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 Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1336 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 (1336 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 196th comment | 3 replies
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Lens Review (245 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 (245 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 (245 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
On article Spoilt for choice: which Sony RX100 is right for you? (303 comments in total)
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brownie314: I think the super AF and burst rates are slightly wasted on a camera with very little tele reach. I have noted when I shoot wide to normal I rarely need super AF abilities or high burst rates. When I am shooting a long lens - I almost always need fast AF and high burst rates. But maybe I am weird.

What extreme sports are shot with a 24-70 lens. How close can you get to the action and not interfere with the players. I agree with brownie314. This sort of AF and speed needed to be offered in the RX10 first, hopefully with a 600 f/4 equivalent lens.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 08:36 UTC
On article Spoilt for choice: which Sony RX100 is right for you? (303 comments in total)
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EthanP99: 960fps at 1080p for the mk 5....

Did you mention that yet?? Thats a huuuge leap.

Too bad it's not true, not even remotely close to actual spec. Do you think this is a $30K Phantom camera. It's 960p @ 1136 x 384. That's still very impressive, but 960p @ FHD would be insane for a $1000 camera and my god the data rates would be astronomical.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 08:33 UTC
On article Nikon D5600 DSLR announced, though not in the US (297 comments in total)
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ttran88: Looks like supplies of D5500 are plentiful in USA. No need to bring in more when the shelves are already full. BTW where's the 1" DL lineup Nikon? Where are the Stuff that people actually want.

DL is supposedly coming January.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2016 at 01:12 UTC
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vscd: The BEST way to prevent blown out high lights would be a RAW-based histogram. Better than any fancy algorithms... but not seen on recent cams except of some mediumformat ones >15000$ :(

What's the point of ISOless cameras then. We protect highlights at all costs and by shooting RAW you already get about 1EV extra headroom, and then you boost shadows and midtones. Depending on the camera you can get between 4-6EV to play with. Most of these jpg tweaks are subtle and can't handle the extreme contrast we often get. And no jpg will match a RAW for ultimate quality.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 23:02 UTC
On article Nikon reportedly eliminating 1000 jobs in Japan (518 comments in total)
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CheersUK: I have to admit, Im a Nikon man st heart, but some of their decisions baffle me. They release the D500, a fantastic camera and top of its class, then someone decided Key Mission was a good idea...and while they are at it anounce the highly anticipated vapor ware, DL series. Its like there is a Nikon rule that for every genious idea, they have to match it with two or three brain farts.

To be fair, the DL series has been delayed entirely due to the earthquake and will ship early next year. The effects of the earthquake on Sony and Nikon have been understated or ignored by most people.

But Nikon is still their own worst enemy and like Canon are taking a top-down approach, only really concentrating on the high end and FX lenses. They like Canon are seriously neglecting the entry level and you wonder what sort of sales figures they'll draw a line in the sand and say enough is enough. They have to change course, even more so than Canon.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 01:10 UTC
On article Next level: iPhone 7 Plus camera review (189 comments in total)

The iPhones have the most useless flash I've ever used on a phone, both my old LG G2 and my current S7 Edge do a much better job and seem to output about 5x as much light. Even at a distance of < 2m the flash has almost no effect at all in daylight for fill other than the catchlight in the eye and in darker environments still struggles to provide adequate illumination

Link | Posted on Nov 7, 2016 at 21:03 UTC as 35th comment
On article Fast Five: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Review (416 comments in total)

I dare to say with a list of cons longer than the pros, most other cameras cough Canon cough would have scored a solid 70-75%.

Look Sony has some great tech and ideas, but they are clearly not cooks, because all their cameras are half-baked. 5 releases and still basic issues that are much more important than cramming in as much tech as possible haven't been addressed. A tech heads dream, a photographers nightmare. By the time we are at RX100X, 75% of the issues will be fixed but we will then be looking at a $2K P&S.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 04:21 UTC as 102nd comment | 2 replies
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eno2: The image quality is fantastic and ISO 6400 is extremely clean!

