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Coming soon … Nikon D850

Today, on the 25th July 2017, Nikon Corporation announce the development of their new DSLR camera, the next generation full-frame, high-resolution, high-speed digital SLR cameras with the upcoming release of the highly anticipated Nikon D850!

For my readers on my photography and travel site, who are Nikon users, this would definitely interest you! This year 2017, is also the 100th anniversary of Nikon and they would have interesting programmes and new product launches to commemorate their milestone 100th anniversary. More information and details will be announced at a later date, if you are a Nikon owner and you are keen on the upcoming Nikon D850, keep a lookout!

Let me share with you some information on the Nikon D850:

The D850 will be a formidable tool for creators who will not compromise on exceptional image quality and versatility, including aspiring and professional photographers, as well as hobbyists who capture landscapes, commercial sports, fashion, weddings, and multimedia content creators.

The D850 is the successor to the D810, which was highly praised by its users for offering extremely sharp and clear rendering, and rich tone characteristics. This powerful new FX-format digital SLR camera is engineered with a range of new technologies, features and performance enhancements that are a direct result of feedback from users over the years – who demand the very best from their camera equipment. The D850 will exceed the expectations of the vast range of photographers that seek high resolution and high speed capabilities that only a Nikon of this calibre complemented by NIKKOR lenses can offer.

Check out this video from Nikon Singapore Facebook Page on the Nikon D850!

* Information and picture courtesy of Nikon Singapore and Cohn & Wolfe Singapore *

Canon Introduce EOS 1200D & Macro Ring Lite (MR-14EX II)

Canon recently introduced the new EOS 1200D, targeted at amateur photographers looking to work on their photography skills with a user-friendly DSLR that produces high quality images. The 18-megapixel EOS 1200D not only provides professional imagery but also access to Canon’s rich lens heritage of more than 70 EF lenses. The entry-level EOS 1200D shares many aesthetics with higher end models in the EOS family including a textured finished coating which gives the camera a classy look and feel, a metallic mode dial and a rubber section on the grip to ensure a more secure hold.

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“With the new EOS 1200D, Canon is once again able to offer an extensive lineup of DSLR cameras to match entry-level needs, alongside the EOS 100D and EOS 700D. Depending on one’s choice of affordability, compactness or feature-set, Canon’s renowned EOS DSLRs offer great performance and image quality that is synonymous with its brand name.” said Edwin Teoh, Assistant Director for Consumer Business Marketing of Canon Singapore.

Produce High-end images with DIGIC 4

The new EOS 1200D is powered by Canon’s proprietary DIGIC 4 image processor and features a 18-megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor found in Canon’s other entry-level and mid-level EOS DSLR cameras. The combination of the two provides the EOS 1200D with the ability to capture stunning photographs with sharp and intricate details. The DIGIC 4 processor also allows the EOS 1200D to shoot at a burst speed of 3 frames per second (fps).

The camera’s 9-point Auto Focus (AF) system with centre cross-type AF point enables accurate and rapid focusing on both horizontal and vertical planes. This same AF system also gives users freedom to frame shots where moving subjects are involved. This is when the Al Servo AF comes in to predict where the moving subject is going next to help the user keep the subject in focus. The EOS 1200D also features a wide ISO speed range of 100–6400 (expandable to 12800).

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Ergonomic Layout offers ease of use

Amateur DSLR users will feel at ease with the EOS 1200D. The buttons and controls of key functions are laid out in a way that ensures easy finding and optimum ergonomics. Additionally, when shooting with the viewfinder, users will be presented with information such as shutter speed and ISO the moment the subject is locked in focus. Users will be able to capture photos with perfect exposure and natural color tones at the touch of a button with the Scene Intelligent Auto mode available in the EOS 1200D. When the Scene Intelligent Auto mode is activated, the camera will be capable of recognizing the different types of scenes based on factors such as subject color, brightness, contrast and distance to automatically adjust the optimal settings to capture that perfect shot.

