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 DPReview Reader Showcase: Underwater photography article (12 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
On DPReview Reader Showcase: Underwater photography article (12 comments in total)

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.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2014 at 20:21 UTC as 6th comment | 4 replies

LOL, I guess we wait.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 23:45 UTC as 127th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1267 comments in total)
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Mike FL: Per DPR news, the Samsung Galaxy S5 has 4K video capability as well.

If 4K is a selling point/a big deal, it will be added to most of phones soon.

It's not just if it can do 4k. It's about the codecs and bitrates. I'd use 8mp jpg frame grab off a GH4, but not off a Gopro. I'm sure cell phones will be even worse.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 00:55 UTC

Nice adds, looking forward to some good underwater topics.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 20:34 UTC as 12th comment
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 real-world samples gallery article (64 comments in total)
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Maverick_: Very disappointed! Perfect reason why no one uses the MF4 for stills professionally. The images are just a couple of notches above my cell phone pics.

Top MF3 cameras will only be used professionally for video use. And hence the top grade video features on this camera.

BTW, I use a Pana GH and totally dislike its image quality, but it's great for video.

Mav, what GH do you have? The IQ difference between the GH2 and GH3 is significant in both color and noise at all ISO's when doing large prints. I've sold hundreds of prints from my GH2 and GH3 up to 36x48 as well as many paid shoots, but I do admit there is a difference. I'd put the M4/3's with the newer sensors closer to the 5D3 then I would a P&S never the less a cell phone.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 4, 2014 at 06:05 UTC
On P1080725 photo in Mike Ronesia's photo gallery (2 comments in total)
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ThanksForMemories: Magnifique!

Thanks, I was trying to get some aerial shots of our little island park for a post card. This was the best option for my limited budget. You gotta love skies like that.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 02:23 UTC
On P1290522 photo in Mike Ronesia's photo gallery (2 comments in total)
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ThanksForMemories: Love it, the color blue is striking beside the neutral grey.

Thank you. From the boat the water was so blue it looked purple. It was a beautiful day for a swim.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 02:21 UTC
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mpgxsvcd: Serious Question. How many of you shoot Medium Format or would switch to Medium Format if the right camera body was produced?

I use M4/3 gear and would upgrade to medium format only if I wanted a larger sensor. Not sure I'll ever be able to afford it, but I'd love to have a MF system.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 22:01 UTC
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KrisAK: Here's an honest and somewhat goofy question, so everyone please take a deep breath...

Given the amount of in-camera correction that I understand is normal (and in fact one of the benefits of) m43 cameras, then isn't there a point of diminishing returns when it comes to stellar optical quality and the associated astronomical price?

The converse, I suppose, would be it's always best to start with the best image possible. But at some point do expensive improvements to the optics become, I don't know, redundant to downstream processing? (I said it was a goofy question.)

As wit ha lot of things, at some point in the improvement of quality you hit a point of diminishing returns. It happens with things like TV's and cars. Is a million dollar car 10 times better then a hundred thousand dollar car, probably not. These types of lenses give you something extra and even if not much, some people can and will pay for it, just like the million dollar car or the twenty thousand dollar home speakers.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 10, 2014 at 06:29 UTC
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kahren: how is there no a7 to choose?

By kahren (1 day ago)
i mean, i knew that, but the question still remains :)
i guess there are just too many m4/3 fanboys on lingering on this site...

I think you should say Oly fanboys. Trust me, I'm a M4/3's user, but my gear is predominantly Panasonic and I rarely even go to the forum anymore because it is over run by people that think Oly is the only camera brand that works.

For me the product of the year is the Panny GM1 and I recommend people try it out. It is sooo tiny and works great.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 01:38 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (358 comments in total)
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Menova: I'm after a camera that allows me to take high quality portrait shots. I'm weighing up the Sony Cybershot RX-100 II or the Panasonic Lumix DMC GM1. Both are small and sound like they will yield gorgeous results even in low light and are small enough to come with me wherever I go...BUT I think I need a lens that will allow me to take candid shots while standing further away from my subject. Thoughts?

