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.

Sony A9 Firmware Update V1.01 – addressing overheating issue

Sony has just released a new firmware update v1.01 addressing the overheating issue of their latest professional A9 camera that goes upto 20fps shooting speed.

Photographer Danny Eusebio, known as that1cameraguy online, posted the 9.5-minute video above about a recent experience he had with the camera. After taking the a9 to a pool for a swim meet, Eusebio noticed that the overheating warning icon showed up on the screen after less than 20 minutes of use in 81°F.

Sony A9 is still in pre-order stage in Malaysia. Not hitting any physical stores yet. If you are getting one or already in the pre-order list, do have the new firmware ready in your computer and update the firmware when you have the camera in hand.

Download the firmware at:

Firmware Updates for Sony a7II, a7RII, a7SII, a6300, & a6500

Sony has released a new firmware update for its A7II, A7RII, A7SII, A6300 and A6500 mirrorless cameras.

The firmware version 4.0 for Sony A7II and A7RII includes several improvements and fixes. Sony A7SII upgraded to version 3.0.

Sony released firmware updates with lots of new functions including FE 100-400mm GM OSS support, better overheating control, improved Flexible Spot AF function, improves release time lag when wireless flash is used, adds “Live View Display” custom button assignable support and visible light LED assist with external flash for AF (HVL-F45RM) on a7II, a7RII, a7SII,and wait for it….a “star-eater” fix for a7RII.

  • Sony FE 100-400mm GM OSS support (a7II, a7RII, a7SII, a6300, a6500)
  • Better overheating control (a7II, a7RII, a7SII, a6300)
  • Improved Flexible Spot AF function (a7II, a7RII, a7SII)
  • Improved release time lag when wireless flash is used (a7II, a7RII, a7SII)
  • Adds “Live View Display” custom button assignable support (a7II, a7RII, a7SII)
  • Adds Visible light LED assist with external flash for AF with HVL-F45RM (a7II, a7RII, a7SII)
  • “Star-eater” Long Exposure NR fix for (a7RII)

List of Improvements:

Sony a7RII and a7SII

Adds “Auto Pwr OFF Temp.” function(*)

  • (*)If the same part of your skin touches the camera for a long period of time while using the camera, even if the camera does not feel hot to you, it may cause symptoms of a low-temperature burn such as redness or blistering.
    Pay special attention in the following situations and use a tripod, etc.

    • When using the camera in a high-temperature environment
    • When someone with poor circulation or impaired skin sensation uses the camera
    • When using the camera with the [Auto Pwr OFF Temp.] set to [High]
  • Improves operability of the camera:
    1. Improves operability when AF area is set to flexible spot
      Refer to here for details.
    2. Adds “Live View Display” into custom button assignation
    3. Adds “Set File Name” function
  • Supports visible light LED in external flash for AF (HVL-F45RM)
  • Improves release time lag when wireless flash is used
  • Optimizes exposure algorithm during focusing when [Live View Display] is [Setting Effect OFF]
  • Improves image quality when Long Exposure NR setting is OFF
  • Improves overall stability of the camera

Sony a7II

  • Improves operability of the camera:
    1. Improves operability when AF area is set to flexible spot
      Refer to here for details.
    2. Adds “Live View Display” into custom button assignation
    3. Adds “Set File Name” function
  • Supports visible light LED in external flash for AF (HVL-F45RM)
  • Improves release time lag when wireless flash is used
  • Improves overall stability of the camera

Sony a6500

  • Supports new lens “SEL100400GM”
  • Optimizes image stabilization performance in movie mode

Sony a6300

  • Adds “Auto Pwr OFF Temp.” function(*)
    (*)If the same part of your skin touches the camera for a long period of time while using the camera, even if the camera does not feel hot to you, it may cause symptoms of a low-temperature burn such as redness or blistering.
    Pay special attention in the following situations and use a tripod, etc.

