Jim Evidon

Jim Evidon

Lives in United States Palm Desert, CA, United States
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I fail to see that it offers anything over and above the features already in Lightroom and/or PS. I'm sure ti is a very competent application, but it seems to feature its ability to integrate with the Adobe products which already have the features that Alien Skin offers. It seems redundant. Have I missed something?

What would be nice is a plug-in that would feature as nice a content-aware tool available in PS that would work equally well in LR. The ability to have layers and layer masks in LR would also be nice. But as it stands, at least according to the Alien Skin website, their application is redundant to LR.

If I have missed something, I would appreciate responses from those who have actually used this product.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 01:15 UTC as 12th comment | 3 replies
On article Readers' Showcase: Giuseppe Milo (32 comments in total)

Stunning images. Color will always have its place for most imaging, but you can't beat B&W for sheer drama and tension.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2015 at 21:00 UTC as 15th comment
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Jim Evidon: So, I went to the update pages and there was no update yet. Or perhaps, like most Adobe pages, it is well hidden among the several pages that urge you to buy new apps. If anyone found the update for LR CC and PS CC pages, please share the information so I, as well as others, can find it.

Spoken like someone who doesn't use Adobe products. Your comments are neither helpful nor welcomed.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2015 at 19:33 UTC

So, I went to the update pages and there was no update yet. Or perhaps, like most Adobe pages, it is well hidden among the several pages that urge you to buy new apps. If anyone found the update for LR CC and PS CC pages, please share the information so I, as well as others, can find it.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 04:17 UTC as 18th comment | 5 replies
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Valterj: Fuji cameras are expensive! Drop the price and sales will increase!

For example, Fuji X-T10 + 18-55 = 750 €

Since I don't own their stock and am satisfied with my X-Pro1, I'll just take them at their word. I don't think they'll be leaving the scene any time soon.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2015 at 21:34 UTC
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Valterj: Fuji cameras are expensive! Drop the price and sales will increase!

For example, Fuji X-T10 + 18-55 = 750 €

Perhaps you should read the article. Fuji sales for the X-T10 and other their serious level cameras are already going strong. If you want to pay less, either wait for the occasional sale or if you are in a hurry, buy another brand.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2015 at 20:10 UTC

It looks like a nice little travel pod, but it would be nice if Manfrotto gave up its proprietary camera plate design and adopted the more universal Arca Swiss design. They might sell a few more tripods that way to people who have already invested in the Arca Swiss plates. As one of those people, I would never buy a Manfrotto tripod for that very reason.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2015 at 20:04 UTC as 16th comment | 13 replies

Leather on the bottom only. A place where you can't see it. what a perfectly good waste of a cow. Think Tank recently did the same thing except their leather is on the front panel only. Make it all leather or all canvas and price it accordingly. I can't see anyone buying this bag for the stealth leather panel. In all other respects it looks like a nice bag and would be as nice if it were all canvas or all leather. What a silly idea!

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2015 at 22:16 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply
On article Studio tests and samples: Leica SL (beta) (752 comments in total)
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TriezeA72: The "Leica experience" is a short self indulgent happy moment that expires when your credit card repayments fall behind

Trieze A72,
"...if they want to poach potential Sony A7 buyers..."

That is just the point. I don't think they care to poach from Sony or any other camera maker except for models that fit in their price point. Time will tell whether the SL will be a success or not. Neither the SL nor the S will not be volume products. I think they are aimed at the professional who wants a camera that will keep working long after the big three products have broken down from over-use.

Have you ever had a Nikon shutter go sproing? I have. And it didn't happen that far out of warranty. Don't get me wrong. I was a loyal Nikon shooter for over 20 years and I think they still make fine cameras except for the ill-fated D600.

Or to put it another way, a Mercedes will get you there no faster than a Buick, but will keep running long after the Buick is returned to raw material for the next production run. IMO, Leica is not interested in competing with Sony. They just want to sell the cameras they do make.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2015 at 18:16 UTC
On article Studio tests and samples: Leica SL (beta) (752 comments in total)
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TriezeA72: The "Leica experience" is a short self indulgent happy moment that expires when your credit card repayments fall behind

TriezeA72,
OK. I also own Fuji X-Pro1 and Fuji X glass. Wonderful products. Also I own Leica as well with an M9P and an X2. My primary lenses for the M are Zeiss ZM lenses plus wide and tele Elmarits. I frankly can't say which cameras produce the best images. All three are excellent.

