I first met the Canon EOS M5 in December last year over dinner, and I wasn’t very attracted to it then. But when I got to try it over a few weeks since March this year, I’m getting quite attached to this upgraded model from the EOS M3 I bought some time back. The camera is faster, better and steadier when shooting video. If only it was a full-frame mirrorless, I would have bought it right away. For now, I’m still sitting on the fence and may eventually buy it for work purposes.
Here are some of the reasons why you should consider the EOS M5 as your next camera upgrade, and photos taken with it by me. Disclaimer: I’m not a professional, so don’t expect magazine spread quality shots ok!
Versatile EF-M18-150 IS STM kit lens
The kit sent for my review came with the EF-M18-150 IS STM, the range of this lens is suitable for everyday, anytime, anything also can shoot kinda lens. I could capture the happiness in my girl without getting wet when she was far from the edge of swimming pool. If you zoom into it, you can even see clearly the water droplets around her hair in the shot below. [Click here for the full resolution shot]
The zoom lens, even when zoomed into the maximum, gives me very good control and stability when shooting with a single hand.
Fast and Steady Won My Heart
The Canon PowerShot EOS M5 packs with Dual Pixel CMOS AF gives me very fast autofocusing in every shot, making photographing kids much easier. I can tap anywhere on the touchscreen to pick the focus point with my left finger while framing the shot with the camera on my right hand. There’s no need to wait nor feel that you will miss a shot because autofocusing is really quick on the camera.
Superb Low-Light Shots
You can shoot at up to ISO 25600 on the EOS M5, giving you superb low-light control even without the use of a tripod.
Steady Video without any Gimbal nor Tripod
I love shooting videos with the EOS M5 and the new EF-M18-150 IS STM lens. With the combination of IS (image stabilizer) lens and in-camera stabilisation, shooting movie is very steady even when on the move. I’ve created a reel of randoms shots taken on the move with the EOS M5 and the EF-M18-150 IS STM.
I am going to be more hardworking this year as I embark on my first happy planner project; something I want to do but been lazy to get started. Because we’ve got a new printer in the home and new photo stickers medium by Canon, this is the best time to get started! I stepped into my favorite scrapbooking store and out with happy purchases – Create365 2017 planner, some pretty stickers and new washi tapes. With the other stash I’ve accumulated over the years I was all set and ready to fill up my happy planner.
I know time is limited and I may only have a few hours each month to fill up those pages with memories with my loved ones. So I choose to keep the planner simple, using only photos printed on the new Canon photo stickers, short journaling and little bit of stickers to decorate the page where space allowed.
Photo Stickers Make Things So Easy and Fun
One of the reasons I didn’t start my planner journey before is because I know I will end up with a very thick and bulky journal if I were to print my photos on photo paper and stick them in the planner. When I saw these new photo stickers from Canon for the first time, I knew this is it! I can get my photo memories into journal without adding bulk to it.
These photo stickers are thinner and easy to trim and stick. This makes the whole planner process simpler and mess-free. I create montage of photos over the week into one to two 4R photo sticker, print them with NFC connection from my mobile to my new Canon Pixma TS8070 printer, trim the stickers and stick.
Photos are for Printing
Every year, I can accumulate up to 10,000 photos on my mobile and cameras combined. Only a fraction of these got posted and shared on Instagram or Facebook with family and friends, and some get to see some lights on this blog. More than 90% of these photos are simply stored and backed up in digital form.
My girls, my mum and my grandmother love looking through photos and it is impossible to scroll through the thousands of photos every now and then just to see memories from the past. Print is our way of sharing precious memories among the four generations.
I print highlights of each year into photo books which my girls get to flip through whenever they want to. This year I printed our memories from 2016 onto HD FotoJournals from Canon EShop online. I feel safe leaving these photobooks in the living room for my girls to flip through anytime they want to. Unlike the other photobooks from past few years which were printed on matte/glossy photo paper instead of the High Definition Canon luster paper and mounted together with flatspread binding, making the HD FotoJournals more durable.
Besides photobooks, I also print out photos after each family gathering or celebrations onto photo papers in different sizes. Some framed and hung on our walls, some kept in photo boxes and some gifted to my mother and grandmother for their safekeeping. Everyone is always very happy to receive photo printouts and I simply love seeing them smile. Makes me feel so warm and fuzzy.
Start Sharing Happy Prints
Because I’ve personally witnessed how prints have delighted the little ones and their family, I want to share and spread more happiness. In the month of February, I am embarking on a personal project to spread happy prints. If you would like to receive printouts of your photos, submit your details and mailing address via this form.
