19 Apr

How to Tell A Genuine or Fake Billingham Bag?

Got an used Billingham bag today. I am curious to find out if the bad is genuine or not…hence got some info online.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.387277767962931.97134.222958251061551&type=3

Shock absorbing foams – genuine Billingham bags use closed-cell foam to protect your valuable equipment. Each piece of foam is precise-cut to ensure consistent quality and to provide protection against knocks, as well as insulation against heat and cold. Because these are closed-cell foams they won’t soak up or retain moisture; they even have positive buoyancy – so an empty Billingham bag will float!

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Stitching – the very first Billingham bag was hand-stitched using an awl, needles, thread and beeswax. Although sewing machines are used these days, traditional hand-sitching is still being used when machine can’t cope with the thickness of material or the complexity of the construction. All overlapping seams are tiled, sewing needle sizes are kept as small as possible, and just to be sure that the holes they make won’t let water in, Billingham use thread that contains cotton: this swells when it gets wet, effectively sealing the hole.

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Zips – conventional zip fasteners are not really strong enough for everyday use in a camera bag; so Billingham uses 8mm zips, where the coil teeth are woven into the supporting tape, rather than sewn in the usual way. 528565_387278181296223_351902988_n

Removable padded inserts – genuine Billingham removable padded inserts have perfectly rounded corners to ensure that your valuable gear are well-protected against shock and moisture.

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Brass studs – brass studs used on all Billingham bags are hand-finished to a carefully shaped profile so that it will not scratch delicate surface such as wooden tabletop, car bonnet or another Billingham bag. You won’t find any sharp corners or rough edges on them – and that means they are less likely to wear their way through the leather and canvas.

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Fabrics – Billingham bags are different – not just for the sake of appearance, but as a result of the careful consideration Billingham gives to the bag’s function and performance. Billingham uses fabrics that are tough, robust, and are designed yo keep your equipment safe under worst conditions. Whether you choose canvas or FibreNyte, the waterproof layer is built-in and will not need re-proofing. 535216_387339751290066_819770881_n

Leather – Billingham use only the best, top-graiin leather in their bags. The process used to treat the hides is designed to bring out the richness of the natural grain and is in no way intended to hide marks or healed scars which appear naturally. 539873_387363451287696_2067631187_n

SuperFlex removable partitions – the Billingham SuperFlex partition is at the heart of the bag’s camera protection. When the bag moves, the SuperFlex inserts will adjust with that movement, making it more comfortable to work with. SuperFlex is constructed using a smooth, non-abrasive anti-fray material which covers non-absorbent closed-cell foam.

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Shoulder straps and brass fittings – to ensure maximum performance from the shoulder straps, Billingham has pioneered the use of spun-polyester – this is a military specification material, similar to that used as parachute webbing on the Space Shuttle. Spun-polyester stays flat, wears extremely well, does not absorb water as quickly as cotton and will not rot. All brass fittings are either cast or machined from solid brass. Brass is chosen for several reasons: the most obvious is it will not rust. As time passes, brass may tarnish and develop a patina, which acts as a protective layer, preventing deterioration. Unlike plated metal which can develop rust spots that eat into the material. Billingham brass fittings are hand-finished, so you won’t find any sharp or rough corners on them.

 

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11 Apr

Malaysia Top E-Commerce Merchant 2016

ShaShinKi is proud to participate in the Malaysia Top E-Commerce Merchant 2016 organised by SITEC!

The gala dinner winner announcement was held at Empire Hotel, Subang on 9th April 2016 (Sat), my wife and I attended the dinner. We drove from JB to Subang for the event. We were not being disappointed. We were in the top 10 finalist of Malaysia Top E-Commerce Merchant 2016. Though we didn’t get to win the Grand, 1st or 2nd price, but we are still proud and happy to be among the TOP 10 e-Commerce merchants in Malaysia.

Thank you for the vote, thank you for the support!

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22 Mar

ShaShinKi as Malaysia Top e-Commerce Merchant?

Today was an exciting day! We got an email last night from SITEC that ShaShinKi has been shortlisted to become Malaysia’s top E-Commerce merchant! Hahaaa…yeah…shortlisted and not yet the top…but you can make us the top!

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So, today we sent out a newsletter to our customers (over 40k subscribers), inviting them to vote for us as well as entering the voting contest that stands a chance to win the fabolous price from SITEC!

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Why are we the Top e-Commerce Merchant in Malaysia?

  1. We are the first online camera shop in Malaysia since Dec 2005.
  2. We have over 19,000 SKU online!
  3. We have over 100,000 shipped orders!
  4. We have over 60,000 registered customers!
  5. Our products price range from below RM1 to above RM50k! Anything you want about photography you can find in our store, or we will look out for you!
  6. Our website (shashinki.com) was built in house by ourselves! Proudly Made in Malaysia! Various features in our website to give the best shopping experience to our customers!
  7. We are a 100% Malaysian owned company!
  8. We interact with our customers actively via WhatsApp (+0167625586, +60167627788, +60167736586 ), Facebook, Emails…etc.
  9. We do not sell camera, we provide solutions to your photography needs!

