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 Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (378 comments in total)
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zorgon: This is why I always wait at least a couple of months after release before buying a new camera.

I wait 6 months minimum. First I don't want to be a beta tester, second there'll be new fw to improve things most likely, third prices will ease and/or supply will improve after demand drops. Nikon have quite the reputation these days.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 00:17 UTC
On Niko announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots' article (378 comments in total)

15 stops of DR and 0 stops of QC. Thanks Nikon for getting the priorities sorted.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 00:14 UTC as 43rd comment | 2 replies
On Sony Xperia Z2 camera review post (37 comments in total)

Crazy generous score. The photo IQ is simply second rate at any thing other than viewing it on the phone itself. I'm sure it's a relative score and only compared to other phones but the score is crazy. I reckon DxO would rate this better than a 5D III sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 11:14 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (552 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: You guys do realize that this camera is targeted towards people who DON’T want a viewfinder. I am sure they will also realize another model that is targeted towards people who don’t want a viewfinder. The point is that they will offer cameras that fulfill everyone’s needs instead of forcing people to like what they think is best.

I can't believe we cater to those people.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 22:58 UTC
On Sony a5100 First Impressions Review preview (552 comments in total)

Not sure how it's $200 more than a5000. It's a simple evolution with a few added features. Price is crazy close to a6000, which due to in-built EVF alone, remains far better choice. It's not even possible for an EVF attachment for a5100! Also why this obsession with making camera as small as possible when they use a large sensor and large lenses. Other than if you use a pancake or small prime the camera looks unbalanced. a6000/5100 are already plenty small enough for a camera with APS-C sensor. This is why m4/3 makes a lot more sense even if IQ is not as good, it's still very good and the lenses are genuinely smaller. If I was really obsessed with camera size I'd buy the RX100III

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 07:20 UTC as 118th comment | 1 reply
On Manfrotto announces carbon fiber BeFree tripod article (110 comments in total)

It's still amazing to see how Carbon fiber is still treated like some super exotic material that needs to be priced accordingly. I have a firend who works with Carbon fiber that says it only costs about 25% more than fiber glass, yet we see price prices 2-3x as much. Gitzo prices have reached absurd levels and I refuse to buy their products. Here's a good tip. Benro make Induro gear and the high end Benro gear that is almost identical to the Induro is not available for direct sale in USA, but can be found from Chinese website where it is made and on ebay. I have a Benro with the 8x Carbon fiber that is superbly made with stainless steel fittings etc and costs about 1/3 the Gitzo equivalent and much cheaper than the equivalent Induro.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 23:36 UTC as 10th comment
On Behind the Shot: Flames of the North article (67 comments in total)

Alas, when I was at Jökulsárlón last year, it was raining and the wrong time of year for the northern lights. Definitely would love to go back in March or September and pray for good weather. Amazing spot, also for bird photography.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2014 at 22:34 UTC as 15th comment
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BoFiS: If it wasn't a HUGE 6" device, I'd be much more impressed or interested...

Then look at the LG G3, 5.5" screen and otherwise very similar specs.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 22:09 UTC
On Canon India teases 'something big' coming soon article (150 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: I hope it is a 6D Mark II with incredible video features (4K @ 30 FPS, 1080p @ 60 FPS, 720p @ 96 FPS), excellent live view AF, and a reasonable cost(Under $2000). That would be a truly “BIG” announcement and it would be a camera that would make me switch to Canon instantly.

I hope you like being disappointed. You will not see 4K video in a Canon consumer DSLR for a long time. Canon says only 10% of people by DSLR for video features. They want you to buy a Cinema camera Cxxx for big dollars and even then only the C500 does 4K.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 22:12 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1505 comments in total)
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goosel: edges and corners are quite blurred with a fair amount of CA. Which lens was used?? Surely not the same one as with the D800 ??

Yes indeed, quite noticeably so, compared to 5D III which is sharp corner to corner. I was wondering if they should try another lens or copy.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 01:44 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1505 comments in total)
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stevevelvia50: Comparing the paint tube lettering, and other small edge details at ISO 800 and above, the D 800 and D 800E appear to have slightly better detail. Perhaps the Nikon D 810s noise suppression is overly aggressive on extremely fine detail? Maybe they used a different lens? From these samples I see no "Visible advantage " to using the D810.

D810 and D4s are clearly using more NR in jpg and at the same time using more sharpening, than the D800E and D4. D810 only looks to have improved chroma noise. If you shoot RAW you will be hard pressed to see any difference whatsoever below ISO 3200-6400.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2014 at 01:43 UTC
On Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap to end of 2015 article (171 comments in total)
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MonteCarlo67: This new lens road map just made my day! The 16mm & 90mm will be on my shopping list. After 25+ years shooting both Canon & Nikon (more Nikon than Canon) I was hesitant to jump to Fuji. I thought, "nobody can compete with Canon & Nikon"! Now, I not only could care less about what Canon & Nikon releases, I could care less if I ever hear there names again!

Nor do they care about you telling people they don't care about you telling people they don't care.

Maybe you need to adjust your reality distortion field and check the DSLR sales vs mirrorless worldwide and then tell me who's worried.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2014 at 03:20 UTC
On Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap to end of 2015 article (171 comments in total)
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Joachim Gerstl: Fuji makes great lenses my only wish is that they focus more on small lenses.

The main reason to use my XP1 instead of my FF Canon is size and weight. Beside the first primes most newer lenses are rather big and heavy. The 1.4/23 is borderline, the fantastic 1.2/56 already too heavy for my taste. The f2.8 zooms will be huge.