Please check “Happy Prints Project (Feb 2017)“.
Enter URL to your online photos within the message section. *Photos must be posted online, either on Instagram, Facebook or photo hosting sites.
Enter a mailing address within the message section.
I will pick 10 families to send happy prints to. Only public viewable photos will be selected for prints. Each family will receive up to 10 photos, printed on Canon photo papers and mailed to you anytime in the month of February.
I hope I’ve managed to inspire you to want to start printing photos too! Let me help get it started, submit your Happy Prints requests to me now!
Crazy times call for crazy retreats, and November is looking fantastic! With a family trip to Hong Kong, and a day of fun with My Little Pony planned, I am ready to capture and preserve our family fun time and memories with my the loaned new toy which I’ve been shooting with for the past 5 to 6 weeks. My first experience with a full frame camera and I do not want to return it!
Time with Family is So Precious
I am a super workaholic, many times I use so much time on work I neglected my family. Guilty every time it happens but I just keep doing it over and over again. This is what happens when you work for yourself, every minute spent on work may potentially give a good return. Whenever I can, I will pull myself away for a day and focus on family. On such days, I spend time holding my kids hands, hugging, laughing and playing together. And I hold the camera more than my mobile phone. Capturing memories with mobile phone is convenient but on days when I am dedicating to my family, I want to have better and higher quality photos so I can print them out as large as I want and flip through the albums 30, 50 years down the road. “Look girl, this was your mother when she was your age. Look like you right?”
The Everyday Life
With the compact size (small considering it’s a Full Frame DSLR), I can fit it into most of my everyday bags. When I’m out for meetings, events or running errands, I can always have the camera with me if I want to. On good days, I get to enjoy the afternoon with high tea and champagne, brainstorming and discussing work stuff with my business partner, or when you chance upon this beautiful floor and just want to take a photo with it. With the EOS 6D, it makes these days look better and so Instagram worthy.
Freezing Fast Moments
I love to take random photos of my girls at play outdoor and indoor. With the girls running around, sliding down and doing all the funny faces so quickly, it is almost impossible to snap a decent shot of them that is sharp and in focused with my mobile phone. With the Canon EOS 6D, I was able to freeze such fast moments and share the quirky and fun moments with my girls. They love looking at these photos I took of them. They do make requests every now and then too. “Mummy can you take photos for me? I want to see.”
Sharper Clearer Better Videos
With two YouTube and video enthusiasts and a geeky Mummy, one of the things we all enjoy doing together is to create videos! When the girls get a new toy, Ayra will request for a video to be shot of her unboxing and playing. Sometimes they will ask me to shoot them creating stories with their toys. If only Mummy has got more time to edit these videos and upload them online! Here’s one of the recent video we shot with the Canon EOS 6D when the girls received their new LEGO Duplo set.
Desire For Better and Newer Camera
I have been sitting on the thought of buying the Canon EOS 6D for a month now, price is reasonable and all, but the little voice inside me is telling me to wait. Hang on for now, cos there may be a better and newer one coming out soon. With rumors going around online of a full frame Canon compact, I am sitting on the fence now waiting to see if this rumor is true. What matters to me are features like the built of the camera (cos I am super rough with my camera lah), speed, sensor and the ability to shoot in super low light situation.
For now, I shall try to hold on to this unit from Canon for as long as I can. Ha!
Disclaimer: The Canon EOS 6D is a borrowed unit from Canon Singapore and I secretly hope they’ll let me keep it for good! I’m really loving it!
When SIL told us she (and her son) successfully balloted for tickets to NDP Preview, we were excited! Finally! We get to watch the parade together and in the SportsHub!!! We had enough tickets to bring in everyone in the family to catch the show, first for our parents, first for our kids. Three generations of us spending our Saturday together to catch the preview of our Nation’s 51st Birthday celebration.
The moment we sat down on the seats, I had my first Awe moment. I am inside the National Stadium like finally! Ohhh there’s some cool wind blowing from underneath our seats… this is so cool… look the stadium is huge! Wait! The SportsHub is closed?? So no red lions? No fighter jets? Awww… that’s sad leh. WOAH! They got their videographers on segway! Cool lah!
So we were seated and ready to start the pre-celebration… a little too early. It was 4.40pm, still 2 hours away… we tried occupying the kids with snacks, videos, and eventually they took a nap just in time for the show.
Helllllllloooooo Singapore!!! … the 4 hosts came on stage and we were all ready to roll! By now the stadium was completely filled and everyone in red or white! So pretty!
However, for NDP this year things are different.
