Sunday, 30 September 2012

What Food to Bring Overseas? (Students Edition)

Yay kite nak fly pegi oversea.. Kita nak naik kapal terbang, pegi tempat sejuk luar negara, blablabla. Tapi nak fly nak bawak makanan apa ah?

Straight to the point. You're one of those boys who got your mum and your sisters to cook everything up for you at home and at school you get those mess hall aunties working to serve you food. Now you're packing to go study for years thousands of miles from home. Most were like oh we're so screwed we're gonna starve to death there but no somehow you're gonna have to learn how to get raw food above fire and make it edible. This is my guide on what foods to bring overseas even if you're a useless cook.

harap korang takde masalah nak faham isi citer ni walaupun wa tulis dalam BI.

You're going overseas you're not going to bring your whole house with you. But you can't go empty handed and be a beggar and a burden to your friends once you're there. The best way to pack for a trip is one big bag of maybe the size of 24 inches (or a little larger as long as you can carry it alone by your own strength; say down a flight of stairs) and one small hand carry bag for 18 inches. You would want to bring a backpack to keep that laptop and other stuff you like. You're going to carry that laptop bag and the small 18 inch bag with you on board the flight while the big bag is gonna be checked in.

Never bring a bag too big that you cant even carry when it is filled because you're gonna have to drag it from the airport to your new house. We just can't be sure of how smooth the road from the airport to your new home is. Maybe you might need to carry it along a flight of stairs and whatsoever so keep that in mind before buying the biggest bag you see. So now let's talk about food. What to bring? It varies greatly with the destination country but I'm gonna tell you mine. Good luck.


I know. So I got sent to Seoul. Being an Asian country, I can still find rice cheaply almost everywhere. You know how to cook some rice the right way right? If you can't I'm, gonna show you in a future post that will be linked up here. But I'm gonna talk about the stuff you need to make some chicken or any type of Malaysian curry.

The best way to cheat is to buy these packs of ready made gravies;

But they are freaking expensive and heavy (because of the liquid and stuff in it). It can also be used only once if you're cooking for like three people or two eating machines. To save money and weight a bit you can still buy this;

All you need to do is read the instructions at the back, usually frying the paste with the chicken for a while, then add water and bring it to a boil. And you will need this;

Santan powder. Mix it up with some water, add it to the curry, bring it to a quick boil, add a pinch of salt if you like and you're good to go. But if you're a dirt cheap guy wanting to save more space get this;

But to get the most out of it you gotta know how to saute some onions, garlic, spices and stuff.. But still bring this because for a meal I for two I could use half of them. Just follow the instructions at the back of the packet. You'll be just fine. Oh another variation but the preparation methods are almost the same, try this;

Besides that, another easy meal is fried rice. Get these guys, they're dirt cheap.

For the powder ones you can saute some onions with a little bit of oil if you like more flavor and add cooked rice into it. Then mix in the powder. I like it that way although you can just spread a little oil on the pan, throw the rice in and mix the powder. At the back is the same thing in the form of a paste. Costs and weighs a little extra, but it tastes a lot better. Trust me.


These cubes can do wonders for you. You can make chicken soup, chicken curry, porridge and so much more. 

These stir fry sambal tumis is just awesome. It tastes as good as the real thing. It is in paste form, kinda heavy but it is a must bring item for me.

If not the sambal, use dried chili to spice up your cooking. You wouldn't want to put too much. 

If not that, you can bring these. It works okay. I chose this brand instead of Allagapa's that tasted better because this brand has a longer expiry date. Any brand is okay it is just chili. 

A must have! Of course the country you are going to have milk and sugar so you can enjoy this right away. Oh this is a small can. I prefer this instead of the packet ones because I want an airtight container. Luckily now it is imported to Korea from Malaysia and now I can buy it here! 

It is always a good idea to bring a bottle of soy sauce. The Korean ones are saltier. I prefer the sweet ones back in Malaysia. I did bring some from Malaysia in a cleaned and dried pepsi bottle. Trust me, if you do the bottle change in a clean environment it can last for a year in the refrigerator.

Another Malaysian product that is imported to Korea! Glad to have these here. Eating french fries with tomato ketchup is just not the way to live.

Anchovies! You can fry em, toss em with some onions and oil for fried rice and so much more. Lovely.

So I make my own curry here. I usually buy boneless processed halal chicken it doesn't smell much but when I use chicken with bones, i gotta use this to get rid of the 'chicken'-ey smell.

Another alternative to the expensive paste! Add coconut milk and you're gonna be fine.


If you're too lazy to cook, pop this out of the packet, heat it up in a pan and you got a quick meal. The chicken won't taste so good though. It tastes like canned food cooked with steam kinda stuff.

This cost a lot! But they are superb. Must have.

You don't need to be rich to be a fat ass lazy bum. Everybody loves instant noodles.

Pop em out of the can or saute them with some onions! Superb!

Buy some bread and spread this on it. Lovely.

