Long time no blog…
Just bought a nice lens, Nikon AF-S 85mm F/1.4, decided to put it through some real life testing. What’s best than taking photos of your own kids?
This is a 100% crop from the above FULL RESOLUTION photo.
For lens with such shallow depth of field, you have to make sure that your camera matches it well. Meaning to say that there should be no front focus or back focus issue when shooting. The good thing about Nikon D3s is that there is a focus fine tune in the camera, so I actually did fine tune focus the lens with my D3s before shooting. The value I got is -14 on my camera in order to have perfect focus point as per my camera sensor.
December 2014 water bill = RM350!
January 2015 water bill = RM450!!!
Yeah, something definitely NOT right and we all knew there are water leakage. Contractor called, and we have the work done by rerouting the water pipe from outside our house through side wall to the roof and back to our water tank. Two days work (16th & 17th January 2015, Friday-Saturday), RM2200. Using polycarbonate pipes all the way. Concealed and inclusive of drilling several holes to my kitchens to replace the original pipes. I took the opportunity to change the long leaking kitchen sink water pipe as well.
Am still waiting for the new water bill for Feb 2015, hoping RM10…nah…more realistically RM30 water bill for our family usage.
Called Diamond Water filter agent as well, to replace the old water filter that we installed in our house 7 years ago. Time to change. RM979 for the filter + RM220 for the stainless steel bracket (to hold the filter mounting to the wall).
Why Diamond water filter? The price different is not much as compared to those generic brand stainless filter out there, so I thought it might be better having this popular brand for easier maintenance instead of a no brand one (I am not sure who to call for servicing of my previous water filter). Since two of my friends also recently installed Diamond filters, so I might as well get the same one.
Today is an exciting day! A new ride (old car but just 1 year+ old) from my father! Sent all the way from Miri to Johor, via ship (in a container). Transportation cost alone is already RM3k+.
My father sent me this car, when I told him about the “problems” of the Peugeot 407 that he gave me (transported through sea as well) 4 years ago. Small problems actually (door lock, brake sensor…etc.), and I have since settled all and costs RM1k+ only. So those are not the reason to have another car, but the SPACE and LEG room. My wife said every time sitting behind our Peugeot 407 felt like going to pass out…hot and very tight.
My father is generous enough to offer me this very new Kia Optima K5. A beautiful car in Silver Metallic colour. Yes, plate number 1210 again, which is my father’s favorite.
I like the tail light design of this car. There is a new facelift model now, which I think is UGLY.
You can’t mistaken the front LED light of this Kimchi. Slanted SIDE LINE LED, the trademark of Kia Optima K5.
First time driving a Kimchi…as many has commented, there are lots of accessories inside this car. My wife said this Kimchi makes our old Peugeot 407 looks like an ancient dinasour…
The best thing I love about this car is how spacious it is. Peugeot 407 is a nice car, no problem for the driver but those sitting behind are suffering. I have long legs, so I tend to put my seat far back when driving. This makes those sitting right behind me suffers. However, no such problem with this Kimchi. When you OFF the engine, the seat is automatically push all backward (to allow driver easier getting off or access), and still those sitting behind have no problem with the space!
Got an email from Ms Yvonne Tuah, the Business Writer of The Borneo Post, Sarawak Largest Circulated English Daily, few weeks ago (19th Sept 2014). Was extremely busy that time and right before the due date (midnight of 29th Sept) I managed to squeeze out several hours finishing the interview questions. Of course, the time is well spent.
On the 5th Oct 2014 (Sunday), one of my friend and customer from Kuching, Mr. Vernon, whatsapp me a photo of The Borneo Post, where the interview was published. I didn’t know the publishing date until then, which was a pleasant surprise to me.
Just received my new Walkera TALI H500 few hours ago! Quickly put it to trial though the sky is getting dark.
I was quite excited with the new toy, but someone is even more excited than I! Glad to have Emmanuel accompanying me for the OPEN BOX session.
As you can see in the photos below, the box is HUGE! Much bigger than the DJI Phantom 2 that I have sold many.
I am glad that Walkera packed the H500 with double layer box. Nice packaging for customer.
Opening the inner box shows the TALI H500 sitting safely in it.
In the bottom of the box, there sits the very nice REMOTE CONTROL Unit with LCD built in! Of course there is charger, G-3D Gimbal…etc.
I took the H500 out, and you can see that the propellers are not mounted yet.
Took me several minutes to assemble everything and viola! Walkera TALI H500 is in the sky!
This is not really a review, but a quick show of my excitement of receiving the HEXACOPTER!
Walkera TALI H500 is now available at ShaShinKi!
Hoya filter is among the most popular filters in the market. The top line HD version has now become the target of FAKE makers.
After paying hundreds of ringgit for the top of the line HOYA HD filter, have you ever wonder if your purchase is a FAKE or GENUINE filter? Third party NO BRAND or “FAKE HOYA” brand UV filter can cost as cheap as RM15 (USD5.00) per piece, so it is common for many unethical seller to cheat and makes over 10 folds the profit by selling FAKE HOYA filter.
Below are some of the ways to differentiate if the HOYA filter you bought is genuine or fake. Of course, which the advancement of “technology”, imitate version can still “correct” those weakness and make their fake as real as possible. If doubt, purchase only from a reputable shop, such as ShaShinKi.com.
Fake Hoya filter uses the same barcode number for all their filters’ packaging. Get a barcode APPS for your mobile phone and you should be able to scan it.
BARCODE SCANNER (Android)
BARCODE SCANNER (iOS)
Also take note that FAKE filter has just HD UV above the barcode, whereby genuine filter will have the size “52S” or “77S” printed.
Colour on the BOX
A genuine Hoya filter will have TWO tones of Black colour on the box. The EDGE is shinny black, while the inner part is matted black.
