Marcos Villaroman

Marcos Villaroman

Lives in United States San Jose, United States
Works as a Software Systems Engineer
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On Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap to end of 2015 article (171 comments in total)
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maxnimo: If I wait for an 18-600mm F1.4 OIS zoom, razor sharp wide open, am I being too picky?

Sounds more like you want an excuse to not buy any more lens. Might be a great way to control G.A.S.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2014 at 04:51 UTC
On Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap to end of 2015 article (171 comments in total)
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kwa_photo: I do love how Fuji is about as open and transparent as they can be to help their users make informed decisions. It enhances loyalty to the brand IMO.

The Fuji lens roadmap and their track record of cranking out lens on a regular basis are major reasons why I pulled the trigger on the X-T1, too.

It is sad that other companies don't announce their plans as visibly as FujiFilm does posting roadmaps on their website.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 17:35 UTC
On Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap to end of 2015 article (171 comments in total)
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lyricalmotion: as a sony E mount user.... Fuji lens lineup makes me jealous :(

The rumors that Sony will concentrate on F E-mount lens and not crank out any new E mount lens designs really turned me off. I'm coming from the FF DSLR camp and want small/light weight compromises. As good as the A7/A7R bodies are, fast FF mirrorless lens aren't small enough to be worth the cost of switching from FF DSLR.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 17:33 UTC

I wonder if Adobe is experiencing another security breach and more customer data is being exposed.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 23:32 UTC as 70th comment | 2 replies
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2302 comments in total)
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ZoranHR: Leica has joined a non-honest manufacture club along with Fuji's fake iso values.
Nicely polished or old fashion controls, who cares! "We got you on emotion" is the name of the game.

There is an appreciation to good old SLR's.
I prefer to know I'm just a number from the begining and then it feels like nobody's lying to you. Makes you feel good and not sorry for money.
That's just my thoughts. Cheers!

Technically Fuji isn't lying because they are taking advantage of how loosely camera ISO is defined and can be measured. But, if you aren't a tech geek, your ignorance of the different established methods of defining/measuring ISO might lead you to a bad assumption that Fuji's ISO measurements are similar to everyone else's.

As a Fuji fan, I really wish Fuji would explain their reasoning for doing this. The company has had great technical articles explaining so much of their engineering goals and designs up till now. The company products are really being aimed at more experienced photographers.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2014 at 03:51 UTC
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2302 comments in total)
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Calvin Chann: An amazing amount of hate from people who would never buy Leica anyway, but wouldn't think twice about jumping on the hate Leica bandwagon. It's easy to run with the crowd.

So if you don't blindly love Leica, you are automatically a Leica hater? Too extreme of a label and looks like a cheap tactic to head off debate.

Nah. Let's have a debate on the relative worth of this camera and lens, and try to separate the technology and quality from the Leica brand. Let's also debate the Leica "Made In Germany" moniker, given the Leica factory in Portugal.

Direct link | Posted on May 4, 2014 at 03:47 UTC
On ThinkTank Streetwalker HardDrive Backpack Review article (82 comments in total)
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munro harrap: I dont agree with the way it is packed here, when the DSLR should be at the bottom facing up with the lenses either side of whatever its got on. Having the centre of gravity low surely adds to its useability. That said, if its good enough for Gagne, its a win win all around!

Personally I never found it to be a problem to put the camera at the top. Overall the pack isn't that heavy that i really cared.

If I was going for a 40 to 60 lbs photo backback, I'd be heading for an F-Stop Gear backpack instead. I'd want sternum straps, adjustable load lifters on the shoulder straps, and a well padded waist belt --- features you don't find on photo backpacks intended for lower weight.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2014 at 14:15 UTC
On ThinkTank Streetwalker HardDrive Backpack Review article (82 comments in total)

FWIW, I love the Streetwalker HD for similar reasons. It's not my bag for long day hikes --- I want the option to carry personal items and a water bladder for that sort of thing.

But, if you have to carry a decent amount of equipment (keep in mind the bag is relatively narrow) without bulging outer pockets and not resort to a rollerboard, this bag really works.

Another thing I like is that you can swap out the included waist belt for one of those utility belts that you hang photo-related pouches off of. I use my Think Tank Photo modular system to carry a water bottle and a lens or two that I want immediate access to without taking the backpack off.

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2014 at 14:10 UTC as 6th comment

No tweaks to WiFi capabilities?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 06:52 UTC as 22nd comment
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2302 comments in total)

All metal body, but, a plastic door to access the SD card and connectors. Darn. Would love it if it was all metal/glass.

As it is, I do wonder how well locking/unlocking the touch screen will be when operating this camera. I've always hated small cameras where it was too easy to accidentally touch a rear control and change settings.

It'll also be interesting to see how fast/accurate the AF is, especially in low light.

I wasn't a fan of the X-Vario because it seemed to be a bright light camera.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2014 at 00:41 UTC as 512th comment
On Fujifilm X-T1 Review preview (586 comments in total)
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Andrew ATM216: I believe this review confirms the many other ones from those who have the camera and used it.

A few of the great features of this camera, which are important to me, are the awesome jpeg out of the camera, and the size and weight being smaller and lighter than a full frame dslr. And due to its smaller size, people dont get so intimidated when they see u taking their picture. Also, I hear that fuji produces superb lenses, which is a big plus as well...

