Archive | April 2010

Fujifilm FinePix HS10 firmware upgrade available

[written and complied by KopiOkaya]

Fujifilm has announced and introduced the latest firmware upgrade for the Fujifilm FinePix HS10 camera.

Click HERE to download

Details of the update

The firmware update Version 1.01 incorporates the following item.

It corrects the problems below:

1. Some distorted images with pin-cushion type can be captured at AE bracketing mode

2. Sometimes unclear details in images

3. In RAW + JPEG mode, JPEG images are sharper

4. Soft image or not smooth enough color gradation in D-range 200, 400% than in 100%

Fujifilm FinePix HS10 impressions

[written by Lee Hin Mun, complied by Bluffname and edited by KopiOkaya]

My friend Lee Hin Mun bought the Fujifilm FinePix HS10 on the first day of its launch in Singapore. He owns a Canon system, with 5D Mk II and 50D plus full range of lenses. He also had a Fujifilm FinePix S100FS, which he has since given away now that he has the HS10.

I should add that Hin Mun is a highly-seasoned and accomplished photographer who has been taking photos for nearly 50 years and has won many competitions and awards (including last year’s Sun Festival Photo Contest).

And he being a (mainly) Canon user, I thought it would be interesting to seek his views as someone who is not biased towards Fujifilm products. I asked Hin Mun to share his impressions of the Fujifilm HS10 and he has kindly obliged:

GENERAL REMARKS
The much touted Fujifilm FinePix HS10! I think it is a breakthrough especially in Prosumer context, for those who just want a do-all unit and do not wish to be tied down by compact-camera limitations and burdened by DSLRs in size/weight, components and costs. But take note that it is not recommended for action and other faster-paced shoots (see WEAKNESSES below). In other words great for general purposes. For travel definitely. And for me a very nice back-up especially when I do not wish or need to carry the Canons.

As I have had it only for a while and tested it not more than several occasions (I use my Canons of course for serious stuff), I can only offer impressions (and observations). And I should rightly compare it to Fujifilm’s other (good) FinePix camera S100FS (28-400mm) in comments:

STRENGTHS

  • No doubt 24-720mm! quality/sharpness seems great enough throughout range. Focus easier and faster with Macro and Super-Macro (S100FS has limitations at certain longer-zoom spots).
  • Really compact and good to hold for its capabilities. Convenient auto eye-sensitive LCD-to-eye-view-finder switchover (can be set for manual button-switchover too). Larger 3″ crisp LCD screen for easy view/focus.
  • RAF (Fujifilm RAW), JPEG and RAF+JPEG options (S100FS only RAF or JPEG, a limitation for my use).
  • Single or consecutive shooting (settable 7 max. RAF or (I think JPEG) 10 shots/sec).
  • Acceptable noise up to ISO 1,600 due to Sony’s BSI (Back Side Illuminated) CMOS sensor (I feel S100FS already too noisy at ISO 800).
  • Like S100FS it has built-in flash and hotshoe (external flash). Uses 4 AA batteries (advantage debatable but certainly convenient in finding outside replacements). S100FS has own special battery.
  • Better manual focus function.
  • Movable LCD screen.
  • Price at SGD$720 (from Cathay Photo) is great! Need a 58mm (multi-coated) UV filter though.

(Editor’s remark: both Alan Photo and MS Color selling it for SGD$680)

WEAKNESSES

  • Unlike DSLRs, post-shoot recovery times are slow (especially RAF+JPEG). Need to wait longer for image saving before shooting again. Worse if set for consecutive shooting, up to quite a no. of seconds. Similarly S100FS. So not for serious action, journalism, dynamic arts performance, etc, attempts. I believe that is why each time after consecutive shooting camera returns to single-shot default (set again for further consecutive shooting if required). I think single-shot approach is OK if you are patient and discreet in fishing out certain views.
  • Whilst auto eye-switchover (see STRENGTHS above) is convenient, I think view-finder is too small for comfort and clarity, especially for seasoned DSLR users. S100FS is better and much like DSLRs. This is an important consideration although I also think one could get used to it.
  • No lens hood supplied, unlike S100FS, but I guess for the range it would be difficult to have a one-size-fits-all hood! Anyway without lens hood it is more compact and I think in most situations it is not needed.
  • Battery consumption is high I think so 2 or more sets of batteries are recommended. S100FS should be better though not as good as my Canons (5DMII and 50D) which can do a lot more!

