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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If this were an f/1.8-f/2.8 lens it would be great, but f/5.6 when competitors are much faster like the XZ-2's f/1.8-f/2.5. Sure Nikon lens covers wider range, but not much.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 05:11 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic announces 4K-capable Lumix DMC-GH4 article (118 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Canon is left scratching its head. Wondering how they did this.

And Panasonic's presence in the Cinema industry is how big exactly.
Canon has initially chased the big dollars, but do not think video isn't a major focus for them in consumer cameras. Canon could have easily produced cameras like GH-4 if they wanted, but I'll bet they keep 4K video out of that market for at least another generation. And frankly in 2014 there is almost no need for it by 99.99% of us. Come 2015/16 this will change of course when 4K TVs and monitors have some presence and a bit of content is available, but people still have to upgrade BR players, receivers and I can't see that happening very fast at all.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 05:08 UTC
On Panasonic announces 4K-capable Lumix DMC-GH4 article (118 comments in total)
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HaroldC3: 12fps is very impressive. Are we verging on the ability to shoot sports with mirrorless?

7fps for continuous AF, 12fps for single shot AF

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 05:02 UTC
On Nikon Coolpix P600, P530, S9700 go big on zoom range article (45 comments in total)
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eddie_cam: Still no Raw in the Nikon ultrazooms ...

Well it seems a common theme with any camera using those silly little 1/2.33" sensors.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2014 at 04:49 UTC
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Super486: While I prefer faster lenses, I can see why this lens is interesting for some situations: travel, backup camera, even a wedding could be shot with just this lens thanks to current high ISOs.

Still f/5.6 would not have made it that much larger and it's a psychological barrier. f/6.3 just sounds so slow and it is on a 300mm lens. At least it's f/6.3 on a FF lens, the 16-300 is f/6.3 on crop giving us effectively f/10 FF equivalent and very little subject isolation

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 21:24 UTC
On Ricoh announces HD Pentax DA AF 1.4X AW rear converter article (52 comments in total)
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thx1138: $600 for a freakin' 1.4x TC is ridiculous. Street price needs to be half that.

I paid $450AUD for my Canon 1.4x III and 2x III Tc's and they are a ripoff at that price, even though optically very good. Yes they are sealed.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 01:37 UTC
On Ricoh announces HD Pentax DA AF 1.4X AW rear converter article (52 comments in total)

$600 for a freakin' 1.4x TC is ridiculous. Street price needs to be half that.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 5, 2014 at 22:15 UTC as 19th comment | 6 replies
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thx1138: 1/4000 and f/1.2/1.4 lenses should work well. Why not 1/8000 on such an advanced model at a high price point?

Cop out, still doesn't answer why this advanced model which shouts about how good it is at everything, still only has shutter speed we see on the entry level $350 cameras. And the ISO 100 is fake, so reduced DR, so you are really at ISO 200.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 21:47 UTC
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eNdie: Why still no raw? :( That's about the only thing keeping me from buying any one of these little compact cameras. It's been three years now that I'm waiting for any company to introduce raw to their underwater compact and still nothing...so disappointing

We need something like a tough version of the Sony RX100II, or the Fuji X100S. Sick of these lame tiny sensored UW cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 21:43 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M10 brings E-M5 down to size article (53 comments in total)

Is this replacing the E-M5 or will we see a successor to that camera as well at some point?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 07:55 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
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yslee1: Why are the 20mm f/1.7 and 25mm f/1.8 so expensive? These should be inexpensive double gauss designs, so I don't really get the pricing, especially so when gems like the 45mm f/1.8 seem more in line with their larger counterparts.

Nothing special at all about the mfd of this lens. It's about average.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 07:53 UTC

Same old crap they've been churning out for years. This underwater segment is still a joke other than the Nikon AW1. No RAW, tiny sensor, poor IQ even out of water, woefully slow lens, could have at least gone say f/2-2.8.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 29, 2014 at 07:49 UTC as 18th comment | 2 replies

1/4000 and f/1.2/1.4 lenses should work well. Why not 1/8000 on such an advanced model at a high price point?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 09:54 UTC as 27th comment | 7 replies
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Leandros S: I believe this will create a huge Achilles heel for the sensor. I regularly have red subjects that become oversaturated even when the image as a whole is considerably underexposed. If you make the red sensels smaller, that lack of tonality will only get worse.

