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. Go by "nickname: of "Ben." Why "Ben?" After arriving in the US in the early 1950's (right after WW II), school kids began calling me two specific names - one being "da Nazi," and the other being "Ben." Well obviously, I choose to respond to "Ben" and that name stuck ever since. Kids can be cruel, y'know!

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 (Panzer) Officer. We subsequently became proud (and hopefully, productive) naturalized American citizens.

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Retired US Marine Corps (26 years of active service - Viet Nam vet) and now fully retired - although I don't consider myself a senior citizen by any stretch of the imagination.

ASTROLOGICAL SIGN: Aquarius (Feb 13).

EDUCATION: (NC State University) - BS - Natural Resources and Parks Management - summa cum laude.

HOBBIES AND/OR PREFERRED ACTIVITIES: Avid physical fitness and weight training, digital photography, fine cuisine/wine, gardening - along with rifle and pistol marksmanship (favorite firearms brands = Glock, Walther, Springfield, H&K, and Sig Sauer).

FAVORITE MUSIC: Classical and Romantic time periods, specifically, Mozart, Haydn, Johann Christian Bach, and Beethoven. Other types - Jazz of varying types. And yes, I even enjoy certain pieces performed by Bruno Mars (go figure)!

HISTORICAL PEOPLE THAT INSPIRED ME: Erwin Rommel, Klaus von Stauffenberg and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

CAMERA SYSTEMS I AM CURRENTLY USING:

I'm using various mirrorless sh_t from Panasonic, Olympus, Samsung, Fujifilm, and Canon (M).

On the Enthusiast and P&S side of the house, I'm playing with stuff from Samsung, Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Panasonic, Kodak, and Olympus.

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Ben Herrmann: Gosh, I've been using the NIK software since their inception - paid for it (around 2009/10). When Google took over, I was disappointed, but at least the updates were free.

Then, when I found out that DXO picked up the Nik software, I figured that there is no way I'll pay for it again. But then I realized that the NIK plug-ins are some of my most used (and useful) ones and therefore I just pulled the trigger on the introductory price for this set. They are without a doubt (well, at least on my end), some of the most useful plugins I've used for Photoshop.

Yes - small areas, most notably in more accuracy to the various adjustments for each piece (i.e. Viveza, Color Effects Pro, etc). Additionally, some new options (sliders) were included. You would very well just rely on these plug-ins for most of your post processing. That's why I decided to pay for it again - at that price, it is "beyond" well worth it.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2018 at 16:16 UTC

Gosh, I've been using the NIK software since their inception - paid for it (around 2009/10). When Google took over, I was disappointed, but at least the updates were free.

Then, when I found out that DXO picked up the Nik software, I figured that there is no way I'll pay for it again. But then I realized that the NIK plug-ins are some of my most used (and useful) ones and therefore I just pulled the trigger on the introductory price for this set. They are without a doubt (well, at least on my end), some of the most useful plugins I've used for Photoshop.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2018 at 13:32 UTC as 50th comment | 4 replies
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-T100 Review (359 comments in total)
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Ben Herrmann: Keeping in mind that this is basically an "entry level" mirror-less model (with EVF) from Fuji, I think they did quite well. With regards to wanting "more customization" options, again - keep in mind that at a certain price point, they have to keep it dumbed down to a degree, so as not to cannibalize their mid to upper tier level models (i.e. X-T20).

As one of many who enjoy the Bayer files from the Fuji X-A series (and now absolutely friekin' happy to finally have an EVF for their Bayer cameras), I believe that the X-T100 will sell quite well. I know that within the next 90 days I'll be getting one (I prefer the dark silver/gray version).

As for the 15-45, I've been using that lens since it first came out and I absolutely love it. Yes, it's plastic, but my copy is sharp "all" across the frame - and having that 22.5 MM equivalent wide angle reach often negates having to search for a wide angle lens or zoom. I've really embraced that lens (currently have it on the X-A3).

I don't recall implying that the X-T100 looked cheap?

Here's the thing - everything we look for in a camera is subjective. For me (and I know others also), I don't particular care for Sony products. I personally don't like their way of rendering colors - just a personal opinion, I know. As an exception to that statement, I very much admire their release of the A7 series.

