Randy Benter

Randy Benter

Lives in United States Kansas City, United States
Works as a Certified Hacker
Joined on Feb 6, 2009

Randy Benter's current gear

Fujifilm X100T
Fujifilm X-E2
Fujifilm XF 14mm F2.8 R
Great Camera! The lens is prone to flare and AF is slow, but otherwise excellent. This is the camera I reach for most often.
A definite step up from the X-E1; faster operation and better EVF. Needs a couple of firmware improvements. I can't rate it higher until Fuji improves their flash system.
Best wide-angle lens for mirrorless cameras!
Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS
Canon Pixma Pro-100
Adobe Photoshop CS6
Sharper and faster than most kit zooms, but IQ isn't at the same level as primes or larger constant aperture zooms. OIS greatly improved with latest firmware.
Great printer and Canon practically gives them away for free. Beautiful 13x19 prints hanging in my home from this printer.
Some people deride Adobe's subscription plan, but $10/mo to always use the newest Photoshop and Lightroom is much more affordable than before.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
Apple Aperture
Nik Color Efex Pro
Adobe's interface is very good, but it would be nice if they allowed more customization of the tools and workspace. Adobe doesn't handle Fuji X-Trans files well.
Favorite raw converter. Excellent results from all supported cameras. Apple is still updating their raw engine for new cameras so I expect to keep using this for a couple years after they stop support.
NIK tools are a great bargain since packaged together by Google. Loads of nice PP options.
Nik Silver Efex Pro
Nik Viveza
Phase One Capture One Pro
NIK tools are a great bargain since packaged together by Google. Loads of nice PP options.
NIK tools are a great bargain since packaged together by Google. Loads of nice PP options.
Great raw converter for Fuji X-Trans. Doesn't have the smearing problems that Adobe has.
Apple iPhone 6
Apple iPad Air
I am so glad I switched from Android to Apple. This phone is awesome.
I use my iMac for work and photo editing, but this has essentially replaced my laptop. Versatile tools and a nice screen in small, light package.
Other gear:
  • iMac
  • Photo Ninja

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Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R
Leica X (Typ 113)

