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
Leica X (Typ 113)
Leica X Vario
Great Camera! The lens is prone to flare and AF is slow, but otherwise excellent. This is the camera I reach for most often.
This camera really needs a built-in EVF. The accessory is too bulky and too expensive. I actually like that the lens stops-down at close range because it automatically provides ample DoF.
Leaf shutter, zoom lens, and APS-C sensor! The Leica lens is much better than any compact zoom (LX100, G7X, RX100 iii). Would be great if it had an EVF and slightly faster lens.
Fujifilm X-E2
Fujifilm X-T10
Nikon D610
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.
Pre-Ordered
Fujifilm XF 14mm F2.8 R
Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS
Fujifilm XF 50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR
Best wide-angle lens for mirrorless cameras!
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.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm F3.5-4.5G ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G
Canon Pixma Pro-100
Adobe Photoshop CS6
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

Randy Benter's previous gear

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Canon PowerShot G10
Canon PowerShot G11
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.
Tiny sensor and tiny viewfinder.
Tiny sensor and tiny viewfinder.
Canon PowerShot S90
Canon PowerShot S95
Canon PowerShot S100
Canon S series lenses are very soft.
Canon S series lenses are very soft.
I thought the lens in the S90 and S95 was soft, but the S100 is even worse.
Fujifilm X10
Nikon Coolpix P7100
Nikon Coolpix P300
Great ideas, poor implementation. Orbs and other issues. The X20 is much better, but Fuji should upgrade this line to 1" sensor.
Tiny sensor. Tiny viewfinder. Slow operation. Mediocre lens.
Tiny sensor. Slow operation. Mediocre lens.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100
Sigma DP2
Fujifilm FinePix X100
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.
Extremely slow camera. Takes great landscapes when light is plentiful. One-trick pony.
This is the camera that put Fuji back on track, but it had numerous shortcomings. The newer S & T models are much better.
Leica X2
Canon PowerShot G7 X
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
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.
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 had high hopes for this camera, but Canon missed the mark. Poor sensor performance, slow AF, soft lens, no viewfinder.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
Fujifilm X100S
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 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.
Great Camera! The lens is prone to flare and AF is slow, but otherwise excellent. I upgraded to the X100T
Fujifilm X30
Nikon D80
Nikon D90
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.
Good DSLR, but unfortunately lacks AF tuning option.
Good DSLR, but unfortunately lacks AF tuning option.
Nikon D7000
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
Olympus PEN E-PL1
Excellent DSLR! Great IQ. Great handling. Great AF. I do wish Nikon would release more DX primes, especially WA.
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.
Olympus PEN E-PL2
Olympus PEN E-PL3
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1
I love the size and control layout of this camera. Too bad it had a terrible issue with red dots from the sensor.
No built-in flash - I dislike the clip-on variety. Very thin body, small controls, no grip, difficult to use.
Nice camera with great video, but same size as a small DSLR without the focus tracking ability.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
Nikon 1 J1
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.
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.
Canon EOS 600D (EOS Rebel T3i / EOS Kiss X5)
Pentax K-5
Sony Alpha DSLR-A580
No AF tuning capability. Poor DR performance compared to the competition.
Good DSLR, but not quite as good as the D7000. Fewer lens options.
OK DSLR, but Canon and Nikon options are better.
Sony Alpha NEX-5N
Canon EOS 650D (EOS Rebel T4i / EOS Kiss X6i)
Olympus OM-D E-M5
Terrible kit lens and only a couple decent lenses to choose from in the whole lineup.
No AF tuning capability. Poor DR performance compared to the competition.
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.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
Olympus PEN E-PL5
Sony Alpha NEX-6
Nice camera, but old sensor tech. Still very limited in low-light and DR capabilities.
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.
Samsung NX300
Fujifilm X-E1
Canon EOS 60D
The rear display is very difficult to see in sunlight. This camera desperately needs a viewfinder and a built-in flash.
I really disliked using the EVF on this camera. Very slow refresh rate. The X-E2 EVF is much better.
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.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1
Olympus PEN E-P5
Leica M8
Slow sync speed limits usability of the flash.
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.
I consider this a beta version of the current M line. This camera has way too many issues.
