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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 *

OPPO R11 Dual Lens Smartphone Review

The OPPO R11 was launched not long ago in July 2017, their current flagship model in their line up. At their launch event, I did manage to get hold of the OPPO R11 for a very short time and tried it out.

Once a review unit was made available, I had the OPPO R11 for two weeks to test it out, putting their dual lens smartphone camera to the test. Their ColorOS 3.1 based on Android 7.1, is easy to use, it has a friendly user interface and it is quite similar to the Apple iOS layout. Overall, smartphone users who decide to choose the OPPO R11 smartphone should be able to adapt pretty quickly.

Before I proceed to write and share on the dual lens smartphone camera review, let me refresh on the OPPO R11 technical specifications

OPPO R11 Technical Specifications and Information

Dimensions/Weight

  • Size: 154.5×74.8×6.8mm
  • Weight: 50g (with BATT)

Basic Parameters

  • Colour: Gold, Black
  • Operating System: ColorOS 3.1, Android 7.1
  • Processor: Qualcomm SDM 660, Octa-core (4 x2.2GHz, 4 x1.9GHz)
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage: 64 GB (Support microSD card up to 256GB)
  • Battery: 3000mAh (Typical Value) Li-Po Battery (unremovable)
  • Charger: VOOC Flash Charge mini

Display

  • Size: 5.5”
  • Type: AMOLED (PPI 401)
  • Resolution: FHD (1920 by 1080 pixels)
  • Colors: 16 million colors
  • Touchscreen: Multi-touch, Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5

Camera

  • Rear Camera: 16M (f/1.7) + 20M (f/2.6)
  • Rear Sensor: IMX398 + IMX376
  • Front Camera: 20M (f/2.0)
  • Flash: Supported

Connectivity

  • GPS: Supported
  • Bluetooth: 4.2 LE
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • NFC: No
  • OTG: Supported
  • Sensors: E-compass, G-sensor, Gyro-meter, Light and Proximity Sensor

Inside the OPPO R11 dual lens smartphone camera, here are the list of capabilities that you can find and use. Although it is not as packed in features compared to some of the other smartphone models in the market, they still have a pretty good list of features packed inside them. Let me bring you through the features packed inside the OPPO R11 dual lens camera smartphone:

Modes

  • Time-lapse
  • Video
  • Photo
  • Portrait (with Depth Effect)
  • Pano
  • Expert

Photo mode

  • Standard , Square , Full Screen
  • Watermark – 8 types
  • Filters – Aesthetic , Instant , Fantasy , Sweet , Sunlight , Transfer , Fresh , Mono
  • HDR – On , Off , Auto
  • Flash – Off , On , Auto , Fill Light

Portrait

  • Timer – Off , 3s , 10s , Tap

Video mode

  • 720p , 1080p, 4K
  • 10s short video
  • Light on / off
  • Filters – Aesthetic , Instant , Fantasy , Sweet , Sunlight , Transfer , Fresh , Mono

Expert mode

  • WB – Auto , Incandecent , Daylight , Fluroescent , Cloudy , Shade , Twillight , Candelight
  • EV from -3 to +3
  • ISO – Auto , 100 , 200, 400 , 800 , 1600
  • Shutter – Auto, 1s , 2s , 4s, 8s, 16s
  • Focus – Auto , Manual (able to adjust Near to Far)
  • Timer – 3s , 10s
  • Horizontal Level
  • Ultra HD
  • Zoom – 1x to 10x
  • 2 lenses (20MP and 16MP)

What are some of my thoughts, views, notes and observations during my review on the OPPO R11 dual lens smartphone camera review? Let me bring you through my experiences with the OPPO R11 dual lens camera smartphone, the photographs that I took with it and videos on my YouTube channel.

Observations, Notes and Views

  • In expert mode, you can zoom in from 1x to 10x, this is a very interesting and very useful feature to have. With the high megapixels, this allows the camera to push up to 10x, although I personally won’t use up to 10x zoom.
  • There are two lenses that you can use in expert mode, they are the 16M (f/1.7) + 20M (f/2.6).
  • In video mode, they have a feature to record 10s short video, this would come in handy for social media usage.
  • 4K video output is good when viewed on my laptop
  • Sharp and clear photographs
  • At high ISO, the noise level is visible and photographs can be grainy (a challenge for all smartphones in my personal opinion)
  • In expert mode, users can’t shoot in mono filter
  • Monochrome photos straight out from OPPO R11 is a mix of hit and miss for me, sometimes I like the final photo, sometimes I don’t.

