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Showing posts from November 8, 2009

Newthink of Yore

^ A past glory of Oly and sensation of the time, OM-1A great deal of online discussions is going on between the aye-sayers and the nay-sayers about the rationale behind Ricoh bundling a lens to a sensor for its GXR camera.There is a famous common saying in Hong Kong, which is in Cantonese, "Bae four bae hak". Literally, it means "A hundred kinds of merchandise items to cater for a hundred types of customers."So, despite it's all well and good to debate the technical aspect in the discussions, the reasoning can be put into a proper perspective if we see the matter in the context of market share.The niche market is where Ricoh has been surviving best facing the keen competition from the big names. Its previous crown of 24mm-lens-serious-compact was taken down. While it has abdicated the throne, Panny and Oly are having a banner year selling the even more tempting MFT cameras like hotcakes. In comparison, the series of GRD and GX simply lacks lustre.When a company…

Praya of Kennedy Town

*Praya was a term used in Colonial Hong Kong to refer to a promenade by the waterfront. The name comes from the Portuguese term for broad stone-faced road that runs parallel along the harbour in front of the city.The name of the place may hint a connection to the late American President Kennedy. But actually, it is named after the 7th British viceroy, Sir Arthur E. Kennedy running Hong Kong in its colonial years.Arthur was an Irish and an old boy of Trinity College, Dublin. Kennedy Town, developed under his charge, is located at the far-left of the Hong Kong Island.The place is accessible by the century-old tram, which I have no reservation in recommending to you if you fancy going there. It is still not within easy reach by way of the underground railway, hence retaining an old quality to it.After dropping off at the tram terminus, a two minutes walk will take you to the breathtaking view of the harbour at the praya. The harbour looks differently from the praya since this part of the…

Ricoh Special Webpage for GXR

Here is the special site where you can click to view the 360° view of the camera, gallery and more.

The intro shows the combination of the system with the readily available units. You'll not wish to miss it.

Ricoh GXR: Innovative Future Components!!

DC Watch of Japan reported the launch ceremony of Ricoh's GXR in the country. The following are the exciting new thinking to be made available to the camera body in the future. Well done, Ricoh! These units are not available yet but certainly in the manufacturing pipeline. 1) GPS Unit 2) Wireless Unit for Photo Transmission

3) Projector Unit!!!

4) Storage Unit

5) Printer!!!

(Source: DC Watch; Use your Google Toolbar for translation cos the Google Translate and Yahoo Translate can't do the trick for this page.)

GXR Size-wise

Photographyblog produces some shots comparing the GXR camera to Panny's GF1 in size.  Click here to see more.

Ricoh GXR: Another 5 Minute Video

Here you go:

Observing the Mundane

^A sight seen almost daily of similar old shopkeepers giving delivery to his customersIt is a duty of a street photographer to seek out from the mundane daily happenings the intriguing folk scenes, which requires an unceasing effort to train the ability to admire what are normally considered commonplaces.If photography is a religion, the offering on the alter is the ability to observe and discover. It is not foolhardy to say that photography is as much about decisive moments as it is observation and discovery, and least about taking many pictures. How well a photographer does in observing and discovering, so goes his or her works.^A young kid, probably at age eight, helps his mother carry some of the baskets for fruits to the shops. He follows her crossing roads without attending to the traffic. Children helping adults at work might be a common sight some 40 years ago but not now.When we as photographers can observe and discover as an instinct, the photos we take will easily overflow …

Ricoh GXR -- Lenses and Sensors Interchangeable

The deleted Youtube video about the camera can be viewed here. A fact sheet can be viewed here. Briefly about the camera:- Size: smaller than the available M4/3 cameras. Sensor: interchangeble with a mount body fitted with a 10MP CCD or a 12.3MP CMOS sensor Availability: December Lenses: interchangeable with 24-72mm f/2.5-4.4 or 50mm f/2.5 macro lens Price: Comparable to the M4/3 for the system as a whole (Source: Photorumors)

Vague Outlines

^A backlit scene can make an intriguing blurry image which renders the subjects into obscure silhouettes possibly reminiscent of a scene of the aliens' arrival in a sci-fi movie.If ambition has a birthplace*, the Internet is its address. Even writing a regular blog can open the author up to some opportunities. If you're a regular blogger, the invitation to write on Blogcritics, which carries a great deal of weight with Technorati, has probably not skipped you. Before its official launch, I was invited and admitted too. Application is now extended to all at the site. Surely the prospective authors need to go through some screening before admission. *"Birthplace" is a word invented by -- guess who -- Shakespeare.At one point, I fancied being a part of it. Well, worldwide exposure for free is simply tempting. But – and this is a big BUT - I can't quite see the vague logic.At present, there are reportedly about 2,000 authors writing for the site. This is not a lot of…

Let Me Think

No wonder Hong Kong is a shopping paradise. When young children are bewitched too, it can be a shopping hell as well.This is Sunday. Spend time with your family.