mholdef

Lives in France Lyon, France
Joined on Sep 27, 2005
About me:

Current Equipment List:
Nikon Z7
Nikkor 14-24
Nikkor 24-70/4 S
Nikkor 35/1.8 S
Sigma 50/1.4 ART
Nikkor 70-200/2.8E FL ED VR
Tokina 100/2.8 macro
SB-5000
Elinchrom Ranger Quadra Flash System
Lee 150 Mk II filter system

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On article Sigma 40mm F1.4 Art sample gallery (241 comments in total)
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Sardonic G: All this whining about how "heavy" the lens is. What has happened to our robust physical selves? Back in my day all the lenses we owned were made of cast iron and the glass was 5 inches thick and contained copious amounts of led. You'd be lucky if you lens weighed less that 7 pounds, and you'd still have to lug your 40 pound view camera around to take your "snap shots." Yeah, that's how it was, I'm pretty sure.

I live Sigma but 1.2kg is massive

Link | Posted on Nov 29, 2018 at 20:33 UTC
On article Gallery update: The Nikon Z7 goes wrestling (223 comments in total)
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commiebiker: Seriously, this is best sample gallery you have ever posted

Agree !

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2018 at 18:22 UTC
On article Gallery update: The Nikon Z7 goes wrestling (223 comments in total)

These are some great images, really appreciate the series

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2018 at 18:21 UTC as 46th comment
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mholdef: I can fully understand the call to improve tracking on cameras, but this whole thing is so over blown. It's like comparing completely different cars - one a Formula 1 and another a sporty car that has more than enough to offer on the street. Such is the case of the Z7.
Can it track sports as well as the D850 ? Certainly not.
However I've been shooting it in real situations the past month and I get MORE subjects sharp and in focus than I did with my D850. Portrait. Danse. Street. Fashion. What value does that bring to me ? A lot.
Not to deny the tests by DP Review aren't objective, but they are pushing the camera to situations many people will not use it in and don't represent the majrity of photographers out there.

Call it whatever you like but it is an upgrade for my shooting. If you're shooting fast action all the time, then the D5 is likely the best camera to date. Can you share a link to your website to see the fast action shooting you do with your D850 - as if is the case then makes perfect sense you'd want to stick to your D850.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2018 at 07:21 UTC
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mholdef: I can fully understand the call to improve tracking on cameras, but this whole thing is so over blown. It's like comparing completely different cars - one a Formula 1 and another a sporty car that has more than enough to offer on the street. Such is the case of the Z7.
Can it track sports as well as the D850 ? Certainly not.
However I've been shooting it in real situations the past month and I get MORE subjects sharp and in focus than I did with my D850. Portrait. Danse. Street. Fashion. What value does that bring to me ? A lot.
Not to deny the tests by DP Review aren't objective, but they are pushing the camera to situations many people will not use it in and don't represent the majrity of photographers out there.

You still don't get it Joe...

There are occasions when the D850 is faster and more accurate, and others when the Z7 is faster and more accurate.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2018 at 06:21 UTC
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mholdef: I can fully understand the call to improve tracking on cameras, but this whole thing is so over blown. It's like comparing completely different cars - one a Formula 1 and another a sporty car that has more than enough to offer on the street. Such is the case of the Z7.
Can it track sports as well as the D850 ? Certainly not.
However I've been shooting it in real situations the past month and I get MORE subjects sharp and in focus than I did with my D850. Portrait. Danse. Street. Fashion. What value does that bring to me ? A lot.
Not to deny the tests by DP Review aren't objective, but they are pushing the camera to situations many people will not use it in and don't represent the majrity of photographers out there.

Whatever Joe - I’m just trying to have a constructive conversation here about my real experience and people like you are a big problem with DP Review forums these days lowering the bar with your sassy attitude (ex Ford Pinto).
All I know for sure is I’m getting better shots with my Z7 than my D850 in most situations. And there are more widespread reports confirming this experience from very reputable photographers - not just gear reviewers who should be heard but don’t tell the whole story.
Are there AF areas where it can still improve ? Yes. But there are many areas where it has advantages over the D850 (and even other mirror less).

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2018 at 04:14 UTC
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mholdef: I can fully understand the call to improve tracking on cameras, but this whole thing is so over blown. It's like comparing completely different cars - one a Formula 1 and another a sporty car that has more than enough to offer on the street. Such is the case of the Z7.
Can it track sports as well as the D850 ? Certainly not.
However I've been shooting it in real situations the past month and I get MORE subjects sharp and in focus than I did with my D850. Portrait. Danse. Street. Fashion. What value does that bring to me ? A lot.
Not to deny the tests by DP Review aren't objective, but they are pushing the camera to situations many people will not use it in and don't represent the majrity of photographers out there.

Sorry Joe, but do you have weeks experience using the Z7 ? I doubt it...

