Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Pudu Wet Market with new camera

* Kid smile never fail to shine brightest *

So, I am back to Pudu street again. Started to feel I am becoming more and more selective when shooting people on the street. Nevertheless, it will be one of my special day because I am using new camera other than my Olympus OM-D E-M1. A camera that not necessaries I want but wouldn't hurt to have it too as extra camera.

* Claw *
* Boss, kasi satu... *
* Something in front *
* Let it go *
* Friendly portrait *

Pudu market probably is one of the market I wouldn't tired get with. Everytime I step my feet into the market, I'll exposed to difference things around. People there are friendly and wouldn't get mad at you even you're pointing your camera on them.

* Unskin *
* Burn *
* Green *
* Yellow *

I don't have eagle eye to see whether it is same or worst than my E-M1 but personally, I think the camera is doing great. Probably I'll put it as awesome as my E-M1 in terms of image quality, performances and the AF speed.

* Red *
* Resting up *
* On the row *
* ISO 800 *

From the color, sharpness and characteristic of the images, I bet one can easily guess the new camera I am using is from Olympus. Scroll down for exact answer will ya? ;)

* Olympus E-PL 7 with VF4 *

Yes it is the brand new Olympus E-PL7! Courtesy to Robin for bringing it out for me to test on that day. All image above are taken with my trustworthy Olympus 45mm f1.8 as well.

Holding E-PL7 really do bring back all nostalgic feeling when I am still using my E-P3, who currently in dry box for almost a year. However the moment I lifted it up and used it, I almost scare myself to death. The control of buttons are different than my E-M1 (obviously, DUH!). For the first few time I accidentally switches Mode Dial instead of Shutter Dial. I am disappointed too that it doesn't come with dual dial like E-P5 or maybe like my E-P3 (they can easily make the rear wheel dial). Other than that, using EPL-7 was very pleasent especially with VF4. Almost feel like my E-M1 except, I felt VF4 resolution kinda pixelated. The grip is as awesome as other PEN series.

* Front design *
* From top *
* Rear design *
* I flip down you flip up ok? *

I even asked Carmen to bring along her E-PL5 to compare it physically. Overall, I felt E-PL7 improved alot from E-PL5. E-PL7 has better and bigger LCD screen, shutter dial on top, all buttons on right side and arguable better flip screen mechanism. Personally, I like how the flip screen work. It was flip to bottom instead of top. I have used both E-PL5 and Sony NEX-5T before and I know how frustrated it is to selfie with the screen flip up and unable to attach flash (be it clipable or the external). But with E-PL7 I can do so! Question is, will it be heavy if mount external flash? :P

* The flip screen mechanism *

Then someone will started to argue that they can't put E-PL7 on table to selfie or mount on tripod with screen flip. Well I agree. But hey, Olympus E-PL7 came with built in Wi-Fi. I can't see why not using Olympus OI Share? I been doing it alot time using my E-M1. The app so far is great and stable and it is easy to learn.



I took the opportunity to tried the new Art filter - Vintage and Partial Color in Olympus E-PL7 too. I fell in love with it completely. Probably gonna be my next favourite filters after Dramatic Tone. If you're looking something easy, less hassle and trustable filter, Olympus definitely won't disappoint you.



With the spec similar (well in fact it is same except physical design and handling) to existing Olympus E-M10, I know it is not easy to convince people to get E-PL7. Here is how I gonna see it. E-PL7 mostly target for selfie concious social user, for people who love PEN design (especially me. I don't hate OM-D, but I do love PEN more. Explained why I still keep my E-P3 till now), and also for people who want something compact enough to bring around (with the small 14-42mm kit lens). While OM-D series are more for people want to have a serious looking camera, a bigger grip and also built in EVF.

* OM-D E-M10 and E-PL 7. Which is your pick? *

As conclusion, E-PL7 has a lot of improvement compare with it's predecessor (better LCD screen, Wi-Fi built in, shutter dial on top, E-M5 sensor with E-M1 image processing), but in the same time, being challenged widely by all competitors. As I always tell my friends, if you're looking for a camera for yourself, go test it out. Hold it, feel it. There are no right or wrong. Most important is you enjoy the piece of tools you're holding. Afterall, one of the element in photography is have fun.

