F.U.N. Awards 2010

[written by KopiOkaya and Bluffname, compiled by KopiOkaya]

{Trumpet fanfare}

Ladies and gentlemen… Fujifilm FinePix Users Network is proud to present the winners of F.U.N. Awards 2010. The candidates were handpicked and scrutinized before we declared them winners.

And here they are…

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F.U.N. Ambassador of the Year

* Andikong *

[photo: Andikong] Fujifilm FinePix S200EXR

No F.U.N. member deserve this title more than Andikong. To date, Andikong has recommended Fujifilm FinePix products to at least 6 people (not counting those I wasn’t told). One of them is Yingbin1005. He even presented a FinePix compact camera to a friend’s daughter as birthday gift.

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F.U.N. Camera of the Year

* Fujifilm FinePix F31fd and F30 *

[photo:KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Madmacs has the F30 for a while. Selim has the F31fd for many year. TheChef used to own two F30s and two F31fds, but he eventually sold both the F30s and a F31fd in 2009. Recently, he bought back a F30. Excelglsi used to have two F31fds but sold one to Bluffname for $100. Therefore, Bluffname now owns a F31fd. KopiOkaya has the F31fd which he bought from Steven Lee of Camera Hospital. Amberture has a F31fd. After so many of us raved about the F31fd, Yingbin1005 bought one too. Andikong bought a F31fd shortly after his F200EXR suffered LCD damage. Sgsoonhoe bought the F30 to replace his aging F70EXR. These dinosaurs are coming back to rule the F.U.N. world.

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F.U.N. Lens of the Year

* “The Super Poison Lens” – Nikkor AF-D 80-400mm f4.5-5.6D ED VR *

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Second Wind was first to buy this “Super Poison Lens” in 2010, followed almost immediately by KopiOKaya who traded in almost his entire lens collection for this. Then TheChef bought, then I bought it from SecondWind (who bought a bigger, tua leng kong* lens for birding) and finally Excelglsi bought. So four FUNnees now own this lens, while at least three others – Sgsoonhoe, SELim and Amberture, own its smaller brother, the 70-300VR, also bought last year. I should claim credit, however, for discovering the toxic nature of this lens when I started renting it to shoot concerts towards end-2009. The long reach of the lens is great for concert shots and, when things go right, image quality is superb.

[*means enormous and long in Chinese Hokkien language]

Sure, it does not focus as quickly as the “lightning” f2.8 70-200 VR. But TheChef, who also owns this more costly lens, has practically kept it in cold storage since acquiring the 80-400 poison. Plus, the “smaller hole” of the 80-400 actually makes photos more “mysterious” with a darker background and the subject more suitably isolated.

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F.U.N. Camera Equipment Buyer of the Year – Fujifilm Category

* TheChef *

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

In June, TheChef bought the FinePix S100FS as a gift for his professor father-in-law. Few weeks before Christmas, he bought a FinePix F30 because he missed the “F30-look” after selling two F30s away in 2009. Two weeks ago, he bought the FinePix S3 Pro to add to his “old toy” collection.

Beside FinePix cameras, TheChef also bought several very poisonous lenses last year. They are a rare white Nikkor 70-200 f2.8G ED AF-S VR (version 1), a “Super Poison Lens” Nikkor 80-400 f4.5-5.6D ED AF-D VR (which was influenced by Bluffname and KopiOkaya), a DC-Nikkor 105mm f2D AF-D and a similar DC-Nikkor 135mm f2D AF-D. A few days ago, he bought a Nikon SB-80DX Speedlight specially for the S3 Pro’s D-TTL system.

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F.U.N. Camera Equipment Buyer of the Year – Hampalang* Category

[* means all or everything]

* Amberture *

[photo: Amberture] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

After knowing Amberture for more than a year, I realize nobody love cameras more than Amberture – both digital (including Apple iPhones) and film. He bought so many cameras within a year until I lost count of them.