    • When using the camera in a high-temperature environment
    • When someone with poor circulation or impaired skin sensation uses the camera
    • When using the camera with the [Auto Pwr OFF Temp.] set to [High]
  • Supports new lens “SEL100400GM”
  • Modifies aspect of guide frame display in LCD (2.35:1 mode)
  • Improves overall stability of the camera

Download Links:

Sony a7II FW 4.00: MAC | WIN
Sony a7RII FW 4.00: MAC | WIN
Sony a7SII FW 3.00: MAC | WIN
Sony a6500 FW 1.03: MAC | WIN
Sony a6300 FW 2.00: MAC | WIN


CIPA Shows Digital Camera Sales Statistics

A picture worths a thousand words. Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) has published the sales figure of digital camera sales worldwide.

Camera sales has been dropping from years to years since 2011/2012,  by a huge margin. No thanks to the popularity of mobile phone. However, recent sales data published by CIPA shows some good news, that the sales of digital camera in Year 2017 seems to be steadying as compare to Year 2016.

Are we already looking at the bottom of camera sales figure now? Let’s hope so that sales will bounce and climb in the coming months or years.

Visit the statistic page at:

A Third Autofocus Lens from Samyang – AF 35mm F2.8 FE

Samyang Introduces third autofocus lens – AF 35mm F2.8 FE

June 5th, 2017, Seoul, Korea – Global optics brand Samyang Optics, is pleased to announce the release of Samyang’s third autofocus lens: the AF 35mm F2.8 FE. A tiny lens with a mighty performance, it is ideal for daily photography as well as travel photography. This new compact and lightweight lens, together with the existing AF 14mm F2.8 FE and AF 50mm F1.4 FE lenses, now expands Samyang’s autofocus lens line-up to three.

Tiny and Mighty
The AF 35mm F2.8 FE weighs just 85g and measures 3.3cm in length, without the hood and rear cap, it is roughly the equivalent in weight of a bar of soap and smaller than a name card in size. Thanks to Samyang’s exceptional optical technology, its compact size is packed with features for outstanding image quality. Featuring seven elements in six groups, two aspherical lenses and one high refractive lens plus Ultra Multi Coating to minimise aberration and unnecessary light dispersion, the lens delivers high resolution from the centre to the corners of the image.

Perfect Partner for Everyday Photographers
This new lens is specifically designed to work in harmony with full frame mirrorless cameras in Sony E mount. For full frame sensors, the focal length resembles the human eye the most. For APS-C types for Sony alpha 6000 and 5000 series users the lens is equivalent to approximately 52mm, which is also one of the most popular focal lengths among photographers.

Portability with mighty performance and a 35mm focal length makes this lens the best choice for daily photographers who want to capture every memory as a high quality image. The autofocus is fast and accurate and is ideal for the capture of outdoor events such as hiking, sports events and landscape photography. It also has a minimum focusing distance of 0.35m and is ideal for street, portrait and close focus photography.

Available from July 2017
This tiny and mighty Samyang 35mm F2.8 FE lens will be available from July, and will carry a suggested retail price of £279.99 inc VAT.

Samyang AF 35mm F2.8 FE specifications

Principal specifications
Lens type Prime lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 35 mm
Image stabilization No
Lens mount Sony FE
Maximum aperture F2.8
Minimum aperture F22
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Elements 7
Groups 6
Special elements / coatings Two aspherical + one high-refractive element + Ultra Multi Coating
Minimum focus 0.35 m (13.78)
Maximum magnification 0.12×
Autofocus Yes
Full time manual No
Focus method Internal
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Weight 85 g (0.19 lb)
Diameter 62 mm (2.44)
Length 33 mm (1.3)
Sealing No
Colour Black
Filter thread 49.0 mm
Tripod collar No

Olympus Tough TG-5 Available Now!

Introducing the new Olympus Tough TG-5, compact digital camera.

Continuing the legacy of the Tough series of cameras, you can be assured of a camera that is shockproof, dustproof, waterproof, crushproof and freezeproof.

In addition to these features, the Olympus Tough TG-5 now has anti-fog ability. Featuring a dual-pane protective glass construction inside the lens, it now prevents condensation caused by significant temperature differences.

We have also added in the “Pro Capture Mode”, allowing you to capture high precision lag free images for the decisive moment.

Visit your nearest authorized retailer and check out the camera.

