Canon EOS M is available !

Today, on the 20th October 2012, the long awaited Canon EOS M is officially available at authorised Canon dealers. The Canon EOS M was announced to the public on 23rd July 2012 and I was part of the milestone event witnessing Canon’s addition to the wide and diverse range of the EOS family. Here is a recap of the Canon’s milestone event that I attended and today, the Canon EOS M is now available!

For the Canon fans out there who are eagerly waiting for the pricing and availability, here’s the good news and information for the EOS M pricing and packages!

1.             EOS M Kit: Body with EF-M18-55mm f3.5/5.6 IS STM lens (Body available in Black or Red) – S$1,149 (inclusive of GST)

2.             EOS M Kit II: Body with EF-M22mm f/2.0 STM lens and EOS M adapter (Body available in Black only) – S$1,219 (inclusive of GST)

3.             EOS M Kit III: Body with EF-M18-55mm f3.5/5.6 IS STM lens, EF-M22mm f/2.0 STM lens and 90EX flashlight (Body available in Black, Red, White and Silver) – S$1,349 (inclusive of GST)

I am looking forward to do a hands-on review of the Canon EOS M someday soon and share my experiences with my readers and supporters! Enjoy and have fun shopping and photographing with the Canon EOS M !

10th Canon PhotoMarathon is on 3rd Nov 2012 !

The Canon PhotoMarathon is back with a very big bang and great awesome excitement. This is the 10th Canon PhotoMarathon and it promises to be the biggest Canon PhotoMarathon with a X Factor! The Canon PhotoMarathon is not just a time to compete, pushing your photography limits to the test and pushing your photography creativity to your best! The Canon PhotoMarathon is also a great time to learn, interact, enjoy and have fun with your fellow photography friends to go out take photographs together!

My first Canon PhotoMarathon was in 2008, the experience was great and do you remember the themes for Canon PhotoMarathon 2008? Don’t fret! You can find them out here! There was a bit of gap in between my first and second Canon PhotoMarathon in 2011. My Canon PhotoMarathon 2011 was definitely more interesting and fun with more photographer friends going out to take photographs together, have fun and relax!

This year’s Canon PhotoMarathon 2012 is going to be special and unique, there is never-seen-before Celebrity Challenge! Under this challenge, local celebrities will compete against each other based on one of the three themes used in the competition. Canon will be donating S$5,000 to the winning celebrity’s charity of choice.

Canon is also reaching out to the community too during Canon PhotoMarathon 2012. Together with YMCA of Singapore, Canon has invited 30 participants from the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) Tanglin School and APSN Centre for Adults to participate in this year’s event, more than double of last year’s number. This is part of Canon’s Corporate Social Responsibility effort, the Canon Photography Exchange Programme, which leverages Canon’s expertise in digital imaging to encourage the intellectually-disabled to explore their creativity and imagination through photography.

The 10th Canon PhotoMarathon 2012 is going to be special and big! Check out the website for more details on registration and prizes to be won! It’s not just a photography competition, it’s going to be a fun, interactive and enjoyable photography outing too!

Jazz Encounters of The Russian Kind @ SOTA Concert Hall

The beautiful Jazz music, rhythms and blues, a music that most people would usually relate it to USA with Jazz music originating from the beginning of the 20th Century in black communities in Southern USA (source: Wikipedia). Therefore, when I was first invited to watch and cover a Russian Jazz concert performance, my first reaction was, the Russians are into Jazz music? With a curious mind, I waited for the day to come whereby I was able to watch and photograph the performance “Jazz Encounters of The Russian KInd” at School of the Arts (SOTA) Concert Hall on 27th September 2012. I was there with fellow photographer friends, Belinda, Jerome, CK and David.

Yakov Okun,a respected Russian jazz pianist, together with his band, the MosGorTrio (Makar Novikov on bass and Alexander Mashin on drums) along with Sergey Golovnya, widely considered to be the most talented saxophonist that has emerged from Russia in the last 20 years, and Anna Buturlina, one of Russia’s most promising jazz stars. Together, they put together 3 sets of beautiful Jazz musical performances for the audience at the SOTA Concert Hall. It was their first time visiting Asia except for Alexander Mashin, who visited India (during our conversation, we found out that he’s a photographer too!). They were all very talented Jazz musicians, mesmerising and amazing performances that captivate the audience. After watching them in action, I felt that the Russians were just as good in Jazz music with their USA counterparts, led by Yakov Okun and his band, the MosGorTrio.

After their rousing performances, we went down and have a chat with the musicians themselves, up close and personal. During our short conversations, we had a better understanding on Jazz music scene in Russia, their experiences touring and performing in Asia. With a successful performance here in Singapore, we hope to see them back here in action again! This would also help to spur and build the Jazz music scene in Singapore too!

It was an honour to be part of their first performance in Asia, photographing, covering and enjoying their maiden Jazz performance here in Singapore. I would like to say a big Thank You to Yakov Okun and his band, for having us during their Jazz concert performance in Singapore and this will not be possible without the invitation, facilitation and coordination by Belinda and Yelyn. If you keen to know more about Russian Jazz music scene, check out this Russia Jazz website here (in Russian language) and their YouTube channel. Here’s some of the concert photographs uploaded to Facebook, hope you all enjoy the photographs taken!

Here are my fellow photographer friends write ups and photographs, do check them out too !

Jerome – The Russians have landed

CK – Jazz Encounters of the Russian Kind