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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Zeisschen: 95% Platinum award

75% lead award

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 10:36 UTC
On Samsung NX1 real-world sample images article (330 comments in total)
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onlooker: At ISO 1600 (4_BETASAMPLE_ISO1600_SAM_0170) NR seems very heavy handed.

Samsung haven't got a clue about processing. They should stick to TV's. Just having a million features doesn't make it a good product. Fuji and Sony are miles ahead.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2014 at 08:04 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2536 comments in total)
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Thanos700: Without being an expert,i think i notice some advantage of the 7Dii,after the 3200 iso till 12800.

The noise of the 7D II looks smoother than the others, but yes your right it can't be the AA filter.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 05:19 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2536 comments in total)
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arqomx: after tinkering with the comparison tool, particularly with RAW at ISO 3200 :
1. 7DM2 handles noise better than 70D, less chroma IMO
2. but fall short to Nikon D5300
3. XT-1 has the best noise level but with trade-off in sharpness

Rubbish, I loaded D5300 and it was worst by a long way. D7100 was noticeably better. I'm only looking at RAW as I don't care about jpg. D5300 is soft and much noisier than the other three cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 00:35 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2536 comments in total)
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Thanos700: Without being an expert,i think i notice some advantage of the 7Dii,after the 3200 iso till 12800.

At ISO 3200 (RAW) the Canon is ahead of the others for noise IMO, but the presence of thr AA filter means the images look a bit softer which would help smooth noise a tad. The Sony's colour noise is the most offensive. Alas 7D doesn't appear on this test. IMO the 7D II high ISO nois elooks quite good and is more than compettive with current APS-C sensors in that regard. While it won't match the DR at low ISO, it looks to be a lot better than 7D at high ISO based on my own experience with the 7D.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 00:18 UTC

Good to see Canon still not innovating!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 00:09 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
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TangoMan: As the camera grows older, its close focus ability will decrease and it will eventually need close-up lenses.

I see what you did there.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2014 at 00:09 UTC
On Sony shows off upcoming full-frame lenses at Photokina article (328 comments in total)
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tkbslc: Why does Sony hate fast lenses?

Well the 35 f/1.4 is fast, but the reason is simple: they don;t want you ruin the illusion of the A7(R) being a small camera system. Fast lenses will make it look unbalanced. Even as it is lenses like the 70-200 f/4 are unbalanced, but imagine whacking the f/.2.8 version on the camera. You'll be holding the lens only for balance. So Sony must stick to smaller slower lenses as a rule and offer a few fast WA primes. Give me a Nikon D810 any day of the week 99% of the time and you get vastly better AF.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 05:15 UTC

But it's the bread and butter crap P&S that makes the money for R&D. Huge volumes, thin margins, but now much much smaller volumes. Where is the money to come from to pay for R&D for the advanced P&S, IL compact and DSLR? Nikon is financial trouble and like Canon have no phone presence. Canon should have been making sensors for smart phones for years and unlike the DSLR which still gets by on primitive 0.5micron fab, they have advanced 0.18micron fab that would be ideal for small sensors. Nikon is screwed though.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2014 at 05:28 UTC as 70th comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2536 comments in total)
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Felts: There really are some hilariously obtuse views expressed on DPReview.

"If it's not the camera that either I own, or doesn't have the exact spec sheet that I want, it's a laughably bad product from a failing company that hates it's customers"

Or words to that effect.

All the bloody time.

Well said Felts.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 05:12 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2536 comments in total)
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sierranvin: Worth waiting for? But I already died, 27 mos. ago...
But it's ok, I'm coming back to life to check it out.
Wait, what's this, it weighs even more than the old 7D?
As a working nature photographer, I guess I'll be looking at the Sony a77MII at 2/3 the weight, 12 fps, EVF and 24MP. I feel very foolish for having waited to compare this product.

Sports and wildlife photographers aren't usually using small glass on this type of camera. 100-400L is sort of entry level and often 500 f/4. You think 50g makes one bit of difference, even if I'm shooting landscapes with a 10-22. Look at the stuff crammed into this, better featrues than 1D X and 5D III, at 1/4 and 1/2 the price respectively.

