• Blog posts by Alvin Soon

Alvin Soon / Associate Features Editor

I like coffee and cameras, but not together.

Spotify, You Complete Me

Alvin Soon

You know you're getting on in years when you keep listening to the same old songs over and over again. That's what my playlist was like, full of stuff from the 90s and early 2000s. Then Spotify came along, and refreshed my musical world.

Yoshihisa Maitani, the Olympus PEN & the Innovator's Dilemma

Alvin Soon

Camera lovers may have heard of Yoshihisa Maitani. He joined Olympus in 1956 and worked there for 40 years. He was responsible for many of Olympus' most popular cameras, including the Pen, the OM and the XA; it wouldn't be hyperbole to say he had a strong hand in shaping the world of photography in the 20th century. Here's how he disrupted the camera industry, in his own words.

The Mirrorless Camera Revolution That Really Wasn't

Alvin Soon

Why the mirrorless system camera revolution hasn't really taken off - and what camera companies can (but probably won't) do to rock the boat.

Highlights from Canon EOS 5D Mark III Interviews with Developers

Alvin Soon

At the Singapore launch event of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III last week, I received a booklet containing interviews with the 5D Mark III's developers and designers from Canon's IPC Development Center 2. The booklet's an interesting look into the development of Canon's brand new mid-range full-frame DSLR camera, and here are some highlights.

It's All Too Much

Alvin Soon

Have you walked into an electronics store lately? It's madness. I review cameras for a living and even I can't make sense out of the huge mess of cameras in the megastores. If a full-time camera reviewer can't even do it, I often wonder how consumers keep up. What can be done?

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