PIX 2015
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, Sony 55-200/4.5

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On The new Canon 35L II will be a thing of beauty article (216 comments in total)
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loewena: 35 mm portraits are fine if you like bulby noses and small ears

Portraits are not just about facial closeups, they are equally about placing your subject in context. If i could only have one lens, it would be a 35. In my case the Zeiss 35/2.8.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 14:59 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7R II: Real-world ISO invariance study article (370 comments in total)

Another great article team DPR! I have an a7r2 on back order and am excited by the potential of the camera. Can anyone explain why Sony would load a camera with all these innovations and features and simultaneously not provide lossless RAW? I don't know if it's a real world problem, but just don't understand why they travel this route. Thanks

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2015 at 17:49 UTC as 74th comment | 2 replies
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blink667: When Sony creates a $3200 camera that can AF in moderately low light without the need of a $1600 lens, call me.

So sad how people hang on to their hopes as they fade away :-) If you were a serious canon or Nikon user blink667 you would not blink at $1600 for a fast prime. hell, i paid $5k for one from Canon.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2015 at 06:08 UTC

I think we are witnessing a sea change at the high end of interchangeable lens cameras. Nikon leapt forward with their Sony sensor based cameras and as a Canon user I looked on in envy as I felt trapped by my lenses.

Now Sony is dropping major innovations on the market at a remarkable rate and the main criticism seems to be that they are innovating too fast and cameras will quickly become obsolete. It won't stop performing the day a new camera arrives!

No camera is perfect for everyone. The a7r2 meets every requirement I can think of and I have no interest in video. It was enough to make me take a huge decision and switch.

I am no Sony fanboy even though I switched. I do wonder what Canon will have to do with the 5Dmk4 in 2016 to make it compete with the a7r2 and what Sony will drop out in the next 8 months.

Most of all - exciting times - AT LAST! Thank you Rishi and DPR for providing me with a ring side seat!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 20:32 UTC as 155th comment
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Geekapoo: I feel sorry for people who own the earlier A7 releases. Not really clear to me why the A7 was released...such a transitional camera. Oh yea, I forgot...they released it for the $$$ and the dissatisfaction folks would have comparing to dSLRs or when the next gen A7 cameras came out

I have the a7r2 on order with B&H and I'll be delighted if the a7r3 comes out in 12 months with yet more major advances. one of the reasons I left Canon after 35 years is their drip drip innovation strategy. No camera is perfect for everyone.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 15:41 UTC

More great work from the team at DPR! I just left Canon for Sony and it's almost funny in these replies to hear people clinging on to their preconceived notions backed up by zero data. Their all great cameras BTW - we're just seeing new innovations and technology that should benefit us all in the long term.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 15:35 UTC as 194th comment
On Under the hood: A closer look at the Sony a7R II article (592 comments in total)
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Viva Santo Nino: I just could not believe what I am reading on this thread. So many Sony haters...I don't get it. Competition and Innovation are good and healthy for all level of photographers.

It's fear and ignorance and quite the normal practice :-(

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 03:16 UTC

Yikes. Lots of very defensive comments here. I see a first set of images with a camera that seems to have huge potential. Thanks DP Review!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2015 at 06:02 UTC as 65th comment
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1551 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 230th comment | 2 replies
On Sony: An eye on focus article (763 comments in total)
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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 (763 comments in total)
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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 (763 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 125th comment | 5 replies
On Sony: An eye on focus article (763 comments in total)
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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)
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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.

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
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