Posts Tagged ‘full-frame’

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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Holiday greetings: Easter 2015 – In Te Speramus

Sunday, April 5th, 2015

Easter is a special day for Christians to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead – three days after his crucifixion and death at Calvary on Good Friday, as depicted in the New Testament of the Bible.

Relief on the metal door of the Salzburger Dom (Salzburg Cathedral). Assuming the inscriptions are in Latin, Google Translate says that “IN TE SPERAMUS” means “wait for you” or “we trust in you”. Photo taken with a Sony A7 with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Relief on the metal door of the Salzburger Dom (Salzburg Cathedral). Assuming the inscriptions are in Latin, Google Translate says that “IN TE SPERAMUS” means “wait for you” or “we trust in you”. Photo taken with a Sony A7 with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

The above photo was taken of the door of the Salzburg Cathedral when I visited Austria last summer in 2014.

I hope my Christian friends had a spiritual and reflective Easter today.

POTD: Fortress Hohensalzburg in Salzburg, Austria

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Photo of the Day: Hohensalzburg Castle is named “Festung Hohensalzburg” which means “High Salzburg Fortress” in English. The fortress is built on top of of a small hill in Salzburg, overlooking the historic Austrian city.

* Information for this article was from Wikipedia.

View of Fortress Hohensalzburg from Kapitelplatz at the foot of the hill upon which it is built. Photo taken with a Sony A7 with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

View of Fortress Hohensalzburg from Kapitelplatz at the foot of the hill upon which it is built. Photo taken with a Sony A7 with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Construction of the fortress began in 1077 at the behest of the Prince-Archbishops of Salzburg.

With a length of 250m (820ft) and a width of 150m (490ft), Fortress Hohensalzburg is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe.

View of Salzburg City from the Fortress Hohensalzburg. You can see Salzburg Cathedral (Salzburger Dom) in the centre with the Salzach River flowing in the background. The golden globe statue in front of Cathedral was where the above photo of the fortress was taken from. Photo taken with a Sony A7 with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

View of Salzburg City from the Fortress Hohensalzburg with the Altstadt (old town) in the foreground. The Salzburg Cathedral (Salzburger Dom) is in the centre with the Salzach River flowing in the background. The golden globe statue in front of Cathedral was where the above photo of the fortress was taken from. Photo taken with a Sony A7 with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

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POTD: Water spray in Sentosa in sunny Singapore

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Photo of the Day: The weather in Singapore is Summer all year round. So a shower, be it in the stall or from heaven, or in this case – from a water spray in Sentosa – is always a welcome treat.

The red water jet spray stands dormant for the moment while the water sprinkler sprays cooling water droplets into the air. Photo taken using a Sony A7R full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, with a Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS telephoto zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

The red water jet spray stands dormant for the moment while the water sprinkler sprays cooling water droplets into the air. Photo taken using a Sony A7R full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, with a Sony E 55-210mm F4.5-6.3 OSS telephoto zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

We were at the “Port of Lost Wonder” in Sentosa in Singapore to enjoy the sun, sand and beach for the weekend.

The water theme park had this watery playground for little children to revel in slides and water sprays.

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POTD: St Peter’s Abbey – where Mozart played and conducted

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Photo of the Day: St Peter’s Abbey is a Benedictine monastery next to the Salzurger Dom in Salzburg, Austria. It is one of the oldest monasteries in the German-speaking world.

The grand interior of St Peter’s Abbey, which was raised to the status of an Archabbey in 1927.

The grand interior of St Peter’s Abbey, which was raised to the status of an Archabbey in 1927. This photo was taken at ISO 1250.

* All photos in this article were taken with a Sony A7 full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

The elaborate altar of St Peter's Abbey.

The elaborate altar of St Peter’s Abbey. Photo taken at ISO 2500.

St Peter’s Abbey was founded in 696 AD by Saint Rupert, at the site of a church from the early days of Christianity.

Until 987, the abbot of the Abbey was also the Archbishop of Salzburg.

The current building was built in the Romanesque period in the 13th century, and completely renovated in the Baroque style in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The monastery also houses the oldest library in Austria, with some 800 manuscripts and 100,000 volumes.

The light within the Abbey was rather dim and I didn’t want to use any flash – so it was a good opportunity to put the reputed low-light prowess of the Sony A7 to the test. 

The Salzburg Madonna

We found this beautiful statue of the Holy Mother and Child within St Peter’s Abbey and I looked it up on the Web afterwards.

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POTD: Metallic dog sculptures in a Salzburg lawn

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Photo of the Day: We were strolling along a path at the side of a hill one evening when we came across a peaceful lawn that the path overlooked into. Inside the lawn were these two metallic sculptures at one corner, right by the hedge.

The two dogs seemed to be frozen in time, and yet looked as if they would come to life anytime and were about to pounce onto something in the lawn. Photo taken with a Sony A7 full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

The two dogs seemed to be frozen in time, and yet looked as if they would come to life anytime and were about to pounce onto something in the lawn. Photo taken with a Sony A7 full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

“有一个宁静的傍晚,我在奥地利萨尔茨堡山边小径走着时看到了路边一个私人住宅的小草坪里摆设了两只铁雕小狗狗,栩栩如生;就好似将要向前扑跳,捕猎什么猎物似地。耐人寻味。” – 科技点心(微薄)

We had just finished visiting the Salzburg Fortress and were walking towards the Nonnberg Abbey when we came across these metallic sculptures in a quiet lawn.

