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Light Up Your Passion with Jaybird Freedom

Jaybird Freedom, the smallest wireless ear buds in the earphones market, is packed with many features and incredible sound system inside this pair of wireless earphones. Is it only for the sporting folks? No, this pair of small yet powerful Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones are a great fit for everybody in their daily life, from leisure, day to day traveling, outdoors and sports.

How does the Jaybird Freedom wireless light up the passion and lifestyle of two good friends, one is a sporting person and the other is a café lover?

Sam – a sporty and outdoors girl

A sporty and outdoors girl, she plays rugby union and is now currently playing touch rugby and she’s also a fan of traveling and the outdoors. Running for Sam, is another form of her sporting regime to keep fit in between training sessions for her touch rugby training sessions and work.

Plugging in the Jaybird Wireless Earphones, turning the direction of the earphones upwards, with the cable hanging above the ear, fitting and snugging nicely above and behind. Sam switched on her Jaybird Freedom Wireless Earphones, opened the MySound app, searched for her favourite workout music setting. Adjusting the volume on the side control panel, she entered into her sporting world with music accompanying her, isolated from the noise of the outside world. This is one of the great features of the Jaybird Freedom, the awesome and powerful noise isolation.

This pair of Jaybird Freedom Wireless Earphones is a great fit for Sam and her sporty lifestyle, she can use it for her running exercise regime and for her daily travel to and fro from home to work.

Fiona – a café lover and avid reader

A great fan of visiting different café, trying out their different meals and coffee with friends and sometimes alone with her book to read and relax, while listening to music. Sometimes, visiting a café on her own is for her own personal time with reading books and listening to music, giving the mind and soul a boost through reading and music.

While Fiona was enjoying her coffee after her hearty meal, she switched on her Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones, plugged it in and started playing her favourite songs. Now inside the world of her own with the power and capability of the noise isolation from the Jaybird Freedom, reading her book and listening to her sound of music, sometimes she got hyped up and happy that she hummed and sang along with the tune of her music. The other folks at the café didn’t mind too, for they enjoyed Fiona’s voice and singing too.

The Jaybird Freedom is not only suitable for the sporty folks, it’s also just as suitable for music lovers in our daily life, at work or during leisure time. The wonders of the MySound app by Jaybird allows Sam and Fiona to switch around the style and tone of music for their songs selection to suit their activities and lifestyle.

This pair of Jaybird Freedom wireless earphones suits both a sporty and leisure group of music lovers. No matter what you do or where you go, the Jaybird Freedom wireless can be a part for most of your daily life, work, travel and sports. Let the Jaybird Wireless Freedom light up your passion and power your passion to greater heights.

For the tech and music geeks who would like to know more about the Jaybird Freedowm wireless earphones, head over to my personal blog for the tech review article that I did for the Jaybird Freedom Wireless Earphones.

I would like to sincerely thank these two gorgeous ladies, Sam and Fiona for taking their personal and precious time off from their busy schedule to assist (model for) me in my special lifestyle theme photoshoot!

Battle for Singapore 2017 – 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore

On 15th February 2017, everyone of us needs to remember one of the important dates in Singapore’s history. 75 years ago, on 15th February 1942, Singapore fell to the Japanese and we entered into a period of history known as the Japanese Occupation of Singapore. It is very crucial and important for Singaporeans (especially for those that did not experience the Japanese Occupation of Singapore) today to learn more in depth on this part of our history.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore, the National Heritage Board (NHB) has organised many different initiatives across the year 2017, starting from the annual Battle for Singapore commemorative event, starting from 16th February to 12th March 2017. There are different activities, guided walks, public talks and activities at the various Museum Roundtable (MR) museums to learn more about the events leading up to the Fall of Singapore, the stories of the Japanese Occupation from the survivors and veterans.