There are tons more of stuff you can find on the supermarket to bring overseas other than the ones I showed above. So now you can start shopping and stop asking for your friends to fill your needs of Malaysian food because you're a lazy ass opportunistic brat.

WELL congratulations you're finally gonna go to the great countries out there to learn. Your siblings waited for this moment for so long to party rock with your clothes and use your room. Young jedi, may the food be with you.

Monday, 17 September 2012

This Weekend Through My Lens (Malaysia Day 2012)

So it all started with this picture I took last Friday before the Friday prayers in Itaewon, Seoul. Just for fun.

Seoul Grand Mosque

Then the next day I went to a meeting for this year's students association magazine editors somewhere near Korea University and since I'm close why not I get some shots of the place. Too bad I forgot to charge my batteries and it ran out of juice in the middle of the trip. Too bad. But I luckily I could scavenge some power to get this shot.

Korea University

And today while I was bored sitting at home I ran out to the supermarket to buy some stuff. Actually I intended of going to Yoeido Park for the sunset view but by the time I left I was already late for the sunset. So half way in the journey I turned back and got this shot instead. That's my school! A silhouette of it perhaps.

If one would need to know I used a small aperture of f/8 for landscapes and I shot this using RAW format. The shutter speed was also not enough for hand holding so I was bracing the camera on a signboard hanged on the railings of the elevated pedestrian crossing for stability. Dat plane...

Traffic into the Sunset

The next photo is about the symmetric shapes and guide lines of the stairs.. OH SHUT UP~! *smosh style. I suck in arts. The photo is a photo of the flight of stairs that I will descend to get home in a few seconds later after pressing the shutter button for this shot. End of story. ;-p

The Pedestrian Crossing from Lotte Mart Guro

I would like to use this opportunity to wish all Malaysians happy Malaysia Day! Have a great week ahead. Oh slowly I will go around town for more shots so stay tuned for more folks!

Saturday, 15 September 2012

10 Reasons Why I Can't Buy Sony

Hi. Firstly I need to make myself clear that I am not a Canon fanboy or a Nikon fag. I love photography and I love cameras. When I compare cameras, take me as if we are talking about cars; men love comparing specs, not owning them, just for the fun of talking about the specs. So, a few years ago Sony rocked the world with an innovation of translucent mirrors. Then two days ago Sony rocked the world again by announcing a new full frame compact camera. But the highlight is the new flagship full frame A99. It is still so new, no one really posted a review about it yet. 

Talking about me, as for my financial status right now, I would be a A57 owner or maybe the biggest I can go is the A77. I love the A77. I love the 16-50 SSM lens. But I can't imagine myself buying it. Let me present you 10 reasons why I can't make myself buying one even how much I love it. Sorry for the hate that's coming.

1. Translucent Mirror

It is a piece of glass that sits permanently in front of the sensor and it blocks some light from entering the sensor. Although the sensor is smart enough to boost its ISO to make up from any loss of shutter speed, I just want it out of the way. That translucent mirror design leads to the usage of an electronic viewfinder (EVF). I know about it having some plus side of having fast AF in video, in burst mode but I would appreciate it if there is some kind of translucent mirror flip design to get it out of the way when needed.

2. EVF

The EVF on the current A77 is amazing. The amount of detail and information that can be displayed is awesome. But no EVF is as good as an OVF. Turn off the lights and you see noise swimming in the EVF as it tries to gain something from the sensor to display in it. Sometimes we do need to work in the dark, such as shooting a concert or maybe in a studio setup. Many complain the noise is nearly unbearable. Tough luck. Again, no EVF is as good as an OVF.

3. Battery life

Again the A77 is a power guzzler. Using CIPA methods the A77 shoots 530 shots per charge. Not bad. Let's see the competitors. Nikon D7000; 1,050 shots per charge. Canon 60D; 1,100 shots per charge. Canon 7D; 800 shots per charge. The SLT design and the usage of an EVF sips battery power like a thirsty child with a glass of iced orange juice in a hot summer day. Some would say, buy a battery grip but hey, imagine how much a D7000 with a grip can shoot.

4. Shallow buffer

I know how we love the fast burst rate possible with a fixed mirror. 12fps on a sub 2000 camera is almost a like a gift from the heavens. But then the buffer was too small to support the files before it is transferred into the card. Fanboys were screaming, oh give it a chance, use a fast card. Even a Class 10 won't do much to help swallow the pictures in time for 12fps rapid fire. Give me a XQD card then?

That's the first four not so important reasons why I can't totally love a Sony SLT, in particular the A77. I call them not so important because I can still live with those small problems and still shoot fine. But the next ones are very important to me.

5. Video crop factor.

I used the A65 for a few minutes and noticed it almost right away. After some spending serious time framing for my video shot to make the subject fits nicely into the frame, then when I push the record button, it crops. Yup. The frame suddenly became smaller during recording. Reviewers out there worked out that the video crop factor is 1.86x. We are using 1.5x cropped sensor cameras. You know how hard we work on to get a wide field of view? I understood that the cropping was done to electronically balance the footage more. The stabilized video footage is awesome. But sometimes we need that wide field of view, turning the SteadyShot setting off solves nothing, it still crops! I would wish there would be some kind of workaround for this such as a setting to use only the sensor shift stabilization without any cropping or at least introduce the crop factor by cropping the preview even before we press the record button. Some did came forward about buying the old A55 or A33 that records video without the video crop factor. You want me to use interlaced 60i video when I can get progressive 60p? No thank you.

