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Ok, I think I’ll be blogging alot and telling everyone stories about how I really feel on this new system. Heck, I am still excited getting acquainted with the d700. I’m still going through the thick manual reading its function 1 by 1. Looking for a function in a nikon d700 is like going into amazon jungle, you’ll have high chances of getting lost. It took me like 2 minutes to look through the menu to find the freaking auto ISO sensitivity option and turn it off. But I suppose its just a matter of getting use to it.
I find canon’s big dial is more fun to play with.
Yesterday, i fooled around with a 20mm lens shooting night scene handheld outside my apartment. Now i’m not gonna be comparing d700 ISO performance with 50D’s ISO performance, its just a different league, maybe someday i can borrow a d300 or a 5Dii and write to you about it’s ISO performance. I took the shots below at f4 at 1/30s shutter speed. Its noise performance is amazing. Check it out. erm, white balance for both shots is different, i was too excited shooting the 6400, i forget to set it back to the standard white balance.

ISO6400!!
ISO6400
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ISO3200~~~
iso3200
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However, i was a little curious about the noise performance of in camera jpeg and post processed raw file jpeg.
So here is what i managed to fool around with.

This is direct from Camera at ISO6400
iso6400
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While this is RAW file conversion
iso6400 raw
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and here are iso 12800 and 25600 jpeg direct from camera

ISO12800
iso12800
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ISO25600
iso25600
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my next post, AF~~~ stay tuned. 😉

  • January 8, 2009 - 9:12 pm

    Seng Ming - I LOVE it! The noise level is amazingly low.

  • January 8, 2009 - 9:23 pm

    jrhew - life is great!

  • January 8, 2009 - 9:41 pm

    Joe Chiang - stop poisoning me please .. i almost want to sell all my equipment and buy D700 di 🙂

  • January 9, 2009 - 8:23 am

    Teck Siong - I was a bit worry that most of the noise reduction capability came from the post process algorithm in the camera. But looking at ur RAW conversion, it seems like the sensor native noise capability is already amazing (what iso was that btw?). Good choice, my fren!

  • January 9, 2009 - 9:24 am

    jrhew - @teck siong: enam ribu empat ratus

  • January 9, 2009 - 7:05 pm

    wanching - @Joe: why wait, life is short to wait. Just Do It!

  • January 9, 2009 - 7:13 pm

    Gie - This is COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL….
    Victor.. u did it.. u successfully poisoned another 2 guys.. haha…

  • January 9, 2009 - 7:16 pm

    Gie - Yo… Lets go outing…

  • January 9, 2009 - 8:25 pm

    tcsee - Amazing ISO performance. D700 ISO6400 noise cleanliness is matching the D90 ISO1600…. nice!!

    Joe, sell me your lens!! 😉

  • January 9, 2009 - 9:22 pm

    jrhew - hmmm…..no antidote for this poison.

Andrew and Eelin were married on a lovely december sunday morning. I started the day early in the morning at 7am travelling down to bukit tambun penang. Despite the early wake, i was extremely excited to shoot Andrew and Eelin’s big day. Both Andrew and Eelin were introduced to me through JAC photography, I had a little partnership with Christopher from JAC to shoot Andrew and Eelin’s wedding dinner reception at EQ hotel and with me covering the rest of their wedding day event.

Andrew and Eelin were easy going, shooting their wedding day had really been exciting for me. Though their wedding were pretty simple, it is still filled with lots of fun and laughter, watching the heng dais getting through the obstacles setup with the ji muis has never fail to add to the joy and laughter for the day giving me lots of chances to capture these wonderful moments.

Anyway, I wish both of them happy together and thanks to Chris for introducing this lovely couple. Not to forget wan ching for her great work and support for the day.

Here are a few shots of the day. 🙂

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Eelin and jimui.
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andrewneelin

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Eelin were pretty shy on this shot, but it turned out really great!
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andrewneelin

the duck walk
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andrewneelin

andrewneelin

andrewneelin

andrewneelin

andrewneelin

i love the expression on her in this shot.
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andrewneelin

and finally
andrewneelin

more to come with dinner reception photos. 🙂

After a looong thought and much hesitation, I’ve finally decided to move to canon’s arch-enemy, nikon systems, as a start for this new year.  So I gathered all my courage  and ordered a nikon Full frame D700, as i knew my next camera has to be a full frame. But unfortunately, I’ve been waiting for the 5D replacement a year ago and was very excited over canon’s announcement over 2008 photokina. However, the 5DII’s spec is very much a disappointment for me. 21 mpx? I’m not sure if canon did any market survey on how many people needs a 21 mpx camera, definitely not me, so I would only use its sRAW which is 10mpx, still enough for my wedding work and landscape as I do not do large printing. The 3 year old autofocus? The ancient 9 plus 6 invisible autofocus point dated back in 1st generation 5D days, in which performance is crappier than a 50D? How is 5DII gonna compete in the coming 3 years until its replacement comes by? On top of that, I have to put up with possible chances of banding problems in sRAW mode, the mode in which i’ll be using and black dots all over my images on blown out highlights. The only thing I see fancy is the ISO performance which is pretty similar to D700, other than that, I don’t see a point on spending that much money on such a camera. hmm… in fact, I don’t understand why 5DII is even out of stock everywhere. So, how about the old 5D? The price for the old 5D is still RM7k, and a D700 costs only RM7.5k. For 500 extra, I get to upgrade to a newer system.

