specifications

PowerShot SX730 HS

Image sensor: 1/2.3-type 20.3 Mega-Pixel CMOS sensor

Imaging processor: DIGIC 6

Lens: 40x IS 24-960mm f/3.3 (W) – f/6.9 (T)

LCD: 3.0-type (4:3) Approx. 922,000 dots (Approx. 180 degree upward tilt)

Movie: Full HD up to 59.94fps

Connectivity: Wi-Fi/NFC/Bluetooth low energy enabled

Dimensions: 110.1mm in length, 63.8mm in breadth and 39.9m in depth

Weight: Approx. 300g

* Information and pictures courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Dell Future Workplace for Photography/Creative Businesses

In today’s workplace environment, take a break and reflect back on how much it has changed over the past 5 to 10 years, followed by the past 10 to 20 years. How much, how big and drastic the changes in the workplace environment over all these years? Now, look at your current workplace, technology and innovations, the disruptions and changes to our work environment. What does the future workplace looks like?

In a recent media event organised by Dell, titled Dell Future Workplace, I had a glimpse into the upcoming changes to how our future workplace might look like (in some cases, they are already into our working environment). During the introduction by key Dell management staff, this quote resonates with me

“The next industrial revolution is upon us”

During an earlier technology article that I wrote on my personal/technology website, I gave an insight into the Future Workplace with Dell. During the visit to Dell Future Workplace, there was a segment that Dell presented, titled “Specialised Workers Zone – Creative Professional”. When I saw the two Dell products showcased there, I wanted to share it separately here on my photography and travel website, for my fellow photographers and creative industry friends (those into video production, film, music, design etc). These two Dell solutions might just be the add-ons to your current workflow that you might need (or wanting to have it).

The two devices that I wanted to share are the Dell Canvas and Precision 5720 AIO. First and foremost, let me share some key information on these two Dell Future Workplace devices –

Dell Canvas – Work at the speed of thought

What began as the Dell smart desk concept in 2014 evolved into Dell Canvas—a new category of smart workspace technology that expands creative productivity for content developers and designers. The 27-inch QHD smart workspace can be used at an angle or flat on a desk so professionals can create, communicate and express their thoughts and ideas as naturally as they do with pen on paper. For example, through the use of touch, digital pen and totems, the Dell Canvas turns drawings into part of the digital workflow and enhances collaboration. Developed in partnership with Microsoft Corp. and powered by virtually any Windows 10 device, Dell Canvas plugs seamlessly into software solutions from partners including Adobe, Autodesk, AVID, Dassault Systems, SolidWorks and Microsoft to unleash the creative genius in everyone

Precision 5720 AIO – The best sound quality of any all-in-one PC

Some All-in-One (AIO) PCs on the market today treat the audio experience as an afterthought. Co-created with Jack Joseph Puig, Grammy™ award winning producer and director of creative innovation at Waves Audio, the new Precision 5720 AIO, cranks sound to a whole new level with built-in audio quality that previously required an external sound bar. With full frequency range high-fidelity audio built in, it delivers the best sound available in an AIO with 10 speakers pumping out sound at 50W per channel.

The viewing experience is equally impressive with a beautiful 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) edge-to-edge touch display supporting 100 percent Adobe RGB colour gamut. The Precision 5720 AIO delivers more performance options with Intel® Xeon® processors, AMD Radeon™ Pro graphics capable of powering VR and outstanding reliability with ISV certifications for top programs like AVID and SolidWorks, as well as leading security and manageability software.

 

Pricing and availability

All products are available through Dell and its authorized partners.

* Information courtesy of Dell *

Thoughts and views on the Dell Canvas and Precision 5720 AIO

From my (photographer) perspective, the Dell Canvas is an ideal solution for photography editing needs and other areas of creative work too. It would make editing easier on a dedicated gadget such as the Dell Canvas. Moreover, this would also allow you to expand the scope of work that you are doing.

The Precision 5720 AIO would be an ideal companion to the Dell Canvas, the all-in-one PC. With the technical sound specifications built in, I reckon musicians would love it too!

At this moment in time, I can’t say that the Dell Canvas is must have for my photography business. However, this device is something that will be beneficial and useful for my photography business consideration in the future.

If you are in the creative industry, the Dell Canvas is a great consideration for your creative workflow. Do visit Dell website and check them out for more information and details.