Let me begin with his “toasting” (the word is actually “tossing”) cameras both the FinePix F11 and the Yashica EZ F521 (a.k.a. digital Holga). After we raved about the FinePix F31fd, he bought one too. Later last year, Amberture got bitten by film bug and bought several Olympus Trip 35 compact film cameras. He then jumped into film SLR and bought a Nikon FM2 and a Nikon FE2, together with a MD-12 motor drive. Initially, he wanted to buy a used Nikon FM3A but found the prices too high.

Not an active lens buyer, Amberture bought a Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR from Malaysia earlier last year so that he could join F.U.N. shoots at Esplanade.

Besides real cameras, Amberture is also an iLomo fanatic (Lomography using Apple iPhone). The launch of iPhone 4 in 2010 spelled good news for Amberture. Upon its official launch, he rushed to the store and bought one immediately.

Amberture is indeed the F.U.N. Hampalang Camera Equipment Buyer of 2010.

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F.U.N. Camera Equipment Seller of the Year – Fujifilm Category

* Salnts *

[photo: Salnts] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Like TheChef said: “BSBS” or “Buy sell, buy sell”, Salnts fits into this category perfectly. After owning the FinePix S5 Pro for about 2 years, he finally sold it in June.

No longer a university student, Salnts has been working very hard on weekends and even public holidays. Thinking he less time to shoot, he planned to take up some “mini” photo projects during his off days. Thus, he bought a Fuji GW690III medium format film camera. However, long working hour took its toll on him. Poor Salnts had no choice but to sell the professional camera two months later.

Before that, Salnts also had a couple of Fuji Natura Classica and Fuji Klasse which he bought and sold earlier in 2010. In addition, there were several other brands of camera such as the Ricoh GR Digital, Olympus EP-1, Konica Hexar, Rolleiflex 3.5E, Seagull 4A and a couple of Micro-110 rangefinder cameras which he bought and sold within months.

No FUNnees sold more cameras this year than Salnts, our F.U.N. Camera Equipment Seller of 2010.

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F.U.N. Camera Equipment Seller of the Year – Hampalang Category

* KopiOkaya *

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Now is my turn to write something about… myself and why am I the Hampalang F.U.N. Camera Equipment Seller of the Year.

Last year was indeed a “SSS” or “sell sell sell” period for me. Mainly lenses. Recalling back to 1st January 2010, I had 8 lenses in my dry cabinet. Today, I have only 3. I sold the Nikkor 18-70mm f3.5-4.5G ED AF-S DX, Carl Zeiss 50mm f2 Makro-Planar T* ZF and Voigtlander SL 90mm f3.5 APO Lanthar earlier last year. I sold the Nikkor 50mm f1.4D AF-D, Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR and Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 AT-X DX subsequently. What is left now are Nikkor 28-105mm f3.5-4.5D AF-D and Nikkor 17-55mm f2.8G ED AF-S DX. With the money I recuperated from lens sales, I bought the “Super Poison” Nikkor AF-D 80-400mm f4.5-5.6D ED VR for S$1,600.

One of the many reasons I sold some of my lenses is that I found myself unable to cope with manual focusing due to failing eyesight. Furthermore, there were a few lenses which I hardly use and they were taking up too much space. But the main reason was I needed cash to buy the Super Poison Lens.

Today, I am very happy with just 3 lenses. I have come to the mindset not to tie up my funds in camera equipment, keeping some essential and spare gear around but renting everything else I need.

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F.U.N. Camera Equipment Retailer of the Year

* SLR Revolution *

[photo: KopiOkaya] Fujifilm FinePix F31fd

Many photographers in Singapore don’t consider SLR Revolution to be “the place” to shop for their camera equipment and accessories. During the past 2 years, I have seen SLR Revolution grew from a very small shop located at the 5th floor of Funan IT Mall (across Alpha-numeric John) into one of the largest photography shop there. They moved down to 4th floor and gained 4 times retail space within a year!

