Sony Father’s Day Gift Guide 2016

Father’s Day 2016 is just round the corner, it is on Sunday 19th June 2016. If you haven’t decide which gift to get for Father’s Day 2016, check out Sony Father’s Day Gift Guide 2016! The Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 III camera and AXP55 Handycam are pretty good recommendations for Father’s Day Gift Guide 2016!

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*Infographic Courtesy of Sony Electronics Asia Pacific and WE Communications*

Show You Care, Go Bare at Bare Your Sole 2016

Bare Your Sole 2016 is back and it is happening on 10th September 2016! I had been participating in Bare Your Sole, Singapore’s annual barefoot walkathon from 2011 to 2014, walking barefoot and sharing about this charity barefoot walkathon. I wasn’t able to participate in 2015 Bare Your Sole due to a photography job assignment. Here’s a walk back in time with my photographs to Bare Your Sole 2011 to 2014.

For Bare Your Sole 2016, I am helping to spread and share the word again to everybody on Singapore’s annual barefoot walkathon that is taking place on 10th September 2016. Show You Care, Go Bare at Bare Your Sole 2016! Do support this cause if you are able to, sign up and come on down on the morning of 10th September 2016 for a fun leisure barefoot walk with your family, loved ones and friends! This is a great time to Pay-It-Forward and Pass-It-On!

Let me share with you more information and details on Bare Your Sole 2016 –

Bare Your Sole, Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s annual barefoot walkathon, is back once again to raise funds and awareness for the less fortunate in Singapore who struggle with poverty on a daily basis. This year’s edition is set to take place at OCBC Square on September 10th, at 7:30am. Registration is now open for this one of a kind event for the family.

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Funds raised from the 2.5km and 5km charity walkathon will go towards Project HomeWorks, a local initiative that aims to improve the living conditions of the elderly, the sick and people with disabilities living in poor conditions across the island. This year marks the celebration of the programme’s 10th anniversary, which commemorates the heartfelt support and achievements of the community.

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Photo: Bare Your Sole 2015 (Source: Habitat for Humanity Singapore)

Over S$350,000 was raised from last year’s edition of Bare Your Sole, where more than 6,000 participants turned up to show their support.

“Bare Your Sole has always served as an opportunity to shed light on the plight of the less fortunate in Singapore and for fellow Singaporeans to step up and lend a helping hand,” said Mr. Yong Teck Meng, National Director of Habitat for Humanity Singapore. “This year’s Bare Your Sole is particularly special for us as we celebrate 10 years of good work through Project HomeWorks. My sincere gratitude goes out to every participant, volunteer and corporate partner for your continuous support.”

Aside from the walkathon, Bare Your Sole 2016 will feature a host of fun activities for the whole family while learning more about the work that Habitat for Humanity Singapore does, both locally and abroad.

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Photo: Bare Your Sole 2015 (Source: Habitat for Humanity Singapore)

Registration Details

Online registration for Bare Your Sole 2016 is available at bareyoursole.sg. Early bird registration runs until Thursday, June 30th, 2016 while regular registration closes on Friday, August 12th, 2016. Information pertaining to the event pack collection will be announced at a later date.

Early bird registration

Adult – S$35

NSF (ages 17-24) / Student (ages 7-21) – S$25

Senior citizen (65 and above) – S$25

Family of four – S$105

Normal registration

Adult – S$45

NSF (ages 17-24) / Student (ages 7-21) – S$35

Senior citizen (65 and above) – S$35

Family of four – S$140

*Information and Pictures Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Singapore and Porter Novelli*

Epson launched L805 Photo Printer

Epson launched a new photo printer, the Epson L805 Photo Printer a few months ago in January 2016. I have an interest in photography printers that are available in the market and I am planning to explore more in-depth into photography printing and printers in the future.

I would like to share with you more information on the Epson L805 Photo Printer from the press release information below –

Epson, a world leader in digital imaging and printing solutions, announced the launch of the L805, a 6-colour ink tank system photo printer that enables wireless printing from the mobile device while providing the lowest running costs in the market. Epson’s ink tank printers are the world’s first printers to use high capacity ink tanks instead of ink cartridges.

Powered by its award-winning Micro-PiezoTM printhead technology, the Epson L805 brings lab-quality photos to users with a resolution of 5,760 dpi. At SGD15.90 per bottle, each set of inks deliver an ultra-high page yield of 1,800 4R photos1, enabling low running costs and reducing downtime.

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With a print speed of 12 sec per 4R photo, the L805 brings enhanced productivity. The L805 comes with a one-year warranty or for first 3,000 prints. The Epson warranty coverage includes the printhead, to cover for high-volume printing. The L805 also comes with direct printing for CDs/DVDs, and the Epson Easy Photo Print software for easy layout.