The only reason I asked is that I suspect that many forum contributors are not necessarily users of the forum's brand of cameras and therefore many of those speak from ignorance or perhaps reverse snobbery. Obviously you are not one of those and your response to my question is a good one that applies to many but not all Leica owners.

Leica's are not for everyone. Professionals? Sure. People with a lot of disposable income? Definitely. Between those extremes are people like me who buy used pampered M's for less money and enjoy shooting pictures with a precision instrument. Leica's are devoid of extensive menus and have few buttons. They are simply straight forward uncluttered high quality cameras.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2015 at 07:00 UTC
On article Studio tests and samples: Leica SL (beta) (752 comments in total)
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TriezeA72: The "Leica experience" is a short self indulgent happy moment that expires when your credit card repayments fall behind

TriezeA72,
And have you ever owned a Leica, or are you just carping?

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2015 at 00:33 UTC
On article In pictures: PhotoPlus Expo 2015 (26 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: The pictures are nice and all that, but how about some articles about what is new at PPE 2015, if anything? You know, real words and stuff.

OK. Thanks for the reply

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2015 at 20:17 UTC
On article In pictures: PhotoPlus Expo 2015 (26 comments in total)

The pictures are nice and all that, but how about some articles about what is new at PPE 2015, if anything? You know, real words and stuff.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2015 at 19:35 UTC as 2nd comment | 4 replies
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Jim Evidon: Does it come with a lifting crane? Seriously, I have the Sigma 50-500 zoom lens, AKA "The Bigma" which I use infrequently, as good as it is, because of it's over-size. This new Chinese lens looks at least as big and as heavy. Large
f stop=large glass= heavy weight. Seriously, it looks like an interesting lens but for infrequent use.

But compared to the price of the outstanding 135mm f 2.0 Zeiss prime lens, the price is a bargain if you must have a large f stop 135mm.

KSV: " I rather pick another Zeiss fir (sic) difference".

Me too. But we're talking about the list prices of each.
I expect the Chinese lens will actually sell for considerably less.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2015 at 17:50 UTC
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maxola67: Anyway, it looks better than latest brick-like Leica.

Looks? Who cares? Function and ergonomics rate over looks every time. BTW, Pentax can always be counted upon to make a very good camera and with the acquisition of Ricoh
( or is it the other way around) it should be even better.

Disclosure; I own Leica's and I happen to think the Leica SL is a very good looking camera; very functional looking like the retro Olympus OM-D series. No need for bells and whistles or swoopy space taking curves. Just an in-your-face take or leave it camera.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2015 at 21:15 UTC

Does it come with a lifting crane? Seriously, I have the Sigma 50-500 zoom lens, AKA "The Bigma" which I use infrequently, as good as it is, because of it's over-size. This new Chinese lens looks at least as big and as heavy. Large
f stop=large glass= heavy weight. Seriously, it looks like an interesting lens but for infrequent use.

But compared to the price of the outstanding 135mm f 2.0 Zeiss prime lens, the price is a bargain if you must have a large f stop 135mm.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2015 at 19:53 UTC as 19th comment | 3 replies
On article Go big: Leica SL studio and real-world sample gallery (112 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: I checked out the studio image comparison page showing the Leica SL, the Nikon D750, The Canon 7D MK II and the Sony A 7II, 7RII, etc.

See:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison?attr18=daylight&attr13_0=leica_sl_typ601&attr13_1=canon_eos7dii&attr13_2=nikon_d750&attr13_3=sony_a7rii&attr15_0=raw&attr15_1=raw&attr15_2=raw&attr15_3=raw&attr16_0=6400&attr16_1=6400&attr16_2=6400&attr16_3=6400&attr171_3=off&normalization=full&widget=1&x=0&y=0

At ISO 6400 RAW, all cameras showed noise as should be expected. But the new Leica showed noise as tight and grain-like similar to extremely fine grain film. No particular color such as red or green was particularly prominent in the noise pattern. Perhaps their decision to hold the sensor photo sites to 24 megpxl instead of going for bragging rights with higher megpxl count like the others was the proper decision.

I see a lot to like but the $7000+ price rules out my purchase any time soon or even not so soon.

JACS,

I may have picked the wrong Canon since I am not as familiar with their products as are you. The Sony 7II was DPR's selection and not mine. I simply substituted the Leica Q for the Canon. I was unaware that it is only APSC.

