Camera reviews, techniques and equipments for all you beginner, novice and amateur photographers. Why you say? Well I started photography in 2005 and still learning the traits. So whatever that I write or post here are basically novice style. So if you are looking the advanced technical stuffs or professional techniques that you can find in photography magazines, well..... not HERE!!!!! Besides beginners and novices make the bulk of all the photography community. We need those simple and clear examples in using a camera. Ok lets get started. I be writing more on Nikon, Epson, Tokina, Sigma and a bit of Canon (hehe my wife using G10) cos I am using them and loving it. So sit down......relaxed yourself....have a sip..... and enjoy this blog. Oh ya..... feel free to comment or contributes on your thoughts and experiences here since all of us are learning Photography...
All images posted here are (C)2009-2011 Sohfian Mohamed Kamari unless otherwise stated.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Limited Edition Leica M7

It will cost you £8,550. Thats SGD 19,585!!!! I could buy a whole new Nikon D700 and a couple of whip ass lens with that kind of money. Its amazing Leica can create quite a huge price for a compact camera. Well there are those serious camera junkie who are willing to come out with that kind of money. Anyway this is a brand new limited edition Leica M7 in orange and etoupe. But seriously, are you willing to get your hand on this one. I would have put it in a safety box rather than toying it. It has the same specification as the standard M7. Click here to download the specs. For more information, go to Leica .

Sunday, November 15, 2009

New Innovative interchangeable lens by Ricoh

Read in PhotoRadar about this new and innovative camera by Ricoh. The new intercahngeable lens for compact camera...Read the view in Photoradar

Ricoh GXR Interchangeable Unit Camera System

Thursday, November 12, 2009

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Presslite-Make Your Flash Do What You Want It To!

An innovative device that lets to choose the direction and the amount of lite disperse from you flash. Very cool. By just using one flash, it can reflect and redirect multiple lites.

Go to this website where you can actually test different direction of the panels You can actually have countless directions. It will only set you back USD50.

Or go to this website to find out more...

You can get this in Singapore at Cathay Photo for SGD89..

All other tutorial for this Vertex will be in here; More of Vertex.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Nikon D300s better and bigger

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Absolutely love this camera....the different from D3oo...HD movie!!!!!!
Anyway...the price is the same as D300 when releases at SGD2999...Now d300 is at SGD3688. Price in body only
There are few more key difference between them. I sourced out some sites on review of this cameras.. click any of the link

Nikon D3s absolutely wicked!!!!

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Soon to be out in the market...
It keeps getting better and better... More and more of nikon cameras is released this and I wonder whether to get sucked in and buy a new camera...Anyway This D3s is wicked....Cant wait to see what it has to offer...the specs is massive!!!!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

D700 vs D300. An ultimate choice to upgrade after D50

With new Canon EOS50D and the Ultimate 5D mark II in the market, a lot of people like to compare them with Nikon D300 and D700 respectively. Since I am a Nikon user, I do my best noy\t to switch system since its gonna cost me a bomb. Anyway I am looking forward to change a new camera though. My Nikon D50 is dying soon. Its time for me to retire it cos since 2005, I have taken more than 40,000 clicks. Although its not much compare to a professional usage, I got to say my camera starts to make that strange noise ever time I took a shot. Now the plan is December 2009. I got a choice of D300 or D700 (due to my range of lens). I am using those old lens and some of it cant be use with the lower range probably including the D90 and D5000. Anyway my budget is about 3k. So..... going thru the specs review in I got to say D700 is very tempting. But the only thing is that it uses FX format (full-frame). I can't afford its compatible lenses. Next I look at the D300 which are more popular ones. Like I say, I look at the specs and sees no diff among the two. Accept for the sensors. You can look at the specs here,1187-59711d5d33

Anyway, D300 is much more cheaper and an ideal way to upgrade from my D50. Besides after that I can tell the missus to upgrade some more.hehehe

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Open Source software that helps photographer

Getting started in photography is not simply just buy a camera and click away. Of course if you just want to do it for archiving fond memories will be just fine. When we buy a new digital camera, it is normal that the company brand give a free software that will help you in basic editing like framing, crop, resizing and simple tweaks of the images. But if you are really passionate in photography and are very progressive then the only thing that will hinder your progress is having very good advance software that can produce high quality post editing such as from leveling to cloning. This will set you back from a couple of hundreds to thousand of dollars. Softwares like Nik Sharpener, Noise Ninja, Aperture, Adobe Creative Suite, CaptureNX and other licensed plugins. Though this software are very very good, they can actually durnt your pockets. Myself too needed something cheap or free to enjoy this benefits to upgrade your photography skills. For me open sourced software is the way to go. I enjoy using most of this 'free' software as even to got all these professional benefit can really cos a 'bomb'. Though they are not as very good as the licensed software, they can still provide excellent result

Currently, most of my work is done by using this few inages.

