Canon Malaysia System Upgrade from 30 June to 4 July 2017

Announcement from Canon Malaysia.

Dear Valued Customers and Business Associates,

Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd will be upgrading its enterprise system to better serve our customers and business partners.

The upgrading period will begin from Thursday 29th June, 5pm to Tuesday, 4th July, 11am.

During this period, Canon Customer Care Centres in our Head Office (UOA Business Park), Low Yat Plaza and Nationwide Branches will be closed. A list of alternative Collection Centres and Authorized Service Providers is available at

However, our on-site operations and field service will continue as normal. We seek your understanding should there be any delay in our service dispatch due to system migration.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your Sales Representative or you may address your enquiries to our Nationwide Customer Careline 1800-88-2000.

We apologize for any inconvenience during this period of time and thank you for your kind understanding.

Yours sincerely,
Canon Marketing (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.

Official letter from Canon Malaysia:

Gitzo 100 Years Anniversary Limited-edition Tripods

If your Gitzo tripod is not special or pricey enough…here’s a chance to boost up the price!

Gitzo is celebrating 100 years since the founding of its brand by Arsène Gitzhoven, and to commemorate the occasion they’ve released two special edition tripods. The 100 Year Anniversary Edition Tripod features a ‘new high-appeal look and feel’ as well as features standard on the Traveler Series tripods: Carbon tubing, 180-degree leg folding and the company’s G-lock mechanism. Only 1917 of them will be sold, but if that’s not exclusive enough for you, there are only 100 Arsène Gitzhoven Traveler Tripods to be had.

The Arsène Gitzhoven Traveler features an all-carbon fiber construction. Each one will be laser engraved with its production number from 1/100 to 100/100 as well as an engraving of its owner’s signature. It’ll set you back US$3000 (RM12900); the 100 Year Anniversary Edition will sell for US$1500 (Around RM6450). Each will be available from ‘select dealers’.


Three New Nikon Lenses and Updated Waterproof Coolpix W300 Camera

Nikon’s latest announcement, unveiling the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED, AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR, and AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lenses. To make sure you are ready to capture your summer adventures, Nikon has announced an updated tough camera, the COOLPIX W300 point-and-shoot, which sports improved durability and the ability to record 4K video.

Extremely specialized and extremely interesting, Nikon’s latest fisheye, the 8-15mm, offers users the ability to adjust focal length quickly to match certain compositions, as well as deliver both 180° circular images at 8mm or full-frame coverage when zoomed in. It also uses ED glass to minimize chromatic aberrations and reduce color fringing, and it has a Nano Crystal Coat to combat flare and ghosting. On top of this, it has the latest E-type electromagnetic diaphragm for added exposure consistency during continuous shooting.

AF-S Fisheye NIKKOR 8-15mm f/3.5-4.5E ED lenses, AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.4E ED, and AF-P DX NIKKOR 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6G VR

Next on the list is a high-end fast prime, the 28mm f/1.4. With a versatile and widely appreciated focal length for looking for a fast and wide-but-not-too-wide option for street and general-purpose shooting, this lens will provide outstanding quality and performance. It features ED glass for keeping aberrations controlled, especially when working wide open, and a Nano Crystal Coat for minimal flare and ghosting. Additionally, it sports an E-type diaphragm, for fast, consistent performance.

The last lens announced today will appeal to DX-format shooters who want a compact and wide-angle zoom, the 10-20mm. This lens will provide a 15-30mm equivalent zoom range, matching a common option for full-frame cameras, and it even has Vibration Reduction to help capture sharp images in low light, with longer shutter speeds or during video capture. A variable f/4.5-5.6 helps keep the lens small and lightweight while a pulse stepping motor system provides smooth, silent focusing for stills and video.


Today isn’t just for lenses, however, because Nikon has just lifted the covers on the COOLPIX W300 Digital Camera, a tough point-and-shoot that now shoots 4K video. With waterproofing to 100′ and improved shock-proofing of up to 8′, this pocketable camera will be an excellent companion on all of your expeditions. The camera also features a 5x optical zoom lens for wide-angle to telephoto perspectives for capturing vast landscapes and getting sharp close-ups. A major improvement is the addition of 4K recording for extremely high-res video. And, as with most of Nikon’s latest camera announcements, this camera is equipped with a built-in GPS as well as Snapbridge via the implementation of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

Love For My Home, My Town, My Country Photography Contest 2017

Love For My Home, My Town, My Country

Photography Contest 2017

Organised by Malaysian Chinese Culture & Arts Consultative Council

Express your love for your homeland with your most creative photographs!

