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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The visuals are already excellent, concentrate on an AF revolution, Pentax is in dead last place these days.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 06:33 UTC as 24th comment
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Cariboou: Here Canada price of 70-200 Sony 3.599$ Nikon 2.699$

What, the Sony collects light differently? Last I checked all lenses work the same way.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 06:31 UTC
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Fujica: So Sony's new strategy seems to be low body prices to lure you in then to rip you off on their lenses.

Yeah because that A7RII is so cheap I bought 3 of them. Sony conned everyone with the A7/R that were good prices, but A7RII was like 50% price hike.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2016 at 06:29 UTC
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thx1138: 99.9% of people have no interest in medium format and yet voted it the most exciting thing at Photokina. Danger Will Robinson, does not compute.

@Peter1745
How many is many and compared to the interest shown in mirrorless and DSLR it's drop in the ocean. Most peoiple would not desire the MF, hell they have now claimed DSLR dinosaur to be too big, and the MF is a one trick pony. For the very few of us that need to do fashion shoots, or porfessional landscape phtography and print very large it makes sense, but the market has plenty of options. This would only be exciting if Fuji were the first to announce a digital MF camera, otherwise I find it the least interesting at Photokina. The A99II, OMD E-M1 II, M5, Sigma 12-24 and 500 f/4 were only standouts. Funny that glass is the most important thing in your kit and lenses rated paltry scores. Cameras come and go and get updated but glass often lasts for 10 years or more.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 22:37 UTC

99.9% of people have no interest in medium format and yet voted it the most exciting thing at Photokina. Danger Will Robinson, does not compute.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 13:19 UTC as 47th comment | 19 replies
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Orcker: This is a lens that's truly groundbreaking when used with the new E-M1II. The so-called Sync IS (i.e., combo lens+ body stabilisation) is simply stunning - 2 secs handheld is possible at 12mm!

So they say, plenty of companies claim fantastical performance for their IS and often it is 1-2 stops less than they claim. Let's wait and see before hyping it. If it works then I agree brilliant system.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 03:14 UTC
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rialcnis: Olympus keeps marching ahead. They have a good vision and (now after some corporate corruptions some years ago) a good, ethic.

Imagine how they follow up to the upcoming OMD-1 mk ll a few years from now? These new Zuiko pro lenses will always hold their value. I want them all, now that I see the direction they are taking, improving video on the mark ll. Wait till they figure out out to turn m43 into FF and large format, in the camera and set new ISO records. If anyone can do this it will be Oly, because of their fanatical competitive spirit. (Sony too).

Ah the pipe dream of altered physics that magically appears for m4/3 sensors and turns them into FF sensors. The gains is sensor technology are now slowing down, we are at the limit of what current semiconductors can do, QE is already very high and the latest sensors have not shown much if any improvement in sensor noise, certainly not luminance noise. There will never be any ISO records set by a small sensor unless compared to a small sensor.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2016 at 03:13 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (663 comments in total)
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4agze: Love Olympus design, only if it packs with a 35mm sensor...

@rpjg

So you didn't read this part \Mostly interested in the AF"

But even so, IQ is still very important, but if it's good up to ISO 1600/3200 for what I shoot, that's ok. The trouble is the competition is good up to 6400 and has better DR at low ISO and will M1 II be cheaper than D500? The Mi II + 300 f/4 combo is going to be similar price to D500 + 150-600 price, and not much smaller, but probably 0.6-0.8kg lighter which is nice. So basically for me it will need to perform at a level like D500 to make sense.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 07:44 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (441 comments in total)
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pjl321: Does anybody know if the Sigma 50-500mm would severely hold this camera back as the lens isn't up to 42mp?

Sigma 500 f/4 coming in A mount, Tamron 150-600 G2 in A mount. It's a chicken and egg situation, this camera might put a rocket under SLT sales and then more lenses will come. However, if this camera performs well but still can't sell well, the mount is dead, and this is really a test bed for A9 next year.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 02:51 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (441 comments in total)
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thx1138: Anybody know if Sony Ausfalia will bring this into the country. They dropped all A mount cameras last year, so what guarantee we will even get it and otherwise have to grey import it.

Well they dropped for sale from Australian retailers, so special order hardly counts, but looks like they are coming to their senses. I think we will get better price, A7RII was a lot cheaper after currency conversion here than USA, it was easy to get for $3800AUD while $3200USD. No one pays RRP.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 02:48 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (441 comments in total)
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Sdaniella: Without cinema-centric 5DMk4 Touchscreen (or EOS M5 touchpad) DPAF controlled selection, for artistic subject control. Short takes dominate cine, Ultra long Cinematic takes like Snake Eyes, Birdman, and The Revenant are RARE in movies.