Check my images at sofimages blog at or go to my stock portfolio at All my images here are using open sourced software. Of course once I have enough of capital, I will definitely upgrade.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Sigma APO 200-500mm F2.8/400-1000mm EX DG lens

Please do tell me, has anyone really seen someone carrying this 'HULK' or actually own one? Really.... please tell me. Although I have read the specs last year and the lens has been release since Jan 2008, till now I am still amazed with it. It come with an extension for 400-1000mm and the speed is tremendous at F2.8. This is not something you want to get stop by the cop or homeland security. With a whopping USD38,000, I wouldn't be letting anyone touch it not even cop. That might be a ticket for you the police station. If you tell the cops that this is a lens, he might be laughing at for a full minutes and then see the true picture. Amazing...! Anyway, It is good to see that Sigma launch this lens but got to say, why the color?
If you really need to know more about this 'HULK' well I have gathered some info on the web with regards to this lens. Most of the porting is a bit old but I bet not many of us knew this lens.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G

Yes its not new. Release on March this year. But I kind of miss a couple of months researching the webs  on Nikon. My first word after seeing this lens is "Finally!! Its about time a prime DX lens". And its affordable too. USD199. Anyway with great specs especially with its speed, I guess this will be a 'hot cake'. Wait a minute..........
I check at amazon....:( it is currently out of stock....Ok, I gonna get one of this. wonder is there any  user who post their image using this lens... Will update you guys. For spec and functions click the link below

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Nikon D5000

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Yes! Its out. The new Nikon D5000 with the latest live view which allows you to take at 450 deg angle. It come with D movie at 12 megapixel. I first saw it the newspaper. Its loud. Its bold. Just wonderful from Nikon to come it with this camera especially during this economic downturn. Price wise is abot SGD1299. Which is considerably cheap. I bought my D50 at SGD1450 and the features to compare between D5000, is a milestone...... Just can't wait to hear the reviews. Still I am looking forward to the next after D300. You can check the official specs at

Friday, May 8, 2009

Hi all,
Its been a while since I post at this blog. Been quite busy at work and doing Stock photography lately. If you want to see what I have been doin lately, go here

Check out this blog packing ur camera for travelling.. I didnt know that this way of packing is VERY important.. A must to check.

How to Travel With Cameras

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tip to protect your lens while on outfield

It's always frustrating when you go on a shooting trip and your camera lens failed you. It is also important that when you return home to do a bit of cleaning of your equipments before you store them. As for me I had to learn the hard way by having one of my lens spoilt. My kit lens 18-55mm started to malfunction a day before my honeymoon trip!! It was my darkest day of my photography life. I was resorted to bring my 50mm and my 50-200mm. Another lens has a spec of dust stuck in the lens. And the dust is really big with no way I can take it out without a professional technician.

The good thing is that buying magazines monthly helps you to learn more about cameras. The bad thing is that not putting into practise of what you learn. I go thru both........Sadly I am unable to use my kit lens anymore.

Tip No 1.
Remember to switch to manual focus for your lens or camera(if they have any) before putting them into your bag. That was exactly what happen to my lens. My lens' rotary hook(I don't know what's the technical term is) to move my focusing snapped when I try to quickly take out the camera out of the bag!!!! The lens totally burst.. I can't even manual focus cos it will just mve by itself. And that feels sucks since I only have three lens. I face a difficult task of unable to take any wide angle shot.

