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 *

Canon announced EOS M100

Canon recently announced a new mirrorless camera to their line up, the Canon EOS M100, the predecessor to the Canon EOS M10, one of the Canon EOS M cameras that I reviewed previously.

The Canon EOS M100 would be an ideal camera for beginners in photography, who would like to move up in their photography adventure. If you are just beginning your photography journey, let me share with you more information and details of the Canon EOS M100!

Here are the key information and details of the Canon EOS M100:

Capturing images with the speed and precision of a DSLR camera while still facilitating the easy operability of a smart phone camera, the EOS M100 is the perfect complement to modern lifestyle photography trends of capturing self-portraits, close up food shots and sweeping landscapes.

“For beginners in photography and a generation of users that have grown accustomed to the smartphone, the new EOS M100 offers them a significant upgrade in the quality of their imagery and more room for creative expression while promising the ease of use and instantaneous shareability.” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “Coupled with Canon’s advanced technologies like Dual Pixel CMOS AF and DIGIC 7 image processor, the EOS M100 is the perfect sharp shooter that elevates everyday photography.”

Sleek and Intuitive for Perfect Selfies on the Go

The EOS M100 comes in three contemporary colour schemes of Gray, White and Black. Weighing merely 302 grams (body only), the EOS M100 is thoughtfully designed in a compact and stylish form with optimized dial and buttons for easy operability.

One of the camera’s main features is the self-portrait mode with Smooth Skin feature. With its intuitive and user-friendly 3.0-inch touchscreen LCD that enables quick adjustment of the degree of brightness, background defocus, self-timer and even Smooth Skin level options, taking selfies can now be a breeze.

To help aspiring photographers familiarise themselves with the myriad of camera settings on a DSLR camera, the Creative Assist feature on the EOS M100 can be employed to convey the complexity of technical photography jargon in an easy to grasp manner. Users can configure and save up to six Creative Assist settings for frequent use, and exchange setting information with other cameras with Creative Assist feature to broaden their range of photography expressions.

With its HDR Backlight Control mode, scenes with excessive backlight or huge light contrast can be corrected to achieve the desired brightness. This creates well-balanced shots even while preserving highlights and enhancing details in shadow areas.

With Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, users can easily pair the EOS M100 to their smart devices for ease of sharing the fun moments through other social media platforms. Additionally, the built-in Bluetooth low energy technology maintains constant connection to a compatible smart device at low power consumption. With this constant connection, users can view images and start remote capture from the camera even when it is in Auto Power Off mode.

Advanced Imaging Technology that Crystallises Fun Moments

With Dual Pixel CMOS AF on the EOS M100, capturing fast-moving moments is a cinch. To guarantee high speed and precision, Dual Pixel CMOS AF employs phase detection auto focus (AF) technology when tracking and shooting moving subjects.

Also, the Touch AF function enables quick adjustments of focus areas at just a touch of the LCD screen, especially during macro and portrait shoots. The EOS M100 has an improved continuous shooting speed of up to 6.1fps during fixed AF and 4.0 fps during servo AF as compared to its predecessor (EOS M10) to capture fast-moving subjects.

The powerful DIGIC 7 image processor enables an impressive ISO sensitivity range of up to 25600, allowing users to shoot even in the most challenging lighting conditions and still achieve beautifully exposed and low noise images.

Explore Cinematic Expressions in Full HD

With the combination of Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology paired with STM lens, fast, silent and smooth AF can be achieved for beautiful footage in Full HD at maximum 60p. Equipped with the in-camera Combination IS function, camera shakes are suppressed to achieve stable shots even when using a lens without an image stabilization function. Additionally, the Time-Lapse Movie function allows users to shoot fun and on-trend movies that encapsulates the changes of their photo subjects, through the passage of time into a compressed format such as movement of clouds or even the traffic flow at a busy intersection. It also allows automatic adjustment of exposure according to the scene brightness.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and availability of the EOS M100, available in three kit options will be advised at a later date.

  1. EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM kit,
  2. EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM + EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM kit
  3. EF-M15-45mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM + EF-M22 f/2 STM kit

Specification Summary

EOS M100

Image sensor: 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor

Imaging processor: DIGIC 7

Focal plane AF: Dual Pixel CMOS AF

Max continuous shooting speed: 6.1fps

Max standard ISO speed: 100 – 25600

Monitor: 3.0” Tilt-up LCD with touchscreen

Movie: 60p Full HD

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth low energy technology

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

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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LG G6 Dual Lens Camera Smartphone Review

The LG G6 was the most recent flagship smartphone and it was launched on 5th April 2017. I attended the LG G6 launch event in Singapore and that was the first time I had with the LG G6 smartphone. The technical specifications of the LG G6 were pretty good along with the user interface of the Android 7.0 Nougat. The build quality was really good, excellent finishing, sleek, minimalist and beautiful.

