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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herbymel: Of course I just bought the latest version of the 500 a couple months ago, but I expected this to happen and it was a stretch to afford that, so I'll be happy with it for a couple years.

A friend of mine that takes photo tours and moved to Nikon several years ago wrote a letter to Nikon telling them he will never buy one of their superteles until they can do what Canon did with their mk II lenses. Good to see they have finally responded, although I think the 400 f/2.8 was updated recently and is much lighter too.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 01:51 UTC
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slippedcurve623: Now If nikon updates their 200mm f/2, the 200-400mm f/4 ii (yea the nikon 200-400 ii is not as sharp, even when compared to canon 70-200mm f/2.8 ii) as well as releasing the d900 with the a7r ii sensor, then I might jump ship from canon :-)

Just making a version of the 200-400 that focuses at infinity would be a great start for Nikon. Why would you jump ship, the Canon 200-400 is amazingly good if ridiculously expensive, certainly prime quality IQ. Whispers are the 1D X II will finally get a totally new tech 25MP sensor with class leading DR and hopefully 5D IV gets this sensor tech too. If 5D IV does not deliver, I will just get 1D X II for my action/wildlife and Sony A7RII for everything else, that way I can keep my Canon glass. Nikon requires a whole new investment in glass.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 01:49 UTC
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BillyBobSenna: I am trying to get a handle on the cost. If I buy a 500 mm today for $10300 would I be able to sell for $8500 in 4 years? If so, the cost of the lens would be $450 per year. Assuming you use it at least 6-8 times per year that isn't too bad. I just looked on eBay and Craig's list and see that a used 500 mm goes for about $7-7.5K. A new old model 500 mm lens is $8.3K. Seems to hold its value well.

The only wild card is what is going to happen to the market as mirrorless continues to grow.

I sold my 7 year old 500 f/4 IS for the same money as I paid new. Once the new versions came out at double the price of the originals, the already great resale value of the old lens improved as they looked like bargains. Good to see the camera makers all ripping us off in the wake of the much weakened yen. Although Canon has cut the prices on a lot of lenses recently and their 500 and 600 are noticeably cheaper.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 01:44 UTC
On Sony: An eye on focus article (573 comments in total)
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Searching: Sony is sure getting good coverage these days.

Actually Sony does seem to upgrade every two seconds and most times they are minimal. The RX100 series gets upgraded every year, they release a new Z series smart phone every 6 months, the A7 cameras have been updated after little more than 12 months and is often the case with Sony, you need to avoid their first gen products like the plague and wait the brief time for the next gen version to hopefully fix a lot of the issues.

Now I'm not saying they don't make some great products and the new A7R II looks to be a stonkingly good camera which I may well end up buying if the Canon 5D IV doesn't break new ground and of course they make best sensors currently, but they do often seem to rush stuff out too fast and their aftermarket support is still pitiful; they see cameras the same way they see a toaster or other low tech item.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 01:41 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3373 comments in total)
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brownie314: AT ISO 3200 5Ds/R looks like more noise than D810.

Resample the 5DsR to 36MP and thenm compare, there's almost nothing in it to ISO 6400 and the 5DsR blows away the 5D III for detail. People get hung up on per pixel noise and forget how big an image the 5DsR would represent in print when looking at 100% crops. It's stupid. If the 5DsR could do 8fps then I'd swap my 5D III for it in a heartbeat. Having 50MP to play with when doing birding or wildlife would be fabulous on FF where heavy cropping is often needed unless you can afford 800mm

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 07:18 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3373 comments in total)
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bgbs: Verdict, if you own D810 stick with D810, 5DSr will not make your life better.
Congrats to Canon users for getting a camera they needed.

Why would a person invested in Nikon gear buy the 5Ds?

I'm Canon person but I'm not really that interested in this camera. I'm hoping a 5D IV comes along with 30-36MP, 8 fps, no AA filter, hybrid OVF/EVF, 4K video. Nikon has more than enough pixels for my needs.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 07:13 UTC
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Zeisschen: So ISO 800 is the maximum usable and even this is crazy noisy?
What a shame... Canon seeing impossible

You guys are seriously delusional and clearly have no clue. Download some files and compare it to D810 and 5D III even at ISO 6400 and then talk crap.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 06:57 UTC
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Mike Gerstner: From a layman's point of view:

I'm beginning to think that Canon hasn't figured out the technology yet to get lower shadow noise from their sensors, or that the only technology that is "usable(?)" is owned by sony & canon won't cough up the dough to get licensed to use it. Something's goin' on that makes no sense, to me anyway. I'm still hopin' that Canon does have a clue & is gonna show some progress in the very near future.............but the hopes are fading.

Otherwise, very nice photos. Resolution is very nice, but I'd rather have 24M images & better shadows.