An improvement from the earlier L800 ink tank printer, the L805 now brings integrated wireless connectivity, enabling easy and flexible printing from mobile devices over a wireless network. Users can enjoy fast and seamless shared printing for multiple users with built-in support for Wi-Fi connectivity that comes with a suite of Epson Connect features.

“We have taken the established L800 printer to bring the new L805 that brings connectivity and convenience to photographers, who can now shoot and easily print photos directly from their mobile phones. With the ultra-high yields and low running costs, the L805 is the ultimate tool for unsurpassed photo quality for the photo enthusiast,” Ms Tan May Lin, General Manager (Sales Division), Epson Singapore.

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The L805 ink tank system includes the following Epson Connect features:

  • Epson iPrint – Print directly from a smart device or online cloud storage devices. Users can use their smart device as a scanner to capture a document, format, enhance, and print it to a Wi-Fi-enabled printer wirelessly via the app.
  • Epson Email Print – Print to any Email Print-enabled Epson printer from any devices or PC with email access.
  • Remote Print Driver – Print to a compatible Epson printer anywhere in the world via the Internet, using a PC with Remote Print driver or from mobile devices via the Epson iPrint app.

The L805 retails at $449 (inclusive of GST), and is available now at all authorized retailers.

  1. Quoted yields are extrapolated based on Epson original methodology from the print simulation of Test Patterns provided in ISO/IEC 29103.

*Information and Picture Courtesy of Epson Singapore and Asia PR Werkz*

Canon introduced EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM

Canon recently added a new lens to their EF-M family line up, giving Canon EOS M users with additional lens options in their photography usage. A macro lens is very useful and a great addition to a photographer’s lenses line up. The Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens show Canon’s commitment to their mirrorless cameras and lenses line up, I am looking forward to more EF-M lenses in the near future!

Let me share with you more information an details from the press release information below –

Canon recently introduced the latest addition to Canon’s EF-M range, the EF-M28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM. The new lens complements the existing wide angle, pancake, and telephoto lenses available for the EOS M series of mirrorless compact cameras. Among other innovative features it brings, the EF-M28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM is the world’s first macro lens with built-in Macro Lite, a feature which allows users to explore different depths and dimensions in macro photography with diverse light settings.

“The new EF-M28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM underscores Canon’s commitment to supporting the EOS M series of mirrorless cameras with an expanding lineup of complementary lenses,’’ said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore. “With innovative features such as the built-in Macro Lite feature which is a world’s first, we are confident that the new lens will widen the range of creative possibilities for photographers, and would prove to be appealing even for advanced DSLR users considering the EOS M range as a secondary camera.”

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Illuminating a macro world

Lighting plays a crucial role in macro photography. The EF-M28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM with its built-in Macro Lite feature, will enable users to illuminate small subjects without any shadows. With this capability, users can take attractive shots of small subjects typical to food photography and insect photography, or even product shots for online retailing.

Coupled with its adjustable light direction and strength, photographers will find it easy to manipulate lighting situations to create their desired photo. Using the Macro Lite ON button on the side of the lens, users can choose to turn on left, right, or both lights, and control the intensity of light on each side, thereby creating a better sense of depth in their photos.

Getting up-close and personal

While most macro lenses can shoot small subjects at 1:1 life-size magnification, the EF-M28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM is the first[1] autofocus lens capable of focusing at infinity in normal shooting, and provide 1.2x magnification in macro shooting. In its super Macro mode, users can shoot their subjects as close as 13mm from the end of the lens, which allows them to capture all the finer details and textures of their subject. The ability to capture these intricate details makes food photography and insect photography incredibly dynamic, and makes shooting small objects such as jewellery more dramatic.

As macro photography usually requires the photographer to get very close to the subject, a larger lens could cast an unwanted shadow. To address this limitation, the EF-M28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM is designed with an acute lens top shape, with tapered edges to avoid casting shadows on the subject.

With the capability to shoot with focus at infinity, and the perspective of a 45mm equivalent standard lens, the EF-M28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM can deliver beyond macro photography. It can also be used for other types of shoots which require a natural angle of view and perspective, such as with portraits and nightscape shots.

Clearer and sharper photos

Equipped with the powerful Hybrid IS system, angle and shift camera shake can be countered on the EF-M28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM, resulting in sharp photos even with handheld photography. This reduces the need for a tripod, which is usually required in professional macro photography set-ups. Similarly, the EF-M28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM’s Macro Lite feature reduces the need for external lamps, thus enabling users to achieve the same effect without needing extra equipment.

By incorporating a UD lens and two aspherical lenses, one of which is double-sided aspherical lens, the EF-M28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM effectively corrects chromatic and other types of aberration, resulting in outstanding optical performance with excellent edge-to-edge sharpness.

