May 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Travel light with professional camera lens by Zeiss ExoLens® PRO for Iphones

The Phonegraphy 

Iphone 6Plus with ZEISS Mutar™ 0.6x Asph T* wide-angle lens

Expanding your creative options for taking photos with your iPhone 6plus doesn't have to mean using a new app. Adding a wide-angle,telephoto or macro lens can open up all sorts of new opportunities but rest assured that the Zeiss ExoLens® PRO collection will not turn you into a pro overnight. unless you’re crazies obsessed-pic, the impact is modest. If you want serious zoom power or breathtaking landscape, street, portrait and macro shots, this collection won’t quite get you there.

  • ZEISS Mutar™ 0.6x Asph T* wide-angle lens
  • ZEISS Mutar™ 2.0x Asph T* telephoto lens
  • ZEISS Vario-Proxar 40-80 T* macro-zoom lens

I went hands-on with the impressive wide-angle lens and Macro kit to see how the household name would improve my travel landscape photography. one of the exciting parts of the Apple Iphone 6plus ecosystem for me is extending the technology I carry in my pocket. The quickest way I’ve been able to do that is by adding an external lens to the phone’s already good camera. The Zeiss ExoLens® PRO system is known to be more expensive than other options on the market, which translates into a higher quality product but if you're serious about your photography you'll quickly see where the money's been spent each individual piece is as high quality as the last and all feel like something you’d find in your own camera bag.

Iphone 6Plus with ZEISS Mutar™ 0.6x Asph T* wide-angle lens

Last week I traveled to an amazing island in Indonesia called Nusa Penida. I spent most of the time with the 0.6x wide-angle, since this is where i'd normally expect to see any optical compromise creeps in. However, it delivers sharp detail right up to the edges of the frame. I was expecting to see a fair bit of distortion with the lens attached, but it didn’t really have any at all but some flare notice quite noticeable when shooting into the sun. This is pretty rare, even in a DSLR lens, so to get this kind of performance in an iPhone add-on is impressive. For Travel photographers these triplet toys are for you guys ; The iPhone regular lens is roughly equivalent to a 29mm wide-angle, so the Zeiss 0.6x wide-angle stretches this to 18mm equivalent, which is very wide indeed and also you can put in polarize filter size 40.5mm. It enables you to take in sweeping landscapes, architecture and cramped space which you would previously have needed a DSLR or Mirrorless with a super-wide lens to capture. 

Iphone 6Plus with ZEISS Mutar™ 0.6x Asph T* wide-angle lens

Iphone 6Plus with ZEISS Mutar™ 0.6x Asph T* wide-angle lens

Iphone 6Plus with ZEISS Mutar™ 0.6x Asph T* wide-angle lens

Iphone 6Plus with ZEISS Mutar™ 0.6x Asph T* wide-angle lens

ZEISS Vario-Proxar 40-80 T* macro-zoom lens

Crop make it square frame




An Enchanting Journey to West Sumbawa Indonesia

April 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

My journey to Sumbawa begins from Bali to the little port town of Poto Tano. Drive 2 AWD SUV with 9 crazy people from Denpasar taken time around 22 hours include ride 2 x ferry and small boat with along empty asphalt roads that shimmer under the heat of the late morning sun. A small fire by the roadside sent a black column of smoke up into the clear blue sky. It was fair to say that my first impression of Sumbawa was a mixed one and a world away from the lush green fields. The small strait between Lombok and Sumbawa appears is as much a physical barrier as it is an economic one. With little industry, poor agriculture and few job opportunities, there is very little happening across much of Sumbawa.

Mata Jitu Waterfall at Moyo Island

My first day after reach the land name West Sumbawa we straight ride the small boat to see the hidden paradise behind the forest of Moyo Island, Sumbawa Regency, West Nusa Tenggara, sounds of splashing water can be hear in the silence of nature. Mata Jitu waterfalls, a stunning waterfall can amazed anyone who came to this region. Beautiful scenery complete with natural green trees made Air Mata Jitu waterfalls became one of excellent things at Moyo Island. Waterfall which has become part of Indonesian nature reserve, have been formed millions of years ago. The combination of green waterfall young and old seemed to hypnotize you to throw themselves and play in the water in this waterfall.Mata Jitu waterfalls has four railroad and seven pools. By the locals, “Mata Jitu” is defined as springs that fall right on the pond below. The beauty of Mata Jitu waterfalls is famous up to foreign countries. In fact, the late Princess Diana has been in this waterfall. People around the waterfall are also dubbed as the “Queen Waterfall”. The beauty of the waterfall staircase steps is not only the water coming down from above. The rocks that have formed thousands of years ago can also be seen here. Stalactite-stalagmite adorned wall surfaces Mata Jitu waterfalls as beautiful scenery presented. Form of stalactites and stalagmites that varied the main attraction for anyone

