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 article All about that lens: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III review (351 comments in total)
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JT26: Really nice camera. Looks marvellous... However is it just me or do the photos above 200 ISO look a little like a painting?

Overpriced, overweight, overhyped. Painterly mush @ ISO 200 and worst of all it's a 600mm equivalent lens so you'd think to be used for wildlife action and the AF blows chunks.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 10:30 UTC

After trying the light/white theme I hate it, as boring as as a white bathroom or kitchen. I'll be sticking to black or at least maybe you could offer a dark theme.
Also light theme sucks on portable devices as that's a lot more power usage for screen.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2016 at 06:02 UTC as 93rd comment

LOL, I said 4 months ago there will be a very quick firmware update to fix the crippled video capabilities, good to see Nikon come to its senses. Nice changes but not sure why they weren't part of the shipping product initially.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 23:41 UTC as 6th comment
On article Medium-format mirrorless: Hasselblad unveils X1D (1185 comments in total)
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duartix: Who manufactures this sensor?

Sony makes 50MP sensor for Pentax 645Z don't they?

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 13:18 UTC
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (473 comments in total)
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The Silver Nemesis: I believe the buyer is not right. It is like configuring an Audi and then issue a complaint because the Park Pilot cannot park your car (that's included in thd Park Pilot Plus, btw...).

Do you understand what the word integrated means - clearly not.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 05:14 UTC
On article D500 owner formally accuses Nikon of false advertising (473 comments in total)
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Vintagecamera1930: This is not false advertising, wifi can be utilized using their proprietary app or purchasing the WT-7. The manual explains how to switch from Bluetooth to wifi (Page 354) on the smart device and also makes a reference on page 256 on how to upload over a network using the Wt-7. Page 354 tells what the snapbridge app can and cannot connect to as well.

Mr. Andreas V needs to be a big boy and buy the adapter if he does not want to use the app.

Sandy B, I think you meant this is crap. Absolute garbage argument by vintagecamera

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 05:12 UTC
On article Hasselblad to announce 'game changer' next week (455 comments in total)

Must be a 90% price cut is coming

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2016 at 05:05 UTC as 127th comment | 1 reply
On article Road tripping through New South Wales, Australia (31 comments in total)

I grew up on lighthouses along the south coast of NSW, too bad that my parents didn't introduce me to photography back then as the wonders I saw growing up in this region were truly amazing. Ah to have a DSLR and go back in time.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2016 at 22:45 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On article 2016 Roundup: $1200-2000 ILCs part 1 - Crop-Sensor (187 comments in total)
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kewlguy: Funny though, at the price of the best overal crop sensor camera you can buy 6D, D750, etc for a lot less money with arguably better IQ.

In Australia you can easily find the D750 for much less than the D500. D500 is $2750-3300, while I have seen D750 for $2100-2600. D500 is a total rip-off in Australia.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2016 at 20:14 UTC

When will Adobe fix the woeful profiles for the Canon 5Ds(R). The camera has been out 15 months or more and the profiles are ridculously overcontrasty. Sure you can create your own presets, but you shouldn't have to make such big changes to the defaults to get the shot to look as good as it does in other RAW converters not just DPP.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2016 at 20:08 UTC as 32nd comment | 2 replies
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1083 comments in total)
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thx1138: Interesting comparing RAW image quality at ISO 6400, we see the D500 is only marginally better than the D7200, and not much better than the 7DII. Sony A6300 is noisier than even 7DII at ISO 6400, but all are doing well. Resizing the D7200 shots to 20.7MP would yield almost no difference to D500. 12800 looks to be the limit for any of them. At 25600 the D500 is clearly best, but not useable unless downsampled. Interesting how poorly Sony sensor does as ISO goes over 6400.

