Kataaro deluxe brushed cotton black belt

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong
Kataaro deluxe brushed cotton black belt label, May 2022, Perth

In many Asian martial art systems, particularly those from the easternmost countries, a belt forms part of the uniform worn during training. Often, the colour of the belt denotes the rank the wearer holds within that system, with rank generally reflecting technical proficiency or expertise. The founder of Judo, Jigoro Kano, introduced this practice to… Continue reading Kataaro deluxe brushed cotton black belt

Nikon cash back offers from December 2018

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong

Nikon appears to be offering cash back on various pieces of photographic equipment through December 2018 and January 2019. As of this afternoon, bonuses range from $100 to $350 back for selected DSLR bodies and from $50 to $500 back for selected lenses. Camera Electronic has released a list with the items available from them,… Continue reading Nikon cash back offers from December 2018

Nikon Z announced

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong

Nikon recently announced its new Z system, a high-end consumer mirrorless camera system. I haven’t read through any of the many on-line commentaries in depth, but I’ll comment on a few things in the announcement that stood out in my mind. The Z system is a “full-frame, Nikon FX format” system, so it will have… Continue reading Nikon Z announced

Nikon D850 viewfinder

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong

A week ago, Nikon announced its new D850 camera body. I haven’t taken a look at the technical specifications or studied any commentaries in detail yet, but initially there seemed to be little that was exciting about this new camera. Of course, it has a better, higher-resolution sensor than its predecessor (the Nikon D810) and… Continue reading Nikon D850 viewfinder

Nikon D7500

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Last month, Nikon introduced its new mid-range D7500 camera body. This is the latest in the line that extends back to the Nikon D70. The D7500 uses the same sensor as the more expensive D500. Viewfinder coverage: approx. 100% of image frame (0.63x magnification relative to full frame). Autofocus (AF) points: 51 (15 cross type). Base sensitivity range: ISO… Continue reading Nikon D7500

Nikon double cash back offers in April 2017

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong

Camera Electronic is currently advertising double cash back offers on selected Nikon bodies, lenses, and kits. Some of these are not particularly good value, in my view—for example, the latest Nikkor 70–200 mm f/2.8 zoom lens still costs more than $3,000 after cash back. Most of the offers seem reasonable, if you have had some specific… Continue reading Nikon double cash back offers in April 2017

February 2017 action

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong

First Tae Kwon Do held a special grading examination in Perth recently, with one candidate undergoing the test for 1st Dan black belt. Following a rigorous programme of breaking, sparring, patterns, and self-defence techniques, she was promoted by Master Vernon Low. For the photographs above, I shot with my Nikon D700 and Nikkor 70–200 mm f/2.8… Continue reading February 2017 action

Strategies for buying new cameras

Published on Author Yean Wei Ong

Mike Johnston (The Online Photographer) recently wrote about strategies for buying new cameras—which is certainly not a new topic. If we consider cameras (and lenses) as tools for doing a job, then I think it comes down to a straightforward cost-benefit analysis: what benefits do you expect to reap by going with a particular choice of… Continue reading Strategies for buying new cameras