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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araudan: Sony isn't much better themselves. Take a look at the Sony Camera Club on Flickr.

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What reason does someone have to take photos of Taylor Swift?

Various websites and publications will want shots for a story/article.......that's what passes are issued for (under her terms). She (or her management) want to be sure that is ALL they are going to be used for.
Want to take shots to sell? That is entirely up to her if in a setting that she has control of.
I want to take shots at Area 51....why cant I?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 21:43 UTC
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Lawrencew: If you don't like a contract, don't enter into it.
Is it that hard?

TS did what she said though and withdrew her music.
The photographer can always refuse to photograph her.....

She is controlling her image just as many do.
She doesn't need "you" to shoot her concerts......there will be lots of shots taken FOR publications (which is the point of the contract)......use for the purpose taken but not anything else.....don't agree? Don't shoot then!
Simple.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 21:38 UTC

Her contract for photography is what it is and similar to many big name artists and bands.
If you want to photograph her performance you have to agree to her terms...if not you don't take photos there. She doesn't need you (plus she can always hire her own photographer who will agree to her terms).

IF the performance is in a public place where photography is permitted then sure ....shoot away but then it almost never will be.

What if fifteen photographers want to shoot someone's wedding even if the couple hire a photographer? They going to be allowed to do that just because they want to?

As for her music, well it is her choice if it stays there or goes and when she made her choice Apple blinked. Two very different things to me.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 21:34 UTC as 57th comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS Rebel T6i Review preview (287 comments in total)
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villagranvicent: The worst thing happen to Canon are the EF to E-Mount AF adapters... a sweet bridge between the past and the future. Maybe Canon could start making glass for E-mount (?)

Or, they might sell a lot MORE lenses maybe??

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 17:42 UTC
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rrccad: Even as a non macro lens, having perspective shift is kind of a nice / big deal - the only other lens around this focal is the much more expensive 17mm TS-E.

Just tried some extension tubes FF with a 17 f4 TS-E and also 24 3.5 ii TS-E and with both of them it is pointless.
The 17 even with as little as 10mm extension and focus is right in front of the huge bulbous front element......no practical use and could easily damage the lens front element.
Even the 24 with 10mm extension is little real use and only marginally more distance......not enough to be useable anyway.
Pity, I would have liked to try shifting and or tilting with an extension tube (at a useful distance that is).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 24, 2015 at 01:50 UTC
On Canon EOS Rebel T6i Review preview (287 comments in total)

Seems nice enough and a good start for many people.

Not for me but I can see it would be for many people.

I do think it is a very important camera for Canon though as I think many that might have got this previously would now use a higher end phone camera or maybe a smaller higher point and shoot.

it will still sell well but it may be the beginning of the end of entry level APSC DSLRs......if not this one it will not be too many more generations.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 20:52 UTC as 56th comment
On Canon EOS Rebel T6i Review preview (287 comments in total)
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villagranvicent: The worst thing happen to Canon are the EF to E-Mount AF adapters... a sweet bridge between the past and the future. Maybe Canon could start making glass for E-mount (?)

Some Canon lenses are wonderful on E mount.
In particular the 17 and 24ii TS-Es, the little (and cheap) 40 2.8 STM and the 135 f2 L for me anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 20:41 UTC
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rrccad: Even as a non macro lens, having perspective shift is kind of a nice / big deal - the only other lens around this focal is the much more expensive 17mm TS-E.

The 17 shifts FF too, this lens apparently only does for APSC.

Still , gives me an idea that I must try a extension tube with the 17 TS-E.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 20:28 UTC
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Eric Hensel: A whole new universe of cat-shots awaits...

Time to start a cat rental business.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 20:25 UTC
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1028 comments in total)
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yslee1: "As someone who loves placing subjects well off-center, and refuses to use the simple 'focus & recompose' technique due to focal plane shifts and subject movement that easily throw off focus when shooting at fast apertures, this is huge."

And then you run into Sony's UI for moving AF points. Hint: It's horrible.

It focuses on the flexible spot point....wherever I aim it.
I can choose small medium or large focus point and I can place it anywhere around the sensor.
It works well.
It is similar to the pinpoint AF of my GX7 (though that can use touch AF and shutter).
I can also use centre, zone or wide focus areas too if I choose.....mostly I choose to use flexible spot and small or medium size.
A7 even allows continuous AF anywhere around the frame....A7s does to but at something like 2fps....does not work that good for AF-C.
The A7 is not as fast for AF-C as my Canon 7d and not as many FPS but being able to use a focus point over a greater area and use a viewfinder with the sun around it or use peaking and magnification in the viewfinder means I prefer the AF of the A7 overall ....at least for me the A7 cameras focus a bit more accurately then my 7D does too......Others who use tracking AF or what faster fps will prefer a DSLR..

Direct link | Posted on Jun 23, 2015 at 06:43 UTC
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RealEyesRealizeRealLies: Impossible?

If attempting to convince our Canon/Nikon friends that less battery life, cramped ergonomics, more menu dives, less vertical controls, no teleconverter support, accelerated and non reactive fly-by-wire focusing, and absolutely NO flash system to speak of is an advantage to serious photographers... if that sounds impossible... then yes, Sony is at least attempting the impossible.

That's the short list folks.
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Attention Canon/Nikon friends. Wrap your right hand knuckles with tape before using lens adapter on a7II. The little grip causes the adapter to bite the fingers. OK for casual user I guess. But very uncomfortable for the tog that needs camera in hand all day for client work.

