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 a9 shooting experience (1119 comments in total)

Here's why I'm impressed, I'm not a pro sports or wildlife shooter and think a 100-400 zoom will cut the mustard.

As it stands this is a half-baked release that most pros are already scratching their heads over. Sony would have made a massive impact by having a 400 f2.8 on release not the zoom, which they will never use.

Also they wont ignore the ergonomic issues of there not being a enough space between the grip and the lens. You can barely get you fingers between the 100-400 and grip.

Wedding photographers will flock to this however for the totally silent shooting and eye AF.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 21:27 UTC as 131st comment | 1 reply
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1879 comments in total)
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photog4u: If you're Canon, what do you do here? Try to develop an A9 killer to slow down the Sony Machine? If you do that and succeed you'll undoubtedly cause harm to your own flagship. So in point of fact, you'd have to be willing to switch modalities and go full-on mirrorless, I think. If you do nothing, you'll most likely be overtaken soon, perhaps even be deemed obsolete, as many have suggested is the way of the DSLR...much like that of the clunky cell phones we used to have installed in our vehicles were replaced by handheld devices. Canon has some tough decisions to make and make fast as they are facing quite the conundrum IMHO. They must at least take some comfort in the knowledge that they are not buying theirs sensors from their would-be executioners ;)

Well they might panic, then again they might wait and see how the Sony actually performs against it's 1DXII and Nikon's D5 in the field. Sony marketing brochures pump the hype and every camera they release they claim has the worlds best AF which turns out to be utter BS. No doubt this will be their best and very good, but I'll wait for actual experienced bird photographers, guys doing extreme sports etc before I believe anything I read from Sony.

Even if this does indeed turn out to offer AF performance on par with the Canon and Nikon flagships they still have no native FE mount superteles like the bread and butter 400 f/2.8,. No pro is going to dump $20-30K worth of gear to jump onto a camera that so far only has announced a slow 400mm zoom. It defies belief that Sony would market this camera as it did and not have a 400 f/2.8 to announce at the same time. That would have shown the real commitment needed to convince pros they are fair dinkum.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 01:12 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens (136 comments in total)
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thx1138: Ok finally a useful longer tele zoom lens in FE mount, specs are good, price is not which we expect from Sony. Hopefully it will drop over time.

The A9 is only 24MP, so 400mm won't cut it for birding, we need Sigma and Tamron to release FE mount versions of their 150-600 zooms and Sigma to release FE 300/400 f/2.8 and 500/600 f/4. The Sony versions will be ludicrously priced like their current 500 f/4 that no one buys, but will they even be released in this decade.

@ abdoboy, I think you be wrong, plenty of the best bird photographers use the 20-21mp 1dxii, D5 for birding, they just have 500/600/800mm lenses and use TC's. This has 15-20% more pixels so is a slightly better bet in that regards. Given the potential AF capabilities for tracking this will actually be a birders wet dream. But I would prefer native FE mount glass than adapting my Canon lenses,. However, if the Canon glass still performs admirably with adapters on the A9 then I'm very keen to get one and complement my 5D4.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 00:33 UTC
On article Canon will add C-Log to the EOS 5D Mark IV for $99 (463 comments in total)
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The Fat Fish: Shame, the rumours of a real video fix for the 5DIV sounded so real and promising. Canons attitude towards 4K has been appalling. I've been toying with the switch to Sony over the past few years and now it's finally time. I had hoped to wait for the 6D MKII announcement but If they can't do it on the 5DIV, they won't do it on the 6D MKII.

And yet the poster boy for all things good, Sony, which gives the A9 excellent 4K video features but does not offer s-log and there's not a peep from the same trolls trashing Canon.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2017 at 00:29 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1879 comments in total)
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Noogy: It is only when competition leads to the raising of the performance bar that innovation becomes truly biased to customer benefit. While I do not expect an overnight transition of Canon sports shooters to Sony, this definitely gets Canon's attention to speed things up or risk bigger market share reduction down the road. Appreciate what Sony is trying to do to the digital camera market.

