Archive for the ‘DSLR’ Category

Event coverage: IFA Global Press Conference 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

IFA Global Press Conference 2017 is happening this weekend in Lisbon, Portugal. I will be covering this consumer electronics and home appliances showcase, as part of a small group of media the show organisers invited from Singapore.

The media delegation from Singapore is part of an international corp invited by Messe Berlin, the organisers of IFA and this Global Press Conference.

The media delegation from Singapore is part of an international corp invited by Messe Berlin, the organisers of IFA and this Global Press Conference.

IFA this year will be from 1-6 September, 2017.

As a lead-up to the actual trade show in September, the organisers have gathered some of the key exhibitors and media from around the world in a preview mini-show, featuring product showcases, as well as briefs and presentations on the latest trends on consumer electronics and home appliances.

Stay tuned over the next few days (especially 21-22 Apr, Fri-Sat) when the show will be in full tilt.

I’ll be bringing along a couple of newest and latest gadgets to try out during the trip.

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Event forecast: Canon PhotoMarathon XIV Singapore 2016

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

The annual photography competition will take place on Saturday, 19 November, 2016 at the Suntec City Convention & Exhibition Centre 401-402. Registration fee: S$15.

Update (22 March, 2012):

Some 2,000 photography enthusiasts participated in this year’s Canon PhotoMarathon.

The results of the Canon PhotoMarathon has been released and are listed here.

Registration is open for Canon PhotoMarathon XIV in Singapore.

Registration is open for Canon PhotoMarathon XIV in Singapore.

Registration is now open for the biggest photography event in Singapore.

The overall winner stands to win an all expenses paid trip to Japan.

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Sony Electronics opens sixth store in Singapore @ Wisma Atria

Friday, September 30th, 2016

The new store is the second store along Orchard Road in Singapore, and is located on the 3rd floor (#03-01/01A) of the popular mall Wisma Atria.

Sony Store Wisma Atria is the brand’s sixth retail outlet in Singapore.

Sony Store Wisma Atria is the brand’s sixth retail outlet in Singapore.

The new store will showcase the latest consumer electronics from the Japanese company.

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Sony Store Wisma Atria will be opened to the public from 1 October 2016, from 10:30am to 9:30pm daily.

These include the recently announced top-of-the-line Z9D series of BRAVIA 4K TVs, as well as the new flagship range of Signature Series High-Resolution Audio (HRA) products.

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Sony launches a99 II flagship A-Mount camera at Photokina 2016

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

The new a99 II will be available at all Sony Stores, Sony Centres and selected Sony authorised dealers in Singapore from November 2016. RRP TBA.

The new a99 II is the successor to the a99 and includes Sony’s Hybrid Phase Detection AF system and A-mount features such as Translucent Mirror Technology (TMT).

The new a99 II is the successor to the a99 and includes Sony’s Hybrid Phase Detection AF system and A-mount features such as Translucent Mirror Technology (TMT).

Sony positions the a99 II as a professional level camera appealing to sports and wildlife photographers.

Key features of the Sony a99 II are listed below.

Full-frame 4D Focus: Hybrid Phase Detection AF system with accurate 79 hybrid cross AF points enabled by 79-point dedicated and 399-point focal-plane AF sensors and continuous shooting at up to 12fps.
• High resolution 42.4 effective megapixels 35mm Full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor.
• Newly developed optical 5-axis in-body image stabilisation system.
Better operability and reliability in newly designed downsized body.
• Internal 4K movie recording in XAVC-S format with host of pro-orientated movie features.

Check out the details in the press release below.

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New arrival: Nikon D5 and D500 DSLR cameras in Singapore

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Nikon has launched the D5 and D500 DSLR cameras in Singapore. Both will hit the shelves here end April. Prices TBA.

Update (26 April, 2016):

The Nikon D500 is now available in Singapore. RRP below.

  • Nikon D500 (body only): S$2,999.
  • Nikon D500 (16-80mm VR) kit: S$3,999.

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The Nikon D5 and D500 side-by-side in Singapore, at the launch at Aura in National Gallery, Singapore.

The D5 is the new flagship DSLR camera from Nikon, which was unveiled during CES 2016 back in January this year.

The 20.5-megapixel Nikon-FX format full frame DSLR sports a 153-point AF system, 12 fps continuous shooting, a new CMOS sensor, and a new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine.

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The D5 is the first Nikon to come with highest standard ISO sensitivity at 102,400, and the ability to shoot 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) movies.

The D500 is Nikon’s top DX-format DSLR, offering the performance of the D5 in a compact, lightweight body.

The D500 incorporates the same powerful 153-point AF system and EXPEED 5 engine as the D5, boasts high-speed continuous shooting at approx. 10 fps and supports 4K UHD movies.

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The D500 has a wide sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 51200, expandable to Hi 5 (ISO 1,640,000 equivalent).

Read more about the Nikon D5 in the earlier story here.

Below are more details about the Nikon D500, extracted from the press release.

