Canon celebrates 120 million interchangeable EF Lenses

Canon celebrates another key milestone in their photography, with the production of the company’s 120 million EF interchangeable lens for EOS cameras. Over the past few years, using Canon photography equipment and covering Canon photography topics, I had shared about their EF lenses growth from 80 million, 90 million, 100 million, 110 million and now 120 million EF interchangeable lens production!

My personal Canon EF lenses and EOS cameras had went through some changes recently, with some additions to my Canon EF Lenses line up while there were transactions (in and out) to my EOS cameras line up. I might share about my new line up of Canon EOS camera and EF lenses line up in the near future when things are a bit more settled down.

Do check out this interesting and useful Canon website to learn and know more about Canon EF Lenses – “The Eyes of EOS” Canon EF lens portal site at  www.canon.com/the-eyes-of-eos/

As I look forward ahead to more photographer explorer story telling with my Canon EOS cameras and EF Lenses, let me share with you more about Canon’s 120 million EF interchangeable lens for the EOS cameras from the press release information below –

Press Release 14th September 2016

Canon today announced the achievement of a new lens-manufacturing milestone with the production on August 26, 2016, of the Company’s 120-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras—an EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM telephoto zoom lens.

Production of interchangeable EF lenses for Canon EOS-series AF (Autofocus) single-lens reflex film cameras began in 1987 at the Company’s Utsunomiya Plant. Over the years, EF lenses have gained support from a wide range of users and production has since expanded to a total of four manufacturing bases, including Canon Inc., Taiwan; Canon Opto (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.; and Oita Canon Inc. in southern Japan.

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Source: Canon USA

EF lens production passed the 10-million-unit mark in 1995 and crossed the 50-million-unit threshold in 2009. In April 2014, the Company celebrated its first-in-the-world achievement of having manufactured 100 million EF lenses, and now, setting a new world record for the most interchangeable lenses produced, Canon manufactured its 120-millionth EF lens in August 2016. What’s more, Canon’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and compact-system cameras), which utilize EF lenses, have maintained the No. 1 share of the global market for 13 consecutive years since 2003.1

Canon’s proprietary EF lenses, launched in March 1987 along with the EOS SLR camera system, have continued to evolve since their introduction, leading the industry through the incorporation of a wide range of innovative technologies, including such world’s firsts as the Ultrasonic Motor (USM), Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, a multilayered diffractive optical (DO) element, and Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) anti-reflection technology. The Company’s extensive EF lens-series lineup currently comprises a total of 97 models,2 including EF Cinema Lenses for digital cinematography.3

Canon will continue refining its imaging technologies centered on its EF lens lineup, striving to cater to the varying needs of photographers—from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals—while contributing to expanding the photographic and video imaging culture.

1 As of March 29, 2016, based on a Canon survey.

2 Including two EF lens extenders and three models available outside of Japan. As of September 7, 2016.

3 For more information visit “The Eyes of EOS” Canon EF lens portal site at  www.canon.com/the-eyes-of-eos/

Canon EF lenses equipped with world’s-first technologies

Model name Main features and technologies Launch date
EF300mm f/2.8L USM1 World’s first2 use of a lens-based Ultrasonic Motor (USM) Nov. 1987
USM technology delivers fast autofocusing thanks to its high torque and responsiveness. By converting ultrasonic vibrations into rotational energy, the technology makes possible quiet, smooth AF drive performance.
EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM3 World’s first2 use of Image Stabilizer (IS) technology Sep. 1995
Users can see the results of IS technology through the viewfinder. Delivering high precision and stability for exceptional image stabilization results, this technology expands the possibilities for handheld photography.
EF400mm f/4 DO IS USM4 World’s first2 use of a diffractive optical (DO) lens element Dec. 2001
Diffraction is an optical phenomenon in which light waves bend as they pass around the edges of an object. DO lens elements use this phenomenon to correct for a variety of aberrations by controlling the path that light travels.
EF24mm f/1.4L II USM World’s first5 use of Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) Dec. 2008
SWC technology minimizes reflections by aligning countless wedge-shaped structures more minute than the wavelength of visible light on the surface of a camera lens.
EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM World’s first2 use of Hybrid IS, which compensates for both angle camera shake and shift camera shake Oct. 2009
Employing a newly developed algorithm, Hybrid IS optimally adjusts for camera shake based on information gathered by two sensors located in the lens. By precisely driving the optical correction system, the technology simultaneously corrects for angle and shift camera shake.
EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM World’s first2 fisheye lens to deliver both 180-degree diagonal angle of view and 180-degree circular fisheye Jul. 2011
The EF8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM enables the capture of images with dramatic deformations, exaggerated perspectives and extreme depths of field, making possible images that are significantly distorted, similar to what a fish might see were it to look skyward from under the water surface.

