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 Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (397 comments in total)
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bluevellet: I look forward to the D750 vs D610 article or 6D vs 5D article. Long overdue, right guys?

Only Sony is trendy.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2016 at 00:59 UTC
On article Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (397 comments in total)
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Terry Breedlove: I am not a Sony owner but I am waiting to see what the next generation of FF cameras brings. Sony is very active in updating these bodies so I expect something soon enough.

Pentax K1 and D810 are better all round cameras and when the 5DIV is announced with new sensor, 4K video, DPAF sensor, no Canon users will drift to the Sony, they can sell their A7RII and go back to a real camera. Already many have tried the experiment and returned to the fold.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2016 at 00:58 UTC
On article Sony a7R II versus a7 II: Eight key differences (397 comments in total)
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Elljustin: If the A7III isn't announced next month I'm going to eat my shoe.

Maybe with mk III they can finally get it right, but unlikely. What we do know is price will increase again and dpreview will go into hype meltdown.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2016 at 00:54 UTC
On article Gallery update: Nikon 300mm F4E PF ED VR (54 comments in total)
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Timbukto: This lens along with overall Nikon AF is a piece de resistance in getting me to switch to Nikon. Wenmei Hills pictures of kids at play with the D810 are still the more impressive shots to me compared to the D5 + speedboats (although I appreciate the update regardless). Shooting kids at play wide open near what looks to be pretty close subject distances and absolutely nailing focus and being sharp where its needed...IMO hugely impressive and this lens + Nikon body combinations that almost *mock* the uber expensive mirrorless premium telephotos in price performance. Sadly you can't beat physics with mirrorless telephotos, but with this one you almost feel like you can. Canon's 400mm DO II fits in the realm of...hey if you want this tech, you need to be a rich gearhead or a sports pro photographer. The Nikon's 300mm says, hey just buy me at a great price and I'll never go down in value while you use me to take pictures of your kids + sports, etc.

Stupid comment about the price of a 400 f/4 vs a 300 f/4. Do you seriously think your Nikon pals would give you a 400 f/4 PF much cheaper. How much does that NIkon 300 f/2.8 cost again.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 23:15 UTC
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tkbslc: I briefly owned the 50mm f1.2 from this series and the optics were superb. It was very sharp right from f1.2. However, I found it difficult to focus accurately, even with focus peaking and the like. In the end I traded a little bit of aperture for autofocus, which is extremely accurate on mirrorless.

I feel like most people would be better served with the new Sigma 30mm f1.4 that just came out. An imperceptible amount of additional DOF control isn't worth a lot of ruined shots. At least it wasn't to me.

Mirrorless camera allow for magnified view when touching up focus, a godsend for a MF lens with such fast aperture. This is why I want hybrid OVF/EVF in DSLR so we can have this feature.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 04:55 UTC
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GatanoII: Interesting and informative video and this makes me think:

In this scenario (I must repeat , _in_this_scenario_) it's evident that the direct competitor Nikon D5 should bite the dust , no usable smooth video AF for rapid moving subjects , way slower 4K frame rate for applying slow motion (same separation that exist from usable and useless), "slower" 12fps vs 14fps for getting more decisive moments and far less workable dynamic range for recovering shadows in high contrasty scenes (this is odd and new to Nikon vs Canon) ... and the Canon AF proved, obviously, to be up to the tasks, maybe Nikon could have an easier way to set up to be up to the different tasks, but not enough to separate them, while the pluses from the Canon 1DxII can make a real difference.

So the only think that puzzles me is why DPR did give the same points to the both cameras, since I see substantial advantages/disadvantages where it makes a difference to easily claim a winner.