Why Vote?

To show your support to us, and to stand a chance in winning a 4D3N Bali Wild Dolphin Tour for 2!

Vote for ShaShinKi as Malaysia TOP e-Commerce Merchant!

1. Go to: https://poll.fbapp.io/sitectopecm2016
2. Select ShaShinKi banner

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3. Scroll to the bottom of the page, click “Submit”
4. Share / post voting page on your timeline with a hashtag

‪#‎SITECTopECM2016‬
‪#‎shashinki‬

5. Like SITEC fb page at:
https://www.facebook.com/sitecmy/

That’s it! Good luck in winning!


About SITEC

Selangor Information Technology and E-commerce Council (SITEC)

The Selangor Information Technology and E-Commerce Council (SITEC) was established by the Selangor State Government, under the secretariat of Invest Selangor to develop Selangor as the regional trading hub for e-commerce, and to uplift the startup ecosystem. The SITEC Council is chaired by Selangor State Exco in charge of investments, Dato’ Teng Chang Khim.

2 Jan

Nikon AIS 28mm F/2.8 Lens vs Nikon AFS VR 28-300mm F/3.5-5.6G Lens vs Nikon AFS VR 24-70mm F/2.8 Lens vs Tamron AF 24-70mm F/2.8 VC Lens

I am going to take group photos tonight for my church, few hundred people. I don’t expect everybody to be sharp and clear in the frame, but at least I shall get a better lens to shoot as good as I can.

Saw the Nikon AIS 28mm F/2.8 lens in my dry cabinet, so I thought of using it. Manual focus is not going to be a problem, since I am going to pre-focus and shoot from a tripod. I would expect the prime lens to deliver better result than the superzoom Nikon AFS VR 28-300mm F/3.5-5.6G Lens.

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No, not going to experiment tonight, so I do a pre-test first.

Shoot using my Nikon D3s, Mirror lock up mode (to minimize mirror bounce vibration), handheld shot. Both using F/5.6.

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Nikon AFS VR 28-300mm F/3.5-5.6G Lens

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As you can see from the above, surprisingly the 28-300mm lens is able to produce sharper and higher contrast image! I actually did a few extra shots, and the results are consistent. Either my AIS 28mm is a lemon, or technology has advanced so much that even a superzoom of today is already better than the best prime from the old days!

You bet I am going to use the 28-300mm tonight. :)

Update at 6.07pm

Ok, I decided to go take two other lenses and compare with the 28-300mm lens.

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  1. Nikon AFS VR 24-70mm F/2.8 Lens
  2. Tamron AF 24-70mm F/2.8 VC Lens

Nikon AFS VR 24-70mm F/2.8 Lens

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Zoom to 28mm, to compare with 28-300mm lens.

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at 24mm, 100% crop

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Conclusions

I noticed that the shots from Tamron lens seems to be over exposed, shot at F/5.6, 1/80s, while the Nikon 24-70mm is at F/5.6, 1/100s. Both on Aperture priority.

In terms of sharpness, I don’t see any difference. The Tamron photos seems softer due to overexposure, but after corrected both to similar exposure in Corel Paint Shop Pro, I couldn’t see any difference in sharpness. In fact, when comparing to 28-300mm lens, I couldn’t see difference in sharpness as well.

Quite possibly due to the limitation of my D3s 12MP sensor resolution that couldn’t differentiate the quality of those lenses…or my unscientific test (which is how I shoot in real life).

I decided to take the more versatile 28-300mm lens for tonight shots, and it is going to be the lens for my D3s in future. :)

25 Dec

Emmanuel’s Birthday 2015

Today’s is Christmas Day, and is also the birthday of my beloved son, Emmanuel Koh!

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Bought this Secret Recipe cake, Choco Cheese Berries, RM88. Very nice, but Emmanuel doesn’t like cake, so he just blow and cut.
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He can’t wait to blow the candles, see his expression above, is actually having his mother holding his head… 😀
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Now cake cutting… :)

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The present I bought for him. Power Ranger robot. He seems happy and enjoying the toy! Glad that he likes it.

Happy Birthday Emmanuel! May God bless you, give you good health, wisdom and guide you throughout your life!

25 Dec

Samsung Gear S2 Smart Watch…my 10 mins experience…

Saw this Samsung Gear S2 watch in AEON shopping mall just now, and got the chance to play briefly with it. The sales girl didn’t know much about the watch, so I just tried it out myself.

