Photokina 2018 Is Depressing

Troubled Man On Street Bench With Head In Hands2018. Singapore. Troubled man on the street.

There have been many announcements in the past day by the various camera equipment manufacturers. Looking through all of them, I can’t help but feel depressed. It seems that everyone is going to be selling stuff that are too big, too heavy, and too expensive. I not only can’t afford most of this stuff, I don’t want to carry them when I actually want to go out and take some pictures for leisure. And these camera companies are wondering why people don’t want to buy their over-expensive, over-weight, over-sized products and rather use a mobile phone to take pictures. 😐 Continue reading “Photokina 2018 Is Depressing”

5 Major Problems with the Canon R System (2018)

Canon EOS R

I am going to complete this introduction quickly. Canon has fully revealed their full-frame mirrorless system. After a few days of reading through the information available from Canon and first-hand accounts, I cannot help but notice it has some major issues compared to its main competition – Sony and Nikon. My focus is on how the end-user is affected, so this article is about real practical considerations. These are issues that the person who is going to hand over their hard-earned money for a Canon R system needs to think through, and they should. Photography is an expensive hobby if you are not making money from it. Continue reading “5 Major Problems with the Canon R System (2018)”

April 2018: Fujifilm and Sony Cameras – Things That Bother Me

I shared in my previous post that I no longer own any camera system. So I have been spending a lot of time trying out Fujifilm and Sony ML cameras in their respective showrooms in town. Unfortunately, no matter how many hours I spend in the showrooms, I never experience the “ah-ha I want this!” moment. The respective ML companies want you to believe that their products are perfect. The youtubers and bloggers getting invitations to launch events, launch parties, free accommodations, VIP treatments also want you to spend money on this stuff because they make money when you click on their referrer links and watch their channels. But the fact is that there are still things that bother me about the Fujifilm and Sony systems. In this blog post I will describe them. Note that these observations are current as of April 2018, and may no longer be relevant in the future. Continue reading “April 2018: Fujifilm and Sony Cameras – Things That Bother Me”

The Transition To ML (Mirrorless) Is Imminent. What Does Nikon Plan To Do?

I have to start by apologizing. I have been inactive for a long period of time. And that reason is because that I have not owned a camera system for the past two months. That’s right, I have sold off my Nikon FX DSLR system.

A glance at the title of this blog entry might lead a reader to believe that I am switching to a mirrorless (ML) system because I think the time of DSLRs is over. That is not entirely true. To ensure I communicate this clearly, let me emphasize my primary reason in bold: Continue reading “The Transition To ML (Mirrorless) Is Imminent. What Does Nikon Plan To Do?”

How Much Resolution Is Enough For Photographs In A Blog Or Website?

I have been constantly revising the resolution of the images I post online. Is 1080px too large and subject your pictures to increased risks of illegal appropriation and misuse? Is 480px too small to make an impression on your audience? Is there an optimal size for all use cases?

To begin, we have to talk about the issue of browser scaling. If a picture does not fit into the content column of your blog, the internet browser is going to scale it down. Browser scaling automatically makes your pictures ugly.
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The Fall Of Asahi Pentax And How It Relates To Nikon

In 1919, Asahi Optical Joint Stock Co. was founded and started manufacturing lenses for eyeglasses. They eventually progressed to manufacturing projection lenses, binoculars and camera lenses. In 1952, they released the first domestically manufactured SLR camera – the Asahiflex. In 1957 the Asahi Optical Company acquired the name “Pentax”. Since then “Asahi Optical” and “Asahi Pentax” became world-renowned names in photography. They were bigger than Canon and Nikon put together.
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A Long Absence And Nikon’s Current status (March 2017)

Singapore 2017: Life Among GeometrySingapore 2017: Life Among Geometry
(Nikon D610, Nikkor 60mm f/2.8G Micro)

It has been a long time since I last posted. The main reason is because of work – in a single month I was out of the country for three weeks. I also had some problems with my home which saw a lot of necessary rectification works. As a result, I did not get around to post as often as I hoped to.

The good news is that things are just starting to settle down. The rectification works are still ongoing, but at least I managed to find a little time to post this.

I want to talk about the Nikon of March 2017. From my previous posts I had hypothesized that Nikon will finally reveal the successors for the D750 and D810 at CP+ 2017. Unfortunately and surprisingly, this was not the case. Apparently the scope of restructuring and retrenchment at Nikon was more severe than anyone could have guessed. Nikon basically turned up at CP+ 2017 which was held in their own home territory with nothing new to show. This is causing a fair amount of uncertainty among Nikon users. Those users who have already switched brands to Fujifilm, Sony, or other camera companies are justifiably hugging themselves for making the decision to abandon what appears to be a failing company. In all fairness, this does not seem like a bad decision at this point! Continue reading “A Long Absence And Nikon’s Current status (March 2017)”

Nikon Partners With FINA, And I Was Right About The Direction Of Nikon KeyMission

On 29 November 2016, Nikon announced that they are partnering with the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) at the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) to be held from December 6 to 11, 2016, in Windsor, Canada.

An interesting part of the announcement is as follows:

“In addition, the construction of the pool for this event will be recorded with Nikon’s first action camera, the KeyMission 360, which is waterproof and capable of recording 360° video, and the images will be released on the Championships SNS. A cooperative promotional campaign encouraging visitors to take commemorative photos will be implemented at the Championships venue by the organizers and Nikon Canada Inc. to enhance the excitement of the event.” Continue reading “Nikon Partners With FINA, And I Was Right About The Direction Of Nikon KeyMission”