An opportunity to test and review the LG G6 dual lens smartphone came and I managed to have it for around two plus weeks to test its dual lens smartphone camera.

Before I proceed to share about the LG G6 smartphone camera review, let me recall some key technical specifications of the LG G6 smartphone:

Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 821 Processor
  • Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi)
  • SIM: Dual-SIM (4G/3G)
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 64GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera:

Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°)

Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8/71°)

  • Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded)
  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 163g
  • Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
  • Colours: Astro Black / Ice Platinum / Mystic White
  • Other: 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC / Water and Dust Resistant / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision™ / HDR10

LG G6 Dual Lens Camera Smartphone Review

The LG G6 gives a number of different functions, options and capabilities inside this smartphone camera, catering for both smartphone enthusiasts and photography enthusiasts, allowint them to explore their smartphone photography or just wanting to have leisure and fun with the LG G6 smartphone.

Let me recap on the technical specifications of the LG G6

  • Wide angle lens: Front (F2.2 / 100°) and Rear Dual Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8/71°)
  • Touch and press for AE/AF Lock (normal camera mode) AE Lock (Wide angle camera mode)
  • Swipe the screen to change from back camera to front camera
  • Voice shutter to take a photo
  • Selfie Shot: Raised hand made into a fist (Gesture shot) or face detection (Auto shot)
  • Wide and Tele zoom at the camera button
  • HDR mode
  • Location tagging

Auto Camera Mode

9 filters

Nostalgia , Vintage, Urban , BW , None , Vivid, 1839 , Jade , Violet

Photo size

4:3 (13MP) / 4:3 (6.2MP) / 16:9 (9.7MP) / 16:9 (3.7MP) / 18:9 (8.7MP) / 18:9 (3.3MP) / 1:1 (9.7MP) / 1:1 (2.1MP)

Modes

  • Auto
  • Panorama
  • 360 Panorama
  • Food
  • Pop out
  • Snap
  • Slo-mo
  • Time-lapse

Square Camera Mode

  • Grid Shot
  • Match Shot
  • Snap Shot
  • Guide Shot

Manual Mode

  • WB – Auto or change from 2300K to 7500K
  • Focus – AF or MF (with peak focusing)
  • EV – -2.0 to + 2.0
  • ISO – 50 to 3200
  • Shutter – 30s to 1/3200
  • AE-L

Video Mode

  • Steady Recording
  • Hi-Fi – record in high quality sound

Video Resolutions

UHD 16:9 / FHD 16:9 / FHD 21:9 Cinema / FHD 18:9 / HD 16:9 / HD 21:9 Cinema / HD 18:9

Frame Rate

1 fps / 2 fps / 24 fps / 30 fps / 60 fps / 120 fps

Bit Rate

  • High / Medium / Low
  • WB – Auto or change from 2300K to 7500K
  • Focus – AF or MF (with peak focusing)
  • EV – -2.0 to + 2.0
  • ISO – 50 to 3200
  • Shutter – 30s to 1/3200
  • AE-L

Besides the photographs that I uploaded and displayed in this review article, more photographs shot with the LG G6 can be found in the LG G6 smartphone review album inside my Flickr photography collection. The videos shot with the LG G6 smartphone can be found in my YouTube channel.

What are some of the aspects/capabilities/observations from the LG G6 smartphone that stands out for me?

  • Wide angle on Front and Rear Dual lens:

The wide angle feature is an excellent feature of the LG G6 smartphone and this would attract the attention of both leisure/social media users who take a lot of group wefie

  • Wide angle photograph – ideal for architecture and landscape photography:

With the wide angle view, this is really superb for landscape photography. For architectural photography, shooting at wide angle, the vignetting of the buildings are minimal and not drastic (for photos shot straight off from the LG G6 smartphone)

  • Rich and Vivid Colours of the LG G6
  • Filters that stands out for me:

These two filters, Vivid (for colour) and 1839 (for monochrome) stands out for me, that I really like and use in my photography workflow.

