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Travel Tech: Shennong Street in Tainan

Saturday, February 3rd, 2024

Southern Taiwan: Our favourite night street in Tainan – Shennong Street (神农街).

Took this street photo using the Leica SL2-S camera with Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35 f/3.5-4.5 ASPH lens. The original photo was in colour while the black-and-white version was rendered in Photoshop.

Took this street photo using the Leica SL2-S camera with Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35 f/3.5-4.5 ASPH lens. The original photo was in colour while the black-and-white version was rendered in Photoshop.

A pleasant stroll with great ambience through the traditional shopping street.

The Leica SL2-S has significantly improved low-light performance over its predecessor.

New Arrival: Leica ZM 1 Gold Limited Edition Luxury Watch

Friday, December 1st, 2023

Leica has unveiled the Gold Limited Edition of the ZM 1 luxury watch. There will only be 50 pieces globally with a price tag of S$41,000.

Purchase of the Leica ZM 1 Gold Limited Edition in Singapore will be via private, one-on-one appointments at Leica Store Raffles Hotel Arcade.

Purchase of the Leica ZM 1 Gold Limited Edition in Singapore will be via private, one-on-one appointments at Leica Store Raffles Hotel Arcade.

The Leica ZM 1 Gold Limited Edition includes two precious metals – gold and titanium.

The dual-metal case for the luxury timepiece uses 18k gold 4N and high-strength Grade 5 Titanium, serving as a modern tribute to Leica’s first golden edition camera – the IA Luxus from 1929.

More details below from the press release below.

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New Arrival: Leica Introduces ZM 11 Series Luxury Watch

Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

The Leica ZM 11 will be retailing at €6,800 for the Leica ZM 11 Steel (paired with rubber or fabric band); and €8,150 for the Leica ZM 11 Titanium with full titanium band, including VAT. Available only at Leica Store Raffles Hotel Arcade from 23rd November 2023.

The ZM 11 Collection comprises three timepieces with the choice of three band options: the ZM 11 Titanium Launch Edition, limited to 250 watches, with a black and red dial; the ZM 11 Titanium Coffee Black with a warm-black dial; and the ZM 11 Steel Midnight Blue with a blue and black dial.

The ZM 11 Collection comprises three timepieces with the choice of three band options: the ZM 11 Titanium Launch Edition, limited to 250 watches, with a black and red dial; the ZM 11 Titanium Coffee Black with a warm-black dial; and the ZM 11 Steel Midnight Blue with a blue and black dial.

The new ZM 11 is engineered by Leica’s partner Chronode, the Swiss movement developer.

The automatic Leica Calibre LA-3001 has a precision of -4/+6 seconds per day and 60 hours of run time.

The ZM 11 is measured in five positions for accuracy at all times, and is adorned with 35 jewels.

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New Arrival: Leica Launches SOFORT 2 Instant Camera-Printer

Monday, October 2nd, 2023

The Leica SOFORT 2 (S$580) is now available at the official Leica Singapore stores and authorised dealers in black or white. The red variation is only available through the Leica Online Store from 9 November.

The SOFORT 2 is Leica’s second iteration of the instant camera.

The SOFORT 2 is Leica’s second iteration of the instant camera.

The Leica SOFORT 2 is able to save the digital photos it captures permanently.

The hybrid camera can print selected photos it takes as well as photos on your smartphone and those captured with other Leica cameras which are stored in the gallery of the Leica FOTOS app.

Accessories for the Leica SOFORT 2 include stylish wooden picture frames for displaying prints, wrist straps, carrying straps, bags and various other accessories.

Accessories for the Leica SOFORT 2 include stylish wooden picture frames for displaying prints, wrist straps, carrying straps, bags and various other accessories.

Pulling the manual printing lever on the SOFORT 2 begins printing on instax Mini format photo paper.

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New Arrival: Leica Q3 Compact Full-Frame Camera with Summilux Lens

Wednesday, May 24th, 2023

The Leica Q3 retails at S$8,960 and will be available at official Leica Singapore Stores, the Leica Online Store and authorised dealers from 25 May 2023.

