neil holmes

neil holmes

Lives in Australia Australia
Joined on Feb 26, 2004
About me:

Just an old amatuer..live music is my passion. My photos have been used by many bands including the likes of Grinspoon and Magic Dirt. I have had photos in several newspapers including a national sporting publication..and including front page and feature.

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On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (525 comments in total)
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RolliPoli: Sony: A great manufacturer of transistor radios..... and CMOS sensors for companies that build cameras.

Don't Nikon WANT to be a medical imaging company?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 18:55 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 II real-world sample gallery posted article (231 comments in total)
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Edgar_in_Indy: "we wasted no time getting together some real-world samples"...

...and the usual crowd will waste no time complaining about how lousy the pictures are and say they could get better pictures with their iPhone.

Either that or people who have been taking photos for years but only own two or three lenses will complain that there are not enough lenses for it.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 01:39 UTC
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atamola: I never found a compelling reason to switch from Nikon to Canon.

Now, i think it's only a matter of time and some planing for me to switch to Sony.

2 years ago I never would have thought that.

AF would be slow. There are a few different adapters that work with AF and IS for E mount.

The adapters that are fast are the A mount ones with SLT mirrors.

I think it amazing that other system lenses work with AF at all.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 18:56 UTC
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HeyItsJoel: Yeah, but how much?!

Not Sony.
They don't have that much influence.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 18:29 UTC
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HeyItsJoel: Yeah, but how much?!

Sony has no control of Olympus.

They do work together from time to time. In the case of IBIS I think Sony have licenced (this version of) IBIS from Olympus.

Sony is the largest single shareholder in Olympus so as a major owner I am sure they want Olympus to succeed (and more so than many users judging by some of the "Olympus is dead" posts in the forums).
This should be good for users of ALL brands and I am sure Canon and Nikon will have their mirrorless offerings soon enough (maybe this will bring them on a bit earlier too.)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 18:18 UTC
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Mark B UK: I know the number of CD-AF focus points (25) is relatively low, but is it yet known what proportion of the frame they cover? Is it a central diamond, such as the E-M1, or pretty much the whole frame, as with the a6000?

I like the AF of the existing A7 more and more every day.

One of the nice things is being able to use flexible spot AF anywhere (other than the extreme edges).

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 17:19 UTC
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capanikon: Eh. Canikon mirrorless is gonna crush Sony whenever they get around to taking mirrors seriously.

Actually A9 is a higher spec camera coming early next year.....like maybe in as little as two to three months.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 07:22 UTC
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Serious Sam: IBIS is good for low speed and still object. For shooting street where 1/250 is a norm then it isn't that useful.

I hope they have improve the AF tracking as the original A7(s) AF tracking just sucks.

With the 24mp sensor, I don't expect it to be a low light king like the A7S but lets hope they improve the noise performance by 1 stop and make it usable at 12800. That will be good enough.

I have been quite happy with the original A7 AF and tracking as it is. Better is just a bonus.

For me, it is the IBIS (especially) but also better video codec that wins. Video still might not be best in a ILC but I have been happy as is.

All those A mount lenses will now be stabilized with ok AF.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 06:43 UTC

My Current A7 has been my all time favourite camera to date.

It is just about to become a barely loved back up.

I have kept old Pentax Kx partly because of IBIS (and partly due to the AA batteries).

IBIS in this (and a charger for the Sony I can take anywhere) means someone is going to get a free Kx and a couple of lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2014 at 06:19 UTC as 315th comment
On JVC introduces GY-LS300 4K camcorder with MFT mount article (75 comments in total)
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Jogger: Interesting. Even Panasonic went with a standard PL mount and S35 sensor for the current cine camera. There are really no other m43 cine bodies other than this JVC... other than the discontinued AGAF100.

Is it really a M4/3 cine camera though?

The sensor is APSC just the mount is m4/3 and you can mount PL and other lenses with an adapter.

If you mount EF lenses then what is it?
EF lenses on an APSC sensor....nothing m4/3 about that anymore or have I missed something?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2014 at 18:13 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II: A professional's opinion article (511 comments in total)
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Juck: Lots of pointless debate going on here. If you want to shoot sport on an APS-C body,,, the 7D and now 7D II (and of course their native lenses) are the only players in the game. please,, PLEASE,, someone,, tell me you can shoot a football game better on a A6000 ,,, or some toy Pentax.

Ok, I can shoot a football game better on an A6000, or some toy Pentax.

There, happy?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2014 at 07:48 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (474 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: Really a very impressive camera, especially for video -- which seems to be where u4/3 shines. However, the JPEGs don't seem to be as good as the raw would allow them to be, and even raw resolution per pixel isn't awesome... perhaps this is using a heavier anti-alias filter than most cameras? The still image IQ is definitely down a couple of notches from a much cheaper Sony A6000 (which DPReview rated 5% lower), especially for JPEGs, and the price-competitive A7 blows it away.

Funnily enough, while I have big hands, I find the A7 just about perfect for a grip.
I HATE the grip of the GX7, that pinches my hand, and while I used to like DSLR grips of various sizes, they now feel funny after the A7.

