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 article Second Time Around: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Review (258 comments in total)
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dansclic: Your final comment says : excellent image quality but when reading closely, I see this : smudgy jpeg and quality issues with the lens. How can you achieve good results then ?

Well you shoot RAW and just forget about the horrible jpg format. It takes 30s in LR to produce far better jpg output than the camera can ever achieve. And you can batch process images to speed up process. Canon's jpg engine has never been great and I couldn't care less, RAW is so much better and gives you more exposure latitude.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 00:39 UTC
On article Second Time Around: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Review (258 comments in total)
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justmeMN: "The camera's JPEGs have taken a step in the wrong direction compared to the G7 X, ..." -DPR

That's unexpected, bad, news. My perception was that Canon brand is known for having particularly good JPEGs.

Canon has never been known for good jpg output, although I'm still not sure what this jpg thingy actually is.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 00:35 UTC
On article Second Time Around: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Review (258 comments in total)
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Neodp: Low IQ toy.

But high IQ images are less problematic than low IQ images.

The good thing about high IQ people, heck even normal IQ people, they won't vote for Trump at least, so they are less problematic.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 00:33 UTC
On article Second Time Around: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Review (258 comments in total)
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ttran88: Why does my iPhone take wonderful photos and do 4K videos but this new and improved dedicated camera can't?

Because you only look at you so-called wonderful iPhone pictures on a tiny little screen which gives the false impression they are good. Now view on a 27" monitor and you'll see they are rubbish compared to a real camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 00:30 UTC
On article Second Time Around: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Review (258 comments in total)
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The Silver Nemesis: Systematic+systemic=disappointed+disappointment.

But, outside the above, I have offered some time ago the G7X Mk I to my mother, as a gift (she looks very happy with the results and I have seen indeed some very nice landscape shots/portraits of my kids). I have used that camera 30 minutes maximum, so I don't have many things to say. However: as for G7X Mk II, I will never buy one for me, as (approx.) 800 EUR it is an outrageous price for a camera without any form of weather sealing. If I would ever use DPR rating system and give the Silver Award instead of Gold, this would be the primary reason, and not the IQ/performance - probably the G7X Mk II is already really outstanding in what matters in real life usage (at least to me): RAW IQ, all things considered.

RX100 III is still selling for $800 in Australia. talk about insane. I can't see prices coming down, as Yen is so strong they'll get dearer outside of the USA.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2016 at 00:28 UTC
On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (226 comments in total)
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Biological_Viewfinder: LOL!!! DPR keep bumping this article.

You know, yeah I get it; that woman is pretty hot. I understand sex sells.
But at the end of the day, are we comparing cameras or girls?
Is this lens good because the girl is good or because the lens is good?
Again, I understand; she's a beauty for sure. No doubt about it.
However, I think it confuses the issue.
Hot girl or amazing lens? It's not so easy to tell or care.

And the problem with "hot girl" is that she is extremely subjective. If you hire her again, then maybe next time she was in a bad mood and doesn't look quite as open and charming; then what? The lens isn't as good as this one????? Maybe instead of making a big deal about the hot chick, we make a big deal about the lens.

More please Rishi, too much of a good thing is a nice start. But hey I'm just as happy to see a beautiful flower as the model.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 04:05 UTC
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J A C S: Amazing videos!

I don't have 4K monitor, but 2.5K monitor and even at that resolution they are simply superb quality. I can't afford 1DXII just yet, but 5DIV may well have the same video capabilities and become the new darling of the budget conscious videographer.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 00:15 UTC
On article Comparison Review: Sony FE 50mm F1.4 ZA vs 55mm F1.8 ZA (226 comments in total)

To me based solely on this test, the only reason you'd get the 50 f1.4 is for astrophotography due to the low coma. Otherwise the f/1.4 aperture seems to be of very little use as the Bokeh at f/1.4 is no more diffuse than the 55 at f/1.8. It is slightly smoother in front of the focus plane but minimal differences. The sharpness and resolving differences are also minuscule. Hard to see how this out resolves the Otus or Sigma.

Link | Posted on Jul 19, 2016 at 23:56 UTC as 42nd comment | 3 replies
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1224 comments in total)
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Miki Nemeth: Thank you Richard for the update on video. Exactly this is what I was afraid of: a great camera with totally crippled video AF system. Maybe firmware update 3.0 in two years will have these issues ironed out.