The Battle for Singapore 2017 commemorative events runs from 16th February to 12th March 2017, a total of 49 tours to 11 World War II (WWII) related sites and structures in Singapore. They are interesting and informative guided tours, I strongly encouraged my readers to sign up to learn and know more in depth of the Japanese Occupation of Singapore. There are four new tours for the Battle for Singapore 2017 –

  • Singapore Occupied: This offers a visit to the buildings and sites that held the Japanese Broadcasting Department and the Kempeitai (Japanese Military Police) Headquarters, to name a few.
  • Botanic Gardens to Bukit Brown – a WWII Trail: Walk through the heritage corridor from the Botanic Gardens to Bukit Brown cemetery, and hear the brownies share stories of WWII heroes and prominent personalities at heritage landmarks, including the Jacob Ballas Garden, old Raffles College as well as Former Command House. Explore the remnants and stories of the ‘kampong’ life that was once at Bukit Brown cemetery.
  • Fort Serapong @ Fort Siloso: Discover the fascinating structure of the former Fort Serapong, which was one of the three forts that were built at Pulau Blakang Mati to defend Singapore’s waterways.
  • The Last Days of Empire: Japanese Advance Along Bukit Timah Road, 1942: This walk attempts to tell the harrowing story of the battle based on the grim testimonies of the soldiers who fought in the last days of the British Empire.

(Information courtesy of National Heritage Board)

For more information, please visit www.museums.com.sg and check out their website for more details. Sign up for the guided tours begins on 6th February 2017 at 1000hrs, slots are limited and allocated on a first-come first-serve basis.

During the media preview of the Battle for Singapore 2017, we went for one of the guided tours: The Last Days of Empire: Japanese Advance Along Bukit Timah Road 1942. Here are the details of this guided tour if you are keen to sign up when registration opens –

Tour dates: 25, 26 Feb; 4, 5 Mar 2017

Timings: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Meeting point: University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore

Let me share with you some stories and photos of the locations along this guided tour.

This tour is organised by the National University of Singapore, Southeast Asian Student’s Society in collaboration with National Heritage Board. The tour is led by Dr Mohamed Effendy and Syonan Gallery Docents. The start/meeting point is University Cultural Centre, National University of Singapore.

There is a grass patch beside the entrance of University Cultural Centre, overlooking Clementi Road and Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE). Clementi Road connects to Upper Bukit Timah Road, whereby some of the heaviest fighting between the Japanese forces and British forces, as well as the Australian, Indian, Malay and Chinese volunteers took place along this stretch of road.

WWII marker near to Clementi Road and Dover Road

Our next stop was along Dover Road, at the edge of University Town, National University Singapore. Behind this bus stop, there is a World War II marker/plaque that marks the area where captured commandos from Operation Rimau in 1944 were behaded near Clementi Road and Dover Road. Having read up and research on World War II, I came across Operation Jaywick and Operation Rimau, knew about these two operations conducted by the Allied forces. The location whereby the captured commandos of Operation Rimau was something that I didn’t know and from the tour, I learned something new that afternoon.

Junction of Clementi Road and Ulu Pandan Road

After Dover Road, we went on to the junction of Clementi Road and Ulu Pandan Road. I grew up in Clementi and Clementi West areas (and still living in this area), thus I know the area quite well. Dr Effendy shared on the importance of the hill on the left side of Ulu Pandan Road (where the Singapore Police Force had taken over the Mowbray Camp, formerly used by the Singapore Armed Fores). The area where Pine Grove now sits, was another high point where there were artillery guns placement to defend attackers coming in from the sea but not from inland, that’s where the Japanese came in from.

Junction of Clementi Road and Upper Bukit Timah Road/Bukit Timah Road

This is a major arterial road junction, with Bukit Timah Road and Dunearn Road leading to the city centre of Singapore, while Clementi Road leads towards Pasir Panjang followed by the harbour and city centre. Dr Effendy shared a few stories at this location, on how the Japanese forces advanced towards the city of Singapore.

Bukit Timah Hill (WWII marker at foot of Bukit Timah Hill)

The Bukit Timah area saw some of the heaviest fighting between the Japanese forces and Allied forces. Bukit Timah is a strategic and important location for both British (to defend) and Japanese forces (to attack). The Bukit Timah and Duneran Roads lead towards the city area. There is a WWII marker at the foot of Bukit Timah Hill, giving visitors information on the battles that took place in the Bukit Timah area during the Battle for Singapore in 1942.

Bukit Batok Hill – Syonan Chureito

A beautiful hill park, surrounded by nature and wildlife. This hill has some WWII history behind it, during the Japanese Occupation, a Shinto shrine and war memorial was built on this hill, to commemorate the fallen Japanese soldiers who were killed in action during the Battle for Singapore. Today, the only remains of the Syonan Chureito were the 121 concrete steps built by the prisoners of war.

