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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On Massive $33,500 2450mm f/8 NASA lens surfaces on eBay article (216 comments in total)
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Mark Banas: Next up, find a 70mm Photosonics to Pentax Q lens mount adapter!

Before it died, I loved using my Q with a Canon FD 85 1.2 L ...that really WAS a useful combination and just a lot of fun.

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On Massive $33,500 2450mm f/8 NASA lens surfaces on eBay article (216 comments in total)
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Mark Banas: Next up, find a 70mm Photosonics to Pentax Q lens mount adapter!

Just imagine the cat picture I could shoot with THAT!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2015 at 23:20 UTC
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Greg VdB: I'd really like to know if I could use my Sigma 400mm f/5.6 HSM APO Macro on a M4/3 body like this. Though optically brilliant, it's an older lens that doesn't work on newer Canon dslr bodies, and to have it working on a potentially sensor-stabilized body would be great. How usable it would be for sports/wildlife depends of course on how fast and accurate focus would be.

The various adapters for EF to E mount that auto focus are very hit and miss. Some work with some lenses but not others.
The one EF lens I have that does not work well with any of my three adapters (none are Kipon made that I know of) or two E mount cameras is a Sigma 150 2.8 APO macro.
In other words we wont know until someone tries that lens on the adapter. Hope for the best but expect the worst I guess.

In any event at least with E mount, while there are many adapters that allow AF with Canon EF lenses, AF is slow at best. I have a couple of combinations that I consider useable for AF but even then not for chasing kids or people moving their feet.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 01:24 UTC
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nametaken: Maybe this means that Sony will offer a less expensive 85mm alternative since Zeiss themselves has already made a 4-figure 85mm for them.

Well there is already the A mount 85 2.8 SAM lens that works nicely on E mount cameras with an LA-EA# adapter.
Small, lightweight and fairly sharp.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 01:14 UTC
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Celsus: Wow, amazing lenses. I love the Otus design cues. Mirrorless is really coming of age.

Don't expect this to be Otus quality for sharpness across the frame.
I can already see the complaints now. I don't think this will be great in the corners or edges but that is not what it is designed for.
I think it will be fantastic as a portrait lens and very sharp in the centre.
A perfect match for an A7s in the lowest of light and still auto focus (AF-S EV -4).
I thought I was done buying lenses but I really want this 85.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2015 at 01:09 UTC
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The Davinator: The best sensor maker keeps getting better.

Concerts means the same thing to me as it always did with many other cameras over the years...
Anything from Metal to Jazz and more.

The sort of concerts where the shutter noise is too loud for those around me are from my experience not ones where really high ISOs are needed.....though the A7s has that (silent mode) if needed and the only other camera I have used with this feature is my M4/3 GX7 that I don't use for live music at all.

Concerts and gigs can range from a dingy pub with the light by one shaded lamp to an open paddock on a farm with a stage against a barn.....that was a couple of three day metal festivals a few years ago...would have LOVED an A7s then.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2015 at 20:36 UTC
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The Davinator: The best sensor maker keeps getting better.

A7s is by far the BEST concert camera I have used in the many years since I started shooting concerts with film.
Concerts/festivals is the reason I HAVE an A7s......FF ,very good low light sensor, EVF and can pick and choose my lenses.
I have never tried the completely silent mode at any concert as I have not needed it. Maybe if I do a quieter seated show one day.

I use ear plugs too.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 20, 2015 at 18:35 UTC
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The Davinator: The best sensor maker keeps getting better.

I only have issues with magenta colour above ISO 102400 (I would not use ISO 204800 or higher).
51200 is a normal ISO for me on the A7s and often the maximum I set as part of auto ISO that I use most of the time.
I am happy to go higher if needed without really worrying .
about it. I would have no issue sending of a ISO 51200 jpeg as taken to a Newspaper and them printing it at normal size (half page or larger even) without any noise reduction.
Video I also have no issue with using at ISO 51200 and people not thinking it looks terrible.
Obviously we are not going to agree on this but any of those cameras is very good their users.

On my walk earlier I was playing around with the A7s and 24 L TS-E hand held and shifted with in camera HDR ....a lot of fun even at ISO 102400 though want to practice that more before I post anything.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2015 at 22:50 UTC
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The Davinator: The best sensor maker keeps getting better.

I will leave it there.
Time to go out and shoot with the A7s and Canon TS-E 24 before the sun comes up!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2015 at 18:36 UTC
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The Davinator: The best sensor maker keeps getting better.

I actually think the 1Dx looks better at high ISOs to my eyes for RAW and Jpeg than both the D4s and DF......very close with the D4s though.
To each their own.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2015 at 18:26 UTC
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The Davinator: The best sensor maker keeps getting better.