 

EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x World’s first2 super-telephoto zoom lens to employ an internal extender May 2013
Featuring a built-in 1.4x extender, the EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x’s zoom range can be expanded with a simple one-touch operation even in locations where users are unable to switch lenses.
EF11-24mm f/4L USM World’s first2 lens offering ultra-wide-angle 11 mm minimum focal length Feb. 2015
In addition to achieving the world’s widest angle of view starting at a minimum focal length of 11 mm, the EF11-24mm f/4L USM effectively corrects for aberrations commonly associated with ultra-wide-angle lenses, delivering superior image-quality performance.
  1. As of September 7, 2016, production for this lens has already been discontinued. Successor: EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM (launched in August 2011).
  2. Among interchangeable SLR camera lenses.
  3. As of September 7, 2016, production for this lens has already been discontinued. Successor: EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM (launched in September 2005).
  4. As of September 7, 2016, production for this lens has already been discontinued. Successor: EF400 f/4 DO IS II USM (launched in November 2014).
  5. Among photography lenses.

 

Old Playgrounds Lanterns at Wan Qing Yuan Mid Autumn Festival 2016

My favourite old playgrounds of Singapore, of my childhood days, came back to life in the form of brightly lighted handmade lanterns. It’s more than just nostalgic, it meant a lot to me personally. For those who had been following my photography works, documentation and story telling, old playgrounds had been my personal project for a few years.

When my friends at National Heritage Board informed us of these old playgrounds lanterns were to be part of Wan Qing Yuan Mid Autumn Festival 2016 at Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, my eyes popped up! I was looking forward to visiting them!

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I managed to plan my time and schedule, making a pilgrimage to view my Old Playgrounds lanterns on Tuesday 13th September night. Upon reaching the entrance, I saw the big bright lights from the Old Playgrounds lanterns. They were pretty big and I was able to get up close with them. Immediately, I am able to identify all the Old Playgrounds there, it felt like going back in time to my childhood days again. I saw young children playing with their lanterns around the Old Playgrounds lanterns, they were having so much fun. Sometimes, we adults all have a secret wish to be a young kid again and just have fun like them.

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I walked around, soaking in the Mid Autumn Festival with the Old Playgrounds lanterns. It was a bag of mixed emotions, of nostalgia, fun and longing for the free fun childhood running around days at the Old Playgrounds. The Old Playgrounds may not be of greater significance compared to some other aspects of heritage and history. However, the cultural and emotional communal bondings, intangible and tucked inside our hearts and souls, we all might be carrying a fondness for them and a wish to return to the fun days.

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The Wan Qing Yuan Mid Autumn Festival 2016 is until 18th September 2016, time to bring your family and children down there for a Mid Autumn Festival outing and a time for family bonding and story telling of your good old childhood days playing at the old playgrounds.

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Come on down, take a walk into the world of bright and colourful Old Playgrounds!

Details

Location: Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall

Address: 12 Tai Gin Road Singapore 327874

Dates: 9th September to 18th September 2016

Time: 7pm to 10pm


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Singapore Night Festival 2016

The 9th edition of Singapore Night Festival 2016, was recently concluded over the weekends of 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th August 2016 at various locations around the Bras Basah Bugis precinct. This was also my 9th year covering and photographing Singapore Night Festival since her maiden debut in 2008. I attended their media preview session prior to the start of Singapore Night Festival 2016 and had a glimpse of what I could be expecting in the 9th edition of Singapore Night Festival, sharing sneak peak photos and information in an article post that I shared earlier.

Similar to the previous years Singapore Night Festival, there were a lot of different programmes, arts performances, music performances, light projections, artworks etc in different sectors of the Bras Basah Bugis precinct. I would try my best to photograph and cover as much as possible during the two weekends.

Let me bring you back the memories and fun of Singapore Night Festival 2016 over the two weekends of 19th, 20th, 26th and 27th August, through my eyes, heart and soul, via my photographs, stories, feelings and thoughts.

The overseas artists performance acts were always a crowd puller since the year they started Singapore Night Festival. This main outdoor performing acts segment are something that I always enjoyed thoroughly. This also explained why it can be very crowded at the Singapore Night Festival, around the main grounds of The National Museum of Singapore. It had been an increasing challenge and difficulty year after year, to watch and capture the performing artists in action. More photos of Singapore Night Festival 2016 can be seen here inside my Flickr collection!

19th and 20th August – The Wheel House by Acrojou (UK)

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20th and 27th August – Invasion by Close-Act (NL)

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Armenian Street –We now have a real street party in Singapore!

The Armenian Street where the Peranakan Museum is located will be closed for the Singapore Night Festival, turning it into a vehicle free zone, allowing visitors to walk on the road and have fun. I reckon our Armenian Street is turning into a real street party that we saw overseas, with music bands performances on the stage and a roving music band that rocks the whole street, people dancing, singing and having fun to the beats of the drums and musical instruments.

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The Peranakan Museum façade was lighted up with colourful lights too, bright and colourful. Visitors to Singapore Night Festival also took the opportunity to visit the ongoing exhibitions at the Peranakan Museum.

I reckon we can officially declare Armenian Street in Singapore as our very own street party location!

Night Lights 2016

The Night Lights are a key feature of Singapore Night Festival programmes. I had some mixed feelings and thoughts for the 2016 Night Lights segement. Although there were some pretty talented and nice light artworks and projections, there seemed to be less artists involved in the Night Lights segment and lesser light artworks on display.