6. Tele-zoom high speed shooting mode

Just be honest. Another cropped feature. To save data space, the image from the sensor is cropped so that the images are smaller and data can flow faster through the processor into the buffer and into the memory card. Nice act to hide the shallow buffer. Again, we are using 1.5x cropped cameras. When we want to go wide, we mean it. By the way, why even bother to put a sensor with 24 million pixels on it? The resolution it must process is just so high and of course the files would be big. There are no workarounds except for making a faster processor or a deeper buffer. Please Sony engineers...

7. Small range of OEM lens lineup

I know that I would only buy a few lenses in my lifetime. But how about others? Different people have different needs in photography. I need to be honest here, Sony is still new in the DSLR market and their lens lineup is not really that wide when compared with Canon's or Nikon's. Say I need a weather sealed lens to complete the A77 focal length range after having the weather sealed 16-50 SSM lens. A 70-200 f/2.8 G? No it is not weather sealed. To the date I'm writing this Sony only has two weather sealed lenses; the 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM and a new 300mm f/2.8 SSM G. Canon fanboys are showing off their collection of weather sealed L lenses... Awww... What if I told you, not all L lenses (although a lot of them are well weather sealed) some of the L lenses need a UV filter attached to the front element to complete the weather sealing? Awww yess...

8. Mediocre Weather Sealing?

Don't get me wrong. Sony makes good weather sealed bodies but there are no weather sealed lenses for it yet. The Sony A99 is weather sealed, everybody was like 'YAY' and then it uses the old 24-70 f/2.8 Zeiss without weather sealing. Oh god why. Just like I said above, to the date I'm writing this Sony only has two weather sealed lenses; the 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM and a new 300mm f/2.8 SSM G. That's all folks. Sony, it's time to slow down announcements of new camera bodies and focus a little bit more on strengthening the lens lineup. Thanks.

9. Expensive Third Parties
ZEISS? Bitch please.. The Sony Zeiss ones are made by Sony with some kind of permission of Zeiss. Yup third party lenses might save the lack of lenses Sony has but it still poses some problems. Say the new Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 VC USD. Great lens. It has silent USD AF motor, weather sealed, has an optical stabilizer. But then Sony has their own sensor shift stabilization so when it comes to Sony mounts the people at Tamron just exempt it from installing the optical stabilization in the lens. The problem is, Sony mount buyers still need to pay the same amount of money as other mount users that has the optical stabilizer on it. Paying for some feature they don't have? Oh third party manufacturers.. What you did there.. I see it.. 

10. Low quality lenses?
I am not so sure about this but I do have some problems with the 16-50 SSM. For the money why it is reviewed as not as sharp as the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 non VC version? There are some problems with chromatic aberrations too. If mounted on an A77, the A77 is smart enough to remove it but what if I'm using it on an old A700? Come on Sony.. You can do better in making better lenses.. Oops actually Canon has some problems too. Read up about the Canon 24mm f/1.8 USM that disappoints many in a similar way.

If you find any mistakes do tell me. Do respond by leaving a comment maybe. Thank you for all of your time reading this and let's go out and shoot using what we have! This is the time when we as photo lovers should just do what car lovers do; put down the catalogs, start the engine and drive, spend the time with others, just go out for the joy of driving. Let's rediscover the joy of photography without caring much about gear okay? To those who might think I have a bad stuff going on with Sony, no I don't. As you can see I do have problems with Canon too so I'm not a Canon fanboy lambasting Sony. I said nothing about Nikon doesn't mean Nikon is that perfect okay? Those people up there making these camera stuff are all chasing after for one same thing, your wallet. Goodnight everyone. Have a nice day.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

New Sony NEX-6

New Sony α NEX-6 Camera Delivers Full DSLR Experience in Pocket-Sized Package

Compact System Camera Features 16.1 MP APS-C Sensor, Fast Hybrid AF, OLED Viewfinder, Enhanced Control, Expandability and Wi-Fi® Capabilities

SAN DIEGO, Sept 12, 2012 – With a brand new, sleek design and enhanced control capabilities, the new Sony NEX-6 camera packs all the imaging power, shooting responsiveness, handling and operability of a DSLR into a pocket-sized mirrorless camera.
The newest addition to Sony’s acclaimed E-mount camera line-up includes Fast Hybrid AF, Wi-Fi capabilities and the Play Memories Camera Apps™ platform recently introduced on Sony’s new NEX-5R model, as well as the same high-resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ viewfinder found on the flagship NEX-7 model. Additionally, the NEX-6 adds a standard DSLR-style mode dial for fast, simple navigation between settings.