The EOS 1200D’s large 3-inch LCD monitor allows easy reviewing of photographs and checking of image details. This large screen also provides a good view of scenes during Live View shooting. In addition, during Live View shooting, scenes can be viewed in various aspect ratios such as 4:3, 1:1, 16:9 or the regular 3:2. Photos taken in the JPEG format can also be resized in the camera directly, reducing the hassle of having to download the photos and resizing them externally. Amateur photographers can also explore creative ways of capturing images with the EOS 1200D’s built-in Creative Filters such as Grainy Black & White and Fish-eye effects.

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Superior video capability

The EOS 1200D’s video capabilities allow users to capture Full HD of up to 30fps. Additionally, with ISO speeds of up to 6400 in video mode, capturing videos in low-light conditions will no longer be a challenge. Aside from the ability to shoot still images during video recording mode, the Video Snapshot mode also allows four-second videos to be captured to allow a more compelling story to be told when the different clips of videos are put together. With a built-in microphone, audio recording level adjustment and wind filter, the EOS 1200D doubles up as a handy video recording device within a DSLR.

 Canon Macro Ring Lite (MR-14EX II)

Canon introduced the new Macro Ring Lite (MR-14EX II), designed to fit all Canon EF and EF-S lenses. The MR-14EX II is an exciting addition for photographers interested in exploring macro photography.

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“Canon’s EOS eco-system enables photographers to enjoy the full range of photography as supported by the huge array of lenses and accessories. The Macro Ring Lite (MR-14EX II) is one accessory that is specifically created to meet the needs of macro photography as interest in this photography genre grows.” Said Edwin Teoh, Assistant Director for Consumer Business Marketing of Canon Singapore.

Designed specifically for macro and close-up photography, the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II allows EOS DSLR users to shoot subjects at close range without any vignetting effect. For those who enjoy shooting portraiture, the Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II fires a flash light that fills the entire subject to ensure that it is evenly lit with hardly any shadow. When shooting in dark environments, a focusing lamp that uses a high intensity white LED for brightness is incorporated to help the camera focus accurately on the subject.

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The new Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II features a clean interface that has minimal buttons, a user-friendly selection dial and an easy-to-read LCD panel. The connection cord is now positioned to the left side of the camera, deliberately avoiding the shutter button and other frequently-used controls on the right side of the camera. The use of smaller parts has also resulted in a more compact ring. Recycling time has also been improved  at only 5.5 seconds or less for it to be fully charged. Furthermore, users now have the option to fire the flash even before it is fully charged, to ensure they never miss a great photo opportunity.

Price and Availability

1) The Canon EOS 1200D with EF-S18-55mm IS II lens kit is now available at Canon authorised dealers at the recommended retail price of $759.

2) Pricing and availability for the Macro Ring Lite (MR-14EX II) will be advised at a later date.

* Information and Pictures Courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations *

Canon Announces the new Canon EOS 70D

Canon recently announced their new Canon EOS 70D to their extensive list of DSLR and digital cameras family tree. When it was announced, I was pretty excited and reading through the posts on DPReview about the Canon EOS 70D. The Canon EOS 70D has some pretty awesome features added into it, making it a really good semi-professional DSLR camera suitable for both amateurs and professionals. I was once the owner of the Canon EOS 30D, a great workhorse DSLR that gave its heart and soul out to me when I used it for four wonderful years. Therefore, I have great trust in the double digit Canon EOS DSLR series like the Canon EOS 70D.

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Some of the key features of the Canon EOS 70D that impressed me are

– 19 point cross-type AF System

– 7 fps

– Instant sharing and remote control withWi-Fi

Just imagine that you are a sports photographer or a photojournalist that needs the speed and connectivity to transmit your photographs to your agency, office, client or your own blog/FB page. You have a good advantage here!

