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Jim Evidon

Jim Evidon

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I really don't see the advantage to this device. It is larger and heavier than a simple tripod plate such as the standard Acra. You can buy several Acra type tripod plates for the cost of this device and simply leave them on your camera.
I'd rather leave the Acra plate on the camera (s) than this overbuilt monster.
I'll pass.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2015 at 20:31 UTC as 18th comment | 3 replies
On MIT proposes new approach to HDR with 'Modulo' camera article (113 comments in total)

Hey guys, lighten up. The article clearly states that the images are a simulation
and not actual photographic images produced by a "Modulo camera". So why the ignorant comments about the quality of the image? At this point it is a theoretical paper and it awaits practical application. If it works in practice, it could be a real step forward toward solving the range of light problem in digital photography. As things now stand, HDR can produce some very unpleasant results and too many photographers over process HDR to the point of unreality which for some weird reason frequently gets high praise which occasionally is undeserved.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 21, 2015 at 20:31 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply

Well, if I ever get tired of taking pictures with mine, I can always use it as a weapon.

Further comment responding to YorkM who said:
"...The M9 owner was lucky because it is a range finder, otherwise the mirror related parts might be damaged. Also, the owner put case on it without caring how it is inconvenient to see the picture and setting by rear display, or the case may have a rear screen see through function...."

The rangefinder assembly is full of a moving mirror and other delicate moving parts and is probably more sensitive to serious blows than a DLSR. It's no secret that the Leica M series is built like a tank. Still the owner was very lucky.

As to the case, if I'm not mistaken, it looks like the one by Artist and Artisan which like my own Luigi leather case is open on the back giving full access to all controls and screen. That half case probably was important in saving the camera from further damage. Don't leave home without it. I never do.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2015 at 06:54 UTC as 73rd comment | 1 reply

Mr. Stagram and Mr. Ashton have too much time on their hands and it looks like it was a slow news day at DP Review.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 23:28 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply
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Jim Evidon: DPReview has dedicated more space to this camera than any other in my recent memory. Do they own Sony stock or are they owned by Sony? There are a lot of other cameras out there that deserve some very close attention rather than a casual passing acknowledgement with some pictures.

Seriously, guys, it's a nice little camera and all that, but please give it a rest.

CA Chardonnay or Ch. Petrus?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2015 at 00:27 UTC
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Jim Evidon: DPReview has dedicated more space to this camera than any other in my recent memory. Do they own Sony stock or are they owned by Sony? There are a lot of other cameras out there that deserve some very close attention rather than a casual passing acknowledgement with some pictures.

Seriously, guys, it's a nice little camera and all that, but please give it a rest.

Conspiracy theorist? Where is your sense of humor?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 19:46 UTC

DPReview has dedicated more space to this camera than any other in my recent memory. Do they own Sony stock or are they owned by Sony? There are a lot of other cameras out there that deserve some very close attention rather than a casual passing acknowledgement with some pictures.

Seriously, guys, it's a nice little camera and all that, but please give it a rest.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 12, 2015 at 19:22 UTC as 9th comment | 15 replies
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Jim Evidon: Can a new 20 MP Leica X Vario be far behind?

I wonder if Panasonic will allow Olympus to either use or license this new sensor? Any claimed deficits in performance are likely the result of firmware rather than sensor design and are likely to be be ironed out with firmware updates.

As to advantages of 20 MP over the very fine 16MP sensors in both Panasonic and Olympus cameras, I have long ago found the upper usable limits in the 16 MP image cropping and the new 20 MP sensor should allow these limits to be stretched; a definite advantage.

But in terms of high ISO noise, neither MFT sensor can hold a candle to the Fuji
X Pro-1 or the XT series, which is to be expected from the larger Fuji APSC sensor.

Disclaimer: I own the Olympus E-5M and the Fuji XPro-1 as well as the Leica M9P (CCD sensor) which blows the other sensors away in resolution, but fails in noise comparisons to the others above ISO 1000 or so.