“Put simply, we are revolutionizing the world of compact system cameras,” said Mike Kahn, director of the alpha camera business at Sony Electronics.  “With the NEX-6, we’ve brought a full DSLR experience – fast focus, enhanced control and an “eye-level” shooting style - to consumers at a fraction of the size and weight. Add the convenience of Wi-Fi connectivity and our innovative Play Memories Camera Apps platform, and it becomes a truly compelling product unlike anything else in market today.  It’s the perfect balance of size, performance quality.”

The camera’s large Exmor® APS HD CMOS sensor offers 16.1 effective megapixels for true DSLR-quality images and detail-packed Full HD video.  It’s teamed with a powerful BIONZ® image processor that ensures flawless, low-noise images at extended sensitivity settings up to ISO 25600.

The innovative Fast Hybrid AF system* combines phase- and contrast-detect AF methods.  It uses 99 phase-detection AF points arrayed on the image sensor to detect a subject’s distance and direction to quickly lock focus on it, and then utilizes contrast-detection AF to confirm extremely fine focus detail. In Speed Priority Continuous shooting mode, the camera automatically switches to phase detection tracking AF to track fast-moving action accurately in each frame at up to 10 frames per second.

As with the flagship NEX-7 camera, the NEX-6 model features an XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ EVF for precision framing and focusing. This 2.36 million dot electronic viewfinder gives a bright, detail-packed, high contrast view of still images and video, with 100% frame coverage and a wide field of view to rival pro-grade optical viewfinders. On-screen grid lines and a digital level gauge can be displayed to assist with accurate framing.

The high-quality OLED Tru-Finder™ EVF is complemented by a 3.0” Xtra Fine LCD™ display that can be angled up to 90° up or 45° down (approx.) for easy viewing in virtually any shooting position. The LCD screen ensures superb detail and contrast with significantly reduced on-screen reflections, aiding composition when shooting outdoors or in direct light.

New for the NEX-6 camera is a strategically-positioned mode dial on its top, similar to those found on traditional DSLR cameras, giving photographers easy access to commonly used shooting modes including P/A/S/M and Sweep Panorama™ mode.  The camera also has mode-dependent control dial (located underneath the mode dial) plus a separate control wheel on the camera back for fine adjustments of exposure, ISO, white balance and other settings.

Also inherited from high-end A-mount cameras, a “Function” key and pro-focused Quick Navi interface allows fingertip adjustment of settings without taking the viewfinder away from the shooter’s eye.  Alongside a handy pop-up flash, there’s a versatile new Multi Interface Shoe that’s capable of ‘intelligent’ linkage with various accessories.

Full HD movie shooting is enhanced on the NEX-6 camera with a new Auto Slow Shutter feature that adds extra detail to low-light clips. The camera detects dim interiors and night scenes and automatically selects a slower shutter speed to brighten footage.

Wi-Fi Sharing and New Camera Apps
Shared with the NEX-5R model, integrated Wi-Fi on the NEX-6 camera allows photos to be transferred wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet running Sony’s free PlayMemories Mobile™ app (free of charge), available on both Android™ and Apple iOS platforms. Additionally, content can be directly uploaded from the camera to Facebook® using a Wi-Fi connection and the new “Direct Upload” application, part of Sony’s new PlayMemories Camera Apps™ platform.

The PlayMemories Camera Apps platform is the world’s first application download service in an interchangeable lens camera that allows consumers to install new functions on demand, tailoring their cameras to fit personal shooting needs.  The service can be accessed over Wi-Fi or when the camera is connected directly to a PC via USB.**

Available apps at launch, outside of “Direct Upload”, will include “Picture Effect+”, “Multi Frame NR” and “Smart Remote Control.”   A variety of other apps including “Bracket Pro”, “Photo Retouch”, “Time-Lapse” and “Cinematic Photo” are also planned for future release.

New Interchangeable Lenses for α E-mount Cameras
Sony has also introduced three new lenses for its E-mount line of interchangeable lens cameras, adding to the system’s flexibility.

The new SELP1650 lens is an extremely light, compact 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 powered zoom model that measures only 29.9 mm thick (when fully retracted) and contains built-in Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization for clearer handheld images.  Additionally, it features a dual-function ring that controls both power zoom and manual focus, depending on the camera’s focus mode. With the camera set to AF the control ring adjusts smooth, high-speed zoom with small hand movements. With the camera in MF mode, the ring controls manual focus.  A smooth power zoom dial makes the lens particularly useful for shooting video.

The new SEL35F18 lens is a wide aperture 35mm focal length model with a bright maximum aperture of f/1.8 and built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization.  It offers excellent optical sharpness, clarity, and background defocus in both still images and HD video, and is exceptionally light and easy to carry.

The new SEL1018 lens is a super-wide angle zoom with a maximum aperture of f/4.0 across its range of 10-18mm and built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization.  Adopting the super ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass which reduces color aberration, the lens is capable of producing dramatic perspective effects and is ideal for shooting landscapes and interiors.