So go ahead and pick the full frame do-everything supercam of your choice from their drop down list and do your own comparison and let me know the results. Or pick an entirely different brand of supercam & format of your choice from their drop down menu and then let me know of your findings.

It was not my intention to claim that the Leica SL is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I was only commenting on the excellent control of noise.

Believe me when I say I have no brand prejudices except for specific cameras I own. And of all the cameras I own, all are at least two-three generations behind what is being offered now.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2015 at 04:51 UTC
On article Go big: Leica SL studio and real-world sample gallery (112 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: I checked out the studio image comparison page showing the Leica SL, the Nikon D750, The Canon 7D MK II and the Sony A 7II, 7RII, etc.

See:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison?attr18=daylight&attr13_0=leica_sl_typ601&attr13_1=canon_eos7dii&attr13_2=nikon_d750&attr13_3=sony_a7rii&attr15_0=raw&attr15_1=raw&attr15_2=raw&attr15_3=raw&attr16_0=6400&attr16_1=6400&attr16_2=6400&attr16_3=6400&attr171_3=off&normalization=full&widget=1&x=0&y=0

At ISO 6400 RAW, all cameras showed noise as should be expected. But the new Leica showed noise as tight and grain-like similar to extremely fine grain film. No particular color such as red or green was particularly prominent in the noise pattern. Perhaps their decision to hold the sensor photo sites to 24 megpxl instead of going for bragging rights with higher megpxl count like the others was the proper decision.

I see a lot to like but the $7000+ price rules out my purchase any time soon or even not so soon.

JACS,

I'll explain what I mean.

Tight grain means uniform as opposed to clumpy and fine grain is self explanatory. When I set up the comparison test window, I found the Leica SL noise in the black areas to be reminiscent of Panatomic X film but much better defined.

I tried to drag the screen shot of what I did into this message, but it will not allow that action.

So, go to the comparison page and substitute the Leica Q for the Canon 7D Mk. II. Set the ISO to 6400 and the quality from jpg to RAW. Drag the sampling rectangle to an image or test pattern but with a black background (best for seeing noise) and offset the sampling rectangle so that the black is visible in the comparison windows.

You should see that both Canon and Sony have a distinct clumping of the colors in the noise and the noise particles or pixels are somewhat larger with a smeared look. The Leica SL show the noise more like a fine grain and the Nikon D750 comes extremely close noise-wise to the Leica SL.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 23:25 UTC
On article Go big: Leica SL studio and real-world sample gallery (112 comments in total)
In reply to:

Jim Evidon: I checked out the studio image comparison page showing the Leica SL, the Nikon D750, The Canon 7D MK II and the Sony A 7II, 7RII, etc.

See:
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/image-comparison?attr18=daylight&attr13_0=leica_sl_typ601&attr13_1=canon_eos7dii&attr13_2=nikon_d750&attr13_3=sony_a7rii&attr15_0=raw&attr15_1=raw&attr15_2=raw&attr15_3=raw&attr16_0=6400&attr16_1=6400&attr16_2=6400&attr16_3=6400&attr171_3=off&normalization=full&widget=1&x=0&y=0

At ISO 6400 RAW, all cameras showed noise as should be expected. But the new Leica showed noise as tight and grain-like similar to extremely fine grain film. No particular color such as red or green was particularly prominent in the noise pattern. Perhaps their decision to hold the sensor photo sites to 24 megpxl instead of going for bragging rights with higher megpxl count like the others was the proper decision.

I see a lot to like but the $7000+ price rules out my purchase any time soon or even not so soon.

Traditionally, tight grain meant uniform rather than clumpy. Fine grain means very very small. The Leica SL samples showed tight fine grain reminiscent of Panatomic X( ISO 25 ). In that respect, Leica got it right. While all are very good, look at the dark area where noise will show up the best. Note the Canon and Sony which have a color pattern in the dark area and tends toward the blotchy, whereas Leica has a tight grain like appearance with no predominate color. It's all small and uniform. Nikon comes so close to Leica it is hard to distinguish between the two.
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Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 22:53 UTC
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Retzius: It appears that Leica's CAD software is only able to draw circles and squares.

I can see a Leica engineer now screaming in a German accent: "Circles and squares only. We will have no ovals, triangles, or any complex polygons when designing this camera. Circles and squares only! Schnell!"

Tiny hands?

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2015 at 22:41 UTC
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