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 article Blackmagic Design announces Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (401 comments in total)
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Raja Baruah: What is the crop factor compared with 35 mm full frame? 2x?

Well it's a 4/3rd's sensor so yes, 2x nominally, but if it's multi aspect sensor like GH5s, it will vary.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 22:07 UTC
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Thomas Kachadurian: As a guy who does these things I can tell you that tradeshows have gotten ridiculously expensive to exhibit, and the organizers are increasingly hostile to participants. Everything has a cost and complication.

Add to that that there really very little new information at show that we can't get many other places. Last show my company went to our best leads were other vendors, not participants.

Trade shows may soon go the way of ink on paper.

The same thing happened with Motoring shows. In Australia Melbourne and Sydney had annual motor shows, then about 15 years ago a number of big name companies like Porsche etc said it was getting too dear to exhibit at both, so they alternated shows. Then more and more did the same thing, due to cost, then they decided Sydney and Melbourne should alternate who had the show, so there was only one show a year. Now we have none. The exhibition stands were costing companies like Mercedes 2 million or more and didn't actually drive sales. The greedy exhibit owners kept jacking up prices and now they get nothing.

I'll bet Photokina will rue the decision to go annual.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2018 at 22:05 UTC
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thx1138: Barney what’s your crustal ball thoughts on the time-frame for total demise of the DSLR. I’m guessing 5 years max before not a single DSLR camera is made by any name brand maker, but within 3 years even big pro cameras like 1DX and D5 will also be mirrorless. Heck the 1DXIII should be a mirrorless IMO.

Before the Sony 3rd gen FF though, IMO they weren’t compelling enough to warrant abandoning DSLRs, unless you didn’t do any sort of real action or wildlife work. But A9 showed for the first time the true potential of what mirrorless can really offer us, and frankly it’s very little to do with size and weight.

It’ll be very interesting what Canon and Nikon do about the mount. The EF/EF-S mount has a large 54mm throat diameter, compared to Sony’s ~46mm and Nikon’s F mount is only 44mm, while Canon’s EF-M is 47mm. Technically Canon could stay with EF-M as it already has 18mm register and is large enough for FF, but would it be enough for say TS-E lenses, or f/1.2 lenses?

So what if there aren't any EF-M lenses that image a FF image circle, they haven't made a FF mirrorless camera yet, so why would they have any? The throat diameter is 4mm larger than the FF sensor diagonal and that's all that matters, hell Nikon's is less than 1mm larger than the FF diagonal. EF-M is still larger than FE, so the mount can be used for FF mirrorless and has the same 18mm register as Sony.

Also you are way off the mark about f/1.2 lenses, you might want to talk to the pros that use them and the reason they use wide open, a lot!. Today IS is excellent, not so much back when the 85 f/1.2 came along, high ISO is excellent, and Canon f/12 is really closer to f/1.3, so there is little actual difference in aperture and the bonus of IS can't be overlooked. An f/1.2 IS version would be much larger, and costlier. Canon has tread a path where you get a nice balance of IQ, speed and IS all for less than the 85 f/1.2L. It has little to do whether it is film or digital.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2018 at 23:57 UTC

Barney what’s your crustal ball thoughts on the time-frame for total demise of the DSLR. I’m guessing 5 years max before not a single DSLR camera is made by any name brand maker, but within 3 years even big pro cameras like 1DX and D5 will also be mirrorless. Heck the 1DXIII should be a mirrorless IMO.

Before the Sony 3rd gen FF though, IMO they weren’t compelling enough to warrant abandoning DSLRs, unless you didn’t do any sort of real action or wildlife work. But A9 showed for the first time the true potential of what mirrorless can really offer us, and frankly it’s very little to do with size and weight.

It’ll be very interesting what Canon and Nikon do about the mount. The EF/EF-S mount has a large 54mm throat diameter, compared to Sony’s ~46mm and Nikon’s F mount is only 44mm, while Canon’s EF-M is 47mm. Technically Canon could stay with EF-M as it already has 18mm register and is large enough for FF, but would it be enough for say TS-E lenses, or f/1.2 lenses?

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2018 at 22:34 UTC as 202nd comment | 7 replies
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thx1138: All this tech in a 27" non 4K display. Sure that's fine as long as it's not the only one you're releasing. 32" 4K and same specs and features, for $2K then you're talking, but $2K for this, typical HP.

And only Quadro cards (not sure about Firepro) support 10 bit. Lame ass Nvidia won't even allow 10 bit support in 1080 GTi.

To MaxNeko, the idea behind the higher bit-depth LUT is to allow for a more accurate mapping between the 8-bit signal sent by the video card, and the 8-bit output of the monitor, to allow for smoother tonal gradations. So the 8-bit signal from the video card can be mapped in this case at 14bit resolution, allowing for a much smoother output gamma curve, which leads to the smoother tonal transitions. More expensive monitors likje your NEC have higher bit 14 or even 16 bit LUT's, but even a 10 bit LUT found on cheaper monitors will help as that's still 4x more precise than 8 bit calculations.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2018 at 04:29 UTC
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thx1138: But aren't all my pixels going to be spied on by Xi Ping himself? And with 3 cameras, that's so may pixels. Luckily I use Google and Microsoft, so I know my data is safe.