Sony sensors get praised to hilt for low iSO DR and fair enough it's a great feature. Canon doesn't have this feature until now and gets slammed unmercifully. New Nikon D5 has woeful low ISO DR, sacrificing that totally for high ISO performance, but there's barely a peep. Yes it's been noted, but we don't hear the constant harping on about it, instead it sets new standards which I assume only refers to the new AF. Canon's mistake was keeping same number of AF points and not making it look like an all new AF when in fact it's pretty much is a an all new AF which just happens to have same number of AF points as old system. Those that own both will testify the new AF is simply much better and I've seen the evidence for lower contrast, subjects, when using TC's, in lower light. It's very hard to get it to miss. But I guess now it'll always be in Nikon D5 shadow because low ISO DR isn't a thing now, it's the new 3D AF.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 00:55 UTC
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villagranvicent: Great footage! I assume this kind of dynamic range will be presented in the next 5Dmiv/6Dii cameras??

Yes already in the 80D. Canon stated last year they would be making on chip ADC a priority and eventually all sensors they make will feature this. 5DIV is next cab off the rank announced in just over 3 weeks.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2016 at 00:48 UTC

Weasel words as usual when they are caught red handed. It's like setting up shell companies to avoid paying tax and saying you abide by all tax laws.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2016 at 23:34 UTC as 45th comment
On article Rock Solid: Canon 1D X Mark II Review (409 comments in total)

Didn't see that result coming. I love the cons about video, yet the results even the pros are getting are just superb.

Also this is possibly the stupidest criticism I've ever seen:

Con: Optimization of AF settings takes practice and experience

well whoda thunk that you actually need to master your craft and your tools. I'm sure people just shell out $6K willy nilly and think the camera does it all.

BTW the Case 1 is so damn good for 90% of shooting, if you can't get good results then photography is not your forte

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 23:54 UTC as 72nd comment | 8 replies
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nokinonacynos: At that price why would anyone buy this instead of the 85mm 1.4? Crop the 85mm to 105mm and you have equiv. f-stop of 1.7. Less than one third stop diff in DOF. With the current crop of high mp cams, a small crop like this would be nothing. The 85mm would be more flexible and with pretty much the same size and weight.

Yes but is it worth more than double the price of an 85 f/1.4, especially since we can expect stellar Sigma 85 f/1.4 Art at some point.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 11:50 UTC
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nokinonacynos: Can't understand why they come out with this instead of a 135mm f/2 VR. This 105 is just a marketing gimmick to claim world's fastest 105.

But as they say talk is cheap, and this lens is not. It might well be worth the money, but talking about it doesn't mean we'll buy it.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 11:48 UTC
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nokinonacynos: Can't understand why they come out with this instead of a 135mm f/2 VR. This 105 is just a marketing gimmick to claim world's fastest 105.

The trouble for Nikon is soon Signa has 8 f/1.4 Art lens that costs $999 max and there is not much to choose between 105mm or 85mm for these lenses. I know which one I'll be getting as much as I'd love this lens the cost is crazy. Also Sigma is working on 135 f/2(1.8) OS again it'll be much cheaper and the OS will be a godsend on this FL. The Nikon needed to be $1299 and have OS.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 07:00 UTC
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DVT80111: Is this a Nikon's response to Sony?

Plenty of people have made the mistake to jump to Sony, plenty have jumped back. I suppose the 19 f/4 TS-E is a response to Sony too, oh wait that's right Sony's range of TS-E lenses is non existent.

Link | Posted on Jul 27, 2016 at 06:56 UTC
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thx1138: Hopefully low coma for astrophotography. Also I've read from field tester the distortion is very low and from 5.6 it gives the Canon 11-24 a run for the boatload of money it costs.

Sorry, f/2.8 is much better for astrophotography than f/4, this costs fraction of Canon 11-24 price and so far reports are at least for landscape it'll blow the Samyang 14 f/2.8 out of the water for distortion. If the coma is low then my Samyang is off to be sold.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 06:03 UTC

Hopefully low coma for astrophotography. Also I've read from field tester the distortion is very low and from 5.6 it gives the Canon 11-24 a run for the boatload of money it costs.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2016 at 00:58 UTC as 23rd comment | 8 replies
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (370 comments in total)

Cost about the same, well if $2-2.4K is about the same as $3K then I guess they are the same. Yes D500 is around $3K AUD

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2016 at 23:44 UTC as 53rd comment
On article Second Time Around: Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Review (291 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 (291 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 (291 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 (291 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
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