Maybe Sony will have to release some actual pro supertele lenses if they are to be competitive at all, 400 f/2.8m is the workhorse, where is it. No pro is going to use a 100-400 f/5,6 no matter how good

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 08:04 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1879 comments in total)
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raminm: All the new improvements, the new stacked sensor, the speed enhancements and AF improvement are interesting. However, none of them makes this camera revolutionary enough to mark the beginning and a new era in 'photography'. Mirrorless itself, in essence is not an unprecedented design. Mirrorless in essence is a reshape of the old rangefinder camera system then modernized for the digital camera technology and, rangefinder cameras have been around throughout the 20th century.

The important point of this camera is being missed by most people here:

'This camera has made the mechanical shutter now extra and unneeded.'

Huh, this camera had to keep a mechanical shutter as well just for flash. So what are you smoking it hasn't completely replaced the mechanical shutter. But it's gotten damn close.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 08:02 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1879 comments in total)
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leewardism: I have to say, where would we be if Sony had not entered the DSLR realm, would we have even got to 14 megapixels by now?.

Oh poor boy, we had 21MP cameras way back in 2007, long before Sony were driven out of the DSLR market and forced to go mirrorless. You might as well argue where would we be without film.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 07:57 UTC
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ChrisH37: 'Game changer' gets thrown about too often but this is certainly heading that way, maybe not with this model but certainly a few model revisions down the line.

Silent FF shooting at mega FPS with effectively a global shutter would be the holy grail for many in certain pro industries. Weddings, events, certain sports etc could benefit hugely.

Fascinating to see where this leads us, CaNikon are walking into an ever darkening tunnel with mechanical DSLRs and don't currently have an 'option B'. I have no particular investment in Sony but it will be interesting to see if they keep adding pro glass and if top photographers start making the switch.

A Sony FE mount body at the next Olympics looks a lot more viable now than it did yesterday.

Will there be FE mount superteles that's the question? The camera is only as good as the glass available and there is no 400 f/2.8 option. How on earth Sony could release this camera and also not have at least 1 supertele ready to roll, rather than the slow zoom is beyond belief. It's like releasing a Ferrari and then saying you can only drive around the car park as we have no roads ready for it.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 04:39 UTC
On article Sony a9 first look videos (300 comments in total)
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munro harrap: The idea Sony is ahead is weird. Here we have a throwback to 24MP. This alone signals competitors to continue leading the field. I use a D8. Do you know what a D8 is? Well its the D800 of course, spring 2012. Nikon pro machines are still at D5 same price and near enough the same resolution. Because 36-42-50 MP is Endgame, they restrict pro resolution deliberately to be able to continue to "offer more" in future upgrades until real world practical resolution is obtained, whilst my pics outclass in size and detail resolution all such machines, so HOW Sony CAN get away with this is all around you as Nikon and Canon pro gear is as bad, at double D810 prices.
In a decade all who bought lower res machines now will be kicking themselves, as any video aspect is irrelevant as usual when far better machines for filming exist already.

How much is an A7S and and A7R together? About the same. Battery life better? Shrugs and exits left......

Rubbish, the 12fps in the 42MP A9II is more than enough for 99% of the shooting even pros do and with this stacked sensor and per pixel memory they might have gotten than to 14-15fps anyway. Even if not, a 36MP version shooting 14-15fps would be a lot more appealing. Pros will probably be in the minority buying a camera like this eventually if we get the lens lineup.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 00:53 UTC
On article Sony a9 first look videos (300 comments in total)
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Frank in Bridgewater: I sure hope it lists for less than $3k. Dreaming, I know.

Isn't it $2K cheaper than the D5, but there is no glass yet.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 00:51 UTC
On article Sony a9 first look videos (300 comments in total)

Well the world doesn't end at USA borders, what about Pro support in Europe, Asia and Australia.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 00:50 UTC as 52nd comment
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1879 comments in total)

How will the AF go with adapted Canon glass is a big question, especially superteles. If I can get the same 99% keeper rate I get with my 5D4 + 500 f/4 + 1.4x for surfing or 90%+ for BIF I'll be impressed.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 00:46 UTC as 131st comment | 2 replies
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1879 comments in total)
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thx1138: Ok I'll say this now, if Sigma can release a 500 f/4 FE mount at the same $5900 price, then I'd consider this in a heartbeat. Sony's own 500 f/4 not even an option even if it were FE mount at that farcical $13K price and worst in class weight, and mfd.

