Hi! Everyone of us photographers will always be looking for the best camera backpack that will meet all the requirements during travelling as well as everyday use. I've had quite a few camera backpacks in the past, among others Mindshift Gear Backlight 26L, SONY LCSBP2, SONY LCSBP3, FStop Gear Loka UL (Ultralight), Thinktank Streetwalker Harddrive, Lowepro Fastpack 250 & 350, to name a few...all of which I have sold off to in the search for my perfect and most ideal camera backpack.
The backpack I'm referring to is Manfrotto Pro Light Camera Backpack RedBee-210 for DSLR/Camcorder (Model No.: MB PL-BP-R). Overall outside dimension is 50.8cm x 34.0cm x 24.9cm and the bag weighs relatively light at 1.6kg. inclusive of the adjustable padding.
Generally, I've come to love this bag due to the following reasons:
The only thing that I don't like about the bag is the waist strap is thin and not padded. I would love if the bag comes with the padded waist strap like the one on Mindshift Gear Backlight or the F-Stop Loka Ultralight.
This Manfrotto Pro Light Camera Backpack RedBee-210 retails for RM800, although, if you look around, you can get the same bag for a lot less. Just make sure you buy the bag from a reliable retailer.
Kuala Lumpur was blessed once more with a glorious fiery skies on 30 January 2018. So, I grabbed the opportunity to photograph the Petronas Twin Towers from the Skybar at Traders Hotel. This image was captured with my SONY A7RII and the SONY FE 12-24mm f/4 G (SEL1224G). Blended in Photomatix 6.0.3, post-processed in Adoba Photoshop CC 2018 with Google NikSoftware plugin.
We started out early today for a short 32-km drive to Sungai Congkak Recreational Forest, in Hulu Langat, Selangor. Arrived there by 9:00am and there were only a few visitors around the area. Took the opportunity to shoot the stream before the crowd comes in. Here, I used the SONY A7RII with the SEL1635GM lens and NiSi V5 CPL filter. Here goes...
Earlier today, I accompanied a friend from Penang, Ah Chua to take some Kuala Lumpur skyline during sunset from the Skybar on Level 33, Traders Hotel. Good opportunity for Ah Chua to try out his brand new Nikon D850.
Here, I've got two setups running, one being 2 sets of timelapse on my SONY A6000 + SEL1018 lens. The other setup is my SONY A7RII + SEL1635GM lens. I love the corner-to-corner sharpness and the starburst created by this GM lens and you can still have them at f/8 aperture! The SONY FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM is definitely a must-have lens in a landscape photographers' camera bag. It's a worthy investment.
This image was generated from 9-exposure bracketing, blended in Photomatix 6.0.3 and processed in Adobe Photoshop CC 2018. EXIF: 16mm, f/8, ISO 400. Click on the image for full high resolution on Flickr.
I've also taken the shot of the Petronas Twin Towers using my A7RII + SEL1224G lens. Again, I was astonished to corner-to-corner sharpness of this super wide angle lens. The starburst is not as good as the SEL1635GM.
This image was also generated from 9-exposure bracketing, blended in Photomatix 6.0.3 and processed in Adobe Photoshop CC 2018. EXIF: 12mm, f/8, ISO 400. Click on the image for full high resolution on Flickr.
From the two images, one can see the difference on the lens coverage between 12mm and 16mm lenses.
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Today, I was invited by SONY Malaysia to attend their first FCI on the high performance SONY G Master (GM) lenses. The interview session was carried out at the SONY Center at The Curve, Mutiara Damansara. The 2-hour event was moderated by Mr. Chiou Bing Han, Head of Department - Digital Imaging Dept, Marketing Division of SONY (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, assisted by Ms. Elizabeth Lee. The interview session is a means for SONY Malaysia to gauge the acceptance and comments on their SONY G Master lens lineup. If I'm not mistaken, this is the first time that SONY Malaysia holds this FCI session for their G Master lens line up.