If you check in my galleries you should see the GM1 with the Oly 45 1.8 mounted to it. I think it would fit your needs nicely and it's a good looking combo as well. Panny will also be launching the new long lens with the smaller form factor for this body as well at some point, but it won't be as fast as the Oly.

http://g2.img-dpreview.com/270302ECDDE84C088E1AC7FED5032686.jpg

Direct link | Posted on Dec 29, 2013 at 04:22 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (358 comments in total)

Just got mine yesterday and so far I love it!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 28, 2013 at 03:54 UTC as 39th comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (358 comments in total)
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inorogNL: camera of the year

I voted for it. I love the M4/3's system, but don't get the EM1. Not saying it's bad at all. It just doesn't push my buttons so I don't push its.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 19, 2013 at 21:58 UTC
On DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 article (396 comments in total)
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John Mason: My favorite Canon of all time was the 5d3 often with the 85 1.2 lens attached. However, after over a decade shooting both Olympus and Canon systems, I finally went all in and got 2 EM1 bodies and some more lenses.

While there are still fringe occasions where the 5d3 would have served me better, for the vast majority of my shooting, the EM1 gets me more keepers.

Part of this is the sensor. The little sony sensor the em1 is using has even more raw post processing adjustment range than the 5d3 did.

But the biggest reason for the larger keeper rate, is the ability to use some amazing primes with the 5 stop IBIS. Whether its causal street shooting at night, or low light events, the EM1 was more consistent in getting me great results.

Interestingly, as I sold off all my Canon gear the buyer told me how in NYC the weekend before he had a Nikon guy sell off all his D800 gear for the EM1 for the same reasons.

This Gear of the Year award is well deserved in my mind.

Bluevellet, If you are doing any kind of photography that has you reacting fast, it's nice to have two bodies with the same controls. When I switch between my GH2 and GH3 it can be a little confusing when I need to make quick changes because of the different layout.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 1, 2013 at 21:04 UTC
On DPReview Gear of the Year Part 3: Olympus OM-D E-M1 article (396 comments in total)

This looks to be a great camera. I went from a GH2 to a GH3 and it felt huge. I was starting to think I might as well get a FF camera. Today I went to a friends house and he had his 5DII with 24-70 and battery grip on. I held it in one hand while holding my GH3 with the 35-100 and battery grip in the other and it was like night and day. The GH3 may be a brick, but the 5DII was like a much bigger lead brick. I can't see ever carrying something that big. I can shoot just about anything I want with my M4/3's with very few limitations. In the past week I've been paid to do a portrait session, photo booth, sold 9 large prints that will hang in the Governor's office and shot a magic show for SandCastle entertainment for their promo posters and web site. Next week I shoot a bike race with pro's from across the planet. These were all paid gigs based on previous work with my GH2. M4/3's can get it done and without a wrist brace.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 1, 2013 at 01:53 UTC as 45th comment | 1 reply
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davids8560: I would like to see more weatherproofed MILC's. I mean, "high quality, take everywhere cameras" they say - that is, unless it's cold or it's rainy!

I'm pretty sure Olympus has a couple of weatherproofed MILC's, but I think none of the lenses are. And Nikon has one. Correct me if I'm wrong!

Isn't environmental sealing a fairly easy feature to add to a camera? All those little rugged compact cameras on the market right now might be tough, but every last one of them lacks the photographic power of a camera like this little camera.

I think environmental sealing would appeal to a lot of people. A tough little camera that's a real photographic tool, not a point-and-shoot.

The M4/3 system has at least 3 bodies and 4 lenses that are weather proof.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2013 at 23:45 UTC
On PPE 2013: Hands-on with Panasonic's newest cameras article (37 comments in total)
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Thomas Kachadurian: Orange? Really? Does it have to be Orange?

I really like the orange and might buy it just for that.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2013 at 21:58 UTC
On PPE 2013: Hands-on with Panasonic's newest cameras article (37 comments in total)
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RoJack725: This looks like a wonderful light-travel cam. Does anyone know if the optional grip has its own thread for a tripod mount? In other words, would one have to remove the optional grip to mount to a tripod?

No mount, so you'd have to remove it.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 25, 2013 at 21:57 UTC
On Bird Terror in the A person and a bird challenge (3 comments in total)

Congrats. Even with the "1" vote which you got early it was still in the lead most of the week. Great capture.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2013 at 01:42 UTC as 1st comment
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