I think with Trump in charge NSA == Nimrod States of America

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2018 at 01:01 UTC

All this tech in a 27" non 4K display. Sure that's fine as long as it's not the only one you're releasing. 32" 4K and same specs and features, for $2K then you're talking, but $2K for this, typical HP.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2018 at 01:00 UTC as 8th comment | 10 replies

Too bad about HP's woeful reliability. Never known a HP computer not to have issues. Wouldn't touch them with a 100' pole and that's before looking at the absurd prices.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2018 at 00:57 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies

But aren't all my pixels going to be spied on by Xi Ping himself? And with 3 cameras, that's so may pixels. Luckily I use Google and Microsoft, so I know my data is safe.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 00:40 UTC as 25th comment | 5 replies
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rcl100: The top 1% are more than happy to pay a little more for something you can't afford.

Snob factor is a very powerful marketing tool. In Australia we pay up 1.5x-3x the US price for luxury cars, but sales are going gang busters. It's a mobile billboard saying you are rich. They don't care they are getting ripped off, they care about status.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 00:38 UTC

Oh no, this just won't do, just won't do at all. I can expect a tweet very shortly exclaiming fake news.

My solution is simple, own 1 of each.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 00:42 UTC as 68th comment
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PhotoRotterdam: I think this only shows that Canon, as a sensor design company, makes profit from other sources than photography equipment targeted at recording images for the sake of recording ones lives or art. Their biggest market is industrial use.

Why DPReview shows this? Maybe they can answer that question.

Here's a clue, most security cameras currently are a joke, pathetic resolution and poor noise, even blind Freddy can see where this heading in the near term. Hell Canon even said so a few years ago when this sensor started development.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2018 at 22:00 UTC
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BJL: The absurdity of the anachronistic description "Full Frame" becomes ever clearer. It has meant 36x24mm but sometimes 56x42mm for medium format, and now it apparently also means a 36x20mm video format, according to Canon.

Seriously, it would not be either hard or confusing to start giving the sensor dimensions in mm. Actually, in most cases just the sensor diagonal would be enough: the industry also uses diagonal length in spec sheets as the format "Type", and that one number tells us the image circle size needed.

Film formats are sometimes described this way: often for medium and large formats, and also "36x24" is used for standard 35mm film still camera format in parts of Europe.

And don't get me started on Canon's absurd use of "APS-H" — which was the 30.2×16.7 mm uncropped format of the failed Advanced Photo System film format. Canon's misuse is a different size and a different shape, and almost nobody knows what APS-H was anyway.

The only thing absurd here is you hate filled rant over naming conventions. Seriously dude get a life. The world has gone mad.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2018 at 21:58 UTC
On article Video: Canon shows off its new 120MP APS-H CMOS sensor (217 comments in total)
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nickolas84: We have had similar pixel densities in cellphones for years! Why is it so difficult to deliver this as a consumer product?

Canon better step up their game, otherwise Sony and Samsung will take over!

I guess those 100MP Phase One sensors are of no use too. Oh an what's that, next Fuji MF cameras will be 150MP and 100MP, what on earth would they be used for I wonder?

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2018 at 08:35 UTC
On article Video: Canon shows off its new 120MP APS-H CMOS sensor (217 comments in total)
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pannumon: Comparing this to a 9-year old Canon Flagship model that is marketed to do 1080p does not make much sense (does 1D mk IV in practice shoot OK 720p?). And that 120Mp video does not look very sharp at pixel level either. It's probably kind of OK when downscaled to 8k, except the frame-rate makes it totally unusable.

What does this all tell us about the company?

Yeah, I wanted to be even a bit positive, but I failed.

So where is this 600MP sensor. At least Canon made a working sensor, not talking cheap trash from his mommies basement.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2018 at 08:33 UTC
On article Video: Canon shows off its new 120MP APS-H CMOS sensor (217 comments in total)
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PLShutterbug: This sensor can see the GEARS in the WATCH of that guy sitting in the stands?

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

I used to watch CSI and even back in 2007 they could zoom in on a fly 1 mile away and show it's junk in full detail, so Canon is way behind the times.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2018 at 08:29 UTC
On article Video: Canon shows off its new 120MP APS-H CMOS sensor (217 comments in total)
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Clyde Thomas: Canon has their eye on me more than I have my eye on them.

They really don't.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2018 at 08:27 UTC
On article Video: Canon shows off its new 120MP APS-H CMOS sensor (217 comments in total)
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Mescalamba: Would make nice Canon 1D MKV. :)

Well I would gladly take 30MP APS-H, 12fps, but heck miss the APS-H 1 series very much

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2018 at 08:26 UTC
On article Video: Canon shows off its new 120MP APS-H CMOS sensor (217 comments in total)
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samsaamsaaam: I hear it has 4 stops of dynamic range!

That's 4 stops funnier than your joke.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2018 at 03:57 UTC
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noisephotographer: Just looked at zoom images from gsmarena and the 5x zoom looks like digital zoom. Maybe just a tiny bit better.

Have a look at how appallingly bad the iPhoneX zoom output is, nothing could be worse.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2018 at 00:14 UTC
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