Logo Printing on the Filter
Noticed the D letter on the box of Hoya filter has 9 dots on it? On the filter itself however, there is NO dot for genuine filter! Take note that this is TRUE for UV filter, but I have seen genuine Hoya CPL filter to have DOTs.
Besides the wordings, take a look at the COLOUR of the printing as well. Genuine Hoya HD filter uses grey colour in the paint, while FAKE uses white.
Finally, take a look at the H alphabet of HOYA. Genuine filter always has the horizontal line when across the two | |, while fake filter is a typical H from computer writing. This happens commonly on the cheaper version of HOYA filter.
The above are just some “HINTS” for you to look out for in FAKE HOYA filters. If you can identify any of the fake hint on your current filter, then most likely it is a FAKE (Imitate) HOYA. If you can’t find any, there is still no 100% guarantee that your filter is genuine. To be safe, purchase your HOYA filter from reputable store that you can trust.
If the price is too good to be true…most probably it is a FAKE one.
(Check ShaShinKi.com for a reference of genuine HOYA filter market price.)
Photos above are taken from Google/internet. If I have infringed your copyright, please email me at email@example.com and I will remove the photos immediately.
I made a very important decision in my life last week, that is to go for LASIK surgery.
I wear glasses since I was in primary school. Stupid me thinking that that will make me looks cool or smarter. Reading in poor light condition…etc. I don’t remember since when my vision has become so poor that I can’t live without glasses anymore. My last few weeks check is having -725 and -750 farsightedness on my eyes. I have to wear glasses in my daily life, not a single moment without it. I can’t play sports (basketball or volley ball might hit my face and damaged my glasses, I have experienced that many times). When I went jogging, I have to wear string on my glasses, else my glasses will keep falling off from my face after sweating. It is really inconvenient to my life.
I have wanted to do LASIK for many years…since maybe 15 years ago. However, I was scared and poor. Scared being the main part. Scared of getting blind.
Then few weeks ago, I felt like doing LASIK again. I went to do my new spectacles 3 weeks ago together with my wife, and after that I talked to her briefly my intention of going LASIK. I didn’t expect her to AGREE and SUPPORT, as I remembered her saying that she scared of me going blind. When she supported me, that’s it. I decided to go for LASIK.
Do Google searching, and found a shop called VISTA in City Plaza, Johor (they advertised at Google, which is good for them). Called and made an appointment with them for checking and consultation the same week. Then I posted my intention of performing LASIK in my Facebook page, and one of my friend recommended me to get professional consultation from a shop called OPTIMAX in CitySquare, Johor. She said she did her LASIK there. So I canceled my appointment with VISTA and went to OPTIMAX on Friday for checkup appointment. (Not saying VISTA is poorer, just that since my friend did hers at OPTIMAX, so I decided to check that out first.).
I did the check up at Optimax on the 8th August 2014 (Friday), spent nearly 3 hours there. It is quite a detail check up, and the results are positive, meaning that I am OK to go for LASIK. At Optimax, there are several types of Laser Vision Correction. The common two are that I can consider are:
- Customize Laser Profile = cost RM3xxx per eye (can’t remember exactly, as I don’t intend to opt for this)
- ReLEx smile = cost RM6500 per eye (current promotion at RM5550 per eye for their 19th anniversary)
I didn’t pay much attention on the risk part, as I have studied that online, and I am willing to take the risks (those that I have heard).
Why I chose ReLEx smile?
Customize Laser Profile is already very advanced actually, and is the most common type of LASIK performed world wide. However, a common “complaint” or risk of this “Customize Laser Profile LASIK” surgery is the flap. There is a possibility that flap might come off in certain situations (rub eyes, knocked by someone, ball…etc.). As the surgery requires cutting open a big part of your corneal flap, to allow laser beam to then cut the corneal to correct your eye vision, so it takes longer time to heal. People have reported of longer dry eyes because of this bigger cut, as more nerves are being damaged in the cut.
(below are copied from Optimax website)
Bladeless. Flapless. Painless. ReLEx smile is the new and revolutionary laser refractive technique for correction of vision defects. It is a minimally invasive treatment with numerous innovative benefits, high precision levels and perceptibly greater comfort during the treatment itself.
ReLEx smile is a less invasive way to treat short-sightedness and astigmatism. Traditional laser treatment involves cutting a flap from the cornea and uses Excimer laser to change the shape of the cornea. With ReLEx there is no flap cut required.
A 4mm opening is all ReLEx smile needs. The minimally invasive technique allows significantly more corneal tissue to remain intact. This contributes to many benefits which other Lasik procedures do not offer.
No, I didn’t make the decision on the spot after the checkup. Though I have almost decided to go for LASIK, but I decided to give myself some time to cool down and of course have a final discussion with my wife before I make the booking.
Optimax closed on Sunday and Monday, so I made a visit to their shop again on Tuesday (12th August 2014) to confirm my appointment for ReLEx smile LASIK surgery. This surgery is only available in their KL headquarter, so I have to flew there for the surgery. Money paid (they have 24 months interest free installment), so is not so burden, flight booked (Fireflyz), and all set.
TO BE CONTINUE…
Received an interesting call today (It was already 4pm, I was free, so just entertained him…)…
Person A: Hello, may I speak to Dr Koh Kho King?
Me: Yes, speaking.
Person A: I am calling from #$^45*&^ (I don’t know what name he pronounced). Are you the owner of ShaShinKi?
Person A: We are Google certified SEO company. Do you know that you are losing a lot of business because you are not being featured on the first page of Google?
Me: Is it?! (tried to show a very surprised sound to him…)
Person A: (Excited!) YES! When people search “Best Camera in Malaysia”, they don’t see you! We can bring your…#&*(&$*(
Me: Oh…search what again? (I was with my computer, so I quick google the keyword he mentioned.)