Apart from myself, the other participants to the FCI are Mr. Azman Karib Ibrahim, Mr, Abu Azfar Azriff Reza, Mr. Foo Chee Yeong and Mr. MK (didn't get a chance to get his details). All of us have at least one SONY G Master lens to share our experiences. I've got only one GM lens, in the form of the SEL1635GM. The questionnaires were based in our awareness and understanding on what the SONY G Master lens is, how happy we are with the performance of these G Master lenses, competitors' recognition, pride and experiances of owning one and our feedback on SONY store / online / social media marketing and advertising, as well as SONY customer service & service centers.
When asked what would be my next GM lens, I would have to say it will most probably be the SEL85F14GM.
I would like to commend SONY Malaysia for reaching out to their loyal consumers to know more about the strengths and weaknesses of the G Master lenses. I would like to take this opportunity also to thank SONY Malaysia for giving us the opportunity to share our experiences with the G Master lenses and look forward to possible collaborations with SONY Malaysia in the future.
Today, I was quite lucky to have captured one of the best and dramatic sunset sky over Kuala Lumpur, from the Skybar at Level 33, Traders Hotel here in Kuala Lumpur. Went up quite late because only by 6:30pm, the clouds started to show some colours. So happen that three of my friends (Dr. Ali Shamsul Bahar, Fadzly Zainuddin & Muhammad Faisal Othman) from the For Better Exposure group were there to capture the moment too. I've used the small low profile table tripod, only to be asked by the waiter to be taken down. Managed only to capture 350 images for the timelapse.
This image is part of the time lapse footage, shot using SONY A7RII with the SONY FE 12-24mm F4G lens. The image was processed in Adobe Photoshop CC, with the Google's NifSoftware, Topaz Detail and Athentech's Perfectly Clear plugins.
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Last Sunday, I've spent some sunrise and night time shooting with the SONY FE 12-24mm F4G lens at the intersection of Jalan Ampang and Jalan Yap Kwan Seng in Kuala Lumpur. The distortion is well controlled and sharpness is superb at f/8.
It is with great pleasure to inform that Vedd & I will be conducting the HDR/DRI Workshop in Kuala Lumpur on 27/1/2018 and 28/1/2018. It is open for registration now and seats are limited! Save your seat now!
The venue for the practical photo shoot will be confirmed later to all confirmed participants. Good day!
Tonight, I accompanied my other half to meet her schoolmates at Suria KLCC and while waiting for her, I took out my gear and head to the Symphony Lake for a shot of the fountains, Suria KLCC and the majestic Petronas Twin Towers. This is what I got from the lone outing. This was shot with my SONY A7RII and SONY FE 12-24mm f/4 G lens. That 12mm zero distortion lens is really WIDE!
EXIF: 12mm; f/8; ISO 400; HDR 9 exposures. Please click on the image for full high resolution on Flickr.
And guess what! I bumped into Pete DeMarco and two traveling gentlemen from Melbourne, Australia there! We ended up having a few chats while having dinner there.
Had an unplanned visit to the Bukit Bintang Monorail Station with my buddy Pete DeMarco and Othman Abdullah to shoot some light trails as well as the moving monorail at the intersection of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail. The platform is located below the monorail platform and can be easily accessible to public. Since the place is a bit secluded, perhaps bring along a friend or two when shooting there. You can shoot on a tripod or on a clamp since there are railings there. Go for the railings on the left of the column to prevent some vibrations from the monorail trains passing by.
Images were shot with my SONY A7RII and SONY FE 16-35mm F/2.8 GM lens on a Manfrotto MT055CXPRO4 carbon fibre tripod and FLM-FP32 ballhead.
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Due to the intensity of the lights, constant movement on the roads and sidewalks as well as the monorail that's traveling back and forth, this image has to be blended from multiple images with different exposures and shutter speeds.
I'll be holding and HDR/DRI Workshop with Vedd Edd on 27th & 28th January 2018 (please refer to my blog entry on the workshop for details. Thank you).
This is the photography journey of Nur Ismail Photography where all the experiences from this year onwards will be shared with the audience. Thanks for stopping by! :-)