Robert Holloway

Robert Holloway

Lives in United States CA, United States
Works as a Dog rescue
Joined on Jul 4, 2001
About me:

Sony a6000
Zeiss 35/2.8, Zeiss 55/1.8, Rokinon 14/2.8

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On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1392 comments in total)

Really sad, many of these comments below. I've been a Canon shooter for more than 30 years and even I can see how the tide has changed in the last couple of years. I could care less what name is on the front of my camera. I just want something that will enable me to deliver decent results.

I recently purchased the Sony a6000 and combined with Zeiss glass it continues to be a revelatory shooting experience versus my 5D2.

Does not mean I'm a Canon hater or a Sony fanboy. I just purchased a camera to take some pictures.

Thanks to Barney, Richard, et al for the awesome FREE service you provide.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 02:10 UTC as 196th comment | 2 replies
On Sony: An eye on focus article (758 comments in total)
In reply to:

JurijTurnsek: This gives me high hopes for the a7000 release, that won't be so price-prohibitive.

Rishi, first off thanks for the recent wonderful articles and shots. Appreciate the correction. I'm a 35 year canon user switching to Sony. Selling a closet of L glass and buying Zeiss :-)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 3, 2015 at 01:48 UTC
On Sony: An eye on focus article (758 comments in total)
In reply to:

Robert Holloway: I purchased a Sony a6000 3 weeks ago. The results are way beyond my expectations. Shooting with an EVF, really fast tracking AF, focus peaking etc and now we get all these other goodies. The other big surprise is how nice it is to use a camera / lens that does not weigh 4 pounds!

My friend has the A7 with a 55/1.8 Zeiss and the dynamic range and sharpness is superior to my Canon with my primes. She has sent me RAW files and it's night and day :-(

I've started selling all my Canon L lenses and bodies and will be buying Zeiss 35/2.8, 55/1.8 and 85 Batis primes and a Rokinon 14mm to go on my A7R2. So far I've sold the 300/2.8, 135/2 and the 50/1.4 goes today.

No bad feelings to Canon. I think that I will not be alone. Fun times!

Hi Nandbytes. I purchased the 300 to shoot my kids at sports. They both dropped out of baseball and one of them now swims and plays waterpolo. The 300/2.8 was just too long and was being shelved in favor of the 70-200. Rob

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 19:33 UTC
On Sony: An eye on focus article (758 comments in total)

I purchased a Sony a6000 3 weeks ago. The results are way beyond my expectations. Shooting with an EVF, really fast tracking AF, focus peaking etc and now we get all these other goodies. The other big surprise is how nice it is to use a camera / lens that does not weigh 4 pounds!

My friend has the A7 with a 55/1.8 Zeiss and the dynamic range and sharpness is superior to my Canon with my primes. She has sent me RAW files and it's night and day :-(

I've started selling all my Canon L lenses and bodies and will be buying Zeiss 35/2.8, 55/1.8 and 85 Batis primes and a Rokinon 14mm to go on my A7R2. So far I've sold the 300/2.8, 135/2 and the 50/1.4 goes today.

No bad feelings to Canon. I think that I will not be alone. Fun times!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 15:23 UTC as 124th comment | 5 replies
On Sony: An eye on focus article (758 comments in total)
In reply to:

JurijTurnsek: This gives me high hopes for the a7000 release, that won't be so price-prohibitive.

Hold on though, doesn't my a6000 have eye tracking already? or is this a better version?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2015 at 15:16 UTC
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1085 comments in total)
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kev777zero: best camera ever!

Very nice piece. I've been a Canon shooter for 35 years and have now switched to Sony. I purchased an a6000 and the joy of using this thing is a pleasure. Remarkable little camera and I'll be adding an A7R2 in a few weeks. I had saved $3500 for either a 5Ds or 5D4, but no thanks. No bad feelings towards Canon. It's just that the technology is not there.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 19:45 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G3 X gets official introduction article (228 comments in total)

How sad, and I'm a Canon fanboy. The competition shoots 4K internal at the same price with a Zeiss 1.8 lens

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 04:18 UTC as 68th comment | 2 replies
On Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge article (732 comments in total)
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Robert Holloway: Steve Jobs said this about RiM once the iPhone passed them. "We've now passed Rim , and I don't see them catching up with us in the foreseeable future. They must move beyond their area of strength and comfort and into the unfamiliar territory of trying to become a software platform company"

Many here are missing the point behind these mirrorless numbers. I vividly remember a venture investor in my first start up giving me his reasons why my iPhone was junk and his Blackberry was what serious users would stay with.

This is not about IQ on Nikon or Canon, but innovative new products grabbing attention and solving user issues. It's not about subjective views about color. It's about smaller, sexy hardware providing IQ that for 99% is exceptional.

Canon's innovation is a joke in the industry. Companies like Sony and others are chipping away at their dominance. Unless execs at Canikon wake up to this and move into areas that are not comfortable, they will go the way of Blackberry.

The primary victims of the camera phone has been the low end P&S market. Sony's mirrorless strategy seems to be two pronged.

