Jim Evidon

Jim Evidon

Lives in United States Palm Desert, CA, United States
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Joined on Jun 2, 2005

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On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2126 comments in total)

I like that it is a little larger and has a built in grip. The need to remove the grip on my E-M5 to change batteries is a real pain in the derriere. The fact that it has no anti-aliasing filter is also a big plus since there are now enough excellent programs to eliminate moire so that the filter is no longer necessary to those who do their own post processing. The ability to correct for different lenses is also a great feature that I find very useful on my Fuji XPro-1 when using M mounted lenses. That Olympus adds this feature for 4/3 and MFT lens mounts is laudable. Moving the on-off switch eliminates the annoying placement of the switch on the EM-5. They seem to have addressed most of the issues and have added enough custom buttons to avoid most menu surfing. Three cheers for Olympus and I hope that their present financial difficulties brought on, not by product deficiencies but rather the former crooked management does not impair their survival. They make a great product.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2013 at 18:27 UTC as 395th comment
On OMG Life Autographer Quick Review preview (123 comments in total)

Finally, a camera that is auto-everything; relieving the photographer even of the burden of actually having to take pictures. Ain't progress wonderful?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2013 at 18:42 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On 5 Reasons why I haven't used my DSLR for months article (590 comments in total)

A few years ago, I bought a Lumix GF-1 for traveling plus the two kit zoom lenses. Right away I noticed that I could carry only the camera and a small waist pack to tote whichever lens was not mounted to the camera plus a spare card and some odds and ends. I then moved up to an Oly. OM-D and still was able to carry only a waist pack with a couple of lenses and the camera around my neck.
About 6 months ago I realized that i hadn't used my Nikon D300 in several years, so I sold it along with most of it's lenses. I kept the wonderful Nikkor 50mm f1.4 plus a very long tele to use on the MFT's with a lens adapter.

Now i have a Fuji X-Pro1 with adapter plus the OM-D. I love the fact that with the OVF, I can follow action without any blackout or image shuddering. Both are amazing cameras and either can shoot rings around the D300 with much less weight and bulk.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2013 at 18:26 UTC as 276th comment

All of the comments, so far, show why camera manufacturers should use a common raw converter. Adobe tried to encourage a move in that direction with DNG which is used by Leica and very few others. It is time that, at least the smaller manufacturers stop putting out their excellent products that have proprietary converter codes. If they would all get on board, then we consumers would all benefit. Certainly, the dizzying assortment of RAW converters packaged with cameras cannot be a major profit center for them, so why do they do it? Even competing cameras that use exactly the same sensor use proprietary RAW converter codes. It is time they all cooperated, at least to that extent.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2013 at 20:07 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On Lightroom 5 Public Beta: What's New article (90 comments in total)

When Adobe's press release said that PS was going to the cloud and anyone wanting the updates had to subscribe, I thought, how great for the professionals who have been paying a kings ransom to upgrade their suites every year or so, and how sad for amateurs who buy only a single program for a few hundred dollars and get several years use out of it. Adobe also said that Lightroom would continue as a stand-alone application.

As a long time PS user who, in the past two years has moved to LR, going back to PS for some of the tools like content aware, this latest move by Adobe comes as a real blessing. Adobe hasn't forgotten about the lowly amateur market after all. Three cheers for Adobe, and I will be downloading the latest version in the next few days. Hoorah!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 23:15 UTC as 3rd comment
On Lightroom 5 Public Beta: What's New article (90 comments in total)

When Adobe's press release said that PS was going to the cloud and anyone wanting the updates had to subscribe, I thought, how great for the professionals who have been paying a kings ransom to upgrade their suites every year or so, and how sad for amateurs who buy only a single program for a few hundred dollars and get several years use out of it. Adobe also said that Lightroom would continue as a stand-alone application.

As a long time PS user who, in the past two years has moved to LR, going back to PS for some of the tools like content aware, this latest move by Adobe comes as a real blessing. Adobe hasn't forgotten about the lowly amateur market after all. Three cheers for Adobe, and I will be downloading the latest version in the next few days. Hoorah!

