Marcos Villaroman

Lives in United States San Jose, United States
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Joined on Oct 31, 2003

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Very interesting topic indeed.

I've been into zooms most of my life. When I first used a Canon AE-1, it was with a 50/1.8 and a telephoto zoom. Going with the APS-C Canon Rebel, it was the 18-55, 18-135, 17-55/2.8, plus 70-200/4.

Only after I went FF DSLR and bought my base three L-zooms, did I discovered primes beyond the 50mm. Now on Fujifilm, I shoot now shoot 70% primes and 30% zoom.

Force me to go with a single lens, I would go for a zoom. Especially with better performing, high ISO cameras. I'll get more shots with the zoom and fast framing than I would with a prime in low light, shallow DOF, and the best image quality in the corners.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 16:29 UTC as 96th comment
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Marcos Villaroman: If Samsung does the usual, these units will be premium priced. At such high price points, I wouldn't buy a first generation product.

Wasn't last year's windows tablet core m3? I'm thinking of the i5 version of this galaxy book. I'm wondering about thermal related throttling getting in the way of performance.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2017 at 04:31 UTC

If Samsung does the usual, these units will be premium priced. At such high price points, I wouldn't buy a first generation product.

Link | Posted on Feb 27, 2017 at 05:15 UTC as 20th comment | 2 replies
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Aroart: Sony, put a touch me screen and a bit of a grip and you would make alot more people happy.. oh and give it a $699 price tag... screw the view finder.. Oh wait, Panasonic just gave us that..

I actually would hate a touch screen on the RX100 M4. It's so small that I would keep accidentally hitting the touch screen. Might be useful if the camera is on a tripod or you are reviewing images.

However, given how expensive the RX100 series is, yeah, it should have had a touch screen option.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2016 at 04:30 UTC
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (151 comments in total)
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Marcos Villaroman: What's nice about USB-C is that this docking station can be used by all laptops with a USB-C connector.

Pity it only has the one mini displayport. I wonder if two to three 4K monitors will require the bandwidth of a separate USB-C port.

Would the usbc port require another dongle to hook up to a displayport equipped 2nd monitor?

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 06:02 UTC
On article OWC's Thunderbolt 3 Dock adds 13 ports to your MacBook (151 comments in total)

What's nice about USB-C is that this docking station can be used by all laptops with a USB-C connector.

Pity it only has the one mini displayport. I wonder if two to three 4K monitors will require the bandwidth of a separate USB-C port.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 05:20 UTC as 30th comment | 6 replies

Thanks for putting together this review with some good use case insights. I have a few questions:

How many amps is the included charger? Any idea how long it takes to recharge the battery?

Is there an option to perform a comparison between the copy on the drive vs. what's on the SD card to verify the copy was successful?

How are the transfer speed when copying data from the device to an attached computer via its USB 3.0 port?

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2016 at 13:24 UTC as 43rd comment
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (556 comments in total)
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abortabort: Pretty hilarious that many of the same soothsayers from 10 months ago claiming that APS-C E-Mount was 'dead' because there was a new APS-C body to replace the A6000 after two years. Now they think it's all over because they have too many (dear lord I've never heard people complain so much for a brand having a whopping 3 APS-C bodies in a line up).

I'm glad to hear APS-C E mount is not dead. Could you help me find a comprehensive list of APS-C E mount lens, including a road map of future ones?

A quick google gave me this article:
http://briansmith.com/aps-e-mount-lenses-for-sony-mirrorless-cameras/

I'm not seeing anything really new since I last looked, especially longer primes.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2016 at 15:45 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (556 comments in total)
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d3xmeister: I know I'll be trashed for this, but for me this must be the poorest system ergonomy wise. Touch screen finally but poorly implemented, lack of direct control, and look at that 24mm f1.8 prime lens, it's bigger than my 14-140mm ultrazoom. Yes Sony has a 1 stop better sensor than m4/3 but there are many sacrifices for that.

That said, I love what Sony is doing in the past years. It's pushing the whole industry and we all are going to benefit from it.

Good to hear that you can double-tap to zoom into an image. What's the probability Sony would release firmware updates to make the A6500's touch screen more useful vs. saving such feature enhancements for A6500's successor to be released less than 12 months from now?

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2016 at 15:36 UTC
On article Hands-on and in-depth with the Sony a6500 (556 comments in total)
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Volkan007: I felt myself lucky because i already sold my a6300 and 16-70mm 2 months ago because i didn't feel comfortable when i use and AF was not that fast as my GX8.

If it is beyond the return for full refund date, better sell it in 6 months than sell it in 1 year for maximum return. Especially if you plan on upgrading to A6500; plenty of A6300 will be on the used market now.

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2016 at 15:32 UTC

I wonder if Sony improved the length of time you can shoot 4K video before the camera overheats.

I also wonder if Sony improved the cameras connectivity for use as 4K video.

4K video on my RX100 M4 really wasn't implemented that well. It was also disappointing that the M4 didn't support snapping a still image while recording 4K video.

OTOH, I do appreciate that Sony has kept the form factor relatively the same as the earlier cameras. That water proof enclosure that's backward compatible with my RX100 M4 looks interesting for beach/pool use. Should also mean that the more expensive 3rd party enclosures suitable for diving would also work.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 15:21 UTC as 68th comment | 4 replies
On article Photokina 2016: Canon EOS M5 quick look video (259 comments in total)
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loafer: The camera is fine, but Canon needs a lens roadmap if they want enthusiasts or prosumers to buy into this system. Canon's track record for releasing useful lenses for the APS-C sensor is not encouraging. The irony is that they cover the wide end very well but have little to offer in the (relatively easy to design) normal fast lens category.

agreed. a road map with products coming out within a year and going out two to three years to prove Canon is serious. Fuji's lens roadmap convinced me to go Fuji for my MILC needs; I had faith Fuji woukd improve camera body performance over time.

attaching DSLR kens on a small camera is no more than a financial stop gap. the resulting kit is too big/heavy.

