Archive for October, 2011

Porsche Design BlackBerry P’9981 Smartphone

31 Oct

Porsche Design and Research In Motion have announced the elite new Porsche Design P’9981 smartphone from BlackBerry. Designed by Porsche Design, in collaboration with RIM, the P’9981 is the luxury brand’s first smartphone delivers engineered luxury and performance. The exclusive material choices for this unique smartphone include a forged stainless steel frame, hand-wrapped leather back cover, sculpted QWERTY keyboard, and crystal clear touch display. This customized Porsche Design P’9981 comes with an exclusive Porsche Design UI and a bespoke Wikitude World Browser augmented reality app experience. It also includes premium, exclusive PINs that help easily identify another P’9981 smartphone user.

Since 1972 Porsche Design has presented milestone products with iconic style, and the P’9981 smartphone from BlackBerry will be our next landmark. The pure and distinctive design, coupled with authentic materials and an emphasis on the manufacturing process, perfectly match our philosophy and complement the Porsche Design product assortment. The Porsche Design P’9981 is a truly modern luxury smartphone, where the timeless style of Porsche Design meets the unmatched mobile experience provided by BlackBerry.

The Porsche Design P’9981 is built on a performance driven platform that features a 1.2 GHz processor, HD video recording, 24-bit high resolution graphics, and advanced sensors enabling new augmented reality applications. It comes with 8GB of on-board memory, expandable up to 40GB with a micro SD card. BlackBerry 7, the operating system for the new Porsche Design P’9981, includes a next generation BlackBerry browser with a fast, fluid web browsing experience that is among the best in the industry. It also features Liquid Graphics technology, which delivers a highly responsive touch experience with incredibly fast and smooth graphics.

The Porsche Design P’9981 includes built-in support for NFC (Near Field Communications), which will enable many new and exciting capabilities. The Porsche Design P’9981 smartphone from BlackBerry will be available from Porsche Design stores later this year.

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Lenna Lim is Miss Astro 2011/Chinese International

30 Oct

22-year old Lenna Lim was crowned as the new Miss Astro 2011 at a glittering event that was telecast live over Wah Lai Toi channel over Astro. She beats 9 other finalists for the coveted title. Lim was among the 3 favourites with the audience, which include finalist #1 Evonne Teah and #8 Kate Ng. Ng bagged the 1st-runner-up spot while Joey Cheong was the 2nd-runner-up. Lim also bagged the Miss Photogenic subsidiary title sponsored by Canon Marketing Malaysia’s ICP division. Ng also won the Miss Body Beautiful subsidiary title while Cheong clinched the Best Talent award. Teah was awarded the 4th-runner-up position. 3rd-runner-up went to Vivienne.

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Lowepro Pro Messenger AW Series

29 Oct

Lowepro has just introduces its new, soft-sided professional series of photo bags, the Pro Messenger AW. Its low-key, discreet style and flexible workflow features makes it an ideal carrying solution for pro photographers who shoot news and events in urban and/or crowd-filled settings.

The Pro Messenger AW gets its subtle and supple look and feel from Lowepro’s custom-milled fabric. Reminiscent of durable canvas, the fabric is woven of a polyester base and treated for colorfastness and moisture and abrasion resistance.

Along with its discreet appearance, this bag helps pro photographers blend into their environments thanks to the innovative FlexFlap Design™. The full-sized, messenger-style flap may be folded half way with hook/loop silencers to access gear in a quiet and quick mode. When the flap is unfolded and re-attached to the fasteners, it provides maximum security as shooters move from one location to the next.

The Pro Messenger AW is built to fit pro-sized gear. Each of the three sizes is highly configurable with deep and roomy main compartments outfitted with Lowepro’s padded and adjustable divider system. Depending on the shooting scenario, a photographer can organize camera bodies, lenses, flashes and smaller accessories within the main compartment, front pocket and zippered storage pocket.

A dual-purpose pocket on the back serves as ideal storage space for documents, tickets or even a tablet-style computer in the two larger models. With a simple unzipping, the pocket transfoms to a convenient trolley sleeve for travel via a Lowepro camera roller or other luggage with a retractable handle.