Tip No 2.
Try to protect the lens by using a filter. Normally you use a skylight or a U.V. filter as it doesn't change the quality of your image. And usually this filter are quite cheap. I got one from Tokina at SGD17 for a 67mm. The filter will helps to protect your lens from dust or moist touching your lens. At least when you accidently scratched the glass when whipping the dust or any moist off. In worst senario, a very small flying stone hit your lens as it helps to prevent hitting directly to your glass lens. Besides changing a filter is far more cheaper than getting a new lens. Especially if you don't earn that much for a living.

Tip No 3
Its always good to clean you lens and the rest of you equipment after a shooting trip as this will help maintain the condition of your equipments. Use a micro fibre cloth or pre-moistened cloth to clean your equipments. A great tip I learn is that especially when you take sunset(by the sea) or sea sports is that micro salt will start to develop at ur equipment after while by the sea. This is very critical as it is difficult to clean it when it start to crystallise on your lens glass. It is also be dangerous with its start to go thru all the small corners of your equipments. Don't say I didnt warn you as it happens to my lens and luckily I got my filter to protect it. Imagine if you put your camera in your drybox without cleaning it, the salt crystal starts to hardened. You got to go to a professional to clean it. And if you are in doubt, send it for servicing. It is still be cheaper.

So thats the few tips that I have learn, and will share with you more once I find more info.
Thanks for reading. Enjoy shooting

Thursday, February 5, 2009

My Nikon D50

Although it is longer in production or probably at most of your camera store, I will just write about Nikon D50 since I am using it right now. Next investment will be Nikon D300 or maybe...D700x(probably if I am that good photographer)

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This is the first post for this blog and of course making the grand entrance is my very first digital Nikon D50. Bought it in 2005 with only the knowledge of using auto function in any type of cameras. Like most people, I bought this camera out of the brand and because it was the cheapest among the Nikon and Canon. Reason I choose either this two brand when i bought D50 is, to be honest, I only knew these two brands in term of high quality image it produce and No. 1 choice for most professional photographer. Don't get me wrong, there are many others that are also very good such as Leica, Sony Alpha, Hassleblad, Pentax, Olympus etc... But like I say I have zero knowledge in camera.
Anyway, I learn to use this camera by spending hours in the bus travelling thru and flow to work reading the manuals. Trust me, It is really IMPORTANT that you read the manual. If you don't understand some of the technical terms in it, go to the web and find out more. there is no point buying expensive camera and not knowing or using every single specs of the camera. Nikon D50 cost me SGD$1450. Thats really expensive. For me and maybe some of you guys. Trying all the functions such as Aperture Priority, Full Manual or Program will also help you understand more on your camera and improve your photography technique. No harm trying, its digital!!!! You can delete unwanted images you preview without coming out a single cents. So its free trial and error. For a solid one year, I bought at least two to three magazines a month to read and learn techniques and compositions. And this cost money...hmmm....well it's ok since I gain a lot of info and advices from their editors and even professional photographers.

Nikon D50 has already stop production and being replaced by its successor which is Nikon D40x and D60. They are a fantastic camera with better quality functions and give much much quality images compare to my Nikon D50. You see Nikon D50 is only 6 megapixel (will post about it in the near future) compare to D40x and D60 both using 10 megapixel which massive I mean in term of the size you want your image to be. Both successor lowest ISO is ISO100 compre to D50 which is ISO 200. Will post about ISO in another post. To make things simple about ISO is that the smaller the ISO is the less grainy(noise) your image will be. Nikon D50 images taken with ISO200 will show quite a lot of noise even with a good lighting. As a microstock photographer too, a lot of my images are being rejected due to unacceptable amount of noise level. The built in white balance in D50 is fixed, so you can adjust the level compare to the rest of Nikon cameras.

Alright before you guys start condemning me especially those D50 users, let me just say the good part of this camera COMPARE to D40 and D60. One thing I am happy about D50 is its versatilty. You see D40x(also the early version D40) and D60 can only use DX lens or lenses that has its own AF/Manual(motor drive) switch. So you need to use all those latest version of Nikon lenses or any other brand that has its own motor drive. A friend of mind borrowed my Tokina 124 for awhile and he was left with dissappointment cos he can only engage the lens in manual focusing. And most of the DX lens.... well they are a bit more expensive.

Ok below are some related links that you can click on

Nikon D50 users images posted on Flickr

Technical Specs of Nikon D50,D40,D40x and D60 in one go

Nikon Camera

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