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 Vario
Fujifilm X-E2
Great Camera! The lens is prone to flare and AF is slow, but otherwise excellent. This is the camera I reach for most often.
Leaf shutter, zoom lens, and APS-C sensor! This camera gets bad press due to the relatively slow lens, but the sensor easily makes up for that. The Leica lens is unmatched by MILC and compact zooms.
A definite step up from the X-E1; faster operation and better EVF. The 18-55 zoom isn't as good as the Oly 12-40, but I mainly use primes (14 & 56). I can't rate it higher until Fuji offers hi speed flash options.
Fujifilm XF 14mm F2.8 R
Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R
Canon Pixma Pro-100
Best wide-angle lens out of all APS-C camera systems.
Great printer and Canon practically gives them away for free. Beautiful 13x19 prints hanging in my home from this printer.
Adobe Photoshop CS6
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
Apple Aperture
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'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 Color Efex Pro
Nik Silver Efex Pro
Nik Viveza
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.
NIK tools are a great bargain since packaged together by Google. Loads of nice PP options.
Phase One Capture One Pro
Apple iPhone 6
Apple iPad Air
Great raw converter for Fuji X-Trans. Doesn't have the smearing problems that Adobe has.
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

Randy Benter's wish list

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Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f/3.4 ASPH
Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH
Leica APO-Summicron-M 75mm f/2 ASPH
Leica M Typ 240
Other gear:
  • Fuji X100F
  • Leica X2 Vario

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
Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
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 wish they would upgrade the firmware...So much for Kaizen.
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
Fujifilm X30
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
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.
Pros: manual zoom, sharp lens, Fuji colors, and balanced flash Cons: sensor can't compete with 1", only 28mm on wide end
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.
Canon PowerShot G7 X
Leica M8
Nikon D80
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.
Good DSLR, but unfortunately lacks AF tuning option.
Nikon D90
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
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.
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.
Olympus PEN E-PL1
Sony Alpha DSLR-A580
Canon EOS 60D
This camera had many flaws. Olympus has come a long ways since the E-PL1.
OK DSLR, but Canon and Nikon options are 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.
Nikon D7000
Pentax K-5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
Excellent DSLR! The only complaint I heard about this camera was small buffer size, which never bothered me. Great IQ. Great handling. Great AF. I do wish Nikon would release more DX primes, especially WA.
Good DSLR, but not quite as good as the D7000. Fewer lens options.
Nice camera with great video, but same size as a small DSLR without the focus tracking ability.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
Olympus PEN E-PL2
Canon EOS 600D (EOS Rebel T3i / EOS Kiss X5)
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.
No AF tuning capability. Poor DR performance compared to the competition.
Olympus PEN E-PL3
Sony Alpha NEX-5N
Nikon 1 J1
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.
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.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
Fujifilm X-Pro1
Olympus OM-D E-M5
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.
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.
Canon EOS 650D (EOS Rebel T4i / EOS Kiss X6i)
Fujifilm X-E1
Sony Alpha NEX-6
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.
Terrible kit lens and only a couple decent lenses to choose from in the whole lineup.
Olympus PEN E-PL5
Samsung NX300
Olympus PEN E-P5
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.
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.
Fujifilm X-A1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1
Olympus OM-D E-M10
Great camera. Fuji IQ without the issues associated with X-Trans files.
Slow sync speed limits usability of the flash.
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.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-45mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
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.
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.
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
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.
Good lens for beginners. Cheap.
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
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
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.
Great value and great IQ. If you own a Nikon DX camera, then you should own this lens.
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
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF
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.
Good lens, but newer Nikon zooms are better.
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
Panasonic Lumix G 20mm F1.7 ASPH
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.
One of my favorite m43 lenses. This lens is sharp wide open. 40mm EQFL is a great walk-around prime.
Samsung NX 30mm F2 Pancake
Samsung NX 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OIS
Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
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.
No...just.........No.
Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO
Samsung NX 20-50mm F3.5-5.6 ED
Samsung NX 50-200mm F4-5.6 OIS
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.
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.
Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm F4-5.6 OIS
Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 ASPH OIS
Better than the Nikon 17-55 and less expensive.
Great lens for taking to the zoo. 600mm EQFL.
Nice kit lens, but not as good as the 14-45.
Pentax smc DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR
Voigtlander 28mm F2 Ultron
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 II R
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.
Good, but not as sharp as other m43 kit lenses.
Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm F2.8
Nikon 1 Nikkor VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6
Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 R
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.
Excellent IQ, but slow and loud AF. Comparable to older Nikon AF-D lenses.
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm 1:1.8
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
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.
Relatively slow aperture for a prime. Good IQ.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR
Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS
Sony E 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 PZ OSS
This lens sacrifices too much IQ for the huge zoom range.
Sharper and faster than most kit zooms, but IQ isn't at the same level as larger constant aperture zooms. OIS causes blur at some shutter speeds.
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.