More important to us is service. Both Ray and Hanwei provide excellent customer service. Many F.U.N. members consider SLR Revolution the cheapest place to buy OEM batteries for our FinePix cameras. Since the shop doesn’t stock these batteries in large quantity, they are often sold out. But with Ray’s help, F.U.N. members are able to check, order and reserve any battery and collect it at their own convenience.

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F.U.N. Family of the Year

* Jeretto, Yingbin1005 and Ernest *

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix S100FS

This family is often seen participating in various activities together, not just F.U.N. photo outings. At first, Jeretto is a FinePix user. He eventually persuaded (with some help from Andikong) his wife Yingbin1005 to take up photography and join our F.U.N. outings. Yingbin1005 is hooked onto photography ever since.

As for Ernest, he is probably the most obedient child we have seen. He is quiet and hardly throw tantrums. With such supportive husband and son, our Young Aunty Master is able to focus on improving her photography skills.

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F.U.N. Quote of the Year

* ~ hampalang lollo lollo hampalang hampalang lollo hampalang lollo lollo hampalang hampalang lollo ~ by Yingbin1005 *

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Hmmmmm…. what Yingbin1005 and I sms’ing about? Can Yingbin1005 remember??? I cannot, but somehow the word AUM came up and I mentioned that it is a powerful chant, the one more commonly spelled OM. And then I said “lollo” (means don’t know) also can be used as a chant and that, in fact, “hampalang” (means everything) can be used as a chant.

Next thing happened. Yingbin1005 texted back: ~ hampalang lollo lollo hampalang hampalang lollo hampalang lollo lollo hampalang hampalang lollo ~

It actually has a nice metre and sounds rather poetic. Great piece of creative writing. This confirms my feeling that those who say their “England is not so powderful” – like Yingbin1005, Excelglsi, Sgsoonhoe and others – are actually creative and capable of writing well.

I asked Yingbin1005 to use this as a quote in her signature and I also did. This sparked a new trend of quoting each other, instead of some “great” people, in our signatures.

Meanwhile, those with high blood pressure and other health challenges are recommended to meditate and chant ~ hampalang lollo lollo hampalang hampalang lollo hampalang lollo lollo hampalang hampalang lollo ~ for 20 minutes each time, twice a day, every day. I believe sure can get well. If cannot, sorry ah, I hampalang lollo!

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F.U.N. Word of the Year

* “ARGHK” coined by Second Wind *

[photo: Second Wind]

Second Wind (after his first F.U.N. shoot with a few of us at Jurong Bird Park) originally used this as the Hokkien word for “duck”, a sub-species of jiao (means bird).

There was a bit of initial discussion about the correct spelling for “ARGHK” but the word became an instant hit – because of its great versatility and wide applications. More than just a duck, “ARGHK” has become a substitute word for “Hello”, “Hi”, “Good morning”, “Hey”, “Ah”, “Argh”, “WAH”, “Wow”. “Whoa”, “la” and hampalang other expressions.

It can also be written in various ways, with as many A’s, R’s, G’s, H’s and K’s as one desires. TheChef probably holds the record for using the most letters in ARGGGHHHHHHHKKKKKK… or something like that.

Finally, ARGHK has spawned a whole series of new words, including:

ARGHT = art

ARGHKstract = abstract

ARGHKitecture = Architecture

But if you don’t ARGHKgree that this is such a great word, you can go over to the other forum to ARGHKgue!

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Most Accomplished F.U.N. Member of the Year

* Excelglsi *

[photo: Excelglsi]

Who else among us has achieved fame more than Excelglsi in 2010? Many photographers dream of having their photographs featured in a world renown magazine. However, it was no dream for Excelglsi. His photo titled “ANTi” appeared in the June 2010 issue of National Geographic. It is an honorable pleasure indeed to have such a fine photographer among us.

Excelglsi also participated in Mediacorp Star Search 2010 top 20 contestants photo shoot. His pictures were displayed during the event’s road shows and promotions. They were also published in MediaCorp 8 Days and i- Weekly magazines.

