Mike Ronesia

Mike Ronesia

Lives in Northern Mariana Islands Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Works as a Tech
Has a website at Do people still have those?
Joined on Sep 30, 2009
About me:

Looking for something to shoot.

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On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1171 comments in total)
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rialcnis: I am so fickle about what to buy right now, but I just sold my gh4 and will buy one of these on the 21st. The only drawback that bothers me is that the IBIS sync with the Oly Pro lenses will only work on the Panasonic lenses, not the Zuiko Pros with IBIS sync. I wonder if that is something that could change with firmware updates?

I'm sure Panny is just waiting for Oly to unlock their lenses first for the Panny bodies. They'll do that right after Nikon joins M4/3's.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 18:28 UTC
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Gesture: Basically, Apple is much more interested in closed devices that get replaced in short cycles versus computers that can be upgraded. This has been going on for a while now and, actually,, this was the vision of Jobs. He didn't want all those G3 and G4 towers to take upgrades; didn't like computers whose memory could be expanded; etc.

Old hands remember that Firmware Update that prevented the Blue and White G3 from taking a G4 processor.

The iMac is an outstanding value given its screen, if it fits your needs, but it is a closed system for the most part. The Mac mini has been dumbed down, instead of some creativity like making it a bit bigger and allowing hot swaps of, say, 2 laptop sized drives or even M2 gum-stick drives. Memory is fixed at time of purchase, etc.

Actually, I'm surprised that the creative community hasn't migrated to PCs, where you can build anything you want. The proprioception issues have been solved and in my experience PCs do as well as Mac now.

Can any of you mac users please tell me how to get full EXIF including date taken from my photos with mac SW? No one has been able to help me and as a photographer this info is very important to my work flow. I also need to sort images by date/time taken and can't seem to figure out how to do that. I need to arrange by date taken, not date created, which has nothing to do with when the photo was taken. Not being able to do simple things like this is frustrating and adds extra steps. I've gotten used to the beach ball of death and rebooting far more often than I ever did with a PC, but everything needing extra steps/clicks still drives me crazy because I know there are better, more efficient ways to do things.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 18:03 UTC
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Gesture: Basically, Apple is much more interested in closed devices that get replaced in short cycles versus computers that can be upgraded. This has been going on for a while now and, actually,, this was the vision of Jobs. He didn't want all those G3 and G4 towers to take upgrades; didn't like computers whose memory could be expanded; etc.

Old hands remember that Firmware Update that prevented the Blue and White G3 from taking a G4 processor.

The iMac is an outstanding value given its screen, if it fits your needs, but it is a closed system for the most part. The Mac mini has been dumbed down, instead of some creativity like making it a bit bigger and allowing hot swaps of, say, 2 laptop sized drives or even M2 gum-stick drives. Memory is fixed at time of purchase, etc.

Actually, I'm surprised that the creative community hasn't migrated to PCs, where you can build anything you want. The proprioception issues have been solved and in my experience PCs do as well as Mac now.

It's a sheep thing. Mac users tend to be followers. It's human nature I guess. I bought a mac pro about 1 1/2 years ago and it continues to frustrate. I bought it because I was finally able to afford one and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. It's just different, not better and not worse in general. It's just a PC with an old, cumbersome, proprietary, bloated OS. It does require way too many extra steps that lifelong mac users seem to think is normal and don't understand why I want to do things with one click, not three.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 14:49 UTC
On photo Lone Xmas tree in the Christmas lights challenge (5 comments in total)

It will make a great card for next year.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2017 at 03:06 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Lone Xmas tree in the Christmas lights challenge (5 comments in total)

Congrats! Lovely shot.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2017 at 00:02 UTC as 5th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Review (1171 comments in total)
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Androole: "The GH5 becomes the first Panasonic to allow the use of Auto ISO in manual exposure mode. It also maintains exposure compensation, when doing so. This is true for both stills and video."

Hallelujah! They listened! They listened!

Best feature addition.

Maybe not the first, my GX8 has had this feature since I got it.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 23:49 UTC
On article Handy tool helps you say no to work for 'exposure' (86 comments in total)

Either you need exposure or you don't. Saying no becomes easier as your calendar fills with paid work. I give canvas prints to charity auctions, but I don't give my services as a rule.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2016 at 00:48 UTC as 28th comment
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BobT3218: I always thought MF was square. This is 6x4.5cm which incidentally is the same as my favourite aspect ratio fourthirds. Does this mean my upgrade path is m4/3 to MF? If I win the lottery :)

That is my upgrade path. I never saw a reason to go from M4/3's up to FF, but I've been waiting for a MF mirrorless for a couple of years now. This looks like the one.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 21:55 UTC
On challenge Fabulous closed toe heels! (6 comments in total)
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FlorinaDodoloi: Should it be a whole person, or can it be only legs with shoes?

Whatever you think will wow the voters.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 21:02 UTC
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xoio: That's clever, how did 29 people get to 'own' this before it has even been released, let alone 33 people say they have already 'had it' and subsequently got rid of it? :-D
Before anyone does a sarcastic chip in,.. Having a pre-production trial LOAN is NOT 'owning it' ... ;-)

Because they pre ordered from B&H and they have already paid, so while they don't have it in hand they do own one.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2016 at 07:06 UTC
On challenge Fabulous closed toe heels! (6 comments in total)
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RuthC: Do you mean 'closed toe heels'? I'm not sure what 'close toed heels' are. Then again I'm not a fashionista, so maybe it's a new style for men. :-)

Whatever floats your boat buzz.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 02:23 UTC

I am too busy to spend time sifting through other people's photos to find a few I might enjoy on some website with a billion photos. I'd rather be taking pictures for my own enjoyment.