So it's more than just saying, "Well, that other camera is better," as that just won't cut the mustard. Hands down (for me, that is), I prefer Fuji's way of rendering colors over the way Sony does them - whereas the next person may enjoy Sony very much (I can't fault them for that).

So no, I would not even look at the Sony A6000, A6300, or A6500 - for a whole host of personal reasons, which would take more to explain than the limited amount of space here. I tend to enjoy the colors rendered by Fuji, Olympus, Canon (EOS M), and the Samsung NX series (now defunct, but nevertheless still relevant).

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2018 at 14:23 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-T100 Review (359 comments in total)

Keeping in mind that this is basically an "entry level" mirror-less model (with EVF) from Fuji, I think they did quite well. With regards to wanting "more customization" options, again - keep in mind that at a certain price point, they have to keep it dumbed down to a degree, so as not to cannibalize their mid to upper tier level models (i.e. X-T20).

As one of many who enjoy the Bayer files from the Fuji X-A series (and now absolutely friekin' happy to finally have an EVF for their Bayer cameras), I believe that the X-T100 will sell quite well. I know that within the next 90 days I'll be getting one (I prefer the dark silver/gray version).

As for the 15-45, I've been using that lens since it first came out and I absolutely love it. Yes, it's plastic, but my copy is sharp "all" across the frame - and having that 22.5 MM equivalent wide angle reach often negates having to search for a wide angle lens or zoom. I've really embraced that lens (currently have it on the X-A3).

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2018 at 13:42 UTC as 72nd comment | 16 replies

There's just something missing here.....hmnnnnnn? Yes, that's what it is - shouldn't the edges of the blue material where it meets the silver be frayed a bit?

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2018 at 22:43 UTC as 94th comment | 5 replies
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Ben Herrmann: Ok, this question is a little off base, but are Chelsea and Tony husband and wife, or brother and sister? Somebody once mentioned that they were siblings, but then that didn't make sense because it appears they live together. So I'm thinkin' husband and wife (although they do look like they could be related).

You do realize it was just done in jest (joke) - I'm assuming.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2018 at 16:35 UTC
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Ben Herrmann: Ok, this question is a little off base, but are Chelsea and Tony husband and wife, or brother and sister? Somebody once mentioned that they were siblings, but then that didn't make sense because it appears they live together. So I'm thinkin' husband and wife (although they do look like they could be related).

Haaaaaaa, love all of the replies - in particular, "both!!!!"

Link | Posted on May 27, 2018 at 20:19 UTC

Ok, this question is a little off base, but are Chelsea and Tony husband and wife, or brother and sister? Somebody once mentioned that they were siblings, but then that didn't make sense because it appears they live together. So I'm thinkin' husband and wife (although they do look like they could be related).

Link | Posted on May 26, 2018 at 19:54 UTC as 23rd comment | 6 replies
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Ben Herrmann: Love it!!!! Will be getting one for sure. Am already sold on the 15-45 which I purchased earlier - exceptionally sharp lens for the genre. Yes, finally, Fuji doing Bayer in step-up increments. Loved the files I was getting with the X-A series, but relying on those poorly implemented LCD screens made it often difficult to impossible to shoot in bright conditions. Now with the X-T100, having that EVF makes all the difference in the world. This body and the combo are priced right. Yesssssss....

To Marc....

Got ya. Yes, that wasn't me - 'cause I have a really excellent copy of the new 15-45 and wrote extensively about it. Now on the other hand, if you were talking about something I wrote on the Canon EOS M forum - then yes, in that I've had to go through 3 different EF-M 15-45 F3.5-6.3 IS lenses before I got a decent one. But I know I didn't give up the Fuji XC version.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2018 at 19:23 UTC
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Ben Herrmann: Love it!!!! Will be getting one for sure. Am already sold on the 15-45 which I purchased earlier - exceptionally sharp lens for the genre. Yes, finally, Fuji doing Bayer in step-up increments. Loved the files I was getting with the X-A series, but relying on those poorly implemented LCD screens made it often difficult to impossible to shoot in bright conditions. Now with the X-T100, having that EVF makes all the difference in the world. This body and the combo are priced right. Yesssssss....