Here are some quick technical specifications for the Canon EOS 70D (information from DPReview)

  • 20.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+
  • 19 point cross-type AF System and 7 fps shooting
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Instant sharing and remote control with Wi-Fi
  • ISO 12800 (H:25600)
  • Vari-angle 7.7cm ClearView II LCD touch screen
  • Intelligent viewfinder
  • Full-HD movies
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Canon’s latest CanonEOS 70D, a Wi-Fi enabled DSLR embedded with a powerful DIGIC 5+ image processor and a 20.2-megapixel APS-C sized CMOS sensor. The first model in the EOS series to showcase the new Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, a phase-difference autofocus (AF) technology, the EOS 70D achieves  approximately 30% faster  focusing speeds and delivers improved Movie Servo AF tracking during Live View shooting.
Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology – A New Era in Movie Making
Put simply, this new technology replicates how the human eye behaves. When switching between various AF points or areas, the EOS 70D delivers smoother and more natural transitions during the focusing process, making it an ideal DSLR for both stills (in One-shot AF) and videos.
For in-depth details of this technology please refer to the accompanying technology press release and technology video at http://vimeo.com/canonsingapore/af

Introducing the new Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology from Canon Singapore on Vimeo.

Powerful Performance in a Compact Form
The camera features excellent low-light capabilities with an ISO speed range from 100 to 12800 (expandable to 25600). The EOS 70D is capable of an impressive continuous shooting speed of 7 frames per second (up to approximately 40 images in JPEG Large/Fine image quality in one single burst). Users can also look forward to fast and accurate focusing at all times, with the 19-point all cross type AF (f/2.8 dual cross-type at center) system with a wide AF area coverage that provides support for a variety of image compositions.
Remote Shooting via Wi-Fi
The new EOS 70D has built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and supports the sharing of images and videos easily and directly onto social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.
Price and availability
The new EOS 70D will be available end of August at authorised Canon dealers. Pricing will be announced at a later date.

Information and images above courtesy of Canon Singapore.

Canon EOS 100D – My Initial Impression

The Canon EOS 100D and 700D, announced a short time back on DPReview website, I was pretty amazed by the EOS 100D especially and I was looking forward to get a feel of this World’s Smallest and Lightest DSLR, not just by reading off the technical specifications from the websites. When I was invited to the Canon Singapore media launch event for the various Canon cameras announced, I was looking forward to get a short hands on experience with the Canon EOS 100D. For more detailed technical information of the Canon EOS 100D and 700D, you can drop by here and take a look!

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During the media event, I had a short hands on experience with the various Canon cameras that were launched. The Canon EOS 100D was my “main target” and these were my initial impressions, views and thoughts of the Canon EOS 100D from my short hands on experience with the Canon EOS 100D –

  • Lightweight
  • Good sturdy material and camera built
  • Nice and firm grip on a small DSLR
  • Small and handy, great for travel photography
  • A new age street photography camera (using DSLR) with pancake lens (EF 40mm) instead of the favourite film rangefinder or digital rangefinder
  • Powerful specifications and performance packed inside a small DSLR body
  • Fun and easy to learn/use
  • Creative Functions Mode – Family-oriented scene modes – Kids, Food and Candlelight + HDR Backlight Control, Night Portrait and Handheld Night Scene
  • An everyday camera that you can put inside the bag and carry it around
  • Movie recording functions and capabilities
  • Touch Screen
  • High ISO performance up to 12,800
  • 9 Point Auto Focus (AF) System

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Which type/group of users would suit and love the Canon EOS 100D ?

  • Users upgrading from digital compact cameras to their first DSLR
  • Travel photographers
  • Parents giving their children a head start in DSLR photography training (lightweight and easy to learn/use)
  • A backup DSLR camera (for semi-professional and professional photographers) to complement existing setup
  • Social Media enthusiasts / bloggers attending media / blogging events
  • Photography enthusiasts that carry a camera out everyday inside their bag

These are my personal thoughts, impressions and views from my short hands on experience during Canon’s media launch event. Overall, I am impressed and I would love to test and review  this World’s Smallest and Lightest DSLR camera, for all my readers here to know and make a decision if they would like to purchase this Canon EOS 100D!

** Photographs Courtesy of Canon Singapore ** 

Welcoming the Canon EOS-1D X

Today on the 18th October, at 1300hours local (Singapore) time, I was very privileged and honoured to be invited by Canon Singapore and Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide to a media event, amont the first few in Singapore, to view and witness the arrival of a new generation of professional DSLR by Canon.

Ladies and Gentlemen, let’s give a warm welcome to the Canon EOS-1D X !

