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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Review preview (424 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 (424 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 (424 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 (424 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 (424 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 (270 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 52nd comment | 6 replies

Some very nice work.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 05:44 UTC as 7th comment
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IEBA1: "In terms of video features, the GH4 looks slightly better equipped, whether in terms of a handful of pro-orientated features or the provision of more, and higher quality, output options. ... a7S look more attractive as a camera if your workflow is expected to include significant post-processing. The addition of a (currently expensive) external recorder also allows the a7S to close the gap ...

Beginner videographers are likely to find the a7S's Auto ISO in manual exposure extremely useful, ... We'll look into what a more experienced user can do with the cameras"

PLEASE decide who your review is for before writing it.
Paragraph 1- Pro features, significant post processing, expensive external recorder.
Paragraph 2- Beginner videographers.

These cameras are designed (and priced) for people who use them professionally to earn an income. An A7s + a separate, external 4K recorder is not something the beginner typically goes for. Write your article for pro users.

All cameras need to add a new mode. PASM should be PASIM and it should be on the dial. It wasn't an option with film and early digital had very bad higher ISO's, but with the current state of the sensors I'd like to see it added to my dial. I would also like to see P have the ability to set upper and lower limits for all 3. and ASI modes should have upper and lower limits for the other 2.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 01:20 UTC

I'm not exactly sure how all of this will play out, but I will worry about it when I have a camera that LR5 doesn't support. The internet sucks where I live, so I'll most likely avoid the cloud if I can. I'm sure there are other good options out there, though I do like LR.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 13, 2014 at 02:08 UTC as 18th comment
On E-PL3 Pen on a stand in the Pen Stands. challenge (4 comments in total)
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Bob Tullis: That, and maybe [rolling eyes], was exactly the reaction I hoped for.

My day is made. ;)

Funny! What does the oly "PEN" stand for anyway?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 11, 2014 at 00:22 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3 First Impressions Review preview (432 comments in total)

Looks nice, but I'll stick with my smaller M4/3's camera with a larger sensor for now.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 10, 2014 at 00:18 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On Selfie with you and one other person challenge (16 comments in total)

Nice challenge and voting wasn't too bad. Most if not all of the .5's and 1's were giving by one person that voted on all the photo's, so it was either a real critic who didn't like any of the top finishers, or someone who entered and has a second account for voting.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 03:21 UTC as 1st comment
On half father-daughter in the Selfie with you and one other person challenge (2 comments in total)

I really like this. Congrats on the finish and score.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 02:29 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On Mermaids... in the Selfie with you and one other person challenge (2 comments in total)

Congrats! Very nice shot and very nice score. When I made the challenge I looked for a sample photo and realized I'd only taken 3 selfies ever and they were all underwater. I took my first dry one the other day at a party.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2014 at 02:28 UTC as 1st comment
On Selfie with you and one other person challenge (16 comments in total)

Ok, for the record a few of these are not what I would call a selfie, but I'm tired of arguing with people about it. I will leave in any photo that appears to be taken by a camera controlled by one of the people in the photo. I do encourage voters to read the definition of Selfie and vote accordingly. This is supposed to be for fun and maybe help us grow as photographers, so please don't take it too seriously.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 21:39 UTC as 3rd comment
On Selfie with you and one other person challenge (16 comments in total)
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sparkey2: So then what is the usual percentage of people that vote in challenges they don't enter. I'll guess very low. I think your voting experiment will be a flop.

I don't host very often, but this has been a rule of mine for a while. I'd rather have 3 honest voters with no horse in the race then a bunch of voters with something to gain. I've cast 2113 votes and never in a challenge I've entered. I encourage all people that enter challenges to vote in ones they are not entered in, but like the subject matter. Bottom line is the challenge system is not perfect, but in most cases the cream does rise to the top.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 26, 2014 at 20:22 UTC
On Selfie with you and one other person challenge (16 comments in total)
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ThanksForMemories: I don't understand this rule:

Additional rules:
No voting if you enter

We don't get to vote if we enter the challenge?

If no one that enters votes, then there is no sandbagging. It's like being a judge in a cooking contest you entered. It just isn't right.

That said, there is no tool that will let me stop you. I for one have never voted in a challenge I've entered so no one can accuse me of voting down others to help myself.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 20:34 UTC
On DPReview Reader Showcase: Underwater photography article (11 comments in total)
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Mike Ronesia: One of you at DPR needs to find a dry suit and jump in Puget Sound. There are a world of wonders in your own back yard.

Before I moved to Micronesia my favorite spot was Sund rock on hood canal near Hoodsport. An amazing little sanctuary. Yes, it's cold, but in a dry suit you can't even tell.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 16, 2014 at 20:51 UTC
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