Kenawa Island

Second day; The journey with the small boat only takes 15 minutes. Kenawa island is really close to Poto Tano port, the port of Sumbawa Barat. Kenawa island is a part of Gili Balu’ district in Poto Tano Village – Sumbawa Barat, Indonesia. Besides Kenawa Island, there are seven other islands close to Poto Tano. Those islands are: Kalong, Nano, Mandiki, Paserang, Kambing, Belang and Ular.

The first thing I noticed arriving on Kenawa was just how quiet everything was. The only sound on the island was the whistling of the wind through the grass and the crash of the surf against the sandy beach. However, there was trouble in paradise covered by rubbish. The government department that should be partly responsible for conservation efforts on the island.

Third day: The next journey begin, we clamber onto a 4WD that heads out on a dusty road. Our ride is a bone-shaking one that takes us to a mountaintop village known as Mantar. As the rough track gets steeper, our car hugs the edge of the mountain in a series of hairpin bends. Situated around 17 kilometers from the city of Taliwang, the regency capital of West Sumbawa, Mantar is not easy to reach as the 5-kilometer road leading to the village is not yet sealed. But those who are lucky enough to hike to its peak can expect to marvel at the eight breathtaking islets of West Sumbawa, including Kenanga Island.  Mantar Point

Mantar Village Its unique culture, especially in relation to the albino residents, also makes it a destination for curious travelers. "Believe it or not, Mantar always has seven residents with albino skin. If one dies, then one will be born with albinism; this continues to happen until now" - villagers says. 

The traditional sport of buffalo racing is often played out on the muddy rice fields of Sumbawa. Mantar Village, perched 860m above sea level on Mount Mantar overlooking the Alas Strait, is a picture-perfect pastoral settlement of traditional stilt houses. Life here revolves around farming and breeding livestock. Villagers still use buffaloes attached to traditional wooden ploughs for farming and hold rice planting ceremonies – just as they did hundreds of years ago. Like many rural areas in Sumbawa, mysticism is ingrained in people’s beliefs; under lock and key inside the village mosque is an ancient ceramic urn holding water that is thought to have magical powers.



Sony Alpha a99 II Camera

December 14, 2016  •  Leave a Comment


It's been a long almost 5 years for Sony A-mount fans, A new flagship model for its Alpha SLT-series it's back!

In fact, the new A99-II feels exactly like the first one. Sturdy and with good ergonomics. Right now in my hand just CZ24-70/2.8 ZA II SSM, I can`t tell about ‘resolution pixel peeping’ with other lenses. 



PANORAMA OF PENANG CITY - 6 images stitch via Photoshop CC 2017

What I like;

  1. It’s a flip screen (LCD) around  especially for Landscape & Architecture shot.
  2. Image quality feel same as my a7RII opened via ACR Photoshop CC – handle shadow, highlight, dynamic range.
  3. Noise control i think better that a7RII (ISO6400) 
  4. Low light AF -4EV
  5. The 'click' sound is short (maybe reduce shutter lag) and sensitive and smooth.
  6. The buffer is cleared much faster compare a7RII.
  7. AF Tracking - Fast

What I don’t like

  1. its joystick a bit annoying  why? If u select the menu example AF-S Mode “single” and u have click “OK/enter at Joystick button" sometimes  accidently easy go other function to “AF-C  & etc” damn smooth & sensitive.  i think people have to get use and u will be okay.
  2. Battery Life

About the video I did not have the opportunity to test, I am not an user in that field.


Special thank to Shaiful Baker (Facebook) Sony Malaysia came a long way to give me feel and touch this 'RACUN!' -- u r bad man dewd :p






November 29, 2016  •  1 Comment


As a community of photography enthusiasts. There are Sony Alpha user representative from Cambodian, Malaysian & Indonesian etc.

We all are ONE

Before start the journey am with friends from Kuala Lumpur flew to Surabaya attended the 4th Annual Gathering Alpharian Photographer Community host by Sony Alpharian Surabaya East Java Indonesia. “ u guys rock! Thumb up!’

The event offers me the opportunity to meet colleagues from different countries and different religions and nationalities. it was fun to meet friends from the same hobby. I am hope is that this event could be instructive and inspiring event for all of us.