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Most Active F.U.N. Member of the Year

* Yingbin1005 *

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Who else has the ability to accumulate 2,200 posts within 10 months? During the peak period of August and September, Yingbin1005 posted more than 500 comments on Sgshoot within 3 weeks. Very few forumers can match her enthusiasm and volume.

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Most Adventurous F.U.N. Member of the Year

* Excelglsi *

[photo: Excelglsi]

Excelglsi can be seen anywhere in Singapore from Tuas to Pasir Ris. From Punggol Park to Labrador Park. This adventurous photographer does not restrict himself to a single subject or theme. Instead, his subjects are as broad as his style. From black-and-white to infrared. From spiders to XMMs*.

[* means Xiao Mei Mei or sweet young girls in Mandarin]

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Most Communicative F.U.N. Member of the Year

* Amberture *

[photo: Amberture] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

I often told Bluffname F.U.N. without Amberture is no fun. Amberture’s presence is cross boundaries. He is able to break the ice between two strangers with ease. He is the kind of person whom you can talk about anything and everything. An ideal photo kaki* and outing companion.

[* means buddy in Malay]

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Most Creative F.U.N. Member of the Year

* Sgsoonhoe *

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

There is always something new and interesting we can learn from the Shoot Through Master. Both Bluffname and I have learned quite a lot from him during our frequent outings last year. Furthermore, Sgsoonhoe doesn’t mind sharing his new discoveries with everybody. His creativity comes from his keen observation, quick thinking, open-mindedness and his willingness to explore new concepts and techniques.

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Most Improved F.U.N. Member of the Year

* TheChef *

[photo: TheChef] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

TheChef has been taking pictures long before he joined F.U.N. If I remember correctly, he said he used to shoot film but it took him a while to switch to digital. He was shooting casually with Nikon and Canon digital compacts until he discovered FinePix cameras.

When TheChef met the FUNnees during our Thaipusam outing in January 2010, he thought we looked serious and stern. In his mind, he felt we were no fun at all. But he was wrong… Bluffname accepted him into the Shaolin School of Shooting. TheChef went through the school’s rigorous training and many many ‘koks” later, he became one of the most outstanding disciples which eventually earned him the title “Kim Kim Master” within just 5 months.

In October 2010, TheChef participated in Mediacorp Star Search 2010 contestants photo shoot with the latest FinePix Real 3D W3 camera. His 3D pictures were displayed at the event’s road shows in Orchard Central shopping centre.

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Most Influential F.U.N. Member of the Year

* Bluffname *

[photo: Bluffname] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

I have known Bluffname personally for more than 3 years (time flies…). I knew him from the other forum. He had a question about his FinePix S5 Pro and I was able answer it.

After hanging out with Bluffname for some time, I must say he changed the way I view my subjects. You see, I was hardly a telephoto person. The longest lens I had was a 200mm. After shooting with Bluffname for more than a year, I traded-in my 200mm for a 300mm. Today, I shoot with a 400mm and it is also my walkaround lens.

Bluffname joined F.U.N. in May 2009. Since then, many F.U.N. members had been influenced by his “uptight” style. To name a few – TheChef, Yingbin1005, Sgsoonhoe, Amberture and lately, Excleglsi, who claimed to shoot only with wide angle and prime lenses. In fact, some of F.U.N. members’ works look very much similar to Bluffname’s. As FUNnees progress, Bluffname must push himself to “think out of the box” and be different from the rest. He is now adopting a “down loose” approach to his photography.

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Most Innovative F.U.N. Member of the Year

* Excelglsi *

[photo: Excelglsi]

Sometimes known as Mr. DIY, Excelglsi’s photography accessories are as innovative as Gary Fong’s Lightsphere or Ron Henry’s R-Strap. Not only did he make his own set of diffusers specially for macro photography, he also built an external battery pack for his flash.

Among Excelglsi’s other innovations – an utility waist bag that rivals ThinkTank’s Pro Speed Belt modular system and a custom-built bare bulb flash system for specially for bird photography.