The OPPO R11 dual lens camera smartphone may not seem to be packed with that many features that you can see in some other smartphone models in the market, that does not mean that they are not as good. From my review and experiences, the OPPO R11 does have some strong features that stand out during the time when I was reviewing it.

The portrait feature, coupled with the high megapixels sensors in the OPPO R11, making it one of their strong features and key selling point. This would be most welcomed by those who love to take portraits or have their portraits being taken.

Overall, the OPPO R11 dual lens camera smartphone may not have the features that professional photographers / serious photography enthusiasts desire, nevertheless, they are still able to produce pretty nice and good quality photos from the OPPO R11 especially for those who love portraits and selfies. The 4K video quality output is good, another feature that I like, from the OPPO R11 dual lens camera smartphone.

I woud like to thank OPPO Singapore and MSL Group for the opportunity to review the OPPO R11 dual lens camera smartphone.


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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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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 *

Singapore “Nasi Lemak” Burger is back!

Ladies and Gentlemen, the burger that took Singapore by storm in mid July 2017, sold out in a space of two weeks, is making a comeback today on 31st August 2017! This is a wish come true for Singaporeans and fans who have taken to social media to call for the return of the Nasi Lemak burger!

 ** Photo: From my archives when I tasted the McDonald’s Nasi Lemak Burger in July 2017! ** 

 

Let’s put our hands together and welcome back our Singapore “Nasi Lemak” Burger! 

Let me share with you foodies more information on the return of the Nasi Lemak Burger-

  • “Nasi Lemak” Burger (from $5.95)
  • Coconut Pie (from $1.20)
  • Chendol McFlurry® (from $3)
  • Bandung McFizz(from $3.00)
  • As well as new additions including the Potato Wedges (M) (from $3.80) and Sweet Corn Cone (from $1).

 Following its launch on 13 July, the “Nasi Lemak” Burger stirred up a craze islandwide, receiving a string of positive reviews from customers and food critics alike. Little did Singaporeans know, McDonald’s has been listening closely to their wishes and steadily planning for a sweet surprise this August. To mark the comeback of one of its most popular creations, McDonald’s has since kick-started a campaign by responding to Singaporeans’ social media posts and tweets about the burger in a series of quirky advertisements.

Foodies, do take note! While stocks last! Mai tu liao!

* Information and picture courtesy of McDonald’s Singapore and Golin *

Huawei P10 Plus Dual Lens Camera Review

The Huawei P10 Plus was recently launched in April 2017 for the Singapore market. I was excited to read about the launch of the new Huawei P10 and P10 Plus since I am an existing Huawei P9 user, having done a review last year, I was very impressed with the mobile phone photography quality produced by the Huawei P9 during my review that I went on to get a Huawei P9 smartphone for my own usage.

During the Huawei P10 Plus review period, I had some priceless moments and a great time testing this dual lens smartphone. My 5,000th instagram shot was a double rainbow over the skyline of Marina Bay Sands at Marina Bay Singapore using the Huawei P10 Plus! The other was producing an impromptu video for my friend’s new food outlet – Keith Crackling Roast, shot in 4K video with the Huawei P10 Plus. He’s a Huawei Mate 9 user, thanks to my persuasion and conversion after letting him try out my Huawei P9 smartphone!

The Huawei P10 Plus dual lens camera setup is an improvement from the highly successful Huawei P9 series that set the stage for the dual lens camera smartphone in the Huawei smartphone family. In the later paragraphs, readers can view the number of different functions and capabilities packed inside the Huawei P10 Plus dual lens camera smartphone. On the Huawei P10 Plus, you can find the Leica Summilux-H 1:1.8/27 ASPH lenses driving it, resulting in one of the best dual lens camera smartphone in the market (in my personal humble opinion).