(Editor’s remark: comparing power drainage performance of AA batteries with Li-ion batteries is unequal. It is advisable to  use high performance rechargeable AA Ni-Mh batteries such as Maha PowerEx)

  • Inconvenient when an image is deleted for display returns to very first image (I have not tried to find out if settable to return to previous image).
  • Better and faster Fujifilm editing software supplied with camera. Unlike S100FS, thin basic operation manual only and no hard copy of owner manual (need to access on line via software options).
  • Auto power turnoff (after 2 minutes standard but no auto return to on, like S100FS), so need to turn power switch off and on again.

SAMPLE IMAGES

Click images to enlarge.
Touch

[photo: Lee Hin Mun] Fujifilm FinePix HS10

Array

[photo: Lee Hin Mun] Fujifilm FinePix HS10

City Square

[photo: Lee Hin Mun] Fujifilm FinePix HS10

Harmony

[photo: Lee Hin Mun] Fujifilm FinePix HS10

Liberating

[photo: Lee Hin Mun] Fujifilm FinePix HS10

Misty

[photo: Lee Hin Mun] Fujifilm FinePix HS10

Prime

[photo: Lee Hin Mun] Fujifilm FinePix HS10

Tender

[photo: Lee Hin Mun] Fujifilm FinePix HS10

Sacred F.U.N. at Esplanade

[written & complied by KopiOkaya]

Esplanade presents A Tapestry of Sacred Music – the diverse sounds, colors and moods of sacred music from around the world over 3 days from 23 to 25 April 2010. An adventurous exploration through continents and cultures. A journey through histories and hearts. Experience the different, intimate forms of sacred music which has the ability to awaken our thoughts and emotions at once intuitive and obscure, disquieting yet remarkably, deeply comforting to our souls. In love with life, in quest of peace.

Click image to enlarge.

Samulnori by Noreum Machi (Korea)

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm Finepix F200EXR

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm Finepix F200EXR

[photo: Excelglsi] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

[photo: Excelglsi] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

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Qasidah by Maadihul Mustafa Ensemble (Singapore)

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

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Nama Sankirttan (Sunset Sojourn) by Sri Gaura Saraswathi Society (Singapore)

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

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Sacred Sounds of Japan by Fuku No Ne Ensemble (Japan)

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm Finepix F200EXR

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm Finepix F200EXR

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

[photo: Excelglsi] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

[photo: Excelglsi] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

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[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm Finepix S5 Pro

An Invitation to Photography Exhibition by Mitsuo Suzuki & Robert Adachi

[This information was provided by George Low, manager of Photographic Society of Singapore (PSS)]

There will be a photo exhibition by Mitsuo Suzuki & Robert Adachi from 10 May to 16 May 2010. It will be held at the Loke Wan Tho Gallery, 3rd level, Selegie Arts Centre.

PSS would like to invite F.U.N. members to join us on 10 May 2010 at 7.30 pm, as both photographers will be giving a talk about their photographs.

Admission is FREE, so please encourage your members to come down to have a look at their photo exhibition, it starts from 11 May to 16 May 2010 (from 11 am to 9.30 pm).

We hope that as many members as possible will take this rare opportunity to  experience directly the wonderful work of these two renowned photographers by attending the exhibition and the talk.

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Mitsuo Suzuki

[photo: PSS.org]

Mitsuo Suzuki during his studies as an artist painting in oils, was strongly influenced and impressed by the works of the Dutch Masters such as Vermeer and Rembrandt. He was awarded a degree from Tokyo Visual Arts in 1986 and then, following an introduction into the world of photography, he gained experience by working in a variety of photographic studios and agencies.

In 1995 he became an independent commercial photographer, specialising in still life and studies of the human form and in 2000, he began to pursue fine art photography.