Before you comment like this do some research, the 5DsR is much better than the 5D III. And no it's not as good as the Sony sensors, but it's much closer than you might expect. Sure you can't or shouldn't push shadows more than 3 stops, but comparative analysis to D810 show the 5DsR to be doing admirably given the older sensor tech.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 06:56 UTC
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garyknrd: I do not know much about these cameras. But the 800 ISO shot looks like my 7D noise. I would not buy one. Just me I guess.

You should have gone to spec savers. The 5DsR is better than the 5D III at least to ISO 3200 and downsampled it blows it away for detail, has less shadow noise and no banding. It's a class above the 7D II in noise and of course detail.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 06:53 UTC
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samfan: One reason why people use primes is that they are tiny. Which reminds me, I'd like to see Sigma go back to doing small lenses. The original 50-150/2.8 I used to have was awesome, the successor is a huge RPG. And all these lenses are behemoths as well.

Are you smoking crack? The Sigma 50-150 f/2.8 was a lazy design using a 70-200 f/2.8 body and APS-C mount essentially, it was overweight and disappeared because it was of no value compared to a 70-200 f/2.8; it was not lighter, it was not smaller and it was not much cheaper.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 11:07 UTC
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ttran88: Wow can't wait to get this in Canon mount and shoot it with the A7RII.

You mean they make awesome lenses and every Sony A7R user wants to use Canon glass. Next you'll tell me your A6000 is much better than a 1D X.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 10:59 UTC
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kevin_r: Will probably also weigh a ton.

No more than 1kg and possibly lighter. I would say similar to a 24-70 f/2.8, faster aperture vs double the FL.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 09:25 UTC
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Nigel Wilkins: Nothing for Lightroom?

Yes, but only CC. Total joke.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2015 at 01:34 UTC
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BartyLobethal: I have LR6 standalone. The updater is a bundle serving both LRCC and LR6, which is mildly confusing at first glance. I updated to LR6.1. There is no sign of a 'de-haze' tool, so it seems that standalone customers just get the bug fixes and new camera and lens supports - which isn't nothing.

Adobe are only making it available for LR CC. Totally pathetic and you can see they will try any dirty trick to get you to subscribe.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2015 at 01:33 UTC
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Beckler8: I've said this before but I'd gladly trade some of that RX100 lens speed for more reach at the telephoto end. 70mm means it effectively has no telephoto power at all, really, making this camera much more specialized. Just make a second version with say 28-150 f/2.8-4...much more versatile. Or better yet just make the lens removable and start a new micro lens line. This would be nice.

G7X shot it self in the foot with no EVF option, otherwise nice camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 02:41 UTC
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Beckler8: I've said this before but I'd gladly trade some of that RX100 lens speed for more reach at the telephoto end. 70mm means it effectively has no telephoto power at all, really, making this camera much more specialized. Just make a second version with say 28-150 f/2.8-4...much more versatile. Or better yet just make the lens removable and start a new micro lens line. This would be nice.

I'd have been happy with a 24-96 f/1.8-3.2

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 03:43 UTC
On Sony RX100 IV compact shoots 4k, uses a stacked sensor article (303 comments in total)
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Jefftan: $1000 for RX100 IV? Sony are you serious?
way overpriced

G7X is a much better deal. 4k maybe the only justification for price but how many people even have TV/monitor to view 4k now?

nice future proof feature but mostly useless for now

Pricing is typical Sony delusional. I recall when the original came out at $699 and here we are in light of depreciated Yen, strong US dollar at $949. Total joke. Even the A7RII sees a massive price increase over the A7R. In Australia with the idiot tax foreign companies slap on us, we're looking at $1200 and $4.5K IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 03:41 UTC
On Fujifilm FinePix S1 real-world sample gallery posted article (41 comments in total)

Yikes! So I look at the gallery and the images seems pretty good and I think mot bad. But then I click to download the full sized images and OMG, they are very poor. Mushy as all hell and these are supposedly processed from RAW and as good as it gets. Whatever you do, don't look at 100% and don't print bigger than about 8x10. Another camera ruined by those pitiful 1/2.3" sensors that are like a vile plague.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2015 at 23:27 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
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ThatCamFan: Seeing the noise performance, all I can say is OUCH, Canon is still so far behind.

This camera's high ISO may suck and it does, but it's hardly as though their other cameras are the same. Their FF cameras have superb high ISO. Use a 1D X or 6D.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 00:06 UTC
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Mal69: I just use a multi coated B+W polarizing filter, when turned the right way it eliminates those reflections, alternatively if the picture is very important i use my superpowers to levitate outside the window while i take the shot.

I think this will be good for all those camera phones of which there are tens of millions around the world.

Do you have one for your ultra-wide angle lens with bulbous front element.

The original application was in machine vision. I was working on something similar in eliminating specular reflections to be able to 3D image metals and came across this work 2 years ago. It may of been useful if our project was not canned.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2015 at 00:35 UTC
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