Former Ford Factory – Syonan Gallery

During the media preview, the Syonan Gallery was not ready to host us thus we did not manage to visit the revamped Syonan Gallery at the Former Ford Factory. This would be the end point for this guided tour. I would try to arrange my timing and schedule, I would visit the revamped Syonan Gallery and add on to below after my visit.

Attending a guided tour is good, informative and interesting. Listening to the subject matter experts do give you a greater, wider and more insights into the history for the Battle of Singapore. Do sign up for the different guided walks that you are interested in.

I am planning to sign up for a few guided tours that I am interested in. I would share my stories and photos after attending the guided tours that I signed up, stay tuned!

* I would like to thank National Heritage Board the invitation to the Battle for Singapore 2017 preview event *

Singapore Motorshow 2017

The Singapore Motorshow 2017 took place recently, held at the Suntec Convention Centre and Exhibition Centre between 12th to 15th January 2017. I was there when it was officially declared opened in the morning and started visiting the various car brands, keeping a lookout for their new car models launch and announcements.

I was invited by Borneo Motors to Singapore Motorshow 2017, therefore spent more time there checking out the many different types of Toyota automobiles after visiting the various car brands in the exhibition hall. Do check out my earlier article that I wrote on my coverage of Toyota at Singapore Motorshow 2017. This new car, the Toyota C-HR (Coupe-High Rider) is coming soon and it caught my attention, beautiful, sleek and sporty. Yes, I am a fan of coupe cars.

Singapore Motorshow was organised by Motor Traders Association of Singapore (MTA) and this year 2017 Singapore Motorshow saw an exciting 20 new car launches! At this year’s Singapore Motorshow 2017, there were new features such as the usage of virtual reality (VR) experiences for visitors for the first time. A total visitorship of over 47,000 visitors came down to Singapore Motorshow 2017 over the four days period. This is an encouraging figure considering the challenging economy climate for Singapore in year 2017.

“We’re encouraged to see a good crowd considering that many have said that this will be a challenging year for Singapore’s economy,” said Glenn Tan, President of the Motor Traders Association of Singapore. “It’s great to see the brands working together to present an iconic automotive event with new activities and launches that the people of Singapore can look forward to each year.” 

“Despite smaller numbers this year on the weekdays, we had very solid turnouts on both Saturday and Sunday. Crowds packed our popular activities with sold-out shows at Russ Swift’s stunt performances, live radio shows, contests and lucky draws. We’re glad to see families and car lovers having a good time throughout the 4-day event and we’re committed to keep this momentum going for next year’s event.

Statement by Mr Glenn Tan, President of Motor Traders Association of Singapore (Source: press release information courtesy of Rice Communications)

It was great to see Singapore Motorshow 2017 taking on new experiential activities and experiences for visitors, beside just looking at all the various car brands and their automobile models on display. While I wasn’t able to catch the Mediacorp artistes and celebrity DJs making their appearances at Singapore Motorshow 2017 and Russ Swift breathe-taking stunt-driving performances sponsored by Subaru, I had a good time walking around on Thursday and Friday, checking out the various car brands and their new automobile models launch.

Overall, the Singapore Motorshow 2017 had shown that it was more than just a motorshow, with new visitor experiential activities, engaging artistes and DJs to liven up the motorshow with their engagements. I hope that the next motorshow in 2018 can leverage on the new things that they did for 2017, bringing it further and beyond for the 2018 motorshow edition.


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N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic! Time to cast your votes!

The N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic took place on Saturday 14th January 2017 at The Cathay, External Atrium, Level One, from 1pm to 4pm. This would be my fourth Downtown Picnic attendance and coverage, when it began during N.E.mation! 8 to 9 and then 10. The Downtown Picnic at The Cathay was fun, packed and well received by the teams, schools and their supporters.

I arrived a little bit earlier at the venue before the official start time of 1pm, went around chatting with the students from the five teams that I am ambassador for. Some were having lunch while some were still preparing with the final preparations for the start of the Downtown Picnic at 1pm. Prior to arriving at the N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic, I watched all the Top 10 teams digital animation video clips when they were officially released after 12midnight on 14th January 2017. All the Top 10 digital animation video clips were really good and equally strong in content, style and presentation. The journey to who might be the champion of N.E.mation! 11 is going to be very interesting and exciting with the start of the public voting at N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic.

