Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Canon Powershot S90 microsite launch

The Next Best Camera to Point-&-Shoot
So Pocketable, So Powerful
It's Good!
Canon Powershot S90

If you once considered the "Legendary Point-&-Shoot"
Panasonic Lumix LX-3 but dissed by the lack of zoom, your prayers have been answered!
Canon introduces the f/2 Canon Powershot S90.

For more details, visit Canon Powershot S90 microsite

So is it something to consider selling my LX3 for? I say definitely maybe!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Congratulations to Jenson Button (BRAWN GP) World Champion 2009

Jenson Button

Jenson Button (GBR) and BRAWN GP team
in winning the
F1 World Championship 2009

Photograph taken during the Singapore F1 GP Night Race.
Photography by William Tan
©William Tan 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Digi-Cabi AD-050 (50L) Electronic Dry Cabinet

Digi-Cabi AD-50 (50L) Electronic Dry Cabinet
S$155 (U.P. S$168)

External dimensions: W35×D32×H50cm
Effective capacity: 50L
Power consumption: 5W
Digital Hygrometer: 1
Door: 1
Tray: 2x Fully adjustable roller tray with 2x eva mats and 1x wave foam tray

I decided to give away my free Digi-Cabi DB-026 (20L) electronic dry cabinet. It just could not provide me any more space for future optics and existing compact cameras. I long knew I needed more space. So I moved from a meagre '2RM flat' to a '5RM flat'! With my equipments, the basic '3RM flat' (DB-036; 30L) is just not enough! Hence, I had to go for Digi Cabi AD-050 electronic dry cabinet which provides me with a generous capacity of 50L! Now, I can easily access each individual equipment and yet accommodate a bit more things. How about a 300mm prime? Of course that is impossible! A Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro will do nicely!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Cheapest Filters for DSLR Starters!

Targus Digital 58mm Digital Filter Set: Circular Polarizer and UV Filter
I wanted to get a Circular Polarizer (CPL or PL-C) for my bro who recently started out on DSLR photography with a Canon EOS 500D. I decided to get him the cheapest CPL that I could find. Not that I decided to be stingy and not get him a branded filter. I definitely believe that good lenses are useless with a bad filter. The kit lens is only as good as a decent usable filter and subsquently, that filter size (58mm) is rather unusable on other lenses. It claims 'Multi-Coated' and 'High Definition'. I understand both terms but have no clue how 'High Definition' comes into play here. Nevertheless, at that ridiculously cheap price, I decided to give it a shot. Upon trying it out, I detected no significant differences from another cheap but better HOYA Digital filter. I guess it is super cheap because these filters come in a blister pack with no hard carrier cases. Nevertheless, the UV filter (or protector filter) is usually permanently fixed on the lens. I would need to find a carrier for the CPL. I started out wanting to get a CPL and end up getting a 'free' UV filter for the price of a CPL, I guess no harm keeping a spare UV filter, in any case the existing one gets scratched.
Does its job? Yeah!
Cheap? Yeah!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Bought Canon 500D

Bought a Canon 500D DSLR today!
S$1280 (500D kit I + Tokina 58mm UV filter + Screen Protector + DIVIPower spare battery + EF Lens book* + 8GB SDHC*)
No, I have not jump ship from Nikon to Canon,
but simply had to recommend the best entry-level DSLR to my bro.
Was not very hard to decide between Canon 500D and Nikon D5000.
Beyond the specs, both cameras were real close calls with individual's unique strengths and short-comings,
but I had to sit on fence for this.
Clearly the Nikon is perfect for beginners to pick up photography with DSLR,
but the Canon should take its user further.
And that's the main reason why I recommended the Canon.
I like the way Canon has keep its KISS lineup dedicated to DSLR photography and not straying off to build a prosumer-like DSLR which ends up with an obviously heavier rig.
*standard free gifts claimable from Canon Singapore.

Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix 2009

Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix 2009

I was delighted to invited to watch the Singapore leg of the Formula 1 Grand Prix 2009.
It definitely rocks experiencing the night race with fans from around the globe.
The Singapore GP Night Race is indeed a 'deafeningly' superb experience!

I ain't a fan of the race, hence no tagging of driver names to each machine.
It was my first time shooting motor sports and probably my last, 'cos I was literally burning shutters and getting rubbish. Nevertheless, here are some random selections haphazardly processed for sharing.
Photos are posted a tad too late, but just get these over and done with!

Tickets proudly sponsored by SingTel, title sponsor of the Singapore GP 2009.

Red Bull Gives You Wings!

and the winner of the race....
Lewis Hamilton in his Team McLaren-Mercedes.
Truly an 爱国者!

Photography & Editing by William Tan
©William Tan 2009