neil holmes

neil holmes

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

Just an old 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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On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III First Impressions Review preview (2979 comments in total)

That looks quite good for video. Especially for the price and sensor size.

One other camera that surprises me from the comparison is the Samsung NX30. There are only about four of the cameras that I can properly read the text "Kodak gray scale" and even less for the text below the coloured squares. The NX30 does quite well (as does the RX100mkIII).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 2, 2014 at 20:19 UTC as 191st comment | 2 replies
On Nikon D610 Review preview (323 comments in total)
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steven_k: I wonder why the Sony A7 does not have as good high ISO performance as compared to the D600/610 ???

To me, looking at the Queens head the Sony A7 has much more detail than the others at higher isos. A bit more noise yes, but more detail. The A7 is a good camera in low light and high isos. All the FF cameras in the comparison are.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2014 at 00:33 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7R Review preview (795 comments in total)

Seems fair.
I do think the A7 is a better camera in many ways though.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2014 at 20:43 UTC as 209th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Review preview (559 comments in total)

Minor errors with video specs
has 25p in avchd (and 30P ntsc???)

has 1280x720 avchd 50p (pal)

has mp4 1920x1080 50p (pal)
That is on movie page.
On main specs page 25P is missing (maybe others too)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2014 at 20:45 UTC as 32nd comment
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1599 comments in total)
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Sarciness: I've never owned an SLR (only compacts). Sony got me to dip my toe into "proper" photography with the RX100 and now I'm thinking of getting more serious. I'm still on the fence about whether to buy the A7 or wait for Sony's "second generation" FE cameras. I really do think mirrorless is the future and I'm almost certain I will be buying into this system as my first "serious" camera.

If you do not need it now, then wait for the next version of this camera.
By then the native FE lens selections will be greater and Sony could turn out the highest rated camera yet....if they fix a few things that should be very easy for them to do.
Still, the A7 as it is is a LOT of fun.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 23:30 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1599 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: I see this as an interesting choice, especially regarding it's price. But the battery ? 2 to 3 hundred shots ? What's that all about ? Couldn't they give it a bigger battery ? I is a small camera. Just buy a second battery.
I get plenty of shots with one. Get a wall charger on ebay. It does take a long time to charge in camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 21:41 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1599 comments in total)

Pretty fair and balanced.....Silver is fair when taken from the perspective of someone looking at it as a camera without having a shed full of lenses.

From the point of view of someone wanting to use great old lenses and manual focus...then its pure gold!.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 21:36 UTC as 390th comment
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (490 comments in total)
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sillette: Can not understand what he means when stating that aperture priority always gives a 1/60 sec shutter speed. It will if the correct exposure is 1/60 at whatever aperture is set. The answer: set a larger aperture. I use aperture priority all the time (most of the time) when using manual focus lenses on my Nex 5 or EOS M and have no problem with the camera setting the correct shutter speed to suit the light. When a manual focus/aperture lens is used the camera automatically changes the shutter speed (or ISO, if set to do so). Of course the A7 may operate in a different manner to the NEX.

While the A7 does tend to select a lower iso on auto (or shutter speed)....changing both is so very simple. Not sure if everyone is aware of how easy it is to adjust (some reviews have missed it). In aperture priority with a lens with aperture ring you just turn the front or back top wheels to change shutter speed, to change iso you use the dial on the camera back......Both so VERY simple while looking through the EVF (no need to take your eye away). If you use the camera settings as a guide it is actually a great system and soooo simple and quick to use. You can use P (which isn't because of the manual focus lens, A, S or M and in P, A or S the exposure comp dial is right there as well.
There is nothing on the camera to indicate changing iso and the manual is almost non existant.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 18:22 UTC
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (490 comments in total)
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harold1968: Wait a minute, these are rubbish lenses (vivitar!) using rubbish adapters (except the Novoflex) on a sensor that gives Zeiss and Leica a hard time.
Is this article for real ?

My Pentax adapter just turned up so I just tried my lowest contrast lens (by far) a 60+ year old CZJ Biotar.
It is never going to be a super sharp lens but is just fun to use and on this camera is far more useable than on any other I have used it on. (Pentax apsc, Penatx Q, Oly and Pana m4/3).

Direct link | Posted on Jan 22, 2014 at 01:51 UTC
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (490 comments in total)
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Astrophotographer 10: A surprisnigly negative review. The reviewer clearly is biased against Sony. The excellent manual focusing ability of this camera - the best out there - is suddenly no good.
Not my experience at all.
Who tests an A7/r with junk legacy lense as well???
How about the beautiful Zeiss, Contax g, Contax Yashica, Canon FD, Nikon AIS, Leica R lenses. The images posted from these are stunning.

Noone in their right mind is going to use a 17mm Vivitar which is a lens unsuited to this camera which the reviewer obviously does not know.
A hatchet job of reviewing.


I don't see any Sony bias, ok maybe Barnaby doesn't like the camera anywhere near as much as some of us....and I think it is easily the best manual focus camera around.

While I agree the camera shines with the best manual focus glass, it is also fun to play with ANY lens that comes its (my) way.....even a $10 Vivitar......Barnaby, I will buy it from you for $20??

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 22:06 UTC
On Using third-party lenses on Sony Cyber-shot a7 / a7R article (490 comments in total)

This camera is going to divide people more than usually.

I love using the A7 with manual focus lenses and you can pick and choose whatever ones you want (not having to stick to one or two brands).

Focusing is great with peaking and magnification without taking my eye from the EVF. Changing iso and other settings is quick and easy.

A great camera with Cannon FD L lenses.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 21:39 UTC as 171st comment
On Pentax announces Q7 with larger 12MP BSI CMOS sensor article (232 comments in total)

Having had (and killed) the original Q, all I can say is YES PLEASE!
whats it for? A take anywhere camera that can be easily pocketed or sports and concerts from the bleachers. Stick a good lens on it and I am sure it will be very nice. Take on on safari with you with a FF camera...just in case.
Paparazzi may like to have one witha normal portratit lens (that becomes a super tele...should be the most fun camera going.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2013 at 00:28 UTC as 71st comment
On A Light Show in the Hills with a view challenge (3 comments in total)

Challenges admin wrote:
> *Series:* That's life, Hosted by Andrej Uršic
> *Challenge:* Hills with a view
> *Entry:* A Light Show
> *Entry by:* K McCall

As usual an excellent photo from Keitha.

I just wanted to see my name in the most active users in a forum list!


Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2009 at 20:17 UTC as 2nd comment
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