Mike Ronesia

Mike Ronesia

Lives in Northern Mariana Islands Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Works as a Tech
Has a website at www.underexposed.us/prints
Joined on Sep 30, 2009
About me:

Just keep livin' the good life

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fmian: Hopefully they will fix the shutter shock issues.
Otherwise what good are 40mp photos if they are blurry?

They fixed it by adding shutter lag.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 5, 2014 at 02:11 UTC
On Enthusiast mirrorless camera roundup (2014) article (300 comments in total)
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wine540: ...but I don't shoot video, I revel in customization, IBIS is essential offering both Oly and Pany lenses (I have both!) and the smaller the better! WINNER: OM-D EM-1!!!! Hello???

I don't shoot video either, but would never trade my GH4 for the EM1.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 04:22 UTC
On Enthusiast mirrorless camera roundup (2014) article (300 comments in total)
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Adrian Van: I would have put the XT1 as number 1 and EM1 as second or close to first.
XT1 may edge for APSC sensor overall image quality and low noise in low light, however the lens range available on Olympus EM1 is extensive and can produce great images and great colour images out of camera.
GH4, if looking at video would be the number one, but image quality I would put Fuji and Olympus ahead in their great out of camera jpegs, useful to the general consumer or enthusiast not always wanting to process Raw for personal photos. Sony should have been in this list, and although Nikon has great cameras in its DSLRs as does Canon, they really need to develop a mirrorless with a larger sensor as the 1 sensor cannot match the quality of any of the others. Sony has some impressive cameras out this year, one should have been on this list. My thoughts anyway. Yours may vary.

GH4 is a better stills camera then the EM1. It's faster, has better features and a better menu. Add in ergonomics and they made the right call. The only thing Oly has going for it that is better is the IBIS and that is only important for a very narrow type of photography. It sure isn't important to me, though it would be nice to have. I'd easily give up some of the video specs on the GH4 to trade for the 5 axis, but I'd never trade my GH4 for the EM1.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 28, 2014 at 04:14 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 article (310 comments in total)
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Evgb: I just can't understand Panasonic:
12-32 kit is fine,
but if you want some portrait focal lengs -
to snap the kids,
you have to buy Panasonic's 14-140 superzoom lens -
or to have 2 lenses with you, and swap them all the time.
Thus, only the lens is more expensive - and not compact anyway - then Canon 700D with 18-135 STM kit.

Very dissapointing. It seems that if you have a family - it's a a point-and-shoot or a DSLR.

The Oly 45 fits my GM1 very nicely and both that and the 12-32 kit lens fit easily in just about any pocket. I have no problem switching them out, that's why I got a ILC.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 03:38 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 article (310 comments in total)
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Thatcannonguy: 2/2

I did not even fire it up. Left everything in the box, closed it and sent it back right away. I had ordered it with the 15mm Leica 1.7 lens. That's a tiny lens. Light as well. But even that lens put the camera completely out of balance. And the barrel was too big (!) so that it was 'in the way', holding the camera.

The whole idea of interchangeable lenses is useless if the body is that small.

Today i ordered the GX7 instead for a very nice price. I think i'll be much happier with that as a second camera. At least i'll be able to USE it.

So, the bottom line is; size and weight are one thing, but the design can be taken over the top. Even for my medium sized office-hands.

My advice would be; try before you buy !! Make sure you are able to swap it for something else or get a refund.

Of course, very many people don't need my advice and will be happy with it.

But beware, that's all i am saying !

I have a GH4 and think the size is just about right, though I still like the feel of my GH2 better. That said I also have the GM1 which is even smaller then the GM5 and I enjoy that as well, even with some of the larger lenses. Now, I'm not sure I'd want it for my main body, but for my take everywhere camera it's just about right except for the lack of EVF.

I agree, that you need to try just about any body to see if it suits you.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 03:31 UTC

This is the first FF camera that has my attention. I look forward to see how it does and what Sony will come out with next.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2014 at 00:45 UTC as 88th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 Review preview (821 comments in total)
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Morten Rasmussen: Dpreview are Panasonic fanboys. You should consider this when you read their reviews.

What I mean is;

How come a camera that was launched so recently already gets a review and a very good one, when the Sony a5100, which, I may add, probably blows the LX100 out of the water, and is same size or smaller, doesn't get reviewed.

It's always the same when panasonic ships a new camera Dpreview is right there, but not so much with the other brands. One could get the impression that they benefit somehow.

Someone did an analysis of how long it takes DPR to do reviews from different manufacturers and Panny was not near the top of the list. The GH3 took almost a year and the GH4 took forever too. There are still panny bodies that came out before this one that have no review. I believe it is based on camera availability, the que at the time and the significance of the release.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 23:00 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Review preview (774 comments in total)
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Dave Oddie: This is the kind of camera I can see people buying as a compliment to a dslr outfit and then hardly ever using the dslr outfit.

There is one caveat to that though and it is that problem highlighted in the review about the single control dial. Anyone used to dual dials with exposure compensation on one and aperture the other for example (as I have my camera set up) would be driven mad by this ergonomic compromise. And that kind of thing can actually spoil your enjoyment of the using the gear.

People naturally and unconsciously gravitate to well designed easy to use kit.

On a more general point this and the RX10 are obviously intended to be great travel cameras so why no GPS?

I use it all the time on my camera and it seems an obvious feature to have on a travel camera.