1) Go head to head with the DSLR offering increased innovation, smaller bodies and lower prices.
2) Higher quality very small cameras like the RX100 and X6000

Growing the market would require either bringing in new users or convincing existing users to buy a 2nd or third camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 22:58 UTC
On Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge article (732 comments in total)
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Robert Holloway: Please draw breath before you read this and forget your love or adherence of your own system... OK?

If we all stand back for a moment, there is nothing wrong with Canon or Nikon DSLR cameras and lenses

Please let me have 2 minutes

About 150 years ago there was nothing wrong with a horse when a car was introduced

About 10 years ago there was nothing wrong with cell phones until the iPhone was introduced

For many years OVF SLRs have been the best solution. But now they are challenged by new technology. The data suggests that things are changing rapidly.

I'm 57 on Saturday, I used a Sony A7 and received shots from an A6000. I've been a Canon user for 35 years but I see the results from these cameras with Zeiss lenses.

I'd love to say that my range of L glass with the 5D body is superior, but it is not. I'm so shocked to say this. Quite depressed :-(

Check out this alpha system. It's not new. It's simply superior - grrrrr!
Rob

Hi there HFLM
Yup, Canon and Nikon produce great IQ. To my eyes the dynamic range and detail on the A7 is superior to my 5D2. The shots on Flickr from the A7 series cameras and the A6000 are more than enough for an enthusiastic amateur.

The game changer for me is bulk. I leave the 5D2 at home far too often and it's intrusive when I'm shooting friends, etc. I've come to the conclusion that the A6000 or its replacement is the perfect intersection of size and quality.

I have a feeling that the next 4-12 months are going to be very interesting for photographers.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 15:29 UTC
On Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge article (732 comments in total)
In reply to:

Robert Holloway: Steve Jobs said this about RiM once the iPhone passed them. "We've now passed Rim , and I don't see them catching up with us in the foreseeable future. They must move beyond their area of strength and comfort and into the unfamiliar territory of trying to become a software platform company"

Many here are missing the point behind these mirrorless numbers. I vividly remember a venture investor in my first start up giving me his reasons why my iPhone was junk and his Blackberry was what serious users would stay with.

This is not about IQ on Nikon or Canon, but innovative new products grabbing attention and solving user issues. It's not about subjective views about color. It's about smaller, sexy hardware providing IQ that for 99% is exceptional.

Canon's innovation is a joke in the industry. Companies like Sony and others are chipping away at their dominance. Unless execs at Canikon wake up to this and move into areas that are not comfortable, they will go the way of Blackberry.

Apple rumor sites are saying that in September the iPhone 6S will jump to 12mpxls and be one stop faster, courtesy of Sony. Rob

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 14:11 UTC
On Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge article (732 comments in total)

Please draw breath before you read this and forget your love or adherence of your own system... OK?

If we all stand back for a moment, there is nothing wrong with Canon or Nikon DSLR cameras and lenses

Please let me have 2 minutes

About 150 years ago there was nothing wrong with a horse when a car was introduced

About 10 years ago there was nothing wrong with cell phones until the iPhone was introduced

For many years OVF SLRs have been the best solution. But now they are challenged by new technology. The data suggests that things are changing rapidly.

I'm 57 on Saturday, I used a Sony A7 and received shots from an A6000. I've been a Canon user for 35 years but I see the results from these cameras with Zeiss lenses.

I'd love to say that my range of L glass with the 5D body is superior, but it is not. I'm so shocked to say this. Quite depressed :-(

Check out this alpha system. It's not new. It's simply superior - grrrrr!
Rob

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 05:20 UTC as 36th comment | 3 replies
On Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge article (732 comments in total)

I had ten Canon L lenses and and 5D2 and I'm spending many months in 2015 switching to Sony.

This pro explains why : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wM_5nROeaw

I don't hate Canon at all, they make great products

I hope you find it interesting.
Rob

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 05:00 UTC as 39th comment
On Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge article (732 comments in total)

Having held a senior management position is multi billion $ American consumer goods company, what everyone is forgetting is that this NPD data is independent of Sony. It measures consumer buying habits.

NPD is not in the pocket of any brand and they cover everything, not just our camera lust. Soooo....I hate to tell you, but these are FACTS, they are not opinions. Obviously the next 12 months is important

This is not a discussion about IQ. It's about what is selling best in the US market and the FACTS show that DSLR is losing big time to mirrorless.

For those of us who are interested in strategy, market trends etc. this is a very serious moment for Canikon as they being attacked from below by Apple and Samsung phones and at their top end by mirrorless. They seem to have no response.

Dunno how to explain this any clearer
Rob

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 04:22 UTC as 40th comment | 4 replies
On Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge article (732 comments in total)

Steve Jobs said this about RiM once the iPhone passed them. "We've now passed Rim , and I don't see them catching up with us in the foreseeable future. They must move beyond their area of strength and comfort and into the unfamiliar territory of trying to become a software platform company"

Many here are missing the point behind these mirrorless numbers. I vividly remember a venture investor in my first start up giving me his reasons why my iPhone was junk and his Blackberry was what serious users would stay with.