Person A: “Best Computer in Malaysia”! You are not on page 1 of google, you are losing many customers! If people can’t find you…they can’t buy from you…$*$#($&^*C…
Me: (interrupting him…) Search what again? (Computer? or Camera? I want to make sure he know what he is talking about)
Person A: Best Computer in Malaysia! We can bring….*(&$%($
Me: But I am not selling computer? I am selling camera.
Person A: Oh…”Best Camera in Malaysia”! Search in Google.com.my, people can’t find you on page 1, not even after page 7…you are loosing a lot of business! We can bring your…^&#$&%*$%
Me: (I let him talk…as I was using Google.com all the time, I have to switch to Google.com.my and do the search myself to see where ShaShinKi is. Searched done.). I can see ShaShinKi.com on first page. It is on line 4.
Person A: No, you are loosing a lot of business because you are not on first page, we can bring you to first page…^&^#$(#$&(…
Me: (Interrupting him) Have you tried searching yourself? I can see ShaShinKi on No 4 line in First Page.
Person A: Wait…Oh…yes…but try “buy camera online in Malaysia”, you are not on first page! We can bring your website to first page!*(&(*&$#)_$*%()$%…
Me: Have you tried searching? (quickly googled and still found ShaShinKi on still on first page of Google.).
Person A: Wait…(silent for a few seconds…) Oh…yes sir, you are on first page…thank you for your time.
Me: (waiting him to talk more…)….
Person A: ……… (hang up)
Got my new spectacles today. RM700 nett. I opted for a better quality glass this time, as the previous one was quite bad in coating. Costs me RM450 for the glass alone.
As for the frame, RM250, Braun Buffel. Not sure if is original or not, but at least is branded. My previous one has no brand (or not well known), and the paint got peeled off after some time. My previous previous one was Nikon, and the paint is lasting. So this time I decided on a frame that is at least well known.
My wife said this will be my last spectacles, for far sighted.
After sending in my wife’s Peugeot 407 for servicing, I decided to might as well do mine (RCZ) as well. It is already overdue by 2 months… :p
Normal servicing, RM495. Using Total engine oil. Petronas oil will be cheaper, but I prefer Total, since it is what recommended by Peugeot France.
The service centre asked if I wanted to rotate my tyres or not, since the two front tyres are quite worn out. I said NO at first, since I thought rear is more important than front (there are many confusing arguments out there in the internet), but the mechanics there said front is more important, as it hold the grips and steering. They asked me for 2nd time, and since they are the expert, I said OK. Free of charge.
After they removed the front tyres, then only I realized how bad the condition is. The one on the left is already have the metal shown, definitely NOT recommended for driving any further. So a change is a must, no more waiting.
(This pic was taken at tyre shop two days later)
I went to two tyre shops to ask about the tyre – Continental 235/40 R19, this is a weird size. No shop keep stock of such tyre, and they said they will get back to me after checking with supplier.
I got phone call the next day. One quoted me RM1250 per piece, and they other RM1200. Of course I chose the cheaper one, and I am going to change TWO. Coincidentally they have two units available in Johor, year 2014 model. So not too old. I make an arrangement to go change the tyre the next next day.
It took about an hour for them to change the tyres and do the balancing and alignment. One think I doubt on the alignment is that they do not have Peugeot RCZ in their system, so they use 407 as reference. No good. Anyhow, no choice.
One thing to note. There is a Pressure Sensor in the tyre. So extra care must be carried out when removing the tyre from the rim. They didn’t realized it on the first tyre (which I also forgot until I saw the sensor for the first time), and they make extra care on the 2nd tyre. I was observing them and I think no damage on both tyres.
Anyhow, bad thing. After driving my car home, there is WARNING LOG on my RCZ. Both front tyre are deflated as told by the onboard computer. Initially I thought maybe the tyre pressure is too low, so I went to petrol station to pump to the correct 240psi. Anyhow, at the petrol station I saw the pressure inside is already 250psi, so it shouldn’t be under pressure. Bad…
I went back to the tyre shop, they have no idea as well, and asked me to check with Peugeot centre if a resetting is required after tyre change. Peugeot service centre is closed on Sunday, so I can’t get hold of them.
Today, I managed to call my local Peugeot service centre, and got confirmation from them that a resetting is required after tyre change. I will head for the resetting later, hopefully it is just a simple reset and no more error/warning log.
Update 01 July 2014
I went to Peugeot service centre at Bukit Indah wanted to reset the pressure sensor in my tyres. Upon reaching there, I noticed that the fault warning is no longer there. Could it has been automatically reset by itself ? (as what I have read in Peugeot UK forum)
Anyhow, I still ask the service centre about the resetting. Too bad, they said they do not have such tool to reset. What?! When I called in the morning they said they can do.
Nevermind, I think the reset has been done automatically by the car. No warning, no fault now.
This photo was taken on 21st April 2014.
This is taken just today, 30th June 2014. Two months 10 days.
Bulldog gene is showing more on the discus now. Fin has grown bigger. Too bad his partner has gone from illness…
My wife’s 407 was having problem starting few days ago. Initially I thought battery is fine, and must be some other causes. I checked the power steering fluid, looks EMPTY to me (below the minimum line as per the indicator). I can hardly start it…but still able to drive it to Pasar to buy some food.
The next day the day couldn’t be started at all. So I called Peugeot Service hotline. Too bad, they said their free tow service is only for the first year of purchase. They suggested me to call my car insurance company for free tow service. My 407 is insured under KURNIA insurance, googled for their contact number and got it. Kurnia Auto Assist. Free tow service is for the first 50km.
|Assistance within 50 km radius from service provider’s workshop to breakdown scene
(30km for Sabah & Sarawak)
(beyond 30km for Sabah & Sawarak)
|RM2.00 per km (for day and night)|
In less than 10 mins, the tow driver called me and said he is from Johor Jaya, which is around 30-40mins drive from my place. Good service I must say.
