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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KameraFever: Very nice. Now all those wide angled lenses that couldn't take filters before will now be able to take filters.

On the wide angle TS-E lenses it might be nice as well.
A waste of the AF though.

AF with many AF lenses may well be good.....the M4/3 Kipon EF lens adapter is natively fast with some lenses, at least for AFS anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2016 at 01:52 UTC
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daqk: I guess it might require you to try infinity or closest or in between to get the best result, but in theory it shall work ok with many lenses but might not be optimal result which the lens originally designed to. Good thoughts though.

Using the Pentax 1.7x AFA as a guide (same concept but done a bit differently), pre focusing just means turning the focus ring a bit.....you don't even need to be looking through the viewfinder...just turn and it will focus.
The Pentax AFA actually increased the range a lens would focus (mostly a bit closer but still worked to infinity) ....not sure if this will.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2016 at 01:37 UTC
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snapa: Wow... for people who own 'Manual Leica M Lenses', this must be a very interesting and informative article :/

The thing is that there are lots of matching adapters that will match this for other lenses.....EG FD and AI/AIS....so many lenses from many systems will be able to auto focus with this.
Pre focusing just means turning the lens focus ring if it is anything like the Pentax 1.7x AFA (auto focus adapter for manual focus lenses).

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2016 at 01:30 UTC
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kpaddler: The concept is not new. Nikon had a converter that did this, and it sucked. This idea provides neither AF nor MF properly. But it is excellent for entertaining your 6yr old in the backyard

This thing is more like the AX (is it?) Contax film cameras that moved the film plane to AF manual focus lenses.
The motor is in the adapter and there are no elements to move.

I look forward to seeing how well it works.

I thought it worked with the A7s so am a bit disappointed in that so wont be getting one straight away but I will get one along with the adapters to use my FD 85 1.2 L and 24 1.4 L for AF and also hopefully my EF mount 17 f4 L TS-E.....that might be stretching it a bit though as the lens is huge and heavy but it would be fun trying especially for live bands with AF.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2016 at 01:27 UTC
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kpaddler: The concept is not new. Nikon had a converter that did this, and it sucked. This idea provides neither AF nor MF properly. But it is excellent for entertaining your 6yr old in the backyard

Nikons TC-16 and TC-16A do AF manual focus lenses but not quite the same.
The best of those sort of devices I think is the Pentax 1.7x AFA which at one point was selling for up to and over $1000 before longer AF lenses were available for K mount.....it works great with old manual focus lenses.....300 2.8 was nice with it.
There were others too....Sigma made a couple for Minolta A mount (one using Nikon lenses and one for Minolta MC/MD).
There was another for Yashica too I think.
They worked by moving small elements in the adapter with screwdrive motors in the camera.
The Nikon ones do work I understand (depending on the camera) and some have been modified to work on more cameras.
The Pentax is still nice and works with all Pentax DSLRs and film SLRs with a focus motor......there are some limits on lens aperture and other things but the Pentax one at least is VERY fast to focus.
I have a MC/MD Sigma but could not get it to work on a kludge of adapters on E mount.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2016 at 01:23 UTC
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AprilW: Nope. The shortcomings are too much to consider this camera. Nice try, Sony.

Last time I checked, the 35 1.8 OSS and 50 1.8 OSS were both prime lenses with stabilization.....yes? The Batis 85 1.8 is another.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2016 at 00:13 UTC
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agentlossing: Kind of silly to have a discussion that doesn't even mention the lens ecosystem, even though every single one of these cameras featured is an ILC. It's as if they are recommending them solely based on kit lenses.

Again, it depends on what you want.

Plenty of M4/3 enthusiasts get along with two or three lenses....plenty of Fuji and Samsung enthusiasts have far more than that.
Lately I am seeing more M4/3 users migrating to just one or two of the Pro Zooms.
Choice is good.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2016 at 18:23 UTC
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agentlossing: Kind of silly to have a discussion that doesn't even mention the lens ecosystem, even though every single one of these cameras featured is an ILC. It's as if they are recommending them solely based on kit lenses.

I agree.
I have more lenses for my E mount cameras than my M4/3 camera though!
My point is it comes down to what you want and I find I have more choice with my Sony's than with my Panasonic.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2016 at 03:01 UTC
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agentlossing: Kind of silly to have a discussion that doesn't even mention the lens ecosystem, even though every single one of these cameras featured is an ILC. It's as if they are recommending them solely based on kit lenses.

All the systems have more than enough lenses for most people.

There are plenty of lenses for Sony or Fuji. Just as there would be for a D7000 or 70D or what have you.
If any system doesn't have what you want, then of course you buy something else but for those who want a couple of lenses the most commonly used sort of lenses, there is plenty for everyone really.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 23:38 UTC
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TomasT: After 3 years it is still the smallest with an APS-C sensor.
And perhaps de sharpest. I just bought one!

Well there is the Sony Qx1 though not really something to compare.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2016 at 02:12 UTC
On article Nikon releases D500 4K UHD sample video (203 comments in total)
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Sports Dad: My big question is, can it focus properly during 4K video?

Sony can keep steady focus on a subject during 4K video, but only with a $3400 body.

Panasonic has 4K, but with DFD focus still has a tendency to wobble. If a subject is moving towards me from my experience it has issues.

The Nikon 1 has 4K but only at a mostly unusable rate of 15 FPS.

So far the only DSLR that can keep focus during video is Canon, but no 4K.

The only ILC cameras so far that can maintain usable focus during 4K (and during 1080/120p) are from Samsung...and the NX1 was able to do it over a year ago. But their future is more than cloudy. Better to burn out than to fade away I guess.

