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 The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1908 comments in total)
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jim seekers: It's a speed demon but the A7R ii will offer better image Qaulity.

If you print big or crop hard, but in most cases no one will tell without much pixel peeping.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 21:21 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1908 comments in total)
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wildbild: Canon and Nikon pro cameras have never been about the camera itself as about reliability and professional service. It takes years to build this and no pro photographer will switch to sony over some 20 fps spec record.

Those sports pros will love to get their hands on those Sony Pro lenses like the 300/400 f/2.8 for their low light sports events. What, wait you mean the Sony Pro sports cameras has no Pro sports lenses to use. I'm sure they can get by with the 100-400 f/5.6 and use ISO 100K then, no one will notice.

Typical Sony spec monster but no ecosystem. I'm sure in 3-5 years they might release a $10K 300 f/2.8 and $15K 400 f/2.8 in E mount that Pros will be lining up to buy them in their droves seeing they are so flush with money.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 21:18 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: Should I upgrade from my D7200? (291 comments in total)
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ttran88: Nikon's choice of sensor for the D810 update will be interesting.

It's going to be interesting to see what happens. Naturally we assumed it would jump to the 42MP sensor, but Sony are making noises about not letting others use their best sensors, yet Sony are their own smallest market for their sensors and there's no way they can maintain their fabs if they aren't selling their best sensors to third parties, they would not be viable. Maybe Nikon, will, just like the D500, come up with a design based on Sony tech such as on chip ADC's, BSI etc that Sony will fab for them.

What I am hoping is that Nikon actually, has something similar to the Sony A99II, say 36-42MP, 8-10fps, D500/D5 AF, which shows improved high ISO over D810, yet maintains the native ISO 64 and finally gets on sensor PD AF which is a must for video these days.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 02:16 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: Should I upgrade from my D7200? (291 comments in total)
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garyknrd: With PS and the new noise or de-noise software, IMO it makes current upgrades a tough sale.


You should try DxO 11 optics and use their PRIME NR engine, it's damn good. I'm redoing many high ISO shots in DxO and often that's all I need and if I need a little more I use Topaz Denoise (important to fine tune it and not just use the defaults). I think you'll find you can go aniother stop higher in ISO than what you're used to and older shots will look a lot cleaner yet maintain detail.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 02:09 UTC
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Superka: Canon 5D M4 is the most unamazing camera, Canon ever produced! It is not bad, but it is disappointing. The most disappointing video ever. 1.74x crop in 4K! ridiculous! Why adding video feature, just to laugh?
Why the price is so high?
Dynamic Range in the only one feature which is good addition, still far from Sony sensors.
Nikon 810 is so much better photocamera and costs much less.

Whatever, assuming you have ever used it of course. Wait until next week and the video will be fixed too.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 14:49 UTC
On article Nikon D7500 vs Nikon D500: Which is better for you? (398 comments in total)
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Aroart: Why are people so upset about not having duel card slots.. If you have a 7200 and are using it professionally, great. You can keep it and now buy more for less money. If your a pro and want to upgrade, than make a worthy upgrade to a D500 or FX.. People need to Stop whining and just deal with it.. Its like why would someone upgrade from a d5500 to a d5600.. I to was upset they removed the duel card slot and did not put the d500 focus system in it. Then I thought why would you buy this when you can get a Fuji Xt2.. Maybe this will help Nikon Shooters realize there co really doesn't care about there customers anymore..

It's not so much the single slot as the brain dead move back to UHS-1. Why the hell couldn't it be the UHS-II cards that are now at 300MB/s read, 200MB/s write speeds.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 05:09 UTC
On article Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.10 and ACR 9.10 now available (65 comments in total)
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Mike CH: What on earth happened to the fit, fill, 1:1, etc options in the upper left preview panel in Lightroom? Am I the only one who has lost those options?

I've got CC no issues for me other than LR is really feeling it's age with lack of improvement. xx.10 release! Where is LR CC 2017, still using a 5 year old process engine, lens profiles are second rate compared to DxO, slow as all hell.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 01:33 UTC
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 (182 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 (182 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 54th 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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(unknown member): 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 (1383 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
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