Ben Herrmann

Ben Herrmann

Lives in United States Wake County, NC, United States
Works as a US Marine Corps (Retired) and now fully retired
Joined on Jul 11, 2002
About me:

FULL NAME: Bernd Werner Herrmann.

BIRTHPLACE: Moosburg, Bavaria (Germany)

CURRENT HOME: We emigrated to the United States in the early 1950's and settled in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. My father was a WW II German Army (Wehrmacht) Officer and he elected for us to emigrate to the United States following the war. We subsequently became naturalized proud American citizens.

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Retired US Marine Corps and now fully retired.

ASTROLOGICAL SIGN: Aquarius (Feb 13).

EDUCATION: (NC State University) - BS - Parks and Natural Resources Management - Summa Cum Laude (GPA 4.01).

SCENARIOS THAT TEND TO IRRITATE ME: Political correctness, violent radicals, socialists, and establishment politicians in general.

HOBBIES AND/OR PREFERRED ACTIVITIES: Avid physical fitness and weight training, digital photography, fine cuisine and wine, gardening, and rifle and pistol marksmanship (favorite pistols - Glock and H&K).

CAMERAS CURRENTLY IN MY COLLECTION (and yes, I do use them all from time to time - although some are now collector items):

CANON:
G12, SX50 HS, EOS-M, EOS-M2, EOS-M10, EOS M3

FUJI:
XF1, X10, X20, X30, X-S1, X-E1, X-E2, X-M1, X-A1, X-A3, and X-T1

NIKON:
P6000, P7700 and P330

OLYMPUS:
C-7070, C-8080, XZ-1, E-1, E-300, E-500, E-330, E-520, E-3, E-30, E-620, E-P3, E-P5, E-M5, E-PL5, and E-PL7.

PANASONIC LUMIX:
LX7, L1, L10, GF1, GX1, G5, GF6, and GH3

SAMSUNG:
EX2F, NX300, NX30 and NX500

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On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom (92 comments in total)

Yes!!! Am sooo glad that I still have one - mint at that w/battery grip. Like the venerable ole' 5MP E-1 that basically began the 4:3 movement, the form factor of this 2/3" sensored C8080 was second to none.

And looking at well-taken images with the C8080, those files can cause you to forget cameras that double or triple that MP count. And the magnesium build of this camera just made you smile.

Yes, it was slow with regards to RAW files. Damn - it took 13-15 seconds just to wait to write a RAW file and nothing would function until the camera wrote this file. The Super Fine JPG's are extraordinary and obvious wrote much, much faster.

And for those of you who had one of these 2/3" CCD early enthusiast models, you'd remember that the C8080 led the pack. Heck, if you can find one, get it if you can (provided it's a good copy after all of these years).

Just love this C8080 - and the C7070, which is the subject of another story.

This is a superb landscape photography camera!!!!

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 13:12 UTC as 58th comment | 1 reply

Love it! The images look sharper and also, RAW capabilities. I may get this one to go on those jaunts where water and "toughness" may be involved. Now if only Olympus could see to it that they update some of their other enthusiast cameras (and Fuji also for that matter).

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 12:50 UTC as 53rd comment
On article Canon EOS M6 Review (343 comments in total)

As I've said it through the years on these forums, every brand is capable of producing cameras that capture outstanding IQ and this M6 is no different. There will be the naysayers and then there will be the folks who love the new release(s)l. It's all part of the game.

The Canon EOS M series of cameras have been a pleasant surprise for me, having "accidentally" jumped into this line a few years ago. Since then I've acquired the M, M2, and M3 - love 'em all, despite them having quirks with regards to operational characteristics. Because in the end (for me), it's the IQ stupid!!!! And there's where the M series do quite well.

However, I've got to admit that I don't see myself getting any more M series cameras until Canon ups the ante by producing more lenses. It's a bit embarrassing that such a large company as Canon did not have a game plan for a continuous release schedule of suitable EF-M lenses when they announced and subsequently released the M line of cameras.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 17:35 UTC as 71st comment | 6 replies

Although a bit depressing - yet realistic, I would be concerned that Panasonic does a "Samsung" way of exiting the business. As you can recall, Samsung released two wonderful cameras - the NX1 and NX500 - both of which were state of the art. But shortly thereafter, they elected (without fanfare or formal announcement) to exit the market, leaving many of us NX users shocked.

So having been stung once, seeing this news by Panasonic is worrisome at best. Sure, they just released their GH5 and a few other lesser models, but as I mentioned above, that didn't stop Samsung from just departing the market..

