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 Canon 16-35mm F2.8L III real-world sample gallery (121 comments in total)
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DualSystemGuy: Over FOUR stops vignetting? Holy crap. That is unacceptable on a lens at this price IMO. If you correct that you will get an awful, noisy looking perimeter to the image. Some crop sensor lenses don't even vignette that bad on full frame.

Looks very much like a niche lens for PJ use. The average user is probably much better served by a third party option or something like the 16-35/4 IS.

Yes DualSystemGuy is correct, over 4 stops! Simply ridiculous in this price range and considering they have an 82mm filter requirement. I thought the purpose of the larger front element was to capture more highly skewed rays and reduce vignetting.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 21:41 UTC
On article Have your say: Best midrange ILC of 2016 (52 comments in total)
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Favorable Exponynt: Just put the K-1 in every category will you? I like to vote for it.

How are they mid-range cameras when they are at top of their ranges.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 22:37 UTC
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Jorginho: Very difficult pick this one. To my mind Oly is the best out there all things considered (all things that matter to me that is), but the price....D500? X-T2? K-1? All pretty different, all with their own strengths...I feel the K-1 is severly underrated by dpreview especially. It is not a pro cam because...of its price??? I'd say D500, EM1mk2, X-T2, K-1 and of course D5 are all professional cams that will do very well in all situations (one better here, the other there etc).

Oly specs are great but that little sensor can't beat even the APS-C sensors. It's way behind the D500/XT-2/a6500 at high ISO, and it's AF can't match the D500. If the price drops $500 I might replace my E-M5 with one though. In Australia the Oly is an absurd $2900 or so. Almost double what the M1 cost. I can get the D500 easily for $2400.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 22:35 UTC
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mikeodial: Nikon D810 not considered on either list? Seems strange.

D820/D900 will be on next year's list. A7RII is much newer than D810 and isn't on the list.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 22:32 UTC
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Kharan: The A6500 feels very out of place here... it's like it got lost looking for the enthusiast poll :-/
The K-1 is duplicated, but it only belonged in this poll, in my view. It's too much dough for a midrange model.
I'm surprised at the popularity of the E-M1 Mk.II, in my mind it is soundly defeated by the X-T2 - it offers better raw IQ, more high-end lenses, excellent video, and it costs significantly less.
But the true winner here should be the A99II - it does most of what the competitors do, moves the largest amount of data the fastest, has a number of features not replicated anywhere else, shrunk in size quite a bit, and is as close as one can get to a "perfect" camera for $3K. People will say that A-mount is dead, but the lenses are very plentiful and cheap, and if one doesn't have very niche lens requirements, everything is covered.

I would have put 5D4 3rd if priced $500 less. I put K1 first for sheer value and excellent IQ, A99II for specs and D500 for being best can do anything crop camera. I've looked at E-M1 II AF and IQ and it does not match the D500 and above ISO 1600 it gets smashed. At $1400 it would have done a lot better. Fuji XT-2 is almost perfect and if it had the AF capabilities of the D500 it would have been #1.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 22:30 UTC
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majorpaul: If the a99 II was from either Canon or Nikon it would be number 1by far

Yes, I've been saying this since it was announced. Sony are mad not to offer EF/F mount version. I guarantee it'll be biggest seller in years.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 22:24 UTC
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Androole: Even though I would not personally want to use any of these cameras, this was my order for a professional audience:

1) Canon 5D IV
2) Nikon D500
3) Fuji X-T2

If someone is paying me, I'll suck it up and use the camera that I think will get me the results that I need in the most versatile situations, even if I don't enjoy using it and would never pick it for personal use.

Value for money is a big factor. I think the E-M1 II does things that none of those cameras can, but it costs a lot, and does have some liabilities in low-light performance.

Realistically, I would just get a D750 and forget about it, but that's not a 2016 camera, so it's not in the listing. Probably hands down the best prosumer camera for the money, though.

if value is important Pentax K1 is the best value camera in the world IMO and has even better IQ than D810 and I'm not a Pentax user at all. Alas Canon, Sony and Nikon were not in the least swayed by it's excellent value in pricing their own cameras.

I would be happy to own any of the cameras in the list, but the one that piques my interest the most is the Sony A99II. If they offered this in an EF or F mount they would sell a million. Too bad it's limited to A mount.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 22:23 UTC
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iamatrix: Fuji all the way. This year I shot with a Sony AR7, a Nikon D800, and Canon 5DSR. The camera that blew me away, the camera which left me dropping my jaw more than any other brand: Fuji.

Fuji is the Leica of the 21st century! Hardly, their lenses aren't absurdly overpriced that are more about snob value than sheer excellence, even though Leica lenses are very good and beautiful, so are many much cheaper alternatives.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 22:19 UTC
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TW14: D500 and Xt2 are worthy winner.

I put K1 first, ridiculous value for a FF with best IQ. Then A99II assuming performance matches specs, then D500. All the cameras in the list are amazingly good in most areas.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 22:17 UTC
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PhotoKhan: Congratulations to Chris Williams for some breathtaking aerial shots.

...but, most specially, kudos to the US Forrest Service for sticking with FAA ruling and not putting in place additional absurd restrictions on recreational UAVs.

I am about to get my first drone and am appalled and disgusted at the extensive "top-of-the-head" restrictions the countless agencies from several European countries decide to apply, "just because".

Not only do we, European citizens, have to fund and endure a plethora of Public Services, many of which have a mere logic of "self-employment, self-justification" for their existence but also seem to have to put up with their pressing need to exert a farcical "authority" just to amplify that very same worthless logic.