Before I proceed to extract some key facts and specifications for your perusal, let me give you my first hands on experience with Canon EOS-1D X, in simple English language (pardon the tone), it’s a monster ! Armed with the latest 18 Megapixels Digic 5+ censor and it’s full frame! A marriage of the legendary Canon EOS 1Ds and 1D series, the sweet letter “X” marks the spot, the sweet spot, in a new era of Canon EOS DSLR !

12fps at ISO 25,600 and high speed continuous shooting at 14fps, that’s the dream combination for a Formula One Night Race shooting (in Singapore of course!), along with other high end performance sports that are played in the night too! That’s not all, with the latest and unprecedented high performance technology, sporting next-generation Auto Focus (AF) system, sporting a 61 point high-density reticular AF (41 cross-type points) that offers wide, auto focus coverage at high precision as well as enhanced subject tracking capability. Source : Canon Singapore 

Inside the monster powerful Canon EOS-1D X, it lies 2 more new systems, namely –  EOS iSA (Intelligent Subject Analysis) System that employs a 100,000-pixel RGB Metering Sensor and AE-dedicated DIGIC 4 image processor. This innovation recognizes a subject’s color and face, in addition to movement, to make Intelligent Tracking and Recognition (iTR) possible, offering reliable and continuous tracking of the subject. These two technologies work in tandem to deliver better focusing capability in lower light.  – Source : Canon Singapore

Personally speaking, the 2 new systems inside the Canon EOS-1D X is going to be very helpful to sports photographers (like myself) especially in sports with very fast paced action and capturing the first few crucial action photographs are important. I believe it would make the focusing faster and allowing us to capture more live sporting action!

Have you ever wonder how the new AF Focus looks like inside the Canon EOS-1D X, here’s my bird’s eye view of the 61 points through the viewfinder –

Being a Canon EOS-1D MK 3 user myself, I am a big fan and supporter of the new 1D series and I really welcome the arrival of the Canon EOS-1D X, when I held on to it, it was like a dream made in heaven, pressing the shutter down using its 12fps and 14fps in action, the sound is very smooth and not noisy at all ! For more detailed information, please visit the press release site for the Canon EOS-1D X by Canon Singapore here!

While the pricing and availability of the Canon EOS-1D X is yet to be announced, I am dreaming of the day whereby I would be shooting with Canon EOS-1D X with the EF-300mm f2.8 II IS L lens at the Singapore F1 GP !

Ben & Jerry Chunk Fest 2009 @ Marina Barrage

IMG_4563Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl – Milk Chocolate Ice Cream with a Thick Peanut Butter Swirl – Love chocolate? Love peanut butter? Then this must be the perfect concoction for you. Smooth, velvety milk chocolate ice-cream with thick, gooey swirls of peanut butter – nothing can be better than that!”

Mention the word Ben & Jerry ice cream and you would send many people from young to old, craving and eating them with great enthusiasm and delight. I am a fan of their ice cream and when Ben & Jerry’s in Singapore announced Chunk Fest 2009 to be held at the Marina Barrage, it attracted quite a lot of their fans coming to down for the “Exclusive” Ben & Jerry ice cream, that are not available in Singapore, imported from the U.S.A.

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The event was held at the roof terrace of the Marina Barrage and it was a great ground for picnics, gatherings, kite flying, enjoying Ben & Jerry ice cream and a live music carnival with 5 other local bands coming together and performing at Chunk Fest 2009. Weather was good, it was hot and hazy, you could feel, sense and see the haze covering the Marina Bay and its surroundings. Nevertheless, it didn’t deter the fun from going on.

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Walked around, enjoyed the atmosphere and carnival, selected 1 of the 12 Ben & Jerry ice cream, the Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl …… What can I say ….. It’s really delicious and lovely !! There were more activities ongoing during the entire event, didn’t get to catch all of them as I went around in the late afternoon, after 4pm.

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I was having fun, relaxing and enjoying myself before something happened to Canon EOS 30D, suffered with an Error 99 code, all possible attempts were used to revive my workhorse Canon EOS 30D and it was to no avail, I am going to send it in to Canon Singapore Service Centre (AGAIN) for my 2nd Error 99 issue on the coming Monday morning. With that, my adventure at Ben & Jerry Chunk Fest 2009 was brought to an abrupt end.