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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On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1230 comments in total)

I'll be looking to see how the IS works while I wait for it to become available without a lens.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 03:16 UTC as 89th comment
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1230 comments in total)
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justmeMN: The Panasonic GX8 body is roughly the same size as the Canon SL1 /100D, a big size for a small sensor. (The former is actually wider.)

http://camerasize.com/compare/#629,448

18 is more than 20? I'll never get the new maths.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2015 at 03:13 UTC
On The big beast: hands on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8 article (1230 comments in total)
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MDGColorado: It's odd to consider recent Panasonic innovations like DFD and IBIS + lens IS to be a drawback. These features have improved performance using Panasonic lenses, but they have not hurt performance using other lenses.

Richard, that already happens. Oly chooses not to put OIS in its lenses and makes them more restricted for use on Panny bodies. They are both looking for an edge and while it's not the best scenario for end users, it is business and I don't hold it against either of them. Now it might not be in their best interest.

As a Panny body shooter I have avoided some very nice Oly glass because they choose not to stabilize them. I'm guessing that decision has cost them a lot of sales, but it is their strategy.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2015 at 20:35 UTC
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Conrad567: The largest problem I can see, is that if you want a film like look to your videos you need to shoot at 24fpp [approx] and @ 1/50th sec shutter speed. This makes it impossible to make a sharp image of certain subjects, cars, kids, pets, trees while there is any kind of breeze etc.

It's just an extra feature. Like cameras that let you choose between stills and video. These cameras shoot amazing 4k video that is production worthy and awesome stills as well. They just added a feature to get stills out of the video engine to give the camera one more cool feature. It doesn't take away for the other two, it just gives you more options to capture the moment.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2015 at 01:09 UTC
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Conrad567: The largest problem I can see, is that if you want a film like look to your videos you need to shoot at 24fpp [approx] and @ 1/50th sec shutter speed. This makes it impossible to make a sharp image of certain subjects, cars, kids, pets, trees while there is any kind of breeze etc.

But who cares about filmmaking 101 when all you are after are stills? This feature is not about usable video. There are other settings for that.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 23:56 UTC
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Conrad567: The largest problem I can see, is that if you want a film like look to your videos you need to shoot at 24fpp [approx] and @ 1/50th sec shutter speed. This makes it impossible to make a sharp image of certain subjects, cars, kids, pets, trees while there is any kind of breeze etc.

It's not designed for this. It's designed to optimize the video for extracting stills. The video in and of itself is all but useless. It's more like a 8mp jpg 30fps burst mode using the video engine.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 21:46 UTC

I used this on my GH4 a few weeks ago at a tennis match. I was able to grab some great action shots that I couldn't get in AFC burst mode at 7fps. It did an excellent job of tracking the players as they ran from one side of the court to the other using it's DFD focusing system and the Panny pro lenses at 1/1000 F2.8. I picked 2:3 aspect ratio and manual so I could get all the same settings I was using for the stills shots.

Is it something I'll use a lot? Probably not, but it sure has its uses. It might be be interesting to try it with BIF.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 21:42 UTC as 16th comment
On Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge article (732 comments in total)
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Tom Holly: Hmm, I dunno, they feel really gadgety to me, whereas DSLR feels like a reliable weapon.

I have A7R sony and some Canon DSLRS. They both have their place, but for going BANG BANG BANG mirrorless isn't there by a long shot.

Brandon, the GH4 shoots at 7-8 FPS in tracking mode not 3 and the buffer doesn't slow down in a burst of 30 raws in my tests. Put on one of Pannys DFD lenses and the keeper rate is very high. Like I said, not all mirrorless cameras are the same.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2015 at 21:19 UTC
On Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge article (732 comments in total)
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Tom Holly: Hmm, I dunno, they feel really gadgety to me, whereas DSLR feels like a reliable weapon.

I have A7R sony and some Canon DSLRS. They both have their place, but for going BANG BANG BANG mirrorless isn't there by a long shot.

Like DSLR's all mirrorless are not the same. The GH4's blackout between shots is virtually unnoticeable in both afs and afc modes and with DFD focusing tech it is fairly easy to track and lock focus on moving subjects, not that I do a lot of that type of photography.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 19:53 UTC
On Sony rides wave of US Mirrorless sales surge article (732 comments in total)
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Tom Holly: Hmm, I dunno, they feel really gadgety to me, whereas DSLR feels like a reliable weapon.

I have A7R sony and some Canon DSLRS. They both have their place, but for going BANG BANG BANG mirrorless isn't there by a long shot.