I’ve done 3 jobs with it since and got better results that I would have with the D850 in terms of autofocus. How ? More points across the frame. Better face tracking for candid portraits. The D850 hunts a bit less in low light and tracks fast moving subjects better, but for MOST of my situations the Z7 performs better than the D850 in terms of AF.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2018 at 20:42 UTC

I can fully understand the call to improve tracking on cameras, but this whole thing is so over blown. It's like comparing completely different cars - one a Formula 1 and another a sporty car that has more than enough to offer on the street. Such is the case of the Z7.
Can it track sports as well as the D850 ? Certainly not.
However I've been shooting it in real situations the past month and I get MORE subjects sharp and in focus than I did with my D850. Portrait. Danse. Street. Fashion. What value does that bring to me ? A lot.
Not to deny the tests by DP Review aren't objective, but they are pushing the camera to situations many people will not use it in and don't represent the majrity of photographers out there.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2018 at 19:45 UTC as 24th comment | 10 replies
On article Tamron issues warning about Nikon Z7 compatibility (233 comments in total)
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Sion H: This is on Nikon as far as I'm concerned and if Tamron cannot fix it, Nikon lost a Z6 sale.

Agree is frustrating for those with Tamron lenses right not but is not a Nikon issue but a Tamron issue to solve.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2018 at 10:06 UTC
On article Tamron issues warning about Nikon Z7 compatibility (233 comments in total)
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ShaiKhulud: And that's why E-mount is the current leader of MILC race. Bought Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 just 2 days ago, fantastic lens for an open system, where I have a fair choice of glass beyound certain Sony's pricey offerings.

This is a really silly comment given the camera just came out last week

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2018 at 10:05 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4491 comments in total)
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mholdef: A response to all the fanboys out there bashing the Z7 from Ming Thein

"All that said – having owned the Sony cameras too, I think the Nikon is far closer in getting it right from a camera standpoint (and close in the feature set) than Sony has gotten after four attempts. I’m quite happy shooting with this, and I find myself wanting to shoot with it, which isn’t the same as I could say for any of the A7 series cameras I’ve bought (and lost a pile of money on disposing)."

Docno - his photography is legit - unlike most of the people out there voicing opinions.

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2018 at 13:13 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4491 comments in total)
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mholdef: A response to all the fanboys out there bashing the Z7 from Ming Thein

"All that said – having owned the Sony cameras too, I think the Nikon is far closer in getting it right from a camera standpoint (and close in the feature set) than Sony has gotten after four attempts. I’m quite happy shooting with this, and I find myself wanting to shoot with it, which isn’t the same as I could say for any of the A7 series cameras I’ve bought (and lost a pile of money on disposing)."

People just can’t accept that this camera is really right for some people

Cameras are a bit like cars...

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2018 at 10:27 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4491 comments in total)

A response to all the fanboys out there bashing the Z7 from Ming Thein

"All that said – having owned the Sony cameras too, I think the Nikon is far closer in getting it right from a camera standpoint (and close in the feature set) than Sony has gotten after four attempts. I’m quite happy shooting with this, and I find myself wanting to shoot with it, which isn’t the same as I could say for any of the A7 series cameras I’ve bought (and lost a pile of money on disposing)."

Link | Posted on Oct 3, 2018 at 09:52 UTC as 458th comment | 4 replies
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4491 comments in total)
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Talley: Ming Thein seems to have compared it favorably to the 850 in his extended review. Anyone else find a discrepency?

Fair point fatdeeman - real world photographers wouldn't shoot it that way or not shoot it at all

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2018 at 18:35 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4491 comments in total)
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Talley: Ming Thein seems to have compared it favorably to the 850 in his extended review. Anyone else find a discrepency?

No - that real world photographers generally don't need to push their files 5 stops ! :)

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2018 at 15:47 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4491 comments in total)
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Talley: Ming Thein seems to have compared it favorably to the 850 in his extended review. Anyone else find a discrepency?

Maybe that is telling us something - as Ming is a great photographer ? ;)

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2018 at 15:41 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4491 comments in total)
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mholdef: This is one of those comparisons that is technically interesting, statistically significant but meaningless in > 99% of everyday situations - as while I may have had a bunch of images for which I've needed to pull +/- 2 stops to recover shadows, I've never had to push an image more than 4 stops to recover shadows.

BlueBomberTurbo: I've "tried" shooting landscapes many times, and I don't recall ever needing more than 4 stops :)

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2018 at 19:39 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4491 comments in total)
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mholdef: This is one of those comparisons that is technically interesting, statistically significant but meaningless in > 99% of everyday situations - as while I may have had a bunch of images for which I've needed to pull +/- 2 stops to recover shadows, I've never had to push an image more than 4 stops to recover shadows.

Absolutely ! I generally do that when doing concert photography, such as this recent shot using my D850:

https://500px.com/photo/274304829/sweet-vicious-les-mauvais-gar%C3%A7ons-by-mark-holdefehr?ctx_page=1&from=user&user_id=12583797

This said, I never need to recover more than 2-3 stops - even when compounding exposure, shadows etc.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2018 at 18:57 UTC
On article Nikon Z7 Review (4491 comments in total)

This is one of those comparisons that is technically interesting, statistically significant but meaningless in > 99% of everyday situations - as while I may have had a bunch of images for which I've needed to pull +/- 2 stops to recover shadows, I've never had to push an image more than 4 stops to recover shadows.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2018 at 17:31 UTC as 579th comment | 9 replies
On article Which is better: Nikon Z7 vs Sony a7R III (1519 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 33rd comment | 2 replies
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