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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LensBeginner: Isn't 3D printing a feature that would make much more sense in a 3D CAD?
Isn't PS supposed to be an image editor?
What am I missing?

PS Extended can do some basic 3D modelling and each new version has extended the capability. It's not even remotely in the class of a stand alone CAD or 3D program of course.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 16, 2014 at 20:59 UTC
On Integrating the MacBook Air into a pro workflow article (353 comments in total)
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SergioSpain: Yet more free advertising for Apple, and they need it cause let's face it, they're a poor struggling company.

Sounds like more iDrivel.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 05:23 UTC
On Integrating the MacBook Air into a pro workflow article (353 comments in total)
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SergioSpain: Yet more free advertising for Apple, and they need it cause let's face it, they're a poor struggling company.

Why not at least a comparison of say 4-5 cutting edge high end ultra books, with high res screens with good gamut range, then it would be useful.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 22:14 UTC
On Integrating the MacBook Air into a pro workflow article (353 comments in total)
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SergioSpain: Yet more free advertising for Apple, and they need it cause let's face it, they're a poor struggling company.

I agree, why single out the Mac, there are now literally dozens of competitors, yet the USA still thinks the universe revolves around Apple. I was on a recent photo tour and there were 30 people total including partners and only my wife and I weren't using Apple products. We were the only non-US participants.. They bristled at suggestions of similar or in some cases better alternatives.

So given the still premium pricing despite great competition why reinforce the notion that somehow Apple is the only game in town.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2014 at 20:36 UTC

Much better with a 1/1.7" sensor and a 40x zoom. 1/2.3" sensors should now only be reserved for smartphones; welcome to 2009.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2014 at 21:30 UTC as 18th comment
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bluevellet: Cool, luxury lens.

But I'll stick with my Zuiko 45mm f1.8 on m43.

Find it hard to believe a 45 f/1.2 for m4/3 sensor can cost within a a few hundred of an 85 f/1.2 for FF. Priced at a more realistic $1K it would make some sense, but m4/3 is about small cameras at big prices, which is why I only own two lenses and one indeed is the awesome little 45 f/1.8, the other the 12-35 f/2.8.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2014 at 01:35 UTC
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Jake64: I am going to make predictions: 24 MP sensor, either more focus points ,more cross type or both. Slight body modifications, faster FPS.

In what world would one call a 16MP camera a HD-DSLR, that sort of gives it away. Seriously there is only one sensor going in the D4s.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 07:19 UTC
On Hands-on with the Nikon D3300 and 35mm F1.8G lens article (141 comments in total)
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Debankur Mukherjee: Why not have a 18-55 with internal focusing.....dont like the lens getting out so much while zooming...........

So they could make it much smaller. Hello, hello is anybody in there?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 07:17 UTC
On From NEX to Alpha: Sony introduces 20 megapixel a5000 article (155 comments in total)

With those low specs, this seems more like a NEX-3 replacement rather than NEX-5 replacement. Low res LCD, 1/4000 shutter, 1/160 X-Sync, all what you get from the bottom of the range DSLRs these days. No mention of shooting speed either. Would made more sense to call this the a3000

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 03:39 UTC as 42nd comment | 3 replies
On Sigma announces all-new 50mm F1.4 DG HSM 'Art' lens article (245 comments in total)
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Absolutic: Would not it be cool if this lens embarasses the $4000 Zeiss...... plus the AF?

Totally unreasonable to expect it to match the Zeiss, which is a no expense spared tour de force. If it's even better than the current Sigma 50 f/1.4 which is excellent, it'll be superb and more than good enough for 99.99% of us.

Now when are those slackers at Canon going to finally offer a 50 f/1.8 IS, 50 f/1.4 and 50 f/1.2L II?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 03:35 UTC
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abortabort: Funny that there were 4 lenses in the first year, 6 in the second and 7 in the third, 17 lenses in total over 3 years. Sony announce 15 lenses over two years (5 on launch and 5 per year after) and they get panned for being 'too slow' in releasing lenses for their new system?

Not not saying kudos to Fuji, they seem to be the benchmark, just making note of the perceptions across brands vs reality - i.e. Fuji are considered the best and Sony the worst.