Show me where I said that I don't own the 15-45 anymore? I never said that as I have one on my X-A3? I don't know where you were heading with this, but you're way off base. I paid $299 for it from Adorama, right after they got in stock. I love this lens - have no clue what you are talking about.

Better yet, provide a link to where I said that. If I did mis-word it - which I doubt I did - it purely by mistake. In the end, I don't comment about gear I don't own.

Sorry Homey, but you're barkin' up the wrong tree here.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2018 at 13:50 UTC

Love it!!!! Will be getting one for sure. Am already sold on the 15-45 which I purchased earlier - exceptionally sharp lens for the genre. Yes, finally, Fuji doing Bayer in step-up increments. Loved the files I was getting with the X-A series, but relying on those poorly implemented LCD screens made it often difficult to impossible to shoot in bright conditions. Now with the X-T100, having that EVF makes all the difference in the world. This body and the combo are priced right. Yesssssss....

Link | Posted on May 24, 2018 at 13:08 UTC as 158th comment | 5 replies
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Ben Herrmann: Ohhhhh man am I pi-s-s-ed to the max now. I just (within the last two weeks) extended my print subscription for another 2 years. No one mentioned anything about web only - not even a missive from Shutterbug. Well, I won't see that money again. Same thing happened with Popular Photography magazine - I gotten bitten twice.

Yes, come to think of it - a tit for tat between Newman and Kramer.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2018 at 02:45 UTC
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Ben Herrmann: Ohhhhh man am I pi-s-s-ed to the max now. I just (within the last two weeks) extended my print subscription for another 2 years. No one mentioned anything about web only - not even a missive from Shutterbug. Well, I won't see that money again. Same thing happened with Popular Photography magazine - I gotten bitten twice.

Give me your address so I can mail you all the ones I have at home - I think yo'll love them!

Link | Posted on May 23, 2018 at 15:33 UTC
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Ben Herrmann: Ohhhhh man am I pi-s-s-ed to the max now. I just (within the last two weeks) extended my print subscription for another 2 years. No one mentioned anything about web only - not even a missive from Shutterbug. Well, I won't see that money again. Same thing happened with Popular Photography magazine - I gotten bitten twice.

Well, OK - I'm coming clean here (and some of you will probably reluctantly agree). I'm a traditionalist, meaning I enjoy having a hard copy of any type of publication to read. I don't want to have to go and turn on my PC in order to read something on the web, although I like that option as part of the whole package. Just like a newspaper in the morning during breakfast - ole' pleasures are hard to part with.

But for me, where this "hard copy" really comes in handy is that you can take it anywhere - even on the "John," where I often do most of my critical thinkin' and quite a bit of my morning reading occurs there, Ahemmmmmm, I know, I know, it's not a pretty picture trying to visualize that - but hey, if some of you were honest, you'd probably agree ('cause you probably do it also..........haaaaaaa). OK I'm done with this... :-)

Link | Posted on May 23, 2018 at 13:30 UTC

Ohhhhh man am I pi-s-s-ed to the max now. I just (within the last two weeks) extended my print subscription for another 2 years. No one mentioned anything about web only - not even a missive from Shutterbug. Well, I won't see that money again. Same thing happened with Popular Photography magazine - I gotten bitten twice.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2018 at 22:22 UTC as 36th comment | 12 replies
On article DPReview TV: Waterproof camera shootout 2018 (175 comments in total)
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Ben Herrmann: Am really enjoying these Chris and Jordan videos (always have). They have great chemistry and I enjoy the humor. Being an "older timer," they (in a round about way) remind me of that ole' comedy duo - Abbott and Costello who were popular in the 40's and 50's. Chris being Costello, whereas Abbott is Jordan (I know, I know, I'm really stretchin' it here).

In addition, they cover lots of ground in their reviews, which IMO, really helps. Both Chris and Jordan are quite fluid in their talking points which keeps your attention to the review at hand. Glad to see that DPReview landed them. And am certainly looking forward to more.

