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 Photokina 2016: Hands on with Sigma's latest lenses (82 comments in total)
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tomoo1000: Would love to test that 500 I had the old 500 hsm and the 800 hsm for many years I may just sell my 600 F4 nikkor for it.

This exciting news for Nikon owners getting screwed on price of superteles. Hopefully Sigma quickly follows up with 300/400 f/2.8, 600 f/4 800 f/5.6 all at about half the Nikon's crazy prices, except the 800 which will be about 1/3rd the price.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 05:39 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands on with Sigma's latest lenses (82 comments in total)

Are people shrinking or are those lenses getting ridiculously large at least the 12-24 and 85. Is it correct 1.15kg for the 12-24?

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 05:36 UTC as 7th comment
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (441 comments in total)
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Nikonandmore: Just for the burst rate specs alone, if the new A99II was instead a new E-mount camera, a new Nikon or the Canon 5D MkIV, it would be a meltdown in the photography world.

But as a new A-Mount camera, ultimately almost no one will care. This is the right camera in the wrong form factor. Now Sony only needs to replicate what they have done, shrink it a little and put it in a smaller mirrorless body. If a future A7xx or more Pro oriented A9xx has similar specs, it's game over for everyone else in the DLSR and mirrorless games.

You got it back to front, this is exactly the camera they needed and I don't want an A7RIII even with the same specs in a tiny body. I would be using a camera like this with 500 f/4, 150-600 as much as I'd be using ti for landscape etc. This will handle so much better and get much better battery, has better ergonomics.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 05:28 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (441 comments in total)

Anybody know if Sony Ausfalia will bring this into the country. They dropped all A mount cameras last year, so what guarantee we will even get it and otherwise have to grey import it.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 05:25 UTC as 40th comment | 3 replies
On article Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 (42 comments in total)
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J Parker: Panasonic G series cameras are outstanding -- yet so highly underrated. I once filmed a non-stop four hour event with a Panasonic G5 -- and even after four hours, it was barely warm -- no shutdowns, no 30 minute limits. From that point on, my Sony's stayed home. And I won't even mention the ability to change focus by the touch of a finger (a feature the $2000+ Sony's still lack). Many of the new cameras from other companies are just now including features in their 'pro' models that Panasonic had 5 years ago in their consumer models. As I said earlier, a very underrated camera company.

How do they avoid the 30 minute limit others have to adhere to? It's an EU regulation otherwise they are classified as video cameras and get taxed a lot more.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 05:24 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (654 comments in total)
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Mateus1: Looks nice... but hey, should not they put bigger sensor into this big baby? M/43 sensor looks really tiny in it.

We don't need no stinkin' rangefinder, gringo

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 05:15 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (654 comments in total)
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Georgeee: "The E-M1 II is a pretty bulky camera compared to some of Olympus's lower-end M43 offerings, but it is more comfortable to hold, and that bulky handgrip feels great." Agree. Small grip make the camera with lens feel heavy, the grip is for your hand, not to match the sensor. Sony A7x produces great images, but the grip is just not comfortable to hold.

E-M1 is so nice to hold because it like a DSLR and not a rangefinder. If Sony does an A9 they need to make it bigger and more like this camera to handle bigger glass if the AF is as good as they claim in A99II. No one is going to buy this camera to be using junk 14-42 f/5.6 lenses, they'll be wanting to use the 300 f/4 and this larger size is a godsend. Soon they need a 400 f/4!

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 05:14 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Olympus OM-D E-M1 II (654 comments in total)
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bergat: It is very strange Olympus goes with its errors. I do not understand whyOlympus continues with 4/3. It is not better start with APS-C?

No they also announce a new APS-C range as to not alienate m4/3 users, or they get Sony to do EXMOR R m4/3 sensors for them and we have best of both worlds, small size but with great sensor. m4/3 is now dead last in sensors and I say this as a m4/3 owner. Even Canon has seen the light and greatly improved their sensors.

I will soon decide whether to upgrade my E-M5 to M1 II (E-M5 II sensor is not better, but camera is much better) or switch to APS-C. Depends on how the AF of the E-M1 II performs against rivals like D500 with fast action.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 05:09 UTC
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J A C S: "**We added new versions of Adobe Standard color profiles for the Canon EOS 5DS and Canon EOS 5DS R cameras. "

Better late that never.

halebloodylulah

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 05:02 UTC
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Jim Hully: What is it with these heavy/large f/4 zooms? I have two from Canon (16-35 & 24-70) and they are almost as big as their f/2.8 counterparts. Even the Nikon equivalents look fat! I had hoped this 12-100mm would be a bit smaller & lighter, never mind the price. Fortunately, my attention is turned to the trio of new f/2.8-4 lenses from Panny/Leica. That 12-60mm looks perfect for my needs.

How on earth does a 35-100 compare to a 12-100. The 12-24 range is the hardest to engineer if you care about distortion, flare etc, often UWA lenses in this range are huge (cough Sigma 12-24 cough), the 35-100 part is easy. Let's see how much a 12-100 f/2.8 would weigh compare to the 35-100 f/2.8.
Oh and it's Pro lens with much better build than the panasonics, of which I own the 12-35. The good thing is you can buy the faster lighter panasonics and the Oly doesn't need to worry you. They are great lenses so what's the issue.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 02:27 UTC
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mb shaffer: I calculate a 12.5% improvement in resolution...not 25%. That is, resolution (detail) is a linear metric and is not based on megapixels (area). Shame on Olympus for converting this term from a common and standard metric of sampling into a marketing ploy...

