thx1138

thx1138

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Senior Researcher - Canon Australia
Joined on Jul 17, 2004
About me:

Canon 1D X, 5D III, 17-40 f/4L, 45 f/2.8 TS-E, Sigma 50 f/1.4 Sigma 85 f/1.4, 135 f/2L, Canon 100 f/2.8L IS macro, 70-200 f/2.8L IS mk II, 300 f/2.8L IS, 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS, 500 f/4L IS mk II, 1.4x TC III, 2x TC III, 600 EX, Sigma 24 f/1.8 EX, Canon 24-7 f/2.8 mk II, Sigma 150 f/2.8 Macro EX HSM DG

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Peiasdf: "nine elements arranged in six groups". Isn't this kinda too simple for a super fast prime?

After 50mm, 85mm is simplest to design and both are quite similar in design.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 02:59 UTC
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Stephen Scharf: This is another example of why the majority of users in most use cases don't need or, more importantly, cannot fully utilize ≥ 24 megapixel resolution either in APS-C or "full-frame" sensors; this level of resolution requires a lot of mechanical engineering workarounds just to obtain a sharp image, as well as impeccable shot discipline. I'm not saying shot discipline isn't important, it is, but it is often not achievable in a wide variety of use scenarios.

As I stated here before, this constant "push" by the media for more and more resolution isn't really best serving customer needs, it only drives incrementalism rather than real innovation. The latest 50 megapixel Canon 5D models are another example of incrementalism rather than true innovation. Most importantly, if you've read Thom Hogan's recent survey results from a statistically significant N of responders around features that they really want, the majority of customers are *not* asking more resolution.

Why do you think Canon or anyone has to make cameras to suit everyone's taste. If you don't want a 50MP camera don't buy one. You have a ton of choice. I know a lot of landscape and fashion guys from Canon that have been demanding this for a long time. Canon admits it's a niche camera so what's your problem?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 02:59 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: First off Great interview. Secondly, great responses. I was not a huge Nikon fan but I respected their products. However, after this interview I can truly see how dedicated they are to their customers.

This is in stark contrast to the last Canon interview where they basically said F.U. we are better than everyone else and if you don't like it then we don't care.

I have said it before and I will say it again. Canon is doomed simply because of their attitude towards their customers. I know their downfall won't happen anytime soon but it will happen one day unless they adopt a great attitude like Nikon demonstrated in this interview.

I really hope that they keep developing the 1 series. I really liked their most recent iteration of that camera. Give it a few more iterations and I think they might actually be able to gain some traction in the mirrorless world.

You are kidding, one of the least informative interviews I've wasted time on reading. Borderline farce.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 02:56 UTC

What a lame interview from Nikon. They might have as well pleaded the fifth and refused to answer any questions. Learned nothing at all from them, other than they should become politicians. Compare the lack of detail coming from Canikon compared to others and they still have this air of superiority. We're too important to give you details, just wait and see what we release and be impressed.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 02:55 UTC as 104th comment | 4 replies
On Sony Alpha a7 II Review preview (774 comments in total)

"Our lab tests confirm that the Sony a7 II does between 1 and 2-stops poorer than the Nikon D750"

Totally ridiculous Nikon can blow Sony away for noise from basically an identical sensor, and has always been the case. Given the much increased weight of the A7 II, the p!ss poor controls, average AF, the D750 is hands down a much better camera other than lacking IBIS, but Nikon has so many VR lenses who cares unless you have a lot of legacy glass. Only thing about the Sony that's much better, the amazingly versatile mount allowing almost any glass to mounted. Nikons mount is way past it's useless use by date.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 1, 2015 at 04:44 UTC as 128th comment | 4 replies
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (737 comments in total)
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BennoFG: How can this not be a stand out camera?!
This is absolutely a stand out camera.

It does 2 things better than any other camera on earth can do.

push a 64mp raw file out of a 16mp sensor from precise half pixel-shift increments. (don't talk about restrictions, it is what it is and no other camera can do it better.)

Offer 5 stops of image stabilisation for any (ANY) lens that is attached to it.

I don't feel Olympus and the EM5II are getting as much recognition as they deserve.

How does it stand out? I have the E-M5 and don't think it stands out. Sure this is overall better in most areas, but I see nothing ground breaking.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2015 at 05:49 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (737 comments in total)
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thx1138: Why not down sample the 64MP RAWs to 40MP rather than post them at 64MP?

While I can many improvements over the original E-M5, IQ has barely budged and this is my main bugbear with the m4/3 sensors, they seem stuck in a time warp. While I love my E-M5 going forward I'm not sure I'll stay in that ecosystem unless there is a genuine breakthrough on the sensor front soon. But I do love the lenses so hard to give those up.

Also disappointing to see the woeful menu system still in place by Olympus and I guess the manual is still as bad as ever.

Clear lack of reading and comprehension skills shown by many on this forum. Where did I say anything about resolution, there's a lot more to a sensor than pixel count. 16MP if fine for such a small sensor, but there has been no progress in DR, low ISO shadow noise, high ISO noise since the E-M5 came out.

Sad to see how insecure many mirrorless fanbois are about their toys as any criticism is not tolerated. Actually it's quite pathetic.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2015 at 05:47 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (737 comments in total)

Why not down sample the 64MP RAWs to 40MP rather than post them at 64MP?

While I can many improvements over the original E-M5, IQ has barely budged and this is my main bugbear with the m4/3 sensors, they seem stuck in a time warp. While I love my E-M5 going forward I'm not sure I'll stay in that ecosystem unless there is a genuine breakthrough on the sensor front soon. But I do love the lenses so hard to give those up.