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Most Resourceful F.U.N. Member of the Year – Equipment “Lobang*” Category

[* means good find or good deal in Malay]

* Excelglsi *

[photo: Excelglsi]

Being innovative also means that person must be resourceful as well. Excleglsi is the living example of “all good things must wait”. He recently won a bid for the Nikkor AF-D 80-400mm f4.5-5.6D ED VR for just S$1,400. This lens usually goes for around S$1,800. Instead of buying it from an used camera store, he choose to wait and pounce on any good deal that comes along.

Not long ago, he picked up a slightly flawed FinePix F31fd for $100 but eventually sold it to Bluffname at cost price. Among some of the good “lobang”, a used silver Nikon D50 DSLR for S$250 and a used FinePix F70EXR for S$100.

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Most Resourceful F.U.N. Member of the Year – Programming and Event Category

* Sgsoonhoe *

[photo: Sgsoonhoe] Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Sgsoonhoe is probably the most informative F.U.N. member of all. He never fails to provide F.U.N. organizers with the latest news and information, as well as programme schedules and event updates. He is also known as our Information Resource Almighty Shifu or IRAS.

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Most Memorable F.U.N. Picture of the Year

* “Terok telor” by Yingbin1005 *

Voted by F.U.N. members, “Terok telor” by Yingbin1005 is 2010 most memorable picture.

