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 CP+ 2014 interviews: What we learned article (94 comments in total)
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kongqueror: Just curious - why no interviews with Sony? Would have loved to hear from them.

Really, have not seen a single Sony A7/A7R on the streets yet. It's no more disruptive than any other mirrorless camera. Can't wait to see how disruptive is it when people want to start using big heavy fast glass on the camera, something Sony has been very careful to avoid by releasing small fairly slow lenses. The most enthusiasm I've seen is from people who use third party MF lenses from the likes of Zeiss, Leica etc and Canon users wanting to use their glass on an excellent sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 21:29 UTC
On CP+ 2014 interviews: What we learned article (94 comments in total)
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venancio: I look for revelations in each interview, whether there is that "you chose us, we didn't choose you, deal with it" attitude, or that transparent concern that displays affinity to customers. If the representative can't do but mouth corporate talk, at least the first attitude immediately displays itself so it gives you that period of adjustment or time to think about alternatives. The future is important, so I want to know where they're taking me. Don't want someone whose vulnerable to the Nokia syndrome, someone who does not believe that change is coming, or not prepared to respond to the change, even if it is dictated by consumers' needs and not by company vision/profit statements.

You must also understand the Japanese can appear very aloof and it's very hard to get a read on them. They give almost nothing away by their mannerisms. I say this as someone who works for a Canon R&D company and has many face-to-face meetings with our Japanese partners and have left many a meeting not knowing what they thought. Were they happy, angry, encouraged? Often you don't know until you get an email a week later what they were really thinking.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 21:24 UTC
On CP+ 2014 interviews: What we learned article (94 comments in total)
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Photato: If Smartphones killed the P&S, I wonder what killed Nokia, Blackberry, HTC Motorola and hurting Microsoft?
The current state of the photo/video industry is rather boring.
It needs a player to shake things up.
Canon in particular seems to have stalled, reminds me of Microsoft, just getting by confident in its comfort zone update after update.
Currently the market is so saturated and mature that from now on it'll be more commodity replacement rather than have to have it upgrades.
But there are still lots and lots of exciting things that can be done.
The industry needs a visionary, enthusiastic, creative company.
Give us some magic and you'll get our money.

Indeed, but another worrying trend from Canikon is how expensive it has become to own good gear. Superteles that were already very expensive doubling in price and costing more than cars, nearly all L lenses showing massive price rises with new generation, Nikon very similar. Photography once again becoming a rich man's game.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 21:19 UTC
On Fujifilm X-E2 Review preview (315 comments in total)
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h2k: So the screen is not tiltable, not touchable. Not very likable.

Sure you can touch it, it hasn't got a force field around it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2014 at 22:21 UTC
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MarshallG: Now THAT'S a Hasselblad! They did Victor proud.

Why Victor Sodoff of course, of the famous Skivin Ivan Sodoff clan

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 06:04 UTC
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whtchocla7e: "... the first camera to break the 100-point barrier isn't a full frame model from Nikon or Sony ..."

Subtle Canon diss, haha.

Obviously comprehension skills aren't a strong point noirdesir but I'll spell it out for you. I was talking bout the 99% of photographers that don't hang out of forums talking technical specs and measuring noise and DR to the n'th degree. In the real world Canon still dominates despite all the whining from gear heads and I'm someone that is a total gearhead, but do not in any way think I represent the majority and neither would most on these forums. I'd love nothing more than a 15 stop DR Canon sensor that I can push shadows 8 stops, but ratehr than keep whining about it for no gain, I go and take photos and use what I have. The sensor is but one part of the total system, and overall I'd still rather have a 5D III and good sensor than a Sony and great sensor.

If you makes you happy, I am very happy for RED and the sensor looks a beauty, but who cares, it costs $29K and not a single Canon hater will go out and buy one so it means didly squat for anyone here.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 03:40 UTC

Wow, Barney you really let them off the hook with that first question. The answer was insipid and you should have highlighted the fact that the weaknesses are in the lack of sensor development for going on 7 years. From clear leaders to clear trailers. Of course the sensors are still good, but they are not great except for high ISO noise. You could have at least pressed them harder on how they will face the challenge not only from Sony, but Toshiba and Fuji. And FWIW, I am a Canon person through and through, but would dearly love to see a sensor like the Sony 36MP in a 5D IV. Also don't forget even if Canon can match the current Sony sensors, by that time Sony will probably have moved ahead again with their next gen sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2014 at 22:15 UTC as 72nd comment | 5 replies
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whtchocla7e: "... the first camera to break the 100-point barrier isn't a full frame model from Nikon or Sony ..."

Subtle Canon diss, haha.

Subtke dis or not, it's hilarious when I go around galeries and see the photo competition winners, Canon cameras are still in the majority and Sony gear would be lucky to make up 0.1% of winning images. In the real world the DR range weakness doesn't stop amazing photo being taken. 90% photographer, 10% sensor. A heck of a lot of the winning shots are taken with entry level gear. FWIW, in the International Garden Photographer of the year contest 5D II dominated winning and placing entries. 99% of people who use a camera wouldn't even know what DR was and shoot photos rather than measurebate.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2014 at 22:05 UTC
On Nikon announces flagship D4s professional DSLR article (70 comments in total)
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thx1138: Pixels wars are over, ISO wars have begun. Now if only we could get a real ISO 50, with L ISO 25.