The two truck came at around 10am, and the nice driver help to put my 407 to his tow truck. I told him where to head to, and I drive my other car leading him to Peugeot service centre in Bukit Indah. One thing I really like is that the driver drove VERY CAREFULLY at I think 30km/hr! I have to constantly slow down or wait for him, and I was only driving at 40-50km/hr! Good and careful service and I like that! (I have seen a tow truck break down at a traffic light where the car it towed got left behind…)
At the service centre, the mechanics checked my car few half an hour, and told me is just Battery Problem. Oops…too bad, and I was wrong, but I am glad that I was wrong. Changing battery is so much cheaper and simpler than the power steering fault! Of course I didn’t change the battery at the service centre, as it costs RM500 to change there, while I can get it done outside at RM290 (I did it two days later with my usual mechanics came over to my house to fit a new battery). Still, I decided to do my normal car service there, which costs me RM400+. I think is OK since they are the expert and they know what to do and what to check. I didn’t wait at the service centre there, as I have an appointment later, and it took an hour + for them to do the service.
I got a phone call from Peugeot service centre an hour later, informing me that the brake pad of the car is about to wear out. Asking me if I wanted to change or not. RM400+. I asked if it can last till next service, they said most probably no. So I decided to just proceed and change.
Total cost for the 407 service and change of brake pad = RM920. Happy that the car is now fine to serve!
With Extreme Resolution, Powerful Video Features and Enhanced Performance, the New Nikon D810 is the Essential Asset for Pro Photo and Video Applications
MELVILLE, NY (June 26, 2014 at 12:01 A.M. EDT) Today, Nikon Inc. announced the D810, the next benchmark in D-SLR image quality for professional photographers and cinematographers. The D810features a brand-new 36.3-megapixel, full-frame FX-format sensor without an optical low pass filter (OLPF) for extreme resolution and staggering dynamic range. Bolstered by Nikon’s EXPEED 4 image processing engine, the D810 delivers enhanced response and performance for a wide variety of photographic, cinematic and broadcast disciplines. Whether photographing weddings, fashion or landscapes, shooting documentary-style cinema or video for broadcast, this is the one D-SLR that provides the ultimate in versatility and capability.
“Once a user experiences the intense level of fine detail they are able to render using the immersive resolution of theD810, it will be hard to imagine a project without it,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “When coupled with the amazing imaging capabilities of NIKKOR optics, the D810 becomes a powerful storytelling tool to create images and broadcast-quality video with unprecedented detail, dynamic range and sharpness.”
Nikon’s Greatest Image Quality Yet
The Nikon D810 is the pinnacle of D-SLR image quality, continuing to rival medium format cameras thanks to a variety of Nikon technologies engineered for professional image capture. At the core of the D810is a brand-new, 36.3-megapixel FX-format (7360 x 4912 resolution) CMOS sensor that lets photographers wield the benefits of extremely high resolution, with rich tonality and a broad dynamic range. This super-high resolution gives professionals the power to capture with stellar sharpness, make massive prints or crop liberally with confidence. The OLPF has been removed to maximize the potential of every pixel, resulting in outstanding resolution and sharpness, yielding images that render subtle details with striking fidelity.
Image quality further benefits from the application of Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED 4 image processing engine, which also provides enhancements to overall performance while suppressing instances of false color and moiré. Photographing in the field or in the studio, users will see the difference with the ability to create stunning images with unprecedented clarity in gradation rendering, expanded dynamic range and high accuracy white balance. Additionally, EXPEED 4 enhances noise reduction performance, and helps to achieve a wider ISO range, from 64 to 12,800, to improve low-noise image capture in a variety of lighting conditions. The ISO range is also expandable from 32 (Lo-1) to 51,200 (Hi-2) letting the photographer shoot with maximum fidelity under studio lighting or confidently capture a faintly-lit wedding reception or other subjects in even the most challenging light.
Nikon has also implemented a myriad of new features aimed at improving overall image quality for all types of photographers. Nikon’s Advanced Scene Recognition System with the 91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Meter III provides unbelievably balanced exposures in difficult scenes. The system analyzes each scene to recognize factors such as color, brightness and human faces with startling precision to determine what type of subject a user is shooting. The system then compares all the data using an image database to adjust exposure, AF, auto white balance, i-TTL flash control and enhances subject tracking.
Further enhancing the D810’s image quality, a “Clarity” setting has been added to the available Picture Control adjustment parameters, which adjusts mid tones to enhance details within an image. To help preserve the most amount of detail in shadows and highlights, the new “Flat” Picture Control Profile is now available. This Picture Control Profile allows both photographers and filmmakers to get the widest tonal range out of their cameras for maximum flexibility in post processing. For further customization of Picture Controls, users are now able to make adjustments in .25 step increments for the maximum level of custom color, saturation and brightness levels. Additionally, the D810 employs a new highlight-weighted metering option, which detects the brightness in a scene and determines optimum exposure, preventing blown-out highlights, which is ideal for stage and performance capture.
Video Features Fit for Production
TheD810 has powerful video features that make it a valuable tool for any production environment. Whether a user is looking for manual control for pro video application or portability and lens selection for episodic broadcast, the D810 delivers a truly cinematic experience with a wide range of professional-oriented features:
- Broadcast quality video: Full HD 1920 x 1080 video capture at a variety of frame rates, including 60/30/24p.
- Versatile crop modes: FX and DX crop modes give users a telephoto boost when needed, a feature that has been very popular with camera operators because of its added flexibility on set.
- Flat Picture Control profile: This neutral color profile is ideal for video and gives the user maximum flexibility in post-production.
- HDMI output: The D810can relay uncompressed digital video to an external recorder via HDMI, while simultaneously displaying the video on the rear LCD display and external LCD monitor. Operators can now also record both to the internal card (compressed) and to the external recorder (uncompressed) simultaneously.