Somehow, I felt that at times, the Night Lights segment for 2016 had shrinked, I always look forward to the Night Lights during Singapore Night Festival, along with the main overseas artists performance acts. I really hope that the Night Lights would be bigger and better for the 10th edition of Singapore Night Festival in 2017.

There were artists from UK and France that graced our Singapore Night Festival 2016, providing lots of lights, music and projections on the facades of The National Museum of Singapore and Singapore Art Museum. The artwork projections on the facades of our iconic historic buildings never fail to attract the crowds there.

Over the years, I have seen visitors to Singapore Night Festival, especially those in the front, sitting down and watching the lighting artwork projection shows.

Journey by NOVAK (UK)

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KEYFRAMES by Groupe LAPS (FR)
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Komorebi 2 by Lighting Planners Associates in collaboration with NUS Design Incubation Centre (SG) B47X3088

#showerthoughts by LiteWerkz (SG) B47X2833

Into Pulsar by Ryf Zaini (SG)

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:Samara by Max Pagel & Jonathan Hwang B47X2752

Light Force, Night Falls by GSM Project (SG) B47X3115

 Les AquamenS by Machtiern Company (FR)

They were very unique, special, walking around with their head stuck inside a jar of swimming goldfish! Some of my friends said they looked scary when I posted it on my Instagram! They were roving around all over the various festival grounds of Singapore Night Festival 2016, it was very difficult to catch them! When they stopped to “scare” or make fun of the visitors at Singapore Night Festival, the reactions by the visitors were hilarious!

Luck played a big part for me when I managed to capture this shot of the “Goldfish Men”! I was just walking around the SMU Campus Green compound when I was exploring the art stalls. I just waited for a while and they happened to walk past me, made a stop (very near to me!) planning to “scare” the visitors again!

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I took up my camera, press the shutter button and I got my shot!

Festival Food Village

Where the food is and where the food goes, there will be people flocking there. Along with live band music performances, it’s a lively and fun place to be at, eating, drinking and watching live band music performances. It’s crowded and can be quite difficult to find a bench and sit down to enjoy the meal and music.

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With the conclusion of Singapore Night Festival 2016, I have completed 9 editions of Singapore Night Festival photography coverage. It had been a fun and exciting 9 editions, everyone of them special and unique in its own rights. Last but not least, I also played a small contribution to Singapore Night Festival 2017!

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The 10th edition of Singapore Night Festival will be in next year 2017, looking forward to something even bigger, brighter and more unique for the 10th edition!


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Canon announced EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L III USM

Canon recently announced a new wide angle zoom L lens to their family of wide angle zoom lenses, the EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L III USM lens. I personally own a Canon wide angle zoom L lens, the EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM and it’s really good. The Canon wide angle zoom L lens are really superb in optics and quality.

The new Canon lens, the EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L III USM lens would definitely interest photographers, that wish to own a  great quality wide angle zoom lens or looking to upgrade their lenses.

Let me share with you more information and details of the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L III USM lens from the press release information below –

Canon announced the launch of EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM, an upgrade from the esteemed EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM which was vastly popular and highly regarded among professional photographers and photography enthusiasts. Imbued with advanced lenses, imaging technology and superior build quality, the EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM is able to attain outstanding image quality and ensure durability for high levels of performance even in challenging environments.

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“Besides meeting the needs of photographers through our enhanced imaging tools, the EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM underscores Canon’s commitment to deliver quality lenses to strategically complement the advancements and specifications of Canon’s latest cameras,” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “The EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM offers high resolving power to meet the demands of our ultra-high resolution DSLRs such as the EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS 5DS/5DS R, and with its large f/2.8 aperture, perform effortlessly even in low-light conditions.

Improved image quality and fully compatible with Canon EOS range

The EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM combines two large-diameter double-surface aspheric Glass Mold (GMo) lenses, one-ground aspheric lens, and two Ultra Low Dispersion (UD) lenses to deliver outstanding image quality from the centre to the edge of the frame. Distortion and chromatic aberration – common in wide-angle lenses – is also greatly reduced, enabling users to utilise the versatile EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM to shoot a wide range of subject matters including architecture, astrophotography, and wedding photography.

With its SubWavelength Structure Coating (SWC) and Air Sphere Coating (ASC), flaring and ghosting effects that commonly occurs around the periphery of ultra wide-angle lens will be substantially suppressed, allowing users to obtain maximum image quality. The nine-blade circular aperture also enables the lens to easily achieve an even and attractive background bokeh effect.

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A hardy lens built to last for tough environments

Constructed with the high standards of an L-series lens, the EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM is equipped with an enhanced mechanical structure for better vibrational and shock resistance quality. Built to help photographers withstand challenging conditions, dust-proof and drip-proof structuring has been applied to the key areas of the lens, such as the mount, the switch panel, zoom ring and focus ring. With these in place, the sensitive internal components are protected from the harsh external elements.

