The New Nikon Z50

My first hand-on impressions

Nikon Z50 + 105mm f/2.8
  1. The size: It’s the smallest of Nikon Z mirrorless body. Small & Light but still hold comfortably in one hand. My wrist doesn’t feel the strained even holding & shooting in one hand paired with the kit lens without having a camera strap attached. 
  2. The sensor: The APS-C sensor probably won’t bother the new user who upgrade from beginner dslr or phone camera. But I like to have my ultra-wide lens so I have to use the FTZ to shoot with my other ultra-wide lens & also other lenses like the S series lenses.
  3. Image quality: The 20.2MP sensor produced images that’s generally excellent with good realistic colour tone. While I usually shoot in Raw, the Z50 jpegs is very usable without post processing.
  4. Video: I am a newbie for video and I find it quite easy to set up for video recording and the result is pretty good. I use ‘recording’ instead of shooting as I set up the tripod and let the Z50 runs as soon as I see fireworks lighted up the sky. Ok I guess this is not a fair review for video. But it’s easy just like using my mobile phone to record.

What I like most:

Nikon Z50 + 16-50mm
  1. The large LCD is great & the touch screen is responsive. For once I use the LCD entirely instead of the viewfinder.
  2. I am a bad selfie shooter but I like that the LCD can flip so you can see yourself when you want to do selfie. But I use it to shoot sometime else. The image of hanging coils of incense that’s almost reaching the ground making it impossible for me to do an upward shot of it from low angle. By flipping the LCD in reverse, I can see how Is my composition before I release the shutter with a tap on the touch screen.

What’s the drawback?

  1. With just the kit lens 16-50 & the 50-250mm zoom, there is a limitation to your range of shots. With the maximum aperture of f/3.5 you will not going to get that dreamy bokeh shot, which will affect the new user. The existing Nikon users can use the FTZ adapter or the S series of lenses. 

Welcoming the Rat for 2020

 

Z50-0095RCelebrating the 2020 Lunar New Year of The Rat.

On the eve of the new lunar year, people flock to the temple at night. Preferable to  be at the temple before or by 12 mid night so you can be the first person to light the josh stick and pray for the best for the new year. The 2 oldest temples in KL Chinatown are the most popular as people started arriving after their reunion dinner. (more…)

The World’s highest railway

The Qinghai-Tibet railway or Qingzang railway is an alternative to flying in-out  of Lhasa. My first 2 trips to Tibet was from Nepal, crossing the Nepa-China border at Zhangmu located in Nyalam County. The road condition here is pretty bad and during bad weather it’s a nightmare travelling thru this section but thing has changed after the recent earthquakes and it has not been use by tourist since then. Continue reading “The World’s highest railway”

Spending a night at one of the world’s highest point

Everest rising above the rest of the peaks on a clear day.

After a long journey of bumpy and muddy road from Namtso Lake we arrived late in the afternoon into Shigatse, where we spend the night before heading to Everest the next morning. The problem travelling in Tibet even we already had a Tibet entry permit, there are many check points and we still need to apply another permit to enter into the Oomolangma (Everest) National Nature Reserved. The hassle of getting this permit in Shigatse is that we lost precious hours waiting for this to process especially if there are many tour groups. Continue reading “Spending a night at one of the world’s highest point”

Macro

Is a small small world

close up of white pheony flower
close up of white pheony flower

Macro photography is a genre of photography that you’ll either love it or will give up totally after your initial try. This is photography that requires a huge dose of patience and probably a strong pair of legs. I remember I was really amazed with photos of insect with extreme close-up revealing details that I’ve never seen before and wonder how it’s possible to capture those minute details and colours that’s not visible to our naked eyes. Off course shooting extreme close-up of insect is not everyone cup of tea but there are more to this as I have friends who have shot beautiful macro shots that defies your imaginations.

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Nine Emperor God festival

九皇爺 or Kow Wong Yeh (in cantonese)

Chinese opera performer putting on make up
Chinese opera performer putting on make up

The Nine Emperor God festival is a nine-day Taoist celebration starting from the 1st day of the 9th lunar month. At the Nine Emperor God temple in Ampang, Selangor it is always a huge celebration where thousands of devotees goes to pray for blessings and to give thanks giving. Devotees observe a vegetarian meals even before the start of the festival. Devotees will be dressed in white will be at the temple, praying, lighting up huge incense and candles. Throughout the nine-day festival the temple ground will take on a carnival-light atmosphere. Many people will go to pray and seek divine guidance.  Traders cash in to the occasion setting up stall selling anything from vegetarian food and drinks and toys. (more…)

The wild Himalayan Cherry Blossom

The Wild Sakura of Thailand

Sakura flower at Hmong Village, Chiang MaiMy first trip to see the Northern Thailand’s wild Himalayan Cherry Blossom was in end Dec 2011 but it turned out to be too early. After a long and winding road trip up to Kun Chang Kiean, we arrived at a small village park and all we saw was one tree with Sakura flowers. The whole mountain was still vivid green without a trace of pinkish flower. Continue reading “The wild Himalayan Cherry Blossom”

Chinese New Year

The year of the Goat

Guandi Temple, ChinatownThe Chinese New Year or Lunar New year is the most important of festival for the Chinese people all over the world. Most Chinese will make an effort to be back home with their family, to have the traditional Reunion dinner with the entire family. Chinese homes are cleaned and decorated with things that are red, which is considered a auspicious color. But in recent years due to many people having to work far away from their family home, may not be able to go home during this festive period. Over the years, the festive feels of the Chinese New Year has lost some of the traditions… Continue reading “Chinese New Year”

Thaipusam 2015

The Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves

Thaipusam 2015

On 3 Feb 2015, The Malaysian Tamil community celebrated the Hindus festival of Thaipusam. This festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel ” spear’ so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman. Every year Batu Caves will be filled with thousands of devotees, curious tourists and a whole lot of photographers.The atmosphere is one of sights and sounds. Colourful kawadi carry by devotees accompanied by furious beating of the drummer group. together with devotees carrying milk pot over their head amidst the cry of ‘Vel vel’ as they made their way up the 272 steps to the top od Batu Caves where they pay offerings to Lord Murugan.

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Taiwan Leisure Farm

Enjoy tranquil getaways, experience warm hospitality and get pampered with modern comfort

fu wan

Taiwan Leisure Farm is certainly not your typical impression of farm. In fact it’s more like a resort with a history of farming that emphasized on the natural environment and promoting a sustainable and healthy lifestyle. Some of the farms are still operating their core farming business and as such it’s not surprising that the food they serve is usually made up of produce from their farms. Flowers, fruits and herbs are blended into their cuisines, while poultry and fishes come straight from their own farm. Even wild vegetables are frequently served depending on the season. And during fruits harvest season it’s one of the best time to be there to taste the freshest of fruits as you pluck them straight from the trees.

These farms are unique and cater to different concept of farm stay. Depending on their location they offer visitors a choice of luxurious French inspired chateau to those who want to be close to nature camping under the stars. You can choose from simple organic meal to a full-course of fine dining Chinese cuisines. And if you want to pamper yourself further there are also spa village using their own products that are sourced from the farm’s choice of herbs and flowers. And how about dripping the freshly harvest farm honey into your fruits salad as an appetizer or try to concoct your own special blend of herbs and oil.

Whether you are looking for a relax holiday to enjoy nature’s best or set to explore the mountain peaks, check out these highlights of Taiwan Leisure Farm

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