Marcos Villaroman

Lives in United States San Jose, United States
Works as a Software Systems Engineer
Joined on Oct 31, 2003


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On article Photokina 2016: Canon EOS M5 quick look video (252 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 65th 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 | 5 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 (1571 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 (1571 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
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1571 comments in total)
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acinod: So I've been tossing up between the RX100 IV and LX100 for a while.

I'm planning to take one on my Japan trip where I will be carrying it in my coat pocket (both cameras can fit in fine). I'm also new to photography but I'm willing to learn; I think the manual adjustments in the LX100 will be helpful for learning.

Here in Australia, the LX100 is $800 while the RX100 IV is $1200.

Due to pricing, a large sensor and size not being a concern, the LX100 seems like the superior choice. However, this review has made me start considering the RX100 IV again.

Should I get the LX100 or Rx100 IV?

Try out both cameras to see how the cameras feels in your hands. Any problems with size? Any possibility of accidentally hitting a button on the back of the camera when you least expect to? How easy is it to zoom while holding the camera in one hand (if you do such things)?

In addition to the LX100, I would also consider the RX100 M3 and the Canon G7 X which closely matches the RX100 M3.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2015 at 07:27 UTC
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Zaax: I ordered the Switch 10 from B&H last week for $110 and got it today. Going to use it with my Fuji X-E1 and a few lenses. It can easily fit the 55-200, 18-55, 14mm and the 56mm. Looked long and hard before I decided on it.

One cool feature are straps that go on the bottom to hold a small tripod.

The only thing that I don't like is the rain cover as it does not fully cover the back of the bag when it is attached.

FWIW, I just ordered a Switch 10 from B&H today as an alternative to my Think Tank Mirrorless Mover 30. This looks to have more functional front pocket and the side pockets will be very nice for water bottles and the like.

The rain cover looks to be similar to the Think Tank rain covers that also don't cover the back of the bag. Hopefully the Tenba covers work as well as the Think Tank Retrospective 7's --- that cover was very easy to undo, grab a lens, and quickly recover the bag.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2015 at 21:52 UTC

At these price points, these bags competes with a number of other shoulder bags of similar size. I'll have to see this bag in person to verify it's worth buying.

The Mirrorless Mover series were inexpensive enough that I was willing to buy one before seeing it.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2015 at 04:43 UTC as 12th comment

This article makes many good points, a lot of which I discovered for myself when I owned an EOS-M with three lens plus the adapter.

what ultimately drove me away were: 1) the lens kit I would want to carry wasn't capable enough and small enough vs. other options; 2) the ergonomics of the original M didn't work for me --- given how I would hold the camera, I experienced too many accidental screen/button clicks (add-on grip didn't help enough). I wasn't having fun using the EOS-M and there little sign that Canon would roll out improved bodies and lens to make investing in the system worth it.

Compare what Canon is offering to the range of lens and body options offered by m43 or Fuji-X and the roadmaps for the next year or so.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 07:56 UTC as 28th comment
On article Hands-on with Canon's 'not-coming-to-USA' EOS M3 (598 comments in total)

Could you provide an unobstructed view of the back of the camera? Can't tell if I would have the same problems of accidentally hitting buttons like I did with the orignal EOS-M.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2015 at 04:59 UTC as 175th comment
On article High-end full frame roundup (2014) (610 comments in total)
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(unknown member): Nikon did it. The 750 is their 5D III (and I mean it). But, 5D IV should come rather sooner, too.

The 5D IV better arrive sooner than later.

As it is, I don't see things in the sensor tech of recent Canon bodies to get excited about what maybe in store for Canon FF sensors. Lots of patents and rumors, but, nothing actually got released in years. Hopefully 2015 is the year Canon puts out their next gen sensor.

Link | Posted on Dec 8, 2014 at 21:45 UTC
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Marcos Villaroman: Is this the same company/device that advertised Android compatibility during the Kickstarter and then backed away from Android support soon afterwards?

If so, this is not the kind of company I want to support, especially given the $150 price tag.

day2012: I am not talking just what models were working at KickStarter campaign. One would expect that the company support would go beyond what was the most recent Android phones at the time to a greater support of newer Android devices moving forward. That happened with iPhone and if you stuck with more recent iPhones, your investment worked out. Not so if you got an Android device. I didn't see any mention that they would not support Android moving forward during the KickStarter. I stand by my opinion: I won't support a company that backs off a major platform so quickly; I have no faith in such a company backing its products long term.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2014 at 05:58 UTC

Is this the same company/device that advertised Android compatibility during the Kickstarter and then backed away from Android support soon afterwards?

If so, this is not the kind of company I want to support, especially given the $150 price tag.

Link | Posted on Nov 30, 2014 at 05:19 UTC as 10th comment | 10 replies

*sigh* It took too long for this lens to come out. :(

If it was two years ago, I would have pre-ordered it in seconds. Now, I've invested heavily in mirrorless (Fuji-X in my case) and so feel less compelled to buy a 100-400 mk II.

I'm guessing I'll buy one in one to two years. I figure it'll be around that time I'll be interested in wildlife photography again. :)

Link | Posted on Nov 11, 2014 at 21:49 UTC as 25th comment
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