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 publiclication..and including front page and feature.

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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
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (429 comments in total)
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spontaneousservices: If I'm not mistaken, this is the first camera since the Sony Nex 5n with 1) tilting screen AND 2) touch screen AND 3) focus point selection on the touch screen. What the Nex sorely lacked was 4) built-in electronic VF with zebra focus peaking. A combination of features which makes for a very smooth work flow. Too bad it's not a Fuji ;-)

Panasonic GX7 (touch, tilt and focus point selection)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 19:57 UTC
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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?

This will sell by truck loads.

It is not only competition to the RX100 but also to many smaller M4/3 cameras and others.

I have a GX7 as my second camera but think I might replace it with this.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 19:14 UTC
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (336 comments in total)
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Horshack: Not sure this 85mm has a place like the Otus 55mm does. When the 55mm came out there wasn't any DSLR 50mm lens that was very sharp wide-open; the Sigma 50 ART and Sony 55 FE came after. However there are lots of great 85mm designs, from the very inexpensive Nikon 85G f/1.8 and even the older Canon 85 f/1.8, up to Canon's superlative 85mm f/1.2L II.

Regardless, the old FD 85 1.2 L is still a very nice lens and I see no reason to "upgrade" to the Zeiss at the price it is touted as being.

As for apples and oranges.....yes they are very different (other than both being manual focus 85mm fast portrait lenses with aspherical element and floating elements that is).

As I said the Zeiss will be better (though no photos from it yet) but not by enough for me to buy it and get rid of my existing lens. I WILL be spending that sort of money on a lens or lenses soon but not that one as I am fine with what I have at THAT focal length. I will buy one or two zeiss lenses too (135 f2 APO most likely along with the Sony Zeiss 55 1.8).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 06:12 UTC
On Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm article (336 comments in total)
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Horshack: Not sure this 85mm has a place like the Otus 55mm does. When the 55mm came out there wasn't any DSLR 50mm lens that was very sharp wide-open; the Sigma 50 ART and Sony 55 FE came after. However there are lots of great 85mm designs, from the very inexpensive Nikon 85G f/1.8 and even the older Canon 85 f/1.8, up to Canon's superlative 85mm f/1.2L II.

While I agree about the competition, maybe that is because the 55mm is less valued.

I actually think they will sell more of this lens than the 55 Otus.

I don't really get the 55 at its price.

Having said that adapting nice lenses to the Sony A7, I can not see this new Otus as being 5 to 6 times better than my old Canon FD 85 1.2 L. Yes, it should be better but not THAT much better (and I am happy with the Canon FD).

Now the Zeiss 135 APO f2 is a lens I am thinking of....best of breed at a more reasonable price (maybe Zeiss will bring out a 135mm Otus next??).

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2014 at 03:48 UTC

since FF is only a 1.25 crop, I would think this lens would be wonderful on the likes of an A7R if there was an adapter for it.

Anyone know if there is an adapter for Leica S lens to Sony E mount?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 20:07 UTC as 12th comment | 4 replies
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neil holmes: May I suggest you try the Sony "Live View grading App" with the a7s.

I have only had it (the App) for 5 minutes with my normal A7 and I think it will make a sizeable difference to me for video. For a start the basic a7 creative styles range for video for things like sharpness expands from a range of -3 to +3 to -7 to +7.

For a lot of people might well be worth the $10 just for that alone.

Wasn't sure for the a7s though I know it has a LOT more than the other Sony cameras.

Still it does seem a very handy App for video and Sony cameras like the A7 series and the A6000 and a few others.....so much more control of video settings....at least for the normal A7. Has dozens of different settings for video so might be less of a need with the A7s but still might be useful.

I want an A7s and I can put the App in more than one camera so I will try it one of these days.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 03:12 UTC

May I suggest you try the Sony "Live View grading App" with the a7s.

I have only had it (the App) for 5 minutes with my normal A7 and I think it will make a sizeable difference to me for video. For a start the basic a7 creative styles range for video for things like sharpness expands from a range of -3 to +3 to -7 to +7.

For a lot of people might well be worth the $10 just for that alone.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 23:51 UTC as 48th comment | 2 replies

Looks great if Leica is your thing.

Since it has video, I cant wait to see it used with a rig in a commercial (like the A7s).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 18:45 UTC as 103rd comment
On Sony a7S used to shoot Chevrolet commercial article (278 comments in total)
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steelhead3: I can't believe they sullied that rig with that old Nikon lens.

