Marcos Villaroman

Marcos Villaroman

Lives in United States San Jose, United States
Works as a Software Systems Engineer
Joined on Oct 31, 2003

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On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1372 comments in total)
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jamesfrmphilly: i have the MK III.
i have money in my pocket.
i shoot only still, no video.
i can't find any reason to upgrade.

I tried both M3 and M4 in the store. I could tell the improved AF of the M4 over the M3. But, I don't think the improved AF is worth upgrading for. Neither is the improved LCD and EVF.

In my case, the improves of the M4 over M3 were worth paying extra for.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 07:35 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1372 comments in total)
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ludwik123: What about the fun factor?
It may give excellent final results but do people actually enjoy using it?
I handled the original RX100 in a store and hated the feel of it.

Handling the RX100 M4, I don't have near the "fun factor" I get when handling a fuji X100S. There's a bit of fumbling around when you want to adjust ISO or exposure compensation. But, there is a bit of wow factor when you use the EVF and I do like some of the display features in the EVF and rear display.

In the end I can live with the erogonomics/control layout of the RX100 M4. It is a compact camera that can do a bit more than the average compact. If I was able to carry something bigger, I'll be carrying my X100S or other Fuji gear.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 07:30 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV First Impressions Review preview (1372 comments in total)
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acinod: So I've been tossing up between the RX100 IV and LX100 for a while.

I'm planning to take one on my Japan trip where I will be carrying it in my coat pocket (both cameras can fit in fine). I'm also new to photography but I'm willing to learn; I think the manual adjustments in the LX100 will be helpful for learning.

Here in Australia, the LX100 is $800 while the RX100 IV is $1200.

Due to pricing, a large sensor and size not being a concern, the LX100 seems like the superior choice. However, this review has made me start considering the RX100 IV again.

Should I get the LX100 or Rx100 IV?

Try out both cameras to see how the cameras feels in your hands. Any problems with size? Any possibility of accidentally hitting a button on the back of the camera when you least expect to? How easy is it to zoom while holding the camera in one hand (if you do such things)?

In addition to the LX100, I would also consider the RX100 M3 and the Canon G7 X which closely matches the RX100 M3.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 07:27 UTC
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Zaax: I ordered the Switch 10 from B&H last week for $110 and got it today. Going to use it with my Fuji X-E1 and a few lenses. It can easily fit the 55-200, 18-55, 14mm and the 56mm. Looked long and hard before I decided on it.

One cool feature are straps that go on the bottom to hold a small tripod.

The only thing that I don't like is the rain cover as it does not fully cover the back of the bag when it is attached.

FWIW, I just ordered a Switch 10 from B&H today as an alternative to my Think Tank Mirrorless Mover 30. This looks to have more functional front pocket and the side pockets will be very nice for water bottles and the like.

The rain cover looks to be similar to the Think Tank rain covers that also don't cover the back of the bag. Hopefully the Tenba covers work as well as the Think Tank Retrospective 7's --- that cover was very easy to undo, grab a lens, and quickly recover the bag.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 16, 2015 at 21:52 UTC

At these price points, these bags competes with a number of other shoulder bags of similar size. I'll have to see this bag in person to verify it's worth buying.

The Mirrorless Mover series were inexpensive enough that I was willing to buy one before seeing it.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 14, 2015 at 04:43 UTC as 12th comment

This article makes many good points, a lot of which I discovered for myself when I owned an EOS-M with three lens plus the adapter.

what ultimately drove me away were: 1) the lens kit I would want to carry wasn't capable enough and small enough vs. other options; 2) the ergonomics of the original M didn't work for me --- given how I would hold the camera, I experienced too many accidental screen/button clicks (add-on grip didn't help enough). I wasn't having fun using the EOS-M and there little sign that Canon would roll out improved bodies and lens to make investing in the system worth it.

Compare what Canon is offering to the range of lens and body options offered by m43 or Fuji-X and the roadmaps for the next year or so.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 07:56 UTC as 24th comment
On Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 article (553 comments in total)

Could you provide an unobstructed view of the back of the camera? Can't tell if I would have the same problems of accidentally hitting buttons like I did with the orignal EOS-M.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 04:59 UTC as 161st comment
On High-end full frame roundup (2014) article (604 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Nikon did it. The 750 is their 5D III (and I mean it). But, 5D IV should come rather sooner, too.

The 5D IV better arrive sooner than later.

As it is, I don't see things in the sensor tech of recent Canon bodies to get excited about what maybe in store for Canon FF sensors. Lots of patents and rumors, but, nothing actually got released in years. Hopefully 2015 is the year Canon puts out their next gen sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 21:45 UTC
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Marcos Villaroman: Is this the same company/device that advertised Android compatibility during the Kickstarter and then backed away from Android support soon afterwards?

If so, this is not the kind of company I want to support, especially given the $150 price tag.

day2012: I am not talking just what models were working at KickStarter campaign. One would expect that the company support would go beyond what was the most recent Android phones at the time to a greater support of newer Android devices moving forward. That happened with iPhone and if you stuck with more recent iPhones, your investment worked out. Not so if you got an Android device. I didn't see any mention that they would not support Android moving forward during the KickStarter. I stand by my opinion: I won't support a company that backs off a major platform so quickly; I have no faith in such a company backing its products long term.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 1, 2014 at 05:58 UTC

Is this the same company/device that advertised Android compatibility during the Kickstarter and then backed away from Android support soon afterwards?

If so, this is not the kind of company I want to support, especially given the $150 price tag.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 05:19 UTC as 10th comment | 10 replies

*sigh* It took too long for this lens to come out. :(

If it was two years ago, I would have pre-ordered it in seconds. Now, I've invested heavily in mirrorless (Fuji-X in my case) and so feel less compelled to buy a 100-400 mk II.

I'm guessing I'll buy one in one to two years. I figure it'll be around that time I'll be interested in wildlife photography again. :)

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 21:49 UTC as 24th comment
On A second glance: two takes on the Leica X article (400 comments in total)

Camera overrides the photographer on ISO and aperture settings, even in manual??? No thanks.

Plenty of other MILC systems out there to invest in.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 18:33 UTC as 16th comment
On Fujifilm updates X-mount lens roadmap to end of 2015 article (170 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 (170 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 (170 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 71st comment | 2 replies
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2251 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 (2251 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 (76 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 (76 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 15th comment
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