Also disappointing to see the woeful menu system still in place by Olympus and I guess the manual is still as bad as ever.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 07:52 UTC as 116th comment | 7 replies
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nkistrup: 0-stop circular polarizer? That alone is intriguing.

My lenses are geared for macro & landscape work, but it seems that attribute would be nice for the 150-600 long telephoto lenses.

They are not implying that at all.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 02:36 UTC
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luxor2: Transmittance values are improbable!

Clearly they just mean the glass not including the polarization foils. You want the highest transmittance glass as your starting point.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2015 at 02:35 UTC
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agaoo: can't wait for 42.5mm F1.7 though expected new weathersealed OIS lenses from panasonic.

Why wait, Oly has had the superb 45 f/1.8 for year now.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2015 at 04:10 UTC

Nice enough video but we have zero proof of the tracking ability. What is the keeper rate, where are the 100% crops of the full size RAWs? Show me those and I would be far more impressed if it really can deliver consistently. Anybody can get a a sharp shot now and then, but what about 95% keeper rate and by that I mean critically sharp at 100% view.

However, the lack of EVF and the small size are a total turn off for me especially when hanging large glass off the camera. Heck we might as just well integrate the sensor into the lens, the body is so small as to be useless. Menu driven control is a total joke for a serious action camera and is bad enough for general walk about shooting.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2015 at 02:14 UTC as 120th comment | 8 replies
On Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D article (318 comments in total)
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Intermittentoverexposure: They're both still clunky mirror box machines. Consumers are catching on to systems like the Sony A6000. The newbie at work that asked what to upgrade his Nikon to just switched after I suggested it. He dumped a Nikon D5100, which really isn't much different than the "new" 5500. Once more consumers figure out there's ZERO reason to buy these old clunkers, Canikon will be playing catch-up.

The fan boys will never tell you about Sony's rank amateur and frankly pathetic customer service. Cameras to Sony are still just another electronic device like a toaster.

I'll take a clunky mirror box camera with great phase detect Af over a mirrorless camera with crap contrast detect that can't track anything moving faster than a snail worth a damn.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2015 at 09:09 UTC
On Opinion: Canon EOS 750D and 760D article (318 comments in total)
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blue hour: If you appreciate the Canon 760 D feature set and control layout
you should consider the Canon 70 D.

The 70 D offers a superior pentaprism viewfinder, Canons cutting edge Dual Pixel CMOS AF, better battery life and a more durable body.

I'd wait and see how the IQ compares of the two sensors. If the new 24MP sensor offers some tangible improvements in DR, read noise, colour accuracy then it'd be my pick.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 23:45 UTC
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Peiasdf: I hope Pentax don't increase the size of it camera just to "balance" the lens. Compact FF is where it is at.

Ha Ha, you want to put a 150-450 on a FF mirrorless. You dreamin'. Mirrorless is useless with big glass. I'd rather have a DSLR any day for sports and action with big glass. Mirrorless is fine for landscape, architecture, fashion.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2015 at 04:18 UTC
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thx1138: Is this a Canon sensor or Sony sensor? 5Ds (R) all use antiquated Canon sensor (essentially 7D II sensor scaled up to FF).

Yes I meant is it Sony tech sesnor? I find it hard to beleive they couldn't have used this esnor on 7D II and includied DPAF it is there own sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 01:46 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2356 comments in total)
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MPA1: Technically impressive but practicality lacking for many uses - which at least they seem to have recognised.

And I beleive Canon have improve low ISO read noise. This should be able to push shadows fairly well. It might not be as good as a Sony sensopr, but I think for there target audience thjey have tuned the sensor to give it's best. Sure I'd love to see a Sony like sensor in this, but I'm not even sure I'll buy one, at least not until they are readily available second hand say in about 18 months.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 11, 2015 at 01:44 UTC
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jaykumarr: So, Canon missed out 24MP in 7D MII ? anyway welcome T6 s.

Who said anything about DPAF. Talking DR, low ISO read noise, colour depth. Yeah do some reading next time.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 02:22 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2356 comments in total)
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Peter CS: Note to Canon - 50MP might sound great, but landscape photographers are just as much interested in great dynamic range, and this is why almost all serious landscape photographers have migrated to Nikon! I have held on to my L glass and love the new 11-24mm and 16-35mm, in hopes of a serious Canon rival to the Nikon 600,700,and 800 series. Also, I greatly appreciate the fact that Canon is bolder than Nikon in clearly labeling which lenses are weather-resistant. I hope that the 5s does have better dynamic range than it sounds like it does - and certainly better than 5dIII! I can only imagine trying to create HDR images from these huge image files - what a pain! (and may need/require necessary and expensive computer resources/upgrades!).
Canon, please just give us a 24mp or higher, high dynamic range camera so I can finally dust off my L lenses in storage and permanently retire my 5d and problematic Nikon FX equipment for good!
Lastly, thumbs up to Nikon for the 750 pivoting screen!

The overall DR is the same as the 5D III, 11.8 stops, but it's low ISO read noise is apparently much better something like 1.5-2 stops better than 1D X, but this has come at expense of high ISO noise, which is not really an issue unless you do astrophotography or shoot in caves. Looks like they've tuned it for landscape, architecture and fashion.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 01:31 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (2356 comments in total)
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jkokich: I've got a way to reduce mirror slap...

Yeah, sure if you want to use the ergonomically challenged A7R with it's myriad of issues, poor handling with longer glass and lack of lenses sure that's a good option

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2015 at 01:28 UTC
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