Compact and lightweight

Weighing a mere 130g and measuring 45.5mm when retracted, the EF-M28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM stands as the world’s lightest[2] macro lens. Its compact size and portability reflects the key product traits of the EOS M series of mirrorless cameras, making it truly an everyday lens for daily moments.

Pricing and availability

The pricing and availability of the EF-M28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens will be advised at a later date.

Product specifications

EF-M28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM

Focal length: 28mm
Maximum aperture: f/3.5
Minimum focusing distance: 0.097m (normal mode), 0.093m (super macro mode)
Maximum magnification: 1.2x
Length: 45.5mm
Weight: Approx. 130g

[1] Among interchangeable lenses for cameras (SLR or mirrorless cameras), as of May 2016, based on Canon’s research.

[2] Among interchangeable macro lenses for cameras (SLR or mirrorless cameras), as of May 2016, based on Canon’s research.

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

Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai

An Expo, it’s huge, attractive, mind blowing and Delighting Us as always, this is Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai held recently from 19th May 2016 to 22nd May 2016 at the Shanghai International Convention Centre. This is a very special Expo presented by Canon, it’s only held once every five years! Prior to their last stop in Shanghai, Canon EXPO had traveled around the world to major cities New York, Paris and Tokyo.

I was invited to Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai as a member of the media, this was a very great honour for me to travel overseas, covering this huge and mind blowing Canon EXPO 2016 in Shanghai. It’s beyond amazing, it’s spectacular, the experiences were great and delightful. This media trip open my eyes really big, it allows me to learn, understand and know more about Canon beyond my current knowledge of Canon’s photography family consisting of DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, compact cameras, accessories and Canon’s printers. Canon’s various business groups are now also beyond just photography.

During the media briefing and opening ceremony, Mr Hideki Ozawa, President, Canon Asia Marketing Group, President & CEO, Canon (China) Co. Ltd and Mr Kazuto Ogawa, Managing Executive Officer of Canon Inc., Chief Operation Officer of Canon Asia Marketing Group, Executive Vice President of Canon (China) Co. Ltd, gave members of the media an insight into Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai and what they can expect – unlimited delight at Canon EXPO. The Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai was officially declared opened by Mr Fujio Mitarai, Chairman & CEO of Canon Inc, along with key Canon executives and distinguished guests.

After the official opening ceremony, we waited for our turn to begin our Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai adventure! Let me bring you through a visual story journey of Canon EXPO 2016, a walk through the various exhibition themes, concepts and presentations. It’s more than just an EXPO to showcase Canon’s wide range of products and technologies, Past, Present and Future. Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai is an Imaging Carnival, allowing your eyes to feast and enjoy the experiences, the connections, the communications between Canon’s products and services, to delighting you always in your journey with family and friends, in work and in leisure.

Starting my Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai journey on the 7th floor of Shanghai International Convention Centre, there were 10 sectors for me to walk through them in sequence for my start of an experiential adventure with Canon.

  1. Canon History

Take a step back in time into history, a walk down Canon memory lane. A rich and comprehensive Canon history timeline on the wall on the right side as you walk, along with a number of historical and iconic Canon products that were on display on the left side. This is Canon’s rich history and achievements.

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2. Canon Now

Moving from history to the modern times, Canon Now shares with you Canon’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), their programs and efforts through Canon’s imaging technology, products and services in delivering the “Chinese Dream”. Here you can also see Canon (China) project titled “Discovering Beauty along the Silk Road”, amazing photographs and documentation.

Visitors would also be able to learn and know more about Canon in Asia, the programs and activities that had taken place in many countries in Asia. There was a segment inside Canon Now, that showcased Optical Technology, displaying the strength and diversity of Canon’s imaging technology, from the micro world to the far far away cosmic space.

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3. Moment

The Moment, whether it is the priceless moment or the moment in time, this is for everybody to celebrate, experience and enjoy photography, delighting and connecting with family, relatives and friends, through technology or print out a photography memory for them to keep.

Personally, as a photographer myself, this is probably one of my favourite segments because we love and live for the priceless photography moment. This was an experiential and immersive zone whereby you can try out the various Canon digital cameras and lenses, taking photographs of major cities around the world at the Connect Train, the Moment Studio where you can get a feel of a fall-down from a high altitude. A DIY Café to let you print your favourite photographs, decorate it with your artistic skills, frame it up as a gift for yourself or for your family, relatives and friends, all in a cosy café accompanied by coffee.B47X9518 B47X9527

4. Working Space

Canon’s colour printing solutions can be seen here at Working Space, from the small home office printer to big office multi-purpose printer solution. There is printing solution available for everybody, from photographers to businesses.

