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."

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 naturalized American citizens.

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

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 and wine, gardening, and rifle and pistol marksmanship (favorite firearms brands = Glock, Walther, Springfield, H&K, and Sig Sauer).

CAMERA SYSTEMS I AM CURRENTLY USING:

Various Mirrorless models from Panasonic, Olympus, Samsung, and Canon (M).

Enthusiast and P&S models from Samsung, Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Panasonic, Kodak, and Olympus.

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I know I'm rather late with regards to commenting on this review, but I must say that I've now purchased two of these flash units - one for Fuji and one for Micro 4/3.

After using The Godox V860II with those ultra powerful Li-ion batteries, I'm hooked. I've shot indoor events (shooting in TTL mode) where I shot over 1000 images and the power level indicators still showed almost full. And the "throw weight" with regards to lighting is tremendous with the V860II. And even better is the fact that you can purchase extra batteries all over the place - which cost anywhere from $35 to $49.95 USD depending on where you purchase them from.

Another variable to keep in mind when shooting with these Li-ion battery operated flash units is the fact that the option of having to use an external battery window goes out the window. The recycling time of these Li-ion batteries are almost instantaneous.

Now I find myself in the market for additional Li-ion powered batteries for other cameras.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 14:27 UTC as 5th comment
On article Olympus 17mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery (413 comments in total)
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Ben Herrmann: Reading all of the posts after any published camera/lens samples on this site, you obviously wind up with both positive and negative feelings. But I'll never come to a firm conclusion about any gear based on the samples I see on DPReview - just not going to happen. I've seen this all too often. This is not a slight (okay, so maybe it is) towards the folks at DPReview.

In the right hands, these higher end lenses can capture wonders. I'd wait for the formal reviews and a variety of samples and input from experienced users.

Hey gang - my apologies here as what I was trying to say did not come across the way I intended - and I certainly went down the wrong path. So yes, after going back and reading my comments they did appear rude.

What I was trying to imply here was that one set of samples won't satisfy everyone and it's best to wait for more formal reviews and user experiences. So for those who replied that they did not like these samples, just wait for the reviews and user experiences.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2017 at 03:03 UTC
On article Olympus 17mm F1.2 Pro sample gallery (413 comments in total)

Reading all of the posts after any published camera/lens samples on this site, you obviously wind up with both positive and negative feelings. But I'll never come to a firm conclusion about any gear based on the samples I see on DPReview - just not going to happen. I've seen this all too often. This is not a slight (okay, so maybe it is) towards the folks at DPReview.

In the right hands, these higher end lenses can capture wonders. I'd wait for the formal reviews and a variety of samples and input from experienced users.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2017 at 16:51 UTC as 59th comment | 4 replies

Interesting read. I feel the same way in that I often reach for much older cameras in my vast collection of goodies. The results coming from some of those older cameras - even as old as 14-15 years old - can be stunning to say the least. So when I saw this article I immediately identified with her experiences.

For example, I'll still periodically reach for the 2004 model Olympus E-1 (a 5 MP camera) whose rich colors and outstanding IQ can still be relevant today. The other day I reached for the ole' 7.1 MP Olympus Camedia C7070 enthusiast model and am continuously reminded of the fantastic IQ of these early models.

I guess what I'm getting at here is that we're so accustomed to wanting the latest and greatest (we've become so damned spoiled). Yet older models - whether 5-15 years of age, are still very much relevant today and when used properly can have you smiling with the IQ results they are capable of generating.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2017 at 14:21 UTC as 172nd comment
On article Canon EOS M100 review (788 comments in total)
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Ben Herrmann: When I first purchased the previous M10 (18 MP's) for "da Misses," I was not prepared to witness the outstanding IQ capabilities of that seemingly simplistic looking camera. Then when my wife couldn't let go of her smart phone to take pics, I took the M10 back (yeah, I know, I'm an Indian giver, ehhhh). What I found was despite the seemingly quite simple exterior, that M10 was no slouch in the IQ department and I've been smitten ever since with that camera.