Open Category 公开组:
First 冠军: Cash 现金 RM2,000 + Canon EOS 800D (EF-S 18-135 IS STM) worth 值
RM5,000 + Certificate 奖状
Second 亚军: Cash 现金 RM1,000 + Canon EOS 750D (EF-S 18-55 IS STM) worth 值
RM3,000 + Certificate 奖状
Third 季军: Cash 现金RM500 + Canon EOS M10 (EFM 15-45) Pokemon worth 值
RM2,000 + Certificate 奖状
10 x Merit 优秀奖: Canon PIXMA E470 worth 值 RM300 + Certificate 奖状
10 x Consolation 安慰奖: Canon PIXMA MG3070S worth 值 RM200 + Certificate 奖状

Student Category 学生组:
First 冠军: Canon EOS 750D (EF-S 18-55 IS STM) worth 值 RM3,000 + Certificate 奖状
Second 亚军: Canon EOS M10 (EFM15-45) Pokemon worth 值 RM2,000 + Certificate 奖状
Third 季军: Canon POWERSHOT SX620HS worth 值 RM1,000 + Certificate 奖状
10 x Merit 优秀奖: Canon PIXMA E470 worth 值 RM300 + Certificate 奖状
10 x Consolation 安慰奖: Canon PIXMA MG3070S worth 值 RM200 + Certificate 奖状

1. This contest is open to all Malaysian photography enthusiasts.
2. Photos entered for this contest must be taken between 2015 and 2017. The photos must not have been published or
entered for any other competitions previously.
3. It is the responsibility of the contestant to get the consent of the subject or the owner before photographing, `or to take the
photo as an entry.
4. All entries must be original, without any electronic modifications.
5. We do not tolerate plagiarism and theft of photos (Reminder: Contestants shall solely bear any legal consequences
arising from the submitted entry. ).
6. Entries must be in Colour Print of size 8” x 12”. Contestants are required to submit a CD/DVD with the original images in
JPEG Format (Original Capture JPEG or Original Files Converted from RAW) for all the photos submitted.
7. A contestant may submit any number of entries, but each entry must be submitted together with the entry form.
Photocopies of the entry form are acceptable.
8. The judging criteria will be based on Content, Creativity, Composition, Colour, Contrast and Lighting techniques.
9. The Organising Committee and Panel of Judges reserve the right to disqualify entries which do not comply with the rules
and regulations or theme of this contest.
10. All photos and CDs submitted are non-returnable and shall become the property of the organiser who may use them for promotional,
publishing and exhibition purposes without notification and payment to the contestants.
11. The organiser shall not be held responsible for entries damaged or lost through the post or other delivery systems.
12. The decision of the Panel of Judges is final and any dispute or appeal will not be entertained.
13. The closing date for this photography contest is 21st July 2017 (Friday) at 5.00 pm.
All entries must be sent to: Malaysian Chinese Culture & Arts Consultative Council
Tingkat 12, Wisma MCA, No. 163, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

1. 此项比赛公开予爱好摄影的马来西亚国民参加。
2. 参赛作品必须是2015至2017年期间所拍摄,同时未曾在任何刊物刊登,且未参加过其他正式比赛。
3. 参赛者有责任在拍摄前先取得所拍摄的对象或事物主人的同意,方可拍摄或将照片作为参赛用途。
4. 要求原创,恕不接受经过电脑修改(增加或删除某些景物)之作品。
5. 若发生参赛作品出现抄袭、剽窃他人作品或创意,侵犯他人著作权、肖像权、名誉权等违法行为,一切法律
6. 作品的尺寸为8寸x 12寸彩色相片,须转为JPG或RAW格式烧录在光碟(CD/DVD)上。
7. 参赛者可寄上多份作品参赛,每份参赛作品均须填写个别的参赛表格方为有效,表格可自行复印。
8. 评审团将根据作品之内容、构图、创意、色彩、反差及采光等拍摄技巧作为评选标准。
9. 作品如有文不对题或违反比赛规则者,主办机构和评审团有权取消有关作品的参赛资格。
10. 所呈上的作品和数码光碟将归主办机构所有,恕不退还。主办机构有权复制得奖作品作宣传、
11. 参赛作品的邮寄证明不得视为收件证明,若出现邮寄遗失或损坏,主办机构概不负责。
12. 评审团的决定为最后决定,任何询问或投诉恕不受理。
13. 所有作品必须于截止日期2017年7月21日(星期五)下午五时前寄/交至:
“爱家,爱乡,爱国” 摄影比赛
Tingkat 12, Wisma MCA, No. 163, Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Download Entry Form below:

Comparing the Nikon D5 with Sony A9, in Real World?

A Youtube camera gear reviewer, Max Yuryev, and pro sports photographer Paul Nelson, team up to give Nikon D5 and Sony A9 an outdoor and indoor review.

They called this a REAL WORLD Comparison which I do not agree. No, I won’t call this a real world comparison, as obviously the subjects (runner, boxer, etc.) are all staged and instructed by the photographers to do what they want.


Both were impressed by the Sony A9, for its wider AF point coverage and faster frame per second shooting speed.


