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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RichRMA: On a Sony body? This is as embarrassing as five years ago when Canon FF shooters resorted to lenses other than their own to get decent results.

Not necessarily.
This is about Sony camera users having another choice of lens as much as Canon lens users having another body.

Having dual systems also means you don't have to have two full lens sets.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2015 at 04:28 UTC
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Aur: "Looking at all of the mirrorless cameras out there, there’s nothing that really frightens us."

Sounds like Nokia. Mirrorless and smartphones are shooting 4K / 1080p @ 120 / 240 FPS but Canon still thinks 1080p @ 30FPS is good enough in 2015.

you could say the same thing about photos.

No need to have moved beyond 6mp DSLRs is there!

I don't need 4k but I accept it is the (intermediate) future and also just means better HD videos too.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 10, 2015 at 20:24 UTC
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Akpinxit: Sony cameras can only shine if pared with Zeiss lens .
Nice lens , but it's bulk might will make it hard to compete with 55mm f1.8 Zeiss Sonar .

My A7 series Sony cameras work well with all the lenses I use.

In fact, what cameras currently work better with Canon TS-E lenses?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 23:01 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7S Review preview (467 comments in total)
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neil holmes: That the dynamic range is lower at base ISO than some other cameras is a given (though it is actually still higher than many others).

To me, since this really is a low light camera, it is the dynamic range AT high ISOs where the camera stands out.
How did the DR test against (any) other cameras at ISO 12800 or 25600? (normal ISOs for me with the A7s).

One other thing I didn't see mentioned but may have missed....the versions of the camera. Its seems you can have a NTSC only version or one that is both PAL AND NTSC.

EDIT the original A7 review still has a few errors. IE the camera does have continuous AF in speed priority mode (unlike this a7s) and the buffer is not unlimited (or at least not limited to the card size) for jpegs but does have about the same limit with an 8GB card as it does for a 64gb card.

Rishi,
Thanks.
I am just going by DXO mark and from my using a few cameras over time.
For what I shoot a lot in low light, there is nothing better than the A7s.
I don't use base ISO to shoot but use auto ISO and have it set up to 25600 sometimes and 51200 at others.
All I can do is say that for me at least, the dynamic range of the A7s is clearly a PLUS and certainly not a Con no matter how it does it.
Still a better than average camera at ISO 100 and better than anything at ISO 25600.
How or why is way beyond my limited knowledge.
I just know I can mount a lens like 17mm or 24mm Canon TS-E L lens to the A7s and shoot away at a concert and get photos at f4 or 5.6 (even f8 if careful) hand held at ISOs I would have thought impossible even five or six years ago that the bands love.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2015 at 01:39 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7S Review preview (467 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Here is what I learned from this review.

1. Based on these test results the A7s does not achieve the Maximum Dynamic Range that Sony has claimed at its Base ISO.

2. The A7r achieves a better dynamic range at base ISO than the A7s.

3. The dynamic range and noise response for the A7s exceed that of pretty much all other cameras after about ISO 51,200. However, those results still may not be acceptable at that level.

4. The 1080p @ 60 FPS full sensor readout video in the A7s is the best compressed 1080p @ 60 video you get out of any camera on the market to today.

5. The high ISO video performance is exceptional and unmatched.

6. The cropped A7s 1080p video just isn't worth it.

Seems pretty fair.

I would say that for 3) I would say it is not 51200 but 12800 for all but the 1Dx and D4s and 25600 for those two.

It is actually useable at 25600 and even 51200

As for 6) The APSC video is actually pretty good for 1080p and some say that for 50/60p it is better to use APSC than FF I think.

This is not the camera for everyone or even that many.
For me, it is wonderful......despite what many consider its flaws (things missing that I don't use or need with this camera are not flaws to me).

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 19:41 UTC
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cheetah43: Ergonomics and handling, JPEG image quality, performance are all at around 65% mark - serious inadequacies [ref. graphic]. All this reflects very badly on the whole of Alpha 7 series. Why would Sony release Alpha 7S - supposedly a video film maker's version - with such short-comings priced at $2500 that cannot take decent JPEGs?

@ Splendic

Not at ISO 25600 they don't!
I shoot jpegs with this camera as when shooting a festival or even some gigs, I will end up with up with hundreds of photos and I hate post processing.
The A7s Jpegs are good enough for me to give to a band, festival organisers or Newspaper at any ISO up to 51200.
The 12mp size also means I don't have to resize to email any as well....I just pick the ones I want and send as taken.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 06:58 UTC
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neil holmes: That the dynamic range is lower at base ISO than some other cameras is a given (though it is actually still higher than many others).

To me, since this really is a low light camera, it is the dynamic range AT high ISOs where the camera stands out.
How did the DR test against (any) other cameras at ISO 12800 or 25600? (normal ISOs for me with the A7s).

One other thing I didn't see mentioned but may have missed....the versions of the camera. Its seems you can have a NTSC only version or one that is both PAL AND NTSC.

