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 Nikon announces midrange D7500 DSLR (396 comments in total)

Have they been lazy and just transplanted AF from D7200 or at least does it have improved performance, eg low light -3/4EV, faster processing etc.

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 07:44 UTC as 85th comment
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OlyPent: Remember when Olympus used to measure their Super High Grade lenses at 60lp/mm? Now they've got 10lp/mm on measurement charts?

You do know that the 10lp/mm measurements are for contrast, the 30lp/mm and higher are for sharpness. A lens with lower sharpness and higher contrast can look better than a lens with low contrast and higher sharpness.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2017 at 10:57 UTC
On article Zeiss formally announces Batis 135mm F2.8 (181 comments in total)
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straylightrun: So its not fast, its not compact and its not cheap. Why does this lens exist again? Are there people out there willing to pay this much for a Tamron designed lens , just for the blue badge?

I would have expected it to be f/2 and frankly given the incredible competition Sigma gives Zeiss with their Art lenses, at half the price or more in many cases, that Zeiss still thinks a 1.333 stop slower lens is worth 70% more is crazy. Given Sony has IBIS why does it have IS? At least they have AF which is something I guess.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 05:26 UTC
On article Zeiss formally announces Batis 135mm F2.8 (181 comments in total)
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digiart: It seams that almost every week a new lens is announced for mirror-less cameras, Sony mostly. Nikon, when will you make a mirror-less f-mount interchangeable lens camera with excellent EVF? We know you can do it!

No mirrorless is not the future, sure it has a place and I own a mirrorless camera but there are times it will never compete due to it's stupidly small design, woeful battery, poor ergonomics, poor handling with hypotehtical long glass and thesedays DSLR prices. The fast lenses are with a few excpetions as large as there FF counterparts and the main reason you'd want mirrorless is use of legacy glass since you can pretty much mount anything.

You knbow why Sony was coy about competing in the sports area, they know any camera they make will have to be much larger and heavier to handle lenses like a 400 f/2.8 if they copuld even be bothered to make a native E mount version. Already Panasonic GH5 is as heavy and mid/advanced level APS-C DSLR and only has a m4/3 sensor, yikes.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 05:20 UTC

Didn't Canon get the memo, this market is dead and buried. Smartphones have sensors this size now and sure while they don't have optical zoom yet, the IQ has improved dramatically, just look at S7 and Pixel.

Canon should focus on 2/3" and 1" sensors for its compacts and frankly I don't want or need 1000mm equivalent in a tiny camera of this class where the AF sucks anyway. Make it a 1" sensor with a 18-200 f/1.8 FF equivalent, and sign me up now.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 05:11 UTC as 53rd comment | 7 replies
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princecody: Has Sony perfected the Art of the sensor? Is that why 80% of the camera brands use Sony sensors?

Lot of mythology out there on just how much Sony has done. Most of their IP is licensed or from companies they bought. 99.99% of us more concerned with when the A7RIII and A9 will be announced and if they can be bothered getting of their ass and deliver more APS-C lenses.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2017 at 02:05 UTC
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Fun 4 all: I see.... 'Sony announced the world’s first BSI “Micro Four Thirds” STARVIS sensor."
Four Thirds is quickly become a standard for Surveillance cameras, Drones as well as Amateur/Pro photography.

Indeed, too bad Olympus couldn't have gotten one of those for the E-M1 II

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2017 at 02:02 UTC
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Marty4650: This just in..... all the Nikon 100th Anniversary special editions will be delayed due to the Kumamoto earthquake that struck Japan in 2016.

The special editions are now expected to be available by June 2019, or maybe never.

They'll most likely be ready as 200th Anniversary ultra-heritage editions

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 13:06 UTC
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PhotoUniverse: It seems best phone cameras are Google's and Apple's

Rubbish, the iPhone was easily bested by the S7/S7 Edge for a start. It has never been the best, just the most hyped.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 00:48 UTC
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BobT3218: I don't understand how such tiny camera phones produce pics so good compared to our orders of magnitude larger DSLR's etc. DSLR's should blow camera phones out of the water. Are we so bad as photographers that we can't exploit the advantages of DLSR's?