Colours Available: TG-5 (Red) / TG-5 (Black)

Look Back – Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Launched 9 months ago in September 2016, is the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV still upto date with the current professional bodies from Sony and Nikon?

Let’s take a flash back look of the features and highlights of the camera at slides below:

We also compare the new EF16-35 f2.8L III USM & EF24-105mm f4L IS II USM with their previous generations.

Nikon Malaysia I AM SALAM AIDILFITRI PROMO Consumers Campaign Announcement (1st June 2017 – 30th June 2017)

Nikon Malaysia I AM SALAM AIDILFITRI PROMO Consumers Campaign Announcement

The promotion period is 1st June 2017 – 30th June 2017

Model 1+1 Year Extended Warranty Consumers Campaign
D750 Kit & Body Not Applicable
D610 Kit & Body
D500 Body Free 1x PROSTAFF 7s 8×42 + Nikon 100th Anniversary T-Shirt
(online redemption only)
D7200 Kit & Body Free 1x AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D + 1x Nikon 100th Anniversary T-Shirt
(online redemption only)
D7100 Kit & Body
D5600 18-140mm Kit, 18-55mm Kit & Body Free 1x AF-P DX 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR + Nikon 100th Anniversary T-Shirt (online redemption only)
D5300 18-140mm Kit, 18-55mm Kit & Body Free 1x SB-300 Speedlight + EN-EL14a + Nikon 100th Anniversary T-Shirt
(online redemption only)
D3400 Kit & Body Free 1x SB-300 Speedlight + Nikon 100th Anniversary T-Shirt
(online redemption only)
Nikon 1 J5 Body, 10-30mm PD Kit & Double Zoom Kit Not Applicable

Terms & conditions as below:

1. To redeem the free PROSTAFF 7s 8×42 Binoculars, AF NIKKOR 50MM F/1.8D lens, AF-P DX 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR, EN-EL14a Battery, SB-300 Speedlight, , Nikon 100th Anniversary T-Shirt and the 1+1 Year Extended Warranty (“EW”), customers need to register as a Nikon Club member via

2. Customer needs to submit the proof of purchase (i.e. purchase receipt) in order to redeem the EW and all the FOC items to consumer.

3. This promotion is valid for Nikon D750/ D610/ D500/ D7200/ D7100/ D5600/ D5300/ D3400/ Nikon 1 J5 and their respective body/kit combinations, purchased during the period 1st June 2017 – 30th June 2017 only.

4. Online redemption of EW and all FOC items to consumers closes on 11:59pm, 7th July 2017. Late registration will not be entertained.

5. The promotion (purchase & delivery of all the FOC items) is valid within Malaysia only.

6. Delivery of all the FOC items will send directly from Nikon (M) Sdn Bhd to end user’s address only.

7. The camera purchased must be an original Nikon Malaysia warranty set. Grey sets will not be entertained.

8. By providing the required information, customers hereby consent to Nikon Malaysia in processing personal data for this promotion and any other Nikon Malaysia marketing promotion in accordance to the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (PDPA).

For full notice of the PDPA, please visit website:

9. This promotion is subject to stock availability and on first-come-first-serve basis.

10. This promotion is not exchangeable with any form of cash or any other products.

11. Nikon (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd reserves the right to revise the terms & conditions of this promotion when necessary without any prior notice.

Olympus Malaysia Hari Raya 2017 Promotions

Refer mentioned above enclosed here is the up-coming consumer campaign “Hari Raya Promotion”. Promotion highlight as follow: 

Consumer Promotion Period: June 9th, 2017  to July 9th, 2017

·        OM-D, PEN and TOUGH: Free Gifts Online Redemption worth up to RM1,107 
·        M. ZUIKO DIGITAL: Instant Rebate up to RM400 
        (* for selected M.ZUIKO DIGITAL Lenses only) 
·        Three (3) months Extended e-Warranty 
        (* for OM-D, PEN, TOUGH & selected M.ZUIKO DIGITAL Lenses only)

Nikon D7500 DX Camera Pre-Order

Nikon Malaysia has just announced a pre-order package for their latest Nikon D7500 DX format camera.