Running a photography business or creative business, the Dell Canvas and Precision 5720 AIO are two gadgets that can be useful and essential in your business setup and creative workflow. That’s also the administrative or on the go office setup that is also required in running any business. Dell Future Workplace has the solutions for them and I also wrote about them in my earlier article.

Dell Future Workplace has the innovative solutions for different industry professionals. Innovation and technology can help a business to grow and expand.

If you are a small business owner or a medium to big company size workforce, Dell workplace solutions are there for you to look into. Mix and match your needs with the various types of Dell Future Workplace solutions.

What does your Future Workplace looks like for your business/industry?

Personally, my ideal Dell Future Workplace setup in the context of the “On The Go Professionals” + “Creative Professionals”, they would be Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, OptiPlex and a Dell Ultra Sharp Monitor. The Dell Canvas would fit in nicely and ideally, at a later stage in time.

Canon announced EF-S35MM F/2.8 Macro IS STM

Canon today, on the 6th April 2017, announced a new lens to their family of lenses, the EF-S35MM F/2.8 Macro IS STM. This is a macro lens and it is also the first EF-S lens designed with built-in Macro Lite technology.

Personally, I think this would give photographers (those using EF-S camera bodies) more choices when they are choosing macro lenses.

Let me share with you more information and photographs of the  EF-S35MM F/2.8 Macro IS STM lens from the press release information below –

Canon today introduced the new EF-S35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM, a compact macro lens with built-in macro lights for aspiring photographers to discover the expressive world of macro imagery. The lens is also equipped with Hybrid IS technology to ensure that users will be able to capture sharp and vivid images without worrying about camera shake even when taking macro pictures at very close range. The accessibly priced lens is highly adept at capturing nuanced details such as the rich textures of textile and food, and the intricacy of small insects. With a perspective of a 56mm equivalent standard lens, it also makes an ideal lens for capturing natural everyday moments and can also be used for scenery, portrait and night photography.

“The EF-S35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM is Canon’s latest iteration of our ongoing commitment to innovative imaging technology,” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “Specially designed with built-in Macro Lite technology, the versatile EF-S35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM will empower even beginner DSLR photographers to capture impressive macro photos or the beauty of daily moments.”

Lighting up the details

With a built-in LED light on both the left and right side of the lens, the EF-S35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM is designed to excel in macro photography. With this technology, the subject is illuminated from the front, resulting in balanced lighting, minimal shadow effects and an accurate reproduction of vibrant colours. Additionally, advanced users can choose to toggle between one or both lights using the Macro Lite On button on the side of the lens to control the lighting intensity by choosing to turn on left, right, or both lights to deliver beautiful images evoking greater dimension and contrast.

With the ability to control the optimal level of light, the EF-S35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM will empower users to shoot bright and beautiful pictures of everyday items like flowers, food or close-up portraits without the hassle of carrying along special equipment like external speedlite that may cause shadowing during macro photography.

Smart design achieves exceptional image quality

With 1.0x magnification, the EF-S35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM shoots at 1:1 life-size magnification, capturing finer details and textures of the subject. The large f/2.8 aperture captures light proficiently even in dim conditions, enabling users to create unique blurring effects that adds an artistic dimension to their images. With a working distance (the distance between the subject to the tip of the lens) of just 30 mm, coupled with a tapered design, photographers will be able to get within close proximity to their subjects for greater dramatic effects without worrying about undesirable casting shadows.

Furthermore, the incorporation of the molded-glass aspherical lens in the EF-S35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM adeptly corrects aberrations and ensures high quality images with edge-to-edge sharpness.

Steady hands

The EF-S35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM is equipped with Hybrid Image Stabilizer to mitigate the effects of camera shake arising from handheld photography. The Hybrid IS compensates for both lateral and angular shakes to ensure the reproduction of beautiful and crisp macro images.

This image stabilizing feature, also a mainstay in Canon’s suite of high-end lens, provides stabilizing effect of up to 4 stops shutter speed[1] to deliver smooth close-up photography without the use of a tripod. In addition, the EF-S35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM is equipped with a lead-screw type STM motor, assuring users of stable, seamless and sharp footage while shooting macro movies. The motor produces minimal noise, which means users can now capture ambient sound without any sound distractions from the motor.