In addition, a special fluorine coating is applied to the foremost and rearmost lens surfaces, to prevent oil and moisture from adhering to the lenses, and can be simply wiped off with a dry cloth without requiring a solvent.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing and availability of the EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM will be advised at a later date.

Product specifications

EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM

Focal length: 16-35mm

Maximum aperture: f/2.8

Minimum focusing distance: 0.28m

Maximum magnification: 0.25x

Lens construction: 16 elements in 11 groups

Filter size: 82mm

Aperture blades: 9

Length: 127.5mm

Weight: Approx. 790g

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

Canon launched EOS 5D Mark IV

The camera that is highly and eagerly awaited by photographers around the world, a camera body that has a rich history and pedigree, the Canon 5D series. Today, Canon announced the launch of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, a worthy successor to the proven, highly acclaimed, popular and workhorse professional camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

Personally, I was also very eager, awaiting for the official announcement of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, dating to a few months back when the news started to come out on the pending arrival of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. Reading and analysing the technical specifications and capabilities of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, this looks like another great DSLR by Canon.

I hope that I would have an opportunity to test and review the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV in the near future, sharing my views and thoughts on this awesome camera.

Let me share with you more information and details of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV from the press release information below –

Canon today launched the highly anticipated EOS 5D Mark IV, the next successor in the popular EOS 5D series, offering professional photographers and filmmakers stellar performance and speed to deliver captivating narratives in both still and video formats. Canon’s EOS 5D series of full frame cameras has achieved a prestigious reputation since its launch in 2005, with models such as EOS 5D Mark III used to shoot independent films, TV shows and even Hollywood blockbusters. This is in addition to their longstanding popularity among landscape, studio and portrait photographers.

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The EOS 5D Mark IV extends the legacy of the 5D series with improvements on key features found in the popular EOS 5D Mark III, and best-in-class technology and features found in professional EOS models like the EOS-1D X Mark II. Equipped with a 30.4 megapixel full-frame high-sensitivity sensor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF for rapid focusing speed, the EOS 5D Mark IV delivers exceptional performance in both stills and 4K video shooting. New features such as support for Dual Pixel Raw (DPRAW) format and 4K frame grabs will empower photographers with greater control when creating and capturing their shots.

“Continuing the legacy of the EOS 5D series, the EOS 5D Mark IV will be a game changer which revolutionise the way image creators work, by empowering them with significant technological enhancements,” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “With its 4K screen grab capability, users will be able to extract high definition stills from their video footage, which opens up greater possibilities to explore with their craft.”

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Remarkable still photo performance

Powered by a DIGIC 6+ image processor, the EOS 5D Mark IV features an in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer (DLO), which allows photographers to process and optimize JPEG files for chromatic aberration, peripheral illumination, and diffraction correction. This enhancement empowers users to quickly and easily correct JPEG files in-camera instead of via Digital Photo Professional (DPP), thus shortening the workflow for photographers.

At the heart of the EOS 5D Mark IV is a formidable 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor that delivers a resolution of up to 30.4 megapixels. This caters to the need for images shot in richer resolutions and quality that is essential when producing large format prints for commercial use. Professional users can also preserve image quality even through extensive cropping of their photos. The enhanced sensitivity (ISO speed of 100 to 32,000, expandable to 102,400) of the EOS 5D Mark IV also ensures pristine image quality even when shooting at high speeds.

A first in Canon’s range of cameras, the EOS 5D Mark IV comes equipped with Dual Pixel RAW (DPRAW) – a feature which enables adjustments to be made to images after a photo is taken. This new version of RAW image data contains Dual Pixel information that allows precise adjustments to be made in post-production via DPP, providing professional photographers an edge in terms of precision enhancements. With this feature, users can make micro adjustments to the position of maximum sharpness and resolution based on the depth of subject, reposition the viewpoint to horizontally shift the foreground bokeh, as well as reduce ghosting and flare effects in images.

The EOS 5D Mark IV is capable of shooting dynamic and fast moving subjects and scenes with a high speed continuous shooting at 7 frames per second (fps). Coupled with its 61-point all points selectable reticular AF system, 41-point cross type AF, this new AF system also covers a wider focusing area and an extended vertical coverage of approximately 24 percent at the sides and approximately 8.6% at centre. With this larger coverage area, users will have greater flexibility in composing and creating their shots. On top of this, all 61 points are compatible to effective aperture of f/8 or faster, hence auto focusing is possible when teleconverters are used with super telephoto lenses, well suited for wildlife and sports photographers.

Equipped with the EOS iTR AF (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition Auto Focus) and 150,000 pixels RGB+IR metering sensor, which utilises face recognition and colour tracking algorithm, users are allowed to accurately track a moving subject across all 61 AF points. The camera can sense flickering artificial lights with its flicker detection technology, and subsequently suppress any negative impact on exposure and white balance. In addition, it is capable of focusing down to a low intensity limit of EV-4 during live view mode, with an effective image area of approximately 80 percent of the screen. This allows photographers to achieve consistent focusing performance even under extremely challenging lighting conditions.