The Downtown Picnic is also a platform and event ground for the Top 10 teams to showcase their digital animation works to their school, family, friends and supporters, as well as getting support from the public to vote for their digital animation video clip. All these experiences would definitely serve them well in the future, it might be a bit of a daunting experience for them to approach members of the public, sharing their video and asking them to vote. These experiences are priceless and invaluable, they would be able to help them build up their self confidence and public speaking, in school and later in adult life.

At the Downtown Picnic, there were many activities and performances, the Top 10 teams were also invited up on stage to share their digital animation video clip to the participants and visitors at the picnic ground. They also shared about how their video, theme and idea came about, and also their experiences during N.E.mation! 11 production phase. Going up to the stage in the public space, speaking, sharing and pitching for votes are commendable for the young students. The younger students would definitely learn from these experiences while you can spot and sense the maturity of the slightly older students who had prior N.E.mation! experiences in previous/earlier seasons.

Now, this is also the time that I am going to share on the N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 digital animation video clips, watch all the Top 10 teams videos, give them the support and encouragement, cast your votes for your favourite digital animation video clips and you might stand to win attractive prizes too! Visit N.E.mation! website or YouTube channel to view the Top 10 videos by the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 11!

Check out the picture below on the 4 different methods of voting!

Picture courtesy of Animagine

There are exciting prizes to be won too! Check it out below!

Picture courtesy of Animagine 

Now that you have voted for your favourite digital animation video clips, do a good deed, spread the word, pay it forward and pass it on, to your family, relatives, friends, colleagues etc etc. Share the wonderful digital animation works produced by these young school students!

In N.E.mation! 11, I am also the ambassador for the following five teams, let me give them a quick shoutout here with the link to their digital animation video –

Snakes and Ladders

C04 – Team Doughnuts & Donuts from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School

Building Our Nation

C05 – Team Finding Sanity from CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School

A Beautiful Song

C06 – Team Geekstrux from Crescent Girls’ School

Our SG Dollar

C08 – Team MADEit from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School

Just A Little Something

C09 – Team N.E. HEH HEH from Singapore Chinese Girls’ School

Please do give my five teams listed above the extra support with your votes!

Last but not least, I would like to wish good luck and all the best to all the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 11 in the final leg of the digital animation competition!

Chinatown Heritage Walking Trail CNY 2017

The Year of the Rooster 2017 is going to start soon in about 12 days time (starting from today 16th January 2017), ushering in the Chinese New Year on the 28th January 2017. Leading up to the festive season of the Chinese Lunar New Year, we have exciting events, activities and our favourite festive bazaar at Chinatown.

Having grew up in Singapore, I visited Chinatown a number of times during the Chinese New Year festive bazaar, to indulge in the festive atmosphere. It can get really crowded during this period and this is a great time to experience the Chinese New Year festivities in Singapore.

I recently went for the Chinatown Heritage Walking Trail held during the Chinese New Year 2017 festivities on 14th January 2017. Let me bring you through some of the destinations, features and highlights that you can experience for yourself with your family, relatives and friends during this Chinese New Year festivities at Chinatown (12 more days of Chinese New Year festivities before the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year on 28th January 2017)

This Chinatown Heritage Walking Trail was interesting for me because we had the gorgeous and beautiful Mediacorp artiste Sora Ma, leading us for this walking trail! She’s a great travel/tour guide, awesome interaction with the stall owners and walking trail participants, in the midst of the huge crowds and congestion!

Meeting point/Starting point: Chinatown Heritage Centre

The Chinatown Heritage Centre is an excellent destination for everybody, for the locals and our international visitor friends. This is the place where you can go and visit, to learn, see, feel and discover the footsteps of Singapore’s early pioneers and explore the personal stories of early Singaporeans who lived in Chinatown.

I visited and toured Chinatown Heritage Centre on a separate visit with my university alumni group during an alumni outing. It’s definitely an eye-opener and I strongly encourage everybody to visit Chinatown Heritage Centre. More information and details can be found on their website.

