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 Rough and ready: Olympus Tough TG-4 review (266 comments in total)
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Lan: Wow, you people are curmudgeonly bunch. I think the performance is pretty amazing for a rugged underwater compact camera, particularly by the time you add in things like the wireless flash control and RAW support. No, it doesn't give D810 image quality, but you can't expect it to - it costs a small fraction of that.

It's probably the best underwater compact yet. Give Olympus some credit.

@DPR: Were the underwater shots taken using the Underwater WB setting?

Nothing short of embarrassing quality out of all these UW cameras in 2015. They are a relic using a sensor size that should have been laid to rest 10 years ago. They wow on features and have failed to improve IQ one iota in 5 years.

For god's sake Sony give us an UW version of the RX100 and save us from this woeful sate of affairs.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2015 at 00:07 UTC

Wow that Batis lens is quite ordinary. Not a single sharp image. You certainly wouldn't want this to be a true indication of what to expect from the camera. I was hoping to be wowed by the landscape shots but instead you got entry level all-in-one zoom level quality. Having said that some of the images are very nice from the point of view of the photographer.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 03:53 UTC as 73rd comment | 5 replies
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Jonathan F/2: "At least for the first few years of its production, the older 24-70mm F2.8 was notorious for cracking rubber around the zoom ring, and for the zoom barrel jamming."

That's the first time I've ever heard of those issues. Sounds like hyperbole.

No such dramas with the Canon 24-70 f/2.8L II.

I'm surprised to see that the addition of VR has not really jumped the price. Many Canon naysayers said the reason they left it off is because they'd want $3K with IS. I say BS and hopefully Canon who have prototype 24-70 f/2.8 IS lenses will now act and also release at a sensible price

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 04:57 UTC
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John C Tharp: While the first two lenses are absolutely welcomed (by Nikon shooters, and by shooters of other systems that appreciate the competition), the 200-500/5.6 doesn't make a whole lot of sense given that it's priced smack dab between three great 150-600/5-6.3 options from Sigma and Tamron.

What makes it special enough to it's development and production warranted?

f/5.6 vs f/6.3, most likely better build and/or AF, possibly better IS.

It's about time Canikon offered something similar to what Sigma and Tamron have been offering for a long time. I have the Sigma 150-600C and luckily mines a very good copy, sharp wide open at 600mm, AF is quick, but if Canon offered a 200-600 f/5.6 or 150-500 f/5.6 I'd be in like Flyn if it were optically as good as the 100-400L IS mk II. Good on Sigma and Tamron for giving us affordable 600mm options and good on Nikon for also offering what seems like a nice lens at a sensible price. Canon your move.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 04:54 UTC

Just when you thought smart phone IQ couldn't get worse, Samsung admits they are trading IQ for size. Ridiculous

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2015 at 07:17 UTC as 13th comment | 3 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1584 comments in total)

That second photo on the last page of the train tracks is woeful, full of noise and I was shocked it was only ISO 500, not ISO 5000. What the hell went wrong with the supposed ISOless sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 10:48 UTC as 136th comment | 3 replies
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1584 comments in total)
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Mr Spocko: Nice but too expensive

I'd be happy if that price were in South sea pesos (aka the Australian dollar) but at nearly $1000USD Sony are smoking crack. $799 would have been reasonable. Somehow 4K video is to cameras as carbon fibre is to cars and adds big dollars just for the name alone.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 10:30 UTC
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Henrikw: If only they would put a 1" sensor in this one. That would be a winner

That would mean no 600mm equivalent lens. I'd have been happy with even the 2/3" sensor format. It would have been sad if it had used a 1/1.7" sensor but still using the pathetically small 1/2.33" sensor which is is what some smart phones use from Sony, is a joke in 2015.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 09:20 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1584 comments in total)
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Slowfish: What is the true resolution at 960FPS (2 sec option) ?

Clearly very low, the bee video looks like a 30 year old VHS that's been played too many times.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 01:10 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: Three elements?

Earth, wind and fire!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 01:04 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1584 comments in total)
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Lassoni: Now if panny could just make a better version of lx100, everyone would be happy!

Does it have an EVF or option of an EVF? Only reason Sony would get my money, but even then only if I could get it for less than $650.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 00:52 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1584 comments in total)
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Soggoth: Frankly, I don't see any real difference in IQ between RX100IV and RX100III in the studio test scene.