Bhima78,
You may think there is a sacrifice from stories you have read, but as a satisfied advanced user of the FF Leica M9P, the MFT Olympus E-5M and the 16 MP Fuji XPro-1, I can say without qualification that you are dead wrong. The Fuji, because of it's unique array does not require a resolution-stealing anti-moire filter and therefore produces very high resolution images that are matched up to ISO 800 only by the Leica FF sensor and above ISO 800 blows everything else away except the latest Canon, Sony and Nikon FF sensors which are the current state of the art. Do not make the mistake of thinking that the X series CMOS sensor of the Fuji is anything other that excellent.

The DPR studio scene shots have on occasion been questionable. A recent camera was shown in DPR with out of focus studio shots that I know from my own first hand experience were clearly in error and should have been re-shot. DPR is very good most of the time, but even they are subject to mistakes on occasion.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 6, 2015 at 03:50 UTC

Can a new 20 MP Leica X Vario be far behind?

I wonder if Panasonic will allow Olympus to either use or license this new sensor? Any claimed deficits in performance are likely the result of firmware rather than sensor design and are likely to be be ironed out with firmware updates.

As to advantages of 20 MP over the very fine 16MP sensors in both Panasonic and Olympus cameras, I have long ago found the upper usable limits in the 16 MP image cropping and the new 20 MP sensor should allow these limits to be stretched; a definite advantage.

But in terms of high ISO noise, neither MFT sensor can hold a candle to the Fuji
X Pro-1 or the XT series, which is to be expected from the larger Fuji APSC sensor.

Disclaimer: I own the Olympus E-5M and the Fuji XPro-1 as well as the Leica M9P (CCD sensor) which blows the other sensors away in resolution, but fails in noise comparisons to the others above ISO 1000 or so.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 20:05 UTC as 41st comment | 6 replies

Except for some disclaimers that pop up when I open CC2014 and sometimes the need to drag images into CC2014 to work on them, it works flawlessly and I have seen no need or reason to upgrade to CC2015. It has yet to crash or close prematurely as P.S. 5 did on occasion.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2015 at 19:51 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies

Until you technical experts have the opportunity to read the patent application to see what Olympus is doing exactly, your comments need to be restrained.
You may very well be ultimately correct, but the article does not present enough information for you to say it won't work, will lose half the light, etc. Crystal balls are fine in their place, but are highly suspect.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 22:24 UTC as 4th comment | 3 replies
On #1 in France: Hands-on with DxO ONE article (237 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: So, let me get this straight. According to the picture, in the French article, you hold the iPhone in one hand while balancing the DXO Cam in the other hand while attempting to keep the Cam level while you are looking at the iPhone, right?

It is an interesting exercise in technology, but for the same money, I agree with other responses that you are better off buying a Sony RX100 model (I through IV ) or a Ricoh, Fuji, or other pocketable and let those who have to be the first on their block to own the latest gadget knock themselves out. Future models of the DXO may make a different impression.

I agree on the twist concept. My first digital was a Nikon Coolpix 995, and I still have it as a vintage curiosity. But I am concerned about the strength and reliability of the tiny connection that hold the two devices together. The Nikon 995 was built like a tank. This new concept does not appear to be so.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 19:18 UTC

It is too bad he didn't comment on the Fuji XPro-1 in covering optical finders.
It's hybrid finder combines both technologies, albeit not with the latest technology. But the XPro-1 has been around for a while and in camera generation frame of reference, it is now several generations behind. I wonder if Fuji will introduce a new model of the hybrid finder camera incorporating an up to date EVF and a sensor with increased resolution and IQ and the focusing speed to match the competition.

I still enjoy my hybrid finder mirrorless Fuji X and will replace it only with a newer model with the same concept if , indeed, Fuji ever makes one.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2015 at 19:10 UTC as 131st comment | 2 replies
On #1 in France: Hands-on with DxO ONE article (237 comments in total)

So, let me get this straight. According to the picture, in the French article, you hold the iPhone in one hand while balancing the DXO Cam in the other hand while attempting to keep the Cam level while you are looking at the iPhone, right?