Pricing and Availability

The EF-S35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM will be available at all Canon authorised dealers in end-May and pricing will be advised at a later date. 

Product specifications

EF-S35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM

Focal length: 35mm

Maximum aperture: f/2.8

Lens construction: 10 elements in 6 groups

Minimum focusing distance: 0.13m

Maximum magnification: 1.0x

Drive system: Lead screw-type STM drive system

Dimension: 69.2mm x 55.8mm

Weight: Approx. 190g

[1] Using CIPA standards. (Focal length 35mm (56mm equivalent in 35mm format), EOS 7D Mark II used) The image stabilization function provides a shutter speed equivalent of 4 stops*.

Note: Image stabilization effect is reduced as the shooting distance shortens.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Canon celebrates 14th consecutive year of No. 1 share

Canon Inc recently announced that their company’s interchangeable lens digital cameras have maintained the number 1 share of the global market for 14 consecutive years from 2003 to 2016.

I was one of those that used the Canon EOS 300D, the DSLR camera that made the breakthrough and changes to the DSLR market in 2003. This particular DSLR camera was the start of a very eventful and exciting photography journey for me, starting from 2004 (and still ongoing) when I started using my first DSLR, the Canon EOS 300D for taking photographs and also for my holiday trips to Tokyo, Japan and Penang, Malaysia in 2004.

While I started entering into the world of photography way back in the analogue film SLR days, starting from my primary school days when I played and damaged my father’s SLR camera. I only got into more serious photography starting from 2004. From then on, I never look back, my relationship with Canon DSLRs blossomed with the upgrades from the maiden DSLR, the EOS 300D, followed by -> EOS 30D -> EOS 1D Mark III -> EOS 70D -> EOS 1DX, over the years from 2004 to 2017 (and still counting).

Beside owning the various Canon DSLRs that I wrote down, I also had the honour to be given many opportunities to test and review other Canon DSLR models, sharing the photographs, my reviews, thoughts, views and experiences with them right here on my photography and travel site. There is a particular Canon DSLR model that I really like, yet I didn’t own it, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. This Canon EOS 5D Mark III allowed me to produce some photography works that were instrumental and significant during my photography adventures.

Over all these years for me, partnering with the various Canon DSLR models, I had learned a lot, grown and improved my photography together with them. At this stage in time, I am now in a new phase of my photography adventure, the start of a new era, striving even higher benchmarks, goals and objectives for myself, in both a personal and professional capacity in my photography.

This is my personal (rather lengthy) Canon DSLRs story, now let me share with you, the Canon Inc story –

Canon Inc. announced that the Company’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and compact-system cameras) have maintained the No. 1 share of the global market for 14 consecutive years from 2003 to 2016*.

Canon develops the key components featured in its interchangeable-lens cameras— CMOS image sensors, image processors and interchangeable lenses— in the pursuit of “Speed, Comfort and High Image Quality, the core concept of the EOS series.” The Company employs these cutting-edge technologies across its entire lineup, from entry-level models that achieve high image quality with easy operation to flagship cameras trusted by professionals, effectively responding to the needs of a wide range of users.

In 2003, the dawn of digital SLR cameras, Canon introduced its breakthrough EOS 300D Digital (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS Kiss Digital in other regions). This groundbreaking camera, which was competitively priced and featured a compact, lightweight design, captured the top share of the global market and set the stage for growth in the digital SLR market.

Since that time, Canon has continued to launch a range of epoch-making products, including the professional-model EOS-1D series and the EOS 5D series which paved the way for digital SLR video recording.

In 2016, Canon introduced an impressive lineup of interchangeable-lens camera products that supported the Company’s achievement of a 14th consecutive year at the top of the global market. In the first quarter of 2016, the Company unveiled the flagship model, the EOS-1D X Mark II, which wields significant clout in the sports photography world thanks to its 14 frame-per-second continuous shooting. This was followed by the EOS 80D for advanced-amateur users, which features excellent still image quality and superb operability when shooting videos. The EOS 5D Mark IV, capable of 4K video, was released in second half of the year. Additionally, the Company’s interchangeable-lens camera lineup was further expanded with the introduction of the high-end EOS M5 compact-system camera in September.

