Thursday, March 29, 2012

Rolex Sky-Dweller, Sky The Limit!

If you read my December 2009 rant about my beloved watch.. I mean, chronometer; my Rolex GMT Master; you know I am a bit of a Rolex nut ;)

Thanks to my good friend Huggies I found out that Rolex has launch a new watch. After seeing the picture Huggies post in FB, I told him the Rolex Explorer look better!

Huggies was shocked and pointed out the new features of this new Rolex offering!  Embarrass, I did some reading...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

"Kodak Moment" At Porirua!

Kodak Moment... A rare, one time, moment that is captured by a picture, or should have been captured by a picture.
"Aww!.. They look soo happy sitting there by the lake! That's definetly a kodak moment!"  - Urban Dictionary

Porirua is a city in the Wellington Region of New Zealand, immediately north of the city of Wellington, with their central business districts 20 km apart.  The name "Porirua" is of Māori origin. It is possibly a variant of "Pari-rua" ("two tides"), a reference to the two arms of the Porirua Harbour.  - Wikipedia

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Nikon D800 is the NEW KING of DxOMark!!

♪♪♪ The news is out, all over town; that you been seen... at DxO Mark! ♫♫♫♫♫♫

In my post on the new Nikon D4, I declared it as the DSLR King. Well, DXO Lab just announced  the Nikon D4 spent only a few days in the top spot for their sensor results before being dethroned by the Nikon D800!

For those that don't know, DXO Mark is:

DxOMark is the trusted industry standard for camera and lens independent image quality measurements and ratings.

The overall DxOMark Score is obtained by combining a series of scores that indicate the image quality of lenses mounted on different camera models.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Memory... Canon EOS D2000 in the Rain!

The Canon EOS D2000 (a Canon branded Kodak DCS 520) is a 2-megapixel digital single-lens reflex camera developed by Kodak on a Canon EOS-1N body. It was released in March 1998.

It features a CCD sensor and can shoot at 3.5 frames per second.

Many enthusiasts regard the D2000 as Canon's first truly usable Digital SLR. It was released in tandem with the Canon D6000 (a rebranded Kodak DCS 560), a 6-megapixel model. -Wikipedia

My experience with this RM 70,000 (NZ$ 28,000) digital SLR in Y2K...

Surprised?  Yes, that was how much the camera cost in 1999!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Micro 4/3 Come Of Age!!

 Coming of age is a young person's transition from childhood to adulthood.

The Micro Four Thirds system (MFT) is a standard created by Olympus and Panasonic, and announced on August 5, 2008, for mirrorless interchangeable lens digital cameras and camcorders design and development. However, unlike the preceding Four Thirds System, it is not an open standard.

MFT shares the original image sensor size and specification with the Four Thirds system, designed for DSLRs.

Unlike Four Thirds, the MFT system design specification does not provide space for a mirror box and a pentaprism, allowing smaller bodies to be designed, and a shorter flange focal distance and hence smaller lenses to be designed.

Virtually any lens can be used on MFT camera bodies using the proper adapter. For instance, Four Third lenses can be used with auto focus using the adapters designed by Olympus and Panasonic.      - Wikipedia

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Is Nokia 808 PureView the next Disruptive Innovation?

Way back in 2009 I wrote about my experience in using a Bronica 120 camera, in "A Blast From The Past" I mention Christian Sandström; a young PhD in innovation management from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.

After reading "The Rise of Digital Imaging and the Fall of the old Camera Industry" in Luminous-Landscape, I wrote to young Sandström...

"I am absolutely riveted  to my seat reading your recent article in The Luminous Landscape!

Working as a Picture Editors all this years in various newspaper, I was involved in implementing, pushing and selling digital conversions to Editors and bean counters! I also argued with digital people from Kodak and predicted their downfall :)

I will be writing about Bronica in my blog next week and would like your kind permission to quote part of what you say and may be to embed one or two slides show into my blog.  Looking forward to hear from you.  Kind regards  -  CY  "

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Olympus OM-D Preorder Promotion ?!!

I read with interest that Olympus Malaysia is holding a Pre-Order Promotion for the new OM-D EM-5 camera.

For a deposit of Rm 200.00 you can pre-order this beauty and Olympus Malaysia will throw in some freebies too!

Well, yours truly was ecstatic and was going to call his friend in KL to book one for him!

He DO NOT care about all those freebies but he really wanted a HL-D6 battery holder / grip!

He found out Olympus Malaysia is selling that for a very special price of Rm 899.00 (Rm 999.00 usual price) during this promo!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Canon G1-X advert Made a Boo Boo!

Singapore magazine “TODAY” on Friday March 9 posted a Canon G1 X advertisement (see on top), that boast about their humongous CMOS sensor in their G1-X compared to the much much smaller Micro Four-Third!

Take a look at the size comparison diagram in the ad ;)

The Polarizing Filter

When was the last time you used a polarizing (polarising) filter in your photography?

According to Wikipedia...

A polarizer is an optical filter that passes light of a specific polarization and blocks waves of other polarizations. It can convert a beam of light of undefined or mixed polarization into a beam with well-defined polarization. The common types of polarizers are linear polarizers and circular polarizers. Polarizers are used in many optical techniques and instruments, and polarizing filters find applications in photography and liquid crystal display technology.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Stunning Samples From Canon 5D Mklll !

Canon Japan has posted a number of stunning full-resolution sample photos taken with their new EOS 5D Mark III DSLR camera.

The sample pictures were taken at various ISO settings ranging from ISO 100/21° to ISO 3200/36°, using a variety of Canon L lenses.

The first sample shot of a Aurora was taken with a EF35mm F1.4Llens @ ISO 800 f2.8 and 8 full second.

A 100% crop of the top picture, those are the stars; NOT dead pixels! Duh!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Canon 5D Mark III Has Landed!

Johnny Come Lately, the DSLR that started video film making FIVE years ago has been replaced; finally!

Canon Press Release

Creativity, redefined – Canon unleashes the EOS 5D Mark III

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 2nd March 2012 – Canon today announces the latest addition to its world-famous EOS range with the launch of the new EOS 5D Mark III. The EOS 5D Mark III builds on the performance of the legendary EOS 5D Mark II, offering improved speed, greater resolution, enhanced processing power and extended creative options for both stills and Full HD movies – providing unparalleled artistic freedom for the most demanding photographers.