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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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 55th comment
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (1661 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 (1661 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 (1661 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 (1661 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 (1661 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 (42 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 (430 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 (1661 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

Not many comments bout the actually quality of output from PSP. How does it perform as a RAW converter compared to LR5 and and say DxO 9 or C1 7 Pro?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2014 at 21:39 UTC as 5th comment | 5 replies
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 (572 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 (572 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 123rd 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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