- Smooth in-camera time-lapse and interval timer: Like the Nikon D4S, the D810uses an auto-exposure setting to help create super-smooth exposure and tonal transitions for professional results with time-lapse and interval-time shooting.
- Audio control: The D810 features a built-in stereo microphone, and an external microphone can also be attached, such as the Nikon ME-1. Additionally, wide and voice frequency ranges are also now available for audio capture.
- Expanded ISO for video: The ISO range is expanded for video, now encompassing a clean ISO 64 to a versatile 12,800. The Auto-ISO function is also available while recording to adapt the exposure as the light changes, which can eliminate the need to adjust the aperture (in manual mode, ISO 200- 51,200).
- Zebra stripes: A zebra pattern can be displayed during live view, making it easy to spot overexposed areas.
- Highlight weighted metering: This new setting helps to prevent blown-out highlights in video. This is especially useful when capturing spot-lit stage performances or shoots with harsh directional lighting.
- Full manual control: With the innovative Power Aperture setting, it is simple to adjust the exposure and depth of field on the fly while recording to an external recorder or SD/CF cards. In manual mode, users can also control shutter speed and ISO while recording. Additionally, white balance and exposure compensation can be adjusted prior to recording.
- Full time AF: The Live View AF has been improved, and now provides faster full-time AF (AF-F mode).
- NIKKOR lenses: Cinematographers and filmmakers are supported with more than 80 NIKKOR lenses, many of which are a popular choice for cinema applications because of their brilliant optical quality and characteristics.
Accuracy and Speed
With the ability to brandish the results of such staggering resolution, accuracy and precision become paramount as the need for razor-sharp focus is critical. The D810 renders every subtle detail and nuance in epic clarity, with the enhanced Multi-Cam 3500-FX AF sensor module that utilizes new AF algorithms for fascinating precision, even in challenging light. The focus system also has 15 cross-type AF sensors for enhanced accuracy, and works with the Advanced Scene Recognition System to provide accurate face detection even through the optical viewfinder. The camera also utilizes 11 cross-type sensors that are fully functional when using compatible NIKKOR lenses and teleconverters (aperture value up to f/8), which is especially useful for wildlife photography. In addition to normal, wide area, face tracking and subject tracking modes, the D810 also features the new Group AF mode for enhanced accuracy, even while tracking subjects.
Despite the D810’s immense imaging power, it will astound with its rapid response and speedy performance, thanks to the implementation of the EXPEED 4 image processing engine. The addition of EXPEED 4 allows for an overall 30% boost in performance, as well as a faster burst speed and enhancement to overall energy efficiency. Now the D810 is capable of shooting at 5 frames-per-second (fps) at full resolution and 5:4, 6 fps in DX or 1.2x modes, (15.4-megapixel, 25.1-megapixel, respectively), and 7 fps in DX mode (15.4-megapixel), with battery pack. For full workflow versatility, the D810 also gives users the option to shoot in full resolution 14-bit RAW/NEF file format or the new RAW Size Small format. This 12-bit file format is half the resolution and approximately 1/4 the file size of full RAW files, for increased flexibility when speedy downloads are desired or memory space is at a premium.
Refined Controls and Construction
From all day in the studio to an extended assignment in the field, the D810 has been engineered for superior comfort and operability. When looking through the wide and bright viewfinder with 100% coverage, users will see shooting data displayed on an organic EL display element for maximum visibility. The viewfinder now also features a prism coating for enhanced clarity. In addition, the grip has been refined for comfort and ergonomics, and the “i” button has been added for quick access to common mode-dependent settings.
Both photographers and videographers will clearly see the benefits of the new high-resolution (1229K-dot) 3.2-inch LCD screen, which makes it simple to check focus, review images or compose a scene. The color space of the LCD screen can now also be fully customized, a feature that is useful for matching monitor or print calibration settings. Using the high-resolution LCD screen, users can also activate the new Split Screen Display Zoom function. This new mode magnifies two separated points on the same horizontal line, making it easier to confirm the two points are both level and in focus; a true advantage for architecture, industrial and landscape photographers.
Inside the durable magnesium alloy structure of the D810 improvements have also been made, including the use of a redesigned mirror sequencer / balancer unit, which minimizes vibration during shooting to increase sharpness during multiple frame bursts. Additionally, the electronic front curtain can now act as an electronic front shutter when using live view or first composing through the optical viewfinder in mirror-up mode. This new feature is useful to attain exacting sharpness when shooting slow-shutter landscapes or astrophotography. The shutter unit has also been tested to 200,000 cycles for years of maximum reliability. For further durability, the body of the D810 has been thoroughly sealed and gasketed to resist the elements, reinforcing this camera’s role in extreme production environments.
Superior System Support
Such extreme resolution requires that no compromise be made on glass, and NIKKOR lenses are the perfect choice to complement the D810. With more than 80 FX and DX-format lenses available, NIKKOR lenses offer the ultimate in image quality with sharpness and faithful color representation that is second to none. To light a scene imaginatively, the D810 has a built-in flash and is compatible with Nikon’s acclaimed Creative Lighting System, including a built-in Commander mode for controlling wireless Speedlights. The MB-D12 battery grip is also available to give users both extra grip and extra power when it is needed most.
For wireless control, the D810 is compatible with a full range of Nikon’s remote systems, including the new wireless remote system with the WR-1 to trigger the camera remotely. This system uses radio frequency rather than infrared, eliminating the need for line of sight communication.
Nikon will also be making a Software Developers Kit (SDK) available in the near future for the D810. This SDK will give third party developers the resources needed to create applications and enhance the flexibility of the D810.