Professional 4K movie and image quality

The EOS 5D series has always been lauded for their impeccable video capabilities. The EOS 5D Mark IV takes this to the next level with its ability to shoot DCI 4K movies, providing users a more accessible camera equipped with some of the key features that the flagship EOS 1-D X Mark II is well-loved for.

With the EOS 5D Mark IV, users can shoot 4K movies at a smooth frame rate of 30p, with resolutions of up to 4096 x 2160 and an aspect ratio of 17:9 that matches cinema screens. The camera can also shoot in Full HD quality at 60p, and up to 120p for high frame rate HD movie. Footage shot in DCI 4K format can be used for various commercial purposes such as in cinema, or broadcasting. Users will have the flexibility to shoot videos in MOV format for movie productions, or MP4 format which supports a wide range of usage scenarios, including uploading onto social media sites. In addition, the EOS 5D Mark IV is able to transmit, play, and channel video files at uncompressed full HD quality when connected through a HDMI interface.

The EOS 5D Mark IV’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF also allows for the same high-speed, smooth phrase-difference detection AF system found on the EOS 1-D X Mark II. Users can focus on subjects with a quick tap on the touch screen LCD, while the Movie Servo AF will automatically track the subject throughout. Focus adjustment speeds and sensitivity can also be customised to suit users’ preferences.

With the EOS 5D Mark IV’s ability to shoot smooth 4K videos at 30fps, picture-perfect moments from a video can be extracted as a JPEG image at a resolution of approximately 8.8 mega pixels using the camera’s in-built 4K frame grab feature, suitable for creating A3 sized prints. Compared to 7fps continuous shooting in viewfinder mode, the 4K frame grab capability allows photographers to capture a decisive moment at a much higher speed.

The HDR movie function allows users can capture beautiful 30p videos in a brightly-lit environment without risking overexposure. In addition, the Time-lapse movie feature allows users to create time-lapse movies by gathering and connecting photos shot at regular intervals[1].

Wi-Fi/ NFC connectivity and in-built GPS

The EOS 5D Mark IV is designed with in-built Wi-Fi and Near Field Communications (NFC) capabilities. This enables users to easily transfer videos and images to external devices via FTP or FTPS service, via the Camera Connect app, or upload them directly on to social media sites. This potentially improves the workflow for many photographers, especially those in the field.

Remote shooting can be activated via the Camera Connect app, so users will have the flexibility to take photos or record videos from a distance using their smartphones. NFC enables quicker connection between the EOS 5D Mark IV and most NFC-enabled devices, and can be set up simply by tapping them together.

Equipped with an in-built GPS, the EOS 5D Mark IV can record location data of images into Exif data without requiring an external GPS unit. The ability to automatically record location details of where photos were taken would be especially useful for photographers who work on-the-go.

Sturdy design and easy operability

Built for durability, the EOS 5D Mark IV is designed for enhanced dust- and water-resistant performance, for use in challenging environments. The exterior body of the camera is protected and sealed with an outer rubber coating or dust/water-resistant sealing material at all of its joint areas[2].

With the Intelligent Viewfinder II, users will be able to check and adjust shooting functions without taking their eyes off the subject. They can also customise the display to include an electronic level and other functions[3]. With the electronic level displayed, users can view the current tilt and rotation of the camera, which makes it easier to compose their shots.

The EOS 5D Mark IV’s LCD monitor also features customisable touch panel functions, allowing users to quickly navigate menus and adjust settings such as shutter speeds, ISO speeds, and AF and AE functions. The touch shutter function also allows users to snap a photo simply by tapping the LCD screen to focus and shoot. Touch panel sensitivity can also be adjusted, or deactivated altogether. With its Touch AF capability, live-view shooting will be more intuitive and comfortable for users.

New lens and accessory to complement performance

The highly reputed EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, originally released as a kit lens for the EOS 5D in 2005, has now been updated with the latest L series enhancements to match the higher rendering power of the EOS 5D line. These include improved optical performance, significant flare and ghosting suppression through the use of Air Sphere Coating (ASC), IS performance upgrades, fluorine coating for improved durability, and quieter operation to suit videography usage. The EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM’s zoom range covers everything from wide-angle to mid-telephoto shots, to complement the versatility attainable with the EOS 5D Mark IV.

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Also new to the EOS range of accessories is the optional BG-E20 battery grip. Featuring a slimmed down grip, it provides improved handling when shooting in portrait orientation. Powered by up to 2 LP-E6/ LP-E6N batteries, the BG-E20 prolongs the battery life, lending users extra support for long periods of movie or stills shooting. In addition, the grip is assembled with the same build quality as the EOS 5D Mark IV, a dust/water resistant design, to deliver the same level of durability.