Canon will continue to respond to the needs of its wide range of customers by further bolstering its lineup in 2017. Earlier this February, Canon announced the introduction of n three cameras equipped with the cutting-edge and highly accurate autofocus technology, Dual Pixel CMOS AF: the EOS M6 compact-system camera and the EOS 77D (EOS 9000D in other regions) and EOS 800D (EOS Rebel T7i or EOS Kiss X9i in other regions) digital SLR cameras.

Through the further refining of its diverse imaging technologies based on the Company’s core optical technologies, Canon will further strengthen and expand the EOS lineup through the integration of still image, video and network functionality. Canon will continue striving to create attractive and reliable products aimed at contributing to expanding the culture of photographic and video imaging.

*Based on a Canon survey

 ** Information and picture courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations ** 

Canon EOS M5 Review

The Canon EOS M5 was announced in September 2016, in an earlier article that I shared about the Canon EOS M5 official announcement with an input of my thoughts and views of the EOS M5 announcement. The Canon EOS M5 is the fifth camera model from the EOS M family and it was the latest Canon EOS M model during that short period of time before the Canon EOS M6 was announced in February 2017.

Photo courtesy of Canon Singapore

In my sharing article earlier on the Canon EOS M5 announcement, I wrote the following paragraphs inside the article:

“ ….. Personally, I have used the EOS M1 (belongs to my dad), reviewed the EOS M3 and EOS M10. Over the years, I had seen improvements to the Canon EOS M family through their camera body designs and EF-M lenses for the EOS M series. When I saw and read the official news on the Canon EOS M5, my initial impressions from it were – Canon is serious about their mirror-less camera line up, the EOS M series. During my recent trip to Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai, listening to the top Canon Inc executives sharing on the next wave and trends, I wrote the points that were shared and discussed at the media interaction here in an article here on my photography website.

In my article, I wrote

“From the media interaction sessions, Canon remains committed to the EOS M mirrorless line up. We should be able to see more of EF-M lenses, EOS M accessories and maybe a new EOS M mirrorless camera body in the near future.” ….”

My initial impressions and thoughts based on the technical specifications of the Canon EOS M5 was that it is pretty good and much improved over the earlier four EOS M camera models. During a media dinner event, I had a short hands with the Canon EOS M5 and it reinforced my initial impressions and thoughts. Therefore, I waited for an opportunity to review the Canon EOS M5 and I managed to obtain a review unit in February 2017.

This Canon EOS M5 review camera went through a number of interesting events with me, she was very handy, small and lightweight for my carry around camera and events camera. This EOS M5 review camera went to HTC U Ultra and U Play smartphone launch, Majestic Market @ New Majestic Hotel, 2 x NHB Battle for Singapore 2017 tours, N.E.mation! 11 Awards Ceremony, OPPO R9s Plus smartphone launch, Singapore Biennale 2016, I Light Marina Bay 2017 media preview, extended family reunions and she also played an important role in the 100th day ceremony in remembrance of my Grandmother’s passing. Overall, I think I took about 1,000++ photographs with the Canon EOS M5 during the review period.

Some quick thoughts and views of the Canon EOS M5

Pros

  • Small, lightweight and compact
  • Easy to use
  • Wi-fi setup and file transfer is smooth and easy, just a touch of the button on the side of the EOS M5 and the Canon app
  • Build in Electronic View Finder (EVF) is awesome
  • Intuitive Touch and Drag AF
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF System
  • Easily accessible operating control dial on the top of the EOS M5 body
  • Five-axis image stabilisation system inside the EOS M5
  • A well thought out ergonomic design, buttons layout and with a good hand grip

Cons

  • The tilt screen can’t flip upright due to the design of the built-in EVF and it can’t flip sideways 180 degrees, it can tilt downwards 180 degrees.
  • At ISO 25,600, the noise level at times can be really grainy and distinctive (even for myself who has a high tolerance for the grain), therefore use ISO 25,600 at your own discretion.
  • While the AF system has been improved inside the Canon EOS M5, the AF system has some challenges re-focusing on the subject that moved away or around when AF is not locked and tracked on the subject.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF System

The Dual Pixel CMOS AF System is now integrated inside the Canon EOS M family, starting with the Canon EOS M5 body. I had the opportunity to use the Dual Pixel CMOS AF System in the Canon EOS 70D, a DSLR camera body that I reviewed and I bought a used EOS 70D later before letting it go to fund for my EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM lens.