Photo Hunting during the event at Pabean Market oldtown Surabaya City





Photo Model at Bukit Jaddih Madura

a7RII Batis 85/1.8 

Travelling in the wet season in East Java is not recommended by most guide books. Roads do get flooded, heavy traffic and travel plans may be have to be altered. somewhat dangerously it can be enjoyable and a great time to travel. And with weather patterns changing globally, you never know what to expect whatever season you travel in!. No worries am superb damn lucky have a lot of local friends some of them come from Bali, Manado, Banjarmasin, Jakarta, Surabaya and etc. 

Thank you so much guys - Arik S. Mintorogo, Frunze, Laurensius Johan, Coco Yustian, Rizki Mahendra,  Rusdi Sanad,  Semmy Depri Absori,  Qurnia Andayani, Deska Kusuma Wahyu Widodo,  Antonius Widjaya,  Ali Mahmudi,  Riza Edwindra,  Daniel Tjongari, Faizal ortho and others


The islands of Madura, which is connected to Java by the longest bridge in Indonesia, Suramadu Bridge.


a900 ZEISS 16-35/2.8 ZA

Panorama of Mt.Bromo

Panoramic of Mt.Bromo

a7RII FE16-35/4 Lee Filters CPL GND 1.2s Stitch 5 exposure 


Mount Bromo is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif, in East Java Indonesia. At 2,329 metres. The volcano belongs to the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. The name of Bromo derived from Javanese pronunciation of Brahma, the Hindu creator god. Here, at the top of King Kong Hill, lies a brilliant panoramic view of Mount Bromo, Mount Semeru, and the crater! 2nd time I was here not so lucky NO! mist/fog bcoz of raining season.

Panorama of Cemoro Lawang

a7s FE70-200/4 Stitch 6 exposure


The Breakfast 


Panorama of Papuma Beach

a7RII FE16-35/4 Lee Filters ND ProGlass, CPL and GND 1.2s Stitch 18 exposure


Before the rain begins, one of the first odors you may notice as winds pick up and clouds roll in is a sweet, pungent zing in your nostrils. 

Papuma beach is located 37 kilometers south of the town of Jember and are on track Bromo-Ijen-Bali. Beach with an area of ​​25 hectares of this, when viewed from above, looks like an elliptical arch. White sand beach complete the image resembles an egg.

a7RII FE16-35/4 Lee Big Stopper 10 stop 


The Cloudy Day of Mt.Ijen 

We`re 13 alpaharians completely and utterly unprepared for the adventure, which would turn out to be more challenging which its raining season —and more memorable—than anything we could have imagined. I take my hat off to Om Frunze has completed the course despite initially wanted to punt but Om Faizal Ortho encouraging him to continue the journey. At the top there eight of us had a very ‘memorable’ experience. Thumb Up guys!


The Ghost Workingman's

Don't expect life to be fair

Keep the privilege of a lifetime is being who you are

Were say life its not fair -- See yourself how they 'miners’ job. they must break off hot sulfurs and carry the backbreaking loads 100kg on their shoulders to a nearby refinery to get paid. --- Daily Life of Miners on foot hiking 4km up 4km down twice a day -- 2700 meter. They do it for around Rp200k a day, a decent local salary. -- THEY ARE AMAZING 


Many other post-caldera cones and craters are located within the caldera or along its rim. The largest concentration of post-caldera cones run east-west across the southern side of the caldera. The active crater at Kawah Ijen has a diameter of 722 metres (2,369 ft) and a surface area of 0.41 square kilometres (0.16 sq mi). It is 200 metres (660 ft) deep and has a volume of 36 cubic hectometres (29,000 acre·ft).

The lake is recognised as the largest highly acidic crater lake in the world. It is also a source for the river Banyupahit, resulting in highly acidic and metal-enriched river water which has a significant detrimental effect on the downstream river ecosystem. On July 14-15, 2008, explorer George Kourounis took a small rubber boat out onto the acid lake to measure its acidity. The pH of the water in the lake's edges was measured to be 0.5 and in the middle of the lake 0.13 due to high sulfuric acid concentration.


The journey to be continued with broken english



Chiang Mai with a7RII Zeiss Batis & FE16-35/4

October 26, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

When Zeiss announced their Batis line of Sony FE mount lenses with AF and interesting Oled readouts, I was impressed. Regardless, I finally bought two of the Batis lenses, the 85/1.8 & 25/2. As you would expect from Zeiss, the build quality on lens is exceptional. The lens feels great in the hands and looks spectacular mounted to the front of my Sony a7RII. I bought the lens for about a month ago, and the last weekend had a chance going a company business treats to Chiang Mai Thailand. Its was my lucky day to come to Northern Thailand were various. Yes, I was somehow looking to rediscover Chiang Mai which I had visited 3 times already 10 years back. I wanted to see if the city was still as relaxed and beautiful as I remembered it and I sure wanted to find some cool like-minded people with big heart and big smile. At Wachirathan Waterfall i bumped into a Thai monk in the sangha world of Thailand. Monk always carry a piece of cloth to avoid contact with the opposite sex as a male of conduct and the moment i met was even more interesting , he carries a brady reddot. I feel honored that he welcomed my interest when i approached him and  we talk and talked about our common interest ie; photography.