Robust New Software Suite: Nikon Capture NX-D
Capture NX-D is Nikon’s new software for processing and adjusting RAW images captured with Nikon digital cameras. Capture NX-D is a free software application that will replace the current Capture NX 2 program, and adds interface and performance enhancements. In addition to RAW images, the program can also be used to adjust JPEG and TIFF files. This new software will support many functions needed by professional photographers, including batch image processing, filtering and an enhanced user interface with a variety of displays and floating palettes that are ideal for multiple monitors. Additionally, photographers will also have the ability to adjust parameters including exposure and white balance in RAW files, and can adjust tone curves, brightness and contrast, as well as functions for correcting lateral color aberration and vignetting in JPEG and TIFF files. The software also features a new “sidecar” format, which retains and saves the adjusted image as a separate file.
Nikon will also make available at no charge the new Picture Control Utility 2 software. This new software allows users to create custom Picture Control profiles, which can be easily loaded into the camera.
Price and Availability
The Nikon D810 will be available in late July for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $3299.95.* The MB-D12 battery pack is currently available for $616.00 SRP. The new Capture NX-D software package will be available mid-July for download at no additional cost. For more information about these products, NIKKOR lenses or to download the new Capture NX-D software, please visit www.nikonusa.com.
Additionally, Nikon will be offering two kits designed for videographers and filmmakers; the D810 Filmmaker’s Kit consists of the D810 body, AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G, AF-S NIKKOR 50mmm f/1.8G, AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lenses, 2 additional EN-EL15 batteries, ME-1 Stereo Microphone, Atomos Ninja-2 External Recorder, and Tiffen® 67mm and 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filters (8-Stops). For stop motion applications, the D810 Animator’s Kit features the D810 body, AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G ED VR lens, EH-5b Power Adapter, EP5B Power Supply Connector and Dragonframe™ Stop Motion Software plus Dragonframe USB Keypad Controller. For more information and pricing for these kit configurations, please visit www.nikonusa.com.
Nikon D810 specifications
|Body type||Mid-size SLR|
|Body material||Magnesium alloy|
|Max resolution||7360 x 4912|
|Other resolutions||FX: 5520 x 3680, 3680 x 2456; 1.2: 6144 x 4080, 4608 x 3056, 3072 x 2040; 5:4: 6144 x 4912, 4608 x 3680, 3072 x 2456; DX: 4800 x 3200, 3600 x 2400, 2400 x 1600|
|Image ratio w:h||5:4, 3:2|
|Effective pixels||36 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||37 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)|
|Sensor size notes||RAW (NEF) available at 12 or 14-bits, lossless compressed, compressed, uncompressed, large or small size.|
|Color space||sRGB, AdobeRGB|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|White balance presets||12|
|Custom white balance||Yes (6 slots)|
|Uncompressed format||RAW + TIFF|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, normal, basic|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus assist lamp||Yes|
|Number of focus points||51|
|Lens mount||Nikon F|
|Focal length multiplier||1×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT-LCD (WRGB)|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (tunnel)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|Flash range||12.00 m (at ISO 100)|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe, flash sync terminal, wireless)|
|Flash modes||Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, redeye reduction, redeye reduction w/slow sync, slow rear-curtain sync|
|Flash X sync speed||1/250 sec|
|Continuous drive||5 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2, 5, 10, 20 secs for up to 9 shots)|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±5 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)|
|WB Bracketing||Yes (2-9 exposures in 1-3 increments)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p)|
|Videography notes||Uncompressed output over HDMI with simultaneous writing to memory card|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC, CompactFlash (UDMA compliant)|
|USB||USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||via WT-5A or Eye-Fi|
|Battery description||EN-EL15 lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||1200|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||980 g (2.16 lb / 34.57 oz)|
|Dimensions||146 x 123 x 82 mm (5.75 x 4.84 x 3.23″)|
|GPS notes||via GP-1 or GP-1A|
It was Megumi’s 7 Years Old Birthday! We didn’t get Secret Recipe cake this time, as there is not much choices left in the last minute, and the price is HIGH! So we bought a simple small cake, but surprisingly very delicious as well!
The SHOCK expression from Megumi, when Emmanuel blow the candles first!
Oh no! Emmanuel seems pretty satisfied…
It is OK, we will light up the candles for you again…
Emmanuel is waiting for 2nd chance…
This time my wife moved the cake further away from Emmanuel, so that Megumi has the chance to blow the candles.
Happily cutting the cake now.
Megumi and her grandmother
Managed to order the 2nd batch of Xiao Mi Mi3 from www.mi.com/my website last week (2014-05-28). Got the order keyed in on around 12.12pm, and it was sold out at 12.16pm. 16 minutes after launching.
Received my Mi3 yesterday (2014-06-01), so total is 5 days including the ordering day to receive the Mi3. It was shipped from an address in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, unlike iPhone which was shipped directly from Sheng Zhen, China. It comes with Sirim Sticker, and packed in a hard solid paper cardboard. Recycled material? I think so. Have the environmental friendly feel, but not elegant feel like Apple packaging.
Since the phone is using Lithium battery, so it is important to declare that in shipment, which is required under FedEx shipment.
Inside the box there is the Mi3 box, UK style power adapter and invoice.
Going into details you will see the below:
The adapter at the lower part of the above photo is the MicroSIM adapter. The photo comes with MiniSIM adapter by default.
Mi3 is sitting firmly inside the box.
It is not small, and I have my Samsung S3 laying next to it as a comparison. You can’t see the screen of the Mi3 now, photo after power ON later.
Holding in hand comparison.
Samsung Galaxy S3
Side by side comparison
Samsung S3 is using plastic casing, which I have no problem with, and is actually quite light and durable to withhold impact damage (drop, hit…etc.). Mi3 on the other hand is metal casing, which I am worrying of scratching and knocking. I have a slight regret that I didn’t add the bumper case for it when purchasing. Maybe I will get that later.