Now enter the M100 - a further upgraded take on that philosophy. And as some of you know, sometimes just wanting to keep things simple is a huge plus. I'll pull the trigger on the M100 as it's a steal for what you get. I'll hold off on the other more advanced M cameras until Canon can get their "sh_t" together with regards to releasing some more serious EF-M lenses. Sigh...

Absolutely goes against the point of having mirrorless to begin with! One of the main selling features of most mirrorless cameras is the ability to use smaller sized lenses - thus creating a much smaller & lighter system.

Yes, I have EF-S lenses, but when you attach those - via the adapter - things get lots bigger (and heavier). Think about it, if all we're left with (in order to use good lenses) is having to use the adapter with larger EF-S and EF lenses, why have Mirrorless to begin with? If Canon wasn't serious about mirrorless (which up to this point is partly evidenced by their failure to address the EF-M lens line-up), why go about releasing mirrorless bodies to begin with? Since they were late to the mirrorless game to begin with, why didn't they make a statement (vice just a whimper) and release a lens road map?

Minus well just stick with DSLR's if we're forced to have to use adapters with large and bulky lenses! Many users are moving away from DSLR's to begin with.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2017 at 16:42 UTC
On article Canon EOS M100 review (788 comments in total)

When I first began using the earlier M10 (the predecessor to the M100), I was taken aback at its superb IQ, along with the fun factor involved with using it.

Although Canon doesn't typically release cameras with a massive wow factor, they tend to be consistent in producing instruments that give you excellent IQ and are reliable. But things have been remiss with Canon releases as of late. At one time (a decade or so ago), Canon were the "clean high ISO" masters and everyone else looked up to them for that. But they've now become somewhat stagnant in this department. Even some M43 cameras have begun to demonstrate cleaner high ISO levels than some APS-C Canon cameras (whether DSLR or Mirrorless).

But having used the M system now for several years, I've been delighted with the results I've been getting. But yeah - it's an embarrassment that just a few EF-M lenses are available - bummer!

Surprised to see a highly recommended for an entry level model camera. That says something.

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2017 at 15:49 UTC as 120th comment
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BostonC: Does the new FW make it less crappy? I want a body only option, just can't deal w kit zoom lenses.

Ye must remember - dat "Krappy" is a very subjective term. What may be "Krappy" for one user, could be orgasmic for the next person. You just never know about these things. But now to the 64 thousand dollar question - what does "less crappy" really mean?

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2017 at 21:45 UTC
On article Canon EOS M100 review (788 comments in total)

When I first purchased the previous M10 (18 MP's) for "da Misses," I was not prepared to witness the outstanding IQ capabilities of that seemingly simplistic looking camera. Then when my wife couldn't let go of her smart phone to take pics, I took the M10 back (yeah, I know, I'm an Indian giver, ehhhh). What I found was despite the seemingly quite simple exterior, that M10 was no slouch in the IQ department and I've been smitten ever since with that camera.

Now enter the M100 - a further upgraded take on that philosophy. And as some of you know, sometimes just wanting to keep things simple is a huge plus. I'll pull the trigger on the M100 as it's a steal for what you get. I'll hold off on the other more advanced M cameras until Canon can get their "sh_t" together with regards to releasing some more serious EF-M lenses. Sigh...

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2017 at 15:13 UTC as 172nd comment | 3 replies
On article Fujifilm X-E3 Review (752 comments in total)

Gosh - the choices we have in cameras now-a-days are just off the charts - with each one capable of netting an informed user superb imagery! Where to start - what to choose? Having said that, for those of us who use a variety of different brand system, it's safe to say that keeping an open mind about using another brand can net you many dividends in the long run - not to mention all of the pleasures involved.