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5. Professional Imaging

Entering Canon’s Professional Imaging zone, I was blown away with my eyes wide open because my favourite toys were on display! The 4K Corner displaying Canon’s rich series of 4K products and solutions, the “Red Line” products for Professionals. I personally own a few Canon “Red Line” products, the L lenses from the Canon EF lenses family, therefore, I can testify to the quality of the Canon L lenses, part of the “Red Line” products family.

Another exciting part in this Professional Imaging zone was the Shooting Corner and Broadcasting Studio. In-lieu of the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics, visitors were able to experience the life of a sports photographer. At the shooting corner, there were a number of Canon DLSR models and lenses mounted on tripods, the visitors were able to touch, feel and shoot gymnasts in action with them. This would be a great experience for those who were not into sports/action photography that they were able to try out the various Canon DSLR models and lenses for sports photography.

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Walk behind the gymnastics stage, the visitors can view the setup of a live broadcasting studio in action, a beautiful news commentator doing her broadcast live at Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai, powered by Canon’s high performance video cameras and lenses for broadcasting television systems.

There was an elevated platform opposite the broadcasting studio setup, lined with a series of top end Canon EF prime L lenses and top end Canon DSLR cameras commonly seen in sports competitions around the world. Visitors can have a feel of what it was like being a sports photographer, learning and understanding more about the the Canon professional “Red Line” products.

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6. Healthcare

In this zone, visitors had a first glimpse of Canon’s business interests diversity beyond their cameras and printers business entities that most of us would know about Canon. In the healthcare zone, visitors would be able to know more about Canon’s medical business division, how Canon’s imaging technology plays a part in the medical machinery and devices in Radiology, Breast Imaging, Eye Care and Medical Information Cockpit.

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7. Security Solutions

Security in the modern era has taken on a lot more importance and significance around the whole world than before. Canon recognised the importance and potential of the security solutions business, thus they are expanding into this area. By combining Canon’s unique imaging technology strengths and capabilities, along with outstanding security solutions partners, visitors in the security solutions zone can get a first hand experience for themselves on how the security solutions would be like now and in the near future.

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8. Environment

Canon Group corporate philosophy of “Kyosei” can be seen in their commitments and actions that they embarked on for the Earth and her environment. In the Environment zone, visitors would be able to know more about Canon’s efforts and actions in environmental protection and having environmental friendly products.

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9. Cultural Protection

In the Cultural Protection zone, visitors can see view the “Tsuzuri Project – Cultural Heritage Inheritance Project”, a joint project organised by Canon and the Kyoto Culture Association (NPO). One of the zones that fascinated me deeply because I have strong and personal interest in the fields of heritage, culture, conservation and preservation with my Canon cameras.

The Tsuzuri Project aims to create high resolution facsimiles of cultural assets from Japan, making use of the high resolution facismiles that can be shown to the public to experience and enjoy, while allowing the original cultural assets to be kept in more favourable environments, preventing deterioration and ensuring that the rich and cultural heritage can be, and will be passed down to the future generations.

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10. Lens Experience

The lens experience zone is another experiential zone for visitors to get a hands on experience with the different types of Canon’s cameras, lenses and video products. With the beauty of the Huangpu river, Oriental Pearl Tower and Pudong district, visitors can take photos, look through the viewfinder/LCD screen, enjoying and having a delightful experience with Canon’s diverse range of imaging technology products.

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After the completion in exploring 10 different zones on the 7th floor of Shanghai International Convention Centre, I quickly rush to the 1st floor to enter Canon’s “Beyond High Image Quality” zone, it’s about Canon’s future imaging display beyond high image quality. This was something that I am very eagerly looking forward to with lots of excitement and eyes wide open. What am I am able to see with my eyes, through my photographs that I can share to the whole world on the future of Canon’s imaging technology?

High Definition Large Format Print “Airport”

First and foremost, the first Canon showcase upon entering the “Beyond High Image Quality” zone totally blew me away when I stood there, looking, admiring and observing a high definition large format print “Airport”.

Just by looking at the high definition large format print, I had the feeling that I am actually at the Airport right now! Using the word “amazing” would be an understatement to the very high quality and standards of that high definition large format print, this is indeed beyond high image quality, it’s like the real thing in life.

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As a photographer, it would be a big big dream come true, if you have a special and delightful photograph that is printed in this High Definition Large Format, showcased and displayed in this huge format. For now, I would continue taking photographs and producing stories, while continuing to dream of this “Airport”.

Next Generation PRO Inkjet Printer

The next generation of Canon’s inkjet printers now join Canon’s Red Line family of products, showing their professional class and quality of Canon’s imaging technology and image quality.

