mholdef

Lives in France Lyon, France
Has a website at www.500px.com/MarkHoldefehr
Joined on Sep 27, 2005
About me:

Current Equipment List:
Nikon D850
Nikkor 14-24
Nikkor 24-120/4
Sigma 50/1.4 ART
Sigma 50/1.4 ART
Nikkor 85/1.4G
Nikkor 70-200/2.8E FL ED VR
Tokina 100/2.8 macro
SB-700
Elinchrom Ranger Quadra Flash System
Lee 150 Mk II filter system

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On article Which is better: Nikon Z7 vs Sony a7R III (1531 comments in total)

Amateur Photographer (Andy Westlake ex-DP Review)
https://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/reviews/compactsystemcameras/nikon-z7

"I’m a big fan of Sony’s superb A7R III, but on balance I think the Z 7 is even better in many respects, thanks to its superb handling. There are areas where the Sony is still ahead, most obviously its superior continuous AF and tracking, along with the inclusion of two memory card slots. But not every photographer needs these features, and the Z 7 delivers image quality that’s every bit as good at the A7R III while being distinctly more pleasant to use. Nikon has produced the best mirrorless camera it believes it can make right now, that will handle more-or-less like a mini-D850. This sets it apart from Canon’s EOS R, which feels more like a design experiment that’s trying to be different for the sake of it...on balance, it’s the best camera on the market right now, either mirrorless or DSLR."

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2018 at 04:26 UTC as 28th comment
On article Nikon Z7 First Impressions Review (1532 comments in total)
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TN Args: @Richard_Butler, do you have any idea when DPR will get a production copy for a formal review? Or a guess?

Hi Richard, have you received a production copy and when do you plan to share an updated review ? Would be keen to have an update before the Z7 is released. And thanks for all the write ups which are helpful !

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2018 at 04:12 UTC
On article Canon EOS R: first sample images posted (294 comments in total)
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retr01976: Everything about what Nikon and Canon is offering is highly attractive and my wallet almost decided to pre-order, but being reasonable Sony and Fuji are offering highly attractive bodies and lenses for a much lower price point with arguably better image quality (yes I know Fuji is crop, but my Fuji more often than not produces better looking images than my Canon Mark IV). I think I'll wait on this one and see how these bodies fair over the next few years...

Granted, but this was a general comment which is inaccurate.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2018 at 03:11 UTC
On article Canon EOS R: first sample images posted (294 comments in total)
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retr01976: Everything about what Nikon and Canon is offering is highly attractive and my wallet almost decided to pre-order, but being reasonable Sony and Fuji are offering highly attractive bodies and lenses for a much lower price point with arguably better image quality (yes I know Fuji is crop, but my Fuji more often than not produces better looking images than my Canon Mark IV). I think I'll wait on this one and see how these bodies fair over the next few years...

while fully agree Sony has a lot to offer, you can not say they have better image quality than Nikon.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2018 at 19:21 UTC
On article Which is better: Nikon Z7 vs Sony a7R III (1531 comments in total)
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mholdef: French magazine Le Monde de la Photo gave some feedback on initial testing of Z7 autofocus

"In current state of the Z optics announced for 2019-2020, this ring is the only possible solution for lovers of long focal lengths. We can wonder about the behavior of non-STM optics in video, but with regard to photo hunting or sport, our autofocus tests with the 70-200 and 200-500, both used in France, maximum focal length and full aperture are very encouraging, with a % of sharp images (use without problem in press photos) and very sharp (use for photo exhibition) are of same order as with a D850 or D500 with the same lenses. Our basic test is to photograph an approaching intercity train, then the moving away. On 9 fps (limited 29 photos before buffer slows down) we have 90% very clear images, blur is manifested when the rate drops, but also when the subject gets very close"

Google translate:
http://www.lemondedelaphoto.com/Nikkor-Z-quelques-precisions-sur,14796.html

Have you handled the camera David ? I shot for 30 minutes this weekend and the camera shoots 14 bit at 8 fps which is not slow.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2018 at 16:24 UTC
On article Which is better: Nikon Z7 vs Sony a7R III (1531 comments in total)
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ybizzle: Wow so much coverage on camera that breaks no new ground and plays second fiddle to the A7 series.