[photo: Yingbin1005] Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

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st Accomplished F.U.N. Member of the Year* Excelglsi *Who else among us has achieved fame more than Excelglsi in 2010? Many photographers dream of having their photographs featured in a world renown magazine. However, it was no dream for Excelglsi. His photo titled “ANTi” appeared in the June 2010 issue of National Geographic. It is an honorable pleasure indeed to have such a fine photographer among us.Excelglsi also participated in Mediacorp Star Search 2010 top 20 contestants photo shoot. His pictures were displayed during the event’s road shows and promotions. They were also published in MediaCorp 8 Days and i- Weekly magazines.  ———- Most Active F.U.N. Member of the Year * Yingbin1005 * Who else has the ability to accumulate 2,200 posts within 10 months? During the peak period of August and September, Yingbin1005 posted more than 500 comments on Sgshoot within 3 weeks. Very few forumers can match her enthusiasm and volume. ———- Most Adventurous F.U.N. Member of the Year * Excelglsi * Excelglsi can be seen anywhere in Singapore from Tuas to Pasir Ris. From Punggol Park to Labrador Park. This adventurous photographer does not restrict himself to a single subject or theme. Instead, his subjects are as broad as his style. From black-and-white to infrared. From spiders to XMMs. ———- Most Communicative F.U.N. Member of the Year * Amberture * I often told Bluffname F.U.N. without Amberture is no fun. Amberture’s presence is cross boundaries. He is able to break the ice between two strangers with ease. He is the kind of person whom you can talk about anything and everything. An ideal photo kaki and outing companion. ———- Most Creative F.U.N. Member of the Year * Sgsoonhoe * There is always something new and interesting we can learn from the Shoot Through Master. Both Bluffname and I have learned quite a lot from him during our frequent outings last year. Furthermore, Sgsoonhoe doesn’t mind sharing his new discoveries with everybody. His creativity comes from his keen observation, quick thinking, open-mindedness and his willingness to explore new concepts and techniques. ———- Most Diarrhoetic F.U.N. Member of the Year * TheChef * The year 2010 marked an epoch of loose bowel and runny motion. You see, many FUNees were having Delhi belly due to the sudden increase in appetite for Super Poison lenses. With such deadly cravings, FUNees must detoxify to stay alive. In comparison, nobody experienced frequent runs more than TheChef. Due to his enormous appetite for very poisonous lenses, such as the Nikkor 70-200 f2.8G ED AF-S VR (version 1), Nikkor 80-400 f4.5-5.6D ED AF-D VR, DC-Nikkor 105mm f2D AF-D and DC-Nikkor 135mm f2D AF-D, plus a weak stomach for kim kim pictures. Worse still, TheChef suffers allergic reactions to Cosplay and XMM TFCD. These shoots will definitely trigger uncontrollable backdoor trots around Sgshoot and the other forum. TheChef’s unloading could lasts 3 to 4 posts. Once discharged, we would hear a sigh of relieve from him – ARGGGHHHHHHHKKKKKK… or something like that. To curb the passing situation, Bluffname suggested we “must think out of the jamban (meaning “toilet” in Malay)” before our restroom union imposes ERP (Electronic Restroom Pricing) on every entry into a public toilet during rush hour. ———- Most Improved F.U.N. Member of the Year * TheChef * TheChef has been taking pictures long before he joined F.U.N. If I remember correctly, he said he used to shoot film but it took him a while to switch to digital. He was shooting casually with Nikon and Canon digital compacts until he discovered FinePix cameras. When TheChef met the FUNees during our Thaipusam outing in January 2010, he thought we looked serious and stern. In his mind, he felt we were no fun at all. But he was wrong… Bluffname accepted him into the Shaolin School of Shooting. TheChef went through the school’s rigorous training and many many ‘koks” later, he became one of the most outstanding disciples which eventually earned him the title “Kim Kim Master” within just 5 months. In October 2010, TheChef participated in Mediacorp Star Search 2010 contestants photo shoot with the latest FinePix Real 3D W3 camera. His 3D pictures were displayed at the event’s road shows in Orchard Central shopping centre. ———- Most Influential F.U.N. Member of the Year * Bluffname * I have known Bluffname personally for more than 3 years (time flies…). I knew him from the other forum. He had a question about his FinePix S5 Pro and I was able answer it. After hanging out with Bluffname for some time, I must say he changed the way I view my subjects. You see, I was hardly a telephoto person. The longest lens I had was a 200mm. After shooting with Bluffname for more than a year, I traded-in my 200mm for a 300mm. Today, I shoot with a 400mm and it is also my walkaround lens. Bluffname joined F.U.N. in May 2009. Since then, many F.U.N. members had been influenced by his “uptight” style. To name a few – TheChef, Yingbin1005, Sgsoonhoe, Amberture and lately, Excleglsi, who claimed to shoot only with wide angle and prime lenses. In fact, some of F.U.N. members’ works look very much similar to Bluffname’s. As FUNees progress, Bluffname must push himself to “think out of the box” and be different from the rest. He is now adopting a “down loose” approach to his photography. ———- Most Innovative F.U.N. Member of the Year * Excelglsi * Sometimes known as Mr. DIY, Excelglsi’s photography accessories are as innovative as Gary Fong’s Lightsphere or Ron Henry’s R-Strap. Not only did he make his own set of diffusers specially for macro photography, he also built an external battery pack for his flash. Among Excelglsi’s other innovations – an utility waist bag that rivals ThinkTank’s Pro Speed Belt modular system. ———- Most Resourceful F.U.N. Member of the Year – Equipment “Lobang” Category * Excelglsi * Being innovative also means that person must be resourceful as well. Excleglsi is the living example of “all good things must wait”. He recently won a bid for the Nikkor AF-D 80-400mm f4.5-5.6D ED VR for just S$1,400. This lens usually goes for around S$1,800. Instead of buying it from an used camera store, he choose to wait and pounce on any good deal that comes along. Not long ago, he picked up a slightly flawed FinePix F31fd for $100 but eventually sold it to Bluffname at cost price. Among some of the good “lobang”, a used silver Nikon D50 DSLR for S$250 and a used FinePix F70EXR for S$100. ———- Most Resourceful F.U.N. Member of the Year – Programming and Event Category * Sgsoonhoe * Sgsoonhoe is probably the most informative F.U.N. member of all. He never fails to provide F.U.N. organizers with the latest news and information, as well as programme schedules and event updates. He is also known as our Information Resource Almighty Shifu or IRAS. ———- Most Memorable F.U.N. Picture of the Year * “Terok telor” by Yingbin1005 * Voted by F.U.N. members, “Terok telor” by Yingbin1005 is 2010 most memorable picture. ———-

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