  • 18:9 format for photography and videography
  • Noise at high ISO levels:

The noise level at high ISO levels is pretty grainy for my liking, at times, it can/might suit the photograph or it would give the photograph a grainy feel.

The LG G6 dual lens smartphone is packed with a number of great features, suitable for both leisure and photography enthusiasts. With the wide angle dual lens, it’s really ideal for group wefie (leisure users) and for travel and architectural photography (for the photography enthusiasts). With the UHD video format (4K) and 16:9 format, this would interest the videography users, using the smartphone as a 4K video camera when needed.

Overall, in my personal humble opinion, the LG G6 is a good mix and balanced dual lens camera smartphone (for both leisure and photography enthusiasts) and a multimedia smartphone (for both videography and enjoyment of videos).

I would like to thank LG Singapore and Brand Cellar for the opportunity to review the LG G6 Smartphone.


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Nikon announced D850

Nikon recently announced on 24th August 2017, the latest release of their Nikon D850, the successor to the Nikon D810 FX-format DSLR camera released in 2014. This new FX-format Nikon DSLR camera had been getting attention from the market earlier when Nikon announced that  the D850 would be arriving soon.

Upon reading the announcement, looking through the technical specifications and capabilities of the Nikon D850, this new FX-format Nikon D850 has packed pretty strong features inside it. The new Nikon D850 caters to a segment of hybrid photographers in wedding photography as well other photography genres of events, nature and fashion, with the D850 versatility in stills and video shooting.

One of the key products that was announced together with the Nikon D850 was the negative digitizer that brings film back to life, probably something that would attract both old school film users and the modern digital era photographers looking to explore film photography.

Let me share the key information and details of the Nikon D850 camera:

“Technology has transformed content creation today – and Nikon’s innovation in evolving our imaging technologies and product range, combined with our heritage of skills and knowledge, has allowed us to offer the photography community more options with stronger performance and superior quality that we are trusted for,” says Hiroki Yamaoka, General Manager of International Business Division Imaging Group, Nikon Singapore Pte Ltd.

“The D850 offers impressive capabilities with a powerful synthesis of high resolution and high speed from the EXPEED 5 image-processing engine and CMOS sensor, silent photography in both photo and video modes, and a wider view field, giving modern storytellers more versatility. Engineered with this line-up of features and performance enhancements to our FX-format range, this camera truly is a showcase of our dedication to delivering superior photo and video imaging quality that caters to our diverse range of photographers.”

D850 Primary Features

  1. Enhanced resolution, exceptional quality
  • 45.7 megapixel FX-Format CMOS sensor with silent photography feature4 and no mechanical blur to capture the finest resolution in any scenario: Picturesque perfection is created through the powerful combination of the EXPEED 5-image processing engine and the backside illumination FX-Format CMOS sensor. With a dynamic range of native ISO sensitivities, from ISO 64 to 25600, expandable from Lo 1 (ISO 32) to Hi 2 (ISO 102400), continuous shooting in varying levels of lighting across is possible.
  • Additionally, a Natural Light Auto option allows more desirable colours to be captured under natural light automatically for a more accurate and enhanced white balance. Synergised with Nikon’s very own Advanced Scene Recognition System with 180K-pixel RGB sensor, and a class-leading optical viewfinder with approximate 0.75x magnification, photographers will be compelled to effortlessly enjoy their shooting experience.
  1. Enabling a new generation of storytellers
  • Full-frame brilliance with 4K UHD (3840×2160)/30p support: Perfect for multimedia shooting, the D850 supports 4K videography and 8K time-lapse movie production3 with silent interval timer photography as slow as 0.5 seconds, or Full HD format (100- or 120-fps readout is recorded at 24, 25p, or 30p) slow-motion movies in DX-format. The camera also allows RAW batch processing, exposure metering range expansion, and a peaking function5 that enables accurate manual focusing. Videographers are empowered to easily fine-tune colour, exposure and brightness that is reflected in white blown-out areas with Nikon’s ‘Flat’ Picture Control, all without a complicated process that is usually associated with LOG LUT videos.
  1. 3. Keeping up with dynamic action and focusing on fine details
  • 9fps1 or 7fps6 continuous shooting makes easy and adaptable tracking of moving subjects:Photographers will find capturing high-speed moments, such as during a commercial sports photography shoot, a breeze as this DSLR is not only fitted with high speed continuous shooting competence, but also a dedicated autofocus (AF) engine that engages the 153-point AF system and 99 cross sensors to achieve high subject acquisition performance with broad area coverage. Together with the ability to bring down the AF detection range down to -4 EV7, photography in low-contrast situations is similarly made promising.
  • In macrophotography, the new Pinpoint AF for live view photography helpfully achieves focus on a smaller area with a size that is one quarter for the normal AF area. Summing up the intensity of power, up to approximately 51 14-bit or 170 12-bit (image size L) RAW images with lossless compression can be captured in a single burst of continuous shooting8.

