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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Laszlo13: Weird, the camera JPEG looks much better on the 100% close up - both sharper and without artifacts.

What you are seeing is that the ACR reds/oranges are too saturated and the flower has lost some detail. If you decreases saturation in that channel you will see that detail again. Adobe doesn't handle reds very well.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2013 at 02:52 UTC
On Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R real-world samples gallery article (125 comments in total)
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tipple: One thing is apparent from these images, if Fujifilm enters the full frame market, with the results achievable with the XTrans sensor or even their conventional Bayer sensor, Canon and Nikon will have to keep on their toes! Fujifilm has demonstrated very good support in updating lens and cameras for their customers. It is apparent they are in this for the long haul and that bodes well for all photographers.

"Fujifilm has demonstrated very good support in updating lens and cameras for their customers."

Doesn't this just mean they didn't get it right the first time and have to keep addressing issues? Sort like releasing a buggy game and then having to release a frequent patches.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2013 at 20:21 UTC
On Swimming with the Nikon 1 AW1 article (199 comments in total)
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jennajenna: Biggest problem with the nikon frankly is the lack of wide angle lenses. The best it can do is 27mm. The olympus tg2 is 25mm BUT with an adapter it can get as wide as ~ 21mm. That is massive as a field of view advantage (over 20%) compared to the nikon's 27mm max - and the real world of underwater video or photos... you want a wide vista of your experience. Also the tg2 aperture of 2.0 lets in twice the light of nikon so it can take lower iso shots.

The IQ of the Olympus tough series is simply atrocious, so wide angle or not who cares? It's time they took the segment seriously. The whole market should move to 2/3" sensors at a minimum and off RAW.

Now a Sony RX200UW with 20-100 f/1.8-2.8 lens and 1" sensor would be sweet.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2013 at 22:17 UTC
On Swimming with the Nikon 1 AW1 article (199 comments in total)
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pocoloco: I am not so convinced a compact camera could not have captured that unique moment : http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/3225500706/photos/160652/turtle?inalbum=beneath-da-surface

The IQ from even the best UW compact today is frankly a joke. Still living with those woe 1/2.33" sensors, poor IQ ant any ISO and even out of water, but hopeless above ISO 400. All the bells and whistles but not the important stuff.

Hopefully Nikon has set a fire and will ignite this segment. Canon should have turned the EOS-M into the EOS-M(arine) as that's the only thing that might save it.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2013 at 22:13 UTC
On Canon announces EOS M2 in Japan article (619 comments in total)
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thx1138: Hugely disappointing and frankly embarrassing from Canon. The EOS M was at the bottom of the mirrorless pile along with the Nikon V, J series, but at least they have excellent AF speed.

So no DPAF, no EVF, no new lenses, same old sensor tech and battery life is an appalling 230 shots.

This is the camera equivalent of Windows 8.1, it might be better, but few people will care.

What's really telling is that they've abandoned the US market with this update. The EOS M sales were eterrible in USA and it looks like they're not pouring anymore money into that market. The mirrorless sell very well in Japan and Asia as a whole where the M2 will be available.

There are rumours of a much more advanced EOS M coming and new lenses, but I find it a strange approach to garner interest in your product by abandoning the market and then hoping the new camera will magically have a strong following.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2013 at 23:58 UTC
On Canon announces EOS M2 in Japan article (619 comments in total)

Hugely disappointing and frankly embarrassing from Canon. The EOS M was at the bottom of the mirrorless pile along with the Nikon V, J series, but at least they have excellent AF speed.

So no DPAF, no EVF, no new lenses, same old sensor tech and battery life is an appalling 230 shots.

This is the camera equivalent of Windows 8.1, it might be better, but few people will care.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2013 at 21:36 UTC as 97th comment | 3 replies
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)
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thx1138: Completely outclassed by the other sensors for resolution and only leads on per pixel noise, but of course with a lot less pixels that's nothing special. Upsample it to 24MP or downsample the others to 16MP and it loses out again.

Can't see why this didn't get the D610 sensor and then it make more sense and make it more future proof.

Sorry you have the misconception and are about the only person I've seen claim downsampling doesn't work. Ok maybe the D610 falls apart completely at very high ISO, but even as you say yourself it's fine to ISO6400, which would cover 90% of peoples use IMO. In this case downsampling gets you very close on noise and still leaves you with a bit more detail.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2013 at 23:12 UTC
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

Completely outclassed by the other sensors for resolution and only leads on per pixel noise, but of course with a lot less pixels that's nothing special. Upsample it to 24MP or downsample the others to 16MP and it loses out again.

Can't see why this didn't get the D610 sensor and then it make more sense and make it more future proof.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2013 at 11:54 UTC as 103rd comment | 5 replies
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
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