Jim Evidon

Jim Evidon

Lives in United States Palm Desert, CA, United States
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On Review: Ona Lima camera strap article (133 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 19th comment | 5 replies
On Chinese government orders Nikon to stop selling D600 news story (227 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 7th comment
On Chinese government orders Nikon to stop selling D600 news story (227 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 46th 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
On Fujifilm launches updated grips for X-E and X-Pro cameras news story (118 comments in total)

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 news story (45 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 16th 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 (2381 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 494th 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 72nd 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 48th comment | 8 replies
On Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS review preview (136 comments in total)

How fast is fast and how slow is slow? To me, the important thing is whether it is fast enough for your needs. I am a careful and deliberate shooter. I remember when AF was a thing of the future and everyone had to manually focus. The first auto focus cameras did a lot of hunting before settling down and we all thought it was wonderful. My internet provider is lightening fast and it's major competitor promises even faster operation. But do I need it? I am only so fast and the older I get, the less fast I am. I guess this is a long winded way of saying that as a Fuji-XPro-1 user with all the latest firmware downloads
AF is lightening fast for me, although my OM-D is somewhat faster. So, how fast do you really need aside from enhancing your bragging rights when comparing cameras?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2013 at 20:23 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
On First Impressions Review: Using the Canon PowerShot G16 article (350 comments in total)

The Canon G15 viewfinder is not a serious composition tool, nor do I believe it was ever intended to be so. Only a very few of its competitors offer a "tunnel view" viewfinder. It is a handy thing to have when grabbing a shot and due to it's narrower FOV, you are bound to get the subject. It should be compared to cameras in the same price range that have no viewfinder. Let's face it. The only viewfinders worth a damn come in the Leica M's, The Fuji X100's and the Fuji X-Pro-1 and so forth and they are priced accordingly. So, it is unfair to criticize the G15 for the limitations of it's viewfinder.

For what it is, the G15 (CMOS) is a great little camera. Nice to take along when I don't care to take a premium camera outfit with it's greater bulk. With the right settings, I have made some very good 13 X 19 prints with it.

The GX1 is priced higher than the G15. The G15, and I suppose the new G16 are good cameras for the purposes intended. And no one is forced to use the viewfinder.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2013 at 19:56 UTC as 74th comment | 3 replies
On Adobe releases Camera Raw 8.2 and Lightroom 5.2 news story (70 comments in total)

I'm not sure LR5.2 is ready for prime time. Not only does my LR5 say it's up to date, but four attempts to download the 5.2 update on DPReview resulted in stalling somewhere between 1/2 way and 3/4 way. I even went directly to Adobe's website and tried again. No luck. I know it is not the iMac because I download updates all the time. Has anyone else tried to download this "upgrade"?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 17, 2013 at 19:33 UTC as 23rd comment | 3 replies
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