Toshiba FlashAir

On our hands is the 16GB Toshiba FlashAir card. For the people in Singapore, this is currently selling for only S$40 at A.D. Industries’ booth at the I.T. Show 2014 at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre. We’ll be posting a comparative review of this vs. the very popular EyeFi X2 cards soon. Watch this space.

YS: $40 is one heck of a price! Not bad at all.

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Nikon Offers D600 Cleaning and Shutter Replacement

Nikon D600

 

Nikon have finally announced that, among other things, they will replace the shutter on the D600 camearas that have problematic shutters. This saga with the oil and dust issue has dragged on long enough, and it certainly was not one of Nikon’s finest moments. At least there is a fix now, but if there is a next time, solving the issue before the replacement camera, or better yet, solving the problem without a replacement camera would be better. This is the Singapore service advisory, and this is the USA one. Check with your country’s own service centre to see more details on the process. Hopefully this ends the saga once and for all.

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Nikon Singapore D4s Launch Event

The new Nikon D4s with the AF-S 35mm f/1.4

Earlier on, we concluded our liveblog of the Nikon Singapore D4s launch event. Here’s a more detailed write up and photos of the event which is held at the Kartright Speedway GoKart Racing Circuit in the west end of Singapore.

Continue reading Nikon Singapore D4s Launch Event

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Nikon Announces D4s

nikond4sWell, it was not much of a secret, but Nikon have announced the D4s that they said they were working on, just a month ago during CES. The “s” suffix indicates a small upgrade, but the D3s was also well-received. Like the D3s, the main upgrade here is an improved sensor and electronics package (Expeed 4, if you really want to know) over its predecessor, giving it a one stop improvement, so it now does a maximum of ISO 25,600 in normal ISO range, and 409,600 in expanded range.

The other upgrade is in autofocus, with the camera now being able to do 11 FPS with AF tracking, and a new group AF feature that chooses a point among five user selected points to focus on. It is kind of like a mini Auto Area AF mode.

There are also numerous other upgrades, including 1080p video at 50/60fps at 42 MBps, improved battery life with the new EN-EL18a, and something that time lapse shooters will appreciate, the ability to shoot 9,999 shots. Sadly, it still packs a single CF card slot together with a single XQD card slot. I believe most pro shooters would rather have two cards of the same type. I know I would!

The camera is slated to arrive in March, with a US MSRP of US$6,500.

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Hands On With the New Fujifilm X-T1

Fujifilm X-T1 with XF 56mm f/1.2
Fujifilm X-T1 with XF 56mm f/1.2

For a long time, I didn’t think I’d be tempted with a new camera. Most of the cameras released were cool and all, but it lacked the “X Factor” to tempt me. Full frame, more megapixels, faster AF, Wifi, etc weren’t enough to get me to buy one. I am quite happy shooting my Nikon D7000.

That is, until I attended the Fujifilm hands-on session organised by a few Fujifilm dealers in Singapore to let potential buyers check out the newly released XT-1 camera. Like the Sony A7/A7R, the Fujifilm XT-1 is a highly anticipated camera and many were keen to check it out. Following the trend of retro-inspired designs started by the legendary X100, the XT-1 continue to have the knobs and dials that many will like (and surely some will hate it as well). Continue reading Hands On With the New Fujifilm X-T1

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Olympus Ruins YS with Development Announcement of M.Zuiko 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO and 300mm f/4 PRO Lenses

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Olympus has announced that they have the 7-14mm f/2.8 and 300mm f/4 PRO lenses for the Micro Four Thirds mount. Try not to get too excited though; this is only a development announcement, and we will only see them in 2015. Still, an ultrawide that is an f/2.8 zoom, and a 300mm f/4? Sign me up. Slightly sad that Panasonic is not doing the 300mm though, since I would like to have seen Power OIS in the lens. Still, I have lived without IS in my lenses before, so it is now down to price for me.

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CK: So now Olympus has an answer to Panasonic’s LUMIX G VARIO 7-14mm f/4 ASPH, but like the recently released M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 12-40mm f/2.8 ED PRO, it zooms the “wrong” way (relative to Nikon) for me. I lost count of how many times the wrong direction has tripped me up while testing it out. This lens focus/zoom/aperture ring direction should be standardised!

But for those who doesn’t mind, or who feels that this is the correct zoom direction for them, the 7-14mm is a good alternative to the Panasonic. And the 300mm is there if you need a 600mm equivalent for your Micro Four Thirds system.

 

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Canon Announces Powershot G1X Mark II, EOS 1200D (Rebel T5)

Canon Powershot G1X Mark IICanon has finally decided to replace the G1X, but while it is two cycles behind its little brother, the G15 and G16, the upgrade looks worth the wait. The new camera retains the same 14 megapixel 1.5″ sensor but now comes with a much faster and useful lens, a 24-120mm equivalent f/2.0-3.9 lens that also promises closer focusing. Much much better than the 28-112 f/2.8-5.8 lens in the original. The autofocus also promises to be quicker as well; anyone using the G1X will remember how leisurely that particular camera was. The new design also looks more compact, and comes with two control rings around the lens instead of the one on cameras like the Powershot S120. One ring will feature click stops, while one will not. While the LCD is no longer a swivel kind, it still flips up and down, and can do the full 180 degrees for selfies, and there is an option for an addon XGA EVF for US$300.

It is quite a nice camera, and it seems David is tempted. Ships in April for US$800.

Then there is the EOS 1200D. It is the EOS 550D brought back to life at a lower price. Same 18 megapixel sensor and 9 point AF, oh, but worse LCD with a HVGA resolution. Purely for Canon to flood retail space with. Ships in March for US$550 (but please don’t buy it, and don’t let friends buy it either!).

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