Pricing and Availability

The EOS 5D Mark IV will be available at all Canon authorised dealers, at the following recommended retail prices:

Model Recommended Retail Price
EOS 5D Mark IV body $5,199
EOS 5D Mark IV Kit (with EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM) $6,249
EOS 5D Mark IV Kit (with EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM) $6,599
BG-E20 Battery Grip $429

 **** Note: The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Kit (with EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM) will only be available in October 2016, and the price of the lens sold separately will be advised at a later date. ****

 ** Updated 8th September 2016 **

Product Specifications

EOS 5D Mark IV

Imaging Sensor: 30.4 mega-pixel 35mm Full-Frame CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF

Image Processor: DIGIC 6+

ISO Speed: ISO 100-32,000 (expandable to ISO 50 and 102,400)

Continuous Shooting Speed: Max Approx. 7 fps

AF Points: Max. 61 points (Max. 41 points Cross type AF,f/8 support for all 61 points)

Movie: 4K Motion Jpeg,Full HD, HD

Movie Recording Format: MOV, MP4

Wi-Fi: Yes (2.4 GHz)

NFC/GPS: Yes

Storage Media: CF + SD

LCD Monitor: 3.2” (approx. 1.62 million dots) touch screen

Dimensions (W X H X D): Approx. 150.7 x 116.4 x 75.9 mm

Weight: Approx. 800g (Body only)

EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens

Focal length: 24-105mm

Maximum aperture: f/4

Minimum focusing distance: 0.45m

Maximum magnification: 0.24x

Lens Construction: 17 elements in 12 groups

Filter Size Dimension: 77mm

Aperture blades: 10

Dimensions: 118mm length, 83.5mm diameter

Weight: Approx. 795g 

[1]The EOS 5D Mark IV can shoot photos at intervals as short as 1 second to as long as almost 100 hours, and it can be set to do this up to 3,600 times.

[2]Joint areas include the shutter release button, the lens mount, and the battery and memory card lids among many others.

[3]Other displayable functions include battery level, shooting mode and more.

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

A look inside – Sony FE 24-70mm G Master Lens

Photographers, have you ever wonder how the inside of a lens looks like? Would you be curious to learn and know more about the parts, components and optics that make up a lens.

Here’s a short video that brings you inside the Sony FE 24-70mm G Master Lens –

The FE 24-70mm F2.8 G Master™ lens offers constant F2.8 24-70mm zoom with an unprecedented union of high resolution and creamy bokeh. There are a total of 93 items that make up the FE 24-70mm F2.8 G Master™ lens – a blue rubber band that secures the frontal lens to the lens body, a horse-shoe shaped CL1038 board that controls all internal parts of the lens and is responsible for communication between the lens and the camera, a light shield, a grease-coated optical block, even the blades that make up the aperture mechanism, and many more!

*Information courtesy of Sony Electronics Asia Pacific and WE-Communications*

Lomography Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Lens Review

A classic lens with a monumental 175 year old Petzval optic. Today, it is re-interpreted and this lens is now available for photographers to own them for their creative and artistic photography. This is the new Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens by Lomography.

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This lens, the Petzval 58 bokeh control lens was initially launched via Kickstarter in June 2015 and it was extremely successful. Today, it is now available for your regular purchase. This is a very beautiful lens, the built quality and aesthetics are really of high quality and standards in beautiful brass or black finish and premium Russian Glass Optics. The overall packaging of the Lomography Petzval 58 bokeh control lens is nice and classy, packed nicely inside the box.

The key characteristics of the Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Lens would be the Bokeh Control, the freedom to adjust swirly bokeh like never before, from bokeh levels 1 to 7, to be fitted with a maximum aperture of f/1.9, you can produce something artistic from these characteristics.

Here are some key technical specifications on the Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Lens

Focal Length: 58mm

Aperture: Waterhouse aperture stops: f/1.9, f/2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/11, f/16

Lens Mounting Profile: Canon EF or Nikon F

Electronic Contacts: No

Closet Focusing Distance: 0.6m

Bokeh Control Levels: 1 (minimum swirl) to 7 (maximum swirl)

There are two sets of special aperture plates that allows the photographer to expand their creativity with Lomography’s range of Special Aperture Plates. The Special Aperture Plates can are available for purchase separately.

If you are using other camera brands such as Sony, you can purchase adaptors separately to use the Petzval 58 lens with your camera.

I was given the opportunity by Lomography South East Asia to review the Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Lens and I used it with my Canon EOS-1DX during the review period.

Beyond just an artistic portrait lens

This lens is well known and recognised as a portrait lens, with swirly bokeh control feature that gives it an artistic edge. During my review period, I wanted to test the lens beyond just being a portrait lens and see how versatile it can be when in use.

Besides shooting portraits, I took the Petzval 58 lens out, taking photos of flowers, food and urban landscapes. The option to utilise the swirly bokeh control feature on other subjects (other than human portraits) makes our photography shots more interesting and unique if we decide to apply it in our photography composition.

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Delicious charcoal grilled cuisine by Kush SG

What are my thoughts and views of the Lomography Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Lens?

Pros

Beautiful and sharp lens for portraits

This is a beautiful lens, it is sharp. Once you hit the sweet spot, you would love it, the beauty, sharpness and details.

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Swirly bokeh at your own artistic preference

You have a choice of how much swirly bokeh you want in your photograph. With the choices of bokeh levels from 1 to 7, it’s up to you on how you want to express your artistic preference on your portraits or photography subjects.