EDIT the original A7 review still has a few errors. IE the camera does have continuous AF in speed priority mode (unlike this a7s) and the buffer is not unlimited (or at least not limited to the card size) for jpegs but does have about the same limit with an 8GB card as it does for a 64gb card.

There are few who would buy a A7s to shoot for maximum DR at low ISOs. It is ok though. DR becoming more a reflection of ISO performance may be true somewhat EXCEPT less so for the A7s.

A7R, 5Diii, D750 all fall away similarly to be about a stop behind at ISO 12800 for DR and gets further ahead as you go up.
D4s and 1Dx I think are the two cameras that can keep up for DR AT ISO 12800 the most (very close even) but even they both fall a stop away by ISO 25600.....and at low ISOs the Nikon D4S is a fraction better for DR and the Canon 1DX a stop worse.
Noise may not be as much of a difference for some cameras but add DR into the mix ....no.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 3, 2015 at 00:18 UTC
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neil holmes: That the dynamic range is lower at base ISO than some other cameras is a given (though it is actually still higher than many others).

To me, since this really is a low light camera, it is the dynamic range AT high ISOs where the camera stands out.
How did the DR test against (any) other cameras at ISO 12800 or 25600? (normal ISOs for me with the A7s).

One other thing I didn't see mentioned but may have missed....the versions of the camera. Its seems you can have a NTSC only version or one that is both PAL AND NTSC.

EDIT the original A7 review still has a few errors. IE the camera does have continuous AF in speed priority mode (unlike this a7s) and the buffer is not unlimited (or at least not limited to the card size) for jpegs but does have about the same limit with an 8GB card as it does for a 64gb card.

It is a given as the camera has been out for a while & DXO results have been known for ages.

Ok you find the comparisons at higher ISOs less relevant, but what about those who don't?
I shoot often between 12800 & 51200 ISOs with an A7s.
You knock the A7s for dynamic range but I think you should make it clear that is for dynamic range at base ISO.

The A7s curve for dynamic range is very different from just about all other cameras. -many that start higher go lower very early.
Can you tell me what cameras there are that ARE better for dynamic range at ISO 12800 if that is what someone needs?

I just don't get how a low light camera that clearly has MUCH better dynamic range at the high ISOs it is mostly used at can be marked down for having a slightly lower (but still ok) dynamic range at base ISO.
Again, I also think the camera is rated higher than it should be for a general use camera.....but dynamic range WHERE IT IS USED, like video is not an area it should be marked down.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 22:58 UTC
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tecnoworld: I'm curious to see the review of nx1 and the final score. It has internal 4k, costs way less, has more than twice mp, much faster af, better tracking, much faster burst shooting, but of course lower iq and dr at high iso. We'll see.

I actually think the 86 score of the A7s as a GENERAL camera is HIGHER than it should be. (and that i.s owning one and loving it and it being the best camera for ME I have ever owned or used)

As a specialist camera for what it does best (video and low light/high ISO) it should have a higher score.

If ever there was a case of a need for two different scores ...maybe as a general camera and a second specific for who it is aimed at it is this one.
It seems many of those who wont get it...don't get it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 22:35 UTC
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Roland Karlsson: Very good review. Low dynamic range and NOT stellar noise behaviour. So - all 12 MP fans have something to ponder. Maybe it is not so good that you do think? Maybe it is a low light video recorder?

Look it depends on what one wants.
I was responding to LAB D who does nothing but troll against Sony.
There are plenty of cameras I would use/choose in good light over an A7s. I love my original A7 and use that as my day time camera.....it has better DR than the A7s in good light. Then again, I have cameras that are worse in good light for DR.
I am simply saying the A7s is OK in good light but that is not its strong point.
There is not another camera currently made I would prefer over an A7s at ISO 6400 and up ....where I shoot a lot. For image quality including dynamic range.
That's why I said horses for courses.
For a landscape, good light shooter an A7s makes little sense (though is still quite ok). For what it is made for it is currently about as good as it gets.
I am sure there will be something better along from someone soon but I will still use the A7s (and A7) as long as they work for me.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 22:25 UTC
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Roland Karlsson: Very good review. Low dynamic range and NOT stellar noise behaviour. So - all 12 MP fans have something to ponder. Maybe it is not so good that you do think? Maybe it is a low light video recorder?

Yeah it is sooooo bad.
How could anyone use a camera with 13.2 stops (or worse like a GH4).
Once agin, it is not BAD and is better than many cameras at base ISO.
How many people buy a A7s to use at base ISO though?
By ISO 1600 it is ahead of a GH4 by more than a stop and bit ahead of a D610.

Most of my photography is at ISOs above ISO 1600.
Lets be clear.....You use a GH4 which is MADE for good light and not so good at high ISO but it is STILL worse for dynamic range at base ISO than the "lousy" Sony.....anyone looking at your posting history will see you do very little BUT troll against Sony when you are not in the Off topic forum.

You gunna throw that GH4 in the bin now?