Haha LOL - you guys just won't give up ! The Z7 image quality is as good as it gets. Although no full tests out there, we can expect it to be at least as good as the D850, which I own. I've handled both cameras, and can tell you the EVF and grip and feel of the camera is objectively better FOR ME - have you handled both cameras ? As far as optics, while Sony has some excellence lenses, it doesn't surpass Nikon certain - when you include the adapter - which I also tried with a range of lenses and it works seamlessly and you hardly feel there is anything "added".

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2018 at 16:04 UTC
On article Which is better: Nikon Z7 vs Sony a7R III (1531 comments in total)
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anticipation_of: This seems a little premature. I mean, I'm sure articles like this are great for generating site engagement (i.e. endless arguments) but I would have liked to see the full review of the Z7 first.

I think DPReview doing this to get back a bit at people and trolling the trolls ! :)

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2018 at 15:14 UTC
On article Which is better: Nikon Z7 vs Sony a7R III (1531 comments in total)
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mholdef: French magazine Le Monde de la Photo gave some feedback on initial testing of Z7 autofocus

"In current state of the Z optics announced for 2019-2020, this ring is the only possible solution for lovers of long focal lengths. We can wonder about the behavior of non-STM optics in video, but with regard to photo hunting or sport, our autofocus tests with the 70-200 and 200-500, both used in France, maximum focal length and full aperture are very encouraging, with a % of sharp images (use without problem in press photos) and very sharp (use for photo exhibition) are of same order as with a D850 or D500 with the same lenses. Our basic test is to photograph an approaching intercity train, then the moving away. On 9 fps (limited 29 photos before buffer slows down) we have 90% very clear images, blur is manifested when the rate drops, but also when the subject gets very close"

Google translate:
http://www.lemondedelaphoto.com/Nikkor-Z-quelques-precisions-sur,14796.html

I believe the Z7 obtains 9 fps if shooting 12 bit compressed, then 8 fps 14 bit compressed with AE locked, which in itself is pretty good (for my kind of shooting 7 fps with my D850 is enough - so if I can get 8 fps at 14 bit compressed RAW that is already better than what doing now)

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2018 at 15:13 UTC
On article Which is better: Nikon Z7 vs Sony a7R III (1531 comments in total)
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osalom: For people who already own Nikon glass, the Z cameras are the best option. For everyone else, the A7 series has the best technology and glass available.

definitely when considering native mount, however that is not true when you include the Nikon adaptor which opens to a broader range of possibilities

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2018 at 14:43 UTC
On article Which is better: Nikon Z7 vs Sony a7R III (1531 comments in total)
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ybizzle: Wow so much coverage on camera that breaks no new ground and plays second fiddle to the A7 series.

I think it comes down to personal preference. In my situation, class leading image quality, ergonomics, EVF, optics with an exciting new mount compatible with a wide range of lenses, are more important than dual cards and battery, albeit slightly sub-par autofocus but with very capable performance for my kind of photography which is not sports / action.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2018 at 14:41 UTC
On article Which is better: Nikon Z7 vs Sony a7R III (1531 comments in total)

French magazine Le Monde de la Photo gave some feedback on initial testing of Z7 autofocus

"In current state of the Z optics announced for 2019-2020, this ring is the only possible solution for lovers of long focal lengths. We can wonder about the behavior of non-STM optics in video, but with regard to photo hunting or sport, our autofocus tests with the 70-200 and 200-500, both used in France, maximum focal length and full aperture are very encouraging, with a % of sharp images (use without problem in press photos) and very sharp (use for photo exhibition) are of same order as with a D850 or D500 with the same lenses. Our basic test is to photograph an approaching intercity train, then the moving away. On 9 fps (limited 29 photos before buffer slows down) we have 90% very clear images, blur is manifested when the rate drops, but also when the subject gets very close"

Google translate:
http://www.lemondedelaphoto.com/Nikkor-Z-quelques-precisions-sur,14796.html

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2018 at 14:06 UTC as 330th comment | 4 replies
On article Nikon Z7 First Impressions Review (1532 comments in total)
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anticipation_of: Looks almost as good as last year's A7R III. OK, kidding slightly, but performance in general seems to be only on par wtg or even slightly behind that of the A7R III. Build quality is probably a bit better I guess, and I like the ergonomic shape. But there's nothing groundbreaking here. This looks like a fine camera for existing Nikon shooters, but I'm not seeing where it makes a strong argument to those who have yet to commit to a system.