There are two exciting programmes at Chinatown Heritage Centre during the Year of the Rooster festive celebration

Happy Rooster Family Album

6 January to 28 February 2017

Daily: 9am to 8pm

27 Jan: 9am to 5pm

28 Jan: Closed

If you are born in the Year of the Rooster and you are visiting Chinatown Heritage Centre, you can get free admission into Chinatown Heritage Centre if you participate and be a part of the Happy Rooster Family Album!

Year of the Rooster Capteh Challenge

6 January to 28 February 2017

28 Jan: Closed

The capteh is a traditional game, I personally played it before when I was a young kid. A fun game, if you can juggle a football consecutively, you are definitely game enough for the capteh! It can be challenging yet it will be fun!

All you have to do is to catch Chinatown Heritage Centre’s signature memorable moments at 1pm and 4pm daily to participate in the capteh challenge. If you can keep the capteh flying in the air by kicking and controlling it for 8 consecutive times non-stop, you can win free admission to the Centre!

Try it out! It’s going to be a fun experience!

Chinese New Year Festive Street Bazaar

A must visit when you are in Chinatown during the Chinese New Year period, indulge and soak in the festive atmosphere of the Chinese New Year festivities, the huge crowds, the bazaar, the goods and food on sale.

It can be very very crowded, making it very difficult to walk around the congested streets during this time. Take it slow and easy, wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

Check out some of the stalls that we visited during the Chinatown Heritage Walking Trail!

YouthEATS @ Temple Street

A new addition to the traditional and regular Chinese New Year festive street bazaar, it’s my first time too! You have to check out the stalls and their food below –

Must try, I reckon you would love them! Sometimes, I don’t need to write a food review for them because I just want to show you the food and where to find them! Go try it!

Spots for Chinatown light up photography

I do love coming down to Chinatown for photography during the Chinese New Year festival season. I took photos from this location previously! There are a lot of different lightings, lanterns and displays during the festive season. Let me share with you, one of the locations to view, enjoy and take photographs!

Garden Bridge (Chinatown Pedestrian Bridge)

You can’t miss this bridge when you are in Chinatown, many people use this bridge to cross from one side of Chinatown (Pagoda Street, Temple Street, Smith Street, Mosque Street) to People’s Park Complex, The Majestic, OG People’s Park.

This would be one of the locations for me to take photos of Chinatown during the Chinese New Year festive season. Visit it during the night when the lightings, lanterns and displays are lighted up, making Chinatown extra bright and colourful!

Lepark @ People’s Park Complex

This is probably one of Singapore’s not too well known yet locations that I believe would slowly grow, transform and evolve into a destination that is popular with creative artists, youth and future flea markets. Lepark is located on the 6th floor of People’s Park Complex, the roof top carpark!

I heard a lot about this location and I had yet to visit Lepark. Thanks to this special Chinatown Heritage Walking Trail, I finally got to visit Lepark. When we were up there on 14th January, there was YHFLEA: Come Lepark Edition a first-of-its-kind collective flea and car boot market with Lepark and Young Hungry Free. Although YHFLEA was only held for two days (14th and 15th January), I hope they would return again and slowly help Lepark grows into a destination for all to visit in the future.

Lepark is another ideal location for street/urban landscape photography of Chinatown and Singapore’s Tanjong Pagar CBD sector. I have a feeling that more photographers will start to visit this location as time goes by. Let’s hope that all these activities and events would slowly transform and grow Lepark at People’s Park Complex.

After visiting Lepark, this marked the ending point for this specially organised Chinatown Heritage Walking Trail tour on the 14th January 2017. It was a fun trip with Sora Ma as our tour guide! Of course, we have to take group photos with our gorgeous and beautiful Sora Ma!

The Chinese New Year festivities are now taking place at Chinatown, do visit and explore some of the festivities, locations and food that I shared here!

Thank you Ninemer PR for the invitation and Kreta Ayer-Kim Seng Citizens’ Consultative Committee for organising this walking trail!

The story of my second hand Canon EOS 1DX

My first encounter with the Canon EOS 1D series family DSLR cameras took place many years back, with the Canon EOS 1D Mark I and II N models. I was amazed by their powerful technical specifications and capabilities. The 1D series is their flagship DSLR camera and I was mesmerised by them. Over time, I managed to get hold of a second hand Canon EOS 1D Mark III in mint condition around November 2010.