. Taking flexibility and efficiency to a new level

  • Enhanced specifications that optimise operability and process workflow: A high-resolution tilting 3.2-inch touch-screen with 2359k-dot LCD monitor, and button illumination that is helpful when shooting in dark situations, allow shots to be taken from varying angles and in different situations. Additionally, photographers have the option of selecting large, medium9 or small9 RAW sizes according to their usage needs.

Also, with improved and flexible multiple exposure options, all individual images can be replaced and also simultaneously be saved before the in-camera image combination, and a selected image stored in a memory card can be designated as the first image of the combination10.

Highly effective for jewellery, specimen and landscape photography, the new focus shift capability enables easy acquiring of images for focus stacking11. This function allows the camera to automatically take up to 300 shots while moving focus position from the starting point to infinity. A selection of up to 10 levels of focus distance changes can be made, while interval between shots can be set between 0 and 30 seconds. Completing the practicality of the function is also the enablement of continuous shooting of up to 5ps, exposure smoothing and silent photography.

  • Making connections a breeze: The availability of WT-7/A/B/C Wireless Transmitter support, available separately, also serves for convenient transfer of image and movie files to a computer or FTP server. When paired with the optional Camera Control Pro 2, remotely controlling the D850 from a PC is easily deployed.

Besides stress-free file transfers, connections with Speedlights are made just as easy with the support for radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting to allow the flexibility in multi-flash photography.

Negative digitizer brings film back to life: When paired with a film holder and micro lens, the D850’s negative digitizer simplifies the process of using a film scanner to convert negative film (in both colour and monochrome) to 45-megapixel digital images for added enjoyment. The ability to adjust for brightness (up to +/- 5) immediately, and the HDMI connection to TV monitor, allows the viewing of old photos for those moments of impromptu family recollections. Using the same accessories and lenses, reversal film digitization is also possible.

Availability:

The D850 will be available from September 2017 with the AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR, or with the body-only configuration. For more information on the new D850 and other Nikon products, please visit www.nikon.com.sg. Pricing to be confirmed at a later date (updated information below)

Product Price (RRP)
D850 (Body) $4,999
D850 (AF-S NIKKOR 24-120MM F/4G ED VR Kit set) $5,949

** Updated 7th September 2017 **

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

The 10th Singapore Night Festival 2017 is here!

A milestone reached, the 10th year, this is the 10th edition of the Singapore Night Festival! Since making her debut in 2008, Singapore Night Festival 2017 is now into her 10th edition and it is starting tonight on the 18th August 2017, till 26th August 2017.

Following, documenting and photographing the 10the edition of Singapore Night Festival is also a milestone for me! I have been following, documenting and photographing Singapore Night Festival 2017 since her debut in 2008. Here is my collection of Singapore Night Festival photographs for you to go back in time to 2008 and observe what has changed over the past 10 years.

This is going to be my 10th year following, documenting and photographing Singapore Night Festival 2017 and a new photography album in my Flickr is now created to share my photos on this 10th magical year of Singapore Night Festival 2017!

The Night Lights will take place first on 18th August 2017, the performances will take place next week on 24th August to 26th August 2017.

I just want to share a few Night Lights 2017 artworks installations and I encourage you to come down with your family, relatives and friends to visit, explore and have fun at Singapore Night Festival 2017 starting from 18th August 2017 to 26th August 2017.

  1. Phosphene by Praxis + from Singapore @ Design Gallery 1, National Design Centre

2. The Tree That Blinked by Karel Bata from United Kingdom @ Banyan Tree outside the National Museum of Singapore

3. Nostos: Records of the Self by Aesop from Singapore @ National Museum of Singapore Gallery 10

4. Les Hommes Debout (The Standing Men) by AADN from France @ Singapore Art Museum

5.Tessellations of Time by LiteWerkz x 3M from Singapore @ Main Ground

6. Convolutions by EX3kiel from France @ National Museum of Singapore facade

Useful information and links

Do keep a lookout on my Instagram and Flickr, as I share my Singapore Night Festival 2017 photography adventures and stories!

