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Canon Celebrates 90m EOS series cameras and 130m EF lenses

On 17th October 2017, Canon, a global leader in photographic and digital imaging solutions, celebrates two huge production milestones internationally, 90 million EOS series cameras on September 20th and 130 million EF lenses on October 12th. With these two major production milestones, Canon demonstrated their branding and status as a global leader in the photography and digital imaging solutions market.

I have been using Canon EOS series cameras and EF lenses for a period of time, starting from the Canon EOS 300D, one of the cameras that made a significant impact for the photography market around the world (and I was part of it). Over the years, moving from Canon EOS 300D to EOS 30D, EOS 1D Mark III, EOS 70D and now EOS 1DX.

Currently, I have the Canon EOS 1DX and EOS 1D Mark III, with the following EF lenses line-up, EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM, EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM, EF 100mm Macro f/2.8 L IS USM, EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM and EF 300mm f/2.8 L USM. I still have plans to upgrade and also add a few more EF lenses down the road, along with plans to upgrade or add Canon EOS cameras. The milestone 90 million EOS series camera was the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, that I reviewed recently, a DSLR camera that I really like a lot.

My photography skills/knowledge grew a lot (and the most) with my Canon photography cameras, lenses and accessories over the past 13 years and still counting (starting from Canon EOS 300D in 2004). My photography journey and adventures with Canon EOS series cameras and EF lenses had been a very fun, exciting, enriching and great learning.

Canon has always live up to their slogan “Delighting You Always” and I will never forget hearing about the story behind this slogan from my visit to Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai. Indeed, they have and I am a part of this slogan!

Let me bring you through the information and details of Canon’s two major production milestones – 90million EOS series cameras and 130million EF lenses :

Press Release 17th October 2017

Canon Inc. announced today that the Company has reached two major production milestones—a cumulative total of 90 million silver halide (film) and interchangeable-lens cameras on September 20 and 130 million[1] EF-series interchangeable lenses on October 12. An EOS 5D Mark IV was the 90 millionth EOS Series camera produced, while an EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM became the Company’s 130 millionth EF-series interchangeable lens produced.

Canon’s EOS system debuted alongside the EF series of interchangeable lenses in March 1987 as the world’s first fully-electronic mount system for silver halide AF SLR cameras. Over the years, both product lines have continued to expand, gaining support among users ranging from first-time users to professionals. Production accelerated in the early 2000’s with the spread of digital SLR cameras. What’s more, Canon’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras have maintained the No. 1 share of the global market for 14 consecutive years since 2003.[2]

Since its conception, the EOS series has continued to develop revolutionary technologies under the series concept of “speed and comfort.” With the advent of the digital age, the concept was expanded to include “high image quality.” Canon has since developed in-house every key device—CMOS sensors, image processors and interchangeable lenses—employed in the EOS series. Particularly noteworthy are the Company’s EF lenses, which lead the industry in sales and feature such world-first[3] innovations as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology and a multilayered diffractive optical (DO) element.

Canon will continue to strengthen and expand the EOS series and EF lens lineups by refining its imaging technologies, centered on optics, and by striving to combine stills, video and network technologies. The Company will also continue its pursuit of manufacturing products that are both attractive and reliable, while also contributing to expanding the photographic and video imaging culture.

EOS Series

The EOS series of interchangeable-lens cameras began with the EOS 650 SLR camera, released in Japan in March 1987, that not only featured the world’s first electronic lens mounting system, but also fully digitized communication between the camera body and lens to realize a new generation of autofocus technology.

As silver halide cameras boomed, Canon launched several models covering a wide range of user needs, including the EOS-1 in Japan in 1989, aimed at professionals, and the EOS Kiss (EOS Rebel XS or EOS 500 in other regions) in Japan in 1993, which achieved a compact, lightweight design and greatly expanded Canon’s user base. Then in 2003, during the early years of the digital camera age, the Company released in Japan the groundbreaking EOS Kiss Digital (EOS Digital Rebel or EOS 300D Digital in other regions), an entry-level digital SLR camera that realized a compact, lightweight body at an affordable price. This move would trigger a massive expansion of the camera market, with Canon claiming the overwhelming lead in market share that same year. With the later release of the EOS-1D Series for professionals and the EOS 5D series, which helped popularize video capture using SLR cameras, Canon has continued to release epoch-making products that have enabled the Company to maintain the No. 1 share of the global interchangeable-lens digital camera market for 14 consecutive years from 2003 to 2016.

EF Lenses                     

Since the release of the first EF lens, launched alongside the EOS series in 1987, Canon has produced such EF lenses featuring world-first technologies as the EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM with IS in Japan in 1995, the EF400mm f/4 DO IS USM with a DO lens in Japan in 2001 and the EF24mm f/1.4L II USM, treated with highly antireflective Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) in Japan in 2008. What’s more, in 2015 Canon released in Japan the EF11-24mm f/4L USM, the world’s first[1] ultra-wide-angle zoom lens to achieve an 11 mm focal length.