That was the beginning of some very exciting and interesting photography adventures and journeys. The 1D Mark III was my workhorse camera, pushing it to the limits in sports, events and wildlife photography. On 18th October 2011, I still remember this day when I witnessed the announcement of the Canon EOS 1DX. When it was launched, I was blown away again, I told myself, I hope to own it one day in the future. I also had a great opportunity to review the Canon EOS 1DX, at the end of it, I was convinced this is the DSLR camera that I really wanted. Although I can’t afford it during that time, I always wanted it inside my heart.

Even though mirrorless cameras made quite a bit of headways into the camera markets over the years, in my personal humble opinion, they were still unable to take over and replace the role of the DSLR camera in my own particular photography adventures and journeys.

As time flies, the rumours came flying in during the year 2015, on a new Canon EOS 1DX Mark II. Therefore, I started saving my money for about 1/1/2 years from late 2014 till February 2016. My plan was to own a second hand Canon EOD 1DX eventually. The Canon EOS 1DX Mark II was announced and this was a real beauty, a powerful monster camera! It would be really awesome to own the latest Canon EOS 1DX Mark II, however, with budget constraints and prudent planning. I decided to opt for a used Canon EOS 1DX (It’s still just as good for my usage!)

I began to start looking around for people selling off their Canon EOS 1DX, there weren’t many of them to start off with also. Some of their prices weren’t attractive and it took them a while to go down even with the announcement of the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II. I continued waiting and searching for that 1DX that meets my price and requirements. I wasn’t sure when I would be getting it, I just waited. The omens and signs were beckoning towards the arrival of the 1DX, at the most recent Canon Seminar 2016 on 16th April, I collected some free gifts, a Canon PhotoMarathon 2014 polo tee that has a 1DX printed on it and somehow, I was lucky to get a 1DX camera strap!

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On a Wednesday 20th April evening, I was tipped off by a fellow photographer friend that he was going to buy a second hand 1DX and the seller has a friend that was also selling a 1DX too! The price was within my limits and it came with some free gifts too! Some quick liaisons and I was on my way to take over the Canon EOS 1DX on the next day, Thursday night. A very special Thursday 21st April night for 4 photographers, 2 that sold away their 1DX sets, 2 of us that took over them.

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A new 2nd hand to take over the old 2nd hand. The handing over of an era for me. The wait was worth it and it took me approximately 1/1/2 years to save up for this new 2nd hand investment.

Thank you very much, my Canon EOS 1D Mark III, thank you for your service, hard work, sweat and battle scars. You have served me very well over the past 5 years and 5 months from November 2010. It’s time to retire you and let you go.

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Now let me introduce the Canon EOS 1DX, that is taking over the workhorse DSLR role for my photography adventures and journeys ahead.

Canon launched EOS-1DX Mark II

The Canon 1 series is from a legendary SLR and DSLR Canon camera family, it’s not just a very powerful DSLR, it’s a monster machine, rugged, tough, powerful specifications and at a high fps. The main and ideal tool of trade for sports photographer, wildlife photographer and photojournalists. Having owned a Canon EOS-1D Mark III, I had the first hands on experience on the power and capabilities of the Canon 1 series. When the Canon EOS-1DX Mark I was launched, I had the opportunity to review it. The review experience was great and I had been longing to upgrade my Canon EOS-1D Mark III. With the announcement of the Canon EOS-1DX Mark II, there is a likely chance that I would go for a used Canon EOS-1DX Mark I due to budget constraints. I confessed that I would love to own a Canon EOS-1DX Mark II if my finances and budget allow me to own it. Maybe in the near future!

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At a recent media event, we were shown the Canon EOS-1DX Mark II and had a short hands on with the two units. It was very exciting for me, some of my friends and public relations folks knew about my desire and my next dream DSLR camera. I managed to record some short videos of the Canon EOS-1DX Mark II, the short hands on and the 14fps action, with some help and assistance from fellow photographer friend, Joe Teh of TechieLobang.

In this particular article sharing, this would be more of an introduction article from the press release information and I would not go into details on the differences yet between the Canon EOS-1DX Mark I and EOS-1DX Mark II. On the differences and comparisons, I hope to share it when I am able to have the EOS-1DX Mark II unit available for review when they are officially available in the market.