Actually f/2.8 on m4/3 is exactly like f/5.6 on FF. The smaller sensor gathers much less light and having a two stops faster lens allows it to gather the same amount of light as an f/5.6 lens on FF. The ISO performance of the smaller sensor is ~ 2 stops worse (all things being equal). Thus shooting a 42.5 f/1.2 @ f/1.2, ISO 100 on m4/3 gives same results as shooting 85 f/2.4 @ ISO 400 on FF, in terms of noise, DOF, background blur.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 03:28 UTC
On Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G review preview (414 comments in total)

Sorry for this sort of money for the lens to be poor wide open is just not acceptable, especially in the easiest lens of all to design, a 50-60mm prime. When one can buy a Sigma 50 f/1.4 that is sharp wide open, has beautiful bokeh, low vignetting and only costs $500 and I'll bet the Art series version is going to be even better, then why waste money on the Nikon? The world is awash with excellent 50-55mm primes and ev en if in every other regard the Nikon is excellent, it still doesn't grab me as a sensible buy.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2014 at 08:33 UTC as 50th comment | 5 replies
On Samsung NX300 real-world and test scene samples article (92 comments in total)

Samsung still making cameras. They have a nonexistent profile IMO. I was reading an article from 2008 about Samsung's bold plans to be #3 by 2010. I guess that document wasn't read by any body else at Samsung. Also they had bold plans to have FF DSLR, that disappeared quickly. I've never seen anyone using an NX camera, just their Samsung smartphones. Like a lot of things Samsung does, they can't quite reach the pinnacle.

IQ looked ok, but 99% of the shots were at ISO 100. Why not a mix of ISOs. Any of the advanced P&S cameras these days can turn in excellent IQ at base ISO, no need for a big sensor for that. The one ISO 6400 shot was quite poor.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2013 at 23:47 UTC as 11th comment | 2 replies
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thx1138: Well well, DxO mark claims Df has best low light IQ of any camera ever, yet the dpreview test scene shows that at high ISO (RAW) the Df and D4 are not even better at the pixel level than 6D, which can further be resampled to 16MP for even better results.

HowabaoutRAW, you still pushing your own myth about resampling I see. Not sure what universe you live in.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 00:08 UTC

Well well, DxO mark claims Df has best low light IQ of any camera ever, yet the dpreview test scene shows that at high ISO (RAW) the Df and D4 are not even better at the pixel level than 6D, which can further be resampled to 16MP for even better results.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2013 at 01:24 UTC as 9th comment | 4 replies
On Have Your Say: Best Lens of 2013 article (89 comments in total)

Clearly the canon 200-400 f/4 is most innovative and best quality zoom ever, despite it's insane price. Price should not be a consideration in the best lens category, so it's low score is ridiculous, even though I wouldn't buy one unless I won powerball. The built-in TC is a master stroke and provided serios technical challenges. After this the Otus for sheer IQ alone should be high on the list. How the Nikon 58 f/1.4 makes the list when we already have a vastly superior lens to choose.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2013 at 01:22 UTC as 34th comment | 2 replies
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Jogger: I dont understand the focal range selected.. esp. at those apertures.

For wildlife work, maybe 300-600 would have made more sense.. .there are plenty of lenses that cover up to 300mm.. esp. if speed isnt a concern.

300-600 far too restrictive a range. I'm delighted it's 150-600. I use a 100-400 and while I'm predominantly using the 400mm range, there are plenty of times I wished it could go to say 70mm.

A perfect travel kit would be 16-35, 24-70, 70-200, 150-600.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2013 at 20:10 UTC
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epozar: Nice, but what's revolutionary?

The price for a start. Even at $2K it would be a bargain let alone the insanely low $1069. Also amazingly compact for a 600mm zoom, and quite light, same as the Sigma 150-500 and only a little larger, yet has the same aperture.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2013 at 12:09 UTC
On Backstory of Phantom Flex4K video shot at 1,000 FPS article (91 comments in total)

Please don't start a flame war!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2013 at 22:37 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On Backstory of Phantom Flex4K video shot at 1,000 FPS article (91 comments in total)
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BobORama: So its a $140K camera system that makes even the most exciting jobs look boring? OK, the slo-mo flames are nice, beautiful, and the water emerging from the nozzles was interesting.

I guess the REAL advantage is that you can shoot a scene at 1000FPS and then in post production get whatever frame rate you desire to achieve. Smooth adjustments in the time scale give you very cool effects. And if you were shooting Inception 2 - it might be useful.

The scene does underscore how much water is entirely wasted. 80% of it forms huge globules that never actually participate in putting the fire out. One of the profs I had years ago was involved in alternative systems and things like a pressure washer, or even steam put out a fire more effectively, and with so little water its truly amazing.

If you can put out a fire with 80% less water, you downsize every aspect of operation, from the tankers, trucks, ... the need for hydrants. Also less water means less water damage.

-- Bob

Given how god damn awful American beer tastes (not the microbrewery stuff), filming it at 1000fps @4K might be the only thing that leaves a nice taste in your mouth.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2013 at 22:36 UTC
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