** From my archives, Year 2012 **

Today, Canon boasts 93 lenses[2] in its rich EF lens lineup that comprises such lenses as an ultra-wide-angle 8 mm focal length lens, an 800 mm focal length super-telephoto lens and EF Cinema Series lenses for video production. With a wide selection of lenses for every purpose including zoom lenses, IS-equipped lenses, fast-aperture lenses, macro lenses and even the TS-E tilt-shift lenses, Canon is well-positioned to meet the needs of various users.

[1] Among interchangeable camera (SLR and Compact System) lenses, excluding fish-eye lenses. Based on a Canon survey

[2] Including two EF lens extenders, two models available outside of Japan and fourteen EF Cinema lenses. As of October 2017.

[1] Including EF Cinema Series lenses

[2] Based on a Canon survey.

[3] Among interchangeable SLR camera lenses. Based on a Canon survey.

* Information courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Canon introduced PowerShot G1 X Mark III

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III, the latest compact camera by Canon to enter the market. This compact camera is packed with features from the Canon DSLR camera family, employing Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF and the APS-C sized CMOS sensor inside the Canon PowerShot  G1 X Mark III.

Based on these two features alone, I am pretty impressed with the latest Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III compact camera and the decision by Canon to deploy such resources from their DSLR series into their compact camera series. This move would make their compact cameras to move towards a much higher end compact camera models from Canon.

For those who have been following the photography and technology fields, you would know about the impacts of smartphone photography on compact cameras in the world over the past few years. Reflecting back on my article when I attended Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai, my analysis was that Canon has a commitment to design and manufacture high end compact cameras. The announcement of the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is the testimonial to that.

If the opportunity arises, I would take the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III for a short review period and I would be able to share my photographs, thoughts, views and experiences with this Canon compact camera.

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III is coming soon, let me first share with you information and pictures of this powerful compact camera by Canon from the press release information below:

Press Release 16th October 2017

Canon today announced the launch of PowerShot G1 X Mark III, the newest addition to its range of compact cameras. The first Canon compact camera equipped with Dual Pixel CMOS AF and an APS-C sized CMOS sensor, the largest imaging sensor in its compact camera lineup, this latest addition marks a new technology milestone.

Equipped with DIGIC 7 image processor, the PowerShot G1 X Mark III raises the bar in imaging technology. Designed with a 24-72mm (35mm film equivalent) f/2.8– f/5.6 IS lens with 3x optical zoom, the camera is capable of capturing a wide range of subjects and achieving shallow depth of field. Featuring a vari-angle touch panel packed in a durable and compact body, the PowerShot G1 X Mark III also boasts of a high resolution EVF (Electronic View Finder) of 2.36 million dots. Weighing approximately 399g (CIPA compliant) the PowerShot G1 X Mark III is the perfect companion for adventure seekers and underwater photographers alike.

“The combination of an APS-C sized imaging sensor used in DSLR and Dual Pixel CMOS AF premieres for the first time in the PowerShot G1 X Mark III, to challenge the status quo of compact cameras,” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “This sharp shooter is set to empower users with higher image quality and unprecedented high-speed AF packed in a compact and lightweight frame, making it an incredibly versatile all-rounded camera to capture your adventure highlights wherever you go, from travel to underwater photography.”

Redefining Image Quality with Cutting Edge Technology

The latest DIGIC 7 image processor underpins various enhancements on the PowerShot G1 X Mark III to deliver on-point performance in speed and image quality. With the built-in noise reduction technology, users enjoy enriched image clarity with suppressed noise, even at high ISO speeds, making the PowerShot G1 X Mark III ideal for outdoor shots or night scenes.

Enhanced with an improved subject tracking performance, the sharp shooter ensures that fast actions and movements can be captured with stunning speed and ease. When tracking a moving subject, the camera is able to detect changes in its size and orientation, regardless of other subjects in the background. Additionally, subjects that blend in with the background or have low colour saturation can be easily identified with the high-precision subject detection feature, even under low-light conditions.

With Dual Sensing IS, taking pictures or capturing stable video footages on the move will be a cinch. An algorithm was developed to minimize blurring and thus achieving image stabilization with high precision, even with significant camera shake due to body movements.

The Auto Lighting Optimiser function corrects dark areas for clearer contrast and high image clarity in backlit conditions. When shooting with small apertures, the high processing performance on the DIGIC 7 image processor ensures that diffraction is suppressed to achieve image clarity.

A new panoramic feature will delight photographers with the ease of capturing captivating wide-angle panoramic shots by a simple horizontal or vertical swivel of the camera. This also allows photographers to have better resolution images; larger and more detailed prints, along with more cropping ability in post-processing.

Precision Focus with Dual Pixel CMOS AF

A first in a Canon compact camera, the PowerShot G1 X Mark III is equipped with the Canon-developed Dual Pixel CMOS AF, allowing the camera to achieve unparalleled high-speed AF. With an estimated 24.2 million pixels functioning as phase difference sensors, users enjoy fast and smooth focus, be it when capturing moments or shooting movies. Even in dimly-lit conditions, high precision and superior quality are also achieved.