Leather protectors, lens caps, retro-look lens hoods, thumb rests, soft release buttons and flash shoe covers are also available in three different colour variations for the new Leica Q3.

Leather protectors, lens caps, retro-look lens hoods, thumb rests, soft release buttons and flash shoe covers are also available in three different colour variations for the new Leica Q3.

Leica Camera AG introduces the 3rd generation of the Leica Q family, the Leica Q3.

The Leica Q3 is a compact fixed focal length full-frame camera with a fast Summilux lens.

At the heart of the Leica Q3 is the new BSI-CMOS sensor with Triple-Resolution-Technology spitting out DNG RAW or processed JPEG files with resolutions of 60, 36, or 18 megapixels.

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New Arrival: Leica M11 Monochrom Rangefinder Digital Camera

Thursday, April 13th, 2023

Leica has just unveiled globally its fourth and latest dedicated black-and-white shooter – the M11 Monochrom rangefinder. Retail price in Singapore: S$13,470.

Thanks to Leica Singapore, I had the opportunity last week to try out the M11 Monochrom for myself prior to today’s global unveiling. I am partial to black-and-white photography and have always loved the toning of Leica cameras. The M11 Monochrom did not disappoint, churning out Magnum-like shots ready for Pullitzer prize-winning stories.

Thanks to Leica Singapore, I had the opportunity last week to try out the M11 Monochrom for myself prior to today’s global unveiling. I am partial to black-and-white photography and have always loved the toning of Leica cameras. The M11 Monochrom did not disappoint, churning out Magnum-like shots ready for Pullitzer prize-winning stories.

The 4th generation of monochrome sensor Leica cameras offers maximum artistic freedom and flexibility in composing images with nothing but light and shadow.

With its BSI CMOS sensor specially designed for black-and-white photography and its enormous sensitivity range of ISO 125 to 200,000, the Leica M11 Monochrom boasts images with the finest detail, extremely high contrast and exceptional, natural sharpness.

 

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The new Leica M11 Monochrom (right) looks identical to its sibling, the Leica M11. The former however has an all black paint finish and does not show the bright red Leica logo on the front of the camera.

It also offers the option of switching between 60, 36 and 18 MP at any time through pixel binning.

The camera has a built-in 256GB internal memory and a USB-C port.

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IFA GPC 2018 – Day 1: Power briefings from brands & analysts

Friday, April 20th, 2018

The first day of the IFA GPC 2018 comprises a series of power briefs by industry leaders and analysts on the latest trends and products in consumer electronics and home appliances. Here is a rundown on what transpired in those proceedings.

Day 1 of the IFA GPC 2018 kicks off with the MC, Dave Graveline, handing the mic over to Jens Heithecker, Executive Director (IFA) & EVP (Messe Berlin Group), for the opening address.

This year, there are altogether 13 power briefings – a marked increase from last year, which saw eight power briefs and one discussion panel.

As I attend these sessions, I will post a brief synopsis of each session on Instagram and consolidate all the synopsis here.

So stay tuned!

Power briefing 1

Power briefing by Philips on innovative solutions for a healthy and joyful life.

Highlight is the new-to-world #SmartSleep solution that will change the way the world sleeps. Philips is positioned to pair clinical research, the latest digital health technologies and design capabilities to create tools that help consumers take better care of themselves and lead a balanced, healthy and energetic lifestyle through nutrition, a clean environment and sleep.

Presenting were Liat Ben-Zur, Senior Vice President, Head of Connected Digital Platforms Propositions; and Bernd Laudahn, Market Leader Personal Health DACH – from Philips.

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Review: SuperCharged Huawei Mate 9 Android flagship phablet

Friday, December 30th, 2016

The Mate 9 is Huawei’s flagship phablet boasting the fabulous camera from P9 that was co-developed with Leica and now improved, a fast Kirin 960 processor and Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.0 user interface. Price in Singapore: S$898.

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My take: The Huawei Mate 9 is another winner from Huawei. The Android 7 flagship phablet works swiftly as a smartphone and has a fabulous camera that churns out wonderfully toned black and white snapshots. Fantastic for monochrome shooters that want Leica-like photos without any post-editing.

