The Complete Pentax Lens Abbreviations

PENTAX, THE LOST GRANDFATHER Pentax has a long history, a history even longer than Canon. Strangely though, as prominent as Pentax may be, it was never more popular than Canon or Nikon. Long story short, Pentax is related to “everything optics”. Pentax started from producing spectacle lens, to optical instruments for the military, scopes, binoculars, cameras, and even medical equipment. Pentax has been like sort of a lost grandfather over the years, being moved from company to company. Somehow, it has survived despite being a Frankenstein of many companies. The movements, however has put…

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The Complete Sigma Lens Abbreviations

SIGMA IS JAPANESE I have done a lens abbreviation guide and sort of history for Nikon and Canon. So now, I figured to do a similar guide for the third party lens. This guide is all about Sigma, which has so far produced lens for Nikon, Canon, Sony and Pentax mounts. Please don’t be confused, Sigma is a Japanese company founded in 1961… and not a western based company. With over 50 years of history, Sigma is definitely not some cheap company producing crappy lens. In fact, they have some excellent lens, priced at…

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The Complete Tamron Lens Abbreviations

SOLVING THE TAMRON MYSTERY Tamron, yet another great third party lens maker full of mysterious marking and codes. Fear not, this Tamron lens abbreviations and acronyms guide will help you understand their geek language.     RANGE Digitally Integrated (Di) : Range of lens made for the digital full frame cameras, which can be mounted on the crop (APS-C) sensor cameras as well. Digitally Integrated II (Di-II) : Range of lens for crop sensor cameras. Digitally Integrated III (Di-III) : Lens built for the mirrorless (crop / micro four-thirds) cameras. Super Performance…

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The Complete Tokina Lens Abbreviations

KENKO VS TOKINA Established since the 1950s, Tokina is yet another old name in the third party lens world. Not to be confused, Kenko uses Tokina as the “brand name for producing lens”. So Kenko filters and Tokina lens, they are quite literally the same company. Tokina does not have a long list of abbreviations, but still has some very decent lens. Either way, here we go.     DESIGNATION FX : This lens is built for full frame cameras. DX : This lens is built for crop sensor cameras. AT-X : Advanced Technology Extra,…

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A Guide to Photography Lens Filters and The Cheap Fantastics

INTRODUCTION WELCOME TO A GUIDE ON PHOTOGRAPHY LENS FILTERS This is where I will introduce some fantastic cheap photography lens filters that I have used before (physical ones that is). These are the filters that I think every photographer should have. Add some spice to your photography without burning a hole in the wallet. Why not? But to make this guide more “newbie friendly”, I have to include some explanations on basic things about lens filters. So if you are already an advanced photo ninja, you might want to skip over a few…

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Basic Photography Terms : The Ultimate Cheat Sheet

INTRODUCTION DECODING THE BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY TERMS Welcome to my long list of photography related terms. So people these days pick up a new camera, and goes “everything is auto these days”. Piece of cake. Then, they start messing around the camera… only to see alien language and technology. Hory shet. What are all these photography terms, and what is this “AV”, “M”, “ISO”, “EV”? Read the manual? Nobody ain’t got time for that. Fear not, I have compiled a list of common photography terms. In simple layman terms as possible, minus the long tutorials… Since many…

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Singapore Cosplay, Anime and Game Events 2018

  Q1 Harajuku Fashion Walk Singapore Note : Unconfirmed event Note : This is a fashion walk, please do not attend in cosplay! Time : ? Venue : Merlion Park? Admission : Free? Q1 Cosfest Sea : Beyond the Great Horizons Note : Unconfirmed event Time : ? Venue : ? Admission : ? Q2 Harajuku Fashion Walk Singapore Note : Unconfirmed event Note : This is a fashion walk, please do not attend in cosplay! Time : ? Venue : Merlion Park? Admission : Free? Q2 Doujin Market Note : Unconfirmed event Time : ? Venue : ? Admission : ? Q2 Cosfest Note : Unconfirmed event Time : ?…

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The Complete Sony Lens Abbreviations

THE DARK HORSE Sony is one of the younger player when it comes to making cameras. But interestingly, Sony is not a new player in the photography world. For those who are a little more geeky, you should know well that Sony has a history of making camera sensors for other companies… until they decided to grab a piece of the camera market for themselves. For newbies who just had their feet wet in the camera world, Sony lens can be rather confusing. Most of the Sony lens are manufactured by Carl Zeiss. But…

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Singapore NDP Fireworks 2017 – The Best Places and Timing

INTRODUCTION SINGAPORE NDP FIREWORKS 2017 Hello and welcome to my guide on the best places to shoot NDP fireworks in 2017! For you visitors to Singapore, every year on the Aug 9, we celebrate our independence day, and shoot some very grand fireworks. But unknown to most people, we also have rehearsals 1-2 months before the big day – You don’t really have to fight with a big crowd to catch the good stuff. So thus the purpose of this guide, to share some information on the scheduled dates, and…

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The Complete Nikon Lens Abbreviations Glossary

DECODING THE NIKON-NIKKOR CODE I bet you have seen these “strange markings” all over Nikon lens… but what the heck do they mean? This Nikon lens abbreviations and acronyms glossary will help you to decode the Nikon code, and a short history lesson so you can better understand these lens. Also for those who are a little newer to Nikon, their lens are branded “Nikkor”. No need to be confused, it’s just part of history. Nikon originally only wanted their best lens to carry the “Nikkor” name. But now, all their lens are “Nikkor” nonetheless.…

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