The PowerShot G1 X Mark III is capable of attaining continuous shooting speed of 7fps during AF tracking and 9fps during AF fixed. With its intuitive Touch & Drag AF function, users will be able to touch and shift the focus points while looking through the electronic viewfinder, which makes capturing that prized moment much easier. This feature is especially useful as it enables faster and more precise focusing in various scenarios, such as capturing images of moving children or animals, or keeping up with subjects when shooting movies.

Users can challenge their creativity with PowerShot G1 X Mark III’s movie shooting function, which captures a wide range of video expressions at a smooth frame rate of 60p in Full HD. Powered by Dual Pixel CMOS AF and coupled with features like the touch panel, and built-in stereo microphone, users can shoot movies like a professional. The camera’s intelligent tracking function ensures sharp footage, even when both the user and the subject are moving.

 

Rediscover Photography with Premium Features

Despite housing a larger sensor and a built-in Electronic Viewfinder (EVF), the PowerShot G1 X Mark III stays incredibly compact. In fact, it is approximately 27% (CIPA guideline) lighter compared to its predecessor – PowerShot G1 X Mark II, with a form factor comparable to the PowerShot G5 X. 

Fitted with a 2.36 million dot OLED screen, photographers will appreciate a better representation of the image reflected by the camera sensor. Users can enjoy a high level of clarity right to the edges of the screen, and at the same time, not worry about interference from glare. With its vari-angle LCD touch screen, users can experiment with different angles by flipping the screen horizontally and tilting the screen vertically, which can come in handy when taking selfies.

With Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, users can easily pair the PowerShot G1 X Mark III to their smart devices for ease of sharing images and videos on their social media platforms. The Canon Camera Connect app also allows users to have real-time control of camera settings. Additionally, the built-in Bluetooth low energy technology maintains constant connection to a compatible smart device at low power consumption. With this constant connection, users can view images and start remote capture from the camera even when in Auto Power Off mode.

Paired with a compatible Canon underwater casing (WP-DC56), users are able to capture the intrigue of the underwater world up to a depth of 40 metres in high clarity. The PowerShot G1 X Mark III makes an excellent companion on diving trips as it is equipped with a number of features for underwater photography and movie shooting. Users can correct white balance using the underwater scene mode, with the effects matching that of a commercially available colour-compensating filter. They can further fine tune this balance or even customize their own white balance setting. With underwater macro shooting available, users can now take up close shots of the fascinating marine life.

Built for versatile use and durability, the camera body is dust and drip-proof for adequate protection from moisture and dust.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and availability of the PowerShot G1 X Mark III will be advised at a later date.

Specification Summary

PowerShot G1 X Mark III
Image sensor 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor
Imaging processor DIGIC 7
Focus Method Dual Pixel CMOS AF
Max continuous shooting speed Up to 9.0 shots/sec (One-Shot AF), up to 7.0 shots/sec (Servo AF)
Focal length 24-72mm (35mm film equivalent)
Max standard ISO speed 100 – 25600
Monitor 3.0” Vari-angle LCD with touchscreen
Movie 60p Full HD
Connectivity Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth low energy

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

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 2017!

A festival that always attracts the whole family with children, for a fun time of family gathering and fun together. Mid-Autumn Festival has always been an important festival for the Chinese community around the world, an occasion for celebration on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, which is today, 4th October 2017.

On the weekend 30th September and 1st October 2017, I visited Wan Qing Yuan, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall for an evening of Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 Celebrations (秋月明夜亮晚晴). There were a number of fun activities organised for the weekend, great for families and children, do check out some of their photographs uploaded on their Facebook Page.

I visited 晚晴园 on 30th October for Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 celebrations. It was great to see families with children coming down for family bonding time and having fun together. The lanterns were a big attraction for the children and also for the parents too, they are childhood memories for the adults too! With the outdoor booths around the lawn area, fun activities and food for the visitors, beside visiting the museum and other activities taking place inside Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall.

The evening concert was great; the LED Dragon Dance got everybody excited as they moved around the crowds, getting up close and personal with them. That was followed by live music performances on the stage, entertaining and captivating the visitors celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 at 晚晴园, some of the memorable scenes for me were the cute and enthusiastic young children sitting right in front of the stage, watching, cheering and recording videos of the live music performances on stage, spreading great joy and love to the different performers. Let me share some of my memories from Wan Qing Mid-Autumn Festival 2017!

Today is Mid-Autmn Festival 2017! Wishing everybody a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 2017! Have a great time of fun and bonding with your family during this festival!

祝大家中秋快乐!


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Canon PhotoMarathon XV Singapore – 23rd September 2017

An annual photography competition in Singapore, a fun, interesting and exciting event for photography enthusiasts to gather with their fellow photographer friends and family members, to compete and pit their photography skills and creativity, completing the photography theme in the allocated time frame and submitting their selected photograph for the photography competition. This is Canon PhotoMarathon Singapore, in year 2017, this is the 15th year that they have organised for the photography community in Singapore.

Now in its 15th year, the Canon PhotoMarathon has spread her presence to other parts of Asia, with parallel competitions taking place in countries such as Brunei, Cambodia, China Mainland, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam!

