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Nikon D500 & D5 Showcase for NPS members and media

03 Jun

Nikon Malaysia recently hosted a showcase of its latest DSLR duo, the DX-format D500 and FX-format D5 to avid photographers, NPS members and the media at its Nikon Centre in Kuala Lumpur. Participants received an in-depth and hands on experience for both DSLRs after the introduction and technical presentation that followed.

Mahfooz Rasool, Nikon Professional Services (NPS) Manager at Nikon Malaysia was there to greet the participants. “While Nikon is renowned for making state-of-the-art photography equipment, we see it as our responsibility to ensure the users get the most out of our products. This is why we have events such as this, to create an immersive experience for them to fully get acquainted with our products, their features and capabilities. In this case with the D5 and D500, we wanted to showcase their application in real-life situations, in order to truly demonstrate their capabilities,” said Rasool.

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To showcase the proficiency of the D5, Edwin Tan Photography shared experiences in using the D5 in professional wedding photography. Later into the programme, Motion in Style conducted a DSLR videography session on using the D500. Moving into sports photography, a panel discussion was held amongst notable sports photographers: Ying Ching Heng, Khalid Redza and Shazli Shamsuddin, which deliberated on how solutions provided by both the D5 and D500 could address challenges faced within the fraternity.

The D5 camera is developed with advanced specifications that include significantly improved moving subject acquisition capabilities, and compelling image quality at high sensitivities to enable excellent response to a wide variety of scenes and subjects.

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Photographers needing to keep up with the constant change of pace of a subject under a variety of conditions will enjoy the new 153-point autofocus (AF) system and a stable viewfinder image that makes tracking moving subjects easy, even with high-speed continuous shooting. Visual aesthetics are heightened with the collaboration of a new Nikon FX-format CMOS sensor and a new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine, both developed by Nikon, producing the highest standard ISO sensitivity in Nikon history with up to an ISO of 102400.

This helps to expand photographic possibilities by liberating photographers from lighting restrictions, not only with the capture of still photos, but also with recordings of 4K UHD (3840 × 2160) movies, the latter being a new feature introduced with the D5.

The DX-format D500 incorporates the same powerful 153-point AF system as the D5, ensuring precise subject acquisition. It supports 4K UHD movies, meeting the demands of multimedia professionals, while the new EXPEED 5 image-processing engine enables it to deliver high-quality images and movies and realizes a wide sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 51200, expandable to Hi 5 (ISO 1640000 equivalent).  

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The D500 combines the agility of the DX system with superior usability. It employs a touch-screen, tilting monitor, and features SnapBridge support, which enhances the value of your images via constant wireless connection with a smart device. The camera is compatible with the newly released MB-D17 Multi-Power Battery Pack (optional), which can be used with various types of battery.

 
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2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R: K.O.G. Ride To Bentong’s Lemang To’ki

22 Aug

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This is the third group ride I had riding the 2015 Ninja ZX-10R. The ride was organised by the Kawasaki Owners Group (KOG) and the rendezvous point (RV) was at the BHP station along Karak highway just 2 km after the Gombak toll, which is the favourite place for big bikers to meet up for any of their weekend ride up to Genting Highlands or towards any of the towns in the East coast of the Peninsular.

Much as I told myself that I should refrained from participating in any big bike convoy organised by any group (except for weekend ride of between 8-10 riders or less), I have never participated in a ride organised by KOG so this was my first ever outing with them. For today’s ride, there were approximately 30 Kawasaki bikers and 1 rider on a Honda CBR500R – I never got to ask the leaders as to why that was the case as the ride is supposedly consisting of Kawasaki bike owners only or so I thought.

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Today’s ride was organised for the fun of riding all the way to Bentong town via Karak highway to have brunch at the popular Lemang To’ki in Jalan Tras (GPS Coordinate: 3.545393, 101.899655). The time taken to reach by car is approximately 50 minutes from our RV point. We took approximately 40 minutes to reach the venue by bikes as the group was merely cruising within the 110 kph highway speed limit, and we weren’t speeding at all.

