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 Hard back challenge (5 comments in total)

UPDATE

I have been in contact with Mr. Butler of DPR and he has asked for a little time to talk with the IT people to see if they can drill down any deeper then I have with the data available to them. He seems willing, but lacks the ability to go beyond what I have done himself and is escalating the issue. I hope to hear back shortly but did tell him I would post my findings later if they can't help with more details.

Thanks
Mark James

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2011 at 21:50 UTC as 1st comment
On Hard back challenge (5 comments in total)

I have reviewed the voting and have sent the findings into DPR for feedback. I will give them 14hrs to reply to my request before I proceed further. I'll post what I found if they have nothing to add or do not get back to me.

Please be patient and thank's for bringing this to my attention.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2011 at 06:06 UTC as 2nd comment
On Mirrorless Roundup 2011 article (429 comments in total)
In reply to:

Mike Ronesia: GH2 not an Enthusiast and grouped with the J1 as a niche? Also the video transfer rate is now 24MBPS with the new FW.

I didn't mean to imply you were doing anything unethical. Just that maybe you were looking for a mix of venders in each category for balance. I know this stuff can be tough and it's even harder with instant feedback from the rabid masses so please forgive me if I cam across that way. It just seems that 90% of the GH2 owners bought it to take pictures and not video because of the features and tech. I know I did. Thanks for correcting the specs and have a good evening and Merry Christmas.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2011 at 04:50 UTC
On Mirrorless Roundup 2011 article (429 comments in total)
In reply to:

Mike Ronesia: GH2 not an Enthusiast and grouped with the J1 as a niche? Also the video transfer rate is now 24MBPS with the new FW.

We'll have to agree to disagree. I don't think the Pen belongs in that category at all and to dis the GH2 just because it has better video seems wrong. Can you tell I have one. ;) I didn't buy it for video either, I bought it because it's the best M4/3's stills camera on the market. It just looks like you didn't want to put two Panasonic's in the enthusiast category even though they both fit and threw Oly a bone. Nothing against the oly but with the aging sensor and no viewfinder it just doesn't make the cut in my mind.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2011 at 03:57 UTC
On Mirrorless Roundup 2011 article (429 comments in total)
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Mike Ronesia: GH2 not an Enthusiast and grouped with the J1 as a niche? Also the video transfer rate is now 24MBPS with the new FW.

Panasonic has released its promised firmware update for the DMC-GH2, enabling 24Mbps video to be captured at 1080p30 ( From your site.)

On the first page the info is wrong at 17Mbps

Not that it matters but I would take the GH2 for stills over the GX1, but you make it sound like photos are an afterthought. I se it as the best enthusiast camera of the whole bunch.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2011 at 03:35 UTC
On Mirrorless Roundup 2011 article (429 comments in total)

GH2 not an Enthusiast and grouped with the J1 as a niche? Also the video transfer rate is now 24MBPS with the new FW.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2011 at 03:20 UTC as 105th comment | 8 replies
On Dusty Books in the Hard back challenge (4 comments in total)

Very nice. Comp and lighting are excellent.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2011 at 00:44 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
On Your favorite Ride challenge (7 comments in total)
In reply to:

LeeStar: Anyone about to enter this challenge may want to actually *read* the rules. This host is very diligent about making sure entries follow the rules he set down. For those who read comments but not the rules: just take a photo of your *own* favorite vehicle/mode of transportation, at your home. Make sure you took the photo after the challenge was announced, and resize to 1600 on the longest end, with basic pp. I think it's a cool challenge and I'm disappointed that there aren't more honest entries, but I appreciate all the work the host is putting into it.

Thanks, I've been using my laptop as my main computer is broken and with the small screen I missed the above comment.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2011 at 00:35 UTC
On Your favorite Ride challenge (7 comments in total)
In reply to:

dopravopat: Do I have to be the owner of the vehicle?

Sorry I didn't get back to you in time but I think LeeStar covered it nicely.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2011 at 00:34 UTC
On Mirrorless Cameras: A Primer article (183 comments in total)
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jj74e: I feel this article is a bit late for most people on DPR. I'm sure some new members/guests will benefit from this, but I feel like the majority of us on here- enthusiasts/professionals- already are aware of the info presented here. Well written though.