Trouble is PhotoKhan as a captain you are a highly skilled and trained pilot and fly in an airspace many tens of thousand feet above land. Drones can be bought by any idiot, just like guns and have no training and would like to fly them where they like. Imagine the same lawlessness with see with guns in the US being allowed with drone operators. With potentially million of users it'd only take a small % of scumbags to cause havoc with wildlife and human safety.

It needs laws specific to this endeavour and needs them from the outset rather than wait until it's too late. Just like we have had to reign in those god awful jetski's from going wherever they liked.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 11:48 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1129 comments in total)
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SwissSwiss: Fear is the path to the dark side…fear leads to anger…anger leads to hate…hate leads to suffering.” - Sony the Yoda A6500

Hate for Sony is strong here. Looks like Sony is Cristiano Ronaldo of camera world lol

Palpatine you are insidious with your devious mind tricks. Cut down down to size you must be before you spread your malaise under the guise of a down trodden hero.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 06:22 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1129 comments in total)
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Mateus1: Isn't a shame that best 2017 Sony APS-C brings poorest controls and ergonomic than most of Fuji, Panasonic and Olympus cams, even 4 years old?

Some say Sony A6xxx is an electronic toy that shouts "press , press my buttons" ... and I have to agree with that.

BTW, the images look flat compared to Fuji, Canon or Olympus renderings.

Many gave up after the a6000-a6300, 3rd time should have been a charm but same old ergonomic woes.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 05:10 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1129 comments in total)
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SwissSwiss: Fear is the path to the dark side…fear leads to anger…anger leads to hate…hate leads to suffering.” - Sony the Yoda A6500

Hate for Sony is strong here. Looks like Sony is Cristiano Ronaldo of camera world lol

Ah you are indeed a Sith Lord. Just like Palpatine you twist the people's minds to make them believe poor old Sony is the victim of hate when it is their disciples that are the hate mongers.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 05:06 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1129 comments in total)
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thx1138: "The thicker, deeper grip was designed with using big telephoto lenses in mind."

Ok that cracked me up.

Maybe they think an 85 f/1.4 is a big telephoto.

No, I can hold a 1DX+ 300 f/2.8 in one hand.

But since you mentioned it let's see how many a6500 owners actually use that 70-200 lens. Probably count them on one hand.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 05:03 UTC
On article Action-packed: Sony a6500 review (1129 comments in total)

"The thicker, deeper grip was designed with using big telephoto lenses in mind."

Ok that cracked me up.

Maybe they think an 85 f/1.4 is a big telephoto.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 02:08 UTC as 148th comment | 5 replies
On article Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D sample gallery (125 comments in total)

Ok this looks great for terrestrial subjects, so how is the coma for astrophotography?

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2016 at 20:09 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
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Valiant Thor: I think I'll still wait for the Nikon DL 18-50.

Actually they'll be shipping in January

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 08:59 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1301 comments in total)
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Brian Wadie: I've just used the bar chart to compare the EM-1 mk2 to the canon 1Dx mk2, there proximity of the bars for Performance surprised me, I know the EM-1 mk2 is going to be good but it shows it very close to the 1Dxmk2

That's my camera club bragging rights sorted! :D

Sorry what performance bars?

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2016 at 02:07 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1301 comments in total)
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John Mason: Some thoughts .....

If people focus on ultimate image IQ they are going to see better value in competitive or even lower cost full frame or even APS-C products.

If people focus on the ease of getting 'keepers' no matter the environment with a bulletproof camera and some of the most amazing lenses out there, then they are going to have less problems with the price.

I used to be dual system for years shooting with the 1D series from Canon and the various E cameras from Olympus. Low light was always advantage Canon. Size and weight of the kit and more accurate colors was advantage Olympus.

I switched to just Olympus when the EM-1 series came out simply because I found that, while the Canon still had an ultimate low light advantage, using the Prime noise reduction feature in the DXO raw processing software, there was just not a meaningful advantage anymore. The more consistent focusing especially with fast primes on the Olympus system, I stopped grabbing the Canon kit.

Ha ha that's hilarious - Dxo Prime + Oly = 1DX for low light

I own Olympus too and there's not a snowball's chance in hell with any NR known to man it gets close to my 1DX above ISO 1600. The M1 II is soundly trounced by the D500 at high ISO and D500 is beaten by 1DX and the like at high ISO. You cannot overcome the simple physics of the smaller sensor. NR helps but it can also be applied to the 1DX etc and I will always have my 2 stop advantage.

So I sue my Olympus for day time or not too dark interiors where small size is advantage. Sensor is only real weakness above ISO 800, the little lenses are mostly gems and m4/3 makes the most sense form a size and weight POV. Just fit them with a SOny EXMOR BSI sensor and get me to ISO 3200 and great DR and I'll have no complaints. I still have my FF for ultimate IQ and bigger prints but Oly will be very nice.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2016 at 02:07 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1301 comments in total)
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BostonC: DPR uses $200 45mm 1.8 on EM1ii vs. $900 56mm R f.2 on XT2 for the comparison tests. The cheapo lens is ok but far from the best of the system.
Not a fair comp.

The 45 f/1.8 is a little gem, very good even wide open, tack sharp stopped down a little. Sure there might be better, but given they aren't using most expensive L glass on Canon's for example, no reason they should go ultra-premium on Oly.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2016 at 01:56 UTC
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