Thanks for your ignorance of sensor matters, Leandros is on the right track. Blue will also suffer. Also and we will have even lower resolution of the R and B channels. Already standard Bayer gives only 1/4 the total resolution for R and B and 1/2 for G. Looks like we will be down to 1/6 now for R and B.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2014 at 10:37 UTC
On Pictures emerge showing widely-leaked Fujfilm 'X-T1' article (373 comments in total)
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Jogger: Nice, all it needs is an FF sensor.

@jogger

You will now incur the wrath of the rabid Fuji fanboy for mentioning the F word. Remember APS-C is the best format in the world until the company produces FF, in which case FF is the best format in the world and APS-C sucks.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 21:03 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1610 comments in total)
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Mark9473: "Not so good for JPEG shooters, Auto ISO users, and photographers who want to quickly capture a moment"

Isn't that like 99% of us? ;-)

Also, taking just the average of the bars on the scorecard gives me a 74% average, not 80%. I wonder how they arrive at the overall score.

I agree it's a significant camera, the first full frame mirrorless and all that, but it appears there was a need to give it an award no matter what the test scores say.

photojournalists are getting work published in newspapers, essentially toilet paper quality, so in what universe does in matter what they shoot? They are starting to use iPhones at some papers showing how unimportant IQ has become. They hardly represent the majority of normal shooters. No serious professional or amateur that is making prints would shoot jpg.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 02:41 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1610 comments in total)
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Mark9473: "Not so good for JPEG shooters, Auto ISO users, and photographers who want to quickly capture a moment"

Isn't that like 99% of us? ;-)

Also, taking just the average of the bars on the scorecard gives me a 74% average, not 80%. I wonder how they arrive at the overall score.

I agree it's a significant camera, the first full frame mirrorless and all that, but it appears there was a need to give it an award no matter what the test scores say.

Really, 99% of us buy a 24MP FF camera to shoot jpg! I hardly no anyone that uses this sort of high end gear that shoots jpg. What a total waste of the sensors real potential.

I think the camera is overrated. AF alone should have knocked this down to around 75%. Can't even get close to AF ability of m4/3 let alone something like a 5D III, D610.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 21:56 UTC

Sony would have done better to concentrate on it's crappy cameras they put in phone. Yes the specs all sound wonderful on paper, but the results are still second rate. Should have taken a leaf out of HTC's book. How about a 8MP sensor, 1/2.3", f/1.8 lens, and you could still shoot 4K video without any binning or line skipping. However, why even bother with 4K at this stage. Oh and if they aren't using the newer Snapdragon 805 which is specifically optimised for 4K, then even bigger waste of time.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 20:32 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (493 comments in total)
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thx1138: Canon users are quickly finding the metabones adapter has issues and are needing to modify it to stop reflections etc, which is just ridiculous for an already expensive adapter. Novoflex says it will have something in 2-3 months but until then it's hit and miss.

Not true, still seeing softer corners and edges on the Sony, whether shifted or not.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 01:34 UTC
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (493 comments in total)
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wb2trf: What a dumb review. There are a few reasonable criticisms, but there is this overall tone of snarkyness that is merely a gloss on stupidity. Start here: "despite the best efforts of Sony's UX designers to bury the relevant option at the end of page three in the custom setting tab of the menu setting. 'Release w/o Lens: Enable'" Now lets think for one minute. Since every option has to go somewhere something must be at the bottom. Since there is never a need to reverse this decision, you literally set it once for the life of the camera, where should it be? At the bottom of course.
Next, we have the crazy complaints in the paragraph that begins, "I can't remember the last time I used shutter priority (I'm an aperture priority kind of guy)" This paragraph is completely idiotic in its entirety. He writes as if he is disappointed that aperture priority isn't useful. Of course not! Secondly the choice of 1/60th can't be "biased in firmware" as there is no information to use. Dumb.

What a dumb review of the so-called dumb review. So an auto ISO mode that only wants to select 1/160 when using aperture priority isn't a poor effort from Sony. If Canon were this stupid there would be a thousand posts screaming for blood.

Good review Barney and I agree that Av mode and Auto ISO is dumb.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 21:37 UTC
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