Those of you who knows me will know how much a big fan I am of canon, I’ve owned a few canon lens and body. I started from the very old 350D, up to a 30D, and 50D with a few nice L lenses and wide angles. Not a huge investment compared to those with 300mm f2.8L or big white sticks, but I suppose I do have put in quite a large amount to my gears.

My D700 came yesterday, I took the camera out from its box, my first thought was, will I ever be able to manage so many buttons? Nikon cameras has buttons all over the place, where as a Canon 50D looks like it has 2X less than it. Of course, Nikon doesnt have the big dial like canon, damn i’m gonna miss that big dial. After a few shots and manual readings, I find these buttons are great! They are like shortcuts for autofocus modes, I can flip between these modes in a flash without looking into the mini LCD, press the AF button and guess which dial should I dial to swap modes(sometimes i just forgets which dial i need to use to change modes on a 50D after you select the function change)

So far, the d700 has been performing extremely well on every shot I take. All I can say is its really putting my canon to shame. Every feature, every function nikon puts in their camera has a photographer’s thought in it. For example, the eyepiece shutter. Yes, Nikon has an EYEPIECE SHUTTER!! As for the canon, you have to MANUALLY remove the eyepiece, and try very hard  to cover the viewfinder with a piece of crappy rubber which comes along in the strap. What is that ancient manual crap? and maybe most of the canon users do not know what the hell is that rubber stucked in the strap if they do not read the manual.

So far, I’m still going through the manual for my D700, its like a dictionary, I suppose the size of manual comes in proportion to the number of buttons you have on camera, the manual is 2X thicker than the 50D. Will post more of my thoughts of Nikon camera from a Canon user point of view in my next blog. Stay tune.

The really thick nikon manual

 

My D700

   

  • January 4, 2009 - 7:59 pm

    Teck Siong - I hope u don’t get beaten by the Canon guys… after they read ur post… LOL!!

  • January 4, 2009 - 9:18 pm

    jrhew - heh, these postings are purely base on a my point of view from a canon user’s perspective without any bias. 😀
    canon has really been stingy in the tech they have got for the 1D and had forgotten the lower classes.
    Despite the pricey 5Dii with crappy features, 5Dii is still the cheapest above 20mpx camera in direct competition with A900, D3x and canon’s very own 1Ds.

  • January 4, 2009 - 10:46 pm

    Joe Chiang - Welcome to Nikon World 🙂 Sure you won’t regret 🙂

  • January 4, 2009 - 11:08 pm

    Gie - cool.. i am also change my status to nikonian… :p
    welcome to N world…

  • January 4, 2009 - 11:23 pm

    penguinz - OMG, I can’t believe you left your Canonian world… hahaha… jeeze the manual is indeed a bible

  • January 4, 2009 - 11:55 pm

    jrhew - not yet left canon world. will still be using it as second cam.

  • January 5, 2009 - 11:31 pm

    tc - silent reader here (secret admirer too…admiring your photos la 😉 haha… Can’t wait to see the D700 sample shots from you.

    Let us know your shopping target of your first Nikon zoom lens… or you target only the three Prime? (35mm, 50mm and 85mm)

  • January 6, 2009 - 11:45 am

    Seng Ming - See what happens when you embrace the dark side =) great writeup!

  • January 7, 2009 - 5:20 pm

    jrhew - @tc : i think i’ll stick to primes, they are much lighter. i find d700 very heavy.

    @sengming : the dark side is good. 😀

  • January 8, 2009 - 10:44 am

    Seng Ming - @victor wanching just told me that you should change girls like you change cameras too =)

  • January 8, 2009 - 2:21 pm

    yellow fruit - waaa..so u got a new wife.i really really dun mind taking your ex.gimme!

  • January 8, 2009 - 5:29 pm

    wanching - @SM: I was saying you change gals like how V changes cameras…you made me say this one huh…dont blame me…haha…i never wish V change gal at all, just wished him change camera and he did..haha…

  • January 8, 2009 - 5:33 pm

    wanching - @Yellow fruit:you want me?

  • March 15, 2009 - 12:21 am

    Jose Lim - Hi I did the exact same thing… sold all my beloved Canon 5D and 40D and my collection of lens and jump in to the Nikon world… No regrets I love it but I’m just broke right now hahahahaha 😉

  • November 25, 2010 - 1:22 pm

    Alexandre - Hi,

    I respect your choice, but…

    I’m also a pro photographer…

    I hesitate longly between the D700 and the 5D Mark II…

    And i choosed the D Mark II…

    My main photography is landscape and travel photography, but i also do wedding photography in Penang, Malaysia.