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Even at that cruising speed, there were a number of occasions that I had to apply brakes to avoid torpedoed-ing the rider in front of me. Back to the reason why I should refrained from participating in any bike convoy comprised of more than 20 bikers is this situation. As usual, I had started off at the back of the convoy, with just a “Sweeper” behind me. Within a few minutes, I found myself in mid-pack with the Ninja ZX-10R, not that I was riding faster than anyone else but it was just the way I ride a bike – maintaining the same speed used on the straights at the bends and corners too.

Riding at 110 kph is nothing astonishing with a 250cc and above capacity motorcycle on the highway, and for me it is practically easy to maintain the same consistency whether on the straights and at the bends. In practise, within a few corners, there can be a huge gap developing between me and the rest once I am at the front, and that’s how I worked my way from behind the group to the front, as usual.

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I was quite contended with remaining behind 4 riders after having made my way to the front but came close to torpedo-ing 2 of them at almost every bend thereafter as they hit the brakes on such a situation, I decided to move ahead of them and slotted the Ninja ZX-10R behind the 2 leaders-cum-marshals. I could see the gap between the afore-mentioned 4 riders and me widened almost immediately upon clearing a few bends/corners at Karak highway.

The 2 leaders upfront were also maintaining the same speed on the straights/the bends and pretty soon, the three of us were widening the gap from the rest at each bend, but the riders behind soon increased their speed upon hitting the straights to keep up with us before slowing/braking to tackle the next corner. That’s not to say the KOG does not have fast riders – most of them did not participate in today’s ride, and the few that did, didn’t start off the RV point but joined the group later at Lemang To’ki as they were coming from another function.

We had a temporary stop after reaching the Bentong toll plaza, to ensure none of the riders were left behind. After confirming the headcount, we proceed to Bentong town.

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The ride into Bentong and out of it towards Lemang To’ki in the outskirts was a breeze, and the Ninja ZX-10R again is found to be exceptionally agile to handle the town’s tight, twisty and bumpy road. Although I had passed by Lemang To’ki a number of times while riding to Raub, Sungai Koyan and Cameron Highlands, this was the first time I had visited it, courtesy of joining the ride organised by KOG. The brunch was nice, and it cost me just RM9 for my order inclusive of a drink, an iced Nescafe. And top it off with the place’s famous Chendol later as dessert.

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After the brunch, the riders had a few group photos as memories, and they were allowed to go their separate ways. Some opted to visit Bentong town, others will ride back to Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya while a few others decided to resume with their ride to other towns like Raub, Karak and Lanchang. As for me and the Ninja ZX-10R, I decided to ride back to KL via the older/twisty Jalan Gombak from Bentong town rather than using Karak highway.

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However, I found the old road with more bumps as well as slippery at certain bends and with more patches than ever as compared to the last time I had a solo ride on it via the Honda CBR650F in late March 2015. While the agility of the Ninja ZX-10R is NEVER beyond doubt when riding on the old road, the experience wasn’t as smooth I wanted it to be. The bike’s suspension was able to absorb most of the bumps well and gripped the slippery surface with excellent traction but the great weather of the day had turned the seat quite hot, with my butt beginning to feel the heat after I had completed half the route of the old road. Thus, I decided to exit Jalan Gombak at the Genting Sempah RnR into Karak highway and made my way home via MRR2 after passing thru the Gombak toll plaza.

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Discover the excitement of cycling at Sepang Circuit on April 23rd, 2015

21 Apr

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Have you ever experienced cycling on a world class racing circuit before? Have you ever wondered what cycling on the 5,543 meter long track with 15 corners and 8 straights including two high-speed stretches feels like?

This is the opportunity for you to experience it as Sepang International Circuit is giving you the opportunity to do just that. Located away from the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur, surrounded by thriving greenery and the home to the Malaysian Grand Prix since 1999.

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Details of the event are as below:

Venue: Sepang International Circuit

Date: 23 April 2015​, Thursday​

Time: 7.00am – 8.30am

Kindly note that Sepang will not be providing attendees with bicycles as they will need to bring their own to join the cycling session.

