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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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 (1144 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 (1144 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 (1144 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 (1144 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 (1144 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 152nd comment | 5 replies
On article Venus Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D sample gallery (124 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 (1322 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 (1322 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 (1322 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
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1322 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: "Compared to its larger sensor competitors, the E-M1 II shows a noise penalty of about 1EV, which is higher than the 2/3EV you'd expect from sensor size alone." - DPReview

After 3 years, the new E-M1 II has gained only a tiny improvement in IQ, while competitors pull ahead and leave it further behind. Not using the latest sensor technology provides, this E-M1 is disappointing in the one fundamental area that is important to numerous photographers, the quality of the image.

I agree Sergey, m4/3 has made very little progress in last 4 years and why I am going to sell my E-M5 eventually and leave the ecosystem. I love the camera and some of the lenses are fantastic but I think Fuji or Sony will be my next mirroless.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 00:13 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1322 comments in total)

This bit is hilarious "We do have a couple concerns, though. Although the camera will shoot at up to ISO 25600, Auto ISO control maxes out at 6400."

You will not even want to use ISO 3200 on this camera too often. It is simply trounced by D500 at high ISO, more than 1EV, probably 1.33EV worse. It's actually worse than the 7DII too at high ISO probably by 0.5EV. The ISO 25600 setting is marketing gone mad.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 00:00 UTC as 194th comment | 3 replies
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Lens Review (244 comments in total)
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thx1138: Just word on the Sigma 10-20 f/3.5 EX, it's not worth it, the Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6 is a lens for less money.

Optically it's just not as good which is a ridiculous error by Sigma. It's only advantage is the constant f/3.5 aperture. The best lens in this class is the Tokina 12-24 f/4.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 03:14 UTC
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Lens Review (244 comments in total)

Thanks for the review, that's some more dollars I can save. I'm leaning more toward something like the new Samyang 14 f/2.4 Premium and sticking with my Canon 16-35 f/4L IS. Hopefully the new Samyang is as good as the current 14 f/2.8 for astrophotography but considerably improves on distortion, and build.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 22:52 UTC as 73rd comment
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Lens Review (244 comments in total)

Just word on the Sigma 10-20 f/3.5 EX, it's not worth it, the Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6 is a lens for less money.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 22:36 UTC as 75th comment | 2 replies
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