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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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snegron2: Beautiful design, great lens, but like the FZ-50 (which I still own) the details look smeared. In the studio comparison section check out the green blades of grass (or feathers?). The smeared details at ISO 400 are very similar to what my old FZ50 would produce. As I mentioned here when I wrote about my FZ50, I wish I had the technical expertise to swap out the FZ50's sensor with that of a better performing sensor. Even my old LX3 could out-resolve my FZ-50. This time around I think I can get equal or better results from my mirrorless G5.

Checking the RAW's, both the Sony and Panasonic seem soft right across the test scene. The panny seems softer on the LHS than RHS. Compare it to say an OMD E-M5 say and the difference in detail is very large. But that also applies to the RX10 as well.
Noise is very evident at ISO 800 too and I'd avoid going any higher which is disappointing IMO, as ISO 1600 is not pretty. The jpg engine sucks and I wouldn't use jpg on this camera in a pink fit.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 22:17 UTC
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Freestyler: If Panasonic had of managed a 600mm constant aperture f/2.8, and USB3, it would be the perfect 'Bridge' or 'Superzoom'.

As it is, it's darn impressive anyway..... 1/16000th Shutter Speed you say!

Yeah and would only weigh 2kg and cost 4x as much. Still cheap and light compared to a 600 f/4 FF lens, and if it had good IQ I'd consider it as an addition to my DSLR kit for wildlife work.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 05:55 UTC
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EthanP99: Just so we're clear, f4 is now considered "fast lens" ?

@400mm yes.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2014 at 05:52 UTC
On Nikon Coolpix AW120 real-world samples gallery article (13 comments in total)
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photoguy622: Those pictures are atrocious. I thought the Olympus was bad at detail retention, the Nikon is even worse.

@ DStudio, even my blind grandmother could tell those jpg's are utter garbage. They are basically smartphone quality and only look reasonable at browser size. The full size images are just pathetic and Nikon should feel embarrassed. Even at low ISO detail is smeared into oblivion. It fails in and out of the water, but this is is pretty much the case with every single UW camera based on crapulent tiny 1/2.33" sensors and second rate optics combined with fourth rate jpg engines.

All we need if for Sony to release an UW version of the RX100 and they'll own the market.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2014 at 22:54 UTC

LR is a very easy tool to learn and I can get output from LR with much less effort than other converters I've tried such as DxO, and C1 Pro. Also flagging, keywording, cataloging are very intuitive.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 10, 2014 at 22:39 UTC as 8th comment
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tkbslc: It's funny when you first hear of someone at their retirement. I never knew fake Chuck existed.

Ken Rockwell is an Alien working out of Area 51.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2014 at 22:39 UTC
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Fox Fisher: I feel sorry that I discovered his blog way too late. Glad to see someone who speaks the truth about Nikon & Canon loudly. I thank him for speaking the truth out loud and wish him a good life.

Alas Sony escaped his wrath, but back then they were a nobody in the DSLR market. Actually they still are a nobody in the DSLR market, with all pretenders having been driven off to mirrorless to survive.

Always a good read and too bad he's moving on.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 9, 2014 at 22:37 UTC
On Sony a6000 Review preview (838 comments in total)

dpreview clearly sets the bar low on AF performance. Not one of those frames is acceptably sharp on the face. Sure the hat is acceptably sharp in quite a few and it's clear the AF has been caught out focusing on the front of the hat not the face.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2014 at 23:22 UTC as 139th comment | 4 replies
On Sony a6000 Review preview (838 comments in total)
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RedFox88: A decent replacement of the nex7.

So is there not going to be an a7000? Only bummer is downgraded EVF.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 3, 2014 at 22:54 UTC
On LG releases G3 with QHD screen and laser-AF post (60 comments in total)
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Lee Jay: I pretty much hate marketing people.

Those dimwits redefined quad HD nonsensically. QHD is four HD screens arrayed in a 2x2 fashion, which is 3840x2160. But no, that's 4k when actual 4k has 4096 horizontal pixels, and QHD is now 2560x1600.

The did the same with phones. 4G LTE is actually 3G LTE, they just renamed it to make it sound cooler, even though it meets none of the 4G specs.

You all forgot to mention qHD (not QHD) which is 960 x 540 and was a common res for a while on the premium phones, before they went to HD.

Annoyingly 2K is 2048 x 1152, so you would expect 4K to be 4096 x 2304, but oh no, it is 4096 x 2160 and UHD is 3840 x 2160. I can understand the latter as being 4x FHD and it could also be called QFHD, but the 4K definition should have adhered to a commonsense standard.