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Sony Malaysia Launches Alpha Experience 2013 for Sony A Camera Fans

15 Mar

Sony Malaysia hosted the annual Sony A Experience for its Alpha camera users for 2013 with the theme “JOM Alpha 2013”. an 600 registered participants from The 2-day program, which was launched this evening, has more than 600 registered participants from March 16 and 17, features guest speakers from around the world such as Michael Yamashita, Gary L. Friedman and Melisa Teo.

In addition,, 6 others speakers and experts from various photography industries including an optics and lens specialist from Japan will be conducting workshops to share their diversified and unique experiences, tips and tricks on photography during the event.

The Sony A Experience semianr offers a common ground for photography enthusiasts to share their experiences and be inspired by the speakers. Apart from the comprehensive line-up f workshops, The Gallery showcases a selection of masterpieces from those guest speakers as well as photos from the Sony World Photography Awards (SWPA) 2012. More creative shooting opportunities await the participants during the Courtyard Garden, with special line-ups of performances and exciting events such as Fashion Show, Cultural Dance, Martial Arts and Luxury Automobile.

“Sony’s A Experience is created with the aim to nurture the unique relationship of Sony A cameras with its users,” said Masahiko Ishida, Head of Digital Imaging Department, Sony Malaysia. “We don’t just sell the products, but more importantly, we want to offer unique programs that we can engage with our customers emotionally. Sony A Experience is the ideal ground for this,”Ishida added.

Participants at the event will also receive an “Idea Passbook” which they can collect a minimum of 6 stickers across the 2-day seminar to redeem a Sony SD card. There are alos other prizes to be won including the Grand Prize of an Alpha NEX-6L worth RM3,299 from the Photo Challenge for Sony camera users. Participants will also be the first to try and test out Sony’s ;atest range of A cameras like the new SLT-A58 and NEX-3N.

 
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Ferrari’s 20th anniversary in China Attracts 250,000 People

27 Nov

Hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic spectators lined the streets of Guangzhou in the south of China during the closing event of 11 months of celebrations for the 20th anniversary of Ferrari’s presence in China. The importance of the event was marked by the arrival of Ferrari’s Chairman, Luca di Montezemolo, who in the morning met the nation’s media during the first press day at the Guangzhou Auto Show.

During the packed press conference on the Ferrari stand, Montezemolo underlined the importance of the Chinese market for the company. “We consider our first 20 years presence in this nation as just a start. I am very pleased with the results we have attained so far and I would like to thank all those who have worked so hard and who share our dreams and our passion. With the warmth and affection we feel surrounding Ferrari in China I am sure we will continue to grow together.”

Greater China has recently become Ferrari’s second most important market along with Germany, with sales that have reached over 700 and with a 25-strong dealership network. In the afternoon the streets of Guangzhou were the scene of celebrations, starting with a parade of over 130 Ferraris, the biggest ever seen in China. The enthusiasm of the crowds of spectators, clients and fans on the passage of the cars was amazing and one of the highlights of the parade was the appearance, for the first time in public, of a new version of the 458 Italia produced as a limited series for the Chinese market, with characteristic Chinese elements and finished in a special Rosso Marco Polo.

The cars paraded from the local Ferrari showroom as far as the Haixinsha stadium, which hosted the highly successful 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, where 18,000 people filled the venue to watch a display that concluded with an exhibition of the 2012 International GT Open championship-winning 458 GT2 driven by Gianmaria Bruni who took the Drivers’ title. The celebrations continued with the illumination of the Canton Tower, the city’s main landmark, in red for the occasion while 500 clients took part in the gala evening inside.

“It has been a marvellous day of celebrations,” commented Montezemolo, “with many enthusiasts, a lot of young people and the city full of Ferrari flags. This has been the best demonstration yet of what the Prancing Horse represents in China – not just from a commercial point of view, but above all else for the Chinese people’s passion for Ferrari.”

 
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Philip Chong’s 2012 Birthday Gathering

08 Oct

My usual circle of photo enthusiast friends threw a surprise birthday gathering for me today. It came with a 1 kg chocolate that was rich in sugar and choc. Gonna take me a few days to finish that cake. A BIG thank you to them.

