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 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 (425 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 (1550 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
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1550 comments in total)
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tgutgu: This camera shows that DSLRs and especially Nikon are stuck in an innovation plateau. Same old fat design, huge. Too many people get tired lugging this stuff around. Nikon must listen to the mirrorless bandwagon or it will be in big trouble.

Why are mirrorless users so insecure about themselves they always have to put the DSLR down. I have both systems and hands down I still prefer using my 1D X to my OM-D, even though I love the Oly. Yes it nice to have small form factor and yet high quality lens, but the joy of using the 1D X and say 300 f/2.8 for fast action is something I always cherish. Will there ever be a 300 f/2.8 equivalent on mirrorless? Of course not and it would be stupidly large and unbalanced on a mirrorless defeating the purpose.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 22:29 UTC
On Nikon D810 Preview preview (1550 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.

The extra speed and FA improvements make it a lot more viable as an action camera. 6fps in 1.2x mode and still yielding 25MP which is more than 5D III's 22MP, is quite nice. And even 5fps is adequate for a lot of action work if you anticipate the action.

I'm really impressed to finally see a native ISO lower than ISO 100 and to have ISO 32 as an option. Even though I'm Canon owner they have no answer until next year when 5D IV gets released with possible 39MP sensor. But current feature set of D810 makes look 5D III look poor value.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 06:39 UTC
On Nikon announces full-frame D810 with no OLPF article (98 comments in total)

So the LCD screen is NOT higher resolution, but now features a set of white pixels for improved brightness. Still only 640 x 480 x 4 rather than 640 x 480 x 3.

Have they fixed the woeful LV implementation of the current D800? If so it would make it a whole lot more desirable and makes the 5D III look rather overpriced.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 06:30 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
On Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lab Test Review preview (226 comments in total)
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Sonylover1: Tammy looks VERY nice on a 5D III with f8 on 600 mm.
Compare it with Canon 200-400 with 1,4 extender at 560 mm f8.
It is not a 10x times difference as of price...

DP must have a crappy 100-400 copy.
The 100-400 at infinity or long range is superior in comparasion to many other zooms/ cheap fixed lenses.

My 100-400L is sharp wide open @ all FL, yes even 400mm. It's only a tad behind my 400 f/5.6L wide open. 100-400L is still optically great lens, but let down by ancient IS, slowish AF especially for action work, where the 400 f/5.6L leaves it for dead.
Strong rumours of 100-400L mk II coming in net few months and currently testing.

I hope Sigma step in and do something like a 125-500 f/4-5.6 OSS Sport or 150/200-600 f/4.5-5.6 OSS Sport to counter the Tamron. It needs to be a big step above the current crop of Sigma 500mm zooms and a true f/5.6. I'd pay $5K for a high quality 500mm/600mm zoom. Still a lot less than a Canon 200-400.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 02:50 UTC
On Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD Lab Test Review preview (226 comments in total)
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racketman: is this lens actually still for sale anywhere?

This lens has been suffering from focus issues on a wide range fo Canon cameras in servo mode. Many people have the returned the lens and reported the fault to Tamron. Tamron has denied any problem, yet apparently new firmware is being uploaded/released to address issues they deny exist.

I know people that have been waiting 4 months for lens to ship. It appears it been almost impossible to obtain the lens for a few months now. Tamron are handling the whole fiasco very badly.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 23:14 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III Review preview (780 comments in total)
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B1ackhat: Sony has produced yet another excellent pocket cam ... with the same problems as its predecessors (awful IS, poor color accuracy, less malleable RAWs, etc.). I ditched my RX100 when I had paid $550, but just picked up another for $280. I would gladly pay $800 for the M3 if they could fix those same damn problems, but until then, I'll just wait until I can snag one for $400.

You certainly wouldn't use ISO 3200 even if shooting RAW except when you had no choice. ISO 1600 would be about it's limit. It's about 1.33 stops worse at higher ISO than the G1X II and I'd normally take that no higher than ISO 3200. Also about 1 stop worse than Oly E-M5, except chroma only about 0.5 stops worse.

As for lens comparing to the G1X II it's softer everywhere in the frame. According to this test scene new lens does no better than old lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2014 at 02:32 UTC

Is LR 5.5 via the CC subscription in any way different to standalone LR 5.5. I suspect not, but just want to be sure. Also if you got the CC subscription for LS and LR does it install alongside an existing LR 5.5 installation?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 02:30 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
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Photo-Wiz: For my business I bought Microsoft's subscription plan which is $100 a year. But it is tax deductible, includes lots of useful programs for my work, and allows very flexible use on various mobile and desk devices.

But when it comes to photography, I'm just a hobbyist. I've used LR since the first version, and now use LR5. But as a hobbyist, I'm not about to pay $120 a year now, and $240 a year later for the privilege of using LR. I'll stick to LR5 and leave it at that. If some interesting development comes along, I'll start looking at the competition.

Trouble is down the track when you get a new camera and Adobe doesn't offer RAW support for it without upgrading to the newest LR.
Luckily there are number of excellent RAW converters thesedays, so if LR goes cloud only I'll jump ship.

The only thing is in Australia PS when available as a standalone was insanely expensive, something like $1500 for a long time and was still closer to $1K last time I looked. So the subscription model for PS is a massive saving, even though the idea of not owning the software galls me, but still no one has stepped up to the plate with a good PS alternative (and yes I've used GIMP and hate it).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 02:19 UTC
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Garp2000: How is 9,99$ = 12,29€? Did they use Adobe Flash to convert currencies?

Wow, even in Australia the land dedicated to being ripped off, Adobe is also only charging us 9.99AUD pm, which is actually 9.40USD pm. We are getting it cheaper than USA! Holy cr@p batman.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 02:11 UTC

So this is a US only phone? Obviously it wouldn't come to Australia, but what about the UK for example.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 22:52 UTC as 45th comment | 2 replies
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thx1138: This is interesting, as the Canon lens group has been asking Canon for years to develop a curved sensor to simplify lens design. Another case of woulda coulda shoulda Canon.

It's not a claim.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 02:45 UTC
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TN Args: Inspired by curved TV panels.....

No, inspired by fundamental physics!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 02:44 UTC
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thx1138: This is interesting, as the Canon lens group has been asking Canon for years to develop a curved sensor to simplify lens design. Another case of woulda coulda shoulda Canon.

Yes and I should have aid they've been asking the Canon sensor group.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 00:36 UTC

This is interesting, as the Canon lens group has been asking Canon for years to develop a curved sensor to simplify lens design. Another case of woulda coulda shoulda Canon.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 00:23 UTC as 157th comment | 4 replies
On 2014 Waterproof Camera Roundup article (244 comments in total)

This will be a race to the bottom and hopefully literally and not metaphorically. Send them all to Davy Jones' locker I say!

I reckon you should have thrown in the Nikon AW1 as a reference just to see how the tiny sensored jpg only monstrosities compare, not that the AW1 is without issues.

Sony needs to make an UW version of the RX100III.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2014 at 07:19 UTC as 80th comment | 7 replies
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