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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Sony releases an AF update and it's the second coming, Canon offers a huge update the the ordinary AF of the 70D , and it's bbbbbbbbboooooooooooorrrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggggggg

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 06:50 UTC as 19th comment | 6 replies
On article Newly enthused: hands on with the Canon EOS 80D (706 comments in total)
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paulnelson88: Other than having a ton of canon lenses why would someone get this instead of the A6300 coming out? The video and photos look to be much better on the Sony.

So you absolutely think 2K video looks terrible and no better than old video shot 10-50 years ago?

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 06:41 UTC
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kangoo1707: no 4k, no buy. This is a all-in-one camera, and its video feature is still being crippled ????

So you can't take good video at 1080p 60fps, but want to take bad video at 4K and have to buy 128GB cards. Most people that actually need 4K won't be shooting it one of these cameras that's for sure if they are taking it seriously. You going to stick external microphone on this little camera too and fit in your pocket.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 05:24 UTC
On article Newly enthused: hands on with the Canon EOS 80D (706 comments in total)
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paulnelson88: Other than having a ton of canon lenses why would someone get this instead of the A6300 coming out? The video and photos look to be much better on the Sony.

Good focussed 1080p looks a lot better than blurry 4K. I'm certain the 90D will have 4K, because by then every one will have 4K TV's, smartphones, laptops, tablets and it will be too hard to ignore. I couldn't make use of 4K video even if I wanted it. I have no plans to upgrade my TV to 4K until the dust settles on the new standards and HDR 4K TV"s are about half the current price.

Sony has some nice features but is also crippled in some too. If I'm wanted to shoot wildlife where is the Sony big glass or even third party big glass like say a SIgma 150-600. The Canon is far more useful tool for a greater range of subjects, while the Sony is probably better a specific things like landscape

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 04:57 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 First Impressions Review (972 comments in total)

Apart from the poor video options and USB 2, amazing price for a whole lot of camera. I think they should have tried to hit 5fps given Nikon can do that and Canon can with 51MP. Good to see increased fps with crop mode though.

Any word on the sensor, like who makes it, what DR to expect, high ISO noise etc.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 01:42 UTC as 178th comment | 3 replies
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PVCdroid: Another small nail in the coffin for stand alone cameras.

Yeah it's certainly destroyed the entry level P&S which in itself is no great drama as those cameras were crap, but alas a lot of the revenue came form that market for the camera makers, which helped fund the R&D. When I was working at Canon over the last few years we saw large cuts in R&D spending and a lot of researchers retrenched, and we weren't working on camera stuff - well not very much.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2016 at 03:27 UTC
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Tonkotsu Ramen: "No drop in image quality from the IMX230 predecessor model "

So they kept the extremely poor low light performance intact? great..

Suntan, yes smartphones are unbelievable, but not as cameras, where they are still utter crap. Sure the images look good on a smartphone and at base ISO not to bad when viewed on a larger screen, but they are utterly useless as the ISO climbs and nothing will change the physics. We are talking pixels now only 30-50% larger than the wavelength of light. EXMOOR or not it doesn't matter.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2016 at 00:25 UTC
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PVCdroid: Another small nail in the coffin for stand alone cameras.

Keep telling yourself that.

I'd rather Samsung's 12MP sensor with britecell thank you very much.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2016 at 00:23 UTC
On article Ultra-compact: Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II review (516 comments in total)

What, no wow and awesome in the headline. Has Sony finally made a dud!

Looks a nice camera, but paying that much money for a one trick pony with fixed lens is ridiculous. Give me the A7RII any day.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2016 at 02:35 UTC as 89th comment | 5 replies
On article Heavy hitter: Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM first shots (350 comments in total)
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dave veneri: Come on.....This lens is just as heavy and long as the Nikon 24-70 2.8 only its more expensive. It makes NO sense to produce somewhat smaller cameras only to have the lenses this big and heavy. Also, I too have the A7r2 and NO WAY am I choosing the camera in the field over my Nikon D4 and D810 on assignments. I carry the A7R2 with a 55 1.8 on it for candid portraits and that about all. I'd rather carry the D750 and the 24-70 2.8 and get more dependable performance and save thousands. Unless they shrink these zooms and apparently the 851.4 these mirrorless cameras are for prosumers IMO.

Camley, when the Sony A7 twins were first released Sony made a big song and dance about the small size and weight of their system compared to the dinosaur DSLR monsters. To perpetrate this myth they deliberately released slow lenses, mostly small primes and a slow zoom or two. Those of us that pointed out that if they released the workhorse lenses like the 24-70 f/2.8 and 70-200 f/2.8 the illusion of a small compact system would be destroyed. Add to that the near 50% increase in weight for the A7RII and you now have a system that is only a bit smaller and lighter and add the grip which you'll need to balance a lens like the 70-200 f/2.8 and you've now got a very expensive system that is far from compact, defeating the whole purpose of mirrorless. IMO only the smaller sensor formats make any sense for mirrorless. Compare an Olympus E-M5 + 35-100 f/2.8 to an A7RII + 70-200 f/2.8 for size and weight and then we really see the benefits of the mirrorless system for that want to travel light

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 21:53 UTC
On article Heavy hitter: Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM first shots (350 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Hardly much weight saving over a Canikon system really. With far worse battery life if you use an A7....

