It all began with the re-surging appeal of better made mirrorless compact system cameras versus the Nikon 1 hardware. The prospect of being able to obtaining a better image quality capture in a smaller body is just an offer that’s too good to refuse. The Nikon 1’s subsequent iterations then, just did not cut the mustard…for me. The resolved AF issue via a well-timed firmware update on the Canon EOS M was all that I needed while in Switzerland to pick her up. Till today, it has remain my hardware of choice against my Nikon 1 V1 when telephoto reach is not my priority.
The image quality derivable from the Canon EOS M perpetually left the 10-MP Nikon 1 V1 in the dust. Nikon did nothing (or rather, did not know how to respond). I ended up investing into the more appealing Canon system instead. If the rumored Nikon D2000 series materialize just as its rumored to be in 2014, that puts Nikon two years late of an answer to Canon’s EOS M. I seriously doubt that even with the yet-to-be-announced Nikon 1 V3 launched, this gap with Canon’s will finally be closed. Victory goes to Canon!
Notwithstanding, Canon hit the mark again with the Canon EOS M2 a few months back, and her unwavering resolve to build an even smaller interchangeable APS-C system is highly admired and appreciated. Its a system that’s oozing with great potential and objectively developed with the single purpose of yielding the best image quality with the smallest build (something that the Nikon 1 team hopes to bring back with the Nikon 1 V3). This single design philosophy has essentially kept me from considering any other competing product brands thus far - a feat not easily accomplished.
But I guess that’s also where Canon’s victory limit hits the glass ceiling. The recent commercial decision to unify her manufacturing capability back to Japan has in effect, left the mainstream DSLR users somewhat in an indefinite holding pattern of limbo trance. With most product roadmaps put on hold against Nikon’s recent onslaught in the same product segment, one can only hope this is but an inevitable sluggishness that will end soon.
Meanwhile, the Nikon D800 will continue her reign as the DSLR of choice for my commercial assignments while the Canon EOS M, as a work traveler’s dream come true.
With Singapore facing one of the worst drought season of the decade, the absence of water on the island can be readily felt all around her belts of green plantation lately.
A much needed tool to complete my lens arsenal for my portraiture and editorial projects.
Our human brains and setup is typically habitual and remains inert to constant changes, setting our mental cortex to stay safe and exhort remaining in conducting the brain and body in only predictable context.
Upon understanding this behaviour, we excel beyond the mechanics of capturing images by constantly forcing a change in either a strict use of different gears, lens range, ISO etc. at a given period of time. We re-shuffle our perception and approach to taking a picture, inciting a potential to heighten that creativity cortex of our brain.
So, in summary, do encourage yourself from only engaging photography with one gear or focal length at one time, while ensuring you don’t give too much freedom to spur creativity with each shift of choice of gears.
My workflow and preference of optical hardware have progressed to the current state where mirrorless systems of Nikon and Canon are commonly utilised for my commercial editorial work.
And is of no surprise that the element of non-intrusiveness, low profile equipment become key to each successful media coverage. A DSLR simply draws too much unwanted distraction, thanks to her intimidating form factor and hand-wrecking encumbrance.
Drawing from the extensive, frequent need to immerse yourself with the context of each event, executing these projects changes AND covering each event, you’d begin to emphatize my need to remain mobile, low profile and unhindered as a Group Business Advisor.
I have been slaving my Canon EOS M gear to a 35mm reportage range, while free-wheeling the Nikon 1 with a wide 27mm prime. And it seems to cover confined indoor events quite well this time round. Fill flash on both systems is mandatory, moving my aperture mostly on F/5.6 and above eighty percent of the time. The colour palette of Adobe suits me as opposed to sRGB. All images are white balanced calibrated with an Expodisc. Base ISO only.
Find the angle and go figure!
Shenyang Aviation Museum - Set 2
Welcome to Shenyang Aviation Museum China - where I can get a short relief from the hectic week of work!
Digging the rumor mill as I am eagerly awaiting to get my hands on some new gears for 2014, before heading back to China and then western Europe!
Looks to me like Nikon has opted for a detachable EVF this time round!
With the Nikon 1 V3 just round the corner for grab (and hopefully worth the wait), thought it will be fun to indulge in a rather downplayed area of photography - wireless photography.
I believe the concept was born by a company called Eye-fi a few years back, though it lacked the appeal of a massive storage option then. It remained so until a few major players came into scene recently , with Toshiba giving consumers the most cost-effective solution to date.
At USD60 a piece, the Toshiba 32GB works quite beautifully with an Android tablet, save the fact it still does not supports RAW image display and transfers. So that means JPEG images only, guys and gals. Depending on the type of camera you are using it with, there may still be the need to have your live view turned on in order to transfer your images wirelessly to your tablet.
The concept is simple enough to grasp in terms of how it actually works. With your camera turned on, the inserted FlashAir card will automatically creates a short-range wireless network where you can easily identify and connect with your phone, tablet or computer.
Each taken shot will appear in the native apps (in the case of a tablet), provided that application is running and in use. I have tried it with the Nikon 1 V1 and each typical 6.1MB JPEG took approximately thirty seconds to transfer onto my Asus Transformer TF701T. You are then given the choice to permanently store it on your tablet or simply share it directly via an pre-configured email client on your tablet.