My Lumix GH2 has the single wheel that clicks. I shoot manual, so I click it to switch between A and S but it doesn't bother me at all. It's quick and simple and I don't turn both at the same time anyway so it doesn't slow me down at all.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 00:56 UTC
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ecube: REAL-WOLRD sample, what does it mean?
Does it mean JPEG photos direct from the camera or some RAW photos corrected by the shooter to his/her pleasure. Does it mean JPEG photos enhance by post processing?

Why bring it up? All the casual shutter bugs that asked for my recommendation on what camera to buy does not care about RAW or Photoshop to take a pleasing photographs.

I am pleased by (practically) all the images I've (so far) viewed in this article.

I think it just means photos taken while out and about as apposed to studio scenes or professional shoots with models and other equipment like extra lighting.

As far as PP goes, I have no clue how much is done if any, but I'm ok with any PP they want to do. If not they should state they are OOTC JPG's.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 8, 2014 at 01:36 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1869 comments in total)
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Jurka: 12 mp? Really? Are you sure?

I would think that most people that understand what a 4/3 sensor is, also understand it has been cropped some to meet size and speed requirements. It should be a splendid P&S camera and I might get one for underwater so I can shoot macro and wide on the same dive. The trade offs were a good decision on Panny's part IMO.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 23:17 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1869 comments in total)
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Mike Ronesia: How is the macro mode on this camera? It could be perfect for an underwater housing.

Richard, I didn't see any samples of this. Is it possible to post a shot of a coin or ruler to five us an idea of how macro it is capable of shooting. 3cm is a good distance, but I'm not sure how that equates to size.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 01:52 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 First Impressions Review preview (1869 comments in total)

How is the macro mode on this camera? It could be perfect for an underwater housing.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2014 at 21:12 UTC as 87th comment | 12 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (474 comments in total)
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peevee1: 5-axis IBIS and OSPDAF working with all AF lenses and not just some Panasonic m43s and it would be almost perfect.

So buy an EM5 and be happy.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 19, 2014 at 20:18 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (474 comments in total)
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G1Houston: (continue from below) I thought the better performance from the Olympus cameras is partially due to the eye priority face detection — if it is good enough to find the eye, it can find the head. In contrast, the GH3 will often focus on the background or the clothes. I was thus very excited when GH4 has eye priority face detection. Does it really help to track a person? All parents of young children would love to know.

While there is some discussion on DFD, I am confused whether DPR thinks it really "works?" It says that it does not seem to track, but it does seem to have good "keep rates," which is really the outcome that will impact how many good photos we will get. Is the keep rate good enough that it does matter whether this is achieved by tracking or by rapid refocusing (or whatever)? How does the keep rate compared to those of a traditional dSLRs, such as D7100 or a new and improved mirrorless version using on-sensor AF technology, EM1, A6000, and alike? More info please.

From my limited time using the eye tracking it works. I'm not sure how well it or any cameras will work with kids running around, but if movement is limited it does a fine job.

The DFD works well, but you have to keep your target in your focusing zone. I've found the custom focus zone setting really helps with this. I'm not sure if DPR used DFD in conjunction with this feature.

I'm not a video guy and I can tell you the 4 smokes the 3 for photo features and usability.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 20:59 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (474 comments in total)
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Joe Ogiba: The stills I get from my GH4 4K videos are great looking and if I need images for 36x48" prints I use my A7r .
https://vimeo.com/96644118

gskolenda, while the resolution of the GH4 can't compete with the 36mp Sony sensors, the GH4/3 can make some damn fine large prints. I've sold 6ft prints from both of these cameras and they look great even up close. No there is not as much fine detail, but they still look great and I don't think the clients would have come back for more if they didn't think so too.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 02:08 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (474 comments in total)
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Ruy Penalva: I think, besides the poor lens inventory, it is not a camera for serious still shooters.

What qualifies someone as a serious shooter?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2014 at 01:55 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (474 comments in total)
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Wes Syposz: good specs,and pleasant colors but, $800 more than FF Sony Alpha 7S?

That is most likely with the $2k accessory which is not needed.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 20:52 UTC
On DSCN0669b in the Nikon Coolpix Series challenge (2 comments in total)

Great shot. Well done.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 28, 2014 at 00:08 UTC as 2nd comment
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5 article (310 comments in total)
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dqnielg: looks like a winner in almost all respects. i love the size, inclusion of more direct controls and an EVF, the improvement over the GX7 for video, and many other aspects of this body.

however, the rated battery life is atrocious. surely, with the improvements in power consumption seen in the mobile computing scene, we can expect some improvements in our enthusiast cameras. oddly shaped lithium polymer batteries that are engineered to maximize capacity while still fitting the constraints of a compact body would help, and i'd be willing to pay more for the extra R&D and production costs.

T3, there are plenty of mirrorless bodies with more than ample battery life for a normal outing. That said, I have the GM1 and yes, a second battery for this model is a good thing to have as it's tiny. My GH3 and 4 however can take thousands of shots on one battery if you're not using the flash.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2014 at 02:17 UTC

I don't like reviews like this. I have a full set of M4/3 lenses and want to read about the GH4 without adding info about some other system that I'll never use. It's just confusing as all the information gets mixed together. I know my GH3 and am trying to decide if the upgrade is worth it, and this format is not helping at all.

This might be a fine second "alternative" review for someone deciding between systems. It is not what I have come to expect from DPR and if these group reviews are the way the site is headed, it's no longer of use for me.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2014 at 05:24 UTC as 57th comment | 6 replies
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