The Dual Pixel CMOS AF System allows the EOS M5 to achieve 7.0 fps (AF tracking) or 9.0 fps (AF fixed). Recording a video with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF System built-in, makes it very handy, useful and great when recording a video with the EOS M5.

Video recording

Armed with Digic 7 and Dual Pixel CMOS AF System inside the camera body, recording a video on the Canon EOS M5 gets easier and better. While I currently do not specialise in video production, the videos that I recorded and produced showed the ease of use for the daily user. Video recording can be a fun activity with the Canon EOS M5, whereby you can also record videos for memories beside taking photographs.

Intuitive Touch and Drag AF

This is one of the few key features inside the Canon EOS M5 that made me very impressed and liking this EOS M5 a lot. The intuitive Touch & Drag AF is like the “joystick”, the Quick Control Dial and Multi Controller of the Canon DSLR. With the eye on the EVF and your thumb controlling, moving the AF point, it’s just like my Canon DSLR in action.

I have my own unique experience using it, while I love this feature, it also got me fustrated because my eye tend to go very close (basically glued) to the EVF (from my experiences handling my Canon EOS 1DX), thus my face and nose would touch the screen. There were many a times, my nose and the finger “clashed” when I used the touch and drag AF.

The trick is not to put your eye too closely to the EVF, allow some space away from your face and there would be no clash between your finger doing the touch and drag AF and your face/nose.

Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM Review

The Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM is a new lens addition to the Canon family of lenses. The EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM is available in silver or graphite colour, it is small, lightweight and compact.

Focusing speed

The focusing speed is decent, it’s not a fast lens especially at the other end of the focal length at 150mm.

Sharpness

For the entire review period, I only used this EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens. This lens produced sharp photographs and it is able to retain the sharpness after cropping.

Bokeh

While this EF-M lens may not be as famous as her fellow sisters, the EF L lenses, the bokeh produced by this lens is commendable, pretty good with some creamy smooth bokeh. Let the photograph below reinforce the views that I wrote –

Canon EOS M5 with EF-M 18-150mm @ 150mm, f/3.5-6.3, ISO 640, f/6.3, 1/250s

The Canon EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 is a small, compact and lightweight telephoto zoom lens, suitable for your travel usage.

Here’s a quick recap of the product specifications of the Canon EOS M5 and EF-M 18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM

Product specifications

EOS M5

Image sensor: 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor

Imaging processor: DIGIC 7

Focal plane AF: Dual Pixel CMOS AF

Max frame rate: 9.0 fps (AF fixed), 7.0 fps (AF tracking)

Max standard ISO speed: ISO 25,600

Monitor: 3.2-inch tilting touch panel LCD, approx. 1.62 million dots

Movie: Full HD 60 fps

Connectivity: Wi-Fi / NFC / Bluetooth

EVF: Approx. 2.36 million dots

Dimensions: Approx. 115.6 x 89.2 x 60.6mm

Weight: Approx. 427g

EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM

Focal length: 18-150mm

Maximum aperture: f/3.5 – 6.3

Minimum focusing distance: 0.25m (at 18mm), 0.45m (at 150mm)

Maximum magnification: 0.31x

Filter size: 55mm

Aperture blades: 7

Length: 86.5mm

Weight: Approx. 300g

Pricing and Availability

The EOS M5 is now available at all Canon authorised dealers at the following recommended retail prices.

Models SRP (incl GST)
EOS M5 kit (EF M15-45mm) $1,669
EOS M5 Body $1,499

The Canon EOS M5 camera, on my own personal basis, with views and opinions collected during the camera review period, it got a pretty good score and endorsement from me.

The built-in EVF gives it extra marks because I am schooled in the film SLR camera and I still prefer the EVF. With the feel, touch and capability of a DSLR, along with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF and intuitive Touch & Drag AF, it makes the Canon EOS M5 a very enjoyable camera to use since I am mainly a Canon DSLR useer.

This lightweight and compact Canon EOS M5 is packed with some pretty good capabilities and functionalities from the EOS DSLR family. An ideal camera for travel for those who do not wish to bring their DSLR out.

Would I take the Canon EOS M5 as my side/spare camera in my current Canon DSLR cameras setup?