I don't know flicker. I might have tried it years ago but can't remember. It stands to reason that the most photos taken are from phones because most people have one. I personally rarely remember it has a camera. Why people upload to these sights I don't know. I share photos with F&F on FB and have a portfolio in dropbox to share with potential clients. and that works fine for me. But that is me, I don't know what tweeting is either.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2016 at 06:08 UTC as 18th comment
On challenge Fabulous closed toe heels! (6 comments in total)
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RuthC: Do you mean 'closed toe heels'? I'm not sure what 'close toed heels' are. Then again I'm not a fashionista, so maybe it's a new style for men. :-)

Thanks, you know more than me. It is fixed.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 06:08 UTC
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PPierre: I have never seen so much hate for another camera than this one. Every time I go to 43rumors and read an article about it, it gets way more dislikes than likes. Every time I read an article about it, I read many complaints about the price point of the camera.

I normally wouldn't worry about this (there's always angry people on the web, more than happy shooters who prefer to spend their time out shooting), especially since people you find on those websites generally are enthusiasts who have little in common with pros and consumers. However, since this camera is clearly aiming at enthusiasts (Oly may say they sell it to pros, and indeed sell it to some pros, but that still is some marketing trick to sell it to enthusiasts who need to think they buy pro gear), I think it's a different matter. I hope Oly wasn't betting everything on this camera, since it doesn't smell good for them, however good the camera is.

Daft, I am just the opposite. I love my fully articulating screens and have avoided cameras with ones that can't be flipped over or used at more angles. This camera is expensive, but it has good specs. I'll wait and see what the GH5 looks like, but the flip screen on this makes it a possibility.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2016 at 00:49 UTC
On article Hands-on with Hasselblad X1D (805 comments in total)
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maljo@inreach.com: Interesring camera, I wish them well. I owned a lot of Hassie equipment at one time.
Medium Format is not a road I'm going down again, though:
Too limiting in lens choices and lens speed
Too large, heavy, cumbersome
Too expensive
Ultimately I found I was getting more photos I was happy with more easily with 35 mm equipment.

I've been shooting M4/3's for a number of years and have always thought MF was the next logical step up. I charge more than most local FF shooters and still get plenty of work so I've never seen a need to carry one of those big heavy systems around, but this looks like it hits my sweet spot for size and capabilities. No, it wouldn't work for every job, but it should be able to pay for itself and that's all I expect as a hobbyist/weekend warrior.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2016 at 23:17 UTC

If they can't make money from a feature they remove it. It's all about leading people to buy their stuff. I would never buy a laptop without a SD reader built in. At least not with today's tech. Using wireless to transfer GB's of data is just not something I'm prepared to do and who want's to drag around an external drive when you can have something small and simple built in. By the way, mine all only stick out a MM or two.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 04:36 UTC as 234th comment
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Greg Lovern: Don't you love it when they spin a downgrade as "bold"? Yes, paying for downgrades really makes me feel bold. A bold chump, that is.

I think the most telling part of the interview was the first part of his explanation, where he said, "One, it’s a bit of a cumbersome slot. You've got this thing sticking halfway out."

See, this is about making the product look ever more "clean". It's about fashion. Everything that protrudes is seen as a design flaw. Next they'll eliminate those ugly keyboard keys. They're cumbersome after all; they stick up from the laptop's deck.

Of course, there's no reason an SD card has to stick "halfway out". On my camera, it sticks out only a couple of millimeters. A laptop could be designed so that it doesn't stick out at all, and is removed by pressing in a larger area that encloses it. But I guess that wouldn't have been "bold" enough.

Most ones built by people with common sense do only stick out a mm or two, just enough to push them in for the spring loaded release. Apple sure has lost their way. They went from making things better to way behind the curve.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 04:31 UTC

What a joke, I can't even believe I'm reading this.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 04:26 UTC as 236th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (682 comments in total)
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PanchoVilla: I bet this camera in actual usability will stomp all over the overpriced and overhyped A6500 and even the XT2! Panasonic cameras are just no-frills solid workhorses. They don't need fancy marketing hype (Sony) or faux wannabe retro styling (Fuji). Plus the Lumix line has an injection of Leica DNA!

Micro Four Thirds the original and still best mirrorless system bar none!

My GX8 uses the same batteries as my GH2 and my GH4 uses the same batteries as my GH3, so my experience is not the same as yours.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 06:34 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (682 comments in total)
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showmeyourpics: In your May "2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $800-1200", you called the Olympus E-M5 mark II "outstanding" and gave it a 81 point silver award. I was puzzled that such a camera, very good overall and with some truly outstanding features including industry-leading IS and FF level high res IQ, could not make a gold. I trust that the G85, which falls into the same price range and you recommend for the same kind of photography, is truly a good camera and deserves a gold which makes the E-M5 II silver ever more difficult to understand. Something quite similar happened with the E-M10 mark II which, together with the E-M5II, was EISA's camera of the year in its category. I really like your site and consult it regularly but if this is not bias I don't know what is, and it's a let-down.

The gold, silver ratings are based on the feelings the reviewer had of the camera. It has less to do with the specs or performance, and more to do with (that reviewers) experience. Don't read to much into it. The same camera could get 3 different awards from three different DPR staff writers/reviewers even if everything else was the same.

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 06:28 UTC
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