High Resolution Printing / Printing with Wide Dynamic Range

Experience the world of Canon’s high resolution printing, the quality, sharpness and wide dynamic range from Canon’s newly developed pigment inks. The Canon ecosystem, starting from the input of Canon’s imaging technology, EOS cameras, sharpness and clarity from the Red Line family, the EF L lenses, putting them into Canon’s world of high resolution printing. This is the journey, the delightful experience of Canon imaging, from taking and producing the photograph, to printing and sharing your photography works.

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120 Megapixel EOS Camera

The number is 120, yes, a Canon EOS concept DSLR model with a 120 megapixel CMOS Sensor! The one and only of its kind in the world, shown to the world at Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai. The future of ultra high image quality is upon us in the years ahead.

Would this 120 Megapixel Canon EOS camera be available in the next 5 years? Your guess is as good as mine. The recent Canon DSLRs that were launched, the Canon EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R are equipped with 50.6 megapixel CMOS sensor. Maybe the 120 megapixel Canon EOS camera might be available in the next 5 years!

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Gallery – Power of Printing / Shanghai Printing World

Enter into the world of prints, feel and experience the power of the prints on display. This zone showcased Canon’s input/output collaboration and Canon’s specialised printed products featuring advanced printing technologies for various industries.

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Canon Super Creative Printing

The power and quality of Canon’s imaging technology, armed with the combination of Canon texture capturing and imaging processing technology with OCE’s elevation printing technology, this is Canon’s super creative printing, producing previously impossible textures.

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The 8K World

Welcome to the future world of 8K, the standards that would be entering the society in the years to come. Visitors at the 8K World got to experience various 8K technology and standards with their 8K Projection “8K Ride”, HDR 4K Display, 8K Display, 8K Movie Image Sample Print, 8K Camera Solution and a 360 degree Imaging and Sound arena.

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Enriching the World through Innovative Imaging

The world ahead is getting more connected with innovation, technology and internet. Through innovative imaging, our future world can be very different from the world today. Technologies such as Mixed Reality (MREAL) Stage, the Versatile Collaboration System and Rich Collaboration System.

How we work and live, how we communicate, how we get our jobs done, this zone gave a glimpse into the trends and future of how the society might be like/would be like.

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Walking out at the end of the exhibition hall on the 1st floor of Shanghai International Convention Centre, I had a lot of products, things, technologies, trends, future to absorb, digest, compile, write and share on my thoughts and feelings on current Canon’s family of products, the future of imaging technology, 8K World and innovative imaging.

Canon’s slogan “Delighting You Always” can be seen and felt in their products, marketing, support and services, it was brought to another higher level at Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai. The Internet of Things is opening up new worlds and Canon Group recognises the importance and significance for the future growth and expansion of their businesses.

The Canon ecosystem, Canon’s Internet of Things, the inputs and outputs, their diverse range of products and services, put together in Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai – Experiencing, Communicating, Educating, Engaging, Exciting, Entertaining, Participating, Getting closer to each other between people & people, people & things, things & things. The relationship and ecosystem between Canon, their products and their customers, get closer and inter-connected right now, even more so in the future with the power of technology and the Internet of Things.

Delighted and excited I am, after visiting Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai, it’s a real eye-opener, understanding and learning more about Canon and its diverse business entities, the trends and future. I am looking forward to the year 2020 when Canon holds their next EXPO in Tokyo! I hope that I am able to visit Canon EXPO again in the future, continuing my visual story telling with Canon EOS camera and lenses.


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Canon announced Speedlite 600EX II-RT

Canon recently announced a new flash to their line up of photography accessories, the Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT. A speedlite flash is very useful and a very essential photography accessory for the photographer (leisure or professional).  The new multi-functional and powerful Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT is definitely a worthy consideration for the photographer to add on to their photography setup.

For my current setup, I owned a Canon Speedlite 580EX II, it is a useful photography accessory for my photography shoot and it is an essential tool for my events photography shoot as well as strobist lighting photography shoot. The new Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT is in my consideration and plans for an upgrade from the 580EX II to 600EX II-RT.

Let me share with you more information on the Canon Speedlite 600EX II RT from the press release information below ~

Canon announced the launch of Speedlite 600EX II-RT, the multi-functional flash is designed to meet the needs of professional users such as wedding photographers, photojournalists and studio photographers. The Speedlite 600EX II-RT offers impressive continuous firing function and ease of operation, with new features such as the battery charge level indicator. It also comes bundled with a bounce adaptor and a set of colour filters.

“The Speedlite 600EX II-RT reinforces our commitment to consistently provide innovative and effective products for our customers. With this new flash, users benefit from features that deliver quality performance, and greater usability for professional photographers.” said Edwin Teoh, Head of Marketing, Singapore Operations, Canon Singapore.

