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 High-end pocketable compacts 2013 roundup article (128 comments in total)
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samfan: Let me put it this way. As advanced as Sony or Canon are, or as sympathetic as Fujifilm is, or as much as I like lots of other cameras...

The viewfinder, such as it is, on the LF1, gives it a million mile headstart against anything else in its class.

I will never, ever understand how can so many people shoot with their arms stretched, using cameras that are completely unfit for such a goal. I can make due with a positionable LCD (such as on my EX1), but fixed LCD? Never. Even though I have such a compact. It's just a terrible way to take pics (except macro/closeups).

I never liked Panasonic cameras, but recently it seems they're the only one that 'get it' in compacts.

Heck, if I want to carry a small pocket camera, I carry a FILM COMPACT just so I can have a viewfinder in a small camera. Maybe I'll consider such a Panasonic some day.

chadley_chad, I guess that's why Sony now offer an EVF option with the RX100II, since composing via the LCD is such a great idea.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 27, 2013 at 00:09 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)
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naththo: You should go to Image Resource. They already have Comparometer for those Sony A7 and A7R. You can judge by that. A7 seems to have no problem with focus so far I noticed. The A7R does exhibit softness due to cramping in 36mp into full frame sensor compare to A7 is sharper. And I am concern about the diffraction in more mp than less mp. Also to do with the noise that may be more noisy in 36mp than 24mp to compare. I prefer A7 over that due to hybrid focus is more advantage of it.

far less diffraction limiting going on with a 36MP FF sensor than a 24MP DX sensor. The A&R images look a bit softer only at 100% as it corresponds to a 23% larger image. The A7R can clearly resolve more detail if you look carefully and I see no indication of diffraction softening. Resize the A7R shots to 24MP if you want to compare apples to apples for apparent sharpness (and noise).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2013 at 05:16 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)

It's interesting how the Sony jpgs are much crisper and sharper than the Nikon's yet are free from artifacts and halos that you would normally expect from what looks like more sharpening and contrast. Sony's new jpg engine is working amazingly well and surpasses even the Olympus efforts.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 22, 2013 at 04:07 UTC as 109th comment | 1 reply
On Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer article (628 comments in total)

Can you feel the desperation slowly creeping in at Adobe HQ. The storm Cloud is brewing ominously.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 21:53 UTC as 138th comment
On Rare photos of Rolling Stones emerge from estate sale article (106 comments in total)

I'll bet none of these photos were covered in moss.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2013 at 00:56 UTC as 26th comment
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)
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Mizudori: For being half the size compared to D800, those A7R raw files sure are pretty impressive...
A7R shows how much Nikon need to work on their on-board JPG processing as well...

Ah ok!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2013 at 08:18 UTC
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2381 comments in total)
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Mizudori: For being half the size compared to D800, those A7R raw files sure are pretty impressive...
A7R shows how much Nikon need to work on their on-board JPG processing as well...

What's camera size got to do with IQ? It's the sensor size that's important.

Agreed, A&R sooc jpgs are excellent. The only other company that does really good sooc jpgs is Olympus.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2013 at 04:48 UTC
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thx1138: All of these nice little advanced P&S cameras are about 2-3 years too late. For me I won't get anything with a smaller sensor than the Sony RX100, which is still in a camera almost as small and only really loses out with the slow f/4.9 aperture at the long end, but still has about the same DOF as this 1/1.7" sensor at f/2.5.

Nice try though.

Errm, Sony sensor is a 2.7x crop factor, the Ricoh sensor has a 4.84x crop factor, so 2.7*4.9 = 13.2 and 2.5*4.84 = 12.1. That small difference in DoF would not be visible to in the real world, so I stand by what I said, almost no difference in DoF at the tele end. Also the 1" sensor has 3x the area of the 1/1.7" sensor so if the aperture which corresponds to 1.59 stops. The difference in speed of f/2.5 and f/4.9 is 1.94 stops, so sensor is not being exposed to only half the light, it's a lot closer. It would only be half the light if the Sony sensor was 2x as large, not 3x as large.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2013 at 22:57 UTC

All of these nice little advanced P&S cameras are about 2-3 years too late. For me I won't get anything with a smaller sensor than the Sony RX100, which is still in a camera almost as small and only really loses out with the slow f/4.9 aperture at the long end, but still has about the same DOF as this 1/1.7" sensor at f/2.5.