Pre-order for D7500 is now available in these authorized dealer outlets:

Klang Valley:

  1. Fotokem Sunway Pyramid, Petaling Jaya, Selangor (03-74926812)
  2. YL Camera Pudu Plaza, Kuala Lumpur (6016-218 7810)
  3. YL Camera Jaya 33, Petaling Jaya, Selangor (03-7958 8163)
  4. Key Color Photo Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur (03-2282 8960)
  5. Fotokem Lowyat Plaza, Kuala Lumpur (03-21443530)
  6. QQ Camera, Low Yat, Kuala Lumpur (012-632 0729)
  7. TS Camera, Digital Mall, Petaling Jaya (03-7931 6917)
  8. Fotokem Subang Parade, Subang Jaya, Selangor (03-56339993)
  9. J One Camera, Amcorp Mall, Petaling Jaya, Selangor (03 -79577778 )
  10. Cam World, The Curve, Petaling Jaya, Selangor (03-77272540 )
  11. Lazada Nikon Official Store

Other States:

  1. PC Image, Wisma Saberkas, Kuching, Sarawak (082-422 939)
  2. Great Wall Camera, Kuching, Sarawak (082-423 411)
  3. Fotomat, Centerpoint, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (088-241 384)
  4. Johan Photo, Plaza Angsana, Johor Bahru (07-2385833)
  5. HP Camera, Pusat Dangangan, Seremban2, Negeri Sembilan (06-601 3312)
  6. Foto Sun, Kuantan Parade, Kuantan, Pahang (013-393 8168)
  7. Fotokem Ipoh Parade, Ipoh, Perak (05-2410758)
  8. Fotokem Mahkota Parade, Melaka (06-2820801)
  9. Gadgetria, Prangin, Penang (04-2622433)
  10. Cameraworld2u, ICT Mall, Penang (04-2611433)
  11. Excel Photo Trading, Penang Road, Penang (04-2280688)
  12. Foto Easycam, Komtar, Penang (04-2638095)

Terms & Conditions:

1. Pre-order period is 1st – 15th June 2017 only in selected outlets (as per above).

2. The exclusive free gifts for pre-order package is to be redeemed online at

Nikon Announced Coolpix W300 Underwater Compact Camera with 5x Zoom, 4K, GPS & WiFi


Whether Exploring New Heights on the Slopes or Diving Off-Shore, Share-Worthy Images and Videos Are Easily Captured with the COOLPIX W300

MELVILLE, NY (May 31, 2017) – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the new COOLPIX W300, a rugged compact camera designed to capture and share high-quality images and 4K UHD video of any adventure with ease. The waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and dustproof W300 is well-equipped with intuitive features to chronicle an action-packed excursion, whether a user is hiking, camping, skiing or relaxing on the beach. The W300 makes it easier to shoot in the moment with an improved grip and handling, a large 3-inch LCD display and a 5x optical zoom NIKKOR lens with an exceptionally wide field of view. Furthermore, the W300 allows users to seamlessly share their latest adventures with built-in Wi-Fi3 and Bluetooth2 via the Nikon SnapBridge app1.

“For those experiencing a once in a lifetime vacation or adventure, the COOLPIX W300 is an exciting rugged and lightweight camera option, offering an advanced feature-set that delivers stunning image quality, improved handling and advanced performance to easily capture fast-action moments and 4K UHD video,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.


Handle Rugged Situations: The Durable Nikon COOLPIX W300
Featuring a 16-megapixel CMOS back-side illuminated (BSI) sensor, the COOLPIX W300 captures life’s adventures in stunning quality, even in low-light. Built to withstand even the toughest outdoor elements, the robust COOLPIX W300 offers a waterproof (100ft. / 30m), freezeproof (14F / -10C), dustproof and enhanced shockproof (7.9ft. / 2.4m) camera body that any outdoor enthusiast could appreciate. Whether exploring underwater or venturing out in a snowstorm with gloved hands, the adventurous photographer will feel confident capturing moments with ease due to the camera’s increased grip area and ergonomically improved shutter button placement.