I think a 100-400 + 500 + 1.4x and 2x TC kit is about perfect for wildife, birding, surfing etc taking into account size, weight, portability.

Well Sigma ain't got a 500 f/4 FE waiting to be announced, so no I won't buy it in a heartbeat. So you keep a database on those that say this and then what?
Cyberstalk them to see whether they have followed through!

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 00:42 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1879 comments in total)
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mxx: Only 24 megapixels? It's 2017, Sony!

What's the resolution got to do with the DR, the 42MP Sony sensor is better than their 24MP sensor, and noise is no worse, you can always resample to a lower resolution and have a better result than the natively lower res sensor anyway and at low ISO much better IQ. 5Ds is not worse than 5D3 at least to ISO 6400.

24MP @ 20fps, much rather 42MP at 12fps as in the A99II. Imagine a stacked version of that sensor with same tech as this one. 12fps gives AF more time to work and is plenty fast enough. Even if I get this A9 it'll be using a lot less than the 20fps 99.999% of the time.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 00:40 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens (136 comments in total)
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weixing: Look at the design and specification, it's basically the Sony version of the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II...

What are you guys talking about it's less than 200g lighter than the Canon. Still impressive as is the 0.35x max magnification.

Prices I suspect will drop over time, Canon is now down about $300 on average.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 00:10 UTC
On article Sony announces FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens (136 comments in total)
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gunkan: We need a 300 2.8 :)

You're all dreaming because unless Sigma makes FE mount 300 f/2.8 or 500 f/4 no one will ever buy lenses for this camera. Sigma prices will be 40% of Sony's.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 00:05 UTC
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FlyinDoc: Sony has taken a giant leap forwards in camera technology here with the A9. Imagine the state of ILCs without Sony. You would have Canon and Nikon giving us small incremental updates every 4 years or so, while the rest of the world moved on to smartphone cameras.

They have dragged the industry forwards, kicking and screaming. And yet, you will find a hundred comments nitpicking faults with the camera and giving reasons not to buy it, or why something else is better.

Obviously, it is not perfect, and other products will do some things better. The perfect camera for every single person does not exist.

But, give them credit for listening to the feedback and addressing most of the criticisms and concerns. Their determination to attract pros and provide them with a better solution is impressive, and the fact is that they pulled out all the stops to make it happen . Truly, the spirit of Sony's founders is still alive within the company. And for that, we should give them due respect.

I agree, this is the first FF mirrorless that makes sense and finally demonstrates what mirrorless can offer over DSLR. When a lot of this tech filters down into the sub $2K range and is mainstream that will be the big game changer.

Canon and Nikon have just received a rude wake up-call, now they can no longer ignore FF mirrorless. They will also need to ask hard questions about where they go with their high end 1DX and D5 series. 1DXII is first 1 series I didn't jump on, to small an upgrade and D5 sacrificed DR for high ISO.

This cannot continue, but unless they have already got advanced research into high performance mirrorless they will be in a bit of trouble sooner rather than later

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 23:37 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1879 comments in total)

Ok I'll say this now, if Sigma can release a 500 f/4 FE mount at the same $5900 price, then I'd consider this in a heartbeat. Sony's own 500 f/4 not even an option even if it were FE mount at that farcical $13K price and worst in class weight, and mfd.

I think a 100-400 + 500 + 1.4x and 2x TC kit is about perfect for wildife, birding, surfing etc taking into account size, weight, portability.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 23:30 UTC as 140th comment | 4 replies
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1879 comments in total)
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CaPi: Big gun. Nice one!
I hope we get an update of the A7 series soon. The A9 isnt for me.. the A7 series is interesting.. with some of the added features it would be a real option.

The A9 is NOT the A7II update, it is a much higher end model and Sony will release an A7III and A7RIII, to sell alongside this. I'd expect specs of the A7III to be say 10fps, 2.4MP EVF, no stacked sensor, but BSI and 24MP, 400 odd AF points with smaller coverage.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 23:24 UTC
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zeratulmrye: I have one important question for DPReview:

Can this camera do 1/250 flash sync in electronic shutter mode

If so then this is insane technology

It says mechanical shutter required for 1/250 sync, so it will be inferior with electronic shutter.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 23:05 UTC
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