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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 real-world samples article (95 comments in total)

Thanks,
Nice mix of lenses used.

Is there any chance DPR has the new Kipon AF adapter yet and could add some Canon EF shots soon?

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2015 at 20:13 UTC as 29th comment

Of course if the E-M5ii is too heavy you could always buy a lighter Canon DSLR.
That video is funny though.

Direct link | Posted on May 20, 2015 at 22:35 UTC as 105th comment
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neil holmes: Now available on Ebay.

What chance a DPR review on this soon?

No matter, I have ordered mine.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/251958321735?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

It now says Pre-order. Never saw that before.
I have an shipped notice but another it will be a few days.

I get the impression they may have them but can not release it until the 1st of June........Hmm now says 10th of June on the listing.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 18:54 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (458 comments in total)
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garyknrd: If Panasonic would come out with a 300mm F/4 lens. I would be all over this. Great machine, but the micro 4/3 does not have the tele's I want yet.

yes. It may well turn out to be rubbish but I REALLY want to find out.
I suspect it will be ok and useable....useful even but maybe not for critical accuracy.
Still if it is fast and I can use my 135 f2 for sports and get one or two shots in ten ok, I will be happy.
Even just to use my manual focus Canon lenses with aperture control will be worth it though.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 23:52 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (458 comments in total)
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garyknrd: If Panasonic would come out with a 300mm F/4 lens. I would be all over this. Great machine, but the micro 4/3 does not have the tele's I want yet.

Don't forget that the coming Kipon adapter MIGHT make a huge difference to available lenses for M4/3.....especially regards telephoto lenses.
Only a couple of weeks (I was hoping this week but no) before I get mine and I know how well Canon lenses will work for AF on my GX7.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 21:11 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 offers 4K video article (125 comments in total)
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cindyjohnson: I"m interested in this camera's low light capabilities (ISO 25,600 but only at 8fps?) for video. Wondering if this is Panasonic's answer to the Sony a7s? Wondering, too, if this camera's footage at 24p/60p will be crisp at 1600 or 3200. Am quite frustrated by the noise at anything over $800 in the GH2/3/4 cameras. Any thoughts or guesses?

I doubt the new camera will be that good at high ISOs.
The GX7 has ISO 25600 (for stills) but I don't like using it over 3200 much with 6400 sometimes usable. For video, the Gx7 is limited to a maximum of ISO 3200 (as in that is the highest you can select).
I don't think this is using any new M4/3 sensor and none of the other current M4/3 cameras seem all that good at 12800 ISO.
I am sure this will be a very nice camera if you want 4k video at 30p (and a very nice stills M4/3 camera) but I doubt it will be close to the A7s at high ISO.
The video of the A7s is usable well above ISO 25600 as well.
I would be happy using the A7s for video up to ISO 102400 if I had to.
I am sure it will be ok at high ISOs for video but don't expect A7s performance and certainly not at this price .....not yet anyway.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 20:40 UTC

Now available on Ebay.

What chance a DPR review on this soon?

No matter, I have ordered mine.

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 20:49 UTC as 2nd comment | 3 replies
On Lily Camera flies itself and follows its owner article (150 comments in total)

I wonder if it would work for a swimmer or surfer at a surf beach?

Make some nice shots for that if the GPS tracker is water proof.

Of course if it does work, just imagine some popular poser beaches.....endless drones going back and forth.

Then again, an early adopter could hire them out at a beach.

Could have lots of uses (but not for me....I don't live near a surf beach).

Direct link | Posted on May 13, 2015 at 20:06 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS 5DS R added to studio test scene comparison article (518 comments in total)
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armandino: Well scaled down to match any of the other FF cameras it seems better than anything in terms of ISO. At 12800 is almost one stop better than the A7S

I don't use flash for sports (or concerts).
I mainly use manual focus for sports with most cameras.....as I would with the A7s.
I only mentioned the A7F-S as I took the A7s and CANON 135 f2 and ONLY used AF-S at a night time sports football game last week. The lighting is fairly low but was lower than normal....and the lights went out all together. The A7s could still be used for AF-S even with the Canon lens....this was just on a whim and for fun. Very telling.....
I get a lot less keepers with manual focus than pro sports DSLRs but I would MUCH rather a higher shutter speed and manual focus than much noisier photos or very slow shutter speed. Daytime and I would prefer either the Canon 7D or original A7 for sports (both have pluses and minuses) but at night, the A7s is my choice even for sports.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 19:17 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS R added to studio test scene comparison article (518 comments in total)
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armandino: Well scaled down to match any of the other FF cameras it seems better than anything in terms of ISO. At 12800 is almost one stop better than the A7S

While the A7s has lousy AF-C, It has better AF-S than just about anything in the lowest of light.

I actually have used the A7s for sports shots in low light.
Indeed in really low light I would rather use my A7s for sports than my Canon 7D....I can use manual focus or AF-S but use much faster shutter speeds.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 10:49 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS R added to studio test scene comparison article (518 comments in total)
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armandino: Well scaled down to match any of the other FF cameras it seems better than anything in terms of ISO. At 12800 is almost one stop better than the A7S

I really don't know why people want to compare an A7s with a 5Ds anyway.
They are about as far away from each other as two FF cameras can be.
If I was a good light landscape shooter, the Canon would be very nice.
I am not and I am often at ISO 25600 and 51200 and higher even and for stills and video.
I also want an EVF these days rather than an OVF.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2015 at 20:17 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS R added to studio test scene comparison article (518 comments in total)
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armandino: Well scaled down to match any of the other FF cameras it seems better than anything in terms of ISO. At 12800 is almost one stop better than the A7S

I see more detail of course but I don't see it as better than the A7s.
To my eyes it looks better than the A7 at 12800 (but I am fine with the A7 at 12800)....not by a huge amount though.
I mainly shoot jpegs though and for that, the A7s looks a bit more than one stop better at 12800.
The new Canon looks exactly what I thought it would be.....excellent for low ISO shooters but useable up to ISO 12800.

Direct link | Posted on May 6, 2015 at 18:43 UTC
On Massive $33,500 2450mm f/8 NASA lens surfaces on eBay article (235 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.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 29, 2015 at 02:05 UTC
On Massive $33,500 2450mm f/8 NASA lens surfaces on eBay article (235 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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