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 23:15 UTC as 4th comment
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor news story (757 comments in total)

Just to establish my creds., I own and enjoy using a Leica M8u and occasionally still use my M4-P. So my comments should not be construed as a reverse snobbery slap at Leica. But to release a camera that is obviously aimed at the street shooter crowd without a built in viewfinder and no image stabilization just boggles the mind regardless of whatever fine qualities the camera may have.
The convenience of a built in EVF to avoid the ungainly hump that graces my NEX5N should have been of first design consideration.
And to offer a 70mm capability without image stabilization, either sensor or lens type, really puzzles me. No serious photographer is going to hold the finderless camera like a cell phone and expect a sharp result.

I am the owner of a Fuji XPro-1, so I have the advantage of a very Leica like OVF with the option of a switchable EVF for close critical focusing as well as IS. Leica would have been well advised to up the price about $500 and include the missing modern features.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 12, 2013 at 19:51 UTC as 58th comment
On Just Posted: Detailed hands-on Olympus PEN E-P5 preview news story (315 comments in total)

$1000 for the E-P5 body at Adorama plus the expense of the EVF. So it has focus peaking (in B&W only). While it appears to be cosmetically a good looking camera, tell me why I should prefer it over the OM-D which has an excellent EVF and focus peaking using the key line filter selection under Art Filters? Adorama, B&H and others are currently selling the OM-D body for just under $1000. The E-P5 is cute, but no cigar as the saying goes. I'll keep my OM-D.

Direct link | Posted on May 10, 2013 at 20:03 UTC as 47th comment | 2 replies
On More pictures leak of purported Olympus PEN 'E-P5' news story (244 comments in total)

Still no eye level finder either optical, EVF or hybrid. Therefore, not a serious camera for serious photographers. I'll stick to my OM-D and avoid the hand/arm shakes, thank you.

Direct link | Posted on May 2, 2013 at 22:40 UTC as 88th comment | 4 replies

Nice to see that Zeiss finally got around Touit.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2013 at 22:19 UTC as 43rd comment
On Just Posted: Fujifilm X20 review news story (177 comments in total)

If you compare the RAW images @ ISO 400, a not to demanding setting,
the little Canon G15 blows the Fuji X20 away. How very disappointing for a camera manufacturer of this quality and standard. When looking for a small carry-around camera to use when I don't want to use my more serious equipment, I had a brief romance with the X10, liking the build quality, but ended up with the Canon G15 because of the image quality. According to the comparison images in this X20 review, The G15 is still the better camera.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2013 at 03:44 UTC as 62nd comment | 1 reply
On Minox announces tiny, retro-styled DCC 14.0 camera news story (153 comments in total)

This has no relation to the classic Minox spy camera. They still make one that is digital and the 9.5mm films are still available. I have a pristine Minox B that I haven't used in years. I keep it around just because it is fun to look at.

The DCC Minox is a continuation of their miniature Leica 'look a like' line that they have been making for several years. Thus it has a " film advance" and a "film rewind knob". It is a cute high quality novelty camera, but that is all.
If you are into "mine is smaller than yours" then you'd love to have one. But it is no competition for most of the less expensive pocketables with more features.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 06:19 UTC as 51st comment
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Scottish Kev: Forgive me if this has already been covered but I spent a long time looking for a backpack that would carry camera gear and hiking gear, as when you are out in the wilds you dont have "just" your camera gear and then wear everything else. This bag like many out there only does camera gear.

Why dont more bag manufacturers actually design bags to carry camera gear and personal gear.

Oh and I did find a 1 or maybe 2 manufacturers who do what I think is a sensible back pack for hiking/carrying personal gear and I bought one but it was stupidly expensive (such is this camera/hobby/addiction ah well) but it does an awesome job!