On a personal note, Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 Singapore is my 7th year (out of 15 years) participating (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017) in this photography competition. It had always been interesting, challenging and tiring for me participating in it, pushing myself and my photography skills, knowledge and experiences, under pressure and time limits over all those years. Even though, I haven’t won any of the competitions, I always had fun and enjoyment, chatting with photographer friends, in some ways, it was a gathering and catch up with some of my photographer friends!

What were the three themes for Canon PhotoMarathon 2017? Here are the themes-

Theme 1 : Tilt

Theme 2 : Celebration

Theme 3 : Mysterious

From my personal experiences over the years participating in Canon PhotoMarathon, when the themes look/seem “easy”, that only means it can be pretty wide open to each photographer’s interpretation and ideas, or it can also mean that the theme might be a bit narrow and somehow a bit tricky. This is something unique, that makes Canon PhotoMarathon special, fun and challenging for an intense one day of photography competition under time limits and pressure.

Here are my submissions for the Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 Singapore. Reflecting back on my submissions:

Theme 1 : Tilt

Theme 2 : Celebration

Theme 3 : Mysterious

I was a bit stuck for theme 2, thus that photograph was a bit more of an abstract style. Nevertheless, I am glad to push myself in a relaxed manner during the competition. The beauty of photography is that of each one of us have our own personal interpretation, conceptualisation and composition. This is also a time for me to reflect on the photographs that I took during the competition, how I can improve on them and learn from my experiences. Learning in photography never stops, no matter what level of photography you are in, whether amateur, serious enthusiast, freelance or professional.

In the 15th edition of Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 Singapore, the organisers gave out a finisher medal and certificate of participation for participants that completed all three themes! Kudos to the Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 Singapore organising committee for making the 15th edition special and fun!

Although I haven’t won anything prizes from the years that I had participated in Canon PhotoMarathon, I hope that my through my sharing of my stories and experiences over the years would help future Canon PhotoMarathon participants from Singapore, other parts of Southeast Asia and Asia in one small way or another!

Do take a look at the winning photographs of Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 Singapore below!

BEST OF SHOW – STUDENT

Luong Ngoc Thanh Thao, LASALLE COLLEGE OF ARTS

BEST OF SHOW – OPEN

Jirawat Saiwuttinon

TEAM CATEGORY WINNER

GYMN

SCHOOL CHALLENGE WINNER

Singapore Polytechnic

THEME 1 : TILT

STUDENT CATEGORY

1ST Dex Ngiam Chao Yi, EDGEFIELD SECONDARY SCHOOL

2ND Luong Ngoc Thanh Thao, LASALLE COLLEGE OF ARTS

3RD Oliver Koh Qi Yang, ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL (BARKER ROAD)

OPEN CATEGORY

1ST Jirawat Saiwuttinon

2ND Prashanth Motilal Naik

3RD Goh Si Hui

THEME 2: CELEBRATION

STUDENT CATEGORY

1ST Heng Xian Jing, SINGAPORE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN

2ND Tran Nguyen, SP JAIN SCHOOL OF GLOBAL MANAGEMENT

3RD Shannon Lee Xin Ying, ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOL (INDEPENDENT)

OPEN CATEGORY

1ST Chew Kay Ching Edmund

2ND Wong Chek Poh

3RD Ang Cheng Hoe

CANON CHALLENGE WINNER

Koh Zhi Kai

THEME 3: MYSTERIOUS

STUDENT CATEGORY

1ST Miko Pang Yun Xuan, SINGAPORE POLYTECHNIC

2ND Goh Bei Jun, SINGAPORE POLYTECHNIC

3RD Yasmin Bte Selamat, RIVERSIDE SECONDARY SCHOOL

OPEN CATEGORY

1ST Lersom Loungpon

2ND Ong Kun Fong

3RD Chiang Yeou Chyi

* Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 winning photographs courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017

The time of the year, the Mid-Autumn Festival season in Singapore would start today on the 23rd September 2017, for a month long celebration to 19th October 2017. Many beautiful lanterns, over 1,000 beautiful, handcrafted lanterns will light up the streets of Chinatown each evening, a very beautiful, bright and colourful grand display of lights and colours, a popular annual event that attracts both the locals and overseas visitors as well.

The theme for Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival (牛车水庆中秋) 2017 is “Celebrations of our Traditions 《传统新意庆中秋,同心共乐贺团圆》”, emphasizing on family togetherness along with the return of traditional cellophane lanterns, the inspiration for this year’s Street Light-Up.

Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 is organised by the Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee (KA-KS CCC) and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board. Mdm Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore, is the Guest-of-Honour for the Official Light-Up and Opening Ceremony (开幕典礼与亮灯仪式) on Saturday 23rd September 2017. From my previous experiences watching the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival opening ceremony from the side lines, the opening ceremony performances have always been spectacular and lively!

Visiting Chinatown for Mid-Autumn Festival 2017, observe the lanterns! Do you remember the lanterns shaped like dragons, rabbits, roosters and rabbits made of cellophane paper hung over bamboo strips or wire frames? More than 1,000 lanterns along Eu Tong Sen Street, New Bridge Road and South Bridge Road. They are all handcrafted by expert craftsmen from China, designed in collaboration with students from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), inspired by the traditional cellophane paper lanterns popular in Singapore during the 1960s to 1980s, a reminiscent of the colourful cellophane paper lanterns from the 60s to 80s era.