Creative and artistic! It’s more than just a portrait lens

No doubt, this is first and foremost, primarily used as a portrait lens. This lens is creative and artistic! Pair it with an artistic and creative photographer, it would be a pretty awesome combination of artistic and creative photography! The Lomography Petzval 58 bokeh art control lens also shows that it can be versatile and used in other fields of photography beside portrait photography.

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Delicious and awesome charcoal grilled skewers by Kush SG at Timbre+ 

Cons

Not an easy lens to use

This is a full manual lens, you would need time to get used to a full manual lens with selection of your aperture size/plate and manual focusing.

Aperture plates

The aperture stop can drop out easily when shooting in portrait mode, making it challenging to hold and keep in place when you want to shoot in portrait mode.

Where can I buy the Lomography Petzval 58 bokeh art lens?

This Lomography Petzval 58 bokeh control art lens can be purchased from the Lomography Online Shop and Gallery Stores worldwide.

Here are the links for the Lomography Petzval 58 bokeh control art lens

Lomography Online Shop – http://shop.lomography.com/lenses/art-lenses

Lomography Petzval 58 microsite – http://microsites.lomography.com/petzval-58-bokeh-control-lens/

Special Aperture Blades Season 1 – http://shop.lomography.com/en/petzval58-special-aperture-blades-season1

Special Aperture Blades Season 2 – http://shop.lomography.com/en/petzval58-special-aperture-blades-season2

When I first started using this lens, it took me quite a while to get customised to using this manual lens since I am pretty used to the modern auto-focus lenses. As I slowly got myself used to how the Lomography Petzval 58 bokeh art lens operates, and learning more about the lens characteristics, using this lens got a bit easier down the road during the review period.

In my personal opinion, this lens is able to perform beyond its fame and reputation as a portrait lens, an artistic and creative lens too with its swirly bokeh feature. How a lens can perform is up to the photographer and the photography subject/field matter, and how the lens can be utilised to its other potential.

* I would like to thank Lomography for the opportunity to review the New Petzval 58 Bokeh Control Art Lens *

* I would also like to sincerely thank my friends HP of Hpility SG and Deming of The Quarters and Kush SG for volunteering to be my models for the Lomography Petzval 58 Bokeh Art Lens review *

Singapore Night Festival 2016 is back!

The iconic local (that is now internationally known) night festival that has transformed and grown exponentially over the past 8 years, now in its 9th edition, the Singapore Night Festival is back again, taking place this coming weekend Friday 19th and Saturday 20th August 2016 and the following weekend Friday 26th and Saturday 27th August 2016 at the Bras Basah Bugis Precinct from 730pm to 2am. The theme for Singapore Night Festival 2016 is Inventions and Innovation, transforming Bras Basah Bugis Precinct, Singapore’s arts and heritage district using science fiction and fantasy, coming together to give visitors unforgettable experiences, performances and lighting artworks!

I have personally seen how much it has transformed over the past 8 editions of the Singapore Night Festival since her maiden debut in 2008, attending, watching, photographing and documenting them down here inside my Flickr photography collection. Year 2016 is the 9th edition and in year 2017, it will be the 10th edition! Keep a lookout for my updates on Twitter, Instagram and FB Page, along with the photographs that I would take and upload them into my Singapore Night Festival Flickr collection!

During the Singapore Night Festival 2016, I would be going around, watching, enjoying and taking photographs of this iconic night festival. I would try to cover and share as much as possible, it would be a challenge given the wide and diverse festival activities, artworks, performances taking place over 5 zones!

There are many many things to do, watch and enjoy at Singapore Night Festival 2016. Let me give you some sneak peaks and key information of Singapore Night Festival 2016 from my attendance at their media preview!

First and foremost, remember to grab the Singapore Night Festival 2016 brochure with the map inside or check out Singapore Night Festival website! There are 5 zones that you need to take note of –

Zone 1 – National Museum of Singapore

Zone 2 – Armenian Street

Zone 3 – Cathay Green, School of the Arts (SOTA) and Prinsep Street

Zone 4 – Singapore Management University (SMU)

Zone 5 – Singapore Art Museum, Queen Street, Waterloo Street and National Design Centre

Each zone has many different events, activities, performances and artworks, the timings, performances and shows schedule can be found on the festival brochure! Don’t rush, plan out the shows and performances that you wish to watch, make plans to walk there earlier to get a good spot!

Here are some artworks/shows/performances that you can see at Singapore Night Festival 2016

Zone 1 – National Museum of Singapore

KEYFRAMES – Groupe LAPS (France)

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The Wheel House – Acrojou (United Kingdom)

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Shifting Interactions – LASALLE College of the Arts

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Zone 2 – Armenian Street

:Samara – Max Pagel & Jonathan Hwang B47X2752

Zone 3 – Cathay Green, School of the Arts (SOTA) and Prinsep Street

HOUSE OF CURIOSITIES – Sweet Tooth by CAKE (Singapore)

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Zone 5 – Singapore Art Museum, Queen Street, Waterloo Street and National Design Centre

JOURNEY feat soundtrack by Ed Carter – NOVAK (United Kingdom)
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Light Force, Night Falls – GSM Project (Singapore) B47X2776

#showerthoughts – LiveWerkz (Singapore)

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Komorebi 2 – Lighting Planners Associates, in collaborations with the NUS Design Incubation Cetnre (Singapore)

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There are many many more shows, performances, artworks and a food festival village too! There is something for everybody to participate and enjoy, come on down to Singapore Night Festival 2016 this coming weekend!

