Hong Kong Tech Phooey

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My Gears – Canon G10 & Canon Speedlite 270EX

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Had the Canon G10 for a week now and just picked up the Canon Speedlite 270EX two days ago. Comparing it with my Panasonic Lumix LX3, the Canon G10 shoot some real nice pics at ISO80, but above that, it simply is no match with the Lumix LX3. Still love the dedicated aspect change button on the Lumix LX3 but all in all the dials on the Canon G10 is much more easier for access and the size fits a guy with large palms far better. As for the Canon Speedlite 270EX, it’s compact, light-weight and great with the bounce. But mind you, there is no button apart from the on/off switch and lock key. All settings are set via the camera menu system.

May 29, 2009 Posted by | Accessories, Camera, Canon, Gadgets n Gizmos, My Gears | , , , | 3 Comments

Operation Guide – Panasonic Lumix GH1

For those who are interested in finding more about the camera, check out this online operation guide at the following link, http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/mpi/dsc/gh1/model_top.html.

For full download of the operating instructions, download it from this link,
http://media.dvinfo.net/media/panaso…gh1english.pdf.

May 26, 2009 Posted by | Camera, Cameras/Camcorders, Gadgets n Gizmos | , , | Leave a comment

Rumours – Panasonic Lumix GH1 HK Launch – 26 May 2009

[Updated: 26 May 2009] Reports from local forums indicated that there’s a 10% off the list price if paid in cash and 5% off if under 24-month installment plan.

[21 May 2009] This from local Hong Kong forum, the Panasonic Lumix GH1 will be on sale on 26 May 2009 and the price tag, a whopping HK$12,990 (US$1,667) with the 14-140mm F4-5.6 kit lens.  As for the 7-14mm F4, the price is HK$9,790 (US$1,255).  Not sure about you all but I’m definitely getting this baby especially after watching the following video (watch it in HD format).

Source – inouek3D

May 26, 2009 Posted by | Camera, DSLR, Video | , , , | 2 Comments

The All New Sony Alpha Lines – A230, A330 & A380

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SAN DIEGO, May 17, 2009 – Sony is making it easy for first-time digital SLR buyers to step up from point-and-shoot digital still cameras with the introduction today of three new easy-to-use α (alpha) cameras (models DSLR-A380, DSLR-A330 and DSLR-A230), four new lenses, a flash and accessories.

Uniquely Matched to Customers’ Needs
The new cameras are designed to overcome challenges faced by many customers taking their first steps in DSLR photography. Without compromising performance and versatility, the new models are smaller, lighter, easier to use and offer innovative expansion options not found in other systems.
“Our new alpha cameras, lenses and accessories make it easier for new users to get the great photos they expect without the steep learning curve that DSLRs have traditionally required,” said Kristen Elder, senior manager for the alpha business at Sony Electronics Inc. “By overcoming the obstacles, we’ve made it much easier for newcomers to take great pictures with DSLRs.”

Light and Compact
The 10.2 megapixel α230 camera is the lightest, most compact alpha DSLR camera body ever at 15.9 ounces. The 10.2 megapixel α330 and the 14.2 megapixel α380 cameras are also smaller and lighter than their predecessor models (the DSLR-A300 and DSLR-A350, respectively). These cameras are also more compact and feature an intuitive control layout that allows for easy single-handed operation.

SteadyShot INSIDE™ in-camera image stabilization is built into each camera body, so every α-mount lens benefits from the ability to minimize blur due to camera shake.

Quick AF Live View System
Both the α380 and α330 cameras offer Sony’s Quick Autofocus (AF) Live View technology, so you can frame photos on the camera’s LCD screen as well as in the optical viewfinder. Through the use of a dedicated image sensor, Quick AF Live View maintains the rapid response of a DSLR, while avoiding the focus delay common to other live view systems.

The new cameras feature a 2.7-inch (diagonally) Clear Photo LCD™ screen that is easy to view even in bright sunlight. Additionally, the LCD on the α380 and α330 models can be tilted up or down, making it easy to frame your subject from high or low positions, otherwise difficult to see using an eye-level viewfinder. The range of adjustment has been increased from their predecessors, making it even easier to get shots from difficult angles.

By combining Quick AF Live View and an adjustable LCD, users can frame the scene without holding the camera in front of their face, allowing parents, for example, to maintain eye-contact when photographing their children for more natural expressions.