When you visit Chinatown in Singapore, you can’t miss the Mid-Autumn Festival lanterns on display, the lanterns are always well liked and received by both locals and overseas visitors. You can’t miss this big centrepiece lantern on display at Chinatown Mid Autumn Festival 2017! Measuring 12m tall by 10m wide, decorated with about 60 animal lanterns, located at the junction of Eu Tong Sen Street and Upper Cross Street. Keep a lookout for the large-scale lantern display sets of families representing Singapore’s multicultural community on the centre divider between Eu Tong Sen Street and South Bridge Road.

There are many activities and events taking place during Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 till 19th October:

Family togetherness celebrated at inaugural Mid-Autumn Family Fest @ Chinatown

A new event this year is the Mid-Autumn Family Fest @ Chinatown (中秋 @ on 24 September 2017where families and friends can take part in a morning of traditional activities associated with the festival. Held at the Kreta Ayer Community Club, there will be various hands-on activities, such as mooncake-making, tea appreciation, calligraphy writing and lantern painting.

Activities and Events taking place during Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017

Starting from 20 September, local and overseas visitors can look forward to finding a wide array of festive must-haves and treats from mooncakes and tea to preserved fruits and decorative ornaments at the annual Festive Street Bazaar (中秋街市集).

For the arts-inclined, the Nightly Stage Shows (中秋综艺晚会) at Kreta Ayer Square will fill the evening air with song and dance performances by local and overseas troupes and entertainers that will amplify the celebratory mood during the festival.

The Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 will draw to a close with the Mass Lantern Walk (中秋大型游灯会) on 1 October, where up to 5,000 people are expected to come together to mark the Mid-Autumn Festival under a moonlit night, topped with entertaining performances by local clan associations, overseas performing groups and dragon dance troupes.

More info on the event highlights for the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival 2017 can be found in the Annex.

For more information, please visit us at:

Website:              www.chinatownfestivals.sg

Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/chinatown.festivals

Witness to War: Remembering 1942

A new World War Two exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the fall of Singapore. When I heard of this upcoming exhibition, my first initial reaction, “Another World War Two exhibition? How different is this from the rest of the other exhibitions?” I wasn’t too sure and I am a bit skeptical on what this exhibition Witness to War: Remembering 1942 is going to showcase to the public.

As I entered into this exhibition for a sneak preview with the curators, prior to her official opening to the public. I knew this was going to be something different and special, it’s not your usual World War Two exhibition. Let me bring you through my experiential journey through my photos and story.

First and foremost, it’s indeed like an international exhibition blockbuster, with more than 130 artefacts from 10 overseas museums and institutions, some never-before-seen artefacts and untold real life stories and accounts of the fall of Singapore.

Catch some old vintage films first

At the beginning of the exhibtion, you would be greeted by different vintage films montage, showing key international events from 1914 to the late 1930s. Observe carefully and you can spot Singapore landscapes and sceneries inside some of the vintage films! The films montage does take your attention span and you might be glued to the big tv projector screens!

Walking down, entering into the central area of the exhibition galleries, you would be to view many artfacts on display, some are really big and you can’t miss them, some are small, don’t go too fast. While I am unable to write and share on every artefact on display, I would highlight and share on artefacts that personally stood out for me. Please visit my photograph album for this exhibition inside my Flickr collection.

New gems and rediscover cherished classics from National Collection

25-Pounder Field Gun

Japanese Army Bungle

Enfield No. 2 Mk. 1 revolver

World class artefacts from 10 overseas museums and institutions

Steel sword (katana) of Lieutanant General Tomoyuki Yamashita

Union Jack Flag

4 pods, 4 themes

Every pod has stories, real life stories from survivors. Visit the pods, sit down, watch and listen, feel, ponder and reflect.

I – Destruction

II – Displacement

III – Love & Loss

IIII – Fortitude

5 stations for children engagement, learning, participation and interaction

Experiential learning is one of the best ways in my personal opinion to learn, especially for young children. There are 5 stations inside the exhibition that the young children are able to engage, learn, participate and interact within and from the exhibition itself.

Student Archivist Project

In this exhibition, visitors can view the works of the next generation of storytellers, the students involvement in this exhibition making process, through their help in recording, preserving and sharing of the war survivors’ experiences. This is an excellent and most meaningful involement, to connect and bridge the different generations together, through inter-generational dialogue and bonding.

 

Sit down, reflect, leave a mark behind with your thoughts and feelings

At the end of the exhibition, I sat down and reflected on the latest exhibition to be held at the National Museum of Singapore. This wasn’t just another World War Two exhibition that I thought it would be, it’s something really different, something special and unique, the real life stories, heartwarming and heartwrenching at times, the interactions, engagements. There are some things that tugged the heart strings that made it very different and special from the other World War Two exhibitions. The exhibition has the engagements and interactions, ideal for parents to bring their children down to visit and learn more about the war that took place in Singapore, the history, the stories of our survivors. Let’s not take our peace, stability and security of Singapore for granted.