Randy Benter's previous gear

Canon PowerShot G10
Sigma DP2
Canon PowerShot S90
Tiny sensor and tiny viewfinder.
Extremely slow camera. Takes great landscapes when light is plentiful. One-trick pony.
Canon S series lenses are very soft.
Canon PowerShot G11
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Canon PowerShot S95
Tiny sensor and tiny viewfinder.
This was the best compact in it's day; a real pleasure to use. I'm still hoping for an LX8 with 1" sensor to compete with Sony and Canon.
Canon S series lenses are very soft.
Fujifilm FinePix X100
Nikon Coolpix P300
Nikon Coolpix P7100
This is the camera that put Fuji back on track, but it had numerous shortcomings. The newer S & T models are much better.
Tiny sensor. Slow operation. Mediocre lens.
Tiny sensor. Tiny viewfinder. Slow operation. Mediocre lens.
Fujifilm X10
Canon PowerShot S100
Leica X2
Great ideas, poor implementation. Orbs and other issues. The X20 is much better, but Fuji should upgrade this line to 1" sensor.
I thought the lens in the S90 and S95 was soft, but the S100 is even worse.
A firmware update could change this camera from a dud to a stud. Needs usable min shutter speed options and a faster, more accurate AF algorithm. Too bad Leica rarely provides firmware improvements.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100
Fujifilm X100S
Leica X Vario
A lot to offer in a small package, but I didn't enjoy the user experience. Too small to hold, Cramped controls, and the screen is difficult to see in sunlight.
Great Camera! The lens is prone to flare and AF is slow, but otherwise excellent. I upgraded to the X100T
Leaf shutter, zoom lens, and APS-C sensor! The Leica lens is much better than any compact zoom (LX100, G7X, RX100 iii). I decided to keep the X-E2 instead of this camera due to the faster lens, better AF and JPEG engine. They're too similar to keep both.
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
Fujifilm X30
I had high hopes for this camera, but Canon missed the mark. Poor sensor performance, slow AF, soft lens, no viewfinder.
If you want a really small camera with a zoom lens, then this is as good as it gets, but it doesn't match the IQ of small APS-C cameras.
Lens is sharp, but slow. The sensor is too small by current standards, so this camera is a poor choice for low light. It's fine to use as a walk around daytime camera.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
Canon PowerShot G7 X
Leica M8
Lens is soft in the corners. This camera is too bulky with the flash. My X Vario fits in a smaller bag and has much better image quality.
This lens is a step up from the S series, but it's not great across the zoom range. Slow operation and AF compared to competition. Battery life is ridiculous. No Viewfinder.
I consider this a beta version of the current M line. This camera has way too many issues.
Nikon D80
Nikon D90
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1
Good DSLR, but unfortunately lacks AF tuning option.
Good DSLR, but unfortunately lacks AF tuning option.
Nice camera with great video, but same size as a small DSLR without the focus tracking ability.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
Olympus PEN E-PL1
Sony Alpha DSLR-A580
This camera really got the ball rolling for m43. I enjoyed using it, but the sensor was very limited in low-light and DR capabilities.
This camera had many flaws. Olympus has come a long ways since the E-PL1.
OK DSLR, but Canon and Nikon options are better.
Canon EOS 60D
Nikon D7000
Pentax K-5
Good DSLR, but unfortunately lacked AF tune. I will never again own a DSLR that doesn't have a way to correct for front/back focusing issues.
Excellent DSLR! Great IQ. Great handling. Great AF. I do wish Nikon would release more DX primes, especially WA. I now use only mirrorless APS-C cameras.
Good DSLR, but not quite as good as the D7000. Fewer lens options.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
Olympus PEN E-PL2
Nice camera with great video, but same size as a small DSLR without the focus tracking ability.
I enjoyed using this camera, but the sensor was very limited in low-light and DR capabilities.
I love the size and control layout of this camera. Too bad it had a terrible issue with red dots from the sensor.
Canon EOS 600D (EOS Rebel T3i / EOS Kiss X5)
Olympus PEN E-PL3
Sony Alpha NEX-5N
No AF tuning capability. Poor DR performance compared to the competition.
No built-in flash - I dislike the clip-on variety. Very thin body, small controls, no grip, difficult to use.
Terrible kit lens and only a couple decent lenses to choose from in the whole lineup.
Nikon 1 J1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
Fujifilm X-Pro1
No grip on the body and a slick finish. Trying to hold on to this camera seemed like a bad joke. This system needs better/faster lens options.
Nice camera, but old sensor tech. Still very limited in low-light and DR capabilities.
I have a love-hate relationship here. I love the feel of this camera, but there is plenty of room for improvement in the next version.
Olympus OM-D E-M5
Canon EOS 650D (EOS Rebel T4i / EOS Kiss X6i)
Fujifilm X-E1
I hated the EVF lag when bringing the camera to your eye, the cramped rear controls, and the shutter shock. All these issues were fixed on the E-M10, which is a MUCH better camera.
No AF tuning capability. Poor DR performance compared to the competition.
I really disliked using the EVF on this camera. Very slow refresh rate. The X-E2 EVF is much better.
Sony Alpha NEX-6
Olympus PEN E-PL5
Samsung NX300
Terrible kit lens and only a couple decent lenses to choose from in the whole lineup.
No built-in flash - I dislike the clip-on variety. Very thin body, small controls, no grip, difficult to use.
The rear display is very difficult to see in sunlight. This camera desperately needs a viewfinder and a built-in flash.
Olympus PEN E-P5
Fujifilm X-A1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1