Well gang, it's time to now buy up all of the Panny gear that you may have held off getting as you wait for prices to come down. Too long a wait could find you in the same boat as many Samsung users who were doing the same thing.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 20:11 UTC as 104th comment | 3 replies
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Ben Herrmann: I first jumped aboard the FT bandwagon with the release of the E-1 back in 2004 - and I still maintain 2 of them (can't seem to part with either one). Although ancient by today's standards, the ergonomics and the feel of the E-1 in hand can make you smile.

I recommend looking for a good E-1 on eBay (very inexpensive now-a-days) and give it a try. The first thing you will notice is how it feels in the hands - perhaps one of the finest form factors ever devised for a camera - and then the gorgeous Kodak color tonality.

And I've found that to make non-stabilized FT cameras even better is to attach one of those gorgeous Panny-Leica Vario zoom lenses on them. I've attached Leica Vario lenses to all of my non-stabilized Four Thirds cameras and the IQ results are stunning.

So even though this genre may now be "kaput," for many of us who still maintain these older models, we are still smiling as we see the results.

To Paul 613...

The Leica Panny Vario 14-150 f3.5-5.6 OIS was a lens designed for regular Four Thirds (not Micro Four Thirds). You can see the list of them on eBay here:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2047675.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.TRS3&_nkw=Panasonic+LEICA+D+VARIO-ELMAR+14-150mm+F3.5-5.6+ASPH&_sacat=0

Link | Posted on Mar 11, 2017 at 03:09 UTC

I first jumped aboard the FT bandwagon with the release of the E-1 back in 2004 - and I still maintain 2 of them (can't seem to part with either one). Although ancient by today's standards, the ergonomics and the feel of the E-1 in hand can make you smile.

I recommend looking for a good E-1 on eBay (very inexpensive now-a-days) and give it a try. The first thing you will notice is how it feels in the hands - perhaps one of the finest form factors ever devised for a camera - and then the gorgeous Kodak color tonality.

And I've found that to make non-stabilized FT cameras even better is to attach one of those gorgeous Panny-Leica Vario zoom lenses on them. I've attached Leica Vario lenses to all of my non-stabilized Four Thirds cameras and the IQ results are stunning.

So even though this genre may now be "kaput," for many of us who still maintain these older models, we are still smiling as we see the results.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2017 at 22:30 UTC as 102nd comment | 6 replies

I was really looking forward to these, but after a year, I realized that this would eventually become a "no go..."

I've always enjoyed (mostly in the past, that is) Nikon enthusiast products. But now, I'm afraid that the Nikon talk forum has basically turned into becoming the P900 forum...sigh.

But there are options out there for current, up-to-date quality enthusiast models. And those options are called Canon and Panasonic. I was hoping that both Fuji and Olympus would also continue some releases of enthusiast models, but they too have veered away from that from what it appears.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2017 at 16:30 UTC as 269th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (634 comments in total)

Intriguing, IMO. Of course, beauty being in the eye of the beholder, this particular design (mini K1) does not look attractive when you put one of those smallish prime lenses on the body. But coupled with a normal sized zoom, I can see this baby rockin.'

Am curious about such a high ISO rating. It would really rock if camera can do ISO 6400 through 12,900 very cleanly. Will wait for the reviews.

If the results are stellar, then this could cause me to investigate getting one. The last time I had a Pentax was as a Marine in Vietnam back in '68 - '69. Loved that camera.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 22:18 UTC as 208th comment

I have it. Much slower than Lightroom. Also, nothing like Bridge. You have to open individual images. If you have Lightroom or ACR then getting this Affinity will not be any type of revelation. If you don`t have any of the Adobe products then this $39.95 product is a deal...all of this IMO only of course.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2016 at 00:36 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies
On article Canon EOS M5 real-world sample gallery (240 comments in total)
In reply to:

Ben Herrmann: Regardless of camera model - whether budget or hi-end professional - weather conditions that involve overcast scenarios and/or foggy/hazy conditions can result in images that may appear noisy or what have you. And the Seattle area definitely has those conditions. So therefore it becomes easy to look at some of these and proclaim that a camera is inferior or outdated. This happens all of the time - regardless of camera release. And add to that scenario the reality that thousands of different monitor types (uncalibrated and calibrated) are being used to look at these...well, you get the picture here.

Wait until various reviews come out and individual user experiences before casting a variety of opinions that so often occurs here.