Let's face it, there are tons of video reviews out there - some are boring, while other reviewers are, like....errrr - Prima Donna's. Chris and Jordan hit the right mix and are naturals doing these reviews.

This TG5 looks like a sure winner. Now let's see some 1" models of the same genre - but they will be much more expensive obviously.

When reading some of the reviews on this Sealife model, folks complain about the camera being severely crippled with regards to options, along with RAW file write times that can range from 5 - 7 seconds (and these times compare with cameras released 10-15 years ago that took forever to write RAW files). Nope, I think that in this area, there is still a severe need for a higher-end all weather tough series of camera.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2018 at 13:44 UTC
On article DPReview TV: Waterproof camera shootout 2018 (175 comments in total)

Am really enjoying these Chris and Jordan videos (always have). They have great chemistry and I enjoy the humor. Being an "older timer," they (in a round about way) remind me of that ole' comedy duo - Abbott and Costello who were popular in the 40's and 50's. Chris being Costello, whereas Abbott is Jordan (I know, I know, I'm really stretchin' it here).

In addition, they cover lots of ground in their reviews, which IMO, really helps. Both Chris and Jordan are quite fluid in their talking points which keeps your attention to the review at hand. Glad to see that DPReview landed them. And am certainly looking forward to more.

Let's face it, there are tons of video reviews out there - some are boring, while other reviewers are, like....errrr - Prima Donna's. Chris and Jordan hit the right mix and are naturals doing these reviews.

This TG5 looks like a sure winner. Now let's see some 1" models of the same genre - but they will be much more expensive obviously.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2018 at 15:20 UTC as 51st comment | 8 replies

Loving these Chris and Jordan videos. They have great chemistry and I enjoy the humor. Being an "older timer," they (in a round about way) remind me of that ole' comedy duo - Abbott and Costello who were popular in the 40's and 50's. Chris being Costello, whereas Abbott is Jordan (I know, I know, I'm really stretchin' it here).

In addition, they cover lots of ground in their reviews, which IMO, really helps. Chris is quite fluid in his talking points which keeps your attention to the review at hand. I know there are lots of "me too" reviewers out there - some of which wind up acting like prima-donna's, along with being long winded, and often-times boring (fill in the blanks here with who I might be referring to). That's why I enjoy these Chris and Jordan reviews. Glad to see that DPReview landed them. And am certainly looking forward to more.

This TG5 looks like a sure winner. Now let's see some 1" models of the same genre - but they will be much more expensive obviously.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2018 at 13:55 UTC as 3rd comment

I've been really stoked upon first hearing all of this awhile back (regarding the pending X-T100). The Fuji Bayer files are superb, but we've been relegated with having to do with the X-A series.

Unfortunately, both the X-A3 and X-A5 have LCD screens that have technology that seemingly feel (and look) like they are decade old. Images are almost impossible to see via the LCD in any type of brighter conditions (outdoors) - and those being either sunny or bright, cloudy conditions. Just got back from a trip where I used the X-A3 and the new 15-45 lens - and I swear that out of 95% of my shots (outside), I found myself guessing how to compose because the LCD sucked.

Now having an EVF makes all the difference in the world. Am happy to see Fuji raising the bar a bit for the Bayer sensor. I know I'll get one shortly after they are released. I'm betting this one will sell quite well.

I'm bettin' that DPReview has one for review already (surprise my Asssssssss).

Link | Posted on May 18, 2018 at 22:12 UTC as 78th comment | 1 reply

Gonna be hard to compete with the Olympus Tough Series TG-5. Sure, the Oly only has 12 MP's, but it produces RAW files also and has pretty sharp glass for the genre. Don't know why Panasonic didn't at least include a RAW file option. But really...20 MP's on this pin-headed size sensor. I can only imagine lots of artifacts and not much in the way of higher ISO scenarios (read "clean" here) without adding an enormous amount of NR. But hey, I'd be glad to be proven wrong here as it would only give folks another viable option for the tough series of cameras.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2018 at 22:57 UTC as 33rd comment | 4 replies
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