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My impression of the watch, really nice! Very smooth scrolling on the screen, beautiful LCD, love the rotating bezel to select the icons. White is nice and it does felt like a real watch on hand. Love the heartbeat rate tracking as well. I didn’t try connecting it to my Samsung phone though so not sure how does it works with gmail, whatsapp…etc.

White is a great match for lady, while dark gray is nice for man. Classic IMO has the best bezel clicking feel, but the design is not as nice (personal opinion) as the other two. Furthermore, I hate leather strap for watch, as it gets really smelly when you sweat.

samsung-gear-s2-and-gear-s2-classicSelling at RM1399, not cheap for a watch if you are not going to wear it daily. I was tempted of getting one for my wife, but decided not to after knowing that it doesn’t run the exercise app that my wife is using – Runstastic. There is Nike+ and Samsung own app, but my experience with Nike+ is not as good as Runstastic, so it is a no no for me.

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Great hardware, poor software / support of software. If only it is running on Android wear…too bad…

20 Dec

Christmas Carol Party 2015

This is the food prepared by my wife and my mother before the party started.

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And we did some decoration to our house earlier too!

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Love the table cloth bought by my wife, very Christmas feel!

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It was raining the whole day, on off from morning till night…but it doesn’t cool off our Christmas spirit!

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Some of the food…and my favorite, CURRY!

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Fried chicken

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Sushi, fried fish ball, fried mee, hot dog, etc.

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We invited our church choirs to come to our house for Christmas caroling on 13th December 2015 (Sunday). We invited some friends, and have around 40 persons celebrating Christmas in our home.

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We bought a cake and have everybody singing an early birthday song to our beloved Emmanuel (his birthday is on 25th December), he just can’t wait to blow off the candles!

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A very nice song book created by the choir team, very nice and unique!

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We have a great night!

15 Dec

Acer K242HL 24″ LED Monitor

Just bought an Acer K242HL 24″ LED Monitor yesterday for my staff. RM519.00 (Incl. GST).

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First impression, it is wide! Very very bright and looks great! The LED screen looks much brighter than the 1 year old Asus monitor that I bought for my staff. The stand looks flimsy though, I hate monitor with flimsy stand as the screen tends to shake when you type.

Input support is only DIV and VGA. No HDMI. Some countries seems to be selling the same model with HDMI, but for me it is not so important as I prefer DVI over HDMI.

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I chose the Acer brand over Samsung 24″ monitor (selling at RM565) as my previous experience with Samsung monitor isn’t great. Colour seems dull. Hence I decided to go for Acer for a try. So far seems like a good choice.

14 Dec

Sennheiser HD800 Headphones, bought!

I couldn’t get rid of the thought of Sennheiser HD800 after gotten poisoned by it in Japan in September 2015, tested it in Yodobashi Camera store at Shinjuku, Japan.

Finally I decided to get one for myself. I searched several places and got one ordered.

Surprisingly, I got my toy today! Took around 5 days including weekends! Really happy and excited!

The box is huge! My staff asked me what is it…and I am so happy to see it and told her that it is MINE! 😀

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Carefully laying it onto the ground and start unboxing it…

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Thick and huge manual…no, I didn’t open or read it…

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The presentation box, made of hard cardboard.

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Inside is very nice silk lining having the headphones seating carefully inside. The sponge is to protect the cable.

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You can see very thick KEVLAR covered cable inside. LOVELY! The cable is replaceable, but it costs RM600+ for it. You can also see 1/4″ headphone jack used by this Sennheiser HD800, which is the BIG type as compare to most 1/8″ type used by most walkman, mobile phone, computer speakers or audio output. Not sure why they use 1/4″ jack size, maybe all professional HIFI systems are using this size of headphone output?

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Serial number engraved onto the headphone. S/N: 41464. I seems to have quite a lot of connection with number 4 nowadays…hahaa…I tend to get to like this number more and more now…

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Huge headphone speakers…it is an OPEN type headphones, which can be quite disturbing and loud in office space. :p

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I still remembered when I first saw it in Japan, the first impression is…WHAT AN UGLY Headphones! The silver colour is very ugly in my opinion, as compared to some that use wood type design (personal preference). This Sennheiser HD800 headphones design is like having two speakers mounted together and attached to your head! Anyhow, I love it because of what it can deliver, the BEST SOUND and MUSIC!

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3 meters length Kevlar covered cable. Thick and firm!

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Simple presentation box…nothing fancy, nothing stuning.

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I was testing out the headphones, then my little princess came and look for me. I let her tried it out…and asked her to let me take a few photos of her wearing the headphones. You can see how huge the headphones is! Covering the whole ear, quite comfortable for long time wearing.

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I did asked her how’s the sound. She said noisy…too loud…

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Now I am waiting for my Asus Essence STX II soundcard to arrive (should be in a few days time), then I can test the headphones more!