Chuck Fralick

Lives in United States Ashburn, VA, United States
Works as a Ocean Engineer/Manager
Joined on Aug 16, 2003
About me:

Retired Navy officer, bubblehead (submariner)

Chuck Fralick's current gear

Canon PowerShot S95
Nikon Coolpix AW110
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
Old camera these days, but I still find it imminently usable and produces good images. Rock solid little camera.
Nothing special, but works well under water and is rugged. Great if you're out when it's raining.
Yes, tiny little sensor, but when combined with a 1.4 aperture on the wide end, it's very usable in most situations. Good IQ, good build, compact. Great travel camera.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Lumix DMC-TZ70)
Leica T (Typ 701)
Nikon D750
Surprisingly good IQ for an all-in-one, small sensor compact. Great lens range starting at 24mm. Imminently usable as a pocketable travel camera. I worry about dust over time with that really long zoom lens moving in and out of the body.
Weird, quirky little camera that is incredibly well built. Fast performer - better than some reviews say. IQ is stellar for an APS-C camera. Lenses are as good as anything out there. Just wish it had a built in EVF. Overlooked and very capable camera with touch screen operation.
Just got this - putting it through its paces. Like all DSLRs, it's large. Hope the IQ and performance overcome that reservation.
Leica APO-Vario-Elmar-T 55-135mm F3.5-4.5
Leica Vario-Elmar-T 18-56mm f/3.5-5.6
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
Other gear:
  • Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-TL 11-23mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH? Absolutely incredible lens. Corner to corner sharp wide open, great colors and contrast. Awesomesauce.

Chuck Fralick's previous gear

Canon PowerShot G10
Leica X1
Fujifilm X10
Meh. Nothing really ever grabbed me about it. Too large in comparison to the S95 which has image quality as good or better in my opinion.
Loved the build quality and image quality, but it was just too slow and awkward to use. X-Vario is much better as I assume the X2 is as well.
Loved the design, but wasn't blown away by the IQ. I thought the twisting the lens to turn it on was a little weird.
Leica X Vario
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
Nikon Coolpix P7800
Just great image quality - slow, limited zoom and large for an APS-C fixed lens camera. Great build.
Read all the hype but was a little disappointed in the camera. Inefficient user interface, odd exposure results, weird to hold.
Never warmed up to this camera. Image quality for a P&S was pretty good, but it just didn't work for me. Felt a little cheap, almost like it was hollow.
Canon EOS 40D
Olympus E-1
Olympus E-3
Wish I had kept this camera - one of the best of its generation.
Still one of my favorite cameras. Great ergonomics, very "Leica like" image characteristics.
Pentax K20D
Canon EOS 7D
Pentax K-5
Never warmed up to this one. Always seemed like the images were bland. K5 was lightyears better.
Great camera but I was disappointed with the cost of lenses relative to the competition.
Nikon 1 V1
Fujifilm X-E1
Canon EOS 6D
Blazing fast autofocus, excellent build quality, and very solid. Dynamic range and noise at higher ISOs were issues.
Just didn't like this camera. IQ was excellent, but just one I didn't warm up to. D750 is much better for me.
Olympus OM-D E-M1
Fujifilm X-E2S
Wonderful camera - very responsive, well built, small. IQ not a competitor for full frame, or even the best APS-C cameras, but good enough. Wish I had kept this one.