Powering up the Mi3 required SIM card. After setting up (for Android system, Google account is essential…so that you can fully utilize the functions of cloud data storage), the screen of Mi3 is beautiful! Very high resolution and I can see no dot or pixel on the screen.
Side by side comparison to my S3
In term of real estate (screen size), Mi3 is slightly larger / longer than S3. The icons appear to be larger than S3. Colour is vivid, vibrant and sharp.
At RM889 (purchase directly from www.mi.com/my), I think it is a great buy! The current Samsung S5 might be a great phone (love the leather back), but I don’t think it is 2.5x better than the Mi3 (S5 is still selling at RM2000+ in the market).
My biggest complaint on the Samsung S3 is the slow response on the camera function, which I am not impressed even on my wife’s latest Samsung Note 3, but I am happy with the Mi3 camera function. It is fast, responsive and instantaneous in photo capturing and reviewing! No more waiting for the photo to appear when you press the view photo button on the phone. It comes out immediately, just like iPhone!
Below is the original photo taken using Mi3. Click for full resolution.
In Conclusion, I am satisfied with the money spent. At RM889, you can only get a “normal” grade Samsung Galaxy Grand phone, but Mi3 is of Galaxy S5 standard.
Took some photos of my discus fish today after water changed.
Bought these 4 discus from Forrest last week, and they are doing great!
This is a rare straight line red turquoise. The shape is nice, the pattern is nice, and the colour is nice as well!
This is the Forrest Giant Red Turquoise. It is really huge, mainly due to the high fin. Forrest said it has the GIANT gene inside it, which means it will grow to much bigger size than normal discus. Judging from the size of its eyes, I think the fish is only 1 year or less of age. Discus can live upto 10 years as per documented, so this one can really go into GIANT! It is already reaching 5.5″ now!
This one is having straight line pattern as well, though not as straight as the one above, but is still a nice one.
This is Scorpion Blue discus. I like the fine patterns on it.
This is has less pattern, but the blue is nice.
When the fins open up, the fish is really nice!
I have the chance to visit the famous Forrest Discus farm in Johor few days ago (15th May 2014 (Thursday)). It is about 1 hour drive from where I live, and the journey is a smooth drive via highway. Total distance is around 55km as per WAZE GPS.
For discus lovers, the farm is like a paradise. So many great discus in different strains at one place, and the best thing is…they are all very healthy! I spent several hours at the farm, looking at the fish and chit-chatting with Forrest, who is a very nice and humble guy to spend time with!
No, he is not into selling. In fact, he asked me not to buy, as I already have many discus in my tank. Still, I want to bring back some nice discus, so I insist. Forrest is sincere in telling me the quality of each fish, and below are what I got at the end.
Two Blue Scorpions, One Straight Line Red Turquoise, and One Forrest Giant Red Turquoise.
The two blue scorpions are 4-4.5″ each. I love the fine patterns on this one.
While this one is more clean, it has a nice shape as well.
Love this red turq on first look. Very nice straight line pattern! It is a 5″ fish! The photo doesn’t do justice to the fish, as the fins are clamped after I changed water.
I wanted to get another turquoise, so Forrest brought me to another farm of his (yes, he got two farms), to select his own breed Forrest Giant Red Turq, and he chose this straight line one for me. This one is huge, 5.5″!
All the fish are extremely healthy! I quarantine them for 2 days in a small tank, and noticed that the Giant Red Turq was bullying the others (chasing and causing fish to jump and splash the water around and hurting themselves), so I join them to my bigger tank with others.
Really happy with the quality of these fish, and most importantly, make a new friend.
Saw this today, no, didn’t bought as the fish in the tank don’t look healthy…so the risk is too high in contaminating my current HEALTHY tank…which I have gone a long way in keeping my fish health.
The fish looks quite nice shape to me, but colour is not as solid (not yellow enough on the body).
Today, 11th May 2014, is my beloved wife, Lydia’s birthday! Today is also the 2nd Sunday of May, celebrating Mother’s day worldwide!
She said no need cake…but I still decided to go get a small cake for her, and also for the two kids. Kids LOVE cake!
Also got 3 roses for my wife, means “I LOVE YOU”. Hahaa…
Megumi made a little prayer.
Enjoying our dinner…
Everybody wants to cut the cake. We didn’t get Secret Recipe cake this time, as it is too big, no good cakes left, and too expensive. So we get one from Season, small one, which is surprisingly quite delicious! Cheese cake…my favorite! Hahaa…and Megumi’s favorite too!
Saw this one in my lfs, RM100 per fish. No, I didn’t get it. I like the blue but the shape to me is so so. I prefer more rounded fish.
Amazingly beautiful, especially when they are in school!
The local fish store referred it as Vietnam Pigeon Blood Snakeskin, some called it Honeycomb discus.
Size is around 4.5″ US Size (from tip to tail), or 4″ Asia size, selling at RM280 per fish (USD90). Too expensive for me, so I didn’t get any.
Cannot resist the shape, so brought them home. I think is BRILLIANT strain, or mix of snake skin with leopard. Should be interesting when they grow up. Size is around 3.5″ to 4″ now.
Got it at RM45 per piece, from original RM49.90. The boss’s brother not willing to discount on Sat, so I waited till the boss was in shop on Sunday to bargain, and got some discount.
This one caught my attention initially.
But I got attracted with another one that is very round as well.
I think both of them have the bulldog gene, where the vertical black lines on the eyes are of < shape towards the mouth. Not as ugly as bulldog, but have the nice round shape.
Some like it…some might not…
But I like it…
No, I didn’t bought it…not yet…as the shop is asking RM49.90 for it…I was hoping RM38…
My discus tank has been a disaster since 2 weeks ago. Tried many methods, changed water daily, use RO water, medicinessss…and till today I removed the sands in my tank to keep the water cleaner.
