I was invited by a couple of friends to visit a Chinese Opera Troupe. It was a very enriching experience. Seeing the performers backstage, talking to them, getting to know them is simply wonderful. It helped me understand and appreciate my heritage so much more. It was very heart warming to see art like this still around. However we are also sad that this traditional cultural art-form is going to be gone in a few years, as the younger generation shun Chinese Opera for mega pop stars and modern music. Most of the performers are not getting any younger and there are only but a handful of younger performers to replace them. With no funding from cultural heritage groups nor the government, many members of the troupe will not be able to continue this as a livelihood in the future. Sad to hear.
Attended the official launch of the new Nikon 1 system yesterday night. I have to admit that, initially, I was not very excited nor impressed with Nikon's answer to the mirrorless camera market. But after some hands on time as well as glimpses to what is to come in terms of accessories, I have to say I am pretty impressed with what I have seen. Here are some pictures I took of the event.
Nikon J1 body in hand.
Stylish and beautiful white Nikon J1.
Nikon V1 with 10mm F2.8 pancake.
F-mount adapter allows AF with current AF-S lenses.
Prototype Movie Shooting Kit and Close-up Ring LED Light. Other attachments presented (not show here) includes a touch controlled LCD panel, Projector, mini LED light, Joystick and a Network Adapter.
LED Light attachment.
Silicone case for J1.
The Nikon 1 cameras offers continuous shooting up to an amazing 60 fps. They are also capable of shooting slow-motion videos of up to 1200 fps! Here is a clip of a slow motion clip shot at the launch by Mr Alex Ortega (at 400fps):