To add to what Barney said, coming from a D850 User, the 493 AF points across the entire frame makes focusing easier, plus the small body and lenses...

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2018 at 05:27 UTC

I tested the Z7 with the 24-70 at my local dealer yesterday. Was able to nail focus on all subjects including lateral moving people walking / on bikes nearly 100% of the time. Worth noting was in broad daylight, but did not have any issue with single point, continuous autofocus at 9 fps. The Z7 does not have all the same focus options as my D850 (3D, etc), so may not be geared for the most intense sports photography, but its autofocus works well enough for most applications. This said, I welcome any improvements :)

The 24-70 was very sharp at f4. Compared to my 24-70/2.8 VR, it comes across more "consumer" (not being accustomed to have such a zoom being so small), but the performance - at least looking at the back of the LCD - was good (couldn't leave with pictures per Nikon's orders given not final firmware - disappointment !!!).

I also tried the adapter with my 24-70/2.8 VR and it worked seamlessly.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2018 at 14:12 UTC as 243rd comment | 2 replies
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princecody: I talked to a Top British fashion photographer about the new Z cameras. He compared the Z camera to a Sony a7M2. He laughed @ the mediocre battery life of 300. Sony a7 M3 easily gets over 700+ he told me. He said this is the best Nikon can do? The ONLY plus he said was Nikon weather sealing.

I tried the Z7 yesterday in a store at my local dealer - was at 500 shots and battery was at still over 50%...

The guy you spoke to is a loyal Sony user - which are the 1st to innovate in mirrorless and offer a fine system - but I suggest trying the Z7 out - it is a great camera (coming from a D850 user)

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2018 at 14:07 UTC

DPR - what was your experience with the optical quality of the 24-70? How does it compare to the 24-70/2.8 VR?

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2018 at 06:20 UTC as 4th comment
On article RIP Canon's Chuck Westfall, 1952-2018 (72 comments in total)

Back when I was a Canon user, I exchanged quite a bit with Chuck. He was very informative and a very nice guy. RIP Chuck.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2018 at 20:15 UTC as 45th comment
On article Sigma unveils 105mm F1.4 Art 'bokeh master' (327 comments in total)

This is just too big and heavy

Weight is the Achilles heal of the Sigma Art line

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2018 at 05:27 UTC as 21st comment
On article Film vs Digital: Fashion photography shootout (401 comments in total)
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koseng: Shock to learn some fashion photographers don't use a light meter to measure incident light. I wonder how they control and measure the light that falls on their subject.

A lot of folks use RGB histograms - but personally I prefer to get it set with a light meter, then do a check with the histogram as I feel there is less trial and error - particularly if using different lighting setups

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2018 at 07:16 UTC
On article Nikon's official D850 lens recommendation list (308 comments in total)

The 35/1.8G didn't copy over to this list

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2017 at 06:43 UTC as 33rd comment
On article In photos: a bucket-list trip to the Serengeti (53 comments in total)
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D200_4me: What's a trip like that cost anyway? Let's say a week in the area...

I spent 2 weeks in Tanzania and had the trip of a lifetime. I had been to South Africa for 5 days which was fantastic, but Tanzania is special, as you not only have the animals, but beautiful landscapes. Last but not least, it is certainly worth interacting with the Masai. I've since been to Namibia and Botswana, and can't wait to go back (will be hard with two small kids now so will have to wait a few more years !!!)

These trips are expensive but I'm blown away by some of the prices some US travel agencies charge, they literally are ripping people off, with costs over $1000 per person per day. Depending on the level of luxury you're looking for, you should be able to find safaris in vicinity of $500 per person per day.

Check out this site:

http://www.africatravelresource.com/

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2017 at 06:11 UTC
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