The W300 is the ideal companion for exploring remote areas, as users can pinpoint precise locations using the built-in GPS to recall exactly where that stunning image of a hidden natural wonder was captured. Additional outdoor-friendly features include the ability to go off the beaten path with Points of Interest (POI) and mapping functions, as well as an altimeter and depth gauge. The camera also has a dedicated button to activate an LED light for illumination, and a new Active Guide function to easily display location and altitude data at a glance.

Additionally, with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, images can transfer automatically to a photographer’s smart device so that family and friends can instantly view vacation highlights. When connected, users can also operate the camera remotely with a smart device to capture new perspectives and explore their creative potential.


Capturing Incredibly Stunning Images and 4K UHD Video
The COOLPIX W300 allows the user to get close to the action with a 5x optical zoom wide-angle lens (f/2.8-4.9) and 10x dynamic fine zoom for detailed images from far-away distances, even in challenging light. The camera’s hybrid VR technology provides up to three stops of compensation to capture sharp images and smooth 4K UHD (3840×2160/30p) videos, great for when snorkeling or rock climbing. Additional video features include a variety of creative functions, such as time-lapse and superlapse recording to offer a unique perspective of once-in a lifetime adventures.


Price and Availability
The COOLPIX W300 will be available in Summer 2017 in orange, yellow and black for a suggested retail price (SRP)* of $389.95. For more information about these and other COOLPIX cameras, please visit

1 The SnapBridge app is available for compatible iPhone®, iPad® and/or iPod touch®, and for smart devices running the AndroidTM operating system. The app can be downloaded free of charge from Apple’s App Store® and GooglePlayTM. SnapBridge can be used only with compatible cameras.

2 The camera’s built-in Bluetooth® capability can only be used to connect the camera to a compatible smart device running the SnapBridge app, and to take advantage of SnapBridge features.

3 This camera’s built-in Wi-Fi® capability can only be used with a compatible iPhone®, iPad®, and/or iPod touch® or smart devices running on the Android™ operating system. The Nikon SnapBridge application must be installed on the device before it can be used with this camera.

Using the SnapBridge App System Requirements:

  • Android 5.0 or later or 6.0.1 or later
  • A device with Bluetooth 4.0 or later (i.e., a device that supports Bluetooth Smart Ready/Low Energy) is required.

Nikon Coolpix W300 specifications

MSRP $389
Body type
Body type Compact
Body material Metal/composite
Max resolution 4608 x 3456
Image ratio w:h 4:3
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Color filter array sRGB
ISO Auto, 125-6400
White balance presets 5
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format No
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.31)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24–120 mm
Optical zoom 5×
Maximum aperture F2.8–4.9
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Digital zoom Yes (4x)
Normal focus range 50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 1 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Auto
  • Scene
  • Scene Auto selector
  • Short Movie Show
  • Smart Portrait
  • Special effects
Scene modes
  • Backlighting
  • Beach
  • Close-up
  • Dusk/Dawn
  • Easy Panorama
  • Fireworks Show
  • Food
  • Landscape
  • Night Landscape
  • Night Portrait
  • Party/Indoor
  • Pet Portrait
  • Portrait
  • Snow
  • Sports
  • Sunset
  • Underwater
  • Multiple Exposure Lighten
  • Super Lapse Movie
  • Time Lapse Movie “
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 5.20 m (at Auto ISO)
External flash No
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Pre-shooting cache
  • Continuous L
  • Continuous H (normal/60/120 fps)
Continuous drive 7.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2, 5 and 10 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Format MPEG-4, H.264
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 25p, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 120p, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 50p, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 25p, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1280 x 720 @ 30p, MP4, H.264, AAC
  • 1280 x 720 @ 25p, MP4, H.264, AAC
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types Onboard + SD/SDHC/SDXC card
Storage included 473MB
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)
Microphone port No
Headphone port No
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealed Yes (waterproof to 30m, shockproof to 2.4mm, freezeproof to -10C, dustproof)
Durability Waterproof, Shockproof
Battery Built-in
Battery description EN-EL12 lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 280
Weight (inc. batteries) 231 g (0.51 lb / 8.15 oz)
Dimensions 112 x 66 x 29 mm (4.41 x 2.6 x 1.14)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS Built-in
GPS notes with altimeter and depth gauge

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