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 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 (1544 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 (1544 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 (1544 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 (1544 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 (1544 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 (1544 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 143rd comment | 7 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (679 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 (679 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 186th comment | 4 replies
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (643 comments in total)
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Sonyshine: A brilliant little action and wildlife camera from Nikon.
I really , really want one!

BUT....

Why is the EVF a separate extra?
What on earth were they thinking of with Micro SD cards?

The retail price is hysterically funny - no way will I pay anything near what they want for this camera when my V1 can do most of the things the V3 can do.

I still think this camera is a (potential) winner but Nikon's marketing department need to take a long walk off a short pier...

Brilliant if you only shoot in good light. Wouldn't be using this past ISO 400/800. Shadow noise even at base ISO!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2014 at 07:18 UTC
On Ricoh announces Pentax XG-1 superzoom article (195 comments in total)

Wow 200kp EVF, same as my 11 year old Fuji S7000. Good work Pentax. Same for the massive 240 shot battery. I mean what's using the juice with so few pixels on the EVF and even LCD is trailing edge res.

Knock 600mm off the FL and put more money on the important features Pentax.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 03:17 UTC as 65th comment
On Sony drops list price of Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 article (201 comments in total)

Ain't competition grand. Alas the Canikon duopoly have no qualms charging extortionate prices, especially on lenses. We've seen the Yen plummet in the last 18 months and yet prices are still rising.

Good on you Panasonic for shaming Sony into action.

Now tell me again how much that Nikon V3 was selling for?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 22:30 UTC as 43rd comment | 7 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)

"The first thing you'll notice here is that a) the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 is noticeably sharper"

Yes, the Sony jpg engine is a bit better and uses more sharpening, but there's no extra detail. The Panny lens looks better to me especially at the edges. Panasonic's never done jpgs very well and the Panny has a slight greenish cast, with the Sony more neutral. Stick to RAW.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 1, 2014 at 22:16 UTC as 149th comment | 2 replies
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (424 comments in total)
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jjlmoose: I'm not sure what all the fuss is... the way I read this is Apple will be incorporating an Aperture-like program called Photos in to Yosemite and you will be able to transfer all your Aperture libraries. Sounds like a win-win to me. Are people afraid that if you don't have to pay extra for it that'll be no good? With good RAW support, sounds to me like some Apple users will be less inclined to go with CC and more with frEE.

An aperture like app, is that like a Ferrari like car that turns out to be a Corolla. The replacement will be a pieced of dumbed down cr@p catering to the selfie loving iPhone hipsters.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2014 at 11:08 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1544 comments in total)
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reginalddwight: The D810 is a mid-cycle refresh of a class-leading DSLR with respect to IQ and DR.

I tend to agree with the reviewer that it is unlikely going to entice too many D800/E owners like myself to run out and upgrade to Nikon's latest offering, but any incremental refinement is better than none at all.

Naysayers will diss this D800/E successor (e.g. still no WiFi, GPS, or 4k video, etc.). Mirrorless fans will criticize any DSLR regardless.

For those who appreciate the amazing medium format-like IQ the D810's predecessors are capable of producing in the hands of skilled photographers, I view the tiny improvements in this D810 as welcome additions--however "unexciting" they may be.

You certainly wouldn't upgrade D800 to this, but if you are coming from D700, D600 very nice upgrade and speed increase makes it more viable for action work and closer to the all-rounder nature of 5D III, with sizable advantage in DR at low ISO. Heck even in 1.2x crop mode you get 25MP at 6fps which is still higher res than 5D III. Too bad none of my Canon glass can be mounted to the Nikon.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 22:34 UTC
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