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Improved Ease of Use in Outdoor Environment

With the Speedlite 600EX II-RT’s new charge level indicator on the display panel of the master flash unit, flash-readiness of both master and slave unit can immediately be recognised when shooting in radio-transmission wireless mode. When operating with multiple flash units while flash mode is set up in a group-by-group manner, the flash-readiness of each group is also displayed. In addition, the selection of flash modes and wireless modes have been improved to prevents accidental mode changes caused by an unintended operation of the mode button.

With exterior airtight sealing and dust/drip proof rubber adapter, users can also count on the reliability and durability of the Speedlite 600EX II-RT in difficult weather scenarios.

Radio Transmission for Wireless Flash Shooting

Unlike optical transmission, radio transmission is not easily affected by physical obstacles as there is no line of sight required for signal transmission. In addition, the wireless receptor of the slave unit is not required to face the main master unit. With a maximum sync distance of approximately 30m, slave unit cameras can be placed in wide physical areas and used for multi-angle shooting. Hence, the built-in radio transmission feature enables Speedlite 600EX II-RT to synchronise with multiple flashes and allows master-linked shooting with multiple cameras.

Bundled Accessories for Better Performance

The Speedlite 600EX II-RT comes with a complimentary bounce adaptor, SBA-E3, which disperses and softens the illumination of flash and suppresses shadows around the subject when shooting with the bounce flash technique. A newly-designed coloured filter set, SCF-E3, is also supplied, which helps to compensate for bluish flash illumination and optimise balance between indoor lighting and flash output.

Enhanced Compact Battery Pack

The new Speedlite 600EX II-RT compact battery pack, which is sold separately, offers a remarkable 65% more battery life[1]. It has improved reliability with better heat dissipation properties and an increased maximum continuous flash output of approximately 100 times when paired with the Speedlite 600EX II-RT.

External battery packs come in handy for heavy-duty users such as photojournalists and wedding photographers where there is a need to fire flashes in quick succession. An added convenience is being able to use AA batteries as a power source as well.

Pricing and availability

The pricing and availability of the Speedlite 600EX II-RT will be advised at a later date

[1] This is approximately 65% more than the previous battery pack.

Product Specifications

Speedlite 600EX II-RT

Guide Number (Wide Panel): 60 (15)*

Dimensions: Approx. 78.7 x 143.2 x 122.7 mm

Weight: Approx. 435g (excluding batteries)

Multi flash shooting: Radio and optical transmission

LCD Panel: 172 x 104 dot display

Power source: 4 x AA/HR6 Ni-MH batteries

*ISO 100, in meters (Approx)

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

Introducing LOMO’INSTANT SAN SEBASTIÁN EDITION

Lomography recently introduced the new LOMO’INSTANT SAN SEBASTIÁN EDITION to their Lomo’Instant family. For everybody who love film photography, having fun and taking photographs, let me share with you more information on the new LOMO’INSTANT SAN SEBASTIÁN EDITION from the press release!

Lomo'Instant San Sebastian Edition

The latest LOMO’INSTANT SAN SEBASTIÁN EDITION is inspired by the Basque City’s stunning beaches, wild waves and beautiful sunsets. As a traveler, we love our travel experiences, wanting to keep photos of our beautiful travel memories. The bold, colourful and most creative instant camera ever, the LOMO’INSTANT SAN SEBASTIÁN EDITION is here to be part of your travel photography experiences!

THE MOST CREATIVE INSTANT CAMERA EVER

With its easy-to-use features for maximum creative freedom, the Lomo’Instant is the perfect instant companion for everyone – from novices to photography pros!

  • Built-in wide-angle lens with additional Fisheye, Close-Up and Portrait lens
  • Shoot with the flash on or off
  • Unlimited multiple exposures
  • Infinite long exposures for light painting and night-time shooting
  • Color flash gels in red, blue, purple, and yellow
  • Easy 2-step focusing
  • The perfect size to take wherever you go
  • Uses widely available Fujifilm Instax Mini film

For more information on the Lomo’Instant cameras, check out their micro-website – http://microsites.lomography.com/lomo-instant-camera/

If you are keen to own the Lomo’Instant San Sebastian edition package, visit their online shop – http://shop.lomography.com/lomo-instant-san-sebastian

Camera Specifications

Film Format: Fujifilm Instax Mini Film

Exposure Area: 42mm x 64mm

Shutter Speed: 1/125s / Bulb

Apertures: f/8, f/11 f/16, f/22, f/32

Ejection Mechanism: Motorized

Multiple Exposures: Yes

Built-in Flash GN: 9(m)

Automatic Flash Output: Yes

Battery Supply: 6V (4x AAA batteries)

Tripod mount: Yes

Cable Release Mount: Yes

*Information and picture courtesy of Lomography Southeast Asia*

Singapore Heritage Festival 2016

The Singapore Heritage Festival 2016 was recently concluded on 15th May 2016, over a three weeks period starting on 29th April 2016. The heritage festival 2016 was packed with events, exhibitions, workshops, performances, guided tours, talks etc. I wasn’t able to attend all of them and I was only able to visit the weekend highlights on 29th April and 30th April – A Taste of Heritage at the National Museum of Singapore, on 14th May 2016, Movies Under the Ubin Stars and Music Performances @ Ubin.