So you want slow kit lenses that dominate other manufacturers lin-ups. IMO if you buy into a system like the Fuji, it's not as a backup for a FF DSLR it's as a long term replacement. Fuji is clearly targeting the more serious photographer that appreciates DOF control and getting you somewhat close to what FF provides. APS-C is still a big sensor, so glass is going to be relatively large.

I was not prepared to make a huge investment in a mirrorless system that really does a serve as a backup for my FF, so I went the m4/3 route with it's fast yet much smaller lenses.

I applaud Fuji for taking the path they are on with their glass and if they can make a camera that can AF as well as a 1D X, shoot at 10fps+, have abattery life measure din the thousands of shots and offer true supertelephoto lenses I'd probably jump ship. Throw in a few TS-E lenses for good measure to round out the line-up.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 22:40 UTC
On Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap to end of 2015 article (171 comments in total)
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MonteCarlo67: This new lens road map just made my day! The 16mm & 90mm will be on my shopping list. After 25+ years shooting both Canon & Nikon (more Nikon than Canon) I was hesitant to jump to Fuji. I thought, "nobody can compete with Canon & Nikon"! Now, I not only could care less about what Canon & Nikon releases, I could care less if I ever hear there names again!

That's nice, but they could care even less about you leaving as do the rest of us.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 22:33 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1505 comments in total)
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AEY: Is D810 sensor the same as Sony A7r?

The A7R sensor must be different as the D810 sensor has native ISO 64 and larger well capacity, it might only be a small difference, but they could not have done that on the A7R sensor. Also DxO has benchmarked the D810 sensor to have an extra 0.5EV DR over the already excellent D800(E) sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 22:18 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1505 comments in total)
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thx1138: The only improvement I can see (and I'm talking only RAW) is that at high ISO the D810 has less chroma noise, otherwise they are so close as to not matter, at any ISO. Clearly Sony won't be getting any more out of its current sensor technology, not that it needs to do much more. The main reason I'd get a D810 is if I had a D700, it's not worth a D800 user upgrading. The native ISO 64 and increased shooting speed are welcome but not reason enough to upgrade.

I wonder if there are many real breakthroughs left on the sensor front using current technology. Canon needs to deliver a 7D II with a sensor that is line-ball with the Sony efforts, lest they face the nightmare of Sony releasing all new sensors that further widen the considerable gap that already exists.

Sorry Daviddgf that you are flipping burgers for a career, but no need to take it out on others. I'm sure you'd love to do research, if you knew what it meant.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 04:12 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1505 comments in total)
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thx1138: The only improvement I can see (and I'm talking only RAW) is that at high ISO the D810 has less chroma noise, otherwise they are so close as to not matter, at any ISO. Clearly Sony won't be getting any more out of its current sensor technology, not that it needs to do much more. The main reason I'd get a D810 is if I had a D700, it's not worth a D800 user upgrading. The native ISO 64 and increased shooting speed are welcome but not reason enough to upgrade.

I wonder if there are many real breakthroughs left on the sensor front using current technology. Canon needs to deliver a 7D II with a sensor that is line-ball with the Sony efforts, lest they face the nightmare of Sony releasing all new sensors that further widen the considerable gap that already exists.

Only D800 owners with more money than sense would rush out to upgrade. If you seriously think the small differences will improve your photography you need a new hobby.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 00:20 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1505 comments in total)

The only improvement I can see (and I'm talking only RAW) is that at high ISO the D810 has less chroma noise, otherwise they are so close as to not matter, at any ISO. Clearly Sony won't be getting any more out of its current sensor technology, not that it needs to do much more. The main reason I'd get a D810 is if I had a D700, it's not worth a D800 user upgrading. The native ISO 64 and increased shooting speed are welcome but not reason enough to upgrade.

I wonder if there are many real breakthroughs left on the sensor front using current technology. Canon needs to deliver a 7D II with a sensor that is line-ball with the Sony efforts, lest they face the nightmare of Sony releasing all new sensors that further widen the considerable gap that already exists.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2014 at 22:57 UTC as 131st comment | 7 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (629 comments in total)
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thx1138: The FZ1000 lens is soft on the LHS of the test scene and the RX10 on the RHS of the test scene making comparisons hard except in the very middle. Both lenses are mediocre in image quality. Compare it to the Nikon 1 V3 and the level of detail with it's kit lens is much better. However, the noise in the Nikon is very obvious even at ISO 200 in RAW. Similarly the Sony RX100III lens is soft too. None of them impress me enough to warrant buying one, but I can see their appeal and maybe their are better copies out there.

The point which was obvious has nothing to do with the price of the cameras. It's just showing that these all-in-one superzoom lenses still are a long way behind even entry level lenses on IL cameras. I chose the Nikon since it has a 1" sensor as well. If I wanted to truly embarrass the panasonic I'd have chosen a much cheaper m4/3 camera and lens combo.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 22:51 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (629 comments in total)

The FZ1000 lens is soft on the LHS of the test scene and the RX10 on the RHS of the test scene making comparisons hard except in the very middle. Both lenses are mediocre in image quality. Compare it to the Nikon 1 V3 and the level of detail with it's kit lens is much better. However, the noise in the Nikon is very obvious even at ISO 200 in RAW. Similarly the Sony RX100III lens is soft too. None of them impress me enough to warrant buying one, but I can see their appeal and maybe their are better copies out there.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 21, 2014 at 22:31 UTC as 165th comment | 4 replies
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