As a Fuji user, this X-E3 looks interesting. I love the idea of a joystick - but am still out with regards to the LCD screen swipe to bring up functions, etc. But then again, it's because we've been long accustomed to doing things a certain way, our ability to change can be challenged with new scenarios

I've got to hand it to Fuji - cause' regardless of where you are with regards to liking their line of cameras or disliking them, they are ingenious and continue to both surprise and impress. Also, as an avid M43 user, I can appreciate all that Fuji brings to the table.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2017 at 14:14 UTC as 100th comment | 2 replies
On article Gallery: Fujifilm X-E3 sample photos (92 comments in total)

Although I'm not particular enamored with these image samples shown here, I have to say that once you jump squarely into the Fuji camp, you tend to become hooked. Lot's of intangibles involved with using Fuji cameras - many of which, are obviously difficult to describe. This X-E3 just adds to the mix. I still have both the X-E1 and X-E2 and one can see the logical transition with improvements between the X-E1 and X-E3.

Gosh, so many neat toys - yet so little money - sigh...

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2017 at 13:09 UTC as 10th comment

Depressing really - ohhhh, not the review - rather, the fact that Samsung, due to business reasons, left the camera market. Prior to acquiring Samsung gear I was a staunch user of a variety of other brand gear. I never considered Samsung before, because in my feeble little mind, I associated Samsung mainly with appliances and TV's.

And then one day it happened. I found an NX300 kit for a great deal and thought I'd try it out (3-4 years ago or so). When it arrived I was hooked and that began my foray (addition) into Samsung products. The ergonomics, operational characteristics, and gorgeous color tonality (in general) of the Samsung line, hooked me. Am so glad I still maintain the NX30, NX300, and NX500.

Even today, I suggest to folks to see if they can find a good (either new) or used NX500 - you wanna talk about superb ergonomics and IQ!!!

Just a shame (made many of us quite angry) to have witnessed how Samsung left the market - with no formal announcement at all. Bummer...

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 13:37 UTC as 122nd comment
On article Samsung NX1 Review (1262 comments in total)

Depressing really - ohhhh, not the review - rather, the fact that Samsung, due to business reasons, left the camera market. Prior to acquiring Samsung gear I was a staunch user of a variety of other brand gear. I never considered Samsung before, because in my feeble little mind, I associated Samsung mainly with appliances and TV's.

And then one day it happened. I found an NX300 kit for a great deal and thought I'd try it out (3-4 years ago or so). When it arrived I was hooked and that began my foray (addition) into Samsung products. The ergonomics, operational characteristics, and gorgeous color tonality (in general) of the Samsung line, hooked me. Am so glad I still maintain the NX30, NX300, and NX500.

Even today, I suggest to folks to see if they can find a good (either new) or used NX500 - you wanna talk about superb ergonomics and IQ!!!

Just a shame (made many of us quite angry) to have witnessed how Samsung left the market - with no formal announcement at all. Bummer...

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 13:18 UTC as 23rd comment
On article Have it your way: which 24MP Canon should I buy? (253 comments in total)

As most folks know, all of the brands are producing cameras that are capable of netting superb IQ levels. And our choices of which brand to select are usually based on subjective preferences involving how a camera looks, ergonomics, and operational characteristics.

In shooting with 4 different brand mirrorless systems, each one features positives and negatives, yet in the end, the imagery they can capture puts a smile on my face. And I've got to say that although Canon has been slow in getting to the mirrorless race, their vast R&D and economic might will result in some very interesting cameras being released in the near future.

So whether you disagree with Canon or not, they just keep on tickin' and their cameras will sell.

Just ma' two cents worth, and Ahmmm stickin' wid it!!!!

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 13:54 UTC as 57th comment
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Ben Herrmann: Any speculations on our part are just that - speculation! Having said that, my views on this are that:

1. Although those of who constantly seek the next best enthusiast model, many of us "may" have hit a brick wall here with the release of the G1X III. Why? Because at some point, we're faced with the reality of what the competition (to include Canon itself) has to offer at much lower prices.

2. And speaking of price - this is ridiculous, IMO for the focal length - but that's just me. I'll no longer complain about the price of EOS M bodies, that's for sure. When the initial rumors began to surface about the G1X III model, the talk was of a 24-120 MM lens (which is an ideal all-around focal length). But this?