My own personal thoughts and feelings

At the nice table located at the end of the exhibition, sitted on the nice softa, I looked at the small piece of paper for me to pen down my thoughts and feelings of the whole exhibition, the stories from the World War Two survivors. Somehow or another, I couldn’t and I didn’t manage to write it down. I am going to return back to this exhibition again, tour it one more time slowly, observe and learn more about our World War Two history that never see, hear and feel before in other World War Two exhibitions. Of course, I am going to pen it down my thoughts and feelings, and drop into the letter box at the side of the table, for the survivors who shared their remarkable stories with us in this exhibition.

My initial skepticism of this World War Two exhibition had totally changed, this is not just another World War Two exhibition. The experiences, the stories and interactions with and inside the exhibiton make it special and unique. Only when you are there, you will be able to enter into this experiential journey to understand and learn more about the Witness to War: Remembering 1942.

Lest We Forget.

Exhibition details

Location: National Museum of Singapore Exhibition Galleries, Basement Level

Period: 23rd September 2017 to 25th March 2018

Opening hours: 10am to 7pm (last admission at 6.30pm)

Free admission for Citizens, Permanent Residents and visitors aged 6 years and below

If you do visit this exhibition, share your experiences, chronicle it on social media via the hashtag #remembering1942.


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150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore

A new exhibition has recently opened to the public at the Singapore Philatelic Museum (SPM) from 1st September 2017 to 1st January 2018, visitors to SPM are able to enjoy a very interesting and intriguing exhibition of stamps, some of the stamps have a very rich and old history, some of the rarest stamps, covers and other philatelic materials on display, showcasing the history and significance of Singapore from her Colonial days when she was an international port of call around the world.

On 31st August, I was at the official launch and opening of the exhibition – 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore, attended and launched by Guest-of-Honour Mr Chan Yeng Kit (Chairman of Infocomm Media Development Authority), Mr Woo Keng Leong (CEO, Postal Services at SingPost), Mr Hong Tuck Kun (Chairman of the Stamp Advisory Committee), Mr Richard Tan (President of the ASP) and Professor Cheah Jin Seng (Chairman of SPM Board) at the SPM.

Thereafter, I went into the exhibition space to view the collection of stamps on display at this exhibition. When you entered into the exhibition space, it might look small in terms of floor size, however, there are a lot of stamps on display and some of the rarest stamps are there! Every stamp, cover and philatelic material tells a story of Singapore, her postal history and history as part of the Straits Settlements. It’s really amazing, mind blowing at times, it’s not just the history behind it, there are also stories behind some of the stamps on display there. This exhibition is excellent and very suitable for parents to bring their children there to learn more about Singapore’s history and culture.

Just to share a bit on the history of the Straits Settlements, in the year 1867, Singapore, Penang and Malacca were transferred from the jurisdiction of the East India Company in India to British rule in London as a Crown Colony. Singapore took control of the seat of the government of the Straits Settlements, along with its postal affairs. In order to commemorate the change of governance, a new set of stamps was issued on 1st September 1867, for the first time by the Singapore Post Office.

I didn’t get the chance to view and learn about every single stamp, cover and philatelic material on display because there are many stamps inside the exhibition. I have to plan a time and visit the exhibition at SPM again. For my next visit, I am going to slow down, view, observe and learn more about each stamp, their story and history.

When you visit 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore at SPM, you can purchase a momento of this key postal milestone, the following items will available during the exhibition period:

  • A limited edition, 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore. Price: $50
  • A series of 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore exhibition picture postcards. Each month, a different set of 4 serialised picture postcards will be available. The pictures on the postcards are of the exhibits on display. Price: $10 for a strip of four postcards.
  • Special Exhibition Souvenir Covers: Bring home a special exhibition souvenir cover with 1st local stamp and the event date stamp (1st September 2017). Price: $3.

In conjunction with the SPM exhibition 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore, SingPost has 1st local, 2nd local, 60cents, 70cents and $1.30 issued in Singapore stamps. Pre-cancelled First Day Covers affixed with the complete set of stamps are available at $4.25. There is also a Collection Pack, comprising of the 5 SingPost stamps and 3 Pos Malaysia stamps commemorating the first Straits Settlements will also be sold. You can buy them at the General Post Office, Philatelic Store which starts operations at the SingPost Centre, Jurong West Post Office and online at shop.singpost.com.

For more information , check out the URL links below-

Do visit the the exhibition – 150th Anniversary of the First Postage Stamps Issued in Singapore at SPM, if you are a parent, bring your children there, it would be a fun learning experience for them!

On Assignment: Pro Traders Code Academy

A recent photography assignment, for Pro Traders Code Academy, founded by Brian Lam, one of my ex-colleagues that I knew during my time in the financial advisory industry.

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I had been helping to cover, photograph and assist Brian in his Pro Traders Code Academy courses over the past few months. Now I am sharing some insights of the Pro Traders Code Academy courses and what took place inside the course. I attended Brian’s Pro Traders Code Academy course earlier, if you like to know more about my experiences, do visit my personal blog post and have a read!