Direct link | Posted on May 30, 2014 at 02:06 UTC
On DxO Optics Pro 9.5 now integrates with Adobe Lightroom article (63 comments in total)

Apart from the LR integration what other changes have been made? Where's the changelog? Does it support new cameras?

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 00:21 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On DxO Optics Pro 9.5 now integrates with Adobe Lightroom article (63 comments in total)
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ageha: Nice but I rather use just DxO standalone, LR isn't very good anyway.

I use both LR and DxO, separately. I use LR for all my cataloguing, keywording, culling etc. I still use LR as my default converter but find DxO can do a better job in many cases, but not all. DxO's lack of local adjustments is a bummer and one reason I won't switch completely.

This integration is not very good as it now generates a destructive dng, yet another file I don't want sitting around. If it had just sent the cr2 with an xmp file LR could read that would have been perfect.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2014 at 00:18 UTC
On Samsung NX30 Review preview (431 comments in total)
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retro76: I really don't understand why Dpreview (and other reviewers) constantly applauds the image quality of the Olympus sensors. I owned the OMD and the IQ was pretty poor.

Not sure what your problem was, maybe you were using the average kit lens (14-42), but paired with a 12-35 f/2.8 and 45 f/1.8 I find the IQ to be excellent. Sure there's a bit more noise than I like in shadows, but IQ is on par with my 7D as is DR. I find if I keep it below ISO 3200 overall it's excellent.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 22:32 UTC
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tkbslc: A lot of people complaining about the weight and size obviously haven't realized that 70-200 F2.8 zooms typically weight 50% more, are about 2" longer and use huge filters. It is heavier than it's Nikon or Canon counterparts, but Tokina build is top notch and typically all metal.

Hopefully the real US price is well under $1000 or it's got no chance against Nikon/Canon brand options.

You apparently don't realise Canon make a 70-200 f/4L IS which is 220g lighter or 0.48lb and is also top notch build and all metal body and takes 67mm filters too.

So why would I buy the Tokina?

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2014 at 03:49 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2962 comments in total)
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dddesign: Contrary to the review, I think the 24-70 lens is a major improvement - and is the reason I will buy this camera. I want a camera for inside work, so a fast lens is important - and so is the ability to fit things into frame when you are working in close quarters. I see little disadvantage of having a reduced telephoto - 70mm instead of 100, say. You can always crop, but you can never put in what a 28mm leaves out.

Tough call. For my DLSR I have a 24-70 f/2.8 and a 24-105 f/4 and there are many times I yearn for extra reach in the 24-70. But having 24mm is a good bonus. I suggest Sony could have gone for a compromise: 24-85 and taken a very small hit on weight.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2014 at 04:54 UTC
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alcaher: $11.000 for the 400mm ??? and $2.600 for a 80-400???....

It good to know Tamron and Sigma exist !!

It's good to see the weakening of the Yen by 20% in the last year has seen the prices fall. What a joke both Nikon and Canon have become, although the Canon 400 is still about $2K cheaper than the Nikon.

I can presume Nikon will update all their superteles to match the Canon's much lower weight, but be priced even more ridiculously. We knew things were grim when they announced the 800 f/5.6 VR at moronic $18K, making even Canon's rip-off look excellent value.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 06:27 UTC
On Rumors hint at pair of new Canon lenses article (56 comments in total)
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RichRMA: Not a minute too soon. The 17-40L is a mediocre lens, especially on FF.

What a load of horse manure. One of the best value L lenses and capable of excellent IQ.

Want proof

These results mirror my own.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2014 at 03:06 UTC
On Samsung announces NX3000 mirrorless camera article (193 comments in total)
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halfwaythere: At least its APS-C.

The difference in area of a 3:2 sensor and 4:3 sensor that fit in an APS-C (1.5x) image circle is 15mm^2 or about 4%. Similarly a square sensor is about 4% larger again than 4:3 sensor. Either way it's hardly worth quibbling over.

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2014 at 07:09 UTC
On Samsung announces NX3000 mirrorless camera article (193 comments in total)
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ThePhilips: Improved JPEG engine? Years on - nothing changes - I probably should stop asking.

P.S. $479 for the 20-50 kit. Nice price, Samsung!

Who in their right mind would buy Samesung anything over the Fuji. Samesung are still a wannabe camera company that think technological friviolities maketh a great camera.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2014 at 22:03 UTC
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thx1138: New flash! Camera company announces camera that doesn't have world's fastest AF.

No one will buy it now.

Too bad the A7R didn't get this AF system, rather than the rubbish they dished out.

Who said anything about the SLT? I was referring simply to the AF sensor module. Yeah I really thought the fixed mirror would fit in an A7R, although why you want to turn a mirrorless camera back into a mirrored camera I don't know.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2014 at 07:50 UTC
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