Dual lens camera technical specifications

Main Camera

  • 20 MP Monochrome + 12 MP RGB, F1.8
  • OIS (Optical Image Stablization)
  • Dual-tone Flash
  • PDAF + CAF + Laser + Depth Auto Focus
  • 2x Hybrid Zoom
  • 4K Video Recording

Front Camera

  • 8 MP AF, F1.9

Modes

  • Photo
  • Monochrome
  • Video
  • HDR
  • Panorama
  • Night Shot
  • Light Painting
  • Time-lapse
  • Slow-mo
  • Watermark
  • Audio Note
  • Document scan
  • Good food

Photo Mode

  • Wide aperture
  • Portrait mode with artistic bokeh and beauty level
  • Colours: Standard, Vivid and Smooth
  • Touch & hold shutter icon – burst shot
  • Capture smiles: take photos automatically when smiles are detected
  • Assistive Grid: Fibonacci spiral (left), Fibonacci Spiral (right), Phi grid, Grid, off
  • Resolution: 20M 5120×3840 (4:3), 12M 3968×2976 (4:3), 9M 3968×2240 (16:9), 9M 2976×2976 (1:1), 8M 3264×2448 (4:3), 6M 3264×1840 (16:9)

Photo Mode (Pro)

  • RAW + JPEG
  • No burst shot
  • No capture smiles
  • Can adjust ISO, Shutter, EV, AF, WB, Metering
  • Assistive Grid: Fibonacci spiral (left), Fibonacci Spiral (right), Phi grid, Grid, off
  • Horizontal Level
  • Resolution: 20M 5120×3840 (4:3), 12M 3968×2976 (4:3), 9M 3968×2240 (16:9), 9M 2976×2976 (1:1), 8M 3264×2448 (4:3), 6M 3264×1840 (16:9)

Monochrome Mode

  • Wide aperture
  • Portrait mode with artistic bokeh and beauty level
  • Colours: Standard, Vivid and Smooth
  • Touch & hold shutter icon – burst shot
  • Capture smiles: take photos automatically when smiles are detected
  • Assistive Grid: Fibonacci spiral (left), Fibonacci Spiral (right), Phi grid, Grid, off
  • Resolution: 20M 5120×3840 (4:3), 12M 3968×2976 (4:3), 9M 3968×2240 (16:9), 9M 2976×2976 (1:1), 8M 3264×2448 (4:3), 6M 3264×1840 (16:9)

Monochrome Mode (Pro)

  • No burst shot
  • No capture smiles
  • Can adjust ISO, Shutter, EV, AF, WB, Metering
  • Assistive Grid: Fibonacci spiral (left), Fibonacci Spiral (right), Phi grid, Grid, off
  • Horizontal Level
  • Resolution: 20M 5120×3840 (4:3), 12M 3968×2976 (4:3), 9M 3968×2240 (16:9), 9M 2976×2976 (1:1), 8M 3264×2448 (4:3), 6M 3264×1840 (16:9)

Video Mode

  • Wide aperture mode
  • Beauty mode
  • Resolution: UHD 4K (16:9 stereo), FHD 1080p (16:9 stereo at 60fps), FHD 1080p (16:9 stereo), HD 720p (16:9 stereo), VGA 640×480 (4:3), QVGA 320×240 (4:3) and MMS (176×144)

Video Mode (Pro)

  • Can adjust EV, AF, WB, Metering
  • Wide aperture mode
  • Beauty mode
  • Resolution: UHD 4K (16:9 stereo), FHD 1080p (16:9 stereo at 60fps), FHD 1080p (16:9 stereo), HD 720p (16:9 stereo), VGA 640×480 (4:3), QVGA 320×240 (4:3) and MMS (176×144)

Light Painting Mode

  • Tail Light Trails
  • Light Graffiti
  • Silky Water
  • Star Track

Night Shot Mode:

  • ISO: Auto or manual from ISO100 – 1600
  • Shutter: Auto or manual from (1/4s – 32s)

Time Lapse Mode

  • HD 720p

Slow-mo Mode

  • FHD 1080p (16:9 stereo 120fps) and FHD 720p (16:9 stereo 120fps)

Huawei P10 Plus versus Samsung Galaxy S8+

In my earlier introductory article when I started with the Huawei P10 Plus review journey, I also have the Samsung Galaxy S8+ together with the Huawei P10 Plus to observe and compare the differences between them.

Pro mode comparisons

Panorama comparisons

Samsung Galaxy S8+
Huawei P10 Plus

4K video comparisons on YouTube

During my review period using the Huawei P10 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8+, I observed and compared both smartphones on their strengths and weakeness through the photographs and camera user interface.