This is not about IQ on Nikon or Canon, but innovative new products grabbing attention and solving user issues. It's not about subjective views about color. It's about smaller, sexy hardware providing IQ that for 99% is exceptional.

Canon's innovation is a joke in the industry. Companies like Sony and others are chipping away at their dominance. Unless execs at Canikon wake up to this and move into areas that are not comfortable, they will go the way of Blackberry.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 20:56 UTC as 67th comment | 11 replies
On Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge article (732 comments in total)
In reply to:

Everlast66: If you are regularly reading DPR, you would be left with the impression that Nikon is making one market hit after another, together with Panasonic, Canon and even Samsung.

Looking at the latest reviews:
Nikon
D7200 - 84%
D750 - 90% this should be best camera ever
D610 - 87%
D810E - 84%

Canon
7D II 84%

Panasonic
LX100 - 85%
GH4 - 85%

Samsung
NX1 87% "in a class of its own"

At the same time Sony were hardly getting marks above 80, many of them getting Silver awards despite being unique products without direct competitors:
A7 - 80% Silver
A7R - 82%
A7II - 82% Silver
A6000 - 80%
RX100 - 78% Silver, needed 3 iterations to get above 80% and Gold
RX100II - 79% Silver
RX100III - 82%
Only the A7S managed to slip in there with 86%

Surprisingly buyers are rushing to buy these inferior Sony products (price is factored in the marks) and running away from DSLRs, even Nikon's heavy hitters in the 90% range.

Obviously DPR marking is a bit off lately and needs calibration.

Thanks Richard, well said.

I just wish more people would stop looking at test charts and numbers and peruse photos on sites like Flickr. I'm a Canon DSLR user, but in the right hands, decent cameras from Nikon, Canon, Fuji and Sony can all produce amazing results. Just look at Flickr!

The page on the A6000 has photos that 99% of DSLR users would be envious of. That includes me.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 20:39 UTC
On Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge article (732 comments in total)

Nikon abnd canon make some greta products, however I wonder how many people here decrying the IQ of Sony have actually been to Flickr camera search? The a6000 search reveals shots that are good as anything I see from 99.9% of my fellow Canon users proving once again the adage about the user.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 18:54 UTC as 73rd comment | 2 replies
On Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge article (732 comments in total)
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Robert Holloway: I've been a Canon SLR and DSLR user for 35 years. Look at my avatar. I've used an A7 and A6000 and am now selling my entire collection of L glass through 2015 and switching.

I'm not a Canon hater or a Sony fanboy.

Canon has a huge 12 months coming up as their innovation seems to be more driven to protect the status quo and their position within DSLR. I learned in my corporate life that if fear of cannibalization is your driving force, you simply open the door for others to do it for you.

The numbers from NPD are not inaccurate. NPD tracks all sectors and is not affiliated to any one company. I'd been scoffing at Sony for years as I strutted about with my Canon and 300/2.8L IS. It's now gone and I'm another data point in this market shift.

Over recent months I've read and watched countless videos and reviews and the world of mirrorless is a fresh and very exciting place to be.

Canon makes great cameras, but Blackberry also made great phones.

The camera market is evolving at a scary pace. The iPhone was the beginning of the destruction of the P&S sector. These US Mirrorless numbers suggest that the DSLR sector is being eroded very rapidly. High end BIF users are not enough for Canon and Nikon to thrive.

Unless they both aggressively respond to this threat that will be like Nokia, Blackberry and countless other tech firms who tried to protect what they had.

12 months ago I would have thought it inconceivable that I could write that I was switching to Sony. This is what happens when brands lose focus. It's a real shame because I love some of their products.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 17:31 UTC
On Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge article (732 comments in total)

I've been a Canon SLR and DSLR user for 35 years. Look at my avatar. I've used an A7 and A6000 and am now selling my entire collection of L glass through 2015 and switching.

I'm not a Canon hater or a Sony fanboy.

Canon has a huge 12 months coming up as their innovation seems to be more driven to protect the status quo and their position within DSLR. I learned in my corporate life that if fear of cannibalization is your driving force, you simply open the door for others to do it for you.

The numbers from NPD are not inaccurate. NPD tracks all sectors and is not affiliated to any one company. I'd been scoffing at Sony for years as I strutted about with my Canon and 300/2.8L IS. It's now gone and I'm another data point in this market shift.

Over recent months I've read and watched countless videos and reviews and the world of mirrorless is a fresh and very exciting place to be.

Canon makes great cameras, but Blackberry also made great phones.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2015 at 16:59 UTC as 88th comment | 10 replies
On sutrin in the Simplicity challenge (6 comments in total)

Love it, very Michael Kenna :-)

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 23:02 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On MV Sunrise 2015-4271 in the My Best Photo of the Week challenge (14 comments in total)

Love this photo. I spent a week in the snow doing a shoot, exactly where you are standing :-)

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 01:40 UTC as 1st comment
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