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Canon announced lineup of Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 competition dates

Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 is here, taking place across different countries in Asia on different dates! Kicking off Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 is Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, taking place on 9th September 2017, starting at 0700 hour at Berjaya Times Square, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

I am also participating in Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 in Singapore, this fun photography competition means more than just a photography competition, it’s a time to have fun as well, make new friends, networking, catch up with fellow photographer friends, view very interesting photography submissions from very different views and perspectives!

Personally, I have participated in Canon PhotoMarathon 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2008! This year 2017 would be my 7th year participating in Canon PhotoMarathon Singapore! Check out the links whereby I shared my stories, photographs and experiences on the photography themes during the Canon PhotoMarathon Singapore contests!

Canon PhotoMarathon 2017 is a special year as Canon celebrates 80 years of dedication to imaging solutions and competition intensity is simultaneously building up across the 16 Asian cities.

Let me share with you information and some interesting fun facts on Canon PhotoMarathon from the press release information:

The region’s largest, annual photo competition brings the community of photography enthusiasts closer together while challenging them to push their boundaries and showcase their city through their own perspectives, all under time pressure. This year, the event expands to China mainland. In total, more than 22,000 photo enthusiasts from different communities are expected to showcase their photo masterpieces.

“Canon has been championing “overall wellness” for many years, advocating a healthy lifestyle and a positive attitude towards life, and this project is a perfect interpretation of this philosophy. The Canon PhotoMarathon is a perfect combination of photography and sports. Participants will not only enjoy shooting, but also improve their health and help people to communicate more smoothly. For more than a decade, Canon PhotoMarathon has been gaining popularity in Asia, and it continues to attract more and more participants. This year also marks the Canon Group’s 80th anniversary. As we launch this activity in 16 Asian cities, we hope to create happiness and delight to everyone,” said Howard Ozawa, President of Canon Asia Marketing Group.

The 2016 Best of Show winners won an all-expense paid photo clinic trip to scenic spots in Japan

Apart from attractive category prizes, all the Best of Show winners from each competition will win an exclusive spot in the Canon PhotoMarathon Asia Championship held in 2018, which is valued at more than US$5,000. The Canon PhotoMarathon Asia Championship will see these winners from across Asia converge on an all-expenses paid trip (destination to be advised next year) that promises awe-inspiring scenery for any photography buff. Apart from the chance to explore various facets of photography under the tutelage of a professional photographer, the event will also involve further theme challenges which be a test of mettle to select the champion among winners.

The Endurance Race requiring more than Shutter Speed

Beyond a showcase of creativity, Canon PhotoMarathon heightens the excitement element through time pressure and endurance. Participants have to demonstrate a unique perspective in picture composition according to assigned themes within a short span of time. In true competition style, crossing the finishing line entails composure to perform under time pressure and the tenacity to last a grueling full-day marathon.

15 years of Cultivating Photography Culture

Canon believes that photography has the powerful ability to transcend differences to convey touching everyday narratives. Inspired to bring communities even closer together through the cultivation of photography culture, the very first Canon PhotoMarathon was conceptualised in 2003, and the inaugural competition was held in Singapore.

Since then, photography culture has proliferated. In 15 years, the event has grown in geographic reach to become ever more inclusive, bringing together varied photography communities all under one roof.

The annual event now includes parallel competitions around the region including Brunei, Cambodia, China Mainland, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Get set to go

After the first competition of 2017 kicks off in Kuala Lumpur, Canon PhotoMarathon will also take place in the following locations:

Date Location
23 September Singapore
8 October Hong Kong
8 October Danang, Vietnam
21 October Manila, Philippines
21 October Colombo, Sri Lanka
21 October Taipei, Taiwan
29 October Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
4 November Mumbai, India
4 November Jakarta, Indonesia
5 November Hanoi, Vietnam
11 November Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
12 November Yogyakarta, Indonesia
18 November Delhi, India
25 November China Mainland (name of city to be advised)
26 November Phnom Penh, Cambodia

To view the gallery of past winning images and for more information on Canon PhotoMarathon and the PhotoMarathon Asia Championship, please visit https://photomarathon.canon-asia.com/2017/regional/en

For the first timers participating in Canon PhotoMarathon 

Fun facts about participants (data applicable up to 2016)

Canon PhotoMarathon attracts a wide audience from young students to the silver generation.

Most senior to date: 78 years old (from India)

Most junior to date: 4 years old (from Vietnam)

Average age of participants: 30 years old

Total number of competitions to date: 141 competitions all over Asia

Total number of participants to date: More than 155,000

Snapshot of Timeline across Asia

Year Country
2003 Singapore
2006 Vietnam
2007 Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand
2009 Hong Kong, Taiwan, Indonesia, India
2011 Cambodia
2012 Brunei
2016 Sri Lanka
2017 China

How the contest works

The Canon PhotoMarathon is the largest photography event in the Asia region. A one-day photography competition that runs from 6 to 9 hours (duration varies by each local competition), perseverance and the ability to work under time pressure are essential requisites for completion of the Canon PhotoMarathon.

Participants are require to capture images according to various Competition Themes unveiled on competition day at specific times. Participants will have a few hours to submit their best interpretation of the assigned theme before the next theme is unveiled.

