Ben Herrmann

Ben Herrmann

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

FULL NAME: Bernd Werner Herrmann.

BIRTHPLACE: Moosburg, Bavaria (Germany)

CURRENT HOME: I emigrated to the United States (with my parents) in the early 1950's and settled in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. 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 - Tourism, Parks and Recreation Management - Summa Cum Laude.

SCENARIOS THAT TEND TO IRRITATE ME: Political correctness in all areas of life, socialists, and 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.

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

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

NIKON:
P6000, P7700 and P330

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, and X-T1

SAMSUNG:
EX2F, NX300, NX30 and NX500

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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 266th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (632 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 40th comment | 2 replies
On article Canon EOS M5 real-world sample gallery (240 comments in total)
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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)
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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 92nd comment | 5 replies
On article Canon EOS M10 real-world samples (61 comments in total)
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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
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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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Ben Herrmann: YES!!!!! Finally. This is what I've been looking for. I prefer Panny lenses (well, kit and normal zoom lenses that is) over the Oly ones. I keep Panny lenses on all of my Olympus cameras - just a habit (and preference)

I've long since sold off the Olympus 12-50 (had two of 'em) because I didn't like the lack sharpness and contrast levels in that lens - hoping that either Olympus or Panny heard the call and came up with a suitable replacement. It looks like Panny responded first.

If this new Panny 12-60 (harkening back to the gold ole' Zuiko 12-60 of regular Four Thirds day which I still have) is as at least as sharp (or sharper) than some of the other Panny normal zooms (i.e. the older 14-45, 14-42 II, and of recent...the awesome little 12-32), then I'll be one happy camper. Will be first in line to try out this baby. Oh yeah baby!!!!!!

I realize that all of this is subjective, but for me, I've found that the normal kit zooms from Olympus to be missing that certain, palpable "you are there" factor. Although the images could look nice (again, nice is a subjective scenario), they just never did anything for me as far as drawing me into a scene.

However, when I first picked up the older Panny 14-45, I was blown away at the IQ and my feeling of being able to look into an image - viewing a well taken image vicariously. Then I also tried the Panny (newer) 14-42 II and again, I was taken aback at how sharp this plastic lens was. Then came the very small Panny 12-32 and that "sealed da deal" for me in relation to kit lens quality.

I'm not one to shy away from saying that I enjoy using the Panny kit lenses as my primary lenses on all of my Olympus and Panny micro 43 cameras. If Panny continues with its history of producing superb kit general zoom lenses, then this new 12-60 will rock!

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 20:20 UTC

YES!!!!! Finally. This is what I've been looking for. I prefer Panny lenses (well, kit and normal zoom lenses that is) over the Oly ones. I keep Panny lenses on all of my Olympus cameras - just a habit (and preference)

I've long since sold off the Olympus 12-50 (had two of 'em) because I didn't like the lack sharpness and contrast levels in that lens - hoping that either Olympus or Panny heard the call and came up with a suitable replacement. It looks like Panny responded first.

If this new Panny 12-60 (harkening back to the gold ole' Zuiko 12-60 of regular Four Thirds day which I still have) is as at least as sharp (or sharper) than some of the other Panny normal zooms (i.e. the older 14-45, 14-42 II, and of recent...the awesome little 12-32), then I'll be one happy camper. Will be first in line to try out this baby. Oh yeah baby!!!!!!

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 13:58 UTC as 32nd comment | 4 replies
On article Opinion: Pour one out for Samsung cameras (321 comments in total)

It's the way they're going about doing all of this, ignoring having to face their loyal customers. It appears as if they're assuming that if they just ignore us and remain quiet, we will all go away. That's the most grating thing for me about all of this. I've been absolutely delighted with the Samsung gear I have - but their behavior in this arena has even soured my taste for any of their other products.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 03:06 UTC as 71st comment | 2 replies

The firmware update for the very old PZ 14-42 is incorrect. That is NOT one of the lenses that is being updated. I just verified this with Panasonic.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 15:31 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies

Problem is that one can order the M3 from eBay for a pittance (with the optional viewfinder) ranging from $529 to $560. Yes, I know it doesn't have a US warranty, but now, coming to the States, if you wanted to get the M3, the kit lens, and the optional viewfinder, we're talkin' $1000 USD or more. Don't know if that's a good move.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2015 at 13:33 UTC as 113th comment

Wow, as an avid Fuji X user (among several other brands also), I was not planning on getting the X-T1 (although I love that camera). But this firmware...changes everything. Now it's just the question of where can I get the moolaa to pick one up. Perhaps, I may "pimp" out the Misses for a week or so to obtain the cash. Don't know if she'll understand the reasons why, but WTF, ya gotta do what ya gotta do!!!

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2015 at 15:35 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply
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