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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On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1197 comments in total)

That second photo on the last page of the train tracks is woeful, full of noise and I was shocked it was only ISO 500, not ISO 5000. What the hell went wrong with the supposed ISOless sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 10:48 UTC as 48th comment | 2 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1197 comments in total)
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Mr Spocko: Nice but too expensive

I'd be happy if that price were in South sea pesos (aka the Australian dollar) but at nearly $1000USD Sony are smoking crack. $799 would have been reasonable. Somehow 4K video is to cameras as carbon fibre is to cars and adds big dollars just for the name alone.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 10:30 UTC
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Henrikw: If only they would put a 1" sensor in this one. That would be a winner

That would mean no 600mm equivalent lens. I'd have been happy with even the 2/3" sensor format. It would have been sad if it had used a 1/1.7" sensor but still using the pathetically small 1/2.33" sensor which is is what some smart phones use from Sony, is a joke in 2015.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 09:20 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1197 comments in total)
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Slowfish: What is the true resolution at 960FPS (2 sec option) ?

Clearly very low, the bee video looks like a 30 year old VHS that's been played too many times.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 01:10 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: Three elements?

Earth, wind and fire!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 01:04 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1197 comments in total)
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Lassoni: Now if panny could just make a better version of lx100, everyone would be happy!

Does it have an EVF or option of an EVF? Only reason Sony would get my money, but even then only if I could get it for less than $650.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 00:52 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1197 comments in total)
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Soggoth: Frankly, I don't see any real difference in IQ between RX100IV and RX100III in the studio test scene.

I believe the $1500 RX100X, will finally offer slightly better IQ than the RX100. How long before the RX100 matches the A7 price. Ridiculous price for a compact, but hey that's been Sony's way forever.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 00:50 UTC
On Phase One 645DF+ with IQ250 field test article (139 comments in total)

Why on earth would you buy this archaic looking behemoth when you can get a Pentax 645Z also with the same Sony 50MP CMOS sensor, for less than half the price. Camera makes no sense at this price.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 08:11 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
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Free Jazz: 100% SNR is worse than 7D mk2.

LOL, yes and if you think for one second that somehow implies the 7D II has superior IQ at any ISO you need to start taking your meds again. 5DsR has the best IQ of any Canon DSLR to date and trounces the 5D III at any ISO up to at least 3200.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 01:26 UTC
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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 (758 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 (3411 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 (3411 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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