Let me share some key points on Canon flagship DSLR, Canon EOS-1DX Mark II –

  • 16fps when shooting with Live View with no screen blackout
  • AI Servo AF III+, a new AF algorithm
  • 4K Image quality for EOS Movie
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Shutter count @ 400,000

Personally, I am into sports and wildlife photography, the Canon EOS-1 series definitely and always fit and suits my needs and requirements. Although I am not in the profession of a news photojournalist, my freelance photography work in events coverage and my own personal photography projects, the EOS-1 series is a great asset, especially my beloved, trusted and robust EOS-1D Mark III. Over time, wear and tear, the Canon EOS-1D Mark III had served me really well, brought me towards a level of professionalism and recognition. With the announcement of the Canon EOS-1DX Mark II, this might be the time to semi-retire my Canon EOS-1D Mark III and I would get the Canon EOS-1DX Mark I as my flagship camera setup (I secretly and openly declare that I still want the Canon EOS-1DX Mark II if my budget allows).

From my lengthy personal thoughts and feelings on the introduction of the Canon EOS-1DX Mark II, you would be able to see the passion and support that I have for the EOS-1 series family.

Let me officially introduce the Canon EOS-1DX Mark II from the press release information –

“To photographers, a moment lost is lost forever. The EOS-1D X Mark II is our masterpiece crafted through close collaboration with professionals in the industry, years of research and innovation, and a relentless pursuit of excellence for our users,” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “We’re ecstatic to be unveiling the next generation of pro-level DSLRs capable of delivering stunning image quality and an unwavering reliability that professionals demand of their work consistently.”

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Built for quality high-speed photography

A split second can mean a lot to professional photographers, especially those in the sports, journalism and wildlife fields. Beyond being there in the right moment to capture that one unique shot, professionals require equipment quick enough to capture that split second, in impeccable image quality, with precise focus for a perfectly composed shot – something that the EOS-1D X Mark II is capable of delivering. With its new 61-point all points selectable AF system with 41-points cross type AF, photographers benefit from an expanded AF area (approximately 24 percent vertically) compared to the EOS-1D X.

Its low-intensity limit function at the centre AF is also improved to EV-3, thus ensuring a solid performance even in low-light and low contrast conditions. Beyond the hardware, the DSLR is equipped with Al servo AF III+, a new AF algorithm with AI servo scenes analysis that improves AF precision in scenarios involving fast and unexpected movements. With all 61-points compatible to effective aperture of f/8 or faster, autofocusing is possible even when using teleconverters on super telephoto lenses, equipment common in wildlife and sports photography.

Additionally, the mirror on the EOS-1D X Mark II is constructed with a new drive mechanism that quickly suppresses vibration which enables the DSLR to deliver a quick frame rate of 14 fps with AF and auto-exposure tracking enabled, and an even more impressive 16 fps when shooting with Live View, with no screen blackout. With a CFast 2.0 card slot for high-speed writing, the EOS-1D X Mark II can capture up to 170 RAW images and an unlimited number of JPEG images in continuous shooting mode.

4K image quality for EOS Movie

In 2012, the EOS-1D C was the first EOS DSLR to incorporate 4K movie recording. With the EOS-1D X Mark II, users are now able to utilize 4K motion JPEG at 60/50p, resulting in amazingly smooth footages. The EOS-1D X Mark II’s Full HD recording feature comes with a new High Frame Rate mode that allows recording at 120/100, enabling slow motion video recording. The inclusion of a CFast slot caters to these high data-rate shooting modes.

With the addition of the Dual Pixel CMOS AF (DAF), a first in the EOS-1D series, users utilising phase-detection in Live View mode benefit from extremely fast auto-focusing and efficient tracking of moving subjects without aperture limitations. The DSLR also supports EV-3 for all effective AF points within the sensor area when shooting 4K movies. Similar to the EOS 7D Mark II, the EOS-1D X Mark II includes selectable adjustments for Movie Servo AF speed and Movie Servo AF tracking sensitivity, giving users more flexibility in controlling focus racking during video shooting. Additionally, the EOS-1D X Mark II is equipped with touch focus function for its DAF feature. With this, users can easily switch focus by tapping the LCD panel for AF point selection in Live View mode.

