Category Archives: Gadgets/Gears

New Gears

Since it’s my b-day tomorrow, I decided to buy myself an early present, a quite expensive one at that but we just have to treat ourself to something good once in a while. Since this is a photoblog, I’ll just let the photo speak for themself.

Presenting the Canon BG-E3 battery grip for EOS 400D/Rebel XTi and the Canon EF 100mm Macro lens. Hit the jump for more photos and some test shots.


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This is the older version of the 100mm Macro lens, without USM and with an extending barrel, other than that the quality is the same as the new version. I was hovering between this and a Tokina AF 100mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro D macro, try out both at the shop and found that I prefer the Canon one. Probably because I got used to using Canon lens, this is a used lens and slightly cheaper than a new Tokina AF 100mm. Built quality on the Canon lens seems to be better and heavier too.


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EOS400D attached with both the BG-E3 and EF 100mm Macro lens.


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Some test shots. Click on the image for a larger version to get a better and clearer picture.

Aperture Priority f/2.8, 1/50s @ ISO100


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Aperture Priority f/4, 1/25s @ ISO100


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Aperture Priority f/8, 1/6s @ ISO100


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Aperture Priority f/2.8, 1/25s @ ISO100


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Aperture Priority f/11, 1/2s @ ISO100


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Aperture Priority f/2.8, 1/30s @ ISO100


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Aperture Priority f/4, 1/4s @ ISO100


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Aperture Priority f/16, 1s @ ISO100


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All test shot taken using the EF 100mm Macro with a tripod and remote shooting from my PC using timer.

Photos are shot using Canon EOS 400D/Rebel XTi with a EF-S 17-85 IS USM lens/EF 100mm Macro lens and a Canon Ixus 850IS.

Photo outing @ KL Bird Park

The second Lowyat.net photographers outing was held on Saturday 19th, the destination this time was KL Bird Park, seems like the birds at the National Zoo was not enough to satisfy our craze for some bird shoot :) . More forumers and their spouse atteded this time totaling to about 30 people. I see some familiar faces and some new faces, and not only that, there are new gears to test out as well.


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As usual everyone meet-up at the entrance, getting to know each other, and testing out other photogs new gear. This was taken using weileongz Canon EF 70-200 f/4 L lens. Subsequent photos are taken with the same lens as well.


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Lets start it off with a peacock in all its majestic beauty.


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Another peacock, the 70-200 f/4 L produces a nice bokeh effect. I keep forgetting that the lens doesn’t have IS so got some blur photos sometimes.


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The Great Hornbill.


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Flamingos, not as much as the National Zoo though.


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Little white birdie.


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Another little white birdie, there’s a lot of them at the park.


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Brunch time, yummy…


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Brahminy Kite, also known as Red-backed Sea-eagle.


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This was shot using my Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens, so are the subsequent photos until I change to the EF-S  55-250mm lens. Was using manual focus for this shots.


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Some macro goodness at the bird park.


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Two colorful little birdies.


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Yellow birdies, reminds me of Tweety bird.


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Little white bird all alone, this was taken using the EF-S 55-250mm lens.


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Close-up using the EF-S 55-250 lens.


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I wonder if there’s eggs under there.


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This would have been a nice shot if the focus was on the eye and not the feather.


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Not sure what bird is this but looks kinda funny.


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Green birdie.


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At the bird show, the parrot arranging the word welcome.


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Weee….


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Parrot driving a jeep.


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In flight…


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Poor little monkey, according to the staff there, the little monkey was left alone by her mum, so sad.


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Macro on yellow flower, back to using 100mm macro lens.


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As usual the group photo.


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Another great outing, and this time some of the photogs came with new gears, so we got to try it out as well. This time I was using three different lens for the shoot, a 70-200mm f/4 L, a 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS, and my own 100mm f/2.8 Macro. Camera still the same EOS 400D/Rebel XTi.
Click on the thumbnails below for more photos or visit my flickr for the photos.

flamingo eagle eagle flower macro
flower bird bird Parrot
Parrot Parrot Parrot eagle
eagle hornbill testing gear portrait

Photography gears ~ new addition

For the past few months I have actually added a few more stuff to my photography gears but haven’t had the time to take photos of them and post them up. Those that have check my about page would know what I have added to my gears, to those that don’t hit the jump to see my new gears.

I have mention before that I plan to buy the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, but anyone one who own the lens will knows that it’s built is not really good, so I opt for the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM instead. Got is used at approximately USD356 including the hood and an UV filter. The lens is in very good condition, just like a new one and performance is good, use it for my recent figure shoot of Alicia Florence.

Some test shots using the 50mm f/1.4, at f/1.4 and f/1.8 it’s actually quite soft, with sort of a dreamy look with it’s creamy bokeh.

Canon EF50mm f/1.4 USM @ f/1.4

Canon EF50mm f/1.4 USM @ f/1.8

At f/2.2 and above it’s really sharp while retaining the creamy bokeh. I just love the bokeh produce by this lens.

Canon EF50mm f/1.4 USM @ f/2.2

Canon EF50mm f/1.4 USM @ f/2.8

Got the Canon Speedlite 580EX II around end of February and it’s a good thing I did, otherwise the photos I took at GACC 2008 would have been awful. Still learning the ins and outs of flash photography, it’s really not as easy as mount the flash and shoot as that would be the same as using the built in flash. It’s a whole new ball game when you shoot with external flash.

I have mention in one of my previous post that I traded my Canon EF-S 17-85 IS USM lens for the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 lens with a fellow photographer, well here’s the Tamron. A sharp f/2.8 lens for a price that won’t break you bank account. Have taken quite a lot of photos using this lens since I got it, so you can see how well it perform in some of my previous post or in my gallery.

For the time being I won’t be adding any new gears, the current ones that I own are quite enough for me at the moment, though you’ll probably notice I don’t have a telephoto lens. I don’t really need to use telephoto lens a lot, so it’s not something that I need to get in the near future.

Shots taken using Canon EOS 400D/Rebel XTi with Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 lens and Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 lens.