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Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ7

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

I’ve decided to switch over to Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ7 compact camera instead of getting a brand new Canon compact camera. Panasonic Lumix range has some very good features lately.

I felt the Panasonic brand has much better quality in terms of robustness and durability compared with Canon cameras.

I had an old Panasonic compact camera and used it for years before it was stolen while I was holidaying in Vietnam. Losing the camera was one thing, losing the entire vacation photos was a bigger blow to my morale and totally spoilt my family holiday vacation in Vietnam.

My compact cameras - Panasonic Lumix and Canon Powershot

After losing the Panasonic camera, I swap over to Canon Powershot. It was ok. Has very good photo capturing ability and good macro zoom, but it has narrow angle field of vision.

Unfortunately it has poor durability, and soon after more than a year of usage, the motherboard started to have battery drain problem. Not only my Canon compact camera got battery drain, another Canon compact camera that I got for my office usage was having similar problem too!

And talk about poor quality, my Canon DSLR also has battery problem but the drain was not on the main battery, but on the mini button battery that keeps time and date.

Since they are all out of warranty. To repair it would be very costly. I sent in my Canon Powershot to the Canon service centre and the repair estimate was about 3/4 of my camera purchase price!

May as well buy a new camera!

So I settled on Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ7. This compact has very good wide angle, good for taking panaromic scenes and group photos! Plus the brand is synonymous with good quality and durability, it was definitely a good buy.

USAF F-16 Thunderbirds and RMAF Sukhoi SU-30MKM Flanker C airshow photos

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009


Here are some photos of USAF F-16 Thunderbirds and RMAF Sukhoi SU-30MKM Flanker C doing some acrobatic manoeuvres at the Subang Airport, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Getting there was quite tough too having to clamber about the fence because none of want to get our shoes wet!

USAF F-16 Thunderbirds aerial acrobat team on runway waiting for green light to lift off.

  • Getting there was tough. First the traffic jam, then a little commando walking in something that looked like a DMZ before reaching open ground.

    Getting there was tough. First the traffic jam, then a little commando walking in something that looked like a DMZ before reaching open ground.

  • Everybody waiting in anticipation. Slight drizzle here. Would they give the green light for go?

    Everybody waiting in anticipation. Slight drizzle here. Would they give the green light for go?

  • Whoa! DSLR enthusiast coming out in full force with telephoto lens!

    Whoa! DSLR enthusiast coming out in full force with telephoto lens!

  • Our very own jet as opener, a single RMAF Sukhoi Mig-29.

    Our very own jet as opener, a single RMAF Sukhoi Mig-29.

  • Solo maneuvers showing the silhouette of Sukhoi Mig 29 Fulcrum.

    Solo maneuvers showing the silhouette of Sukhoi Mig 29 Fulcrum.

  • Next up, the USAF F-16 Thunderbirds roaring by!

    Next up, the USAF F-16 Thunderbirds roaring by!

  • Zooming by in formation with smoke trailers

    After a roaring ride up, the contrast is very apparent. Peace and traquility.

  • All six of them! USAF Thunderbirds in formation.

    All six of them! USAF Thunderbirds in formation.

  • The dangerous fly-pass between two F-16 Thunderbirds.

    The dangerous fly-pass between two F-16 Thunderbirds.

  • F-16 Thunderbirds with their bellies facing each other.

    F-16 Thunderbirds with their bellies facing each other.

  • USAF Thunderbirds taxi on the runway returning to hangar after their aerial acrobats.

    USAF Thunderbirds taxi on the runway returning to hangar after their aerial acrobats. That’s it folks!

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    Too bad I couldn’t get any clearer pictures of USAF -F16 Thunderbirds or the RMAF Sukhoi SU-30MKM. Should have figured out the settings much earlier on taking clearer pictures of fast moving object from a distance.

    In addition, the light drizzle caused a lot of speck on my lens. The commando like climbing plus taking pictures through the fence also scratched my Polarising Filter. I also shouldn’t be too ambitious trying to capture still photos and videos at the same time. In the end, both also not very satisfying.

    A basic photography lesson learned from the air show outing. Hopefully can get better pictures next time though I won’t know when any other air force would drop by for an aerial display. Anyway, live and learn.

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