The 5.9-inch smartphone has dual SIM slots capable of supporting 4G and 3G networks.

The Huawei Mate 9 ships with 4GB RAM and 64GB memory, and you can use the secondary SIM card slot to add up to 256GB from a microSD card.

Have been trying out the Huawei Mate 9 since its launch & availability in Singapore last month. Was curious to see whether the camera performance of the Mate 9 had improved over the P9, which had impressed me when I tried it (see the P9 photos here).

With the demise of Samsung’s Galaxy Note7, the Huawei Mate 9 is a strong candidate to take up the mettle left by the Korean flagship phablet.

The phone sports a Type-C USB socket – an adaptor to convert into a regular mini-USB is included in the box – and has a 4000mAh battery that can be SuperCharged for a day’s usage within 20 minutes.

I brought along the Mate 9 when I went on vacation in Taiwan to put it through the grind of daily usage, and to take some photos with its fabulous camera (see the Mate 9 photos here).

The highlights

  • Android 7 Nougat.
  • EMUI 5.0 user interface.
  • Latest Kirin 960 CPU for faster performance.
  • SuperCharge technology (full day’s charge in 20min).
  • 2nd gen Leica dual-lens camera with 12MP RGB sensor, and now with 20MP monochrome sensor and Hybrid Zoom, enabling 2x digital zoom.

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Travel Photography – “Beyond Boundaries” by Laxmi Kaul

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

The “Beyond Boundaries” photo exhibition showcases Laxmi’s photos from multiple visits to the Kashmir. This story first appeared on The Travel Memoir.

Here you can see the photographer, Laxmi Kaul with one of her subjects. A juxtaposition of the modern Indian woman with one in traditional garb.

Here you can see the photographer, Laxmi Kaul with one of her subjects.. A juxtaposition of the modern Indian woman with one in traditional garb.

Beyond Boundaries presents Laxmi Kaul and her journey with the people and nomads of Kashmir, where life is about simplicity, serenity and sincerity.

“After shooting in a highly turbulent & conflict–ridden area, I have realized that it is the everyday lives of the people living there that matter to me. They are the ones who makes me want to go back to and continue to narrate their stories. Their daily lives & cultures. I have discovered there is something special in the everyday; for one, we are alive,” said Laxmi Kaul.

What goes on around the borders?

Sometimes life is about the unplanned moments, the appreciation of nature and how civilisations interact.

Laxmi Kaul is a self -taught professional photographer, having started photography at a young age when she saw her father’s passion for making images.

Since then, she has never looked back.

Despite being a commercial photographer, she still holds people and documentary photography closest to her heart.

Laxmi connects with spirituality in daily life and travels with a patriotic zeal.

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This photo is one of many beautiful shots that Laxmi Kaul is exhibiting at the Leica Galleries Singapore at Raffles Hotel Singapore from now till 5 December, 2016. Photo credit: Laxmi Kaul.

She believes the camera is her tool and photography is an extension of her very being.

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Appointments: Jane Cui as new President Leica Camera Asia

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

The appointment is part of a new management level and organisational structure that has been established to strengthen the important Asian growth market for Leica Camera AG.

Jane Cui, President Leica Camera Asia, effective 15 October, 2016.

Jane Cui, President Leica Camera Asia, effective 15 October, 2016.

In the course of the company’s global expansion and the successive expansion of its subsidiaries, Leica Camera AG has now established an additional management level to its organisational structures in the Asia region.

‘I am thrilled to join the Leica family! There is so much history and so many stories are made by Leica. I look forward to be part of the team to help transform the company, and to continue growing the legacy of the Leica brand’, adds Jane Cui.

In her function as President Leica Camera Asia, Jane Cui will be assuming business responsibility for the markets Greater China and South East Asia with effect from 15 October 2016.

She will report to Oliver Kaltner, CEO of Leica Camera AG.

The Managing Directors responsible for the individual Asian regions – Sunil Kaul (Asia Pacific) and Siegmund Dukek (Greater China) – will report to Jane Cui.

Below are more details from the press release.

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