Ben Herrmann

Ben Herrmann

Lives in United States Central North Carolina region, 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. I adopted the "nickname: of "Ben" shortly after arriving in the US because quite frankly, there is no nick name for Bernd in the US.

BIRTHPLACE: Moosburg, Bavaria (Germany)

CURRENT HOME: Central North Carolina where we moved after I retired from the Marine Corps. As a matter of background info, my parents and I emigrated to the United States in the early 1950's and settled in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area. I left the concrete jungle known as Philadelphia in 1967 to join the Marines.

MILITARY SERVICE: 26 years of active service in the US Marine Corps - in various occupational specialties and duty assignments. As for combat experience, I served in the Vietnam conflict from Feb 68 - Mar 69 with the 2nd CAG. In retrospect, my most favorite duty assignment was as a Marine Drill Instructor with the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, MCRD San Diego, California (the state that is now often referred to as the "Peoples Republic of California.") in the early 1970's. I retired from the Marine Corps on 31 January 1993.

OTHER JOB EXPERIENCES: Park Manager and Lake Warden, and that was followed by being a New Home Construction Sales Real Estate Broker. I am fully retired now, although I don't consider myself "retired" in any sense of that word.

HOBBIES and PREFERRED ACTIVITIES: Avid physical fitness and weight training in various gyms. Obviously photography (since 1968) and currently shooting with Micro 4/3, Fuji X, Canon EOS M, and Samsung NX cameras. I enjoy gardening and look forward to growing my "veggies" each year. I am also active in rifle and pistol marksmanship with my favorite firearms brands being Glock, H&K, Walther, Kel-Tec, Springfield arms, and Taurus. My wife and I enjoy gourmet dining and wine tastings and make it a point as often as we can to visit various wineries/vineyards across my state and in other regions.

ASTROLOGICAL SIGN: Aquarius (Feb 13).

EDUCATION: (NC State University) - BS - Natural Resources and Parks Management - summa cum laude 4.01.

Ben Herrmann's current gear

Fujifilm X30
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
Canon EOS M
Here is a "keeper" of a camera, if ever there was one. Although just 12 MP's, this Fuji X-30 is a tour de force with regards to ergonomics, appearances, and overall IQ. Once you handle and shoot with one, you'll be hooked. They are hard to find anymore, but this one - with the larger 2/3" sensor has been with me since I purchased it new.
I purchased this replace my Fuji X-S1 which I subsequently sold. Although this Panny is as large as a DSLR, it has a nice IQ factor and is worthy for me to keep in my collection.
I love this camera! Is it a speed demon? Hell no, but its gorgeous color tonality, all metal build quality, and just overall feel, make this a keeper to be sure.
Canon EOS M100
Canon EOS M50 (EOS Kiss M)
Canon EOS M6
Very compact and fun to shoot with excellent IQ to be sure. It's hard to believe that they packed an APS-C sized sensor in this pocket-sized body. I'll keep this one, but if Canon comes out with even a better M200 (or whatever the number regimen will be), I'll go for that one.
I enjoy using the M50 - nice color tonality and feels nice in the hand. I have the Canon EF-M 18-150 attached to mine. All of the EOS M bodies are fun to use, so I'm keeping this one.
I enjoy (no, make that "love"] this camera. I have the awesome EF-M 11-22 wide angle zoom lens attached to mine, and this has become an absolutely superb scenic photography combination camera.
Fujifilm X-A5
Fujifilm X-E2S
Fujifilm X-E3
This camera has IQ capabilities that are second to none. Sure, it's an entry level camera model with a Bayer sensor, but the clarity of the images - along with its superb color tonality - make this a keeper. Plus I enjoy using various Fujifilm cameras, both X-Trans and Bayer.
I've basically upgraded most of my Fuji cameras to the 24 MP models, except for this gorgeous X-E2s which has wonderful colors and is quite sharp - even though it only has a 16 MP sensor. It feels great in the hand and is a joy to use.
Another Fuji camera I thoroughly enjoy using. It's a good step from the earlier X-E2 series, but I must admit, I kept the X-E2s because it's still an awesome camera. But the X-E2 is a delight to use for a number of reasons.
Fujifilm X-H1
Fujifilm X-T100
Fujifilm X-T2
Much has been written about this camera and yes, it's as large as a DSLR, but damnnnnn, it's a joy to use and hold and everything you need to shoot is right at your finger tips with various dials and buttons and LCD screen on the top.
Although still considered entry level (with an EVF), the IQ from this camera can stand up to the best of them to be sure.
Again - another great Fujifilm camera. It feels wonderful in the hand and I enjoy using it. I previously upgraded from the X-T1 for this one.
Fujifilm X-T20
Olympus E-330 (EVOLT E-330)
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
A nice compact feel to this body - which is similar to the X-T100, but with an X-Trans sensor. It's a joy to use.
Although this is merely a 7.5 MP camera, it's gorgeous color tonality and feel in the hand, make it a keeper to be sure. I have the superb Panny-Leica 14-50 F3.8-5.6 OIS zoom lens attached for a remarkable combination.
Whenever I pick up this camera, I am reminded at what a joy it is to use this model. It has plenty of dials and buttons, feels great in the hand, performs superbly, and renders great images. What more is there to want in a camera?
Olympus OM-D E-M5
Olympus PEN E-P5
Olympus PEN E-PL7
I had this camera since it was first released, and I will not let it go. IQ capabilities are superb, color tonality is really nice, it feels great in the hand, and is small in size (as opposed to the more recently E-M1 series of cameras which are almost as large as a DSLR). This one is a keeper to be sure.
Just a classy camera all the way around. Not only is the IQ superb, but the build quality and body design are exemplary. You just want to hold this camera and when you do, you are reminded of it's stellar design and build qualities.
No need to update to the E-PL8 as this wonderful X-PL7 body has the capability to use an clip-on EVF (which the E-PL8 doesn't have). Takes great photos, is exceptionally small, and has that gorgeous Olympus color tonality.
Olympus PEN-F
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1
Samsung NX mini
I've basically held off getting the Pen F until just recently and I'm so glad I got one before they are no longer in stock. What a gorgeously designed camera, along with build quality and exceptional image quality. This one will be another "keeper" for a long time. If you've been considering getting this camera, don't hold back because they are almost gone (new ones, that is).
I still have two of these and love this camera. Although I must admit, I am getting ready to sell both of them - not because of any deficiency, but rather because I haven't used them much. When I do use them (both have the Panny EVF attached), I am reminded at how wonderful this camera really is.
This one snuck by many a reviewer. Featuring a 1" sensor, this little camera rocks with a gorgeous color tonality, very fast and reactive touch screen, and exceptionally dynamic range for such a small camera. I came to this one late - like around 5 years after it was first released, but once I bought one and tried it, it's stayin' in my collection.
Samsung NX30
Samsung NX500
A really nice DSLR to use with an adjustable variangle EVF. Gorgeous colors are the results from this camera, although DR is a bit lacking. All in all, I found this camera to be a keeper for a number of reasons.
Still very much relevant today, this 28 MP camera has absolutely superb IQ capabilities with that excellent Samsung color tonality, which lends itself well towards scenics. Ergonomically, cameras don't get any better than this. It's stayin' in my collection.
Other gear:
  • Canon EOS M2 Great little camera - actually a tad smaller than the original M - and faster.

Ben Herrmann's wish list

Sorted by most recently added.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 III
Fujifilm X-A7
Canon EOS M200
Olympus OM-D E-M1X
Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II
Sony a7R III
Ricoh GR III
Panasonic Lumix DC-G9
Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS Pro
Other gear:
  • Nikon DL24-500