Sam Bennett

Sam Bennett

Lives in United States Raleigh, NC, United States
Works as a Product Manager
Has a website at http://www.swiftbennett.com
Joined on Jan 3, 2004

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On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (496 comments in total)
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Sam Bennett: I love my GM1, but the build leaves a lot to be desired. Mine is starting to "warp", resulting in the battery door not closing correctly, etc. I'll likely replace it with something more sturdy, so the E-PL7 is definitely on my radar. Oh, and I never use the flash on the GM1.

That has not been my experience, and I've used many "pro" cameras including the Canon 1 Series and the Nikon 7xx series. Again, I've been using these cameras the same way for years. They've all taken similar spills, etc. but the GM1 seems to be particularly fragile. The material around the flash is particularly thin, so it's unsurprising that it bent as it did. I'm hoping that the GM5 will be stronger in this regard since there's no flash, just the EVF.

This is not a general slam on the GM1 - I love it, and I'm really pleased that Panasonic has it in its lineup. I wish Olympus had something similar in size in theirs. But people should be aware that just because a body is made out of "metal" doesn't mean that it's indestructible.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2014 at 13:48 UTC
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (931 comments in total)

DPReview - can you clarify how the ISO/WB/AF/AE buttons work? Are they press to activate options, them adjust? Or do you have to press-and-hold to make adjustments?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 15:27 UTC as 125th comment
On Samsung NX1 First Impressions Review preview (931 comments in total)
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realmadeira: any of you guys find vertical grips useful and what for?

I use portrait grips while shooting events, for three reasons: It provides better "uninterrupted" shooting since I can monitor battery usage in the grip, and replace that battery once it's out, meaning the battery in the body is essentially a "backup". It provides better, less stressful grip with large lenses which means less strain when shooting all day. Lastly, it is much more comfortable to adjust settings and shoot in portrait orientation for longer shoots.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 15:25 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (496 comments in total)
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Sam Bennett: I love my GM1, but the build leaves a lot to be desired. Mine is starting to "warp", resulting in the battery door not closing correctly, etc. I'll likely replace it with something more sturdy, so the E-PL7 is definitely on my radar. Oh, and I never use the flash on the GM1.

I don't know why it's warping, unfortunately. I wear my GM1 on my hip in a SpiderHolster, with the pin in the tripod hole. It tends to get knocked around, so over time the frame may just be deforming. My son also knocked it out of my hands onto asphalt, bending the corner where the flash pops up from. I'm hard on my gear, and unfortunately the GM1 hasn't held up as well as previous cameras that I used in the same way (GF1, GF2, E-M5). It's a shame since I love it otherwise.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 16, 2014 at 13:45 UTC
On Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review preview (496 comments in total)

I love my GM1, but the build leaves a lot to be desired. Mine is starting to "warp", resulting in the battery door not closing correctly, etc. I'll likely replace it with something more sturdy, so the E-PL7 is definitely on my radar. Oh, and I never use the flash on the GM1.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2014 at 03:28 UTC as 60th comment | 6 replies
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tkpenalty: No RAW support. That's kinda pointless...

CombatMedic -
Some of us shoot RAW only, with our iPads simply pulling the embedded JPEG out of the RAW file after transfer. It's cleaner and uses less space, although the quality is worse than using RAW+JPEG.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2013 at 14:57 UTC

The real question for me is: Will this card function properly as an SD card and not destroy my photos. My experience with previous with previous Eye-Fi products has been so abysmal, I'm not sure I'm willing to give this another try.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2013 at 14:56 UTC as 8th comment

I would actually argue that while lens can't produce the same amount of "background blur" as an equivalent FF lens/body combo, it actually can provide as much or similar "subject isolation".

Subject isolation for me isn't just about DoF - it's also about the focal length you're using, how it influences your distance to your subject and hence the perspective of the shot and how much background "clutter" is present. With the same amount of DoF present in two photos shot with different focal lengths (and different distances to maintain a consistent subject size) the wider focal length will result in less subject isolation and more background clutter.

In my experience, focal length is actually the more important factor in terms of isolation - that's why in practice the 45-200mm actually provides a good amount of isolation at long focal lengths, despite it's relatively slow aperture.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 14:43 UTC as 12th comment | 6 replies
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