Archive for November, 2014

Sony Corporation Announces Alpha a7 II

20 Nov


Sony Corporation has today announced the Alpha 7 II, which it claims is the world’s first 35mm full-frame compact system camera with 5-axis image stabilisation. Moreover, Sony says this sensor-shift IS system can work in synergy with the company’s optically stabilised OSS lenses for an even stronger effect.

In addition, the Sony A7 II boasts faster auto focus and better subject tracking capabilities, and benefits from XAVC S and S-Log2 support. Other major improvements over the original Sony A7 include a new front dial, a bigger right-hand grip, a repositioned shutter release and a reinforced lens mount.

The sensor’s core specifications of 35.8 x 23.9mm are equivalent to approximately 24.3MP with ISO speeds ranging from 100-25,600, which are the same as those of the previous model.


The Sony Alpha A7 II will go on sale from 5th December, priced at 190,000 yen in Japan. There is no word yet whether Sony plans to sell the camera globally. Watch how the 5-axis IS system functions below:

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Canon Inc Announces New EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

09 Nov

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Canon Inc has announced the new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM telephoto zoom lens, which is the successor to the original version that made its debut in September 1998. The new version delivers a superb combination of cutting-edge performance, compact construction and brilliant resolving power that’s great for sports and wildlife photography. The telephoto lens features one fluorite and one super UD element to help provide impressive contrast and resolution with reduced chromatic aberration across the entire zoom range.

Canon’s new Air Sphere Coating (ASC) helps significantly reduce backlit flaring and ghosting, while fluorine coatings on the front and rear lens surfaces help lessen smears and fingerprints. A 9-blade circular aperture renders beautiful, soft backgrounds, and a 3 mode (standard, panning and exposure only) Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to 4 steps* of image correction. The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM telephoto lens is equipped with a new inner focusing AF system to help ensure fast and accurate focus down to 3.2 ft. with a .31x maximum magnification.

Usability enhancements include a rotation-type zoom ring with adjustable zoom torque for more precise, customizable zoom performance, a redesigned tripod mount that can be attached and detached without removing the lens from the EOS camera, and an all-new lens hood with a side window that makes it simple to adjust specialty filters-like polarizers-without the need to remove the hood. Ruggedly constructed with advanced dust and water sealing for durability in a range of environments, the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM telephoto lens is a stellar performer with refined controls for a wide variety of situations.

    • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 100-400mm 1:4.5-5.6
    • Lens Construction: 21 elements in 16 groups
    • Diagonal Angle of View: 24º-6’10’
    • Focus Adjustment: Inner focus system / USM
    • Closest Focusing Distance: 3.2 ft. / 0.98m
    • Filter Size: 77mm
    • Max Diameter x Length: 94mm x 193mm;
    • Weight: 1,570g

MSRP of US$2,199 (approx. RM7,040)

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Nudging Elbows Among the Sexes onboard the 899 Panigale

04 Nov


Malaysian motorcycling media having fun by nudging one another during a photocall of Ducati’s 899 Panigale motorcycle at Sepang International Circuit. Since they were riding quite slow for the photocall, two of them decided to have a little fun by nudging one another with their elbows, akin to those shown by riders in an actual race but this is just for fun.

To add to the fun, the rider on the left is a lady while her “opponent” is a male.

All the 899 Panigale rode by the media members are built at Ducati Asia’s assembly plant in Thailand, and not by the main one in Bologna, Italy. The Thailand factory only churns out the 899 Panigale in red colour. Only the main plant in Bologna assemble the motorcycle in both Ducati Red and Pearl White.

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