Additional features include: Lowepro’s patented, built-in All Weather AW Cover™ to protect gear from the elements; interior flash compartments with covered battery pockets; an interior see-through ID/business card pocket; a thickly padded shoulder strap for long-wearing comfort; a camera strap keeper on shoulder strap; a removable and adjustable webbing handle; two SlipLock™ attachment loops to expand capacity; and two, gusseted side pockets for extra gear or personal items.

The Pro Messenger AW series is available in three sizes in a neutral slate grey: Pro Messenger 200 AW, Pro Messenger 180 AW and Pro Messenger 160 AW. For more information on this series and other products, please contact Lowepro or visit

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Lowepro Pro Roller Lite AW Series

29 Oct

Lowepro has introduced its latest carrying solution for professionals who travel around the world with their camera and computer equipment. The Pro Roller Lite™ AW series is lean and light enough to carry onboard most airlines. Each bag weighs less than 10 lbs or 3.6 kg, without gear.

Each roller measures less than 45 inches (114.3 centimeters), the standard size restriction required by most domestic and international airline carriers. In spite of this lean profile, the main compartment is roomy, deep and specially constructed for pro-sized camera bodies, lenses and accessories. Padded and adjustable dividers make it easy to configure equipment in a variety of set-ups, depending on the scope of a shoot or assignment. A dedicated laptop compartment, padded and with a secure hook/loop closure, is conveniently located to the left of the main compartment.

Lowepro’s innovative ProTech Trolley System™ is comprised of rails that angle out of the back of the roller via a smooth, telescoping handle. When not in use, the streamlined handle is covered by a magnetic flap for secure, yet easy access.

Complementing the easy operation of the ProTech Trolley System are Lowepro’s premium wheels. Their engineered placement to the side of the roller help create a super-efficient stability as they move along city sidewalks or airport terminals. The wheels are replaceable with a simple Allen wrench (not included).

A patented, built-in All Weather AW Cover™ helps protect the roller and its contents from moisture and may be tucked into a convenient back pocket when not in use.

The Pro Roller Lite AW series also includes: an interior, zippered, see-through pocket for storing accessories or personal items; an exterior, zippered pocket for quick access to ID or travel documents; a deep front pocket with a padded center panel that offers roomy storage for folders or papers, and serves as a temporary holding place for a laptop; locking zippers (lock not included); padded grab handle and webbing side handles for extra carrying options; and durable, water-resistant materials that provide protection from abrasion and moisture.

The series is available in two sizes in black: Pro Roller Lite 250 AW and Pro Roller Lite 150 AW. For more information on this series and other products, please contact Lowepro or visit


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Think Tank Photo Releases Redesigned Modular Rotation System

29 Oct

In response to customer feedback, Think Tank Photo has completely redesigned its Modular Rotation System to provide additional features and benefits, including easier photography gear retrieval, better equipment fit, and an updated/inclusive style. The Modular Rotation System consists of three product groupings: Lens Cases, Gear Pouches, and the Modular Component Set V2.0. The new items will be available for sale in December at

The Modular Rotation System is part of Think Tank Photo’s integrated modular belt carrying solution, which also includes its Skin™ components. The Lens Cases and Gear Pouches feature padded components and the Skin components features unpadded pouches.

The new Modular Component Set V2.0 includes the Lens Changer 50 V2.0, LC 75 Pop Down V2.0, Strobe Stuff, Speed Changer V2.0. All can be transported in the breathable Large Travel Pouch. All of the elements can be carried as a set or as individual items on Think Tank Photo’s Pro Speed Belt V2.0, Steroid Speed Belt V2.0, or Skin Belt V2.0. The new Keep It Up™ Shoulder Strap provides vertical support to any Think Tank Photo belt and includes a memory card holder.

The Lens Cases’ new features are:

Wide mouth opening allows for smoother lens retrieval and replacement.
One-hand drawstring closure with the auto-locking mechanism: only one hand is needed to securely close the pouch.
Zippered bottom pocket includes seam-sealed rain cover.
Top handle allows for easy gathering of multiple pouches.
Smooth back reduces wear on clothing and helps components slide easily around the belt.
Padding under lens cover protects lenses from bumps and bruises.
Improved front pocket material for increased durability and elasticity.