They only look really good on the phone. Display them at 100% on a large monitor especially as the ISO climbs and they fall apart rapidly

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2017 at 00:47 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1374 comments in total)
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Gcookie: One advantage not really cover but I guess understood by all is the weight difference in comparing cameras against a Micro 4/3 format. I sold all my Canon equipment simply because of the weight difference; it is huge! I will take the hit on image quality, but shoot with a whole lot less effort and will have more images.
Oly has been very good at software upgrades, so some of the issues mentioned, I'm sure will be addressed in the future.
The mark II can now compete in the sport and wildlife (birds in flight) arena...Yea!
The mark II may be expensive but price the 300mm F4 OLY lens against a Canon or Nikon 600mm F4 lens. It's called money in the bank.

Utterly ridiculous to compare a 300mm to a 600mm but if you do want to do the equivalency thing at least get it right, it matches a 600 f/8 and I I'll guarantee a 600 f/8 FF will be as light as this 300 f/4 and cost about 1/2. And of course you conveniently ignore I can use say a 7DII + 400 f/5.6 which costs about 1/2 as much as the Olympus combo and is 640mm equivalent and barely heavier.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 09:47 UTC
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mferencz: Distortion is controlled I guess, but photos look odd to me. I can't think of a reason I'd want this lens.

The choice of location, of which dpreview of course had no control really, is not one I'd in general choose for a lens of this width and doesn't really do the lens justice IMO. I'd be using it for grand landscapes, astrophotography (pending reviews) or tight interior shots. For walk about in a city I hate anything much wider than 28mm 90% of the time

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 00:43 UTC

What we see is why the legal system is so expensive. Let's just waste time and money and kick it to a higher court with out even worrying about the merits, assuming you have deep enough pockets of course.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 22:19 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply
On article Canon EOS 77D / 9000D sample gallery (144 comments in total)

What on earth is the 9000D?

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 00:20 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (335 comments in total)
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Shunda77: Not enough is made of Fuji's outstanding high ISO performance on these x trans sensors. It is mentioned, but not really fully appreciated. You can shoot these things at very high ISO settings and get images that are damned near as clean as full frame cameras.

Fuji's ISO is almost a full stop exaggerated, it's well known and been demonstrated in a numerous tests.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 06:33 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (335 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: The Panasonic G85 is the most direct competitor for this X-T20 out of all mirrorless cameras, but was not in the comparison chart. Compared to the 2-year-old E-M5 II, which is included in the chart, the G85 is more competitive. It has, like the X-T20, a lower price at under $1000, 4K/30 and a built-in flash, all of which are not in the E-M5 II as shown in the comparison chart. It has also some other new features, like Dual-IS, and DFD, not in theE-M5 II, as well as a slightly higher battery capacity and burst rate.

Seriously just use the GX85 for the comparison tool they are virtually the same on the inside.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 06:23 UTC
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MichaelCourtney: It might be a bit of a red herring to say the Sony A7r II offers better low noise characteristics than the GFX. You're comparing the two at ISO 12,800.

For the vast majority of situations, I can't imagine shooting above ISO 1600, and based on your own visual comparison, the GFX appears to perform better through at least ISO 3200.

It's not even better than the 5DsR at ISO 1600!

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 01:10 UTC
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Don Sata: Ok, the point is you can get very close results from top of the line 35mm equipment BUT to do it you need three different camera systems.

No just one will do

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 01:02 UTC

I've been saying for a while I simply do not see the point of the FUji 50S unless it's only competition was the 645Z, in which case it brings huge size and weight savings, is less clunky in use and has better AF. Compared to the top of the line FF cameras, it costs a lot more and brings almost nothing to the table. It seems Fuji wanted to say "look our APS-C is already as good as any FF, so let's do something different for the sake of being different"

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2017 at 01:01 UTC as 262nd comment | 2 replies

Nice to see a positive Canon story at dpreview. Very interesting read. It's a shame you didn't get to ask them about the procedures involved for DO lenses. I've been told only one person is responsible for the polishing of the DO elements it is so specialised. Not sure if that has changed recently. Can they or do they at least hope to be able to automate DO lenses manufacture and.or polishing.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2017 at 22:10 UTC as 44th comment | 1 reply
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