Oh no Sony alert. Use your eyes and scan the entire scene. The a6300 is blotchier and has no more detail. Resampling 24MP to 20MP will make very little difference. Stop worrying about the tech and look at the results. For a supposedly god like sensor it is beaten by Toshiba's D7200 sensor and at least matched by antiquated 7D II. Note I'm am not talking DR just noise.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 11:29 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1083 comments in total)
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thx1138: Yikes looking at the bike rider for the AF testing, maybe just one is a keeper but still not critically sharp. The rest are junk. The soccer player looks better but hard to say at such small sizes

Well why show his face at 100%. What a cop out. What sports photographer wants blurred face and sharp shirt. Are you for real. If this was Canon camera you would have laid the smack down big time.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 11:24 UTC
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1083 comments in total)

Yikes looking at the bike rider for the AF testing, maybe just one is a keeper but still not critically sharp. The rest are junk. The soccer player looks better but hard to say at such small sizes

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 01:08 UTC as 115th comment | 4 replies
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1083 comments in total)

Interesting comparing RAW image quality at ISO 6400, we see the D500 is only marginally better than the D7200, and not much better than the 7DII. Sony A6300 is noisier than even 7DII at ISO 6400, but all are doing well. Resizing the D7200 shots to 20.7MP would yield almost no difference to D500. 12800 looks to be the limit for any of them. At 25600 the D500 is clearly best, but not useable unless downsampled. Interesting how poorly Sony sensor does as ISO goes over 6400.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 01:01 UTC as 118th comment | 5 replies
On article Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review (1083 comments in total)

Clearly Nikon misspelt the name as the app was supposed to be called CrapBridge. Seriously this is not difficult stuff and I suspect they are paying the janitor 10 Yen and hour to design the app.

Link | Posted on May 26, 2016 at 00:37 UTC as 120th comment | 2 replies
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goactive: Seems like people are not taking into fact that the sample images here are not edited to taste like you would do with something you shot.

If you add sharpening and contrast and all around edit them fully i do not think they would look any better or worse then any other 85mm out their.
Now i have to get this one or the Nikon or a Sigma.
I would like to get more info on the VC to see how well it works i can see that as a big plus.

Seriously if you think the Tamron offers nothing over say the Canon 85 f/1.8 other than VC you need to take up another hobby. There has already been an extensive review of this lens and the verdict was overwhelming good. IQ is superb and a step up from the likes of the Canon. The lens is full metal construction, and weather sealed and better built than SIgma Art lenses. The VC was good for at least 3 stops. CA was very low, distortion very low, AF is better than in the 35/45 f/1.8 they recently released. The only potential issue might be images are not quite as sharp with VC enabled, but more testing needs to be done. This lens easily matches it with the best out there and the price is a relative bargain IMO. The Canon 85 f/1.8 is not in the same league at this at all especially build quality. Do you think if Canon released a new 85 f/1.8 IS it would in any way not be at least 2x dearer.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 02:18 UTC
On article Nikon D500 real-world sample gallery updated (68 comments in total)
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thx1138: There seems to be a huge disconnect between dpreview's high ISO shots and real world shots being displayed in the forums on this and other sites. Frankly looking at these I'm underwhelmed, with plenty of noise visible even at ISO 800 in blazing sunshine. Yet I have seen images even at ISO 18000 in the forum that are amazingly clean and full of detail. Others are showing ISO 3200-6400 as very clean, far from what I'm seeing here. Not sure what's going on, but if this was my only source of information I would not buy this camera.

The images I was looking in the ISO 11000-1800 range were 100% views.
I disagree because it is APS-C it'll show noise (or that much noise) at ISO 800, especially in bright sunshine. That level of noise was the case several year ago in cameras like my 7D, but the D500 is the new benchmark.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2016 at 12:33 UTC
On article Nikon D500 real-world sample gallery updated (68 comments in total)

There seems to be a huge disconnect between dpreview's high ISO shots and real world shots being displayed in the forums on this and other sites. Frankly looking at these I'm underwhelmed, with plenty of noise visible even at ISO 800 in blazing sunshine. Yet I have seen images even at ISO 18000 in the forum that are amazingly clean and full of detail. Others are showing ISO 3200-6400 as very clean, far from what I'm seeing here. Not sure what's going on, but if this was my only source of information I would not buy this camera.

Link | Posted on May 14, 2016 at 02:41 UTC as 20th comment | 4 replies
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photo perzon: I see a lot of noise in the samples

Shoosh, only reserve criticism for Canon products, you've been warned.

Seriously it's pretty bad when they lift the shadows even a little and lens is not that sharp.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 01:32 UTC
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Dodge_Rock: I prefer this type of camera review above all others. Technical reviews are a snooze fest. Thanks for providing the updated samples. Looks like people pics turn out really well!

Both types of review are of importance and most welocme, but the Sony trolls get hung up on sensor specs far too often and think DR is all that matters. How on earth did all those other great photos ever get taken in high contrast situations I wonder.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2016 at 01:31 UTC
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