Robert Holloway

Robert Holloway

Lives in United States CA, United States
Works as a Dog rescue
Joined on Jul 4, 2001
About me:

Sony a6000
Zeiss 35/2.8, Zeiss 55/1.8, Rokinon 14/2.8, Sony 55-200/4.5

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Robert Holloway: I find DP Review's comments section increasingly depressing and useless. Endless people with no interest in a product pouring venom on every post. I won't be buying these lenses, but what fascinates me is to check the gear owned section of these critics.

People criticize the lack of lenses for Sony and the pick faults with every lens released.

I'm not sure if it's fear based (they are killing my brand) or simple ignorance. Today, none of them have used these lenses of seen the results.

Maybe that's what DP Review has become - a forum for people to desperately defend their positions by offering nothing more than scorn and venom on every new initiative in a dying industry (that's right, phones are the enemy) . Very sad

Rob

Exactly my point!

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 03:13 UTC

I find DP Review's comments section increasingly depressing and useless. Endless people with no interest in a product pouring venom on every post. I won't be buying these lenses, but what fascinates me is to check the gear owned section of these critics.

People criticize the lack of lenses for Sony and the pick faults with every lens released.

I'm not sure if it's fear based (they are killing my brand) or simple ignorance. Today, none of them have used these lenses of seen the results.

Maybe that's what DP Review has become - a forum for people to desperately defend their positions by offering nothing more than scorn and venom on every new initiative in a dying industry (that's right, phones are the enemy) . Very sad

Rob

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 02:12 UTC as 11th comment | 9 replies
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF gallery and first impressions (316 comments in total)

I love the people on this site who see something new and different and bash it. Likely the same people who criticize a lack of lenses for Sony. Will I buy this lens? No. But to a photographer, it's very interesting. I'm increasingly interested in lenses that provide unique looks on my FF body. hence the exploration of classic primes. I've purchased 6 this year already.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2017 at 01:43 UTC as 28th comment | 3 replies
On article Zeiss formally announces Batis 135mm F2.8 (182 comments in total)
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Robert Holloway: Here's the problem. I have Batis 85 and it's a nice lens. Most commentators see little difference between it and new budget Sony 85/1.8 at $600. Batis 135 is $2k and f2.8 leaving space for new "budget" Sony 135 at $999 in 2018. Personally, an AF/MF switch and assignable Eye AF button is more useful than a digital focus point readout.

Now throw in the two 135's I already own. The Canon 135f2L which is a legendary lens and AFs beautifully. The Canon FD 135 f3.5 was a gift from a friend who lost her dad. MF but lovely images.

Final thought, I just bought an old Tamron FD 2x converter for $5. Matched with a Canon FD 50mm f1.8 ($40) it yields very interesting results.

Options, options.

For me personally, this is a no no.

Amazing indeed - As an ex Canon shooter, I'd owned the outstanding Canon 135/2L for many years and kept my eyes open for a mint used version. The same month, a friend's dad died and she gave me two of his old Canon FD lenses. All that said, I've long loved the results from Dave Rochelle's A mount Zeiss 135/1.8.

Link | Posted on Apr 9, 2017 at 06:04 UTC
On article Zeiss formally announces Batis 135mm F2.8 (182 comments in total)

Here's the problem. I have Batis 85 and it's a nice lens. Most commentators see little difference between it and new budget Sony 85/1.8 at $600. Batis 135 is $2k and f2.8 leaving space for new "budget" Sony 135 at $999 in 2018. Personally, an AF/MF switch and assignable Eye AF button is more useful than a digital focus point readout.

Now throw in the two 135's I already own. The Canon 135f2L which is a legendary lens and AFs beautifully. The Canon FD 135 f3.5 was a gift from a friend who lost her dad. MF but lovely images.

Final thought, I just bought an old Tamron FD 2x converter for $5. Matched with a Canon FD 50mm f1.8 ($40) it yields very interesting results.

Options, options.

For me personally, this is a no no.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2017 at 05:13 UTC as 18th comment | 5 replies

Wonder how it will perform on the MC-11 adapter (which I have) for A Sony a7r2. Might be a better solution than Sony 100-300 at $1100.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2017 at 02:35 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies

I used to shoot Canon and am now a Sony shooter (with several Canon lenses). 100% respect. Great post DPReview.

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 02:25 UTC as 36th comment

Lovely video. Thanks so much.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 23:25 UTC as 38th comment
On article Prime or zoom? LensRentals investigates (237 comments in total)

At the end of the day use the gear that works for you. My preference is primes because they have better capability in low light, offer more pleasing bokeh wide open, they are lighter and i have no issue moving back or forwards a few feet in most cases. If i was a wedding photographer, my view might be different. the only exception is my 16-35 for landscapes. Though that said i find that most shots are at the 16-20 focal length. Of course primes are measurably superior in term of sharpness, but , when i had a Canon 70-200 I was delighted with the IQ.

