This entry is a continuation from the Amber Chia @ Kipling Launch Fashion Show, and this time, featuring all models other than Amber. For such a small scaled Fashion Show, it was interesting to see a wide selection of models, and many of them were not even local. Yet the show was held on the Merdeka Day. Heh?
The evident theme for the show was purely based on bags, the collection being launched by Kipling. The models were plainly dressed in typical tight shirt and jeans, remained unchanged throughout the entire fashion parade, which is a rarity. Instead, every lined up walk was displaying different varieties of Kipling bag products, ranging from carry-hand bag, backpack, to travel packs. The entire set-up was rather casual, and modern music being blasted in the background suggested very uplifting mood and tempo.
To be honest, seeing all the models walking about the stage, and dancing, shaking their bodies to the beat of the music, I do not think anyone was paying attention to the bags on display at all.
To those of you curious cats out there, the photographs for this fashion show were taken with an Olympus E-520. The main features in this camera that stood out include in-body Image Stabilization and enhanced Live-View. After utilizing E-520 with my old tele lens mounted on it, I dare say that the Image Stabilization did do some tricks in steadying my shots, especially the few that I took at furthest telephoto end of the zoom. I was quite impressed with the results, though not all shake was fully eliminated, but it certainly helped to a degree that even the few minority pictures did not turn out tack sharp, they were still very acceptably usable, provided not being viewed at 100% full size.
Image quality wise, there may not be a dramatic improvement from my previous E410, but the difference is noticeable: slightly better highlight control, and generally smoother, cleaner image output. A lot of people may make a big fuss about the less than average ISO performance on 4/3 systems, but I do not find it to be at an alarming level of trouble. Shooting performance was also apparently better, though not by a large margin, but the operation of the camera felt a tad speedier. E520 is still targeted towards entry level users; hence I do not expect it to perform miracles.
I am very pleased with E520.
Now, let me grow some money on the trees at my backyard first.