The usual fanfare at the start of the show was not as happening as previous years. There was no man falling down from the sky so the audience didn’t get to go “Ooooooooooo”. There was no need for earplugs as there was not thundering sound of the jets. When the national anthem came on, we couldn’t even see the flag fly-by the stadium.
But all the above didn’t stop the 55,000 spectators from enjoying the show and be in awe.
Unstoppable Kallang Wave
The hosts got us all to bring back the Kallang Wave, back to where it originated. Yes we do this every year at National Day (which some call it the Singapore Wave), but this year, its just different. At the preview I was at, everyone was overly enthused about the Kallang Wave… we almost didn’t want to stop! I lost count how many times we stood up and cheered when the wave was at our sector. The sight of the wave going around the stadium was awesome! Another moment of awe.
A 360 experience
Though there was no air display, no sea action, neither was there wind blowing into your face like sitting at the floating platform, but this celebration is packed with hi-tech stuff which got everyone seated at the stadium to participate in all the performances.
We were given a LED wristband which didn’t light up nor blink when we wore it as we entered the stadium… Aiyah! Mine spoil one, cannot light… Mummy why no light??? That were our grumbles when we tested our wristbands. But when the magic happened… we went “Wahhhhh!!! Cool!” The next moment of awe.
The LED lights were controlled by the people behind the show! It is wirelessly programmed to blink in tandem with the show’s lights and sounds, and capable of emitting lights of varying intensity in 16 colours and four modes! It’s just awesome to see the whole stadium light up together with the performances, our girls were going… “Mummy look! Mummy look!“, asking us to look at the lights on their wrist. After the show, you still can get lights from it by waving the LED light, but the only colour you’ll get is red.
Because of the covered stadium, the show had some awesome hanging display which added wow factor to the show.
The Pledge Moment and National Anthem
This is like once-a-year kind of thing for me where I take our pledge and sing Majulah Singapura. I had a huge lump in my throat when standing there together with the 55,000 others. Makes me feel a little more Singaporean lah. My girls didn’t know what we were doing but followed us and placed their fists on their chest too. I was a little emotional at this point.
Everyone in the family enjoyed the show and we are very thankful to have gotten these tickets for the preview show.
We’ll be catching the LIVE telecast of the actual day celebration somewhere on 9 August 2016, possibly somewhere where we can catch the full fireworks since we didn’t get to see any of it when seated inside the stadium.
To those going for the preview tomorrow and the actual day show on 9 August, enjoy the show and rest your feet while you’re at the stadium. The real (and not-so-fun) experience is the after-show, where you try to get on the train or other public transport. That night the train stations were packed, walkways and roads around the stadium was filled with people. We walked all the way to the hawker centre at Old Airport Road with 3 kids in arms… it was really no joke.
Nevertheless, it was still an awesome experience for the family! Thanks Pris and Isaac for successfully balloting the tickets! Next year we try again ok?
Happy 51st Birthday Singapore!
About the Gears
That day I had 3 cameras with me – Canon EOS 7D Mark II with EF-S 15-85 USM (for wide angle overall shots), Canon PowerShot M3 with 55-200mm lens (for zooming and “spying” searching for familiar faces in the sea of red) and the Ricoh Theta S 360 camera (for fun shots, see posts on my Instagram). Each had its own purpose and I think I’ve lost touched with using pro DSLR camera as I’m too used to the PowerShot cameras.
I’ve been using the Canon EOS 7D Mark II for a few occasions over the past few weeks mostly for video shoot which I’ll share more in another post. This DSLR is in the Canon semi-professional series and is packed with many features and options for professional purposes I still haven’t figured everything out. (I’m a noob!) With 65-point all cross-type AF system and ability to shoot 10 frames per second, you control exactly what you have to shoot and focus; even in fast action situations. Think I’ll need to take more practice and hands-on with this camera in order to master it. I shall stick to my EOS M3 for now.
It was an afternoon of fun where I got to spend some quality me-time doing one of my all-time favorite thing – Photography. After my previous photography escapade with Canon Imaging Academy I have been itching to do more photo walks. This time around, Canon together with National Heritage Board, they brought us on a Heritage Tour to three of the Singapore National Monuments.
Sharing some of the photos I took from that day with the latest Canon cameras, the Canon PowerShot G3 X and the Canon EOS M3. After the half a day shoot out, I was left lusting over these two cameras because they each have got their own awesome features which I love. Hope to get more quality time with these cameras soon so that I can share about them with you here.
Now let’s see the photos from that day. Nice or not?
Yue Hai Ching Temple
Yue Hai Ching Temple is one of the oldest Taoist temples in Singapore. It was started in 1826 by the Teochew community.