It is an interesting exercise in technology, but for the same money, I agree with other responses that you are better off buying a Sony RX100 model (I through IV ) or a Ricoh, Fuji, or other pocketable and let those who have to be the first on their block to own the latest gadget knock themselves out. Future models of the DXO may make a different impression.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 20:46 UTC as 82nd comment | 3 replies
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (576 comments in total)
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Johannes Zander: Very nice camera. I like it.
Now if Sony would build somthing like a digital minolta CLE with M mount! How about that?

Sony has a long history of building things that are unique and non-interchangeable with anything else on the market. Witness the ill-fated Betamax, the Sony E reader which flopped, the Sony E mount cameras and everything else Sony builds. The first and last smart thing they did was to buy the Minolta camera division and patents for their A series cameras.

I wouldn't look to Sony to build anything that has commonality with M mounts or anything else. They do their own thing.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 19:41 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (576 comments in total)
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miric: Oh Leica. Please do the same but no lens and M bayonet. I'll take for $3000.

Buy the Leica T body. No lens and no M mount. Now what?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 19:35 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (576 comments in total)
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Leandros S: "It also turns out that shooting with the Q is a lot of fun." - Funny that this is exactly what most people say of the Pentax camera of the same name.

All cameras are, or should be lots of fun. If it is not, find one that is, be it Leica, Pentax or even a little point and shoot Sony or Nikon. That's the whole point, isn't it?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 19:33 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (576 comments in total)
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SanPedro: First time I've actually thought 'Hey that Leica looks good value'
How much is a stand alone Summilux? A quick Google suggests $2000 - $4000, depending on focal length and aperture.

So that's a whole camera for the same price as a lens. Sounds like a good deal to me.

And he spec is good. FF, fast lens, quality EVF, exposure compensation dial, high quality LCD, compact size. This addresses all the issues people had with the X cameras.

I still can't afford one, but it's a lot more affordable than an M. Brings the dream a little closer. Thanks Leica.

Leica is an investment. You can't possible be concerned with terms like obsolete unless your bankroll is infinite and you must always have the latest thing. Leica owners generally keep their cameras for a long time and usually have a good reason for buying a particular model in the first place. In today's market, every camera can be considered "obsolete" before it goes on sale. When you buy a Leica, you better have a darned good reason for doing so and you have to forget terms like obsolete.

I have an M9P with a CCD sensor. Sure the M with a CMOS sensor is probably better, although there is some room for argument. The fact that the M allows the use of an EVF and zoom lenses iare really neat features. But I don't feel that my M9P is at all obsolete.
I consider it a long term investment. When I want zoom and EVF features, auto focus and the like, I can always use one of my other more "modern" cameras. Obsolete is not a word in the Leica owners lexicon.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 19:28 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (576 comments in total)
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Slipstack: Review quote:
"The Q is much heavier though and has a far superior build quality to the Fujifilm."

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/leica-q-typ116//images/allroundview.jpg

So why is it that that red dot with the Leica logo is not aligned correctly, but twisted 2-3 degrees clockwise, enough to make it seriously annoying to look at? Is this just me, or have nobody else noticed?

You are right about the Logo. The red dot is sticky backed to the camera. Remove it and there is probably some sort of adjustment screw or something like it. Once it is removed, you have a high old time re-attaching it perfectly in-line. I know because I went through the exercise.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 19:16 UTC
On Leica Q First Impressions Review preview (576 comments in total)
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Mike99999: Looks 100% Panasonic to me. They just glue the Panaleica lens on in Germany and call it "made in Germany".

What I would like to see is an IQ comparison to cheap A7 + cheap 28/2.

I suggest you read the article before commenting re.: Panasonic.

Per DPReview in this article:

"...According to Leica, the camera was designed along the principle of 'reduction to the essentials.' And as such, the body of the camera offers a minimal amount of physical buttons and dials. It also worth noting that unlike the Leica T, which was designed in conjunction with Audi, the Leica Q was designed completely in-house by Leica engineers...."

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2015 at 19:11 UTC
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