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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  • I have it on the X-A3.  I don't have the PZ function (lever, etc) - but when I turn the zoom ring, it functions just fine.  What are you referring to?
  • Replied in Peter...
    The uncanny aspect about this lens (15-45) is that IMO, I would not hesitate to use it with the higher priced X bodies - it's that good!  I've got it on my X-A3 and other than having gotten used ...
  • ...have been thinking about it and you've been a bit disappointed that Fuji didn't make a lens hood for it - well, I've got a superb recommendation for the ideal lens hood for this particular new ...
  • Replied in To clarify...
    ...when you take photos in very low light scenarios (typically indoors at night) - that's where Canon's once mighty supremacy in that area has waned (not with their FF models however).  This ...
  • You and a few of us have been around on these forums for going on close to 2 decades now, and we've seen (and used) quite a few enthusiast (bridge) cameras along the way. Realizing that now-a-days, ...
  • I've been with the Four Thirds movement since its inception with the classic, venerable E-1 back in 2003-2004.  Then I transitioned to Micro Four Thirds.  So yes, I've been invested in this format ...
  • I've had two issues in the past - one as early as just last year - in which I had to send in a M43 camera for repair.  Everything was handled smoothly and my camera was returned repaired/adjusted ...
  • All of your pending EOS M camera choices are capable of superb IQ in the stills department.  I'm not a video shooter, so I cannot (will not) comment on that arena. So IMO, these choices depend on : ...
  • Been using that program for close to a decade now. The software has reached a point whereby updates are few and far between (maybe once a year, if that). They used to be good for both updating ...
  • Replied in Look...
    ...regardless of what accessory you purchase you will see the gamut of replies - ranging from bad to good. It's a given. The glass LCD protectors are a dime a dozen and I "strongly" recommend them. ...
  • ...and those are: 1.  Send it in to Fuji (at your expense of course) to see if Fuji can either repair or replace with a refurbished model.  My guess is that at this state of the game they won't ...
  • ...I believe you over did it in post processing - meaning, oversaturation.  I don't know if you used one of those automatic picture profile options that you get in various software now-a-days, but ...
  • As an aside, I have the Tamron 18-200 (for EOS M) and even that required periodic updates to work on various successive M releases.  And even more frustrating is the fact that you have to send in ...
  • ...and you knew this was coming! A lens not mentioned (unless I failed to see it) is the awesome (yet very inexpensive if you get it on eBay) Panasonic 12-60 F3.5-5.6 OIS lens.  This 24-120 MM ...
  • Over the past decade and a half, I've also seen numerous prognostications that indicated that Olympus was on its last leg - that the Four Thirds sensor had reached its limit.  And look at Olympus ...
  • ...is the fact thst you misspeled "harumph" incorrectly.  it should have been, "Aaaaaaaarumph!!!"
  • Exactly what I was thinking.  All this "subjective" bickering about lack of USB charging, something which I've yet to utilize with many of my cameras that happen to have that feature.  And the bad ...
  • You know, as a reviewer, you're damned if you do and damned if you don't! Folks need to be reminded that any review will be subjective and the person doing the reviewing has his/her priorities. ...

  • Replied in Great!
    I was just curious, because as I said, you used to be quite a prolific poster on this forum with lots of great contributions.   We get so accustomed to having certain high visible individuals ...
  • I'd have to challenge you on that one!  Although, without a doubt, the 11-22 is an absolutely wonderful (and small) wide angle zoom lens, the EF-S 10-18 is a phenomenal performer clarity-wise with ...
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