My GH4 is darn fast, and is loaded with pro features.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2015 at 05:39 UTC

I thought it was funny. The subtext that a FF shooter is a knuckle dragging neanderthal made me laugh. That said, if I was a pro and made lots of money I'd have a FF kit in a heartbeat as a backup to my M4/3's gear.

I may not be a pro like the FF users on this site, but my M4/3's gear has paid for itself many times over and has produced 2 meter prints hanging in hotels and 3 meter window boxes in fancy stores because people see my work and request me.

I walk around with my weather sealed, 12fps RAW burst speed with a buffer large enough to shoot 1200 shots in 20 minutes GH4 and 35-100 f2.8 in my hand with no strap because it's so light it doesn't need one.

While some may think it's an inferior toy, as a hobbyist it does what I need it to do.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2015 at 05:51 UTC as 42nd comment
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (495 comments in total)
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vroger1: Hi all. I am a total Lumix guy-but sorry, although it means nothing- my very first reaction is "G-d that's an ugly little sucker" I am sure it will prove to be a superb camera- but boy is it ugly. But that's just my opinion.Now I'll start reading the specs. VRR

I'm not fond of the hard lines either. It is just a personal taste thing. I also prefer Camaros to mustangs for the same reason. Similar shape, but hard lines on the fords. And the degree of how much this matters to people will vary, and that's OK. That said, the specs look very good and I might consider it as a backup to my GH4. I really do like the smaller size.

Direct link | Posted on May 19, 2015 at 22:24 UTC
On Hands-on with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 article (495 comments in total)

Love the size.

Direct link | Posted on May 18, 2015 at 20:39 UTC as 63rd comment
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mpgxsvcd: Well this is a disappointing announcement. No log functions or AF improvements. No Auto ISO in manual movie mode. Those are all things that can be easily done in software and all GH4 customers want it.

Instead they give us something that the vast majority of GH4 customers can't use.

Oh well. I guess I will just have to wait even longer for a useful GH4 update.

So whatever you're wanting was in the spec sheet when you bought the camera? Maybe you should start a class action.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2015 at 00:42 UTC
On Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review preview (818 comments in total)
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TN Args: Definitely gold.

Great allrounder

Plus unique features

Plus best IS in the world, on every lens

Plus selectable best colour resolution in the world

Plus selectable better detail resolution than D810

Plus new advance in hand-holdable video stability for any stills-oriented camera

Plus compact and light body, any smaller would raise issues

Plus a price of $1000-ish

Equals Silver?

And you want to be respected for your reviews?

If you read how they rate the cameras you will see the score is based on results and the award is based on how much the person who did the review liked the camera. It is totally objective based on their perceptions. These people handle far more cameras than I do and each have their own opinion and priorities based on how and what they shoot. maybe the Oly menu's got them frustrated, maybe they wanted the 40mp mode to work better, maybe they felt it wasn't much different then the old EM5. Whatever it was, it was their call and you have to live with the fact that not everyone thinks just like you.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2015 at 05:11 UTC
On Canon EOS 5DS / SR First Impressions Review preview (3412 comments in total)

Seems like most of the disgruntled comments are that people are disappointed that Canon didn't improve on their sensor, they just made it with more pixels. I'll be interested to learn more and see how it stacks up to the competition.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 06:00 UTC as 546th comment | 1 reply
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arhmatic: Canon and all camera makers, please add GPS.

I know why you are not doing it, please stop being nasty and obnoxious and add GPS. Thanks!

What does GPS do? I hear people say they can't live without it and I don't even know what it's for. All I can think of is for tagging where the shot was taken and I'm not sure why I should care about that. Am I missing something?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 7, 2015 at 05:46 UTC
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RadPhoto: I am not sure if it's accurate to say "beginner participants" because they never won a DPreview challenge! Not everyone submits here!

LOL, yeah, that's me. You forgot to add the "bitter and" before angry.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 8, 2015 at 00:58 UTC
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RadPhoto: I am not sure if it's accurate to say "beginner participants" because they never won a DPreview challenge! Not everyone submits here!

It could be Ansil, but if he has not participated in a challenge here than he is a beginner in the context of DPR challenges. Now you could have someone that has been entering for years, but has never won and in that regard you would be correct. Regardless of the wording, it is his challenge and his rules. Play if you can and won't to and don't if you can't or don't want to.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 22:55 UTC
On -My Best Fish Shots- (Full Colours Only + Border) challenge (11 comments in total)

Do aquarium shots work? I hope not... That's like shooting fish in a barrel.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2015 at 01:39 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
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