That's fine but since you wont show them I can only go on what I see and from all over I can not come up with any other conclusion than I have (which differs from yours).
Just curious what ones you own? How often you shoot them alongside each other (IE at the same time and place)?

No matter, I am mainly a Jpeg shooter in any case (don't like post processing and shoot too many photos at gigs and festivals in really low light) so it is clear I made the best choice for me (not that I could afford a 1Dx or D4s and don't want a DF). For MY needs for stills (and video), the a7s is better. YMMV.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2015 at 18:05 UTC
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The Davinator: The best sensor maker keeps getting better.

I just went back over the studio comparison (again)!
Looked at the A7s VS the 1Dx, D4s and DF.
For RAW, while there are some slight differences as to which is best, the D4s, 1Dx and A7s all look fairly similar with the A7s very slightly better to me overall (but smaller files)....the DF a little behind the other three.
Jpegs and it is chalk and cheese with the A7s being a clear winner.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2015 at 17:47 UTC
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The Davinator: The best sensor maker keeps getting better.

LOL I have a D50 too but can not even find a SD card locally small enough to use with it.
I got reminded recently I have a micro SD card that I can use (I think).
Was a nice camera in its day but that day has long since passed for me.

I think video would be the only reason for someone to want the A7s sensor now but I guess Sony has still kept it for themselves anyway.
A7s is just a special camera (to me anyway).

Direct link | Posted on Apr 19, 2015 at 06:44 UTC
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The Davinator: The best sensor maker keeps getting better.

Actually I use ISO 25600 and 51200 all the time for live music and also at the harness races on occasion.

I also use f8 at those ISOs when I want to.....which would not be often at the harness races and rarely for live music since I only need greater DOF with wide angle lenses and the 17 and 24 Canon TS-E lenses I use have enough DOF wide open or a stop down. Longer lenses and I don't want the DOF at F8 for anything moving for the most part.

If there was something I wanted to shoot that was moving at ISO 25600 and f8, I think I would still be fine as long as it was not too fast.....not something I am likely to come across though.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 21:43 UTC
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The Davinator: The best sensor maker keeps getting better.

Guess we just have to disagree on what is "best" for each of us then.
That said, the DF, D4S and A7s are all great cameras to use in low light.......The A7s simply allows me to shoot in (just about) any light at any aperture. I much prefer an EVF as well.

I wonder if Sony will sell the A7s sensor now (or if anyone else would want it now if available)?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 20:31 UTC
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The Davinator: The best sensor maker keeps getting better.

@ HowaboutRaw

I would love to see your comparison photos between the D4s and A7s.
Everything I see tells me the A7s is the better camera in low light. It is for my needs at least. That does not mean A7s is a better camera for most (and at the price difference for most people I would hope not).

Gx7 on the other hand is a nice enough camera but the sensor is nothing special to me. Again, the GX7 has some very useful features and image quality is still ok.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 19:58 UTC
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neil holmes: When DPR gets it and tests it I hope there will be a comparison with the old Canon FD 85 1.2 L which goes for around the same price in many cases.

Looks nice.

A bit different.... 9 elements in 6 groups VS 8 in 6 groups for the FD.

Also this seems to use ED glass but not an aspherical element. The FD has a hand ground aspherical element.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 02:28 UTC
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Peiasdf: "nine elements arranged in six groups". Isn't this kinda too simple for a super fast prime?

Canon EF 85 1.2 L ii is 8 elements in 7 groups...and that is AF.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 18, 2015 at 02:22 UTC

When DPR gets it and tests it I hope there will be a comparison with the old Canon FD 85 1.2 L which goes for around the same price in many cases.

Looks nice.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 17, 2015 at 21:03 UTC as 34th comment | 6 replies
On Samsung NX1 Review preview (1198 comments in total)
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naththo: Samsung NX1 blows Sony A7 out of water with better high ISO. Even Canon 7D MKII, Nikon D7200 and Nikon D750 does better than Sony A7 I own. So it is clear Sony is not keeping up to competition.

I have just gone back over the DPR studio scene comparison....

I don't see anything like what you are saying.
With good light or low light, Jpeg and RAW ...look at the bottles at the bottom or any part of it really. (especially with text) Other than the word Kodak on right side of the scale in top middle the A7 just looks much better to my eye..... there is no comparison with the APSC cameras and against the other FF cameras, the A7 looks fairly similar. 5D mk III looks VERY similar. The gap between the best FF low light cameras (1DX, D4s and A7s) to the A7 looks much less than the gap from the A7 to some of those APSC cameras to me.

I am not claiming the A7 is a low light star but it is still quite decent and at ISO 12800 that I would not use any of my smaller sensor cameras at unless I had to. I don't like going much higher with it (but that is what I have an A7s for).
I will leave it there.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 11, 2015 at 11:44 UTC
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