Whilst, all "fast" auto-subject-follow AF of Sony cams (A7/a6####/a99-series) will be non-cine, but rather more for the videographer/vbloggers. ... Long takes dominate videography, like on static sitting/standing interviews, or run and gun documentaries, or where one wants to copy performance: stage/concert/sports for long uninterrupted "whole show" takes (half hour+)

Folks really have to make distinctions in "filming" whether they are creating something ARTISTICALLY vs just recording an "event/moment" as accurate as possible, for posterity sake.

nah pretty sure it was Sony fanbois, but hey don't let facts get in the way trolltran, the biggest troller of Canon news in history. Like a little jack in the box you pop up in every article with snide little comments. Must be very insecure person.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 02:44 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (441 comments in total)
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Nigel Tafferham: The 'Hybrid Cross Type' AF is what I expected on the Canon DSLRs which have both external PDAF and on sensor DPAF, but AFAIK they do not - 1DXII & 5DIV.

If sufficient processing power (maybe not on 5DIV, no excuses for 1DXII) then it should not slow down very much the complete AF process - but maybe we will hear more about the Sony 'Hybrid Cross Type' and how speed relates to accuracy.

Looks like a nice expensive cam !! How about those mega buck lens though ???

You mean Sony copied old dog Canon's pellicle mirror from 20 years ago if you want to be pedantic and learned some old tricks.

Sounds like you need to run Canon R&D, show me your patents and I'll contact my friends at Canon where I worked up until a few years a go.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 02:41 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (441 comments in total)
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Nuboo: This is one reason Sony having been going bankrupt (held together by PS4) there is no real customer base left for A mount and how many people are going to sell up all their gear for this, on one hand they are selling out of the A7S and A7R and with the other they spend money releasing a format for A mount users only, the reason the E mount is doing well is because you can us other brands of lenses, not many people want to buy a overpriced Sony A mount lens, if it was E mount I would order one, no lie, its a shame as Sony make great products but have very few people making smart decisions

This is the test bed for the A9, so you can have your cake and eat it too next year. Too bad it's not an EF mount, it would sell out in minutes.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 02:36 UTC
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dotyman: Just noticed–no Live View while shooting. It just controls the camera settings and shutter remotely. I guess video over BT is not possible?

We might have to wait for BT 5.0, apparently getting a massive upgrade in specs to become much more usable

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 01:55 UTC
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toniyoo: DSLR Dashboard is an app for various platforms including iOS and Android that connect to the camera via wifi or USB http://dslrdashboard.info also available for mac and windows and linux. I use it from ipad and android and it is not 100% stable

Helicon remote also multiplatform including iOS and Android with special feature for focus bracketing. It is only an app, no device, that connect through wifi and USB http://www.heliconsoft.com/heliconsoft-products/helicon-remote

This device will add wifi to your camera and you can control it from the app. A little bit expensive http://camranger.com/features

This is similar to Unleashed (bluetooth coonection) and is on pre-order right now and less expensive https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/alpinelabs/pulse-your-camera-upgraded
And there is more for sure

Good info, thank you

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 01:54 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (663 comments in total)
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Mister Joseph: Look at that teensie-weensie baby sensor!

Well any 40 x 30 poster can look good from half a mile away, let's compare the prints up nice an close from a 20MP sensor (I don't care what size) and 42MP sensor say. Yes and I do examine big prints up close to see how far they have been pushed.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 01:08 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (663 comments in total)
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Alphoid: Bets on how much it retails for? Post your best guess below. Closest guess is the winner.

$2799 AUD, almost same as D500 and as dear as Pentax K1.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 01:05 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (663 comments in total)
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azDavin: A lot of people don't know it but the OMD EM5-II was game changer in the studio especially with the high-res raw shooting product. Olympus has the most accurate color too so I am excited about this one. Stupid ISO lever is gone too! I will be diving on it!

In controlled light at lower ISO and static subjects then E-M5 II was brilliant with high res mode, but highly limited application for that mode. Sensor made almost zero imorovement on the originals, especially noise.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 22:36 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (663 comments in total)
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acidic: No mention of how many megapixels... WHAT IS THIS WORLD COMING TO?????

Well apparently the world is coming to a lack of reading skills, resolution is clearly mentioned in the article announcing the M1 II.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 22:32 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (663 comments in total)
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4agze: Love Olympus design, only if it packs with a 35mm sensor...

Even an APS-C sensor would do me, same one as in D500 or D7200 would be nice. I have E-M5 and although the E-M5 II is a much better camera in nearly every area, sensor did not improve in 3 years. M4/3 is stagnating with little bits of improvement here and there, but format will always trail. Shame as cameras are excellent. I think I might switch to Fuji ultimately but will wait and see how the M1 II perfoms first. Mostly interested in the AF, but maybe sensor has improved more than I think.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 22:27 UTC
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