Most of the kit zooms are for photographers who's main goal is convenience. I have two friend with Canon SLRs who always shoot fully programmed and only use zooms. They are happy, and that's OK

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2017 at 16:53 UTC as 53rd comment

Outstanding work Peter and really interesting and inspiring article. How cool if the Sigma 150-600 in a Canon mount would work with my Sigma MC11 and Sony a7r2. Thanks!

Link | Posted on Jan 14, 2017 at 13:25 UTC as 56th comment
On article CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8 (426 comments in total)

Very strange. In a word when sharing our images is so important we have Kodak coming out with this. At first i thought this was an April 1st post. Very strange.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 03:06 UTC as 45th comment

I used to hire photographers. Never once made a decision based on brand used. Always, their portfolio. The idea that I'd hire a photographer because they used brand x or y is ridiculous. Let alone lens a or b. can you imagine the groom sitting with their crappy photo album and saying, well they shot it on brand x. When will people get it into their silly heads that the camera gear is not the decisive factor... it's the person behind it.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 02:41 UTC as 213th comment | 1 reply
On article Simple Studio Technique: Pet Portraits (87 comments in total)

I've photographed dogs (mainly German Shepherds) for rescues and shelters for years. Today I'm shooting at Pugtacular in Danville CA. Most of my work is in pet stores or car parks outside. No backdrops, skittish dogs.

Excellent article, nice shots!

I moved from the squeaky toy to a smaller $1 squeaker. I keep it hidden in my hand. When the dog can't see the noise it generates awesome expressions.

I increasingly prefer a Rotolight with animals. Temperature controlled LED lighting provides excellent fill. Easier to set up and manage versus flashes and modifiers on stands. The Flashpoint / Godox L-ion units have fast recycle, hundreds of shots per charge and very consistent power output.

As for video - it's great for helping a potential adopter 'see' a dog. harder to capture the dog's "soul"

WARNING - be very careful with large dogs when you put a large camera to your face. Some do not respond to it well and can become fearful. Take your time.

Hope this is useful.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2016 at 17:14 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies
On article Video: Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 (188 comments in total)

What is fascinating about the comments in this post is how little people know about shooting dogs. As someone who founded and runs a large rescue, runs a dog walking business and photographs for shelters and our rescue, I actually know a lot. My work includes off camera flash in a studio set up, action shots and natural light portraits. I have shot many cameras from Canon, Fuji, Apple and Sony. All are capable in different situations. That said, Sony mirrorless has been a leap forward for me. My real world experience is accurately reflected by this video. Most interesting is the impact of the iPhone 7+. Clients love shots from this camera.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 02:18 UTC as 155th comment
On article Video: Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 (188 comments in total)
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Marty4650: OK..... you win.
I will go out tomorrow and buy a Sony camera. :)

I run a dog rescue and bought a Sony camera in 2015. Switched from Canon and never looked back. This video is like a film of what i do.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 02:11 UTC
On article Video: Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 (188 comments in total)
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Magnar W: This is a great video! Informative, revealing the tracking autofocus capabilities of this small mirrorless camera. I did not know that mirrorless AF has reached such a level of speed and precision. Very useful information.

I really appreciate your work, no matter which brand you are showing. Sure, most of us do undestand that this is a gear forum! ;-)

For those critisising and making fun of dogs and cats photos, show us your best! :-D

I run a dog rescue and switched to Sony 15 months ago for all these reasons. No going back!

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 02:10 UTC
On article Video: Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 (188 comments in total)
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ttran88: This is old news for Old time Sony MILC users. Keeper rate and creative composition is easier to achieve with mirrorless than on an OVF camera. Paired with sony's fast and plentiful AF points on A6x00 series makes shooting dogs, cats or little kids a breeze and entertaining.

I run a dog rescue (Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue) and used to shoot Canon. Sony has revolutionized stuff for us and made taking images of our dogs far easier.

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 02:09 UTC
On article Video: Shooting Dog Portraits with the Sony a6300 (188 comments in total)
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mxx: So in the last few days we had:
1. Sony Xperia XZ camera review
2. Five reasons to buy the Sony RX100
3. Shooting dogs with the Sony a6300
Are DPR's salaries being paid by Amazon, or Sony? I'm confused.

mxx and some other should each offer $10,000 per year to pay for DP review. Silly comments. Great video BTW!

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2016 at 02:07 UTC
On article Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Lens Review (273 comments in total)

Always mystified by these lenses. I cannot imagine needing AF at 12mm, so what is the point. As a Sony user I have the excellent Rokinon 14mm f2.8 at about $400, I added the 16-35mm f4 Sony/Zeiss which is excellent for $1500.

If I was doing this again, I'd buy the Rokinon 14mm f2.8 and Sigma 20mm f1.8 for a combined $1300. Faster, sharper and cheaper. Rob

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 04:06 UTC as 57th comment | 3 replies

Stunning shots. I've worked on many shoots and nothing compares to this. Could care less about the equipment. The key point for me is Benjamin Von Wong's imagination and creativity to even think up the shots. Secondly, the skill to lead a team and bring them to life. Outstanding..... and thanks to DPR for sharing

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 15:56 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
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