Here’s my third and last post on my experience with the 16.2 megapixel retro-style DSLR, Nikon Df, it has been a great joy having this companion with me the past few weeks. Deeply appreciate this opportunity given by Nikon. To further explore with the Df, I decided to document my lovely neighbourhood where I have been staying for the last six years as a personal project. Reason being, I am moving out this place to somewhere northeast and also URA’s recent announcement in July that the old public housing estates of Tanglin Halt (more than 50 years old) will be moving to Dawson estate under the Remaking Our Heartland (ROH) initiative. You can read more about it, here.
The image above illustrates my daily night view, from afar Skyville & Skyterrace @ Dawson under construction. Setting the Df on a tripod to ensure the sharp images with the light tail of the moving traffic from below. And the pictures turned out exactly how I wanted them to be without much fuss. I was able to grasp the right settings pretty quick with the help of the dedicated dials.So this night, I brought the Df to the hawker centres where I usually take away my late night suppers, just a stone’s throw away from my block. Under the low light from afar, the camera is still able to include dark details in the back and not losing the brightly-lit areas, producing images very close to my human eyes under such circumstances.
The following morning, I brought the Df with AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G out and weather was in my favour with good sun, no haze. Pumped up with my growing excitement to explore my neighbourhood with this serious camera, I thought to better have a good breakfast in case, I faint during my little hike. I chose to have one of my favourite breakfast foods, roti prata with cheese!
The Nikon Df’s colours seem very close to my human eye. With the red cast from the canvas canopy shadowing the tables, the outside’s colour tone seemed to be well balanced.
My other favourite breakfast and supper food centre, Blk 48A Tanglin Halt Market and Food Centre.
There’s two stalls which I always go to.
Wei Yi Laksa (Stall No. 20) which I have been patronising more than 10 years ago (same as the duck noodles stall featured below) before I move into this neighbourhood, friendly and dedicated Uncle Jin used to open for business in the wee hours of morning and now he start selling at dawn for breakfast and lunch crowd. Wei Yi Laksa has been featured in many different media coverages, one of the memorable ones has to be the Japanese publication in Singapore, Mangosteen Club. Uncle Jin was also invited by a Japanese chef to Japan, Tokyo for culinary cultural exchange. And through this short interview, I found out Uncle Jin is actually little brother of the lady boss from duck noodle stall (pictured below).
After a three month hiatus, Tanglin Halt Delicious Duck Noodle (Stall No. 23) reopen in late October. Picturing Boss Chua recuperating from his recent knee surgery and lady boss whom took over this braised duck noodles business from her father since 1969.
To sum up my experience with the Nikon Df, I must say it is a travel friendly lightweight DSLR camera with beautiful retro styling and powerful performances in low light handling. Personally, I feel it is a good camera to strengthen your manual photography, building good foundation. A good way to train your eye for composition and the technical side of crafting inspiring visuals. So far there’s been quite a few enquiries from my friends on what camera do I use, after seeing those photographs that are taken by the Df, on my personal Facebook account plus the comments were all very positive. It is really a great companion for my blog shoots and I will miss it terribly for sure.
// This post is sponsored by Nikon //
Also, check out other posts on my Nikon Df experience Part 1 and Part 2.
Do keep a lookout on my blog for a full post of my personal project on Tanglin Halt. Stay tune!