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New arrivals: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II flagship DSLR camera

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

The 35mm full frame EOS-1D X Mark II is the new Canon flagship professional DSLR successor to the EOS-1D X. Price & availability in Singapore TBA.

Update (5 April, 2016):

The EOS-1D X Mark II will be available at all Canon authorised dealers in May, at the recommended retail price of S$8,199.

The new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II has a 20.2-megapixel full frame CMOS sensor with expanded ISO speeds up to 409,600.

The new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II has a 20.2-megapixel full frame CMOS sensor with expanded ISO speeds up to 409,600.

The EOS-1D X Mark II is designed for high-speed photography and records 4K video.

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Hands-on the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II in Singapore (at Kaiserhaus).

The main specifications are listed below.

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CES 2016: Nikon flagship D5 DSLR FX-format full frame camera

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Nikon has unveiled its latest flagship camera. The 20.5-megapixel Nikon-FX format full frame DSLR sports a 153-point AF system, 12 fps continuous shooting, a new CMOS sensor, and a new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine.

US$6,496.95 on Amazon, released from 15 March, 2016. Price & availability in Singapore TBA.

The FX-format full frame D5 DSLR is Nikon’s latest flagship camera.

The FX-format full frame D5 DSLR is Nikon’s latest flagship camera.

The D5 is the first Nikon to come with highest standard ISO sensitivity at 102400, and the ability to shoot 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) movies.

The Wireless Transmitter WT-6, available separately, comes handy for high-speed wireless network communications.

The Wireless Transmitter WT-6, available separately, comes handy for high-speed wireless network communications.

A high-resolution 2.3-inch touch screen 2,359-dot LCD monitor, fast communications with both wired networks via built-in Ethernet connector and wireless networks, alongside double memory card slots make for a highly efficient workflow.

Contributing to greater autofocus (AF), auto exposure (AE) and auto white balance (AWB), is the incorporation of a new 180K-pixel RGB sensor for the Advanced Scene Recognition System.

The D5 consumes less power, adopts a highly precise and durable shutter, and has increased camera reliability in terms of control precision, strength and durability.

The D5 also supports the new Nikon Creative Lighting System functions, Radio-controlled Advanced Wireless Lighting (AWL) and Unified Flash Control.

Details in the press release below.

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Happy New Year 2015

Friday, January 1st, 2016

A new dawn to a new day. A new year for a new beginning.

I hope this sunrise is symbolic of the hope that the new year brings to those looking for a new beginning in their lives. Taken handheld using a Nikon D750 with AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

I hope this sunrise is symbolic of the hope that the new year brings to those looking for a new beginning in their lives. Taken handheld using a Nikon D750 with AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Here’s wishing everyone a fantastic 2016, a new year that will bring new aspirations and immense fulfillment.

About the photo

Snapped this shot while strolling on the beach in Thailand a few weeks ago in pre-dawn darkness.

It was a rare shot for me in that the horizon was clear of the usual haze and layer of clouds so the rising sun could be seen emerging from the horizon itself.

It was breathtaking how the nascent sun lit up the sky with golden and red hues as it tore itself from the horizon.

New arrivals: Canon EOS M10, PowerShot G5 X, PowerShot G 9X

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Canon has launched three new cameras: the mirrorless EOS M10 (S$TBD) and two PowerShot compact cameras, the G5 X (S$999) and G9 X (S$619).

Update (17 November, 2015):

The EOS M10 will be available in Singapore from end of November at Canon authorized dealers at the following recommended prices.

Models SRP
EOS M10 Kit 3 with EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM & EF-M55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM lens S$1,099
EOS M10 Kit 2 with EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM &EF-M22mm f/2 STM S$899
EOS M10 Kit 1 with EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens S$749
Camera face jacket S$79
Three new cameras for the amateurs and advanced users (from right): Canon EOS M10, PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X.

Three new cameras for the amateurs and advanced users (from right): Canon EOS M10, PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X.

Both the PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X will be available in late October while the price and availability of the EOS M10 will be announced later.

A brief description of the three new cameras are included below.

EOS M10

The EOS M10 is Canon’s latest addition to the EOS M range of mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras.

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POTD: Corridor in Masjid Abdul Gafoor in Singapore

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Amidst the searing heat of the afternoon sun, the mosque offers a cool refuge and respite for worshippers and visitors.

The corridor is still empty, although in an hours’ time, worshippers will arrive for the Friday prayers. Photo taken using a Canon EOS 5Ds and EF 50mm F1.4 USM prime lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

The corridor is still empty, although in an hours’ time, worshippers will arrive for the Friday prayers. Photo taken using a Canon EOS 5Ds and EF 50mm F1.4 USM prime lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Masjid Abdul Gafoor was gazetted as a national monument of Singapore on 13 July 1979.

Gowns for worshippers’ perusal in the Abdul Gaffoor Mosque. Photo taken using a Canon EOS 5Ds and EF 50mm F1.4 USM prime lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Gowns for worshippers’ perusal in the Abdul Gaffoor Mosque. Photo taken using a Canon EOS 5Ds and EF 50mm F1.4 USM prime lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

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