His work has been exhibited in many galleries around the world, including Tokyo, Washington DC, and Berlin.

You can find more information about his work HERE.
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Robert Adachi

[photo: PSS.org]

Robert Adachi was born in 1969 in Japan, he graduated from Tokyo’s Sophia University with a bachelor’s degree in International Legal Studies. His skills in photography were self taught.

His main focus is in black and white gelatine-silver fine art photography. However, he is also involved in editorial, portrait and commercial photography.

He has received many awards in fine art at both national and international levels and was Ozark Artist of the Year in 1987, USA.

Adachi is also a composer of music whose work has been the subject of many live performances and recordings.

You can find more information about his work HERE.

FinePix REAL 3D System and FinePix HS10 win the TIPA Awards 2010

[compiled by KopiOkaya]

FUJIFILM Corporation is delighted to announce that the FinePix REAL 3D System and FinePix HS10 have been selected for the prestigious Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) Awards of the Year 2010 in the following categories:

[photo: Fujifilm]

1. Best Imaging Innovation – FinePix REAL 3D System

TIPA provided the following commendation:
Fujifilm’s 3D technology offers an uncomplicated way for consumers to create and perceive 3D images and movies. Advanced 3D digital shooting is as easy as 2D photography with the FinePix REAL 3D W1 camera. The camera’s display allows immediate displaying of the 3D visual captures. The additional Fujifilm 3D photo display frame is an option to show the images outside of the camera in a larger size. Finally 3D prints can be produced for which Fujifilm has succeeded in the precision lamination of high-resolution, low-halation prints with lenticular sheets that create the 3D effect.

[photo: Fujifilm]

2. Best Superzoom Camera – FinePix HS10

The following statement from TIPA explains the reasons for the award:
Serious photographers wanting the versatility and performance of an SLR system without the bulk or expense, now have the perfect solution in the shape of the Fujifilm FinePix HS10. The FinePix HS10 offers an extensive feature set that combines a powerful 24 – 720mm (30x) zoom lens with sophisticated photographic controls, advanced functionality and SLR-like handling and excellent image quality in a single compact, affordable unit.

An inspiring afternoon with Mr. David Tay

[written by KopiOkaya]

[photo: KopiOkaya]

Nearly 2 hours and over 250 images later, F.U.N. members were both spurred and impressed by the commentary from Mr. David Tay, President of Photographic Society of Singapore (PSS), on 17th April 2010 during a walkabout at the 5th Ngee Ann Photography Exhibition. Along with Mr. George Low, manager of PSS, Mr. Tay meticulously explained and drew attention to the strengths and weaknesses of each picture. Guiding our members to view the pictures differently and how they could be improved or enhanced. He presented his opinions and perspectives to members in a very light-hearted and delectable way. His words are both enlightening and stimulating to the learning minds.

During Q and A session, Mr. Tay shared his wealth of experiences with members on how he judges various photo competitions. He highlighted some of the criteria judges are looking for. How are points awarded and how the final winner is determined.  These are valuable information for our members.

According to member Yingbin1005, who was accompanied by her husband (Jeretto) and infant son, “I am just super impressed and very motivated by him. I really find most of the photos very, very good but somehow after Mr.Tay commented on it then I start to realize their differences.”

You can read about this outing at PSS website HERE.

There is an ongoing discussion about the sharing session in SgShoot forum HERE.

URA Fireworks and Carnival at Double Helix Bridge

[This information was provided by George Low, manager of Photographic Society of Singapore (PSS)]

Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) is officially launching the Double Helix Bridge near the Marina Bay Floating Platform this coming Saturday, 24th April 2010 at 8.00 pm with a 2 minutes firework display.

I have reserved 5 VIP passes for F.U.N. members to give them limited access to several selected locations (will be informed later) to photograph the fireworks.

There will be a carnival style parade on the Double Helix Bridge between 4 pm to 6 pm on the Sunday, thus if your members are interested, they can join along with PSS members.

Interested members please email your name and contact number to FUJIFILMFUN@GMAIL.COM.