Enjoy and have fun at a magical 10th year of Singapore Night Festival 2017!


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Celebrating 25 Years of Lomography

25 years of Lomography, a milestone reached! From an accidental creation in 1992 by a small group of passionate friends, it became a huge, accidental, analogue movement around the world. Even facing the growth and expansion of the digital movement, the analogue movement by Lomography is still going strong today, through their LomoWalls, exhibitions, opened shops, Lomographic Embassies, opening up the eyes, hearts and minds of photographers.

Celebrating their 25 years of Lomography, there would be Massive LomoWalls, they are an iconic symbol of Lomography, staged across all over the world, in celebration of their strong analogue community.

  • 25 Years of Growing up with the Lomographic Movement: looking back on over two decades of tireless experiments, epic exhibitions, wacky workshops, the growth of a worldwide community — and eternal analogue love.
  • Building Walls That Unite: The LomoWall. Celebrating Lomography’s emblematic symbol, a kaleidoscopic testament to the power of photography to unite cultures from around the globe.
  • Inviting All to Help Build the Biggest LomoWall Exhibition in History: announcing the construction of a huge international exhibition, with tons of opportunities to take part all over the planet!
  • Loads More Going on All Year Round: giveaways, competitions for all 196 countries in the world, surprises that might be camera-shaped, and stacks more anniversary events

For more information, check out the links below:

Website
www.lomography.com

Online Shop
shop.lomography.com/sg

* Information and pictures courtesy of Lomography Online Services *

Happy SG52 Birthday Singapore!

On 9th August 2017, Singapore celebrated her 52nd birthday at Marina Bay. I was at the other end of Marina Bay, in between the Promontory at Marina Bay and Marina Bay Sands, catching the National Day Parade 2017 action and fireworks.

Wishing Singapore a Happy SG52 birthday! 

I have a lot of thoughts, views and feelings inside my mind and heart, I would be writing them down in another article and update with the link when it is published and uploaded.

There are many things to be appreciative and grateful, there are also many things to reflect and improve. We are still a young nation and still have room to improve and grow, as One Nation Together!

The time is now to start, adapt, innovate, change and upgrade for the future! Majulah Singapore!

Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens Brass

Lomography recently launched a new lens, the Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens Brass, chrome plated. This lens would be of interest to photographers!

Here are more information and details that you can check it out, let me share them with you from the press release information:

The Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens is a revival of the 1839 Chevalier Achromat Lens’ lost aesthetic.

Photographers and videographers can delve into an extensive variation of moods and special effects: silky soft focus at f/2.9, crisp sharp shots from f/5.6 onwards, and a focal length of 64mm with the Daguerreotype Achromat.

  • Back as a New Classic with an Exclusive Chrome Finishing: inspired by the incredible support the Daguerreotype Achromat received on Kickstarter in 2016, Lomography is launching a stunning chrome-plated edition.
  • The Ethereal Aesthetics of The World’s First Photographic Optic Lens: reviving an optical design from 1839 by Daguerre and Chevalier to offer crisp sharpness, silky soft focus, and freedom to control depth of field with multiple bokeh effects.
  • Premium Quality Craftsmanship of The Art Lens Family: designed and handcrafted in a small manufactory – reinvented for use with modern digital and analogue cameras in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts, and Pentax K mounts (Brass and Black finishing only).
  • Celebrating in Glitter and Cheer: launch events, parties, and international exhibitions being organised in Lomography Gallery Stores worldwide.

Technical Information 

  • Focal Length: 64mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/2.9
  • Apertures: Waterhouse aperture stops, up to f/16
  • Lens Mounting Profile: Canon EF, Nikon F and Pentax K*
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 0.5m
  • Focusing Mechanism: helicoid
  • Image circle: 44mm
  • Field of view: 37 degrees
  • Filter Thread: 40.5mm
  • Electronic Contacts: No
  • Lens Construction: 2 elements in 1 group

Pricing 

  • Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens Brass, Chrome Plated Canon EF: SGD 748
  • Daguerreotype Achromat 2.9/64 Art Lens Brass, Chrome Plated Nikon F: SGD 748

Information

*Compatible also with a large range of other cameras using adapter mounts.