Don't know why Canon is not agressive in releasing new lens designs. I finally gave up waiting.

Link | Posted on Sep 25, 2016 at 03:00 UTC

Fujifilm built up a considerable lens system in five years since the X100 was released. I would think Fujifilm will have a solid number of excellent lens for its MF system in a few years as well.

It's nice to know that we've identified the "next step" in the evolution of my GAS affliction by going big with MF. It'll finally justify getting that RRS tripod I was lusting after as well.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 00:23 UTC as 15th comment

After reading the article, I personally don't understand the criticism. The article is marked "opinion" and not "first impressions".

The author says: "The EOS M5 is a fine product, and one that I think arguably represents Canon's most sure-footed move in the non-professional space for years. But it is also a massive disappointment."

So I expect the M5 to work as a great EOS-M camera using the 80D's tech. I might even buy one if it goes on fire sale pricing.

My interpretation of the article is that Canon isn't being innovated enough to indicate that Canon is at all serous about MILC compared to the competition. Hence the disappointment.

Personally until Canon comes out with a larger, more compelling lens line up, I don't think Canon is serious about going after the MILC market --- at least the market for smaller/lighter MILC system.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 14:11 UTC as 70th comment
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Marcos Villaroman: If these new cameras focus as slowly as the G7X, I'm not interested.

I tried a friend's G7X and compared it to the too expensive RX100. The G7X's AF is too sluggish for me, making it worth spending the extra money for the RX100 --- and giving up on the G7X's longer reach. This also resulted in my first Sony camera purchase in a very long time. *sob*

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2015 at 17:27 UTC

If these new cameras focus as slowly as the G7X, I'm not interested.

Link | Posted on Oct 13, 2015 at 19:55 UTC as 39th comment | 3 replies
On article MindShift introduces BackLight 26L Photo Daypack (26 comments in total)
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Thomas Traub: I own a Flipside 400 AW (and a few other backpacks and photobags from lowepro/lowalipine) and I'm very happy with it.
But the Backlight 26 L seems to have to advantages:
It seems to be bigger.
And the waist belt is mounted on the backback-body itself. On my Flipside the waist belt is mounted on the middle=flexible part of the rear side of the backpack.
So the Backlight could be more stable.....

I'm curious to check out the Backlight 26L in person. I've found with the 360 Pro, MindShift has made very nice hiking style backpacks, similar to FStopGear.

My problem with MindShift in the past was the design of the load shifters at the top of the harness didn't work out too well for people with long torsos and very heavy packs. Granted, I'm talking about weights far beyond what I found the Flipside was able to comfortably support. Hopefully this bag will be better suited to me.

Support aside, it will be nice if the Backlight 26L's compartments for non camera gear is big enough to make it more practical for its intended purpose.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2015 at 05:57 UTC
On article MindShift introduces BackLight 26L Photo Daypack (26 comments in total)
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machoman: no way to attach tripod to the bag? It's a no deal for me. I'm looking for a secure way to mount a tripod to the backpack - many bag manufacturers are not real photographers. I'll be damned if i'm gonna be carrying another extra bag for the tripod - real photographers use tripods. Even lowepro is guilty of that - it has the tripod mounted at the back of the backpack and when u swing around it takes out half the people on the tram / train / bus.

Bag designers - do it the lowepro flipside sport way - have the tripod mounted at the side so it's profile is less and more secure.

Re-read the description. You can mount a tripod to a side or the back of the bag. There's an expensive tripod kit that lets you have the tripod slung at the ready, with legs extended.

The Lowepro flipside sport's tripod mounting setup is really nice provided your tripod fits. I also love the water bladder holder. However, the way it is laid out, I won't be able to carry much more than my camera gear, tripod, and water bladder. Not enough room for other stuff. Granted, you fill this bag up, and it will weigh a bit.

What do you mean about mounting a tripod on the back of the pack can take out people around you? My impression is the tripiod is mounted up right and so even if the tripod is longer than the bag is tall, it's not going to hit people. Are you perhaps talking about the thickness of the tripod sticking out so much it hits people?

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2015 at 05:52 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1579 comments in total)
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jamesfrmphilly: i have the MK III.
i have money in my pocket.
i shoot only still, no video.
i can't find any reason to upgrade.

I tried both M3 and M4 in the store. I could tell the improved AF of the M4 over the M3. But, I don't think the improved AF is worth upgrading for. Neither is the improved LCD and EVF.

In my case, the improves of the M4 over M3 were worth paying extra for.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 07:35 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1579 comments in total)
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ludwik123: What about the fun factor?
It may give excellent final results but do people actually enjoy using it?
I handled the original RX100 in a store and hated the feel of it.

Handling the RX100 M4, I don't have near the "fun factor" I get when handling a fuji X100S. There's a bit of fumbling around when you want to adjust ISO or exposure compensation. But, there is a bit of wow factor when you use the EVF and I do like some of the display features in the EVF and rear display.

In the end I can live with the erogonomics/control layout of the RX100 M4. It is a compact camera that can do a bit more than the average compact. If I was able to carry something bigger, I'll be carrying my X100S or other Fuji gear.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 07:30 UTC
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