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For the two Singapore Heritage Festival events that I attended, they attracted quite a big group of visitors to the event. The Taste of Heritage was really great, bringing back the food stalls that once plied their food and trade outside the National Museum of Singapore. Their popularity can be seen from the steady lines of queue for the various food stalls. Visitors at the National Museum of Singapore were treated to traditional dance performances under the stars, with strings of colourful light bulbs providing the glamorous fun night out. I would really love to buy some of those food from the stalls during A Taste of Heritage, sit on the wooden stools/benches and enjoy a night out under the city star lights. However, it was too popular and quite packed for me to buy the food and a seat under the Singapore night sky. Nevertheless, it was a great nostalgic atmosphere that I really enjoyed.

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During Singapore Heritage Festival 2016, P. Ubin played a significant role, with the island involved to be part of the Singapore Heritage festivities during 14th and 15th May 2016. During that weekend, it was an awesome opportunity for those who don’t know much about P. Ubin to visit the little island off the north-east area of Singapore and learn from the various activities and events organised for Singapore Heritage Festival 2016.

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The highlight for me was Movies Under the Ubin Stars and Music Performances @ Ubin on 14th May 2016. I went over in the late afternoon, catching the music performances @ Ubin by a few young upcoming and also some established musicians too. During the intervals, I walked around the main village area, this area seemed to have stopped in time, most of them were pretty much still in their original design and decoration. I first visited P.Ubin in 1990 during my secondary school days, while some other parts of P.Ubin had changed (quite a lot for some parts of Ubin), the main village still remains iconic and nostalgic.

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As dusk approaches, the wayang stage and the open area there came to life with visitors and the Ubin residents gathering there like the good old days watching an opera performance, except that we were watching a movie by Royston Tan, tittled “Homecoming”, a new film about Pulau Ubin by Royston Tan (world premiere). This new film is commissioned by the National Museum of Singapore for Singapore Heritage Festival 2016.

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The settings were perfect, the venue was perfect to show the “Homecoming” movie, truly and authentic, Movies Under the Ubin Stars! The P. Ubin weather was just nice in the night, cooling, refreshing after the late afternoon rain. The visitors and Ubin residents were eagerly anticipating for the start of “Homecoming”, it meant something deep down, deep inside their hearts, it meant something special to the Ubin residents and it definitely struck a deep chord inside me. “Homecoming” connects the residents to their Ubin roots and Singaporeans to the history and heritage of P.Ubin and how P.Ubin played a part in Singapore’s early nation building years. When I was watching the movie from the back of the crowds, my friend Belinda introduced me to Royston Tan! I am a big fan of his works and it was a great honour to meet him in person!

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When the movie “Homecoming” was being screened, we can hear the crowds shouting out their fellow Ubin residents’ names when their acting part came into play, acknowledging the community spirit and bonding on P.Ubin. Do we still have this community spirit and bonding in the modern Singapore society today? Would we able to bring this “Homecoming” back into our modern Singapore society?

As the movie drew to a close, the lights came up again, with a huge, loud and warm round of applause filled the Ubin village ground. This was really heartwarming! The cast and crew of “Homecoming” went up to the wayang stage, it’s like a meet the fans segment! The photography moments, taking group photos, celebrating the history and heritage of Pulau Ubin.

Leaving on the bumboat ride out of P.Ubin, on the night of 14th May 2016, this had been a great and wonderful Singapore Heritage Festival 2016, this was Homecoming to me.


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Capture Greatness with G and G Master™ Lenses from Sony

Sony is organising a photography contest inviting photography enthusiasts around Southeast Asia to participate in the G for Greatness Contest. If you are looking for a photography contest to enter and challenge your photography skills, check out Sony’s G for Greatness photography contest! Good luck and all the best!

Let me share with my readers more information and details of this photography contest with the press release information below –

Sony invites all photography enthusiasts around South East Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) to participate in the #GforGreatness Contest. The contest encourages photography enthusiasts to unleash their visions of photographic creativity. It also aims to showcase outstanding shots from amateur to established artists through the use of G or G Master™ lenses from Sony.

Advances in camera performance and soaring creative ideas require a new approach to lens technology. Through this contest, Sony aims to elevate photography to a realm of visual perfection by capturing the truth and beauty in every image. The #GforGreatness Contest will focus on creativity, originality, and quality – to showcase new creative possibilities for imaging and art with unique lenses from Sony. Interested participants will have to submit their entries using the G or G Master™ lenses. For interested participants who do not own a G or G Master™ lens, you can visit the contest website to find out how to loan these lenses.