The Lens Cases consist of the Lens Changer™ 15 V2.0 (accommodates tele-converters and small primes with hood in shooting position), Lens Changer™ 25 V2.0 (small telephotos with hood in shooting position), Lens Changer™ 35 V2.0 (24-70 2.8 with hood in shooting position), Lens Changer™ 50 V2.0 (wide angle lens—16-35, 17-40—with hood in shooting position), LC 75 Pop
Down™ V2.0 (70-200 with hood reversed or in position), and the Lens Drop™ (standard telephoto zoom lens).
The Gear Pouches include the same new features as the Lens Cases, as well as:

Secure front pocket with increased hook and loop.
• Improved rip-stop nylon for increased durability and discrete styling.

The Gear Pouches consist of the Strobe Stuff™ (pro-size flash with some lens modifiers attached), Slim Changer™ (standard-size body, lens not attached), Speed Changer™ V2.0 (pro-sized body, lens not attached, and small telephotos and pro-size batteries), Stuff It !™ (accessory pouch for all your stuff: CF cards, batteries, filters or pocket wizards), Little Stuff It !™ (accommodates most point and shoot cameras, including Canon G12 & Nikon P7000), Hubba Hubba Hiney™ (70-200 2.8 lying down or two to three smaller telephotos; includes shoulder strap), and the R U Hot ?™ (for water bottle, hat, gloves).

Both the Lens Cases and Gear Pouches come with Think Tank Photo’s unique Rotate and Lock design feature so that components slide along the belt or fasten in a specific position on the belt.

Technical Specifications
Hubba Hubba Hiney
Interior Dimensions: 10.6” W x 6.7” H x 4.0” D (26.9 x 17 x 10.0 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 11.4” W x 7.3” H x 5.3” D (29.0 x 18.5 x 13.5 cm)
Weight: 1.0lbs (0.5kg) (with Strap)

Lens Changer 15 V2.0
Interior Dimensions: 6” H x 3.3” Diameter (15.2 x 8.4 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 6.4” H x 3.7” Diameter (16.3 x 9.4 cm)
Weight: 0.2lbs (0.1kg)

Lens Changer 25 V2.0
Interior Dimensions: 7.0” H x 4.0” Diameter (18.8 x 10.0 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 7.2” H x 4.5” Diameter (18.3 x 11.4 cm)
Weight: 0.3lbs (0.1kg)

Lens Changer 35 V2.0
Interior Dimensions: 8.8” H x 4.3” Diameter (22.4 x 10.9 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 9.0” H x 4.5” Diameter (22.9 x 11.4 cm)
Weight: 0.3lbs (0.1kg)

Lens Changer 50 V2.0
Interior Dimensions: 7.0” H x 4.5” Diameter (18.8 x 11.4 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 7.5” H x 5.0” Diameter (19 x 12.7 cm)
Weight: 0.3lbs (0.1kg)

LC75 Pop-Down V2.0
Interior Dimensions: 9.5-13” H x 4.5” Diameter (24.1-33 x 11.4 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 11-14” H x 5.0” Diameter (27-35.6 x 12.7 cm)
Weight: 0.5lbs (0.2kg)

Lens Drop
Interior Dimensions: 7.0” H x 4.3” Diameter (17.8 x 10.9 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 7.5” H x 5.4” Diameter (19.0 x 13.7 cm)
Weight: 0.4lbs (0.2kg)

Little Stuff-It!
Interior Dimensions: 3.5” W x 5.5” H x 2.0” D (8.9 x 14. 5.1 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 3.7” W x 5.6” H x 2.5” D (9.4 x 14.2 x 6.4 cm)
Weight: 0.2lbs (0.1kg)

R U Hot?
Interior Dimensions: 7.5” W x 3.8” D (19 x 9.7 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 8.3” W x 4.0” D (21.1 x 10 cm)
Weight: 0.3 lbs (0.1 kg)