And not all Sony shoot 120fps full HD either, so what's the point?

Link | Posted on Feb 8, 2016 at 21:40 UTC
On article Video: A quick look at the Sony a6300 (217 comments in total)
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Siobhan A: Take away all the unproven marketing hype and the only real difference between this camera and the A6000 is 4K and 120FPS video.
Since the A6000 has been on sale for $400 recently, one must decide if they want to pay an extra $600 for a similar camera.

What is the real deal breaker I see is the lens situation. For the past couple of years it hasn't improved and instead of the F/2.8 zooms and affordable portrait prime lenses, Sony is announcing rather large $1800, and $2400 lenses without IS. They'll work on a $400 A6000, but not many people with that camera want 2 really large lenses that lack IS and cost over $4000.

Take away the hype and poor old dpreview staff would have nothing to write about. They believe God made the world in 6 days and on the seventh he made Sony - like wow like amazing.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2016 at 02:04 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (623 comments in total)
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Tiderace: OMG HDMI out is limited to 1080P are they kidding! Wow! Holy lets change to Sony Batman. We are life long Canon folks. Hello Sony. Both for photography and videography they integrate everything and make it all possible. Not Canon. I simply am disgusted by this deliberate handicapping of the DSLR to separate them from the cinema line. Awful! 422 8 bit 1080P only good grief. GH4 at 1600$ has 10 bit 422 4K out.

It replaces 1DC!

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 23:57 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (623 comments in total)
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Don Sata: This camera's main feature article comments seem to be stagnated around the 500 mark. The X-Pro2 got more than 1,300 and it's not even noon of it's first day and Sony's new 6300 has about 300 already.

I believe this is quite telling of the interest a camera like this or Nikon's (400 comments) generate.

Wow in breaking news more people are interested in a $1000 small camera than a $6000 very large camera that is far more than they need. Who would of thought this would be the case, it's a dam mystery.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 23:56 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (623 comments in total)
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AshMills: Can someone confirm the crop for 4K video, have seen conflicting reports.

Yes it is a slightly larger than super 35mm crop and is 8.8MP 4096 x 2160. And before you complain the A7RII UHD output is far better in it's crop mode than it's FF mode.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 23:54 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (623 comments in total)
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dwill23: Sad canon won't release this dual-pixel AF in any FF camera under this price point like Sony does. It's left to APSc cameras like my 70D and EOSM3 cameras. I'm about to ditch canon because they hold back that tech just to sell these type cameras. I had my credit card in hand for the new 5DS/R until I found out no live view AF, or at least, their fast "dual pixel" which Canon can 'magically' turn on with a firmware update on their $5000 video cameras. PFFF

I want the 6D mark II (if there'll be such a camera) to have dual pixel AF or i'm selling all my gear.

Crap, the 5DIV and 6D II will all have this dpaf sensors soon enough. The tech was not ready for the 5DsR and frankly they would have troubles making a 100 million pixel sensor at this stage. I'm sure in a few years we will even see it in 5DsR replacement.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 23:52 UTC
On article X-Factor: Canon's EOS-1D X Mark II examined in-depth (623 comments in total)
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1DXMARKII: Anything about dynamic range and high iso?

We'll appreciate for this.
Dynamic range
New focusing system

Performance at low iso(100) high iso(6400) extreme iso(51200)

Comparison with the predessor ,1dx

It is looking much better on IQ especially noise and ability to push shadows (but we need RAWS to confirm) and AF is markedly better. Don't let the Sony sorry dpreview staff give you any doubts about how good this update is going to be. Canon has done a disservice by understating how much better this camera will perform and even hiding the new sensor tech such as on chip ADC.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 23:50 UTC
On article Delayed: Nikon Japan pushes D500 to end of April (139 comments in total)
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Retzius: If they wait long enough they can call it the D550

Nikon is skipping the D500 and releasing the D500s given the usual problems that will plague the camera. Might as well be proactive for once.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 23:46 UTC
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humbala: I am confused.. Isn't a6000 can do 11 fps with continuous autofocus?

Like wow and awesome, fully sic even

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 05:08 UTC
On article Hands on with Sony's a6300 and G Master lenses (306 comments in total)
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barry reid: Oh dear. Another 2x-70 FE zoom and another 85/90mm prime from the brain-dead half sits who run Sony. Guys please try to think about product differentiation. There's a reason Canon have a 24-105 and Nikon a 24-120 - people like the extra reach. Idiots.

But they have so many lens options it's not costing you other FL ranges. Sony priorities are weird.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 05:04 UTC
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