Jim Evidon

Jim Evidon

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What a great idea. It is so obvious, but the ability to
to precision manufacture the "film plane" or in this case, the sensor plane was not economically available previously.

Leica approached this concept with their M8 sensor which incorporated tilted lenses in front of the sensor to reduce edge distortion so that their standard M lenses could be used. But to curve the sensor and avoid extra compensating hardware is simplicity in design even though the manufacturing techniques to arrive at the solution must have been a real bear.

My hat is off to Sony and I'm sure that their customers will line up to incorporate this breakthrough in their many cameras. The obvious advantage will be in in lens design which will result in much lighter and simpler lenses. Of all of the "design breakthroughs" that have been issuing from camera companies for several years, this one is by far the greatest.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 00:47 UTC as 149th comment | 1 reply
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)

I would guess that it is less expensive in the long run.
A casting would require machining to clean up surfaces and bring them into closer tolerance to assure precision fit for the components to be installed subsequently. So why not just design the body to be machined from a solid billet to begin with?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 19:58 UTC as 98th comment
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)

I am a happy user of a Fuji XPro-1 and an Olympus OM-D as well as Leica M's.

Leica is a hand manufactured, assembled and tested camera. Therefore, as compared to other excellent Japanese cameras like Fuji or Olympus which are mass produced, the price is going to be greater.

While I can't speak for these new Leica T lenses, Leica lenses typically have a certain character in the way they draw images. It can be seen in the contrast, the color, sharpness and bokeh that is best seen rather than objectively described. Does it result in a better image? There is a subject for discussion or argument.
Do the images justify the price? To some, yes. To most consumers, probably not. But then Leica has never been for most consumers who run out an buy the latest version offered by the mass market.

Leica directs their products to a nitch market of professionals and hard core photographers who appreciate the quality build and long-lived ruggedness and who will continue to support their market.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2014 at 19:34 UTC as 100th comment | 4 replies
On Review: Ona Lima camera strap article (144 comments in total)

This is a case of over-design. For my money, the best strap is one that is sized for the camera and user; i.e., no adjustment. One of the best straps I have used was one of the earliest sling straps made out of soft webbing with a simple ring that slides up and down the strap and attaches to a camera lug. The strap was hand made somewhere in VT and for all I know,they may be out of business.

The second best strap is another simple gem that I use on my Fuji XPro-1 made by Lance (http://lancecamerastraps.com/classic-non-adjust/).

It is simply a nylon woven line that does not adjust. You order it by length and color desired. It is nicely finished. Because of the large diameter of the nylon line, it is soft and comfortable and requires no shoulder pad. I carry it sling fashion while walking and around the neck while shooting. I have used Optech, Tamrac, Sun-Sniper, etc., and this Lance Strap beats them all.

Now, if someone would only make the perfect camera bag I'd be very happy.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2014 at 17:54 UTC as 27th comment | 5 replies
On Chinese government orders Nikon to stop selling D600 article (228 comments in total)

"Chinese government orders Nikon to stop selling D600"

Says your friendly supplier of lead oxide baby teething rings
and your favorite brand of glow in the dark puppy meal.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 22:19 UTC as 9th comment
On Chinese government orders Nikon to stop selling D600 article (228 comments in total)

Just as the Ford motor company will always be known for the Edsel, no matter what they did afterwards, Nikon will always be known for the D600. In fairness to Ford, the Edsel was an ok automobile with styling that misjudged market tastes. But the D600 will forever be known as living proof that Nikon really doesn't give a hoot about either it's customers or it's dealers.

For nearly 50 years I was a loyal Nikon customer and user. If I were just getting into serious photography today, I would avoid Nikon like the plague.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 19, 2014 at 02:00 UTC as 47th comment | 1 reply
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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Light Pilgrim: same sensor again and again and again and again?

And a good thing it is, too.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 21:29 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)

I never change the focus point for a simple reason. Leaving it in the center means I always know where it is. If I moved it, I am likely to forget when I grab the next shot and possibly lose my shot. It is just as convenient and more reliable for me to quickly shift my camera to focus on the center of attention and shift quickly back to frame and shoot. That is what cameras did for many decades before the engineers decided to add what is in my opinion a totally useless feature. Some cameras, which I expect DPR would like better make focus point shift very easy and I find that occasionally, when using such a camera, I inadvertently shift the focus point and mess up the shot. So, I disagree with the reviewer in that respect.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 19:37 UTC as 292nd comment | 8 replies
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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plasnu: The ONLT thing that I don't like about this camera is: FUJIFIILM LOGO. It makes overall camera look somewhat cheap and strange... It should be a bit larger or just to be removed. Many people will use gaffer tape, anyway.