An HDMI™ terminal gives you the option of connecting your camera to a compatible HDTV and playing back your images in high definition quality (HDMI cable required, sold separately). Additionally, BRAVIA® Sync™ works with compatible Sony® BRAVIA HDTVs to let you control camera playback using the television’s remote (HDMI cable and BRAVIA Sync capable HDTV required, sold separately).

The new cameras include dedicated slots for high-capacity Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ and SD/DSHC media (sold separately).

Source – DPReview

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May 19, 2009 Posted by | Camera, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos, SONY | , , , | Leave a comment

Panasonic Announces Pricing for Lumix GH1

Press Release-

Secaucus, NJ (May 6, 2009) – Panasonic today announced pricing for the highly-anticipated LUMIX DMC-GH1, the new Micro Four Thirds digital camera with Full-High Definition (HD) video recording ability, which will be available in early June for a suggested retail price of US$1499.95. The LUMIX DMC-GH1 includes the LUMIX G VARIO 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. lens as part of the kit. The new lens, designed to support HD movie recording, features a silent motor and continuous auto focusing (AF) capability – a differentiator from traditional DSLRs.

In the U.S., the LUMIX GH1 will be available in black and has advanced photography features, such as the ability to record AVCHD 1080p/24p High Definition video, yet is easy enough for entry-level users to understand and take beautiful photos and videos. With Panasonic’s iA (Intelligent Auto) mode* – a user-friendly setting made popular in the LUMIX line of digital point-and-shoot camera products, both entry-level and more experienced DSLR users can enjoy a complete suite of technologies that allow beautiful photo-taking and engage automatically – no setting adjustments needed.

For those looking for more creative control in their digital camera, the LUMIX GH1 can adjust shutter speed during motion recording, giving the videos a special look, particularly suitable for shooting fast-moving subjects. Also, the LUMIX GH1 allows users to control the aperture, which is convenient when there are several subjects at varying distances. By adjusting the aperture, the user can focus on the foreground and blur the background – or vice versa – even during video recording.

“Since redefining the traditional DSLR category last year with the LUMIX G1 – which eliminated the internal mirror and thus dramatically reduced size of the camera body and lenses – Panasonic has been working to expand its award-winning LUMIX G Micro Four Thirds System line. Panasonic wants to offer increasingly innovative products and features that make photography fun and easy,” said David Briganti, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “The introduction of the LUMIX GH1, allows photographers of all levels to take superior quality photos and shoot HD video with a more compact, easy-to-use camera that provides increased creative capabilities.”

The LUMIX GH1 provides cutting-edge video recording features, including the ability to record high-resolution full HD (1920 x1080) video at 24 fps or smooth HD video (1280 x 720) at 60 fps using an AVCHD format (MPEG-4/H.264), which provides the important benefit of doubling the HD quality recording time compared with Motion JPEG. The LUMIX GH1 features a dedicated video record button on the back of the camera which lets users instantly start recording videos, even while shooting still photos – removing the fear of potentially missing a must-see video moment.

For more information about the Panasonic LUMIX G Micro Four Thirds System, including the award-winning LUMIX G1, and to place a pre-order for the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH1, please visit www.panasonic.com/lumix.

Source – Panasonic

May 7, 2009 Posted by | Camera, DSLR | , , , , | Leave a comment

My Gears – Camera Gears for My Taipei Shoot

Just came back from my week-long photo shoot in Taipei.  Before I took off for the trip, I took some pics on the gears I brought along and Gonna share with you all here.  Because I was to do a full four days shoot with some local models in Taipei, both in the city and out in the countryside, other than the camera and the full lens series, I brought with me the mobile lighting equipments for off-camera lightings. Check them out.

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Sony A900, Carl Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8, Carl Zeiss 24-70mm F2.8, Carl Zeiss 85mm F1.4 and Tamron 70-200mm F2.8

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Light Stands, Shoot-thru umbrellas and bunch of clamps and accessories

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Sony F56 and F58 flash guns, Elinchrom Skyport Transmitter and Receivers

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Lots of gels (from Photogels, LumiQuest and Honl Photo), Snoots, Barn Doors and Speed Grids (from Honl Photo)

May 5, 2009 Posted by | Accessories, Camera, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos, My Gears | , , , , | Leave a comment

Hands-on Video – Nikon D5000

Available 1 May 2009, more after the jump.

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April 19, 2009 Posted by | Camera, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos, Nikon, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

Canon EOS 500D / Rebel T1i DSLR Announced

Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 25 March 2009: Canon announces the new 15.1MP EOS 500D which offers photographers an outstanding combination of features. Following the launch of the first Canon EOS camera to shoot movies – the EOS 5D Mark II in September 2008 – Canon now brings Full High Definition (HD) video capability to consumers in a compact and lightweight DSLR.

