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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DualSystemGuy: "Up to" haha, I hate that qualifier. It's like a sale at the store, "up to 50% off". 99% of the stuff is 10% off, but there is a lone pair of socks somewhere in the back of the store that's 50% off.

Hopefully the Sigma update means real noticeable improvements for the majority of users.

Well already reports saying it's noticeably faster at least 30-40%.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2016 at 06:53 UTC
On article Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 Review (2444 comments in total)
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princecody: Olympus Pen-F is the JPEG King in my opinion 😀

Fuji sensors are much better. m4/3 has barely moved the goal posts in 6 years and why I'll be dumping my Olympus kit. Sony or Fuji for me, but Sony has moved way past Fuji on AF prowess after being at the bottom of the pack for so long, not that Fuji has ever been great.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 20:59 UTC
On article Seriously sharp: Sony FE 85mm F1.4 GM samples (262 comments in total)
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D135ima: And where actually bokeh? These Samples show remarkable detail and lack thereof of chromatic aberrations. But who would have thought, what could be worse in this class of lenses in 2016 ? My bokemaniya long gone. Actually I do not care, but is in an advertising campaign, it was not one of the main points ? In close-ups, where the foreground is not connected with backgroung - there is not this thing, that so like to discuss a bokemaniacs. Only mess that always looks almost the same, and no interest. Ask a model example to sit down on the grass. Place on the background some greens for example young trees. Take a picture at half hour before sunset on 1.4 with the model in a full-length and several plans behind her.. And bokehmaniacs will start а competition in the epithets describing the "artistry" of bokeh and "smooth tonal transitions". This will start a real show in this topic

Well it wouldn't be a dpreview Sony headline without the superlatives being thrown around. Not doubting it's a very good lens, but it's hardly the first great 85. And the only aperture this lens needs to be tested at is f/1.4. If it's not tack sharp stopped down then why even bother. Rendering wide open is what will interest most people after a lens like this.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 23:13 UTC
On article Canon announces budget-friendly EOS Rebel T6 (1300D) (931 comments in total)

Not much left to say, other than is it really April 1st already! Possibly the lamest update in DSLR history and for once the Sony trolls will have a right to laugh.

Any way 99.9% of people commenting like myself wouldn't be looking at this camera and for the majority of people where price is all that matters it'll still sell well and will still allow someone to take good photos.

For the cameras that matter to me Canon is finally bringing new sensor tech and that's all I care about.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 23:03 UTC as 87th comment
On article Action packed: Shooting the Sony a6300 in Miami (241 comments in total)
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fatdeeman: The camera as a whole looks great and some of the high ISO video samples I've seen have been impressive. But these stills are looking somewhat grainy, even the ISO 320 shot!

Is there any significant noise penalty from having so many phase detect points? I can't imagine there would be because they still represent such a tiny portion of the total pixel count but I noticed in the past the sony 16mp sensor took a hit in noise performance when the phase detect was added, at least according to DXO. Or could it be related to the high sensor readout? Some people feel the RX100 4 has slightly gritter looking images than the 3 despite the same pixel count and that camera is notable for fast readout.

I'm a big fan of the way Sony combines all the advantages of an entire imaging sensor's worth of data for superior object recognition and tracking with the performance of phase detect and this seems to be the best example yet but that ISO 320 shot is slightly concerning.

Well don't look at the ISO 6400 shots then, you'll run away in terror. Not what I expected from EXMOR above ISO 400, won't have the competitors worried that's for sure.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2016 at 00:03 UTC
On article Action packed: Shooting the Sony a6300 in Miami (241 comments in total)
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Androole: "...one thing is clear: Sony anticipates the a6300 to be another top seller."

I imagine that a lot of the A6000's popularity came from its remarkably low price tag. It was a high-quality sensor and processor wrapped in a simple, inexpensive body with no extra features or frills to drive up the cost. The A6300 very much follows in its footsteps with a similar template, but at a 60% (!) increase to its starting MSRP for a very similar camera, it doesn't look like nearly the same bargain value proposition in a very competitive market.

Likewise, it's hard to feel like a camera at this price tag will stand the test of time and "look impressive, even two years down the road," with ergonomic oversights you've highlighted like the missing direct controls, no touchscreen or AF joystick, and not being weather-sealed despite the $1000 price point.

It's a nice camera, but doesn't feel like it moves the bar the way the A6000 did unless you only care about 4K and incremental AF improvements...

This bean says not at that crazy price, so no need to count me.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 23:59 UTC
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thx1138: In shots 31 and 32 the exposures are the same for f/1.4 and f/2, and then change as expected for the rest of the stopped down shots. What gives. is this not a true f/1.4 does it have a T-stop of f/2? Did you compare closely DoF at f/1.4 and f/2.