Depends on what you want to focus on and in what light ETC.

I mostly only use manual focus for video with my A7s (internal full HD only) but when I DO want to use AF, a lens like the 55 1.8 does ok in video focusing between subjects in fairly low light even at wider apertures FF (EG switching from one person a few feet away to another ten feet further behind and then back again at f2).
It will still focus in really low light too though will likely hunt a bit more.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2016 at 22:58 UTC
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neil holmes: I look forward to seeing how well they do work for AF on a Sony A7Rii.

Too rich for my blood but might be fun!

I am serious about seeing them used with that adapter.....it is no rumour there are videos of it being demonstrated.

I wont buy any M mount wide angle lenses (or the AF adapter) ....the M mount lenses because wide angle rangefinder lenses DO have issues mostly on E mount (and they are too expensive for my blood.....be nice to se how well they do work though out of curiosity.
I would also like to see OTHER lenses adapted to M mount used for AF in that adapter.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 18:32 UTC
On article The good, the bad and the analog: CES 2016 'Best of' (62 comments in total)
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wildkat2: The Kodak Super8 camera is a Hipster tax.

$500-750 for the camera
$20 for a film pack
$50-70 to process said film
All for roughly 2 1/2 minutes
thats $.60 a SECOND
And of course you can't edit it unless you digitize it.
A year from now you will be able to buy those for $50 on craigslist

Its coming....they just have to wait for it to come back from Kodak first!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 04:25 UTC

I look forward to seeing how well they do work for AF on a Sony A7Rii.

Too rich for my blood but might be fun!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2016 at 04:09 UTC as 5th comment | 3 replies
On article Nikon's New D5 and D500 Push the Boundaries of DSLR (733 comments in total)
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rhlpetrus: Sour grapes from Sonyites abound here. Weird, these are just great cameras, everyone that likes photography should be happy that there are still camera makers, venerable ones like Nikon, trying hard to improve their offerings. How about reading the short text above on AF tracking? This is high-tech at its best.

I use Sony and I also think these are great....they are not for me but I don't begrudge anyone that wants them.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2016 at 01:27 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1173 comments in total)
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HaroldC3: Nikon just said, "take that mirror less!"

Hey if they made it in mirrorless I might just take ....."that" mirrorless!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 18:46 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1173 comments in total)
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athomasphoto: I LOVE how people are freaking out about $1,995 somehow being overpriced. It's 2016 people. I paid $1,699 for my D200 and D300 10+ years ago, basically similar cameras with a new chip or so.

Physically this camera has NEW mechanical items like carbon fiber? Huge tilting touchscreen LCD? Illuminated lights? Wifi, bluetooth? Compared to Dxx models of the past and 10+ years of inflation, this D500 @ $300 more IS AN ABSOLUTE STEAL.

It'll sell out and redefine the market just like D100, 200, and 300.

I thought Nikon had abandoned me and gave up on a replacement for the D300, finally caved and got a D7200. Bittersweet I guess.

This camera shouldn't be compared to a 750 - different things entirely. I NEEDED a D300 replacement, if you're okay with a 750 then you're hunting in the wrong market segment entirely.

For many of us, the Dxx models provided something no other model line ever has. Essentially a 5x cheaper D2, 3, 5 camera.

I feel complete again :D Now to sell my soul...

Agreed, that price does look an absolute bargain for the specs and build of this camera.
I hope it lives up to the specs for those that want it.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 18:37 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1173 comments in total)
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gsquared18: Question about ISO between DX and FX. The D500 natively does 51,200 while the D750 only does 12,800 but because that's on a FF sensor, is it really a better ISO performer?

I recently bought the Nikon 200-500mm and need the extra ISO in wildlife shady areas. My D7100 at the native ISO max of 6400 just isn't cutting it (even with VR on) and the expanded ISO option is for nada. So, that means it's time for an upgrade. I LOVE the specs on the D500 especially the Flicker Reduction option for the horrible high school stadium lights I have to deal with and, I don't want to loose the awesome 750mm focal range on the DX but low light native ISO is most important to me. Which would be better?

@ rhlpetrus
No, they don't.
SOME Nikon FF cameras have part of a stop better high ISO performance over some Sony cameras.....and often a bit of a stop when they do use the same Sony sensor.
Other Sony cameras have done better.....A7s & A7sii (Nikon doesn't use the sensor from).
This new camera is likely the best APSC for high ISO yet and it may well be about the same as some FF cameras (not just from Sony).....the D5 may well be the new high ISO king.
I don't want this (or the D5) as they both have mirrors and OVFs but for those who do want them, I hope they are usable at higher ISOs.....usable ISO 409600 in the D5 would be very nice to see (the A7s is pretty poor at 409600 but is pretty good at 102400).
Technology is advancing rapidly....soon entry level cameras will be amazing at ISO 51200.
The test to me will be what is the max ISO that will be used in auto ISO...A7s is 102400 for me, A7 is 12800, Canon 7D was 3200 same with my GX7...my last Nikon was 1600 (but now very old).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 18:30 UTC
On article Kodak revives Super 8 with part-digital cine camera (367 comments in total)

And another company using the Kodak name goes bust.....
NEXT!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 23:51 UTC as 172nd comment
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aramgrg: Sounds like a good lens, until one sees the price.
How comes a lens covering 4 times smaller area is more expensive than canon and nikon ones?
Well, they know the market better. Not for me for sure.

I think the 300 f4 Oly on a recent M4/3 camera will be a LOT closer to a decent 24mp FF (or there about) camera and 600mm lens at f8 than the FZ1000.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 05:44 UTC
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