I suspect a lot of these sort of uses/users are going to be shot with Nikon/Canon/ETC lenses. In some cases because there might not be a similar lens but in many cases because they already own the lenses at the time they buy the camera.....and since it can take just about anything, that makes it cheaper still (no need to buy a whole new system like you would if you switched from Canon to Nikon for instance).

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2014 at 18:22 UTC
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Lab D: About the Sony "weather sealing", there appear to be a lot of threads like this for that body type...

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54194735

See that's what I thought.

I took that to be more sealed than it is too but the reality is that the a7 cameras do what is claimed (and no more).
It does seem more than it actually is if read casually but it is not and this has been so wide spread now that no one should have any excuse if using an a7 camera in poor weather.

Thanks very much!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 23:57 UTC
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Lab D: About the Sony "weather sealing", there appear to be a lot of threads like this for that body type...

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54194735

As far as I know Sony has never claimed "weather sealed". There is SOME sealing (and I am happy using my A7 in light rain for a short time). I applaud your efforts to point this out to people....you must want an A7s really bad?

How about now making an effort to advise the folks with a GH4 to send it in to get the audio issue fixed?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2014 at 21:32 UTC
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neil holmes: Well the Monkey took the camera without permission....charge him!

The photographer owns the camera, the card....the monkey could be regarded as the employee.

In any event the photos exist only because the photographer was responsible for ALL but pushing the button.

The Photographer owns the copyright in my opinion.

I am not so sure he is trying to get money from THEM. He is maybe trying to get money (which he would not be able to if they are copyright free elsewhere) for the photos HE uploaded to various places (or at least one) and that they have taken as copyright free......what right did they have to take it in the first place....who gave it to them??

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 23:18 UTC
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neil holmes: Well the Monkey took the camera without permission....charge him!

The photographer owns the camera, the card....the monkey could be regarded as the employee.

In any event the photos exist only because the photographer was responsible for ALL but pushing the button.

The Photographer owns the copyright in my opinion.

No, the Monkey stole the camera...while he can not be charged since it is an animal.....

If I stole your camera and used it .....I am would be quite surprised if you would not have copyright if you wanted it.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 23:01 UTC

Spy meets and befriends simple person, spy gets said person to push the button for photo of forbidden military base......who gets charged???

Paparazzi outside celebrities place ......gets passing kid to climb tree and push shutter for pic in breach of law....who gets charged??

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 22:55 UTC as 482nd comment | 2 replies

Well the Monkey took the camera without permission....charge him!

The photographer owns the camera, the card....the monkey could be regarded as the employee.

In any event the photos exist only because the photographer was responsible for ALL but pushing the button.

The Photographer owns the copyright in my opinion.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2014 at 22:49 UTC as 485th comment | 6 replies
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (360 comments in total)
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iAPX: Where is the point for a 1/1.7" sensor, when there is offer with 1"™ sensors (that are largely under 1 inch), and APS-C sensors.

Having had a Q and a GX7 (same sensor as the GM1), well the Q is just a lot of fun.
For image quality I have a FF camera.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 19:11 UTC
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neil holmes: I would like to see how the A7s does in video mode....both APSC and FF modes using digital zoom (or at least the clearzoom ) in video with a fast prime.

It is not that great for stills (though does have its uses).

For video though I think it CAN be a lot of use.
Canon use it in one of their cameras but it starts at around 3x and so not that great. Using variable zoom in video from 1x to 2x and it is not that lossy. I am just experimenting and keeping it steady is the issue so far but with my 85 1.2 at fast apertures on my A7 I think it will be ok. The problems so far are mine , not the cameras. I am just curious about the a7s as it has better video. Just think it would be good to see what DPR thinks of it. Mounted on a tripod and being careful....and using it in both APSC and FF modes.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 06:22 UTC
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (360 comments in total)
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iAPX: Where is the point for a 1/1.7" sensor, when there is offer with 1"™ sensors (that are largely under 1 inch), and APS-C sensors.

Where is the point of an APSC sensor when you can have a FF one.....or FF when you can have a medium format one ETC.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 02:39 UTC
On Ricoh expands Q series with Pentax Q-S1 article (360 comments in total)
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Wallace Ross: Not sure why I bother, the Q doesn't need me to defend it but it's the most fun digital camera I own and if some people don't get it then what ever.

Well the A7 is to me ALSO a fun camera but you are right....and adding even 85mm lenses to it for a "super tele" you can sit on the palm of your hand (and stabilized to boot) is just a pleasure.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2014 at 02:35 UTC
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