* Carmen in attempt to selfie with stranger *

But of course if you would come and ask me directly, Olympus will be my always first choice :P

Saturday, September 06, 2014

DialogHub - One Stop Mobile Solution store at Subang Jaya, SS15


Looking for latest mobile gadget and accessories, but not sure where is reliable and trustworthy? Fear not! DialogHub is here! After the successful operation of its web-based store, DialogHub officially open the doors to its maiden physical store in Subang Jaya. This one-stop flagship store will offer customers the latest tech gadgets and accessories ranging from smartphones to cameras, all with the promise of being the best bargain in town.


* Temper glass for smartphone!* 
* Xiaomi Powerbank in various colors *

I am lucky to be invited to the media launch and hands on few awesome latest gadget that just launch not long! You know being smartphone lover all this stuffs gonna excite me so much.



Beside gadget and accessories, DialogHub also officially authorised distributer for Liquipel™ in Malaysia! What is Liquipel? It is a state-of-the-art liquid repellent protective coating for smartphones. Do note that it works as splash and water resistant. Don't ever dive your phone in water with it.




The spokesperson for DialogHub is kind enough to demo the effectiveness of Liquipel to us. The coating not only cover the exterior of your gadget, it covered interior as well especially the phone mother board.


Another experiment previewed for us was the tissue paper. Note the difference? One was coated with Liquipel and another one wasn't.


We also presented by the Mi TV 2. Yes the very cheap smart TV with 4K resolution! It was hanging right at the shop and it was so awesome! Too bad there was no 4K content to viewed for us on that night but no doubt, 4K res for video is the future proof for now.




* Swapable back cover for OnePlus One *

Last but not least we are being showcase the latest Xiaomi Mi4 (16GB,3G ver) and also OnePlus One (64GB, Black Sandstorm). Yes both o this devices was offered in DialogHub!

* Xiaomi Mi 4 and OnePlus One. Which is your pick? *

For the first time I hands on the real OnePlus One. OMG so tempting to sell my phone away and get this instead. One of the main selling point was the OS itself baked by CynogenMod, one of the popular ROM in Android Society. But then again with today announcement of new Motorola X, I might change my mind. Hopefully the new Moto X is available in Malaysia by end of this year! :D DialogHub bring in pls!

A spokesperson for DialogHub stated, “We are currently selling some of the latest tech gadgets and services such as Mi TV, LG G Watch, Liquipel™ and many more at an attractive price point. We are also planning to bring in other exciting devices such as the Moto 360 Smart Watch and Google Glass in the near future.

The DialogHub located at Subang Jaya SS15, directly opposite Burger Factory. For more information on DialogHub and Liquipel™, please visit www.dialog-hub.com.my

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The last of Chow Kit Market

* Independent day is coming soon! *

So, I heard Chow Kit market gonna close down (or maybe renovate into new facelit). The construction is on going now in one of the part and the stalls all shifted to further and newly built building. Anyway, I managed to have shooting with Robin on last Tuesday morning at Chow Kit. Probably my last time here before it completely tear down. Phew, not a good idea to do shutter theraphy on weekday due to jam! Well, at least it worth my travel. We managed to have our breakfast at Kin Kin Pan Mee.

* Pan Mee from Kin Kin *

Reason being Robin shooting on weekday is to prepare something big. What it is? Something exciting gonna announce from Olympus on next morning! Done our breakfast, we attack the Chow Kit market.

* Choosing *
* Knife *
* Red chillies *
* Walking in *

I returned the Panasonic 25mm f1.4 to Alex on that day itself. So most of my shot this time around were with Olympus 45mm f1.8 and also Olympus 12mm f2! Ahhhh miss my wide angle lens so much after lending it to Alex so long. I bet he miss his 25mm too LOL.. In the same time, been hogging around 25mm for so long made me almost forgot how awesome Olympus 45mm f1.8 is.

* Answering phone *
* Texting *
* Background *
* Space *
* from top *
* One of the scenery from the top of the market building *

Managed to pump my Olympus OM-D E-M1 ISO to 3200 too on one of the market part. Well I don't really love shooting in high ISO #youknowwhybecauseofhighnoiseuglycolorimagenotsharp but once again, technology nowdays proved to me what they are capable of.

* Yellow boots *
* Now kiss *
* Working *
* awww look at the eye *
* Sharpness on Olympus lens *
* One of the image taken with ISO 3200 *

Done our shooting, we walk all the way to Dang Wangi for lunch. We went for the brand new shifted Yut Kee! Well they actually just shifted to behind building from their previous location. The environment look much better but I think the menu went price hike too. Nevertheless, I had awesome Pork Chop as my lunch! Yummy! Still haven't got chance to try their roasted pork. Someday!

* Pork Chop!*