Slim Changer
Interior Dimensions: 7.4” W x 5.3” H x 3.0” D (18.8 x 13. 5 x 7.6 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 8.2” W x 5.6”H x 4.0” D (20.8 x 14.2 x 10)
Weight: 0.5 lbs (0.2kg)

Speed Changer V2.0
Interior Dimensions: 7.5” W x 6.7” H x 3.0” D (19.0 x 17.0 x 7.6 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 8.2” W x 7” H x 4.5” D (20.3 x 17.8 x 11.4 cm)
Weight: 0.6 lbs (0.3kg)

Strobe Stuff
Interior Dimensions: 4.3” W x 9.3” H x 3.0” D (10.9 x 23.9 x 7.4 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 4.6” W x 9.8” H x 3.5” D (11.7 x 25.0 x 8.5 cm)
Weight: 0.4lbs (0.2kg)

Interior Dimensions: 4.7” W x 6.3” H x 2.5” D (12.0 x 16 x 6.4 cm)
Exterior Dimensions: 5.3” W x 6.8” H x 3.3” D (13.5 x 17.3 x 8.4 cm)
Weight: 0.4lbs (0.3kg)

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Leica Elmarit-S 30mm f/2.8 ASPH.

29 Oct

Leica Camera AG has expanded its range of lenses for the Leica S-System with the new Leica Elmarit-S 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH., a wide-angle lens scheduled to be available from December 2011. With the addition of this lens, the portfolio of lenses for the professional S-System now comprises five focal lengths.

The Elmarit-S 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH., with its wide angle of view equivalent to 24mm in 35mm format, opens up a multitude of new opportunities for creative composition, particularly in the fields of interior, architectural and landscape photography. At the same time, a fast maximum aperture of f/2.8 lets S-System photographers work with shallow depth of field and selective focus, despite the lens’ wide angle of view, and shoot in available light.

With outstanding imaging performance from the closest focus to infinity at all apertures, and brilliant colour rendition, the Leica Elmarit-S 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH. guarantees perfect results in a wide range of photographic situations.

Dedication to the highest imaging quality is a key factor in the design and construction of all Leica S lenses, fulfilling the stringent demands that professional photographers place on a camera system in their everyday work. Even wide open, the Leica Elmarit-S 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH. fulfils these demands and offers maximum contrast, highest resolution and extremely low distortion throughout its entire focusing range. Software-driven image optimisation is unnecessary, allowing photographers to concentrate purely on the creative side of their work. A further highlight of this lens is its excellent control of flare, ensuring high-contrast images, even when shooting a backlit subject.

The Leica Elmarit-S 30 mm f/2.8 ASPH. features an extremely robust bayonet mount and is fully sealed against dust and spray, for absolute reliability even under the harshest shooting conditions. Furthermore, the lens is supplied with a rectangular hood designed for optimum suppression of extraneous light.

For further product information, please visit the Leica web site at and

Full technical specifications can also be found at:

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Hasselblad H4X

28 Oct

After almost a decade of service in the front line many H1 and H2/H2F bodies are growing tired and are now in need of replacement. Customers still using the aging platform can now trade-up to the new H4X.

The new model is available only to H1/H2/H2F users and will cost from just 3,995 (plus tax). The H4X is a great camera body upgrade, which supports all H System lenses, most third party backs and even film. And of course it comes with our world-acclaimed True Focus technology and all the built-in ‘DNA pedigree’ our customers have come to expect from Hasselblad.

Former US President J. Carter once said ‘We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles’. We agree. Our new H4X completely underpins this sound logic.

For further information and for H1/H2/H2F owners who wish to trade-up to the new H4X, please go to: and contact your Hasselblad dealer.

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Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2/25 in ZE & ZF Mounts

28 Oct

Carl Zeiss presents the Distagon T* 2/25 ZE and ZF.2 moderate wide-angle lenses. The large image angle allows photographers to capture exciting perspectives. With its excellent imaging quality at all aperture settings, the lens flexes its muscles particularly for photo documentaries in interior rooms where space is at a premium, as well as for pictures of objects, architecture and landscapes. In many situations, a flash is an unwelcome feature — at family gatherings, in a museum or in a church for example. To capture the mood in such places, photographers gladly do without aggressive lighting and instead work with particularly high-speed lenses that enable short exposure times even under difficult lighting conditions.