I believe the $1500 RX100X, will finally offer slightly better IQ than the RX100. How long before the RX100 matches the A7 price. Ridiculous price for a compact, but hey that's been Sony's way forever.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 00:50 UTC
On article Phase One 645DF+ with IQ250 field test (147 comments in total)

Why on earth would you buy this archaic looking behemoth when you can get a Pentax 645Z also with the same Sony 50MP CMOS sensor, for less than half the price. Camera makes no sense at this price.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 08:11 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies
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Free Jazz: 100% SNR is worse than 7D mk2.

LOL, yes and if you think for one second that somehow implies the 7D II has superior IQ at any ISO you need to start taking your meds again. 5DsR has the best IQ of any Canon DSLR to date and trounces the 5D III at any ISO up to at least 3200.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 01:26 UTC
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herbymel: Of course I just bought the latest version of the 500 a couple months ago, but I expected this to happen and it was a stretch to afford that, so I'll be happy with it for a couple years.

A friend of mine that takes photo tours and moved to Nikon several years ago wrote a letter to Nikon telling them he will never buy one of their superteles until they can do what Canon did with their mk II lenses. Good to see they have finally responded, although I think the 400 f/2.8 was updated recently and is much lighter too.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 01:51 UTC
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slippedcurve623: Now If nikon updates their 200mm f/2, the 200-400mm f/4 ii (yea the nikon 200-400 ii is not as sharp, even when compared to canon 70-200mm f/2.8 ii) as well as releasing the d900 with the a7r ii sensor, then I might jump ship from canon :-)

Just making a version of the 200-400 that focuses at infinity would be a great start for Nikon. Why would you jump ship, the Canon 200-400 is amazingly good if ridiculously expensive, certainly prime quality IQ. Whispers are the 1D X II will finally get a totally new tech 25MP sensor with class leading DR and hopefully 5D IV gets this sensor tech too. If 5D IV does not deliver, I will just get 1D X II for my action/wildlife and Sony A7RII for everything else, that way I can keep my Canon glass. Nikon requires a whole new investment in glass.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 01:49 UTC
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BillyBobSenna: I am trying to get a handle on the cost. If I buy a 500 mm today for $10300 would I be able to sell for $8500 in 4 years? If so, the cost of the lens would be $450 per year. Assuming you use it at least 6-8 times per year that isn't too bad. I just looked on eBay and Craig's list and see that a used 500 mm goes for about $7-7.5K. A new old model 500 mm lens is $8.3K. Seems to hold its value well.

The only wild card is what is going to happen to the market as mirrorless continues to grow.

I sold my 7 year old 500 f/4 IS for the same money as I paid new. Once the new versions came out at double the price of the originals, the already great resale value of the old lens improved as they looked like bargains. Good to see the camera makers all ripping us off in the wake of the much weakened yen. Although Canon has cut the prices on a lot of lenses recently and their 500 and 600 are noticeably cheaper.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 01:44 UTC
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brownie314: AT ISO 3200 5Ds/R looks like more noise than D810.

Resample the 5DsR to 36MP and thenm compare, there's almost nothing in it to ISO 6400 and the 5DsR blows away the 5D III for detail. People get hung up on per pixel noise and forget how big an image the 5DsR would represent in print when looking at 100% crops. It's stupid. If the 5DsR could do 8fps then I'd swap my 5D III for it in a heartbeat. Having 50MP to play with when doing birding or wildlife would be fabulous on FF where heavy cropping is often needed unless you can afford 800mm

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 07:18 UTC
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bgbs: Verdict, if you own D810 stick with D810, 5DSr will not make your life better.
Congrats to Canon users for getting a camera they needed.

Why would a person invested in Nikon gear buy the 5Ds?

I'm Canon person but I'm not really that interested in this camera. I'm hoping a 5D IV comes along with 30-36MP, 8 fps, no AA filter, hybrid OVF/EVF, 4K video. Nikon has more than enough pixels for my needs.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2015 at 07:13 UTC
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Zeisschen: So ISO 800 is the maximum usable and even this is crazy noisy?
What a shame... Canon seeing impossible

You guys are seriously delusional and clearly have no clue. Download some files and compare it to D810 and 5D III even at ISO 6400 and then talk crap.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 06:57 UTC
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