Yes the spatial resolution increase is 11.8% so you can make a print 11.8% longer on a side at the same dpi. All things being equal this new sensor can only resolve 11.8% more lp/mm. Resolution is a spatial measure and is not the number of pixels on the sensor.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 00:32 UTC
On article Hands-on with Nikon's latest kit at Photokina (130 comments in total)
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kobakokh: its very interesting: Canon and Nikon totally ignored this Photokina show... But Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and Fujifilm shows their flagship products, very high quality, even top class products... I really don't understand whats happen now in the world... Its looks like the DSLR era is ending, and then Canon and Nikon not interesting for this kind of show, maybe we will see soon their mirrorless cameras, but after this Photokina they will have very strong competitors, if not better... Last OM-D and GH5 are extraordinary good cameras...

Canon announces 5D4, 16-35 f/2.8L III, 24-105L IS II, M5, 18-150, 70-300 II IS and already has a full line-up of lenses and we get BarnET crapping on about lack of releases. Sigma and the rest are playing catch-up, so much easier for them to release many lenses that others already have. While you've been waiting for your Sigma 500 f/4 to materialise I've been shooting with my Canon's for 11 years.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 00:05 UTC
On article Hands-on with Nikon's latest kit at Photokina (130 comments in total)
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barreto_co: Fujifilm announces digital medium format, Sony announces 42.4mp camera, every other camera manufacturer announces great cameras and technology, etc. Nikon????

Where is the D810 replacement? The DL cameras?

Completely pathetic!

Nah Pentax K1 has taken D810's mantle and 5D4 is much better all-rounder, and only a little behind on IQ now

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 00:01 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (441 comments in total)
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Donnie G: Despite the rants of the "mirrorless will kill off the DSLR" fanatics, not even Sony is dumb enough to put all of their apples into one basket by betting solely on mirrorless designs. They very much want and need to keep a foot in the DSLR/SLT space. The only real question is can they?

Did you really think that Sony bought the legacy Konica Minolta system just so that they could flush that investment down the toilet? Sony needs their A-mount users every bit as much as Pentax and Nikon need their respective legacy mount fans. Sony is fully aware that they have to have as diverse a product lineup as Canon and Nikon if they ever hope to be able to truly compete with the big 2. Keeping the A-mount alive and growing its user base plays a big part in Sony's endgame. Let the games begin! :))

Well history shows us plenty of companies buy other companies to do just that kill them off. Most of us had given up on Sony A mount, hell Sony Australia even pulled all A mount cameras from Australian market that's how highly they thought of them and I wonder if we will even get the A99II. It doesn't appear as though Sony is giving up on A mount but unless this sells well against the Canikon competition will we ever see another A mount camera?

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 22:52 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (441 comments in total)
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MarkAllen: What's with all the negative comments Canon and Nikon owners?

Looks like Sony has just come up with a superb camera that pretty much trumps everything you have, at half the cost.

FINALLY, Sony... a truly stunning A-mount camera after 4 years of waiting! Just watch those A-mount lens prices shoot back up on eBay!

Hilarious Sony fan complaining about negative comments from Canon and Nikon owners. Any way why don't we wait and see how it actually performs, specs look impressive but that doesn't matter one bit if it can't AF fast action to me. I want to see this go head-to-head with 5D4, D500, 7DII in a fast action torture test, if it's competitve then I'd definitely consider one. Hopefuly the EVF blackout of the A77/A99 has been resolved and you can get the full 12fps without stupid fine print exclusions. If it delivers it will be a stellar willdife camera and I'd take this over a D500 anyday.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 22:48 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (441 comments in total)
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AngularJS: Does this camera mean Sony gave up on the mirrorless AF abilities? What about all those fancy GM lenses for the E-mount now? Should we expect them for the A-mount anytime soon? It's kind of hard to make a decision when 2 FF mounts coexists from the same vendor...

Does anybody know how good is the new SLT? 1/2 of a stop off or did they improve it? What are the limitations of 12 fps?

The new Sigma 500 f/4 will come in A mount and makes the Sony 500 look like the sick joke it is at that price. Sales will evaporate assuming they even sell many. Sigma is lighter, cheaper has better mfd and the mtf charts indicate this will be as good as any other on the market.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 22:40 UTC
On article Photokina 2016: Hands-on with Sony a99 II (441 comments in total)
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pjl321: Does anybody know if the Sigma 50-500mm would severely hold this camera back as the lens isn't up to 42mp?

The lens to get for this camera would be the new Tamron 150-600 G2, there will be no comparison in IQ, AF speed, build and OS. I'd be selling that bigma asap given how good the current crop of 150-600 perform.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 22:37 UTC
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Spongemac: tempting, but at ~30% light diverted to autofocus, I wonder its low light performance. a99 (previous version) low light performance wasn't too impressive according to dxomark. thats important to me for poorly lit indoor shots.

The Sony 42MP is not the high ISO king.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 11:50 UTC

Hopefully they have greatly reduced VF blackout. I'm not sure what "minimal" means in terms of actual time, but it needs to get down to the sub 50ms range IMO to be truly competitive.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 10:01 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
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thx1138: Ok this might sound strange but I'd like to see how this stacks up against the Nikon D500 in a wildlife shootout. Similar pixel density, Nikon's AF is superb, so the Sony will have to deliver big time, but if it's competitive, there are lot's of other reasons I'd choose a FF over a cropper these days. Already use a 5DsR rather than 7DII and only really miss the speed, but 12fps makes that a moot point

My gut feeling is the Nikon will be better and noticeably so when the action is fast and erratic, but I'm prepared to be surprised.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 09:44 UTC
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