Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G Announced

Nikon Inc. today announced the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens, a fast, compact lens that affords photographers the versatility of the classic 50mm focal length and the benefits of a fast aperture for photos and D-movies. Whether a new D-SLR enthusiast or a seasoned pro, users will appreciate the tack-sharp image quality, extreme low-light performance, shallow depth of field and Nikon core technologies that improve upon the original to make a great lens even better.

“The 50mm lens has been a staple for photographers since the 35mm film days, and this new lens enables Nikon customers that shoot photos and movies to discover the creative benefits of this traditional focal length,” said Lisa Osorio, general manager of marketing at Nikon Inc. “This f/1.8 prime lens offers exceptional image quality and control, and benefits from modern Nikon technologies to enhance performance such as the Silent Wave Motor and use of an aspheric lens - it’s a very attractive package for any shooting discipline.”

Lightweight, compact and affordable, this lens will easily become a favorite and find a home in any photographer’s gear bag. With the unique ability to mimic the focal length of the human eye, the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens is ideal for travel, general photography, low-light, landscape shooting and portraiture. This lens continues the tradition of NIKKOR precision optics to provide photographers with sharp, high-resolution images and the ability to focus as close as 1.48 feet, with amazing depth of field control for intimate details. The integration of an ultra-compact Silent Wave Motor ensures fast, whisper-quiet AF operation, which is essential when recording movies. Optimized for Nikon FX-format cameras, this lens is also a great option for Nikon DX-format photographers seeking a fast, sharp lens for capturing images with amazing color and contrast.

The new 50mm f/1.8 lens construction consists of seven elements in six groups, with one aspherical lens element to reduce instances of coma and aberration, even when shooting wide open. A rounded diaphragm opening combined with the seven-blade aperture contributes to a substantially more circular bokeh for a more natural appearance of out-of-focus background elements. Additionally, instances of lens flare and chromatic aberration are suppressed using Nikon’s exclusive Super Integrated Coatings, which also help ensure vividly accurate color balance.

The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens is scheduled to be available at Nikon authorized dealers beginning June 16, 2011 at an estimated selling price of $219.95. For more information, please visit

Nikon D5100 Review by DPReview

DPReview have posted their review of Nikon D5100. Quote from the review, "The D5100 is without doubt one of the most compelling products in its class, and offers an excellent mixture of straightforward handling, a well-targeted feature set, and excellent video and still image quality. As we'd expect from a camera with such a solid lineage, the D5100 is responsive and reliable in operation, and produces excellent images with a minimum of fuss. It is only the second Nikon DSLR to feature an articulated LCD screen and we much prefer the more conventional side-hinged design to the D5000's more awkward bottom-hinged effort. The side-hinged screen is much more versatile, as well as being considerably easier to use with the camera mounted on a tripod."

You can read the full review HERE.

Mio K-On Photo Shoot

and a special bonus... me reflected from her eye... eheh... a 100% crop from above picture... :)

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Green Field

Police nab alleged gang robbers

SEVEN Indonesian men were brought to the Magistrates' Court yesterday and jointly charged for committing gang robbery armed with a deadly weapon in a house in Kg Sg Teraban, Kuala Belait, last Wednesday.

The defendants Jalani, Sandi, Mazlan, Hidayat, Lalu Nikmanul Hakim, Malik Gerhana @ Usop and Amrullah appeared before Senior Magistrate Lailatul Zubaidah and deputy public prosecutor Joe Chan.

According to the court document, the gang robbery was committed between 12.30am and 1.30am on April 20 in a house in Kg Sg Teraban, whereby the defendants had armed themselves with a machete and robbed Kho Gee Chiong and the occupants of the complainant's house.

During the proceedings, no pleas were recorded and the deputy public prosecutor indicated that the police needed to conduct further investigations into the case, such as forensic analysis, fingerprints at the house and an identification parade among others.

The defendants, in their mid-20s and 30s, are currently in police custody for two weeks after the court granted the deputy public prosecutor's application on grounds that the complainant in the case got hurt from the robbery.

"This was a serious offence that was committed," said deputy public prosecutor.

The Unit Task Force, Crime Investigation Department cooperated with the Royal Malaysian Police Force (Sarawak contingent) successfully tracked and apprehended the seven suspects less than 48 hours after the incident, the police said in a statement.

The arrest was made at the border of Sarawak-Kalimantan as it was believed that the suspects attempted to escape to Entikong, Kalimantan in Indonesia in a Daihatsu Xenia van.

The police also believed that the men had entered and exited Brunei through a mouse-trail.

The men, according to the police, came from the syndicate known as "Group Usop" originating from Lombok Timur, Indonesia. Three out of the seven arrested have been identified to be involved in a series of robberies last year whereby a total of six robbery cases were reported in 2010 and one case in 2011.

Some of the men were found to have several identities when their fingerprints were taken as they were also involved in other criminal activity in Sarawak and Semananjung, Malaysia.

Several of the stolen items which were converted to evidence were recovered and have been identified by the victim.

The defendants face up to 30 years in jail and 12 strokes of the cane under section 305 of the Penal Code for gang robbery. They can also be liable under section 398 of the Penal Code, and may be meted seven years in jail and 12 strokes of the cane for robbery or gang robbery when armed with deadly weapon.

The case will be heard again on May 9 at the Magistrates' Court.

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