So sure if you can shoot two stops lower ISO M1 II is great, too bad they don't make a 300 f/2, or 50-200 f/2.8, or 17 f/0.7 or 12-35 f/1.4.

So back in the real world where you have to shoot your D500 at ISO 6400 and the M1 II at ISO 6400 due get the adequate shutter speeds for the action shot, the D500 wipes the floor, it's not even close.

They may well be on par in read noise and QE, but a little sensor can only do so much and the lenses are mostly same speed or slower than FF equivalents.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 22:51 UTC
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Jorginho: I don't think iceland in autumn is a great place to test a cam bar the aurora and for a 21 second exposure btw it looked really good! But then again I don't think Iceland is ever worth a visit. Went to the Isle of Skye one day, which is a bit similar. Should be great. When I entered Elgol I had enough and just turned back to my Highland cabin. Never took even ONE pic.
But that is taste.

If people want to see some better or at least more colourful pics look at Robin Wong, who puts the cam much more through its paces. A very nice review.

Somehow no reviewers ever bothered with HiRes, which I can understand but to me it is important to see how it has advanced.

Robin Wongs review shows it is an excellent excellent cam, but expensive at that for sure.

Indeed Iceland is an amazing place and not just because of the jaw-dropping, surreal scenery, but the locals are wonderfully friendly, crime is very low, and they were about the only ones to learn anything form the GFC

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 22:20 UTC
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Jorginho: I don't think iceland in autumn is a great place to test a cam bar the aurora and for a 21 second exposure btw it looked really good! But then again I don't think Iceland is ever worth a visit. Went to the Isle of Skye one day, which is a bit similar. Should be great. When I entered Elgol I had enough and just turned back to my Highland cabin. Never took even ONE pic.
But that is taste.

If people want to see some better or at least more colourful pics look at Robin Wong, who puts the cam much more through its paces. A very nice review.

Somehow no reviewers ever bothered with HiRes, which I can understand but to me it is important to see how it has advanced.

Robin Wongs review shows it is an excellent excellent cam, but expensive at that for sure.

Only someone with a frontal lobotomy would say "I don't think iceland is ever worth a visit". I think you've come up with the stupidest comment in dpreview history.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2016 at 09:56 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (665 comments in total)
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fatdeeman: Mirrorless has really come of age when it comes to AF, I dare say that in some ways this is much better at subject tracking than an entry or prosumer DSLR, even with depth tracking mirrorless is offering solid performances. When you consider that Panasonic manages this with pure contrast detect it's even more impressive.

Let's see which camera can track action faster, you guys only seem to worry about one shot. Don't recall any Panasonic being at the forefront of wildlife or action work.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 10:38 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (665 comments in total)
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tkbslc: You've got to be nuts to buy this camera body only given that the 12-60 kit is only $100 more.

I believe the Canon 5D4 + 24-105L II kit saves you absolutely zero on buying them individually, so indeed this is a steal and simply pathetic from Canon.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 23:58 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (665 comments in total)
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fatdeeman: Mirrorless has really come of age when it comes to AF, I dare say that in some ways this is much better at subject tracking than an entry or prosumer DSLR, even with depth tracking mirrorless is offering solid performances. When you consider that Panasonic manages this with pure contrast detect it's even more impressive.

The question why they still persist with a CDAF only system. Olympus has seen the light. Not saying it's not good for a CDAF, but there is a good reason mirrorless is now jumping on the PDAF bandwagon and at least a hybrid system would be the way to go.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 23:56 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (665 comments in total)
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matthiasbasler: Impressive to see that the G85/G80 equals the image quality of the slightly older APSC camera Canon EOS 700D over all ISO settings, even with its smaller sensor. (The small differences are mostly a question of taste imho.)
For me as someone who likes to travel light in terms of camera and lenses the choice is clear.

Hardly an achievement, the 700D sensor is rubbish and I own Canon.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 23:53 UTC

Hey look at that, better ergonomics than a Sony A7(R)/II, FF just as small and goes forever without a battery. Every old is new again.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 04:59 UTC as 21st comment
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