I just hope that fuji somehow in their next release (the x pro 2) would fix the sync speed, so the camera would not b limited to 1/180....which I think it sucks....since u need to have a nd filter when shooting in bright daylight (if u want an f 2.8)....besides this issue, the xt1 looks to b an excellent lightweight camera delivering pro quality, at an affordable price. Thanks fuji.

When it comes to Fuji-X, I totally disagree that its JPEG "is like digital Polaroid". It's more likely on the Fuji-X that the OOC JPEG will be very usable, requiring very little tweaking. I resort to using the RAWs a lot less than with any other camera I own.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 14, 2014 at 16:41 UTC
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Sixpm: Just wait for another year and the price will drop to $299 including lens..happened with the V1 and J1..does it not? I'm sure most of us here have enough gear to get us by for another 12 month at least…. :)

My thoughts as well. I didn't bight when for the V1 fire sale. I think I would go for a V3 and 70-300 firesale. In this way, Nikon has made progress.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 06:32 UTC
On Am I missing something here? article (637 comments in total)
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sandy b: Richard as an editor is entitled to share his opinions, especially here. Interestingly he decided to pontificate his opinions at the same time as Nikon introduces a fairly important release for them. Kind of like a theatre critic ripping a new one as the curtain goes up. Kind of like dumping a bucket of blood among the sharks, getting the feeding frenzy going.

I disagree. This would be a major announcement if Nikon put more attention to the ergonomics for the enthusiasts and backed it up with enthusiast worthy lens announcements. The announcement leaves me scratching my head and Richard's first reaction article confirms I'm not the only one.

BTW, critics always rip a bad show when the curtain goes up. Plenty of bad broadway shows don't survive opening night.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 06:26 UTC
On Nikon 1 V3: a quick summary article (597 comments in total)

I look forward to picking up this kit when it is sold at firesale prices in a year or so.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 13, 2014 at 06:16 UTC as 222nd comment
On Fujfilm interview: 'The only way is to keep innovating' article (228 comments in total)
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0MitchAG: I'd love M4/3 for light weight and a single lens Fuji X-Trans APS-C or Full Frame for performance. Alternatively, if they move into M4/3 once mirrorless becomes larger, it'll be all I ever need. They are a company I truly believe is shaping innovation for the years to come, and their honesty will get them quite far.

FWIW, I really do like how much more compact m43 lens can be, but, after evaluating the E-M1 and reflecting on the m43 gear I've bought in the past vs. the EOS-M and X100s, I decided that APS-C IQ improvements over m43 is significant enough that i'd rather invest heavily in Fuji-X glass than in m43.

I am personally glad that Fuji didn't waste resources pursuing a m43 strategy. Fuji has done a great job rolling out great lens in such a short period of time. That would not have happened if it went m43.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2014 at 19:29 UTC
On Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II: a quick summary article (535 comments in total)

Really curious to see how it compares to the Sony RX100 II and how well it handles vs. the EOS-M.

I stopped using my EOS-M when I couldn't take having to keep using the touch screen for basic stuff, how it easy it was to accidentally change settings via touch screen, and using the tiny wheel in back.

If the G1X II works out, maybe the EOS-M3 would also work out. That would help the EOS-M3 catch up a bit closer to the other mirrorless systems out there...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 16:22 UTC as 92nd comment | 2 replies
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 Review preview (353 comments in total)
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chadley_chad: OMG!!!!

Bearing in mind I own a NEX C-3, 5R, 6 and an RX100 (i.e. I'm used to small camera's), I just saw the GM1 in John Lewis today and I'll say again, OMG ... HOW SMALL IS THIS CAMERA!

This thing is so small it looked like a toy and I had to ask if this was indeed the GM1 or some normal shrunken P&S.

The lens may protrude more than the RX100 but the thing is SO tiny, I can easily see this fitting in a trouser pocket ... or even hung like a bloody charm on a belt!

All I'll say is, when the price gets low enough, I think the RX100 will have to go ... and as per other posts, if they'd have made this thing with a fixed f1.8 or below lens (or can at least offer one as an option) then Panasonic ... take my money!

People ... just go see one in the flesh!!!

Just to be clear: what's wrong with your RX100 that you would sell it?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2013 at 04:39 UTC

When companies update firmware to break 3rd party compatibility they remind the consumer that they don't view 3rd party support as beneficial to the company's financial success. That's what companies do: maximize profits, which includes pushing down on 3rd party products, while balancing any resulting negative impacts to their brand.

Companies like Apple license their interface to 3rd party and make money off of that --- then again companies like Apple sell a whole lot of product at various buying levels.

If you really hate this, I suggest look closely at m43 that has an open interface standard or Fuji with its relationship with Zeiss. Those companies with their tiny market share are embracing 3rd party in the attempt to survive/grow.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 10, 2013 at 15:56 UTC as 60th comment
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MrSkelter: I am still surprised at this. Does Sigma not have an official license to Nikon's lens communication protocol? Even if not and it's reverse engineered why would the Df break compatibility?

What am I missing here...?

I would be surprised if Sigma had an official license to Nikon's lens communication protocol.

As for reverse engineering, it looks like Sigma hadn't perfected it if Nikon can maintain backward compatibility with very old Nikon lens while Sigma can't with its old lens.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2013 at 16:09 UTC
On Canon announces EOS M2 in Japan article (616 comments in total)
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AdamT: No EVF port - no 70D Dual pixel AF sensor ............ No thanks ......

I`ll stick with the Bargain Original

Canon was thinking of buyers like us. Makes us feel even better about that $400 bundle.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2013 at 15:53 UTC
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