Some key observations between them are

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ can do 360 panorama while Huawei P10 Plus is unable to do it, some users like 360 panorama, some users don’t.
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ handles the shadows better than the Huawei P10 Plus (for photographs shot straight out from their respective cameras)
  • Huawei P10 Plus photos are more authentic and accurate than the Samsung Galaxy S8+
  • Huawei P10 Plus camera app user interface has more functions and capabilities (it might seem more complex for some users however, photographers would like it) than the Samsung Galaxy S8+ camera app
  • Both smartphones are able to produce 4K videos, I produced 2 simple test shot videos shot by the Huawei P10 Plus and Samsung S8+. First and foremost, I have to declare that I am not an expert nor trained in videography and I am still learning the basics of videography. From my two simple sample shot videos, my humble and personal view is that they are quite close to each other in terms of 4K performance and output.

In my earlier introductory article titled “Journey with me along with the Huawei P10 Plus”, I shared my thoughts and views on Huawei P10 Plus versus Samsung S8+. At the end of my review stint, writing this review, my thoughts and views on them were further reinforced through my observations and comparisons between them.

My views are that while Huawei P10 Plus and Samsung S8+ are both very good smartphones in the market. From my review, observations and analysis, the Huawei P10 Plus has stronger camera capabilities and functions over the Samsung S8+, moreover, the authencity and accuracy of the Huawei P10 Plus suits me perfectly, the photographer that I am.

What are some of the key aspects/capabilities/observations from the Huawei P10 Plus dual lens smartphone that stands out for me?

1) Low light photography with Summilux-H 1:1.8/27 ASPH : With a f/1.8 lens, this allows a lot more light to enter thus making it easier for low light/night photography with the Huawei P10 Plus.

2) Sharp and detailed photographs produced with the Summilux-H 1:1.8/27 ASPH: Since I am currently using the Huawei P9, therefore I know first hand on the sharpness and details of the photos produced by the Huawei P series. The Huawei P10 Plus is able to produce sharper and more detailed photos.

3) Monochrome photography: One of the key aspects of the Huawei P10 Plus camera, when I first experienced it with the Huawei P9, I was already blown away by their monochrome photography capabilities.

On the genre of monochrome photography, photographers have different “tastes, preferences, expectations and appreciation” on the blacks, shadows, highlights, contrasts of monochrome photography. Therefore, let me invite you to view my dedicated photo album on monochrome photography shot with the Huawei P10 Plus.

Personally, the Huawei P10 Plus is the perfect smartphone camera for monochrome street photography.

4) High ISO performance: From my observations, the Huawei P10 Plus is able to handle high ISO better than other smartphones available in the market.

5) 4K video: Huawei uses the newer H.265 codec, it creates some challenges for computers/websites that are using the slightly older H.264 codec. In time to come, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue when the market adopts the H.265 codec altogther.

Final thoughts, views and opinions on the Huawei P10 Plus

After finishing reviewing the Huawei P10 Plus and returning it back to the public relations agency. I felt something was missing after returning back to my Huawei P9, it’s still an excellent smartphone and still in good working condition. The quality and improvements of the Huawei P10 Plus are excellent and in my personal opinion, a great upgrade and improvements over the Huawei P9, makes me miss the Huawei P10 Plus and I would love to upgrade from the Huawei P9 to the Huawei P10 Plus if any opportunity arises.

Equipped with 4K video capabilities, the Huawei P10 Plus is now not only a photographer’s smartphone, this feature has helped me explore my amateur videography, applying it for my vlogging, live updates, producing small 4K videos for photography, travel, live events reportage and social media coverage. Do check out some of my videos shot with the Huawei P10 Plus during the review period, on my YouTube channel.

In my personal humble opinion, the Huawei P10 Plus is the smartphone that I highly and strongly recommend to photographers and photography enthusiasts. It is packed with an excellent dual lens setup with the Summilux-H 1:1.8/27 ASPH lens, functions and user interface is what a photographer like me wants, the controls. The quality and output displayed in the photographs, showing it on the laptop or desktop computer, the quality, details and sharpness are superb. Do visit my Flickr collections to view the photographs shot with the Huawei P10 Plus!

Personally, the Huawei P10 Plus is the perfect photographer’s smartphone for the photographer.

I would like to thank Huawei Singapore and Hill+Knowlton Strategies Singapore for the opportunity to review the Huawei P10 Plus.

 


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