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 HTC launches One M8 with new 'Duo Camera' post (47 comments in total)
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Scott12345: Using a second lens to capture depth information to map back depth of field and other possibilities.... could be the biggest innovation in cameras since the invention of the CCD.

Except for the the fact it's an old idea and has been used for a long time in the field of depth estimation. It's called depth from stereo and is basically how our own visual system works.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 21:34 UTC
On Sony Australia releases a3500 with new kit lens article (144 comments in total)
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Craig from Nevada: What does Sony have against Australia and Aussies?

We're used to being ripped off and getting second class treatment. But this sets a new high mark on the sphincter scale. Can't wait for the a3700 with 19-45 f/4.5-6.3 kit lens for $599.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 06:40 UTC
On Samsung NX30 real-world samples gallery article (62 comments in total)
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KonstantinosK: Many photos at 12800 ISO, and, is it me, or are they look very good and detailed?

I agree, jpg quality is very ordinary even at ISO 100 and at ISO 3200 very little detail is left. Poor jpg engine and I don't think the lens was great, especially in the corners.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 24, 2014 at 09:02 UTC
On Samsung announces tiny NX mini mirrorless camera article (80 comments in total)

Why does it not use the supposedly remarkable ISOCELL technology.

Oh look another lens format. I'd still take the RX100 or a Panasonic GM-1 or Canon GX1 II.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 05:10 UTC as 24th comment
On Hungarian law bans photos taken without consent article (321 comments in total)

So I'm on one side of a river photographing scene on other side and some one walks into scene and I think they provide a nice sense of scale, take the shot, then madly jump in my hastily crafted raft, paddle to the other side, chase them down and get a written consent from them.

I guess I'm not so hungary for travel anymore.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 00:36 UTC as 66th comment
On Chinese government orders Nikon to stop selling D600 article (228 comments in total)

You know things are bad when the Chinese find your behaviour corrupt. This has been a bigger fiasco than the Canon 1D III AF saga. At least they eventually accepted the findings and fixed all cameras free of charge.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 22:19 UTC as 67th comment
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T3: That $1,000 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 is going to sell like hotcakes! Such a deal!

Well it's a whole $69 cheaper than Tamron's 150-600, so that must count for something, anything, hello is this mike turned on?

Nikon living in cloud cuckoo land with their pricing.

Should have just stuck to offering an UW version of the 1 series

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 09:44 UTC

What are the specs on that upcoming 35-100?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 22:05 UTC as 23rd comment | 6 replies
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 (316 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
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