*Pentax K mount only available for Brass and Black finishing

* Information and pictures courtesy of Lomography Online Services *

Welcome to Changi T4 – A sneak preview

One of the most famous and busiest international airports in the world, one of the best airports, if not the best. Voted the World’s Best Airport for the fifth consecutive year at the 2017 World Airport Awards, voted by international air travelers. Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Singapore Changi Airport!

Having traveled to different countries around the world, whenever I return back home to Singapore, arriving at Changi Airport always gave me a sense of great pride and homecoming. It’s not just about how fast I can pick up my luggage after clearing immigration, or getting in and around the Changi Airport, the facilities and amenities, the efficiency and speed of Changi Airport as a whole.

One thing that strikes something inside about Changi Airport is that they are always constantly trying to improve on themselves, lifting Changi Airport to the next level and not being complacent in the midst of intense international airports and flying routes competition in the Asia region and around the world. Changi Airport seeks to improve and be better than before, this eventually pave away for Changi Airport to announce major plans a few years back to strengthen itself as a major aviation and travel hub in the world.

The decision to build Changi Airport Terminal 4 was announced in March 2012, taking over the plot of land originally occupied by the Budget Terminal, that was demolished in September 2012, paving the way for the construction of the new Changi Airport Terminal 4. Fast forward a few years to 2017 and Changi Airport Terminal 4 is getting ready to open for operations at the end of this year 2017!

Changi Airport Terminal 4 is getting ready to open for airport operations and they have organised open house for the public to visit (registration is fully booked!) from 7th to 20th August between 9am to 6pm. If you are not able to get the open house time slot, don’t worry, Changi Airport Terminal 4 is scheduled to start airport operations at the end of 2017.

For my traveler friends and readers around the world, who are curious and would like to know more about Changi Airport Terminal 4, and what does Changi Airport Terminal 4 looks like? Let me bring you into Changi Airport Terminal 4, through the photographs that I took recently as part of the Changi Ambassadors group visit.

Changi Airport Terminal 4 represents the future of travel, FAST as they described it, Fast And Seamless Travel for the self-service options for departing passengers. They are able to do their own check-in, collect their boarding pass, print their own luggage tags, tie it to their luggages, drop off the bag themselves, proceed to immigration counters for clearance (with automated immigration gates for Singaporeans, Permanent Residents, Long Term Visit Pass Holders or Visitors registered with Immigration and Checkpoints Authority), followed by centralised security screening.

For the photographers, travelers and Instagrammers, searching for the perfect Instagrammable location inside Terminal 4, there are a number of spots to take your Instagram photos! Let me share with you some of the locations inside Terminal 4!

When you are at Terminal 4, you would be greeted by greenery, the departure façade greenwall and arrival hall greenwall. Inside the transit area, boarding area and arrival hall, keep a lookout for the greenery (trees) too!

Walking around Terminal 4, keep your eyes and look for the sculptures and artworks, Petalclouds, “Hey, Ah Chek” , Travelling Family, Les Oiseaux!

Inside the transit area, you have to visit the Heritage Zone! There is a Heritage Façade inspired by our Peranakan culture and shophouses. Don’t take your eyes off the façade because you are going to catch a heritage theme theatre play titled “Peranakan Love Story”! There is also a heritage themed toilet somewhere there!

The seats inside the Transit area are very interesting, unique in design, of different shapes, sizes and colours. Explore all of them!

For the aviation geeks and plane spotters (I am one of them), the transit / boarding area has a clear view of the Changi Airport runway, time to take your cameras out and photograph your favourite airlines and planes flying off from Singapore Changi Airport!

Do also check out this article prepared by Changi Airport on “10 things not to miss at T4”.

If you are visiting Singapore soon and flying with the following airlines, Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, Vietnam Airlines, Air Asia, Cebu Pacific and Spring Airlines, you would be at Changi Airport latest Terminal 4!

As an independent traveler or traveling in small groups, Changi Airport Terminal 4 suits me nicely, I can do my own check-in, drop the luggages off, clear immigration, go inside relax, eat, do plane spotting along the boarding gate corridor before boarding my flight.

There are more things to share, see and do in Terminal 4, I leave it for you to discover when you visit Singapore from overseas or when you drop by Terminal 4 for a visit (for those in Singapore)!

I just want to say, Welcome to Changi Airport Terminal 4!

** I would like to thank Changi Airport Social for organising a visit for the Changi Ambassadors to visit Changi Airport Terminal 4 **


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