This is a very subjective thing. The A7 and GX7 grips are probably the two closest in build of any two cameras I own but are so far apart for me.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 23:42 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (474 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: Really a very impressive camera, especially for video -- which seems to be where u4/3 shines. However, the JPEGs don't seem to be as good as the raw would allow them to be, and even raw resolution per pixel isn't awesome... perhaps this is using a heavier anti-alias filter than most cameras? The still image IQ is definitely down a couple of notches from a much cheaper Sony A6000 (which DPReview rated 5% lower), especially for JPEGs, and the price-competitive A7 blows it away.

Does it have more custom settings for stills?
The A7 has everything I want customisable .

Even for video, the A7 (and several other Sony cameras) has a $10 App available that gives many many millions of settings for colour ETC in camera.
The GH4 does have some things the A7 does not, but then again, the a7 has some the GH4 does not (I like using digital zoom on the fly for instance and having FF and APSC modes). For stills, I much prefer the A7.....and I would prefer the a6000 too at the price. IF I was a video pro with control of the lighting, then the GH4 would be a great choice.
Again, the GH4 seems a wonderful camera for video pros and serious video amateurs and is the best 4k camera around at its price point while being a good M4/3 stills camera, 4k is currently only up to 30p though. For 50/60p it would be nice to see some comparisons...and for stills, they are different class cameras.

What has a nicer grip is also subjective....the A7 has the nicest grip yet for ME.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 23:29 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (474 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: Really a very impressive camera, especially for video -- which seems to be where u4/3 shines. However, the JPEGs don't seem to be as good as the raw would allow them to be, and even raw resolution per pixel isn't awesome... perhaps this is using a heavier anti-alias filter than most cameras? The still image IQ is definitely down a couple of notches from a much cheaper Sony A6000 (which DPReview rated 5% lower), especially for JPEGs, and the price-competitive A7 blows it away.

The A7 is not in the same category so can not be compared (a7 does not come up in the comparison table).

The review makes lots of references to the A7s but for video mostly.

The A7 is for ME the more capable camera than the GH4.

For video, then yes, the GH4 would be better than the ordinary A7 though the a7 is good enough for me for video.

For the price, I would rather have an A6000 than a GH4 for photography and A6000 video is quite nice too.

Nothing wrong with a GH4 but it seems more of a high end good/controlled light video camera that can do pretty nice stills to me.
Panasonic Lx100 might well do me as my 4k (jacket) pocketable camera and A7 for stills and video otherwise.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 22:09 UTC
On Canon introduces new $78K 50-1000mm cine lens article (174 comments in total)
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ProfHankD: Not something I'd be buying, but it's good to see Canon doing something innovative. It does make the 4-pound Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG HSM look small, light, fast, and cheap, but cinema lenses are never cheap and this does have 2X the focal range of the "Bigma" not counting the teleconverter. ;-)

Heck, it makes the heavy and $25,000 Sigma 200-500 2.8 look cheap!

It will probably outsell the Sigma 200-500 though.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 05:48 UTC
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shademaster: More like: "Who would buy an LX100 when they could buy a G7X?" It's obvious why someone would want an ILC to put on a fast prime or a fast telephoto zoom. What's not obvious is whether the 1/2 stop (effective), EVF, hand grip and hotshoe trump the longer lens, smaller size (jeans pocketable), tilting touchscreen, higher resolution, better relative sensor performance (given its size) and $200 cheaper price tag of the G7X. I'm probably going to go for a G7X for my birth-mas present this year to replace old S95. Not saying LX100 would be bad, but for me, G7X ticks more boxes.

Me!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2014 at 20:49 UTC
On Sony shows off upcoming full-frame lenses at Photokina article (328 comments in total)
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Marcelobtp: The A7 was a marketing strategy to say we have the smallest FF, no one will do it smaller then ours. But the small and light will not balance well with fast af lenses for a FF sensor. Oh god, theres a gap between a7 and a77 size. if sony don't do it quickly someone will. Please small lenses sony this system is faded to fail in its purpose.

As far as I am concerned I have no issues of balance with my A7 and heavy lenses .......I have several heavy lenses that I use on it and all feel ok for balance with the A7.

That includes a 4.5 350mm zoom, a 300 2.8 prime and (my favourite) a 85 1.2 prime.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 25, 2014 at 04:19 UTC
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SMRG: CANON MIRRORLESS WOULD BE LOVELY...when, time table needed or going elsewhere...

What is the English translation for "very soon"?

Canon might be about to pull a couple of rabbits out of a couple of hats.

Very soon to me means this year.....for serious mirrorless and this year or early next year for higher megapixel camera???

After that interview though, I think except for a couple of types of photographers, they need a couple of rabbits.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2014 at 20:25 UTC
On Hands-on with Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 article (435 comments in total)

Whatever you do, please do not change the wording on page one after the Equivalence police arrive.

As long as it is clear that it is not going give equivalent DOF to a 24-75 FF lens, how it is stated is how I would think of it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 06:17 UTC as 49th comment
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Marcelobtp: This will not sell that well because too much people already both the sony rx100 series. But man, this is something!
pocketable?

True.....not a huge difference though.

This will be a jeans/coat pocket camera for me I think.

And it will be a lot smaller than my GX7 (and other cameras it will compete with).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 20:24 UTC
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