You dialled in the same -0.7 EV for the other shots in that same sequence too, so that doesn't explain the f/1.4 exposure being the same as f/2

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 13:48 UTC
On article Samsung NX500 shown as discontinued (271 comments in total)

One word: cowards!

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 11:13 UTC as 32nd comment | 5 replies

In shots 31 and 32 the exposures are the same for f/1.4 and f/2, and then change as expected for the rest of the stopped down shots. What gives. is this not a true f/1.4 does it have a T-stop of f/2? Did you compare closely DoF at f/1.4 and f/2.

Link | Posted on Mar 9, 2016 at 09:51 UTC as 28th comment | 6 replies
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Photo-Wiz: I hope these photos are not an indication of the camera's capability. The photos look grainy, a bit smudgy and lacking in sharpness. The one of the ship, looks weird as if shot through gauze. The London skyline across the Thames is noisy and lacking in sharpness. Building on the right looks all smudged out. I was thinking of buying this camera...not now.

1" sensor does fine in Sony, Canon and Nikon cameras. And what does that have to do with the lens, which is the real problem.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2016 at 01:37 UTC
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Photo-Wiz: I hope these photos are not an indication of the camera's capability. The photos look grainy, a bit smudgy and lacking in sharpness. The one of the ship, looks weird as if shot through gauze. The London skyline across the Thames is noisy and lacking in sharpness. Building on the right looks all smudged out. I was thinking of buying this camera...not now.

The lens must be ordinary as nothing is sharp and even in jpg's noise is visible at ISO 400. Very underwhelming. Bzzt next contender please.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2016 at 23:13 UTC

Hopefully it will drive down Metabones crazy price. Over $700 in Australia for M IV. But unless Sigma release version for native Canon glass it's of limited interest to me.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2016 at 09:11 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies
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ScanSpeak: Professional cameras for professional photographers.

Says you. Far more amateurs will buy the D500 than pros

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2016 at 07:06 UTC
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thx1138: It's using the same engine as 5.1 and really should have been called 5.2. Calling it v6 is a bit sneaky.

Standalone isn't enough of an upgrade to warrant whole new version number with no changes under the hood to the NR engine

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 01:45 UTC
On article UPDATED: Sony a6300 real-world samples (368 comments in total)

The high ISO jpg's are frankly appalling, painterly mush. The RAW's better be 10x better.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 00:45 UTC as 91st comment | 2 replies
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KrisAK: Photo was taken with an A7R II. I wonder if he noticed?
Not that it means anything, just kind of ironic.

Newsflash a dpreview staff member shot with a Sony camera. Colour me surpised NOT!

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 22:45 UTC
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justmeMN: Canon could take Dual Pixel CMOS AF from their 80D, take the built-in viewfinder from their Powershot G5 X, and create a nice M. Unfortunately, could, and will, are two different things. :-)

Bear with them a little longer and you will see this year a worthy mirrorless camera to replace the pedestrian M3. It's been too long coming indeed, but they do understand the importance of this segment now and let's not forget they now have G1X, G5X, G7X and G9X, so mirrorless is important, but the ILC mirrorless has been left far behind, but that will change.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 22:43 UTC
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phazelag: These answers from the Canon Execs year after year send a clear message that this is a company that has a deep conservative culture. When senior execs have to use language that careful when speaking directly to their user base, there is a huge disconnect.

Canon doesn't have a talent problem, they have a corporate culture that is stuck in the 80s.

Well 80 is the average age of Canon's senior management, so it's easy to see why they are glacial.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 22:39 UTC
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Cdog: Also, "would not suddenly offer a mirrorless pro camera"?
Suddenly? What's so sudden. Mirrorless has been around for over 10 years.

Mirrorless cameras only constituted five percent of total camera shipments in 2013.[1] In 2015, mirrorless-cameras accounted for 26 percent of interchangeable-lens camera sales outside the Americas. (wikipedia)

Canon are you reading this? The rest of the industry is.

Yes indeed TrojMacReady you are in denial.

DSLR market share is increasing even though overall camera sales are declining due to collapse of P&S market.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 22:36 UTC
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photoaddict: That is why I switched to Nikon. Canon still lags behind the sensor sensitivity and noise control. ISO-invariant sensors are the future and allows more latitude for me to edit images.

Canon has been nothing but years of disappointment when it comes to competitive image quality. I am fed up with noise when I increase the EV.

Canon doesn't seem to be innovative nor competitive anymore.

Canon is still king of high ISO, it's only ISO100-400 DR that trails. Saying it lacls noise control shows how little you actually know.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 22:33 UTC
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