I have lost 6 discus in this event. Four adults and two juveniles. The adults are blue super eruption, Penang eruption (one of my favorite fish), snake skins fine lines, and golden crystal (I like this one too). The two juveniles are one giant blue snakeskin and one red turquoise. The Golden crystal and snake skin fine lines died today. The snakeskin is already in bad condition last night, didn’t expect it to be able to last till today’s noon. The golden crystal showed bad sign this morning, and after water changed, it left at 2.45pm.
I got really tired with the condition of the fish. Quite helpless feeling when seeing the fish dying, as I have run out of idea and solutions.
At the moment, another adult fish red super eruption is not showing good sign. It tilt to one side, and laying on the floor. I hope it can make it and get back to health.
I am left with few more fishes. Adults: Snakeskin, leopard, super eruption, blood pigeon. Juveniles: giant blue snakeskin, red turquoise, 4 x red melon, 2 x red snakeskins, 3 x checkerboard. These are all in my 4 feet tank.
i have another two adult fish in my small tank. They are one pigeon blood and one albino Snow White. These two are not mixed with the other fish, so they didn’t get sick. Good news today…after changed the water in the small tank, they spawned again. This is their third round, hopefully they can succeed this time.
Back to my main tank. After water change and removing the sands, most of the fish look fine and active now. I shall get the water clean up again tomorrow or Sunday, remove the leftover dirt at the bottom.
The fish condition seems to have improved, after I added some medicine to the tank last night.
Tried feed them bloodworm this morning, most still have no appetite. No rushing over the food. Just two cubes and still the fish can’t finish them. (In old days, they can take 6-9 cubes!)
This is the very first Snakeskin discus that I got, my daughter called it the “BRAIN fish”, as the patterns on the body looks like brain. :p The fish has gone through many sickness, and this time he is recovering well.
My Giant Blue is still dark and clamped fin…
The Leopard Snakeskin (Penang Eruption) still sick, but much better than last night. You can see the whitish slim on the skin is peeling off…should be in the recovering stage.
Just a reminder how great my fish look like when they were all healthy! Photo taken on 12th March 2014 (19 days ago).
All my discus fish fall sick since 3 days ago.
This is how the fish look like 3 days ago. All of them started to group together at corners. Some even laid flat at the bottom. I was so worried and regretted that I might lost all the fish. :((
I was shocked when I first saw this! After waking them up with net…then only I am a bit relief. No, they are not dead…but resting flat at the bottom…they must be really tired or sick…
Not really sure what caused it, but I have a few possible suspects…
1. Disease from new fish?
This is the highest possibility, as I have added 1 new fish to the tank 7 days ago, and another one 4 days ago. I suspect the small fish I added 4 days ago is the culprit. Too bad…I didn’t quarantine them before adding them to my fish tank. Never will I do that again, as the risk is simply too much for the 27 discus I have in my tank!
This is what I added 7 days ago. A Golden Crystal – 5.5″.
This is what I added 4 days ago. An Albino Golden Crystal. This is just a juvenile, around 2.5″. I bought it because it is cheap for an albino (RM30), but I shouldn’t have put it into my tank without quarantine, as it already shows sign of sick in the local fish store. All fins clamped.
2. Medicine poisoning?
I added some medicine to the tank 4 days ago when I noticed one of the fish is sick. I added Befuran to the tank, and this is the usual medicine I use. I am not sure if this caused all the fish to fall sick or not.
3. Chlorine poisoning?
I changed water 4 days ago. I did use anti-chlorine, but then I added water quite fast into the tank. Could it be the reason?
4. Salt poisoning?
I added some salt to the water after water change. Is the salt I added too much in quantity? Again, not sure…
5. Scared / Frighten
I switched off the light of the tank 4 days ago (at night), but in the middle of the night, I decided to check out on the fish and switch on the light in my dark living room. All the discus got so scared with the sudden light, and hit here and there. Then all of them hided at corners. Bad bad me…however, the next morning all seems fine (or not?)…
6. New sponge in the filter?
I changed the sponge in the filter 4 days. Could this be the reason for the cloudy water? I didn’t notice anything scratch on the filter though…
Or, it could be the combination of several or all the above?
I did water change starting 2 days ago. After a full water change (using RO water, so no more chlorine), I added some medicine again. The fish seems to get better after water change.
I put a little bit of food to the tank, some started eating, but still not as active.
However, I noticed yesterday that the water becomes very cloudy. So I did another water change (90%) yesterday. This time no more medicine, and just pure RO water. Fish seems to be improving in condition.
This is the photo from today (30th March 2014 – Sunday). Fish started swimming more freely in the tank. They still have no big appetite, eat only a little. A few still at corners and dark.
The water still doesn’t look that clear, slightly cloudy. What caused the water to be cloudy is still puzzling me. I might do another water change again today.
The good news is…so far no loosing on the fish, and all are recovering…no more new fish to my tank. I shall concentrate on growing them and keeping them healthy!
(This is my tank on 26th March 2014 before the fish fall sick…hope they will back to health soon…)
Update 30th March 2014, 9.53pm
Did water change again today. This is the third continuous day of water change. Water was still cloudy even though I did water change yesterday, so I thought it might not be good for the still sick or weak fish. So, though tired, I have to do it again today.
Done the water change in the afternoon, and now at 9.55pm the water is still crystal clear. Whatever that caused the water to be cloudy should be gone or too minimal to notice now.
Fish still in stressed condition, though water quality seems to have improved a lot by now. Hopefully by tomorrow morning the fish will get free swimming without fear again.
update at 11pm
the fish don’t seems to be improving. Some have whitish eyes…which looks partially blind. Some fish are really dark, seems worse than yesterday. So I decided to use medicine again. Poured in 25ml of magic fluid into the tank. Hope for the best tomorrow…