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Mar 29

The Sony CyberShot DSC-HX50V, an ideal travel camera

The Nikon D7000 and the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX50V My wife will be off on a trip soon and she wanted a camera to bring with her. "What's wrong with the camera on your phone?" I asked. "It's slow (to focus), the pictures don't always come out good, I can't take pictures indoors and its flash isn't very good." "Ok, take my D7000." "What?!? I'm not dragging that bulky thing wherever I go! Get me a compact!" So that's how I ended up researching compact cameras for my wife. The original budget was something around the region of RM600-1000. But I quickly realised, that in that price range, alot of compromises were being made. For example, the LCD screens came out of the early 2000s, or the zoom reach was poor, or the image quality was no better than a mobile phone camera. Read the rest of this entry »

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Oct 08

Bali and its scenes

A statue of a mythological battle scene from the epic Mahabharata

A statue of a mythological battle scene from the epic Mahabharata

Bali... The mere mention of the name typically has me imagining beaches and the sea. It's been on my wife's "to visit" list forever and we finally made it there with the kids in tow along with my Mum. Not exactly your romantic getaway, but a getaway nonetheless. Before going there, I had a tough time deciding what to bring with me. I knew the D7000 and the Tamron 18-50mm were definitely going with me, but I wasn't sure whether I wanted to have more reach or a wider angle. With weight being foremost in my mind, I opted for the Tokina 11-16mm. I had the SB-600 with me as well just in case. Since we had kids with us. the itinerary was simple:
  • stay out of inaccessible places
  • make sure the kids had fun
So that meant we were going to give most of the temples a miss since one temple is more or less the same as any other (to kids anyway) as well as some other less child friendly activities such as swimming with dolphins and so on. What we did visit were a few notable temples (Tirta Empul, temples in the sacred monkey forest and Uluwatu) and Batur volcano apart from some other minor stops here and there. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sep 21

Nikon 1 AW1 review roundup

Nikon 1 AW1

Nikon 1 AW1

The Nikon 1 AW1 is the world's first shockproof, waterproof, interchangeable-lens digital camera. In addtion to that, it is also freezeproof. Imagine taking the AW1 straight under water with no housing. Amazing right? This camera does indeed need no case or housing. The camera is waterproof up to 15m, not very deep when it comes to diving, but for a camera which needs no housing, I think this is more than acceptable and makes it an excellent holiday camera. The Nikon 1 AW1 is a 14.2 megapixel CX format camera and from most specs, a rehash of the Nikon 1 J3, with an uprated ruggedised body. Of course, being an interchangeable system means that lenses you use need to have the same level of sealing for this whole system to work. As such, Nikon has also introduced 2 new all-weather lenses. The two lenses are the 1 NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 and 1 NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8. Like the AW1,  the lenses are essentially, ruggedised and waterproofed versions of two existing 1-mount lenses. The lens mount on the AW1 has an o-ring which mates with the new AW lenses to keep water out. I personally think this is quite a game changer in terms of how enthusiast photographers approach their photography and will definitely keep a close watch on developments related to this new addition to the Nikon 1 line.   First impressions Reviews    

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Sep 16

Happy Malaysia Day!

Happy Malaysia Day!Just wished the flag was fluttering in the wind. Yes yes, excuse the faux tilt-shift effect. 😉

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Sep 15

Snapshot: Playing in the sun

Playing in the sun I was going through my old photos and came across this shot taken with my D70s. I was reminded how much I liked the shimmering light in the water with the children in the foreground. It isn't exactly the friendliest of conditions for the camera, but I think it did fairly well. I like how the harsh light has resulted in a silhouette.

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