New accessories for NEX-6
The new stylish, leather LCS-ELC6 Soft Carrying Case is designed exclusively for use with the NEX-6 camera and attached SELP1650 or SEL16F28 lens. While attached, the case still allows use of a tripod as well as the camera's LCD screen to be tilted.

The new LCS-EJA Soft Carrying Case can be used for all α E-mount cameras, and is ideal for use with the new SELP1650 or SEL16F28 lens attached.  It has internal pockets for storage of the lens cap as well as a spare memory card.

Pricing and Availability
The NEX-6 compact system camera will be available this November in a kit with the SELP1650 power zoom lens for about $1,000.  It will also be offered as body-only for about $850.

The SELP1650 power zoom lens will be sold separately in January for about $350, and the SEL35F18 prime and SEL1018 wide angle lenses will be available this November for about $450 and $850, respectively.

The LCS-ELC6 and LCS-EJA soft carrying cases will be available this November for about $100 and $40, respectively.

Sony's Flagship Full Frame DSLR - A99

Sony Introduces New Full-Frame α99 Camera with Translucent Mirror Technology and Dual AF System

Flagship α A-mount camera delivers new levels of image quality, focus capabilities and video performance

SAN DIEGO, Sept 12, 2012 – Sony’s long awaited α99 digital camera sets a new performance standard for professional-class DSLRs, combining all of the benefits of full-frame imaging with the responsiveness and speed of Translucent Mirror Technology.
The successor to Sony’s flagship α900 DSLR, the α99 camera features a brand new 24.3 MP full-frame image sensor, a unique dual phase-detect AF system and a host of other innovative technologies that work together to deliver the best image and full HD video quality in the history of Sony’s acclaimed line of α cameras

“The new α99 camera is the ultimate combination of Sony’s expertise and rich history of image sensor production coupled with our truly innovative approach to camera design” said Mike Kahn, director of the alpha interchangeable lens camera division at Sony.  “It redefines what can be accomplished with a full frame DSLR camera.”

New Levels of Imaging Performance and Response
The flagship α99 model combines its new 24.3 effective megapixel Exmor® CMOS sensor with a highly advanced BIONZ image processing engine, delivering unprecedented levels of performance in both still and video shooting.

The full frame sensor is enhanced by a newly-developed separate multi-segment optional low-pass filter, increasing its resolving power.  Assisted by an all-new front-end LSI, the BIONZ engine can process massive amounts of image signal data from the sensor at very high speeds. Together with a powerful new area-specific noise reduction (NR) algorithm, it allows to the camera to achieve 14-bit RAW output, rich gradation and low noise.

The evolved BIONZ processor also gives the α99 model a maximum sensitivity range (in expanded sensitivity mode) as wide as ISO50 – 25600 – a range of nine stops.  Its unprecedented processing power enables the camera to shoot a burst of images at up to six frames per second at full resolution or up to 10 fps in Tele-zoom high speed shooting mode.

The new α99 digital camera features a unique dual AF system, a world’s first for digital cameras.  This camera’s main focusing system – a 19-point AF system with 11 cross sensors - is complemented by a 102-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor overlaying the main image sensor.  Harnessing the power of Translucent Mirror Technology, light is passed to both phase-detection AF sensors simultaneously and continually, measuring subject distance and position more completely than other cameras.  This unique Dual AF System permits ultra-fast, accurate autofocusing that maintains tracking focus even if a subject temporarily leaves the frame.

The AF-D (depth) continuous autofocus mode* utilizes the Dual AF system for wider and more dense coverage of the frame, significantly improving AF performance with fast or erratically moving subjects against complex backgrounds.  Additionally, during movie shooting, AF Duration control provides reliable depth focusing information and ensures that the camera maintains proper focus on its subject when objects or people cross the focal plane.

A new AF range control allows photographers to manually select foreground and background distance to which the AF system will not respond, especially useful for shooting fast moving sports or animals through a nearby wire mesh or in front of a complex background that commonly distracts camera AF systems.

Crafted for Videographers and Movie-makers
The new α99 camera’s video capabilities build on Sony’s expertise in developing professional motion picture cameras, combining the unmatched resolving power and sensitivity of the full-frame sensor with several advanced features optimized for professional video production.

The flagship α99 model is the first full-frame DSLR to offer Full HD 60p/24p progressive video recording to meet AVCHD™ Version 2.0 specifications and Full-time Continuous AF Movie mode, allowing smooth, non-stop tracking of moving subjects. Other enhancements include real-time Full HD video output via HDMI®, and uninterrupted ‘dual-card’ recording using both of the camera’s media slots.

For added convenience while shooting video, a new silent, programmable multi-control dial on the front of the camera body allows silent adjustment of common settings during shooting including exposure compensation, ISO sensitivity, shutter speed, aperture and much more.
The camera’s audio features are designed to meet the demanding needs of serious videographers. An audio level display and adjustable audio record levels are joined by a headphone jack for accurate in-the-field monitoring.   Additionally, the multi-interface shoe provides balance audio input for the optional XLR-K1M adaptor kit, which adds a high-quality mono shotgun microphone and pro-standard XLR connections for dependable audio acquisition.

