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 Fujifilm announces new rugged and long zoom compacts article (28 comments in total)

1/2.33" sensors should be banned. Can't believe we still see this crap in abundance in 2015.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2015 at 09:36 UTC as 12th comment | 3 replies
On Canon to move camera production back to Japan article (108 comments in total)
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Mike FL: One thing is for sure, you pay less for "Made in China". Such as:

"Yongnuo clones Canon’s ‘nifty fifty’ down to every last detail at half the price (@$69)" per IR.

"the 'build quality seems to be on par with Canon’s 50mm 1.8 II; maybe a *tad bit better*, but not by much.'"

http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2014/12/18/yongnuo-clones-canons-nifty-fifty-down-to-every-last-detail-at-half-the-pri

BTW:
Actually, you can get it for not $69, but $40 with free shipping.

As an reference a "Leica Lens Coffee Cup Mug" is $45, and " Made in Germany. Never used, only removed from box for this photo". Per seller, Oh yes. " Made in Germany."

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Leica-Lens-Coffee-Cup-Mug-Summarit-S-70-/181637130719?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a4a6aa9df

"the 'build quality seems to be on par with Canon’s 50mm 1.8 II; maybe a *tad bit better*, but not by much.'"

That's not an endorsement but an indictment. 50 f/12.8 II build quality is a joke.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 13, 2015 at 01:21 UTC
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ogl: Good lenses, but too big...IMO.

So please explain how you change the laws of physics to make them smaller. All this demonstrates is the absurdity of FF mirrorless system. Sony has been careful to realse only slow lenses so far so as not to destroy the illusion of a compact system. But they can't keep the illusion forever and people will want fast lenes and guess what, they aren't that much smaller for mirrorless in many cases.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2015 at 10:33 UTC
On Nikon D5500 adds touchscreen and flat picture profile article (214 comments in total)

Not much going on at Nikon or Canon these days at least camera wise. Lame update, surprised it was called the D5300s. Still no D9400 and most likely never will be announced.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 04:39 UTC as 46th comment
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yslee1: Holy cow. I wasn't expecting this at all! 755 grams? It seems Nikon's PF might actually result in more weight savings than Canon's DO?

How pray tell did you come to that conclusion? Until Nikon manufactures a 400 f/4 PF you have no basis for your conclusion.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 04:34 UTC
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lcf80: Phone-like sensor + dark lens = no go.

More lame than even the Canon offerings. Pathetic circa 2000 sensors plaguing the waterproof segment. I would have hoped someone had a competitor to the Nikon AW1 by now, but alas just more crap.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2015 at 00:29 UTC
On Nikon D750 Review preview (1839 comments in total)
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Wahrsager: Seems like they've created the "Honda Accord" of DSLRs. It's not the fastest, the prettiest or most capable, but it's probably the most well-rounded out of all of them.

Gosh your aiming low if you think the Honda Accord is a great car. The D750 deserves a lot more praise than that. At least you didn't call it the Camry or Corolla of the camera world, that would be the ultimate insult.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 21, 2014 at 09:32 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1422 comments in total)

interesting that the D750 is better at ISO 51200 than the Sony A7 at 25600. I compared it to the 1D X and it's line ball even at 25600 and the D750 eeks out a bit more detail. Impressive given how good the 1D X is at high ISO.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 26, 2014 at 00:35 UTC as 42nd comment | 12 replies
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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 (2702 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 (2702 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 (2702 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 (333 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 73rd comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2702 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 (2702 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 (2702 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
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