Both cameras are able to give fast and accurate focus on moving subject, with Sony A9 outperformed the Nikon even more.

My Opinion though…

Comparing a Nikon D5 camera that is over 17 months old with a just announced (still under pre-order stage in Malaysia) Sony A9 camera isn’t fair at all. A faster processor, bigger buffer, and better sensor could have been developed and used in any 17 months newer camera.


One thing I do agree though in the review, that the focus points in Nikon DSLR is quite limited to the centre portion of the camera. At times I do want my subject to be slightly closer to the edge, but couldn’t as there is no focusing point there.


However, comparing 20fps in Sony A9 to 12fps in Nikon D5 for me is meaningless. Having more files in your memory cards mean you have to spent much more time having to go through each photo and more space to store those crappy photos. How about a 1000fps Sony RX100 V? That would be the king of all sports camera?!


Define real world. Eg. Olympic. Where’s Sony? The next Olympic? We will wait and see…


OK, it is still an interesting video to watch, and it just makes me wanted to get my hand on a Nikon D5 more now (am using Nikon D4 still). Yes, you can say that I am a biased Nikon user.

FUJIFILM Learning Center, FREE Workshop (Petaling Jaya)

FUJIFILM Learning Center

Our FREE Workshop returns to Petaling Jaya! It is happening in 2 sessions on Sunday, 18th June 2017 between 9.30am to 5pm. This workshop is open to both FUJIFILM owners and non-FUJIFILM owners. Join us and elevate your mastery in photography!

Event Details

18/06/2017 (Sunday)

Fujifilm Office
Ground Floor, Menara Axis, PJ

Workshop 1
Basic Photography
9.30am – 12.30pm (3 hours)
Register Here

Workshop 2
Optimising The JPEGs Straight Out Of Your X-Series
2pm – 5pm (3 hours)
Register Here

GoPro Malaysia RAYA Promotion! RM230 OFF!

Funsportz, the official GoPro distributor in Malaysia has just announced their RAYA promotions for the HERO 5 Black edition! A big slash of RM230 of GoPro HERO 5 from the original SRP of RM1979! Price after discount = RM1749.00

You may purchase GoPro HERO 5 Black online at ShaShinKi:

GoPro HERO5 Black (GoPro Malaysia 1 to 1 Exchange Warranty) (RAYA Promo 14th June 2017 - 28th June 2017)
 GoPro HERO5 Black (GoPro Malaysia 1 to 1 Exchange Warranty) (RAYA Promo 14th June 2017 – 28th June 2017)  RM1,979.00 (incl. GST)  RM1,749.00 (incl. GST) Buy Now


Pre-Order Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art Lens

Announced 4 months ago, Sigma Malaysia is now taking pre-order of the Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art lens till 30th June 2017.

SRP from Sigma Malaysia is RM6,338. Street price should be lower. Pre-order customer will be able to get a free Sigma Wrapping Cloth (while stock last).

The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art is a fast standard zoom lens for full-frame Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts. It has three special-low-dispersion and four aspherical elements, optical image stabilization, nine rounded aperture blades and an ultrasonic (HSM) focus motor. The lens is sealed against dust and moisture and supports 82mm filters.

Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 24–70 mm
Image stabilization Yes
Lens mount Canon EF, Nikon F (FX), Sigma SA Bayonet
Maximum aperture F2.8
Minimum aperture F22
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Elements 19
Groups 14
Special elements / coatings Three HLD and four aspherical elements
Minimum focus 0.37 m (14.57)
Maximum magnification 0.21×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ring-type ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes
DoF scale No
Diameter 88 mm (3.46)
Length 108 mm (4.24)
Materials Metal
Sealing Yes
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom No
Zoom lock No
Filter thread 82.0 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code LH876-04
Tripod collar No

Does Gear Matters? Pro Photographers with Amateur Gear VS an Amateur with Pro Gear

Does gear matters? Or is it the person behind the camera?

The photographers at Mango Street made an interesting video having two photographers with different gears (beginner set vs professional set) shooting the same model.

The two professional photographers each used a discontinued = RM2k Canon Rebel T3i (EOS 600D) and low-end lenses (a kit 18-55mm and a 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens), and they invited their friend who isn’t a photographer (but who possesses a basic understanding of photography) to shoot the same model at the same location using a high-end RM13k Canon 5D Mark IV with a RM8k Canon 35mm f/1.4L II lens.

Below are some of the photos taken by them:

Daniel (Pro with Amateur Gear)

Rachel (Pro with Amateur Gear)

Justin (Amateur with Pro Gear)

My thought…

Which sets of photographs you think is the best? We can’t judge sharpness and resolutions from the photos shown in Youtube, but composition wise, Daniel and Rachel definitely show some more interesting shots here. From the video, it can be seen that the Pro Photographers are able to direct the model more confidently, into the position / angle that they wanted.