Batteries are an issue for some....sure.....then again I have never run out of battery with an A7/A7s at any time (easy enough to take a second) shooting hundreds of shots in a day.
Not an issue.
I prefer the ergonomics of cameras the size and shape of an A7 (but also other mirrorless.......which is also quite similar to the film 35mm SLRs I used ....and still have a few of). Larger size DSLRs are not for me (my Canon 7D is a brick by comparison) ...and I am a larger male with larger hands.
More menu dives? hardly. in fact far less than with most cameras and the buttons can be set for lots of things...
Focusing works great (for me with E mount, A mount, EF mount, FD mount, and more). E, A and EF with AF.
Oh and focusing Canon TS-E lenses is an absolute pleasure with an A7/A7s.
I don't use flash much but the little Sony flash I do have is just right for me.
Others will have different needs and requirements.
Choice is good!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 23:30 UTC
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1028 comments in total)
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yslee1: "As someone who loves placing subjects well off-center, and refuses to use the simple 'focus & recompose' technique due to focal plane shifts and subject movement that easily throw off focus when shooting at fast apertures, this is huge."

And then you run into Sony's UI for moving AF points. Hint: It's horrible.

I know, I just don't find it a problem really......In fact I like it.

I don't like the joystick of my Canon 7D so much and more so because it is a much smaller area to choose.....I guess it comes down to what I am more used to.
I have C1 set to focus area, from there I choose to change the focus area mode or the size of the flexible spot or (since it will be most likely be at flex spot and the size I want usually), I just hit the centre button and move the focus point to where I want.

It would be nice if there was away to use two presses instead of three when I know I want exactly as I left it but it is still really simple and easy to use without taking my eye away from the EVF.

By the way Rishi, have you had a chance to try the Kipon EF to M4/3 auto focus adapter? if so what do you think?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 22:43 UTC
On Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? article (1028 comments in total)
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yslee1: "As someone who loves placing subjects well off-center, and refuses to use the simple 'focus & recompose' technique due to focal plane shifts and subject movement that easily throw off focus when shooting at fast apertures, this is huge."

And then you run into Sony's UI for moving AF points. Hint: It's horrible.

I love the flexible spot AF of the A7 and A7s.
Easy to move the focus point with the camera to my eye and works nice (if slow AF) with canon lenses as well as very nice with native lenses.
That is part of why I like using Canon lenses over A mount lenses on an LA-EA4.....you can move the focus point over a much greater area unlike DSLRs or SLTs currently.
Not for everyone but works great for me.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 21:32 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: "We have consumers who require 14-bit etc., and we’re considering [how to deal with it]. "

Um.

How about understanding it raises a big red flag about Sony A7 line cameras.

Well I was using it at a gig in the back of a bars beer garden at night with a couple of small lights ......so yes, the light was low and it was fine.
It may not be as good as with it off but the difference is not huge.
And again, I would take the A7s over the DF ANY day (for stills and video at a gig in low light)..
We are not going to agree on this so I will leave it there.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 21:00 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: "We have consumers who require 14-bit etc., and we’re considering [how to deal with it]. "

Um.

How about understanding it raises a big red flag about Sony A7 line cameras.

Actually I did just that with my A7s a week and a bit ago.
I just turned it to silent mode and it was still acceptable.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 20:41 UTC
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HowaboutRAW: "We have consumers who require 14-bit etc., and we’re considering [how to deal with it]. "

Um.

How about understanding it raises a big red flag about Sony A7 line cameras.

A7s AF-C may not be great (or much at all) but AF-S is just fine and works to very low light levels.......even with CANON lenses on EF to E mount adapters with some lenses.
135 f2 L will auto focus (slowly but useably for portraits) on an A7s in low light when it doesn't on my Canon DSLR.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2015 at 17:52 UTC
On Sony adds XAVC S and high bitrate video to a6000 article (173 comments in total)
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justmeMN: What Sony should update, is this camera's worst-in-the-industry kit lens.

http://www.photozone.de/sony_nex/842-sony1650f3556oss?start=2

I quite like the little 16-50 OSS kit lens.

It IS just a kit lens but I like it over plenty of other kit lenses I have had (like the Nikon VR I that I had and VR ii that I still have).
It has had a couple of bad reviews and a couple of good reviews. Many that use it think it is fine.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 23:23 UTC
On Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II article (953 comments in total)
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mr_landscape: CaNikon say bye-bye to most of your trusty fanatics;)

What is wrong with that?
Canon clearly can expect some cancelled pre-orders.
In fact there are people in this thread who say they have done just that.
Doesn't mean the Canon cameras are not good, it just means there may be another choice for some who would otherwise buy the Canons.
It remains to be seen how well they work for any individual.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 00:58 UTC
On Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II article (953 comments in total)
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mr_landscape: CaNikon say bye-bye to most of your trusty fanatics;)

I much prefer an EVF as I can see with it long after I no longer can with an OVF. I have/had something like ten OVF ILC's (film and digital) and I would take the A7 and A7s EVF over any of them.
this new camera has a better one still again.
In low light, I can still see with a decent EVF when I can no longer with an OVF.
Others will prefer an OVF.....their choice...not mine.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 08:00 UTC
On Alpha dog: Hands-on with Sony a7R II article (953 comments in total)
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neil holmes: Canon has a VERY bright future thanks to this camera......as the Sony lens division.

Funny thing is I think it is true .....Seriously, I have actually thought that for a while.
I have several thousand dollars worth of Canon lenses that I have been using on the A7 and A7s and could see where this is heading.

The Kipon adapter is about to be released in the wild for Canon lenses on M4/3 cameras too so I think Canon IS going to sell a lot more lenses over the coming months.
As long as the A7Rii and Kipon adapters live up to expectations.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 01:58 UTC
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