ISO 50 today might be just a pushed ISO 100, but it is still very useful, especially when you scenes DR can handle the loss of highlight DR. I'd rather use ISO 50 and f/16 to get my 1s exposure than f/22 and ISO 100 if I don't have ND filters and for some lenses like the Nikon 14-28, Samyang 14 etc you cannot use a filter unless you pay hundreds more for a special custom solution.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 20:19 UTC
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1042 comments in total)
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Aaron801: I know this is a really ignorant question, but I know nothing about this class of cameras... I'm wondering why a camera so bulky and so expensive is only 16mp?

Huge battery is another reason for larger camera. These things last for ever on a single charge. They are built like tanks to handle a beating, they also have an integrated grip, and they are not really any larger than a normal DSLR with a grip attached.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 06:15 UTC
On Nikon announces flagship D4s professional DSLR article (70 comments in total)

Pixels wars are over, ISO wars have begun. Now if only we could get a real ISO 50, with L ISO 25.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 06:08 UTC as 18th comment | 11 replies
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Menneisyys: "The device is powered by the latest generation Qualcomm quad-core processor 2.5 GHz Snapdragon S805"

Are you sure it's already the S805, and not last year's S800? There are confronting data on this - and Samsung's own specs ( http://www.samsungmobilepress.com/2014/02/25/GALAXY-S5 ) doesn't specify this either.

I *do* hope it's indeed the S805 and not the old S800. Even the Z2 has an S801 (a somewhat faster version of the S800).

Indeed, it is NOT the 805, but the 801. It's still a nice little update, but only minor.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 01:21 UTC

DSLR's are a victim of their own success. Like the PC which are so powerful for the average user, they don't need upgrading for many years, DSLR's are also now so good and frankly some of the updates so minor, why would anyone keep taking part in the upgrade cycle? Not surprising sales have eased back.

Mirrorless is weird and one thing I think is hurting them is high DSLR like prices for a small package. A lot of people must look at them and the lenses and wonder why they want so much for cameras with smaller sensors and smaller lenses. I've got an E-M5 to go with my DSLR"s but have only bought two lenses. I certainly don't want a double investment in glass and might just sell it up and go or something like the GX1 II as my DSLR backup, as much as I like the Oly.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 22:11 UTC as 85th comment | 1 reply
On CP+ 2014: Selected highlights of the show article (34 comments in total)
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icexe: Dear Hasselblad,

Please, just stop it. You're embarrassing yourself.

Looking at the Sigma quatro, I think they are drinking the same cool-aid. What are they thinking? IMO ugliest camera of all time including Hasselbad.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 22:30 UTC
On CP+ 2014: Things we found that had been cut in half article (107 comments in total)
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sirrah: When I look at these pictures, especially the Canon 200-400 lens it makes me realize how hard it must be for companies producing photographic equipment to make a profit. The cost for design alone for a lens comprising close to 30 elements must be difficult to recover. We users of such sophisticated should be lyrically grateful that we are able to enjoy this technology at probably well below its true cost. As a yacht owner I look at the cost of a few crude, by comparison, stainless steel fittings and marvel at how cheap my camera and accessories are.
Strangely the cost of having fun on the water seems to be accepted with considerably less grumbling than I read on forum pages here.

As someone that works for a camera company the prices you see are way above the price the factory needs to sell at to make a return. There is a huge amount of fat in the products especially as you move up the food chain. If you really think a 200-400 is making a loss for Canon at $12K you are very naive.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2014 at 07:15 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7R Review preview (814 comments in total)
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petemod: Only Gold? This camera deserves Platinum!

@jabba23

That's a ridiculously long bow to draw and completely incorrect. Yes tripling battery life would be tough, but they have to do better, getting 200 shots if you are conservative is just not good enough. Other than that there's no excuse for the AF given how good Olympus and Fuji are on that front, there's no excuse for the lack of electronic first curtain shutter, given the A7 has it and there's no excuse for the cumbersome menu system. None of these require the camera to magically grow in dimensions.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 03:08 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7R Review preview (814 comments in total)
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moimoi: Shutter vibration that makes blurry images, have you forgotten dpreview?

It is a HUGE con.

Alas the A7R lacks electronic first curtain shutter, making it very problematic for shutter speeds in the 1/2-1/30s range, even if mounted on tripod. We have already seen tests that show you will get some blur due to this and can't be avoided if you need these shutter speeds, such as you would use in landscape. Nikon D800E does not have this issue as it does have EFCS. So in some cases blur cannot be eliminated by mounting on tripod.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 23:35 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7R Review preview (814 comments in total)
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Kwick1: Interesting that, in the summary, there's no mention of high ISO capabilities - good, bad or otherwise.

Same as D800(E), so pretty good especially when downsampled.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 21:31 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7R Review preview (814 comments in total)
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petemod: Only Gold? This camera deserves Platinum!

Sorry what's the point of your comment ???

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 21:28 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7R Review preview (814 comments in total)
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petemod: Only Gold? This camera deserves Platinum!

A list of cons as long as the pros and not all of them are minor, it got a fair result. Now combine an A7r with say a good AF system like in a m4/3 camera, triple the battery life and improve several other annoyances and then it might warrant a 90%. At the moment it's a superb sensor wrapped in an ok body. If only Olympus could fit this sensor to an E-M1.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 20:17 UTC
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