Fujifilm X-A1
Fujifilm X-Pro1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
Great camera. Fuji IQ without the issues associated with X-Trans files.
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.
Weak mechanical shutter and clip-on flash. Way too many sacrifices were made in order to shrink this camera.
Olympus OM-D E-M10
Sony Alpha 7R
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF
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.
Great camera, but just like the NEX system, the lenses suck. Only a couple decent lenses available for Sony cameras and they are overpriced.
It would be nice if Nikon would update this lens. Good, but not great. Canon and Sigma equivalents are better.
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 EZ
Panasonic Lumix G Vario HD 12-32mm F3.5-5.6 Mega OIS
One of my favorite m43 lenses. This lens is sharp wide open. 40mm EQFL is a great walk-around prime.
Small size is a plus, but IQ is not as good as other m43 zooms. I don't really like motorized zooms.
Size is the selling point of this lens. IQ is just average. I do like the manual zoom over the similar motorized versions.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 25mm F1.8
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Great IQ. Sharpness and bokeh are very good.
Great value and great IQ. If you own a Nikon DX camera, then you should own this lens.
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 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM
Good for a super-zoom, but all super-zooms sacrifice IQ for size.
This is a very sharp zoom lens. Great for portraits at 70mm and great for wildlife at 300mm.
Better than the Nikon 17-55 and less expensive.
Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6
Great IQ, but AF is very slow and hunts even in good light.
Great value and good IQ. Slow and loud AF due to older screw drive type focusing.
Nice compact kit lens.
Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm F2.8
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF
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.
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, but newer Nikon zooms are better.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
Good lens quality and great value. Can't match the IQ of more expensive lenses, but perfectly fine for many uses.
This lens sacrifices too much IQ for the huge zoom range.
Relatively slow aperture for a prime. Good IQ.
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
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.
Good lens quality and great value. Can't match the IQ of more expensive lenses, but perfectly fine for many uses.
Good lens for beginners. Cheap.
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 OIS
Nice kit lens, but not as good as the 14-45.
Great m43 kit lens. Better IQ than the 14-42 variants.
Great lens for taking to the zoo. 600mm EQFL.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R
Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II
Good lens for beginners. Cheap.
Good, but not as sharp as other m43 kit lenses.
Below average kit lens.
Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
Sony E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS
Pentax smc DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR
No...just.........No.
Slightly better than the Sony 18-55, but that's not saying much. Sony makes great sensors, but their lenses are mediocre at best.
Cheap kit lens. Nothing special.
Samsung NX 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OIS
Samsung NX 20-50mm F3.5-5.6 ED
Samsung NX 30mm F2 Pancake
This lens surprised me. Better than most kit lenses.
This is a good option if you are trying to keep your kit small, but I found 30mm EQFL was not wide enough.
Good prime lens. If you can get along with Samsung bodies, then this lens should be in your kit.
Samsung NX 50-200mm F4-5.6 OIS
Fujifilm XF 27mm F2.8
Voigtlander 28mm F2 Ultron
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.
Very good IQ and versatile focal length. Lack of aperture ring doesn't fit well in the X system. Slow and loud AF.
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.
Fujifilm XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 17mm 1:1.8
Better than average kit lens. Really nice to have that extra FoV on the wide end.
Excellent zoom lens. The best you can get for Canon APS-C.
Great contrast and bokeh. Very sharp. Focus clutch is nice. AF is very fast and quiet.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm 1:2.8 PRO
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm 1:1.8
Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 R
Sharpest standard zoom money can buy. Great contrast and bokeh. AF is very fast and quiet.
Beautiful portrait lens. Razor sharp from corner to corner. Bokehlicious!
Excellent IQ, but slow and loud AF. Comparable to older Nikon AF-D lenses.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4
Adobe Photoshop Elements 10
Nik Capture NX
Silkypix Developer Studio
Nik Snapseed
Nik Dfine
Nik Sharpener Pro
DxO FilmPack 3 Essential
Adobe Bridge CS6
Adobe's DAM tools are excellent.
Nik HDR Efex Pro
Apple iPhone 5s
Apple iPhoto
NIK tools are a great bargain since packaged together by Google. Loads of nice PP options.
I am so glad I switched from Android to Apple. This phone is awesome. I upgraded to the 6 for the larger screen.