The restoration of the Yueh Hai Ching Temple was completed in January last year, more than two years after works started. 45 craftsmen from Shantou, China were brought in to work on parts of it, final work is simply amazing. The colours and details in all the figurines, the wall and structure, you just have to see them in person!
Retaining the building’s original patina and historic ornamentation was a key reason it was awarded the UNESCO Heritage Award. Read more about this temple here.
Location: 30B Phillip St, Singapore 048696
This is me taking a arm-stretched selfie with the Canon PowerShot EOS M3. This camera not just looks great, the quality of shots and speed is in fact very powerful too. Many (including myself) mistook the EOS M3 as a micro four third aka mirrorless camera due to is compact size and ability to switch the lenses. But in fact, the Canon PowerShot EOS M3 is packed with the same CMOS sensor as all the EOS cameras (aka Canon DSLR cameras). No wonder I fell in love with it instantly that day.
Masjid Abdul Gafoor Mosque
The mosque was constructed in 1907, and major restoration of the building was completed in 2003. Standing on a total area of 2,449 sqm, the mosque’s unusual symmetry, layout and incorporation of Moorish details set it apart from other mosques. Architecturally, it is modelled after Saracenic and Roman designs. Apart from Islamic details, many Western classical motifs are also used in the architectural decoration of the mosque. Read more about this mosque here.
Location: 41 Dunlop St, Singapore 209369
I am amazed at the details I get in this shot with the Canon Powershot G3X. The 25x optical zoom was tested and this shot below shows the details you can get with this camera. This camera is a digital compact suitable for those who need an all round anytime anywhere and can shoot anything kind of camera.
Saint Joseph’s Church
Saint Joseph’s Church was gazetted a national monument on 14 January 2005. Saint Joseph’s Church has one of Singapore’s largest collections of religious stained-glass windows. These magnificent windows were produced by Jules Dobbelaere, a Belgian who was arguably the world’s most well-known stained-glass craftsman of his time.
Location: 143 Victoria Street, 188020
The above three places are part of Singapore’s National Monuments and you can read more about the other National Monuments here.
Have you ever regretted buying a printer the moment your first set of ink run out? And have you asked yourself how often do you have to make a purchase decision for a printer vs how often do you have to purchase the inks for your printer? Often I’ve seen consumers buying printers just by comparing the sale prices of the printer unit. For some, they would go for one with all the necessary features they need in the printer, then compare the prices. Here are the 5 things I will consider when buying a printer, be it for home, home-office or office use.
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Point 1 – Print-Scan-Copy
Because there will be days where you need to make copies of your NRIC or documents for some important and urgent purpose. Having a copier at home is necessary in the modern days, because you probably would have to pay 30-50cents per copy of black-and-white print from the stores. Scanner is perhaps not that necessary these days, most of us use our phone camera as a “scanner”, but when you need to scan a proper piece of say your kids most awesome artwork, a proper scanner will be handy.
Point 2 – Wireless Connection
You want to be able to print from anywhere and from any devices, like those cute photos of your little ones taken with your phone or Canon cameras. With wireless printing on the Canon PIXMA E560, one can easily print quality 4R photos on Canon photo papers and save the trip to the photo print shop.
Point 3 – Size Matters and Duplex Function
To me, a all-in-one printer should be compact enough to fit anywhere around the house, and wouldn’t need to be shifted out when printing. You know how some printers need you to load the paper from the top or back and you got to move the printer just so the papers fit into it? Glad the Canon PIXMA E560 has got front loading trays and prints come out from the front too.
Because I do print documents a lot too, the printer needs to be able to print on both side without having to manually flip the pages. If you need such feature too, remember to get one printer that allows duplex printing.
Point 4 – How Much Are The Ink Refills?
You may have purchased a printer at a steal, but when you do your math properly, cost of some ink cartridges would have cost more than your printer unit. Like my current PIXMA printer (almost 4 years old), the refills cost $36 (colour) and $24 (black) for the standard size pack. With the exact same quality of print and resolution (you can compare them on Canon website), you pay only $24 (colour) and $20 (black) for the PIXMA E560 refills. That’s $16 cheaper for every set of refills. When my current printer inks run out, I’m may just consider getting the E560 instead, and save on refills in the long run. And because the refills are cheaper, you’ll be able to print so much more activities for your little ones and even make your own creative learning resources like what we did!
Good to know: The PIXMA E560 can print up to 800 monochrome documents at $0.02 per print on a black cartridge, and up to 300 pages for colour documents.
Point 5 – Quality of Prints
I print photos a lot with my printer, and am quite particular with the quality of prints. The Canon PIXMA E560 print out photos as good as my current PIXMA MG3570. Printing may be a couple of seconds slower, but that doesn’t really matter.