Uncompromised Handing for Advanced Photographers
The camera’s XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ viewfinder offers 100% frame coverage on the viewfinder screen with exceptional brightness, contrast, clarity and resolution, ensuring a detail-packed view of the desired scene and subject.  The unique electronic viewfinder will also maintain a 100% field of view with DT lenses that are optimized for APS-C sensor cameras, converting the angle of view automatically for image recording and display.

Complementing the Tru-Finder EVF is a three-way tiltable 1229k-dot (VGA equivalent) XtraFine LCD™ display with WhiteMagic™ technology to boost overall screen brightness.  It’s especially useful for framing and shooting with the LCD in outdoor, sunny conditions.
Despite its impressive pro-class credentials, the α99 camera is the world’s lightest 35 mm full-frame interchangeable-lens digital camera. Constructed of high-rigidity magnesium alloy panels, it weighs in at just 733g (without lens and battery).  Translucent Mirror Technology, which eliminates the need for a full-frame moving mirror mechanism and heavy glass pentaprism, also contributes to the extremely light design.

Additionally, the camera is weather-sealed and all buttons and controls have been ruggedized.  A redesigned shutter block, tested to approximately 200,000 releases, further ensures the camera’s stamina and reliability.

The camera’s enhanced ergonomics include a re-designed grip and differentiated designs of several switches and buttons that allow for intuitive fingertip operation. A new exposure mode dial lock prevents accidental rotation, and a newly-developed Quick Navi Pro interface gives quick, intuitive one-handed access to common shooting parameters and controls.

The new model can also be operated via remote PC connection. Supported functions include switching between still and video shooting plus automatic transfer of still images from camera to PC for an improved studio workflow.

Designed for Professionals: New α Lens and Accessories
The full-frame imaging capabilities of the α99 camera make it an ideal partner for the new 300mm F2.8 G SSM II (SAL300F28G2) lens. Designed for demanding sports and wildlife applications, this bright super-telephoto offers a significantly improved optical design and handling compared with its predecessor. The Sony-developed Nano AR Coating assures flawless still images and HD video with reduced flare and ghosting, offering enhanced contrast.  Further, a new LSI drive circuit offers faster, more accurate autofocus with enhanced subject tracking.  The new lens is also dust- and moisture-resistant, making it an ideal candidate for the toughest outdoor shooting assignments.

Additionally, a new wide-aperture Carl Zeiss® A-mount prime lens is now under development. Optimized for superb results with the camera’s new 35mm full frame image sensor, the Planar T* 50mm F1.4 ZA SSM will be available next spring.

Offered exclusively for the α99 camera, the brand-new VG-C99AM vertical grip can house and manage three batteries in total (including the camera’s own on-board battery). Resistant to dust and moisture, the grip is ideal for lengthy shooting sessions in the studio or outdoors.
The brand new, range-leading HVL-F60M is a powerful flash (GN60, in meters at ISO 100) with built-in LED light that’s ideal for creative applications with still image or movie shooting.  Smart functions include wireless multi-flash ratio control and Sony’s unique Quick Shift Bounce adjustment, while operation can be controlled quickly via the flash’s intuitive Quick Navi system. Also resistant to dust and moisture, the HVL-F60M flash comes supplied with a bounce adaptor for flash and a color conversion filter for use with LED lighting.

Compatible with 49mm and 55mm diameter lenses, the new HVL-RL1 Ring Light offers highly effective LED illumination of small subjects and is ideal for macro shooting**. Its high output level (approx. 700 lx/0.3m) is approximately four times brighter than the previous model, and operation can be switched between full-ring illumination and half-ring illumination.

The new XLR-K1M XLR Adaptor Kit is designed to meet the most demanding audio needs. It provides two pro-standard XLR terminals for connecting the α99 camera with professional microphones and mixing consoles and offers MIC/LINE input selection and separate adjustment of two channel levels to maximize operating flexibility.  The adaptor kit comes supplied with Sony professional ECM-XM1 monaural shotgun microphone, but may also be used with a wide range of professional microphones. An optional bracket is required when using the XLR-K1M kit with the α99 model.

The RMT-DSLR2 Remote Commander allows wireless shutter release for still images and start/stop control of video shooting. It’s compatible with the new α99 models as well as other α A-mount and E-mount cameras that include a remote control receiver.
Styled to reduce carrying fatigue, the new LCS-BP3 Backpack can hold the α99 camera body, an attached telephoto zoom lens plus the VG-A99AM vertical grip as well as three to four spare lenses, accessories and a laptop up to 15.5”.

The ADP-MAA is a new shoe adaptor that allows Multi Interface Shoe cameras to be used with Auto-lock Accessory Shoe accessories. This adaptor will be supplied with the new HVL-60M flash and HVL-RL1 ring light mentioned above.  Conversely, the ADP-AMA shoe adaptor allows Auto-lock Accessory Shoe cameras to be used with Multi Interface Shoe accessories.