No matter what your desire, I think you should pay this city a visit. The food is scrumptious, the markets big and colourful and the city surrounding boasts its nature. I also think people are more friendly and genuine here. In 4 days in the city i met new great photographer friends from different country. its talking like 'chiken and ducks', the language barrier do not stop us from sharing the same freaking crazy activity of taking photos - Local Photog from Chiang Rai you guys ROCK!. The crazy Russian videographer talked about timelapse magic latern also canon fanboy :p , who had traveled from Bolivia & Republic Chech etc.

Iphone 6Plus photograph by aifa

a7RII FE16-35/4

a6000 Batis 25/2  1/750 F8 ISO400 Handheld 5 image stitch panorama

Doi Inthanon National Park, nicknamed "The Roof of Thailand", is in the Thanon Thong Chai Range, Chom Thong District, Chiang Mai Province, northern Thailand. It includes Doi Inthanon, the country's highest mountain. Sits here. Braving 100km winding road, extremely cold weather, steep cliffs, not forgetting the mosquitoes attack while waiting for the sunset simply pays off with this shot.

Sunset at King and Queen Pagodas, Doi Inthanon National Park

a7RII FE16-35/4 Lee Filters CPL 105mm

The streets and byways of Chiang Mai teem with abundant wonders. Vibrant temples, markets, and cuisine beckon your attention. Some sights will make you laugh and smile. Others bring a tear to the eye. All will deeply impress your mind. The famous Night Bazaar opens seven days a week and draws thousands of visitors every night. If you’re looking for handicraft items, it is recommendable to visit the saturday or sunday night walking street for better quality ones. Many local and international restaurants are clustered around the market area, some with live music and traditional Thai dancers.

Night Bazaar with a7RII Batis 25/2

 1/125 F2 ISO160 

Oh God! After all the hectic day I just like to take deep sleep 

 a7RII Batis 25/2  1/125 F6.7 ISO100

 Thailand Traditional Dance Performance

a7RII Batis 85/1.8 1/200 F2.8 ISO320

 The Night Seller

a7RII Batis 85/1.8

a7RII Batis 25/2

a7RII Batis 85/1.8


a7RII Batis 85/1.8 1/250 F1.8 ISO100

The Kayan Tribe Long Neck Women 

a7RII Batis 85/1.8 1/200 F2.8 ISO2000


Final Thoughts about Batis 85/1.8 & 25/2

Just about gear head the last 6 years back am using canon system before jump ship 99% into sony system. reminder all of you need to make the choices about what delivers final print size, the weight of the camera, the feel of the camera when working with it and possibly even the glass and system you presently own. 100% recommend the Batis lenses, but I would say that as a photographer using the sony  lines you have choices and those choices should be factored in when determining which lens you need.

I didn't had issues slow AF with both lenses especially the batis 85/1.8 a bit slow but u have to change the inside menu a7RII (Fast Focus AF) to me its fine and gets a few times to get used the understand the behavior of lenses. The 85mm Batis lens is a hard one for me to justify, as the canon 85/1.2 II lens I own before fully jumpship into sony is so incredible ‘bokeh’. The differences will be mainly seen in the Bokeh of the lens but that may not be as noticeable as you’d expected but term of sharpness the batis lens its superb combo. I don’t shoot a lot of portrait anymore but if you do, then the Batis would be a no brainer 2nd choice after the brady heavy expensive Sony 85/1.4 GM.  I’d go as far and say it is the perfect portrait lens.

The focal length like 21 to 25mm this lens is my favorite all the times and it will be the first lenses I purchase. It is light and looks and feels great on the camera. The Batis 2/25 surprised me with extraordinary sharpness across the whole frame right from open aperture in a compact, lightweight housing. At f/2.0 you may have to correct some vignetting and some chromatic aberration (CA) but these almost disappear already when you stop down 2 step to f/4. Thanks to its wide aperture and close focus, it provides additional options to play with shallow depth of field and shows a pleasing 'bokeh' not available when using wide angle zoom lenses.

talk less, think more, work harder





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