Yes, if I have the extra budget on my side as I need to channel my funds to other L lenses purchases/upgrades first.

No, because I am waiting for Canon to release a full frame EOS M camera with a built-in EVF (In my personal humble opinion, I think they would release a full frame EOS M, probably in 2018, maybe Q1? That’s my wild guess!)

If you are looking for a mirrorless camera, do check out the Canon EOS M5, visit Canon Singapore Customer Care Centre at Galaxis, have a touch and feel of the Canon EOS M5.

* I would like to thank Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations for the opportunity to review the Canon EOS M5 *


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Armenian Street Party 2017 by Peranakan Museum

A short stretch of the road and space in front of the Peranakan Museum closed to the traffic for two nights, transforming into a fun party venue for visitors to bring their family, children and friends down, visit the museums and soak in the party atmosphere. This was the Armenian Street Party 2017 organised by Peranakan Museum that took place on 10th and 11th March. The Armenian Street Party made her maiden debut in 2016, I was there too at the first Armenian Street Party!

For this year 2017 Armenian Street Party, I dropped by on Friday evening and managed to catch some of the performances at the street party. The theme for Armenian Street Party 2017 was back to school, going back to the good old school nostalgia days (when we were young), some of you might remember going to detention class, disliking certain subjects such as literature, tuckshop food during recess time, English and grammar class, PE class, music class etc etc.

The Armenian Street Party was also a perfect time to visit the Peranakan Museum and Singapore Philatelic Museum with their family, children and friends. This street party is perfect for the two museums to have more publicity and awareness from the public, they are two great museums with really great and wonderful artworks, contents and exhibitions, that the public may not know as much, compared to her bigger fellow sister museums such as the National Museum of Singapore.

At the Armenian Street Party 2017, on the Friday that I visited, I saw the mass P.E. class by Upside Motion, it’s not a bad idea to conduct P.E. class on the road without the vehicles! The iconic Peranakan Museum favourite band of singers, the Peranakan Sayang, were in action on Friday, with the theme “Balek Sekolah!”, translated to “Back to school!”. This group of singers are really good and they never fail to light up the crowds!

The Armenian Street Party is not just about the two museums, Peranakan Museum and Singapore Philatelic Museum, it’s a community event, the kampung spirit, with fellow neighbours along Armenian Street coming in, participating and be a part of this festive party. Timbre Group, Substation, Upside Motion, True Blue Cuisine and SMU were neighbours, part of the Armenian Street kampung. They all played a part in this year’s street party.

There were also delicious food by True Blue Cuisine, selling all time favourite tuckshop treats, I didn’t manage to go down and eat all the food on Friday. I only manage to eat the laksa during the media preview (I was rushing for time on that day) prior to the street party weekend.

I took the opportunity to visit Singapore Philatelic Museum, a very short walk down the road from Peranakan Museum. I forgot when was the last time I visited this museum, they looked small in physical size yet they packed some pretty wonderful collections inside there. Touring the Singapore Philatelic Museum brought me back many memories, I used to collect stamps when I was a young kid in school and I am beginning to wonder where have I kept my stamps? Probably somewhere in my home!

After touring the Singapore Philatelic Museum, I stayed on and watched two performances –

Literature Class: Music & Prose of the Past

By Cappella Martialis

Literature Class: Will The Night Away!

By Centre Stage.

Two great performances held inside this small and cosy Singapore Philatelic Museum.

The performance “Will The Night Away!” was about a Shakespeare classic “Romeo and Juliet”, that most students would probably have studied if they took Literature during their secondary school days (I didn’t take Literature in my upper secondary school). This is Singapore style, a Singapore spin “Romeo and Ah Lian”. Their play was hilarious, interactive and engaging, with the Shakespeare exhibition theme behind them, this was a perfect setting for Romeo and Ah Lian!

Since I was only there on Friday, I couldn’t catch the rest of the performances and activities that were held during the Armenian Street Party 2017, although I did manage to catch a glimpse of some of them during the media preview.

Personally, I feel that the Armenian Street Party is a great community event that doesn’t need to go massively big, it may not (and need not) be the biggest street party event or museums event, they just leverage and combine together as the Armenian Street “kampung”, the Peranakan Museum and Singapore Philatelic Museum, along with their neighbours along Armenian Street.

Looking forward to the next edition of the Armenian Street Party!


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