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The judging panel will include Sony’s α professional photographers from across the region and representatives from Sony. Participants can submit their entries online from 24 May to 19 August, 2016 via the contest website. The contest will run in Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. One winner will be selected from each country and the winner will receive a Sony 85mm F1.4 G Master™ Series lens (SEL85F14GM).

Results of the #GforGreatness Contest will be announced on 19 September, 2016 at the contest website. Winners will also be notified by email. For further information on the #GforGreatness Contest, please visit www.sony-asia.com/GforGreatness/.

Representing the ultimate blend of high resolution and beautiful bokeh, the G Master™ brand of interchangeable lenses features Sony’s innovative optical element technology, design, and calibration. This allows users to produce still images and video content with a level of detail and expression that has never before been possible. Sony has taken the renowned lens technology developed by Konica Minolta and combined it with the industry leading Sony design and technology to produce the outstanding Sony G lenses. Learn more about G and G Master™ lenses at www.sony-asia.com/GforGreatness/.

#GforGreatness Contest Details

Contest dates: 24 May to 19 August 2016

Entry submission: Participants are required to submit photos taken with G or G Master™ lenses

Submission platform: Upload photos to the competition microsite: (www.sony-asia.com/GforGreatness/)

*Information and Picture Courtesy of Sony Electronics Asia Pacific*

 

DBS Marina Regatta 2016 is back!

The fifth edition of DBS Marina Regatta is coming back very soon, at the heart of Singapore’s downtown Marina Bay area. DBS Marina Regatta 2016 is getting bigger and better, both on the sports, leisure and community segments.

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Happening over two weekends, 28 & 29 May and 4 & 5 June, there will be lots of action and fun on the water where the Dragon Boaters paddle and battling it out with the iconic Marina Bay landscape behind them. The supporters, spectators and community can watch, support and cheer for them from the sidelines of the Marina Bay. There are also an awesome collection and line up of fun, activities, food and music performances on the land, where the sports/community carnival village is located at The Promontory @ Marina Bay.

Let me share with you some exciting line up and details of what you can expect from DBS Marina Regatta 2016

Shop House by The Local People

Local market specialists, The Local People, carefully curated local designers, craftspeople and artists to be part of Shop House, the beach’s art market for DBS Marina Regatta 2016. The Shop House would be housed in stripped and refitted shipping containers. These special containers would also double up as viewing decks in the night, a perfect spot for music lovers and visitors to enjoy the beach concert, making their maiden music performance debut at DBS Marina Regatta 2016!

Check out some of the emerging designers and artisans that would be making their presence felt there – illustrations by Troops on Print; accessories by Supernacular; pottery items by Oh Leaf; and even cosmetics brand Faux Fayc.

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Chow House – DBS Marina Regatta Food Village

Food is an integral part of Singapore’s lifestyle and culture. Therefore, at Chow House, visitors can indulge into delicious and mouth-watering bites from popular Singapore food establishments.

Check out some of the different cuisines making their presence at Chow House – Snag Shack’s Australian sausage sizzles and Fika’s Swedish meatballs. Kerbside Gourmet, Singapore’s favourite gourmet food truck will feature their “Go Big on Pig” menu featuring Pig Head Croquetas with Sriracha and Char Siu Pork Collar Bao with Achar.

Music Performances in the night

 When the sun sets at DBS Marina Regatta 2016 weekend, it would be transformed into a beach concert, making their maiden debut. Local music artistes, iNCH, HubbaBubbas, Linying, Take Two as well as up-and-coming artistes The Madhatter Project, The Neptune Waves, and Stopgap would be performing and singing away!

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Pop-Up Urban Beach with Southeast Asia tallest inflatable water slide maiden debut

The pop-up beach made her debut in 2015 and they would be returning again in 2016! From 11am to 8pm on both weekends, remember to check out Southeast Asia tallest inflatable water slide making her debut! For just $10 and also for a good cause to charity, you can have five rides on the water slide! All proceeds from the water slide participation goes to SPD, a non-profit organisation that helps people with disabilities develop their potential to the fullest so that they can be self-reliant and independent.

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Pictures courtesy of DBS Singapore

For more information and updates on DBS Marina Regatta 2016, here are some useful links:

Let my photographs bring you back a walk down the memory lane, my photography coverage of DBS Marina Regatta 2013, 2014 and 2015!

Mark down your calendars, 28 & 29 May and 4 & 5 June, come on down to Marina Bay for DBS Marina Regatta 2016 for two weekends of sports, outdoors, food, drinks, art market, music and fun for your family and friends!

*Information and details courtesy of DBS Singapore*

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