Lastly, the PCK-LM14 Screen Protector Semi Hard Sheet safeguards the camera’s LCD screen against dust, scratches and fingerprints, and is supplied with a separate protector sheet for the top display panel.

Sony’s new SDXC memory UHS-1 memory card, SF-64UX (64 GB) is ideal for burst shooting with the α99.  It’s ultra-high speed interface (UHS-1) compatibility offers high transfer speeds up to 94 MB/s (read) and rapid data rates when transferring large RAW files of video files to  PC.  The new cards are water-resistant and designed to perform under a wide range of operating temperatures.  For additional data integrity, Sony’s File Rescue Software can help recover photos and videos that may have been accidentally deleted.

Pricing and Availability
The α99 full-frame digital system camera will be available this October as body-only for about $2800.

The SAL300GF28G2 lens will be available this November for about $7500.

The VCG-C99AM vertical grip, HVL-F60M flash and HVL-RL1 ring light will be available this October for about $380, $550 and $350, respectively.  The XLR -K1M XLR adaptor kit and RMT-DSLR2 remote commander will also be available in October for about $800 and $30, respectively.

The LCS-BP3 backpack and PCK-LM14 screen protector will be available in October as well for about $160 and $17, respectively.
The new camera, lenses and all compatible accessories will be sold at Sony retail stores ( and other authorized dealers nationwide.

World's First 35mm Full Frame Compact

SAN DIEGO, Sept 12, 2012 – For the first time, all the benefits of full-frame digital photography are available in a palm-sized compact camera.

The extraordinary new Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-RX1 digital camera packs an advanced 35mm full-frame 24.3 MP Exmor® CMOS sensor and exceptionally Carl Zeiss T*t 35mm f/2.0 fixed lens into a highly portable, lightweight camera body. Measuring approximately 4.5 inches wide by 3 inches tall and weighing just over a pound, it’s significantly smaller and lighter than any full-frame DSLR yet sacrifices nothing in terms of image quality, HD video quality or manual control.

“The new Cyber-shot RX1 is truly ‘one of a kind’, offering a unique combination of size and performance that’s never before been realized in the world of digital cameras,” said Yosuke Tomoda, director of the Cyber-shot camera business at Sony Electronics. “With its highly advanced sensor and fast 35mm f/2.0 lens packed into a small, portable camera body, professionals, enthusiasts and advanced hobbyists can experience the world of full-frame imaging in new and different ways than they ever thought possible.”

The new camera’s unified lens and body design allows performance that few interchangeable lenses can match. The Carl Zeiss lens not only delivers spectacular image quality all the way to the edges of each frame, it incorporates a near-silent in-lens shutter and is far more compact than comparable lenses of interchangeable design. The camera also features full manual control options and an intuitive user interface, making it easy for photographers to adjust all settings quickly and easily.

The 35mm full-frame sensor inside the RX1 camera more than doubles the area of APS-C sensors commonly found in much bulkier DSLR cameras, allowing it to take in significantly more light while capturing content. With an effective resolution of 24.3 megapixels, it’s capable of resolving the finest image details and most subtle textures for rich color reproduction and an impressively broad dynamic range.

The large sensor size also boosts the camera’s sensitivity range to a generous ISO 100 – 25600, with the option to shoot as low as ISO 50 in expanded sensitivity mode. Similarly, ISO settings as high as 102400 can be achieved using Multi Frame Noise Reduction. This allows the camera to capture natural, low noise handheld images in near-dark conditions without needing flash.

The fast, bright Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* 35mm lens is a versatile choice for portraits, street photography and everyday shooting. This premium lens features newly designed optics including an Advanced Aspherical (AA) glass element, which contributes to the camera’s extremely compact dimensions without sacrificing optical performance.

The lens’ wide F2 maximum, 9-bladed circular aperture enable beautiful background defocus (‘bokeh’) effects to rival or exceed professional-class DSLR camera lenses. Additionally, it features a macro switching ring on the lens barrel which instantly shortens the minimum focusing distance to approximately 20cm (from image plane), allowing the camera to capture small, close-up subjects with exquisite detail.
The Cyber-shot RX1 camera also features an enhanced BIONZ® processing engine that rapidly handles data from the Exmor® CMOS sensor and also powers full-resolution burst shooting at up to five frames per second. The powerful processor can output image data in 14-bit RAW format, giving advanced users total freedom to express their creative vision throughout the shooting and post-production processes.

Despite the camera’s extraordinarily compact dimensions, the new Cyber-shot RX1 model offers a full range of manual control modes on par with typical high-end full-frame DSLR cameras. Dedicated lens rings allow for fingertip control of focus and aperture, while a DSLR-style Focus mode dial on the front of the camera enables easy switching between focus modes. Top-mounted exposure compensation and mode dials are strategically placed for simple access and operation, while custom function and AEL buttons on the back panel are also easily accessible.

The new camera features a Quick Navi mode that allows fast, intuitive adjustment of camera settings. This is especially useful when using the camera with an optional viewfinder (sold separately). A memory recall (MR) mode is accessible via the mode dial so photographers can store and instantly recall up to three sets of camera settings.