Don't worry Roger you can add 5DIV to the 1DXII soon for AF in video that will shoot 4K. Look for a 28MP resolution so it offers super 35mm crop size for 4K.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2016 at 23:21 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-Pro2 versus X-T2: Seven key differences (331 comments in total)
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Simon Elwell: Can't get past the fact that the XT series look like DSLRs. If you want a DSLR surely you'll buy one - with it's attendant advantages. The X-Pro series are competing with a very different camera set

Next to the XT-2 the X-Pro is quite ugly frankly, in fact one if the ugliest cameras in the market.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2016 at 23:01 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: Fuji makes among the best lenses in the world, they are getting their video game together, and are rumored to be coming out with a medium format camera; what is stopping them from dominating the camera world? Nothing.
Look upon Fuji ye mighties, and despair.

Yes when they add the following equivalent lenses:
11-24
16-35 f/4
17, 24 TS-E
70-200 f/2.8
300/400 f/2.8
400 f/4 DO
500/600 f/4
800 f/5.6
180 f/3.5 macro

And AF can outdo 1DXII/D5 I'm in like Flynn.

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 01:39 UTC

Wouldn't mind one but I think we are looking at $2500 body only in Australia. This rules it out as compliment for a DSLR user as you will also need expensive investment in glass. Basically it's either or at this level. Will have to stick to either m4/3 for now,

Link | Posted on Jul 15, 2016 at 01:35 UTC as 54th comment
On article 8K Helium Super 35mm sensor on the way from RED (86 comments in total)
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Neez: I don't think they should use chemical elements in the name, unless it's involved in the manufacturing process or something. Do they use helium to make this sensor?? Otherwise, it doesn't seem right to call it the Helium Sensor.

Like if i were to call a car, the Toyota Propane vehicle, people would be all kinds of confused.

Personally us old farts think the RED Methane sounds better

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2016 at 06:18 UTC
On article Sony prices 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS G Master at $2600 (208 comments in total)
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Camera Newton: This was confirmed by SAR. For many up to 20% price increases coming for these Sony products. Ouch.
"Sony Germany officially notified German stores about an upcoming price increase on almost all camera and lenses starting from August 1. Prices will go up by in some cases by almost 20%. It’s unclear if that increase will be extended to the rest of Europe too (I guess the answer is yes)."

Just what the camera industry needs to climb out of it's ever deepening hole, higher prices. Good way to kill off your market and this applies to Canikon as well.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 23:23 UTC
On article Sony prices 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS G Master at $2600 (208 comments in total)
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owenleve: completely defeats (in my opinion) the heart of going mirrorless. Size, weight, cost. And this lens better be 2.5x better than the f4 version. Compared to a nikon lens the f4 is garbage.

@HFLM

What a joke. Now all of a sudden mirrorless isn't about size, except of course when that's all it was about. The fanboys were gloating about the smaller size and weight of the A7R when announced. Now in the A7RII the cost has skyrocketed, the weight is same as mid level DSLR, with fast glass the weight difference is minimal, but the combo balances far worse. So what is mirrorless FF about exactly. Poor AF, poor ergonomics, poor battery, high priced lenses and the total size with lens is now very similar. Only makes sense with a small prime attached.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 23:22 UTC
On article Sony prices 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS G Master at $2600 (208 comments in total)
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mezastel: Canon's 70-200/2.8 II is $2000. Why is this more expensive?

Canon's more complex design due to IS is cheaper, has better max magnification and less FL breath at mfd.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2016 at 23:17 UTC
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Favorable Exponynt: Poor x-t1 owners

It's only true until the next big thing. Just like for all those years Nikon fanboys claimed FF was a waste of money until the D700 came along and then FF was best thing since sliced bread.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 00:10 UTC
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Jefftan: Seriously why do I want to paid $600 more and not just get a A6300?
60% more !

But apart from that what have the Romans ever done for us?

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 00:08 UTC
On article Elevating X-Trans? Fujifilm X-T2 First Impressions Review (1224 comments in total)

Is that VF magnification FF equivalent or is it APS-C and is actually 0.77 x 0.667 = 0.51x FF equivalent.

Also what is the weight of the camera, can't see it in the specs.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 07:53 UTC as 178th comment | 4 replies
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DVT80111: This makes Pentax K1 a real bargain.

Indeed, but it seems the smaller the camera the worse the price performance ratio.

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2016 at 07:45 UTC
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