Canon applies a no-editing policy, which means that only in-camera processing is allowed for submitted entries to qualify for consideration.

How are photos judged?

For each theme, photos are judged by a panel of judges according to the relevance to theme and the creative interpretation to the theme.

The Best of Show (BOS) prize is awarded to the participant deemed by the judges to have performed the best across all Competition Themes. The Best of Show winner will also win a coveted spot and all-expenses paid trip to the Canon PhotoMarathon Asia Championship.

The Canon PhotoMarathon Asia Championship will take place in 2018. The destination will be advised at a later time.

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Canon PhotoMarathon is not just a photography competition, that you can win very exciting and wonderful prizes. It’s a great time to have fun as well, learn from viewing/observing other photographers works, make new friends, catch up with friends. Overall, it’s going to be a tiring experience (testing your endurance), putting your photography against time limits, stress and pressure. This would help you to grow and improve as a photographer, whether you are an amateur, enthusiast or professional.

If you haven’t sign up for Canon PhotoMarathon 2017, it’s time to do it!

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

Canon announced new lenses

Canon recently announced four new lenses to their EF family and a new macro ring flash too. I would be sharing key information and details on the new lenses and new macro ring flash by Canon.

Canon EF 85mm f/1.4 L IS USM

There are currently two lenses in the 85mm category, the EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM and EF 85mm f/1.8 USM lens. This new EF 85mm f/1.4 L IS USM fits in nicely for photographers, giving them options to choose from the 85mm category.

The EF 85mm f/1.4 L IS USM is going to attract portrait photographers, perfect for both professional and amateur photographers, equipped with an image stabilisation (IS) performance of up to approximately 4 stops, a 9-blade circular aperture and silent USM motor.

This lens get my attention because I am looking for an 85mm and the f/1.4 aperture suits me nicely. Looking forward to the sharpness and bokeh with the EF 85mm f/1.4 L IS USM lens!

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and availability of the EF85mm f/1.4L IS USM will be advised at a later date.

Specification Summary

EF85mm f/1.4L IS USM

Focal length:                            85mm

Maximum aperture:                  f/1.4

Minimum focusing distance:    0.85m

Maximum magnification:          0.12x

Lens construction:                  14 elements in 10 groups

Filter size:                                77mm

Aperture blades:                     9

Length:                                    105.4mm

Weight: Approx.                      950g

3 x New Canon Tilt-Shift Lenses

There are three new Canon Tit-Shift Lenses announced! They are the TS-E50mm f/2.8L MACRO, TS-E90mm f/2.8L MACRO and TS-E135mm f/4L MACRO.

Equipped with advanced optical technologies, and macro photography capability, the latest additions to Canon’s TS-E series offer outstanding optical performance with edge-to-edge resolution. This trio of creative lenses are developed to cover wide genres such as studio, architecture and macro photography, thus rendering them perfect for users seeking to expand their shooting perspectives.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and availability of the TS-E50mm f/2.8L MACRO, TS-E90mm f/2.8L MACRO and TS-E135mm f/4L MACRO will be advised at a later date.

Specification Summary

TS-E50mm f/2.8L MACRO

Focal length:                            50mm

Maximum aperture:                  f/2.8

Minimum focusing distance:    0.273m

Maximum magnification:          0.5x

Lens construction:                  12 elements in 9 groups

Filter size:                                77mm

Aperture blades:                     9

Length:                                    114.9mm

Weight:                                    Approx. 945g

TS-E90mm f/2.8L MACRO

Focal length:                            90mm

Maximum aperture:                  f/2.8

Minimum focusing distance:    0.390m

Maximum magnification:          0.5x

Lens construction:                  11 elements in 9 groups

Filter size:                                77mm

Aperture blades:                     9

Length:                                    116.5mm

Weight:                                    Approx. 915g

TS-E135mm f/4L MACRO

Focal length:                            135mm

Maximum aperture:                  f/4

Minimum focusing distance:    0.486m

Maximum magnification:          0.5x

Lens construction:                  11 elements in 7 groups

Filter size:                                82mm

Aperture blades:                     9

Length:                                    139.1mm

Weight:                                    Approx. 1110g

Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-26EX-RT

Canon launched the new Macro Twin Lite MT-26EX-RT, an external flash unit designed for macro photography. The Macro Twin Lite MT-26EX-RT is designed with dual flash heads that can be adjusted independently and removed from the mounting ring, thus making it suitable for an extensive range of close up, nature and macro photography applications.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and availability of the Macro Twin Lite MT-26EX-RT will be advised at a later date.

Specification Summary

Macro Twin Lite MT-26EX-RT

G No. (Both tubes/one tube):                                      26/19

Flash coverage (top and bottom/left and right):         Approx. 65°

Recycling time (normal flash/quick flash), in-body:    5.5 sec/3.3 sec

Recycling time (normal flash/quick flash), external:   2.5 sec/2.0 sec

Power source:                                                            Four AA/LR6 alkaline batteries

Wireless master function:                                           Radio / Optical

For more information, visit Canon Singapore EF lenses website! 

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