:)

The Tamrac Adventurer series does have the capability to carry camera equipment nicely nested plus an upper compartment for personal items. I have the Adventurer 9. There are also larger models.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2013 at 01:04 UTC
On Billingham marks 40 years of history news story (31 comments in total)

I've had a Hadley Pro for several years. it still looks like new. It is the only bag I
use when traveling because it is so protective of my equipment. Admittedly,
it is bulky for walking around and I always pack a more compact messenger type bag in the luggage for that purpose. Hadley products are expensive, but you get what you pay for. As for the leather straps and trim, unless you are standing in a hot shower with it, it is no problem. In an average rain, the water rolls off, but I admit that I am not fond of standing in the rain and look for shelter. So, it is not a good product if you a duck. But for photographers, it is fine.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 20, 2013 at 18:30 UTC as 10th comment

Re.: Fresh paint on obsolete targets.
Bureaucracy, like nature, has certain immutable rules. One of those rules is that a bureaucracy, once created, can never be destroyed. Another rule is that a bureaucracy's budget, one created can be increased, but never be diminished.

As a result, there is, no doubt, a federal "Department of Resolution Test Chart Maintenance" which dutifully fulfills its destined mission and regularly repaints
and/or refurbishes these targets. It is, no doubt, manned and/or womaned by dedicated servants of the citizenry numbering in the hundreds to carry out its mission and its destiny. Said task force, speculatively, is primarily charged with records keeping, producing and updating mil specs for the specific paint required together with one painter and staff.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 18, 2013 at 22:47 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On Olympus denies reports that it is ceasing DSLR production news story (187 comments in total)

4/3's and MTF was, until this year always a step or two behind the FF and APS format cameras until the advent of the OM-D. AS far as I can determine, the OM-D is a match for any APS cameras on the market in terms of resolution and IQ. The full frame newer offerings remain the benchmark, but I wonder how long it will be before 4/3's catches up to FF. I'll admit that it doesn't seem logical, but larger sensor area just doesn't seem to tell the whole story. It would be a terrible shame if Olympus, having made such a big product breakthrough,
were to go under. Perhaps they will get a white knight like Pentax so that their product line will continue to advance.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 14, 2013 at 07:06 UTC as 43rd comment
On Olympus m.Zuiko 17mm F1.8 first impressions and samples article (254 comments in total)

Before we can make a judgement about this lens, it would be useful to have a head to head comparison with the Panasonic Lumix 20mm /1.7.
I have the Lumix and have found it a wonderful little lens with few faults aside from it's plastic lens barrel. I bought it for my GF1 and kept it when I bought my Olympus OM-D. But is it worth it to buy the Zuiko 1.8 instead of the Panny?

I would think that it is a question worth pondering and can only be answered by an objective comparison.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2013 at 00:23 UTC as 43rd comment | 2 replies
On Best Camera of 2012: And the Winner is... news story (1412 comments in total)

I am not surprised by the results. The more I use my OM-D, the more impressed I am. Image quality is on a par with my Sony NEX5N and is superior to my Nikon D300. It is infinitely customizable and with the accessory grip it is a perfect fit in my large hands. It is not pocketable, but neither is the NEX unless you put the lens in another pocket. Both the NEX and the OM-D are superior products, but for features, the Olympus gets the prize.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 2, 2013 at 18:07 UTC as 197th comment | 1 reply
On BBC examines how fake photographs can change our memories news story (97 comments in total)

In 2004 as part of the presidential campaign, there was an effort to tie Kerry to Jane Fonda, a political lightning rod if there was every one by showing a news photo of him on the podium when Ms. Fonda was giving a speech at a political rally. It wasn't till after the campaign was over that someone found the original photo and lo and behold, he wasn't in it. Whether the photo affected anyone's opinion isn't the issue. It was wrong and shabby to do it.

A few months ago a well known photographer was stripped of his honors when it became apparent that the prize winning photo had been photo shopped. The incident was well covered by DP Review at the time.

The issue is not whether fake photographs change anyone's mind about the subject. The issue is honesty in photography, honesty in reporting and, frankly, honesty in general. Anyone cynical enough to ignore this simple truth deserves pity, scorn or both.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2012 at 17:55 UTC as 7th comment
On BBC examines how fake photographs can change our memories news story (97 comments in total)

The purpose of the article is to show how photo manipulation is used to manipulate opinion. And what is the result? A bunch of dead head ideologues come from under of their rocks to spout their politicized crap. This is a site for photography, so take your mindless political regurgitation to places where they will be more appreciated like Fox Snooze, MSNBC or Rush Limburger.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 18, 2012 at 01:25 UTC as 9th comment
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