 
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Media Get Hands-On Experience With Nikon D3200 @ Retreat

22 Jun

Amidst the sun, sea and sand at the Thistle Resort in Port Dickson, over 30 journalists and photographers from various media organisations had the opportunity to get up close and personal with Nikon’s latest model, the D3200 DSLR. Nikon’s most powerful entry-level DX-format digitalSLRcamera combines the best of Nikon digital imaging technology with unprecedented ease of use. The camera possesses a brand newCMOSimage sensor with an effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels, Nikon’s high-end EXPEED 3 image-processing engine and a revamped Guide mode function for simple and intuitive operation.

Members of the media found the D3200 to be extremely portable, compact and lightweight, as well as loaded with the latest digital SLR camera functions, offering superior usability.

David Ng, General Manager of Consumer Products Marketing Department, Nikon Malaysia, sadi: “The combination of an all-new DX-formatCMOSimage sensor featuring an effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels with the same EXPEED 3 image-processing engine built into Nikon’s high-end D4 and D800/D800E cameras, puts the D3200 at the top of its class in terms of capturing images with high quality and definition.

“What’s more, the D3200 also offers an improved Guide mode with new and updated functions that make using the camera even simpler. Along with Android smart devices compatibility, users can now transfer images or shoot remotely using the Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a,” said Ng.

During the retreat, the media had the opportunity to interact with veteran photographer Saed Khan who is associated with a French news agency and based in Kuala Lumpur. During his presentation, Saed provided invaluable photography tips and shared his many years of experience. The media were later split into groups and together with a model each, roamed the surroundings at Thistle Resort to compete for the Best Freestyle Shot, Best Close Up Shot and Best Video, filmed using the D-Movie function. The winners received shopping vouchers as prizes.

Winner – Best Close-up

All in all, the participants agreed that the Media Retreat not only equipped them with a better knowledge and appreciation of the D3200 and its features, it was also a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur.

Winner – Best Freestyle

The D3200 is now available at all Nikon authorized dealers. Photography enthusiasts can get a hands-on experience of the camera at the Nikon Centre as well. The recommended sale price is RM3,148 (kit with AF-S DX VR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G), RM2,548 (kit with AF-S DX VR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G) and  RM2,148 (body only).

 
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Basic Cleaning Service @ Canon Professional HD Center

02 Jun

The Canon Professional HD Center @ Berjaya Times Square held another weekend event today with the FREE -Basic Cleaning & Service to EOS users. In addition to the basic cleaning service, other services like Firmware Updates, Shutter Count check and Appraisal & Evalution of the EOS cameras and EF lenses are also provided. The Apraisal service is for those wishing to sell their equipment to upgrade to the latest EOS System gear. The Appraisal service was limited to the first 20 users who plan to sell their cameras while basic cleaning, firmware updates and shutter count are open to any EOS user who walks in during the allocated time for the weekend event.

 
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“Get To Know Your EOS Cameras Better” Session @ Canon Professional HD Center

27 May

The Canon Professional HD Center located inside the IT Centre of Berjaya Times Square today held an informal session for EOS users who wanted to know more of what their cameras could do. Those who attended the session also get to handle Canon’s latest EF lenses and EOS cameras like the EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EOS 5D Mark III and Cine EOS C300 movie camcorder.

The session was conducted by the Center’s General Manager, Herman Chiew and Technical Editor of Just Like That… blog Philip Chong. Both were also assisted by Canon Marketing Malaysia Senior Product Specialist Kevin Boey.

This informal session kicks off of what will be a formal session each weekend at the Canon Professional HD Centre beginning in June 2, 2012, with each session having a different theme relating to either EOS DSLRs or EOS Cinema System of cameras.

 
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EOS 5D Mk III and EOS-1D X Presentation @ EOS Boutique Subang Jaya

18 Mar

EOS Boutique Subang Jaya had a successful presentation for Canon’s latest duo of full frame EOS DSLR cameras – the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X, at its premise located in Subang Square in SS15 of the prime residential and commercial zone. The presentation was held over 2 days, on March 17 and 18, with 3 separate sessions. The audience was impressed with the presentation given by Teoh Peng Kee, Image Consultant for Creative Imaging Professionals Sdn Bhd, which owns and manage the EOS Boutique outlet. About half of the audience made their bookings for the 2 EOS DSLR cameras after the presentation.

 
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