With the DSLR’s 4K Frame Grab function, users can also easily extract images[1] of approximately 8.8 megapixels in JPEG format from 4K movies recorded on the camera without connecting to a computer. The camera’s ability to shoot at 60p means sports and wildlife photographers can now pick one out of the sixty images in every second of the video, thereby achieving a much higher image hit-rate and improving work efficiency.

Top-class image quality

The EOS-1D X Mark II breaks new ground for the EOS line with a newly developed 35mm full frame CMOS sensor, Dual DIGIC 6+ image processors, enhanced resolution of 20.2- megapixel images, and expanded ISO speeds of up to 409,600, one full stop higher than its predecessor the EOS1D X. With this, users are able to achieve better shooting results in lowlight. The new 360,000 pixel RGB + IR metering sensor and EOS iTR AF system on the EOS-1D X Mark II also greatly improves tracking precision. For indoor shoots under artificial lighting, photographers can turn on an anti-flicker mode to detect high frequency flickering of lights, thus ensuring better exposure stability. With this feature, irregular exposure and colours caused by flickering lights can be better managed.

A new in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer is now able to process and optimize RAW images in-camera. Previously available only in post-production, this editing function includes chromatic aberration correction, peripheral illumination correction, and for the first time in EOS history, diffraction correction. The combination of these corrective functions allows photographers to obtain higher quality JPEGs directly from the camera without using a computer, enabling fast image productions where time is of essence. The inclusion of Fine Detail picture style also pushes JPEG files to achieve even higher levels of sharpness.

Made to last

Every part of the EOS-1D X Mark II from its mirror to shutter mechanisms is built for endurance and durability, giving the DSLR a shutter life expectancy of 400,000 cycles. The EOS-1D X Mark II is encased in a robust magnesium alloy body and designed to be dust- and drip-proof for enhanced protection against the elements, essential for reliability in the professional photographer’s varied line of work, especially when working at outdoor shoots.

In terms of design and ergonomics, the grip and button operations were improved for greater comfort and operability for photographers of varying hand sizes. The control configuration on the EOS-1D X Mark II also makes the horizontal and vertical layouts more similar, so shooting landscape or portrait will have a similar feel.

The EOS-1D X Mark II uses the LP-E19 battery, which has a 10 percent increase in capacity compared to the LP-E4N used in the EOS-1D X, providing photographers with longer usage while in the field.

Built in GPS function and optional Wireless File Transmitter

For the first time in the EOS-1D series, GPS is built into the body of the camera. This allows all the photos to be tagged with accurate location information, providing users specific location references especially when traveling between assignments and locations. Access to satellite clocks also ensures accurate time-stamp information, allowing for more efficient organization of images.

File transfer is also made easy with the Wireless File Transmitter, WFT-E8D, available as an option with the EOS-1D X Mark II. The WFT-E8D supports high speed file transfer which supports IEEE802.11a/b/g/n/ac (5 GHz and 2.4 GHz band) wireless LAN. When mounted on the EOS-1D X Mark II, it allows seamless wireless connection between the photographer’s smartphone and the camera, allowing photographers to remotely control the camera for still image shooting, movie recording and transferring of images from camera to smartphone all via Canon’s Camera Connect app. The EOS-1D X Mark II is also equipped with a USB 3.0 port for high speed data transfer.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and availability of the EOS-1D X Mark II will be announced at a later date

Product Specifications 

EOS 1D X Mark II

Dimensions: Approx. 158 x 167.6 x 82.6m

Weight: Approx. 1340g (body only)

Image sensor: 20.2 mega-pixel 35mm Full Frame CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF

Imaging processor: Dual DIGIC 6+

ISO speed: 100-51,200 (expandable to 409,600)

Continuous shooting speed: 16 fps (Live View), 14 fps (Viewfinder)

Maximum video quality: 4K 60p (max. 30 mins)

AF: 61-point High-Density Reticular AF System (41-point cross type)

Wi-Fi: Available with WFT-E8D (Optional)

GPS: Yes

LCD: Wide 3.2-inch (1.62 million dots)

Memory slot: CF + CFast 2.0

[1] Saving a still image from a single movie frame does not result in the same image quality as a normal still image.

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