The new EOS 500D features a 15.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor – ideal for large detailed prints or enormous cropping possibilities. For shooting in near-dark conditions, the EOS 500D offers a high ISO sensitivity up to 3200 which is expandable to 12800, giving photographers the power to shoot in the dimmest light conditions. Outstanding noise reduction is made possible by Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor.

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March 25, 2009 Posted by | Camera, Canon, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos | , , | 1 Comment

My Gears – Tamron SP AF70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) Macro (Sony Mount)

Front view with my Sony A900

Front view with my Sony A900

Side view

Side view

Top view

Top view

Got this lens for two weeks now and been out shooting a bit the past two weekends. Initial feeling towards the lens – great F/2.8 lens at this range, not a fast lens, great for portrait but okay with sports. Tamron Hong Kong now offering firmware upgrade to the lens but they can only do so by sending the lens back to Japan and it will take up to four weeks in doing so. Reviews on the firmware upgrade from the local forums indicated that the lens focus a lot faster and more quiet. Think I’m going to check it out after my two trips next month.

Will post up some pics over at my photo blog, Phooey Pics, later this week. So far I can say, for a third of the money in getting the G lens from Sony, I’m happy with this Tamron.

March 23, 2009 Posted by | Camera, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos, My Gears, SONY | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Canon Rebel 500D Announcing Next Week?

Image from Photography Bay

Image from Photography Bay

According to Photography Bay and MacNN, a possible upgrade to the Canon 450D might pop up next week at one of the Canon event. Rumored specifications includes –

  • 15-megapixel sensor with a DIGIC IV processor;
  • supporting ISO levels up to 12800;
  • LCD with 900K resolution; and
  • 1080p video recording???

Guess we’ll wait and find out.

Source – MacNN, Photography Bay

March 21, 2009 Posted by | Blogroll, Camera, Canon, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos | , , | Leave a comment

My Gears – Really Right Stuff L-Plate for Sony A900

The Really Right Stuff L-Plate for Sony A900

The Really Right Stuff L-Plate for Sony A900

Ordered my Sony A900 L-Plate (US$140) from Really Right Stuff last Friday and received it yesterday, nice and fast service (well, US$33.74 shipping, LOL). Slipped it on today and took some pics. Initial feeling: nicely built, sturdy and works perfectly when switching from landscape to portrait. No more resetting the ball head and recomposing. Well worth it.

In Landscape Mode

In Landscape Mode

In Portrait Mode

In Portrait Mode

The Sirui G-20 BallHead

The Sirui G-20 BallHead

As for the ballhead, Really Right Stuff’s BH-40 seems to be the best fit but given the US$300+ price tag, too steep for me. Went down to Sham Shui Po today for a spin and found the Sirui G-20 ballhead for HK$550 (US$70) at Ying Kee, and it worked perfectly.

Source – Really Right Stuff

March 15, 2009 Posted by | Accessories, Camera, DSLR, My Gears, Photography, SONY | , , , , , | 1 Comment

First Look PMA 2009 Video – Panasonic Lumix GH1

Wow, Panasonic is really at it.  Following last year’s Lumix G1, they came up with yet another new model, the micro Four Thirds Lumix GH1 which allows one to shoot HD movies at 1080 and 720 formats.  Panasonic is also coming out with an optional adaptor that allows users to use the Leica lenses.  Sweet.  Love the size.

Source – WhatDigitalCamera

March 8, 2009 Posted by | Camera, Gadgets n Gizmos, Video | , , , | Leave a comment

First Look Video – PocketWizard Mini TT1 and Flex TT5

[Updated: 25 February 2009]

US$199 for the MiniTT1, US$219 for the FlexTT5

[19 February 2009]

According to Pocket Wizard’s website, the Canon version will be released 1 March 2009 and the Nikon version in quarter 2.  No news on Sony version for the time being, major bummer.

Source – pocketwizardvids

February 25, 2009 Posted by | Accessories, Camera, DSLR, Video | , , , , | 2 Comments

Canon EOS 40D, Nikon D700 & D3 Firmware Upgrade Released

Wow, seems like a busy week for firmware upgrades. Click the following download link for more information.

Canon EOS 40D v.1.1.1 Firmware Update

Nikon D700 v.1.01 Firmware Upgrade

Nikon D3 v.2.01 Firmware Upgrade

Source – DPReview

January 21, 2009 Posted by | Camera, Canon, DSLR, Nikon | , , , , | Leave a comment