If you are considering getting a multi-purpose and value for money printer for your home or home office, you might want to consider the Canon PIXMA E560. Available only at selected Popular bookshops (see list below) and school bookshops.
Canon PIXMA E560 Retailing at $179
Photography used to be my passion, my soul. I brought my DSLR out almost everywhere I go in the past. Back then, single without any commitment. It has been too long since I last did a walk alone with my camera, just to shoot. Thankful for work, I got to revisit my passion and also refreshed my rusty memories on photography techniques and know-hows. It was an engaging, enlightening and empowering Saturday morning with Canon Imaging Academy (CIA for short) at their Fast Track Workshop held at HY California, Marina Bay Sands; an ideal place for practical hands-on practice after the theory workshop with instructor Nugene Chiang from CIA.
Before I share more about the workshop, here are some of the shots I took during the practical hands-on session and during lunch which is included as part of the workshop. Photos are adjusted in colours to suit my personal preference and liking. As the instructor has shared, there is no right nor wrong in photography, it all depends on the photographer and how he/she likes to paint her photo with lights (and colours).
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Just in case you’re wondering, the food served during the workshop is delicious! I had to break my diet routine because cannot waste food. 😛
Fast Track Workshop Structure
Fast Track is a 3 hour bespoke program for beginners pursuing interest in photography, utilising the “P, TV, AV, M” modes of DSLR and Compact Cameras. The workshop include theoretical guide to your camera, an hour of photo-shoot outing around Marina Bay Sands and a scrumptious lunch at HY California with lots of tips & photo reviews. Don’t worry if you do not own a Canon camera, as all brands of cameras are welcome to join this practical workshop.
Canon Imaging Academy Instructor Nugene will demonstrate and guide you in making a difference in your photographs and simple tips on food photography during lunch. I was seated opposite of him and this of course has got great advantage as I got to see him in action and learn along as he demonstrated and explained how to capture better food shot. My shots above not bad right?
Types of Shots Taken
I guess this really depends on your personal preference and how the walk about is conducted during the workshop. Generally, we got to complete two simple tasks with different setting on our cameras. And the type of shots we tried include macro (close-up), abstract, scenery (wide shot), panning on moving vehicles, food and even jump shots! Don’t worry, Nugene will jump and you’ll get to practice shooting. I tried many times in the past as a jumper and as a photographer, but never managed to capture nor jump right for the shot. But after Nugene shared the right way to do it, I got it at my first shot that day!
This was how fellow participants at the workshop were positioned to take their perfect jump shot. Will share links to their post when they published (see end of posts).
The most tricky shots picked up that day was panning. I’ve never tried panning before as there wasn’t any need to. But it was fun to finally get it, that perfect moment frozen in frame. All the attendees at the workshop were standing along Helix bridge trying to capture passing vehicles, I felt like a Traffic Police on the lookout for speeding cars! Hope no driver thought we were TP. I took many shots panning left and right on both side of the traffic, and the one and only shot I got I love it a lot!
As I was panning on the left coming cab, another one drove past from the right, and the shutter was pressed at the right moment. Awesome right? 😛
After the 3 hour or so workshop, I felt so happy and excited about photography again! Yes, I still do take a lot of photos of my girls, but having the time to plan and frame a shot to create what I envision in mind, this kind of photography is a form of art. One that I hope to do more of, and I may just do it again with CIA at their weekly photo walks.
Upcoming Workshops and Walks
I’ve got two which I am planning to attend, one is at the Zoo with Ayra and the other another me-time photo walk with CIA. If you are keen to join in too, let me know and I hope to see you there!
Family Photo Walk at Singapore Zoo
Date: 18 June 2015, Thursday
Time: 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Venue: Singapore Zoo
Fee: $38/pax and one child below age of 15(excludes Zoo entrance fee)
More details here.
Compact Camera Outing
Date: 11 or 12 June 2015
Time: 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Venue: Around Vivocity
More details here.
And the next available Fast Track Workshop is on end June. Sign-up now if you are keen to pick up very practical and useful photography skills and tips with CIA.
Fast Track Workshop
Date: 27 June 2015, Saturday
Time: 10.00am to 1.00pm
Venue: HY California at Marina Bay Sands
Fee: $88/pax, include 4-course lunch
More details here.
Here are the other participants at the workshop (links will be added when they published):
Disclaimer: The Loving Mum attended the workshop with complements of Canon Singapore, all photos and opinions are my own. The Loving Mum is also engaged by Canon Singapore for engagement campaign with bloggers.