My prediction is that Canon will not sell the number of G1X III cameras that they had originally envisioned, thus eventually having to lower the price to $1000 USD or below (I'm hoping of course). But until this occurs (if at all), I'm lookin' to other brands!

Keep in mind that although it's 2 years old or so, check out the Panasonic LX100 - which is now down to around $560 USD or so. Yes, it has a 12 MP sensor, but a gorgeous Leica f1.8-2.8 zoom lens (same focal range as the G1X III). I'm now going to get the LX100 - which I've really been holding off on.

See here...

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=Panasonic+LX100+DMC-LX100&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR6.TRC2.A0.H0.XPanasonic+LX100+.TRS2&_nkw=Panasonic+LX100+&_sacat=0

But the pending LX200 may be released soon also - which may throw another wrench into the comparison scenario.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 13:34 UTC

Any speculations on our part are just that - speculation! Having said that, my views on this are that:

1. Although those of who constantly seek the next best enthusiast model, many of us "may" have hit a brick wall here with the release of the G1X III. Why? Because at some point, we're faced with the reality of what the competition (to include Canon itself) has to offer at much lower prices.

2. And speaking of price - this is ridiculous, IMO for the focal length - but that's just me. I'll no longer complain about the price of EOS M bodies, that's for sure. When the initial rumors began to surface about the G1X III model, the talk was of a 24-120 MM lens (which is an ideal all-around focal length). But this?

My prediction is that Canon will not sell the number of G1X III cameras that they had originally envisioned, thus eventually having to lower the price to $1000 USD or below (I'm hoping of course). But until this occurs (if at all), I'm lookin' to other brands!

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 13:21 UTC as 112th comment | 8 replies

Sigh... And why in the hell couldn't Samsung have continued with this advanced R&D in their camera systems. Ohhh, what could have been. And for those of us who still maintain Samsung NX systems, you know what I'm talkin' about.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 15:18 UTC as 20th comment | 3 replies

Having used the original Yashica Electro 35 camera when I was a young Marine back in Vietnam in 1968, I was sooooo looking forward to seeing a contemporary reincarnation of that model. At the time, that Electro 35 was far ahead of its time and captured some wonderful imagery. It was my very first 35 MM camera - one that made a huge impression on me.

To be honest, I was expecting this new model to either have a 1" sensor or an M43 sensor.

But this???? And what's up with that tiny pin-head sensor, and the gimmickry involving this so called digital film? Mannnn, what a let down (well, to me that is). But for some this may become an exceptionally narrow niche product.

But we all have choices. Good luck to Yashica (is it really still a Japanese company or is it Chinese now?) if this baby sells.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2017 at 14:57 UTC as 291st comment | 2 replies
On article Google shares high-resolution Pixel 2 sample photos (172 comments in total)

I'm actually a bit surprised here because on my monitor, these look great considering they are from a Smart Phone. Things are definitely stepping up in that department.

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2017 at 13:16 UTC as 18th comment
On article Google shares high-resolution Pixel 2 sample photos (172 comments in total)
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LV-426: Today's average joe/jane consumer isn't using a PC anymore with big monitors - they use a Smartphone or Tablet for the majority of their needs (web surfing, email, gaming, shopping). On most phone/tablet screens, the image quality from a phone sensor is going to look quite good and that is all that really matters these days.

Hey - I feel offended here. What about the "average" Bob, Ben, Bill, Leroy, and what have you?

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2017 at 13:15 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-A10 sample gallery (169 comments in total)

After shooting a variety of Fuji cameras - to include both X-Trans and Bayer models - I personally enjoy the Bayer IQ renditions better. But for the moment, Fuji has relegated the Bayer sensors to their entry level versions such as the X-A series, and from what I heard, the pending (future) X-T100 series (in an X-T10/20 body type).

Would love for them to release more advanced versions with the Bayer sensor, but Fuji has their game plan in hand and for the time being, the Bayer versions are relegated to what it is.

Link | Posted on Oct 1, 2017 at 20:50 UTC as 15th comment | 3 replies
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