Yes, however, in most cases, folks just shoot away and the results are that fog or hazy conditions can really ruin shots. Here's an excellent article that talks about all of this... (copy and paste if it doesn't have a link to it).

http://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/tip/4328/capture-photos-foggy-misty-conditions/

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 02:53 UTC
On article Canon EOS M5 real-world sample gallery (240 comments in total)

Regardless of camera model - whether budget or hi-end professional - weather conditions that involve overcast scenarios and/or foggy/hazy conditions can result in images that may appear noisy or what have you. And the Seattle area definitely has those conditions. So therefore it becomes easy to look at some of these and proclaim that a camera is inferior or outdated. This happens all of the time - regardless of camera release. And add to that scenario the reality that thousands of different monitor types (uncalibrated and calibrated) are being used to look at these...well, you get the picture here.

Wait until various reviews come out and individual user experiences before casting a variety of opinions that so often occurs here.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 15:40 UTC as 45th comment | 3 replies
On article Fujifilm launches X-A10 as entry-level X-series model (166 comments in total)

It looks to be a repackaged X-A2, keeping the entry level point at 16 MP's (where everything else in the line will be at 24 MP's) and lowering the price $100. I love the X-A1 and IMO, I oftentimes prefer the look of images captured by the Fuji Bayer sensor (and processing engine of course) to that of some of the X-trans models. But hey, that's just me...

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2016 at 21:01 UTC as 55th comment
On article Updated: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV real-world sample gallery (485 comments in total)
In reply to:

Ben Herrmann: Is it just me, or has the overall color tonality changed a bit - to a more richer almost Leica-like scenario?

Keep in mind that all of us have different monitors and thus what we see may not jive with others. Mine is a calibrated NEC monitor and the images look...well, different to be sure - perhaps a bit "darker" and thus richer - who knows. But you're right about color profiles. Here they look a bit Sonyish to me (oh gosh, let the ranting begin....).

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2016 at 15:00 UTC
On article Updated: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV real-world sample gallery (485 comments in total)

Is it just me, or has the overall color tonality changed a bit - to a more richer almost Leica-like scenario?

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2016 at 13:07 UTC as 93rd comment | 5 replies
On article Canon EOS M10 real-world samples (61 comments in total)
In reply to:

Ben Herrmann: I've managed to own all of the M series of cameras and I got this M10 for "Da Misses," however, I've got to say that it is a delightful camera - one that holds up well and takes excellent images. I borrowed it once from her just to give it a try (had to pry it from her hands). I was very, very pleasantly surprised at the ergonomics, the feel and handling of the camera - but most of all the IQ. I shoot in RAW only and it was a delight to use. I managed to get hers (with lens) for only $379 off of an eBay vendor that had several (new obviously) for that price (located in the US).

Good come back....LOL

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2016 at 14:17 UTC
On article Canon EOS M10 real-world samples (61 comments in total)

I've managed to own all of the M series of cameras and I got this M10 for "Da Misses," however, I've got to say that it is a delightful camera - one that holds up well and takes excellent images. I borrowed it once from her just to give it a try (had to pry it from her hands). I was very, very pleasantly surprised at the ergonomics, the feel and handling of the camera - but most of all the IQ. I shoot in RAW only and it was a delight to use. I managed to get hers (with lens) for only $379 off of an eBay vendor that had several (new obviously) for that price (located in the US).

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2016 at 14:51 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies
In reply to:

Jefftan: XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS II

this kit lens got a lens hood?
Anyone knows?

Yes, the 16-50 XC lens comes with the lens hood.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2016 at 13:04 UTC
On article Rebel in your pocket: Canon EOS M3 Review (464 comments in total)

Other than some issues - which can be subjective, depending on the user and what he/she considers essential - I find this camera to be a delightful instrument to use. And I've captured some wonderful images with this camera.

I shoot with lots of different brand gear, but I've got to say that I've personally enjoyed using the various cameras in the Canon M line. I do agree that Canon should up their game with regards to this format and if they put the full force of their enormous R&D efforts into this genre, the M line could be very competitive. In addition, many of these smaller issues can be fixed/adjusted with firmware updates - but it seems that Canon is loathe to do so, as if doing so would imply that they released a less than completed product.

Of course, this is all IMO....

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2016 at 19:21 UTC as 134th comment
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love2travelfar: Great, less corporations left, each of them bigger and bigger.
Love the competition! Lenin is laughing in his grave :(

Ahhh...spoken like a textbook socialist. You must be so proud....

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 13:38 UTC

This is a great deal, but me thinks that they are no longer updating the original NIK software package.

I have used NIK products since their inception - to include when Google took over the software development on these. And a good indicator that it was being actively improved was when Google updated the software on a regular schedule. However, I've noticed they've not updated it at all for months now, leading me to believe that they've stopped development on this outstanding package. Perhaps that's why they are now giving it away for free.

I do hope I'm wrong through (about their not developing it anymore). We'll have to wait and see.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 21:52 UTC as 163rd comment
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