Nice try though.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2013 at 20:55 UTC as 72nd comment | 4 replies
On Pentax K-3 real-world samples gallery article (150 comments in total)
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thx1138: Not a single sharp image. These are simply terrible. Why bother posting images taken at 1/40s if you can see the image is soft! Use a tripod so we can see if the camera is capable of real detail.

I should have said, I only downloaded images with a ton of detail, not every single image. But again, I would be using a crappy kit lens if we are trying to see what a 24MP sensor sans s AA filter is bringing to the table. Some of these shots could have been taken with a compact camera.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2013 at 02:53 UTC
On Pentax K-3 real-world samples gallery article (150 comments in total)

Not a single sharp image. These are simply terrible. Why bother posting images taken at 1/40s if you can see the image is soft! Use a tripod so we can see if the camera is capable of real detail.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2013 at 00:40 UTC as 29th comment | 3 replies
On Canon Korea teases new camera, EOS M2 or SL1/100D? article (259 comments in total)

Definitely a white SL1/100D and that's the facts jack.

Surely no one expected a real announcement from Canon at this time of the year. This is just a stocking filler (they hope) for Xmas. Real news will be another 2-3 months.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2013 at 00:31 UTC as 26th comment
On Canon Korea teases new camera, EOS M2 or SL1/100D? article (259 comments in total)

Probably just the 1200D; after all the 1100D is oldest in the fleet.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 10, 2013 at 06:45 UTC as 73rd comment
On Tamron to develop 150-600mm F5-6.3 ultra-telephoto zoom article (193 comments in total)

I've compared the mtf curves for the Sigma 50/150-500, Canon 100-400L and Tamron 150-600 and the Tammy overall looks better than all of them. If this holds up in real world it might be a veritable bargain.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2013 at 03:22 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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thx1138: Here is a hypothetical interview with Nikon:

Q: I see this camera uses a 16MP sensor, from the D4, so this must be a flagship sensor too.
A: No actually the sensors of the D610 and D800 are much better according to DxO
Q: Ah but this low res must allow this camera to shoot very fast, 10fps or better.
A: No, actually it shoots at 5.5fps slower than our D610
Q: Hmm, but it must have class leading shutter speed, 1/16000
A: No, actually it same as our entry level cameras at 1/4000
Q: Ummm, err, oh yeah, well it must have the flagship AF system right
A: No, actually it has same AF as D5300 and D610, middle of the road
Q: Ah, but it must have old school battery life and run forever out in the wilds
A: No, actually it has a very small battery with below average number of shots
Q: Well it must be very cheap then, cheaper than D610?
A: No, actually it is much dearer.
Q: Ok, then what is the point of this camera?
A: To get old farts to part with a lot of money to relive old time memories.

Df = digital fubar

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 22:21 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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thx1138: Just browsing the beautiful new Pentax lens they announced, it would seem Nikon should take a leaf out of their book and offer some damn sexy retro lenses with engraved distance and DoF scales. Why not go the whole hog, rather than tarting up the 50 f/1.8 with a dubious silver ring.

Yeah, but they are about as sexy as a shoebox.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 06:31 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

Just browsing the beautiful new Pentax lens they announced, it would seem Nikon should take a leaf out of their book and offer some damn sexy retro lenses with engraved distance and DoF scales. Why not go the whole hog, rather than tarting up the 50 f/1.8 with a dubious silver ring.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 03:01 UTC as 281st comment | 3 replies

Got to give it to Pentax for making darn sexy looking lenses and unlike Leica, you don't need to sell a kidney to own one. Now maybe Nikon should release a bunch of retro lenses for the Df with beautiful engraved DoF/distance scales.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 7, 2013 at 01:58 UTC as 56th comment | 2 replies
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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thx1138: The Nikon Df makes a compelling case, unfortunately it's for the Sony A7/A7R.

I know which one I'll be getting for Xmas.

What's that supposed to mean? I've seen the RAWs and jpgs and they are stellar. And i've see the images from a ton of third party glass and seen it compared to even the Pentax 645D.

So what's your point?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 03:34 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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Valiant Thor: I wonder what the Df stands for? I do know that I won't be one of the Dumb f#cks (Df?) that buys one. I'd like Pure Photography but I also want Pure 1080 60p video.

Df = Digital failure ???

It just needed to tick 1 or 2 of the 10 boxes it failed to do so. I swear I coulda been a contenda.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 02:31 UTC
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