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 22:01 UTC
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SirSeth: Part of the brilliance of this series for both stills and video is that nearly every legacy lens ever made for any mount can be used. I just purchased an A7 and find my OM Zuikos perform better than they ever have. I'm thinking about adding a few Canon FD lenses, a big Nikkor and even a Contax C/Y or two. Mirrorless with peaking and zebras really help MF and this camera is compact even with adapters. Of course, video people know how to manual focus, but having a FF platform for legacy glass makes my A7 a very high value proposition for both stills and video.

The original A7 is not the best for video but it is not the worst either. I think it is ok for amateur use and it is pretty good for video even at higher ISOs. It is easy to use though and has most of the right stuff (EVF, focus peaking, Zebras, mic and headphones ETC). I would rather an A7 for video at higher ISOs than many camera that might have better video quality in good light but not so hot as the ISO goes up. A7s though is of course better all round for video and low light stills.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 20:54 UTC
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Roland Karlsson: Very good review. Low dynamic range and NOT stellar noise behaviour. So - all 12 MP fans have something to ponder. Maybe it is not so good that you do think? Maybe it is a low light video recorder?

You are kidding right?

The dynamic range is not low.
Even at base ISO it is still 34th of the hundreds of cameras in DXOmarks data base (Nikon D4 and DF are 39th and 40th).

Given that it IS a low light camera, the dynamic range at high ISOS is much better than others.
The current highest rated camera for dynamic range is the Nikon D810 at 14.8 stops.....1.6 stops over the A7s so yes, for a landscape camera there is no comparison (36mp and 14.8 stops VS 12mp and 13.2 stops).
What happens at ISO 12800 though? It is the Sony A7s that is now almost 1.6 stops better for dynamic range.....the Sony has a higher dynamic range at ISO 51200 than the D810 at ISO 12800....EDIT,...and that is for print....for screen the difference is even bigger with the A7s at ISO 102400 being better than the D810 at ISO 12800 for dynamic range!
Horses for courses.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 20:48 UTC
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ET2: No charger is listed as con, but A7s comes with two batteries external charger. It's not A7 and A7r

Here is A7s unboxing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwGNP8xv9Lc

Good point. My A7 came with no external charger and one battery but Sony seems to have listened to feedback since then as my A7s came (sealed in box) with a charger and a second battery.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 19:26 UTC
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neil holmes: That the dynamic range is lower at base ISO than some other cameras is a given (though it is actually still higher than many others).

To me, since this really is a low light camera, it is the dynamic range AT high ISOs where the camera stands out.
How did the DR test against (any) other cameras at ISO 12800 or 25600? (normal ISOs for me with the A7s).

One other thing I didn't see mentioned but may have missed....the versions of the camera. Its seems you can have a NTSC only version or one that is both PAL AND NTSC.

EDIT the original A7 review still has a few errors. IE the camera does have continuous AF in speed priority mode (unlike this a7s) and the buffer is not unlimited (or at least not limited to the card size) for jpegs but does have about the same limit with an 8GB card as it does for a 64gb card.

Looking at DXOmark.

The A7s has caught up regards dynamic range to cameras like the A7R, D810 and 5D III by ISO 400 and by ISO 6400 is a stop in front to even those and it just gets further in front as the ISO goes up.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 19:19 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7S Review preview (467 comments in total)

That the dynamic range is lower at base ISO than some other cameras is a given (though it is actually still higher than many others).

To me, since this really is a low light camera, it is the dynamic range AT high ISOs where the camera stands out.
How did the DR test against (any) other cameras at ISO 12800 or 25600? (normal ISOs for me with the A7s).

One other thing I didn't see mentioned but may have missed....the versions of the camera. Its seems you can have a NTSC only version or one that is both PAL AND NTSC.

EDIT the original A7 review still has a few errors. IE the camera does have continuous AF in speed priority mode (unlike this a7s) and the buffer is not unlimited (or at least not limited to the card size) for jpegs but does have about the same limit with an 8GB card as it does for a 64gb card.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 18:48 UTC as 99th comment | 21 replies
On Go wide! Hands-on with Canon's 11-24mm F4 L article (224 comments in total)

I would love to see DPR use the lens on an Sony A7 series camera.

A7ii (for stabilization) and A7s in particular.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 05:20 UTC as 64th comment | 1 reply

Canons version of a 4k camera?

Sorry....

I actually think it will be a very nice camera that will sell extremely well to its market.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 05:11 UTC as 54th comment
On Panasonic reveals Lumix DMC-GF7 with tilting LCD article (78 comments in total)
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photo perzon: Does the flash tilt up to the ceiling for bounce?

You sure?

Many of these little built in flashes can be tilted back. GX7 does for instance.
You have to hold it back but it does work.

This one does look a bit less likely that it may though.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 20, 2015 at 08:51 UTC
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joe6pack: More competition is always good.
Regarding the "magnification range from 0.1x to 2x", I wonder if this lens is really a macro lens with adjustable extension tube?

You can do something like this by reversing a short prime onto a 1:1 2x macro teleconverter.

This looks pretty neat though, especially at the price.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 14, 2015 at 21:28 UTC
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