    I didn’t choose Canon for the movie features, as i’m not a movie producer, and i don’t know anything about movies, even if i try from time to time, and, even if the “building quality” of the Canon is not “that” good, but enough for a pro, i choosed the Canon…

    And i’m happy with it, the Canon 5D Mark II produces high quality photos, and now, when i search on the web, i’m very surprised that some serious photography websites don’t dare to compare the Canon 5D Mark II with the D700, because the quality of the photos are too different, but with the … Nikon 3Dx :p
    It shows that the 5D Mark II, notwithstanding of its “building quality” problems, is one of the BEST camera of the moment in term of price and quality of the photos for professionals…
    I really love the photos it gives to me, in any condition of light, even the most difficult, in RAW or JPG.
    Nikon should seriously consider to upgrade is D700 if they want to be competitive with Canon…
    Just my 2 cents… After being a professional photographer for more than 20 years…

    All my best wishes to you 🙂

    Alex 🙂

  • November 29, 2010 - 9:58 pm

    Victor - Hi Alex,
    Thanks for you kind input. 🙂 Yes, definitely, when it comes to mpx resolution, the d700 definitely aren’t anywhere near Canon. For me, 12 mpx is pretty much sufficient for most of my work, as I do not do any huge prints more than A1 size. Saving up lots of memory space as well especially in an event coverage.
    Apart from that, its been 2 years i moved to nikon, and I love nikon colors. Its just works for me.
    i guess there is a camera for everyone. 🙂

    regards,
    Victor

  • February 16, 2014 - 2:01 pm

    Khalil - what color profile you use for camera D700, I still find the color profile settings for my D700. nikon color you are very beautiful

    Pls help me sir..TQ

2 more days till 2009. I started looking back at what I’ve achieved throughout 2008.
This year has been a really exciting year for me, I had been shooting quite a number of exciting weddings in Penang and KL, from using trishaw to pick up bride to church weddings. I am glad I have the honor to be their main photographers on their very special day.
Besides wedding, I’m being hooked up with a few kids portrait shooting in which I too had a really great time getting to know little kiddos. Shooting kids photography is quite a challenging task, especially those who are running high on sugar. Much trial and errors were done. Luckily it didn’t take long for me to get a good shot for their kid, thank them for their patience 🙂
On top of that, been to semporna, Sabah. I had some learning this year in travel photography with Mr Pang Piow Kan. Mr Pang has been a great teacher to me sharing his experience in travel photography. Semporna photos hasn’t been published here. But I intend to do so someday. hey! i’ve already drafted the blog, i just havent publish it. 😛

Anyway, 2009 is almost here. I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy new Year and not to forget Merry Christmas. Eventhough its 3 days late. better said than never. 🙂

  • January 14, 2009 - 4:20 am

    "the trishaw bride" - Hi! I’m just dropping by to see how you’re doing. Still enjoying the wedding pictures you took for us back in June, wished you had your Nikon sooner though! :p Just kidding, we enjoyed your work with your Canon too! Wanna wish you & wanching a great, prosperous 2009 ahead! 🙂 Will be checking in from time to time to see your new VP work with the new gear…by the way, good job with the engagement pictures – very natural! 🙂

  • January 14, 2009 - 10:15 am

    Victor - whahaha….trishaw bride. i know who you are. 🙂
    Hope you have a great year ahead.

  • January 20, 2009 - 1:19 pm

    wanchingquah - Hi, beautiful trishaw bride, nice to see you here!
    Glad that you really like V’s work. Your photos are awesome too! I seldom see bride on trishaw, you are one of lucky ones!:-)
    haha…fast fast have baby, then we use Nikon to shoot your pregnancy pics and bb pics and family pics…:-P
    Do wish you a happy and prosperous year too! Do send my regards to the trishaw groom…

Finally, i managed to dig up some time to write a blog entry about this really interesting couple i had the honors to shoot their special day. They had the day planned out well. In the morning, Colin brought 10 “heng dais” while May’s ji mui count was 10 too. The tests for the groom always fills the day with laughters. Colin and “heng dai”s are sporting and down to earth, going through every tests the ji muis laid out for them.
One of the few most looked forward event of the day was the church wedding, in which i had always wanted to shoot a church wedding. Church weddings are pretty interesting, i prefer to shoot it with another partner to cover at different angle, lucky i had an assistant for the day for more coverage at different angle. 😉
Anyways, i enjoyed the church wedding shooting very much. Colin and May had gave me a great opportunity for that. 🙂
Thanks C&M! I wish you both happy marriage. lets go for more hokkien mee when i go KL for a visit. 😉

Last but not least, not to forget my assistant for the day wan ching, thanks for the extra coverage and…. great work. 😉

Here are some shots for the day. More to be added real soon.

Morning
morning

morning

morning

morning

colin doing his “pole” dancing
morning

Not to forget, the church
Start of with some “taste”, i love this shot for its simplicity
church

church

church

church

Classic black and white
church

Colin n heng dais, i called it “the mafias”
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and lastly, not to forget, May and ji muis
church

  • September 30, 2008 - 4:15 pm

    Colin - thank you for shooting us and made it memorable. we’ll look forward to your next trip when you get here. =)

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