The optical experts have now virtually eliminated the chromatic aberrations on these lenses through a special design and selection of materials. Selected types of glass and two aspheric surfaces prevent color fringes from appearing on high-contrast edges. “The Distagon T* 2/25 elegantly combines a compact design with a large initial aperture,” explains Christian Bannert, Senior Director of Product Development in the Camera Lens Division at Carl Zeiss AG.

Lens elements meticulously crafted to minimize stray light and reflections in the lens, and the Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating to increase light transmission enable high-contrast image rendition and color saturation. The previously available Distagon T* 2,8/25 ZF.2 will continue to be on stock and supplements the new Distagon T* 2/25.Therefore, this new lens is also the first 25-mm lens of Carl Zeiss for the EF-bayonet.

The Distagon T* 2/25 will be available end of 2011 at a recommended retail price of €1217 (excluding VAT)*.

Technical data
Focal length 25 mm
Aperture range f/2- f/22
Number of lens elements/groups 11/10
Focusing range: 0.25 m – infinity
Angular field** (diag./horiz./vert.) 81°/ 71°/ 51°
Coverage at close range** 219 x 144 mm (close-up)
Image ratio at close range 1 : 5.9 (close-up)
Filter thread M67 x 0.75
Length with caps 95 mm (ZF.2)
98 mm (ZE)
Diameter 71 mm (ZF.2)
73 mm (ZE)
Weight 570 g (ZF.2)
600 g (ZE)
Mounts ZF.2 (F bayonet)
ZE (EF bayonet)

*Status: 27 October 2011
** Based on 35 mm format

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Chance to Win an Olympus E-PL3 @ Olympus Roadshow 2011

27 Oct

Check out what Olympus has to offer at its road show at Midvalley Mall, East Atrium Concourse area, currently running until Sunday, October 30, 2011.  Organised in conjunction with its current brand campaign ‘Happy Photography’,  the road show is  reputed to be Olympus Malaysia’s biggest exhibition for this year.

The public can participate in various interactive and fun activities and even get the chance to win the E-PL3,  Olympus’ latest PEN Lite camera worth RM2,499.  And the best part about the road show is that there are so many things to learn about photography and participate in all the interactive, fun activities.

Tan Tick Boon, Managing Director of Olympus (Malaysia), said: “We have lined up all the latest innovations that Olympus can offer to all photography enthusiasts, comprising our full range of different cameras.  Olympus is acclaimed for having set so many records as we introduce new features and models suitable for beginners right to the professionals, and all giving superb results.

“We all love to document our little moments, from happy times with friends to even the simple meals shared with good company.  And photographs can become works of art, with added creative features that today’s cameras offer.

“With the latest Olympus PEN series and all its easy-to-use features, one gets to produce incredible results in mere minutes.  This is what has contributed to Olympus clinching the No:1 position in Value Share, clinching 33.7% of the Compact System Camera category for July 2011, based  on GfK (Growth from Knowledge) data.

“I encourage everyone to visit the Olympus road show, not only to check out what is new in digital photography but also get the chance to win yourself one of the best models in the market today, the PEN Lite worth RM2,499,” added Tan.

To participate in the ‘Rank Your Favourite Fashion Olympus PEN’ contest, visitors need to get the contest form from the counter and send it in latest by 9.55 pm on October 30, 2011, with a unit of Olympus PEN E-PL3 as the prize.

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Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium Edition

27 Oct

Leica Malaysia held a special preview for the media of its special edition Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium at the Leica Store in Avenue K. Featuring the same technical specifications as the regular model – including a 24-90mm equivalent zoom lens and a 1/1.63” sensor with a resolution of 10.1 megapixels – the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium boasts an anodised silver-grey finish, and comes presented in a special set with a premium grey leather case with shoulder strap. An Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 licence is also part of the package, with the software itself being supplied via Web download. The Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium special edition set is available now for a limited period of 3 months (Until end of December 2011). Price for Malaysia will be confirmed by the first week of November but it should be within the SRP of £855 (in RM) offered in UK.


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