Also show me the Sony AF results when shooting at 12fps and then also show me all the Sony glass to compare to the Canon options for even say 400mm.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 04:08 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2536 comments in total)
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gskolenda: Come on Canon from a video perspective, This is Crap! No Time lapse, No Wifi,
No Slo-mo FPS, Limited codecs! I'm still buying a GH4 twice the camera, and 4K to boot! I don't want tohear about who needs 4K, If your thinking that, then you don't understand 4k's benefits!

It does have time-lapse according to the specs.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 01:14 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2536 comments in total)
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NancyP: Looks like an excellent birding camera for those who are not buying the 1DX and longer lenses. Plenty of pixels on the small bird with this camera, and I do believe I will be able to get more mileage out of the EF 400 f/5.6L without and with 1.4x TC. The price is right for this focal-length-limited specialty application, and for many other sports shooters.

Agreed, 1DX class AF in a good price and about 1.65x the reach in FL limited applications, makes 7D II + 400 a great entry level, but high quality point for birding and wildlife. I'd love to pair it with the 400 f/4 DO II. If I sell my 300 f/2/8L IS it will soften the budgetary hammer blows to my wallet.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 01:13 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2536 comments in total)
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sneakyracer: Well, while the 7D2 seems like a superb camera, but large DSLR style crop sensor cameras still reminds us of the time when Full Frame sensors were too expensive so most manufacturers adapted 35mm DSLRs for use with smaller sensors. The Fuji S2 pro is an example.

Only the most recent crop (no pun intended) of mirror less cameras take advantage of the smaller (crop) formats and gives us great cameras in a MUCH smaller package and most importantly, fast, really superb optics in small packages as well. The smaller sensors then make sense since the user gets size and weight savings across the board.

I would have liked to see a fast, pro build, mirror less body with industry leading (mirror less) AF performance along with a new line of lenses for said camera including FAST and affordable telephotos.

Maybe in ten years Canon will do that, if we are lucky!

Somebody that gets it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 00:59 UTC
On Panasonic unveils Lumix DMC-GM5 with EVF article (46 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I would gladly pay $899 for a 12-37mm F1.7-F2.8 M4/3 lens. Luckily they throw in a free camera body with it if you get the LX100. I can’t fathom buying the GM5 over the LX100 unless they also announce that great lens for m4/3s interchangeable lens cameras.

"The LX100 is the bomb of Photokina 2014." is that due to the lack of flash?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 00:57 UTC

Pro level camera it may be, but where is the pro level glass. 15fps would indicate it's designed for sports and wildlife action. So where's the 300/400/500mm lens options. I'd genuinely like to see how thing does for tracking fast erratic subjects compared to the new 7D II say with it's proven 1DX class AF. I'm hardly going to buy this camera just to put a 16-50 on it as nice as that sounds.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 23:20 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Canon PowerShot G7 X First Impressions Review preview (954 comments in total)
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b534202: It is good that this has a different FL than the RX100M3. People can just buy whichever one based on that alone.

Based on specs, unless you are into video I can't see why you'd get the Sony now. The Canon uses the same sensor, so no worry about IQ< offers more features and the lens has better FL range and is still f/2.8 at 100mm and unlike the Sony the aperture doesn't immediately shoot up from f/1.8 as soon as you zoom even 1mm.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 23:13 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2536 comments in total)
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Potemkin_Photo: As usual, the Japanese "differentiate" their line-up by putting one feature and taking out another. Have a touchscreen in the 70D but leave it out on the 7D just for sake of "differentiation." I guess they will be laughing all the way to the bank when fanbois go ahead and buy both because they must have both features.

No the fan_bois will just be wondering what your smoking and those of that know how to use a camera couldn't care less about the lack of touch screen. I have a phone for that.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 22:47 UTC
On Canon announces long-awaited EOS 7D Mark II article (114 comments in total)
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nerd2: 4K is a reality. We are expecting descent 4K IPS display at around $400 soon (check the news please people)

Indeed Karl, how many of us have 4K display devices. Another 2-3 years before 4K becomes mainstream.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 22:42 UTC

By Canon and Nikon current pricing standards the DO is remarkably good value at the same price roughly as the 300 f/2.8 II. I expected it to be $9.5K, so this is a pleasant surprise. I think I know what I'm getting for Xmas.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 22:35 UTC as 4th comment
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