A very strange reply. It is right up there with comments made by Leica users that hate the red log. How is the Fujifilm logo any different than the logo of Nikon or Canon. It is a simple engraved company name and similarly placed on the front right below the "prism" hump. Would you feel differently if it said Canon, Nikon or Leica? Methinks there is more than a little snobbery showing through, unless I have miss-read you.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 19:24 UTC
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)

As a satisfied XPro-1 user, I think the X-T1 looks like a winner. I doubt that I'll buy one since I really love the hybrid OVF/EVF finder. If, however, Fuji brings out a successor to the XP-1 that incorporated the dial/function button configuration on the XT-1, I will be sorely tempted. The FujiX cameras with their traditional controls, very high build quality, lenses and Xtrans sensors are very hard to beat and IMO leave most of the competition, with the exception of the excellent OM-D camera by Olympus, very far behind. I own one of those, as well.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 19:16 UTC as 295th comment

Too little and too late. I bought a Korean knockoff of the RRS grip for a lot less money. I would have bought the new Fuji grip even at the higher price because it looks right with the XPro-1 but, as I said, too little and really very late. The grip together with the Thumbs-up really makes this camera very comfortable to use.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 02:00 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
On Award-winning wildlife photos capture candid moments article (46 comments in total)

I was prepared to be amazed until i saw shot #3. I could be wrong, but I suspect the bird image was dragged into the spider web image. I feel the same about the owl shot. As for the blue elephant, all animals, even elephants are entitled to their moods.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2013 at 21:26 UTC as 17th comment
On Nikon Df preview (2817 comments in total)

Nikon, like Fuji, finally realized that a camera designed by photographers rather than by bells and whistles marketeers still has a place in the market. My long gone F series Nikon's were all about taking pictures and putting as little as possible between the photographer and the final image. They were rugged and wonderful cameras. That is what drew me to the excellent FujiX Pro-1, a camera that requires very little referral to a menu to use it. It has a real shutter speed dial, a genuine aperture ring and a simply way to go from automatic to manual with the option to keep or lose autofocus without a lot of fuss. My old D70 and subsequent D300 were not as straightforward as they should have been.

Welcome back Nikon. You have been missed.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 20:04 UTC as 510th comment
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Jim Evidon: "....'Every six months I want to do something new' Kimio Maki of Sony...."

I think we now understand Sony's problem.

Although Sony makes cameras with exceptional IQ, their cameras are the most ergonomically unfriendly devices ever conceived by man. At least we now know who that man is.

That is why I got rid of my otherwise excellent NEX series camera in favor of another excellent camera that was obviously designed by photographers who understand cameras and how they should be designed. It's ironic that my new camera has the same excellent Sony sensor as my previous NEX series camera. Maybe Sony should stick to selling sensors and components to camera makers who understand camera design.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 03:44 UTC

"....'Every six months I want to do something new' Kimio Maki of Sony...."

I think we now understand Sony's problem.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 5, 2013 at 01:27 UTC as 57th comment | 6 replies

I've seen better images from an old Box Brownie. Cell phones are best kept to making phone calls and playing with apps.
If you want to take photos and send them wireless, buy a cheapo camera with WiFi and knock yourself out.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 28, 2013 at 18:51 UTC as 13th comment | 4 replies
On Sony Alpha A7 / A7R preview (2372 comments in total)

Looks like a nice FF camera. Expensive, but that is what FF cameras are. Larger format = larger lenses=greater weight and bulk. Frankly, from a practical standpoint, FF is really needed only by professional and that group of amateur enthusiasts that are into pixel peeping. My three main cameras are a Leica M8 which format is larger than APSC but smaller than FF, FujiX Pro-1 (APSC format) and Olympus E-M5 (MFT format).

All three cameras produce prints that are brilliant up to 24" to 30". Since I am not a professional, my Epson R3000 printer is limited to 13" wide by whatever length I feed into it. If I had a 17" printer, all three cameras would still produce sterling high quality images.

So, I really can't gush over any FF camera because I have no use for the bulk, weight and expense that it comes with. So my hat is off to Sony for what looks to be a fine FF product, but it is of little use to most amateur enthusiast photographers except for the bragging rights that it comes with.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2013 at 19:04 UTC as 496th comment | 1 reply

Laser machine body texture instead of leather? You don't want to use this in chilly weather without gloves. The lens barrel looks like a Sony product. It's the one thing that annoyed me most when I had an NEX5N. No tactile difference between the focus ring and the aperture ring. Recessed shutter dial and shutter release? Again, another ergonomic backward step. It's not the smartest design to come out of a camera factory. I'll stick with my M8, thank you. If I felt like spending over $7500 for a new camera body, it would be an M type 240 and not this product of styling over function. But as a fund raiser for people who must have the latest collectors' item and don't want it to look like just another Leica, it does have a unique look.

"If you have to ask how much it cost, you can't afford it"....J.P. Morgan

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2013 at 18:57 UTC as 74th comment | 3 replies
On Do not disturb ... in the Unglam Photos challenge (9 comments in total)

Staged? Probably.
Funny? Definitely.
Actually, it appears to be an allegory on multitasking.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2013 at 04:20 UTC as 1st comment

To DPReview:

IMO, you are spending too much space on cell phones and other gadgets whose primary purpose is not photography.
Leave the phone and other gadget reviews to sites that specialize in those things and are better suited to review all aspects of he product. Cell phones may take amazing pictures for what they are, but they are not serious cameras.Better images are available from most simple and inexpensive point and shoot cameras. Please stick to cameras. That is what built your site and your reader base.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2013 at 19:25 UTC as 51st comment | 7 replies
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