There are new people coming to this site every day that use a P&S and this info will be a big help to them. I used P&S cameras and always came here to see what was the latest and greatest with no intention of buying a DSLR. When my Oly 8080 died I waited for the GF1 to come out after reading about it here. I think this will be a great reference for lots of people in the P&S world. I do feel they understated the lens range of M4/3's. No there are not hundreds but they have almost every thing covered and I'm now in love with fast primes.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2011 at 01:54 UTC
On Playing in the yard in the Action series... Swimming challenge (1 comment in total)

The hard part of a shot like this is holding your breath long enough for the bubbles to clear the shot and waiting for the fish to leave the coral as they relax from your presence. Every time you breath they all duck for cover. It takes the three P's, Patience, Practice and Perseverance.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2011 at 01:23 UTC as 1st comment
On dpreview.com launches Challenge of Challenges 2011 article (14 comments in total)
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Deleted pending purge: Simon... I'm more concerned about people who dish out 0.5's and 5's and often nothing inbetween. They add their total lack of criteria to the works, with zero considerations for things like elemental layout, tonal scale, overkill post-processing, rule-of-thirds, story flow... Not to mention the fact that the 1st placed work here shouldn't have been voted upon at all, since it was revealed that it wasn't in line with the rules but has not been DQ'd. It is as if a rider would took a shortcut across the hippodrome to arrive first, instead of riding the track like the rest ;)

I don't think you'll ever solve this and need to take these challenges for what they are, a friendly relaxed competition. I entered a "Photography contest" before and it required sending in the raw shot as well as the PP'ed JPG and was judged by a panel of professionals. These challenges are not set up that way and everyone should understand that. I'm not saying things have to stay the same and I can think of a few modifications myself I would implement if it were up to me. If people enjoy the style DPR offers then have fun and if you don't then maybe it's just better to do something else. I am doing my best as a host to make fair, entertaining and challenging challenges and I get very few entries so it seems the masses like the open, easy style and I assume most have fun with it and many like myself learn from them. As for the often crazy scoring, it seems most of the time a top contender in my mind wins so the system, though not perfect works most of the time.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2011 at 00:46 UTC
On Eiffel Tower in the Concrete & Asphalt: Unique Structures challenge (3 comments in total)
In reply to:

proq: Concrete & Asphalt ???

The base, and parking lot. 66.25% of the total structure due to the 12m deep foundation.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2011 at 09:31 UTC
On Everready in the Your favorite Ride challenge (1 comment in total)

Sweet yard!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 20:05 UTC as 1st comment
On Magazine editorial: Watersports challenge (4 comments in total)
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Mike Ronesia: It sure seems like a lot of these shots don't meet the rules. Any plans on DQing some with time for them to resubmit?

I guess we have different ideas of off in the distance. If they wok for you then it's all good.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 08:40 UTC
On Just posted: Our Sony NEX-7 in-depth review article (339 comments in total)
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thx1138: really can't believe the conclusions on IQ for the NEX 7. The IQ above ISO 800 is mediocre even when using ACR 6.6. What is the point of 24Mp if you have to resize to 16MP to get a decent result. Did the reviewer even look at the high ISO results. Even at ISO 800 it looks worse than the GH2 which has higher pixel density. The 7D is ridiculed by some for it's noise and it's got nothing to worry about.

If you stick to ISO 400, NEX 7 looks like a great camera, but I expected far more. Should have just used the 5N sensor and dropped the price by $100.

I'm not a big fan of Studio scene comparison (RAW). It seems like you can always find a spots on the image that look better for some cameras and then find another spot that looks better for others. It's a tool, but it's not gospel.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 05:49 UTC
On Magazine editorial: Watersports challenge (4 comments in total)

It sure seems like a lot of these shots don't meet the rules. Any plans on DQing some with time for them to resubmit?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2011 at 05:55 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies
On IMG_4582 in the Home Theatre challenge (3 comments in total)

This was my favorite. Nice work.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 13, 2011 at 00:45 UTC as 1st comment | 2 replies
On Dark Waters Portrait in the SIDE LIT MALE PORTRAIT "COLOR" challenge (2 comments in total)
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aarond: very cool comp, love the colour.

Thanks, he just had the tattoo done recently to show his glass blowing trade and wanted a portrait to highlight it. We were both very pleased with how it turned out. There are bubbles on his arm but they are not noticeable on the print we did for his wife.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2011 at 02:27 UTC
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CAClark: I wish there was more MFT support! Maybe NEX support is the first step an we'll see MFT coming along as well.

I think because Sony has been slow to the table with quality glass for the Nex it opens the door for others to jump in and make some money. Panny and Oly have done a good job of getting high quality glass out so not as much room for others to make a lot of money filling holes in the line-up.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2011 at 21:44 UTC
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