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POTD: Salzburg Cathedral – where Mozart was baptised

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Photo of the Day: The Salzburger Dom overlooks the Residenzplatz in the centre of Salzburg Altstadt (old town). It contains the baptismal font in which Mozart was baptised.

According to Wikipedia, during the second World War, single bomb crashed through the central dome over the crossing. Repairs and restoration were only completed in 1959.

According to Wikipedia, during the second World War, single bomb crashed through the central dome over the crossing. Repairs and restoration were only completed in 1959.

* All photos in this article were taken with a Sony A7 full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, with Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS full-frame E-mount zoom lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

The Salzburg Cathedral – called the Salzburger Dom in German – is dedicated to Saint Rupert and Saint Vergilius.

The interior of the Salzburger Dom.

The interior of the Salzburger Dom.

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Nikon launches D750, COOLPIX S6900, NIKKOR 20mm f1.8G lens & SB-500 Speedlight

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

Nikon launched in Singapore today a new DSLR, a compact shooter, a 20mm prime lens and a flash. Price and availability TBA.

Update (23 October, 2014):

The Nikon COOLPIX S6900 (Black, White & Pink) is now available in Singapore, at a recommended retail price of S$419.

Update (20 October, 2014):

Nikon has announced the pricing information below. Available now.

  • AF-S NIKKOR 20MM F/1.8G ED – S$1,099
  • Speedlight SB-500 – S$319
  • Nikon DSLR D750 with 24-120 KIT – S$4,079
  • Multi-power Battery Pack MB-D16 – S$449

Update (24 September, 2014):

The Nikon D750 (body only) is now available in Singapore for S$3,079. The D750 Kit will be available in November 2014.

For every Nikon D750 (body only) purchased from 24 September 2014 to 5 October 2014, customers will be entitled to redeem a free 32GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive (worth S$139).

Redemption is available from 3–5 October 2014, from 11am–7pm at Funan DigitaLife Mall, in conjunction with the upcoming I AM FULL FREEDOM Nikon consumer event.

Nikon COOLPIX S6900 (left) and Nikon D750 (right).

Nikon COOLPIX S6900 (left) and Nikon D750 (right).

The highlight of the launch is the D750, a “successor” for the aged D700 that sits between the D610 and the D810.

D750 Full-frame DSLR

The full-frame D750 is Nikon’s smallest and lightest FX-format camera and will be available in September 2014.

Nikon D750 DSLR.

Nikon D750 DSLR

It ships with built-in Wi-Fi, vertical-tilting monitor, 24.3 megapixels, 91K-pixel RGB sensor, and high-speed continuous shooting rate of approximately 6.5 frames per second for both FX- and DX- format, all fitted into a slim and durable body.

The FX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image-processing engine are packed into a monocoque structure framed by carbon fiber composite material (new material), and magnesium alloy to provide nimble durability.

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New arrivals: Sony FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS Full-Frame lens

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Sony has introduced the world’s first Full-Frame lens with power zoom capability. The SELP28135G lens is an addition to the Alpha E-mount camera system. Price & availability TBA.

Despite its heavyweight credentials, the lens’s compact dimensions and reduced weight are especially welcome in shooting situations where maximum mobility is needed.

Despite its heavyweight credentials, the lens’s compact dimensions and reduced weight are especially welcome in shooting situations where maximum mobility is needed.

The FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS (SELP28135G) offers videographers and film-makers a new creative tool for cameras such as the 35mm full-frame α7S, whether they are shooting 4K video, Full HD or stills.

A constant F4 maximum aperture lets movie-makers and still photographers achieve beautiful depth of field effects and stable exposure control across the entire zoom range, from wide-angle to telephoto.

The needs of serious film-makers are catered for with Sony’s new ‘Smooth Motion Optics’ design philosophy.

Targeting the highest possible image quality when using large-sensor cameras, this advanced optical/mechanical design addresses three issues of prime concern to movie-makers: change in angle of view (‘breathing’) while focusing, focus shifts during zoom and movement of the optical axis during zoom.

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POTD: COMEX 2014 – IT shopping frenzy in Singapore

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Photo of the Day: If you’re thinking of visiting Singapore this weekend and is keen on buying IT devices and tech gadgets, check out COMEX 2014 at Suntec Singapore.

The doors had just opened for COMEX 2014 and early-bird shoppers packed the aisles of the exhibition floor on Level 4 of Suntec Singapore. Photo taken with a Sony A7R full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera and Carl Zeiss 35mm F2.8 Lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

The doors had just opened for COMEX 2014 and early-bird shoppers packed the aisles of the exhibition floor on Level 4 of Suntec Singapore. Photo taken with a Sony A7R full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera and Carl Zeiss 35mm F2.8 Lens. Photo credit: John Tan.

Started yesterday, the IT trade show will be on until Sunday night.

You can check out some of the promotional discounts on offer by browsing selected flyers that I’ve compiled here.

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