Other refinements include a MF Assist function that magnifies a portion of the image while framing to simplify fine focus adjustments, as well as a Peaking function that highlights sharply-focused areas of the image on screen.

Additionally, the RX1 camera features By Pixel Super Resolution digital zoom technology, which allows for magnification of image size without sacrificing pixel count. This results in far higher quality results than are achievable with conventional digital zoom.

A Smart Teleconverter function crops a central portion of the image sensor, boosting effective magnification by 1.4x or 2x realizing an effective 49mm or 70mm focal length. With the extremely high pixel count of the full-frame image sensor, even zoomed and cropped images maintain generous amounts of fine detail when blown up for large print sizes.

In addition to beautiful still images, the Cyber-shot RX1 compact camera can capture high-quality, low-noise Full HD movie footage in all lighting conditions at a choice of 60p or 24p (progressive) frame rates. There’s a full complement of P/A/S/M exposure modes during video shooting for creative flexibility.

The new camera also features 13 different Creative Styles for fine-tuning images, plus a wide range of Picture Effect treatments. Further, it has Auto HDR and D-Range Optimizer, bracket shooting (Exposure, DRO or White Balance) and Auto HDR shooting modes, and there’s a Digital Level Gauge that indicates camera pitch and camera roll on the LCD screen for straight, even landscape and architectural shots.

New Accessories for Cyber-shot RX1
Shooting possibilities for stills and video are broadened by the camera’s Multi Interface Shoe that accepts a growing range of accessories. Options include a high-quality OLED XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ EVF (model FDA-EV1MK) which allows for even greater manual focusing precision as well as an external optical viewfinder featuring Carl Zeiss optics (model FDA-V1K).
Also available are a thumb grip (model TGA-1) for sure, comfortable handling as well as a lens hood (model LHP-1) and jacket case (model LCJ-RXB).

Sony PlayMemories Services
The Cyber-shot RX1 comes preinstalled with PlayMemories Home™ (Lite Edition) software, allowing easy image transfers to a PC for managing, editing and printing. Available for free download, a full version of PlayMemories Home software adds movie editing and disc burning.
Also available for download, PlayMemories Studio™ allows game-like editing of photos and videos on PlayStation®3 systems. Images can be shared easily via PlayMemories Online™ service, the cloud-based sharing service from Sony that simplifies ‘any time, any place’ viewing on a wide range of connected devices.

Pricing and Availability
The Cyber-shot RX1 compact, fixed lens camera will be available this November for about $2800.
The FDA-EV1K electric viewfinder and FDA-V1K optical viewfinder will each be available at launch for about $600 and $450, respectively.
The thumb grip, lens hood and jacket case will also be available at launch for about $250, $180 and $250, respectively.

The new camera and all compatible accessories will be sold at Sony retail stores ( and other authorized dealers nationwide.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Raya Open House for Malaysian Students

Yup Malaysian students in Korea is a family.. Aww... So back in Malaysia during Raya someone came out with an idea of organizing an open house party in this Raya season. It was held in a potluck style where most attendees would bring a plate to serve. I didn't know what to prepare the day before, so I asked the kid what he would want to prepare, well we are sharing our food why not ask his opinion. He said nah just bring an empty stomach. I was like, okay.

Then the next morning I decided to at least prepare something for the open house. I know other kids would expect me to bring something and it would be sort of rude for me to just go empty handed and eat. So I just boil a pack of some thin spaghetti sticks and mix them with mushroom sauce from a can that I brought from Malaysia. It was erm.. edible?

Some other kids also baked some cakes and also brought some from Malaysia. Especially those scrumptious Sarawak Layer Cake.

Don't forget the beverages...

Someone is busy preparing some rendang...

Once a model, always will be a model.

Just some computer games... Slender and Sniper Elite V2 were just awesome to pass the time.

A kid was found too elated to hold a full frame Canon 5D in his hands.

Another kid was busy cooking, well he is our version of 'Kitchen Boss'.

Some food testing before commencing the open house wouldn't hurt...

The faces of 'Mission Accomplished' after completing the mission impossible task of making rendang...

Some DSLR instagramming...

The table is now nearly full...

Let the open house begin!

After eating I'm back with my other lens. A full stomach is a happy stomach.

So that's how we done our open house in the corridor.

The food was awesome, had a great time together, so now let's usher in the 2012 Autumn Winter semester~! All the best!



I found out that some people were confused about my statement up there.. I LOL'ed hard! The potluck was among the students of Dongyang which are the hosts of the party. Students from other universities could just come and eat and make the party merrier! Look at the original plan. Wouldn't it be 'unruly' for me to come empty handed when everybody else cooked up their kitchen out for the open house? Take my words a little more lightly next time maybe~

Actually the spaghetti was just an experiment! It was actually my first time making it. Thank you people for eating it! I'm not a pro cook yet. Still improving.. But the highlight was Hatta's Mee bandung and Muni's mee sup which was just superb! I wish there would be another open house like this next year! Stay tuned for more and see ya around!
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