Very good m43 camera. Anti-shock and built-in flash are both good. Would be better if it kept this body style and added a built-in VF, like the GX7.
Great camera. Fuji IQ without the issues associated with X-Trans files.
Slow sync speed limits usability of the flash.
Olympus OM-D E-M10
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS
Best m43 camera (IMO more versatile than the E-M1). Small combo when paired with 17mm 1.8, but also balances well when paired with the 12-40 and accessory grip. I now use only mirrorless APS-C cameras.
Weak mechanical shutter and clip-on flash. Way too many sacrifices were made in order to shrink this camera.
Great m43 kit lens. Better IQ than the 14-42 variants.
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF
This is a very good all-purpose lens for Canon DSLR. Big step up from the kit lens, but can't match the IQ of the 17-55 f/2.8.
Excellent zoom lens. The best you can get for Canon APS-C.
Good lens quality and great value. Can't match the IQ of more expensive lenses, but perfectly fine for many uses.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Good lens for beginners. Cheap.
This is a very good all-purpose lens for Nikon DSLR. Big step up from the kit lens, but can't match the IQ of a 17-55 f/2.8.
Good lens quality and great value. Can't match the IQ of more expensive lenses, but perfectly fine for many uses.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Great value and great IQ. If you own a Nikon DX camera, then you should own this lens.
It would be nice if Nikon would update this lens. Good, but not great. Canon and Sigma equivalents are better.
Good for a super-zoom, but all super-zooms sacrifice IQ for size.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
Good lens, but newer Nikon zooms are better.
Great value and good IQ. Slow and loud AF due to older screw drive type focusing.
This is a very sharp zoom lens. Great for portraits at 70mm and great for wildlife at 300mm.
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
Samsung NX 30mm F2 Pancake
Samsung NX 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OIS
One of my favorite m43 lenses. This lens is sharp wide open. 40mm EQFL is a great walk-around prime.
Good prime lens. If you can get along with Samsung bodies, then this lens should be in your kit.
This lens surprised me. Better than most kit lenses.
Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO
Samsung NX 20-50mm F3.5-5.6 ED
No...just.........No.
Great IQ, but AF is very slow and hunts even in good light.
This is a good option if you are trying to keep your kit small, but I found 30mm EQFL was not wide enough.
Samsung NX 50-200mm F4-5.6 OIS
Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 OIS
I found little difference between the various 50-200 lenses I have used. They are sharper and cheaper than super zooms, but slow apertures can limit usability.
Better than the Nikon 17-55 and less expensive.
Great lens for taking to the zoo. 600mm EQFL.
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS
Pentax smc DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR
Voigtlander 28mm F2 Ultron
Nice kit lens, but not as good as the 14-45.
Cheap kit lens. Nothing special.
I only tried one copy, so perhaps it was bad. This was the worst prime lens I've used in a very long time. Very soft.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R
Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm F2.8
Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6
Good, but not as sharp as other m43 kit lenses.
Nice lens and nice IQ, but I don't find much use for 60mm EQFL. A bit too wide for portraits and not wide enough for walk-around use.
Nice compact kit lens.
Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 R
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm 1:1.8
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Excellent IQ, but slow and loud AF. Comparable to older Nikon AF-D lenses.
Beautiful portrait lens. Razor sharp from corner to corner. Bokehlicious!
Good lens quality and great value. Can't match the IQ of more expensive lenses, but perfectly fine for many uses.
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR
Sony E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS
Relatively slow aperture for a prime. Good IQ.
This lens sacrifices too much IQ for the huge zoom range.
Slightly better than the Sony 18-55, but that's not saying much. Sony makes great sensors, but their lenses are mediocre at best.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm 1:1.8
Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Great contrast and bokeh. Very sharp. Focus clutch is nice. AF is very fast and quiet.
Below average kit lens.
Good lens for beginners. Cheap.
Fujifilm XF 27mm F2.8
Fujifilm XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO
Very good IQ and versatile focal length. Lack of aperture ring doesn't fit well in the X system. Slow and loud AF.
Better than average kit lens. Really nice to have that extra FoV on the wide end.
Sharpest standard zoom money can buy. Great contrast and bokeh. AF is very fast and quiet.
Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 Mega OIS
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm F1.8
Size is the selling point of this lens. IQ is just average. I do like the manual zoom over the similar motorized versions.
Small size is a plus, but IQ is not as good as other m43 zooms. I don't really like motorized zooms.
Great IQ. Sharpness and bokeh are very good.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4
Adobe Photoshop Elements 10
Adobe Bridge CS6
Adobe's DAM tools are excellent.
Silkypix Developer Studio
Nik Dfine
Nik HDR Efex Pro
NIK tools are a great bargain since packaged together by Google. Loads of nice PP options.
Nik Sharpener Pro
Nik Capture NX
DxO FilmPack 3 Essential
Nik Snapseed
Apple iPhone 5s
Apple iPhoto
I am so glad I switched from Android to Apple. This phone is awesome. I upgraded to the 6 for the larger screen.