Here are the website / social media URL links for you to stay connected and updated with Singapore Night Festival

Website – Singapore Night Festival

Facebook – brasbasahbugis

Twitter – brasbasahbugis

Instagram – brasbasahbugis

Pinterest – sgnightfest

Last but not least, spread the word about Singapore Night Festival 2016 with your family and friends! Enjoy yourself, immerse and soak in the local festive Singapore Night Festival 2016! Remember to have lots of fun, take lots of photos and share!

Thank you National Heritage Board and National Museum of Singapore for the invitation to the media preview of Singapore Night Festival 2016!

McDonalds launched Signature Collection of Premium Burgers

McDonald’s Singapore recently launched their signature collection of premium burgers, the Classic Cheese with Angus Beef, Spicy Tortilla with Angus Beef and Spicy Chicken with Apple Slaw. These three new premium burgers were currently available at McDonald’s Marine Cove outlet. On 11th August 2016, they are now available at all McDonald’s restaurants islandwide.

During my earlier visit to McDonald’s Marine Cove prior to her official re-opening, I had the opportunity to see and taste their new signature collection of premium burgers, the Classic Cheese with Angus Beef, Spicy Tortilla with Angus Beef and Spicy Chicken with Apple Slaw. I chose the Spicy Tortilla with Angus Beef and I was looking forward to taste the other two premium burgers.

“Singaporeans are foodies at heart and there is a growing appreciation and demand for premium food options,” said Robert Hunghanfoo, Managing Director, McDonald’s Singapore. “As we roll-out McDonald’s Signature Collection in restaurants island-wide, we bring our customers a selection of burgers that is not only affordable, but also easily accessible.”

Source: McDonald’s Singapore press release

McDonald’s Singapore delivered these three new premium burgers to taste and enjoy on the day of the new premium burgers announcement, along with potato wedges and sour cream dip! Since I tasted the Spicy Tortilla with Angus Beef earlier at McDonald’s Marine Cove, I decided to go for the Classic Cheese with Angus Beef and I shared the other two burgers with my parents! I would like to thank McDonald’s Singapore for this wonderful treat!

Let me introduce McDonald’s new premium burgers collection –

Classic Cheese with Angus Beef

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An aromatic glazed bun with a juicy Angus beef patty, layered with Colby cheese, caramelised grilled onions, chicken bacon, tomato jalepeño relish, and creamy garlic aioli sauce. For bite after bite of melt-in-your-mouth amazingness.

The Classic Cheese with Angus Beef starts from $8.95 a la carte or $10.95 for an Extra Value Meal.

Spicy Tortilla with Angus Beef

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A little spicy, a little crunchy, and a lot of fun. Layered between two semolina buns is a juicy Angus beef patty with a playful combination of tortilla chips, red onion rings, crisp lettuce, creamy guacamole, and a sassy, spicy sauce.

The Spicy Tortilla with Angus Beef starts from $8.95 a la carte, or $10.95 for an Extra Value Meal.

Spicy Chicken with Apple Slaw

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Add a little zing to your day with this fiery number. A juicy chicken patty sandwiched between red apple slaw, wild rocket, white cheddar cheese, creamy black pepper mayo sauce, and two soft semolina buns.

The Spicy Chicken with Apple Slaw is available from $6.95 a la carte, or $8.95 for an Extra Value Meal.

Potato Wedges with Sour Cream Dip

Customers can also choose to upgrade their French Fries (M) in an Extra Value Meal for Potato Wedges with Sour Cream Dip at a top-up of $0.80. The Potato Wedges are available from $3.80 a la carte.

Red Velvet McFlurry with Oreo Cookies

End the meal on a sweet note with Red Velvet McFlurry® with Oreo® Cookies for dessert (from $2.90 a la carte).

**Potato Wedges with Sour Cream Dip and Red Velvet McFlurry with Oreo Cookies are available for a limited time only, from 11 August to 21 September 2016, while stocks last.**

Source: McDonald’s Singapore press release

Now, you have three new premium burgers from McDonald’s to taste and enjoy! From 11th August 2016 onwards, “everyone can atas” with these three new burgers – Classic Cheese with Angus Beef, Spicy Tortilla with Angus Beef and Spicy Chicken with Apple Slaw.

Thank you McDonald’s Singapore for the new premium burgers delivery and treat!

*Photos courtesy of McDonald’s Singapore*

 

Happy 51st Birthday Singapore!

9th August 2016, Singapore’s 51st Birthday!

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I wrote down quite a fair bit of thoughts and feelings on my personal blog, do drop by and read it at your own pleasure!

Wishing Singapore a Happy 51st Birthday! We are a young nation and we still have a long way to go!

Photojournalist in Travel, Events and Sports Photography