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 Leica invites entries for its Oskar Barnack Award 2013 news story (34 comments in total)

Addendum:
Who is a professional?

From the Leica website re.: the Barnack Awards competition:

"...The “Leica Oskar Barnack Award” competition is open to all professional photographers. To take part, participants must send in a series of photographs taken in 2011 or 2012 or long-term projects containing at least one photo from 2011 or 2012. Only one entry per photographer is accepted.

The “Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award” competition is open to any (prospective) professional photographer aged 25 or under at the time of entering. To take part, participants must send in a series of photographs taken in 2011 or 2012 or long-term projects containing at least one photo from 2011 or 2012. Only one entry per photographer is accepted...."

Since it their competition, they set the rules and definitions.

So, that settles that.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2012 at 04:18 UTC as 8th comment
On Leica invites entries for its Oskar Barnack Award 2013 news story (34 comments in total)

Re.: Who is a professional?

A few years ago, one of my images was on display, having garnered high honors in our local camera club competition. I got a call from some woman who loved it and wondered if it was for sale. I quoted an insane price of $250 because I didn't want to be bothered. She said it was a deal.
I was so surprised, I told her that rather than give her that print, I would custom print one for her on exhibition paper. It is the only print I ever sold since most of my work I do for myself and my own satisfaction and/or club(s) competition. I don't recall if I took it with my Leica or Nikon.

A professional is anybody who's work product is for sale. So, I guess I qualify...sort of. Chuckle.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2012 at 04:11 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On User Guide: Getting the most out of the Olympus E-M5 article (262 comments in total)

I cannot bring up the Super Control panel even when I followed the instructions in this guide. Any suggestions?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2012 at 05:54 UTC as 30th comment | 3 replies
On Metabones adds autofocus to Canon-NEX adapter news story (63 comments in total)

To G. Davidson,
I contacted Metabones a few months back about a similar adapter for Nikon lenses since I have a respectable inventory of them. Metabones responded with a categorical NO. It may be something about the Nikon architecture that mitigates against it. Whatever the reason, they do not plan to do so. Photodiox makes a neat adapter that has an aperture ring on it for late model Nikon lenses to MFT bodies, so even if it is manual focus, you can still control the aperture on the lens. I have one and it works very well. It is their Fotodiox NIK(F)G-m4/3 model. You should see my Nikon mount Sigma 50-500 attached to the OM-D, or should I say OM-D attached to the Bigma. It works, though.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2012 at 05:58 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies

Why don't they put the movie disable feature on the NEX5N as an update?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2012 at 21:35 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply

DNG has all of the advantages of all other formats and none of the disadvantages, since it is an open format. For those who are committed to their camera proprietary formats nothing more can be said. Serious photographers use post processing in LR, CS, DXO, etc. and find it damned annoying that every time they buy a new camera, they have to wait until these excellent processing engines incorporate yet a new format among another 1000 or so other proprietary formats. Surely camera manufacturers, Leica and Pentax excepting, should realize by now that serious photographers do not use their clunky proprietary processors that they supply with their cameras. But I suppose it is like p-----g in the wind to say this. As the saying goes, you can't teach a pig to sing. it's a waste of time and it annoys the pig.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 5, 2012 at 22:18 UTC as 36th comment | 10 replies
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hoggdoc: @ all - If you check the following link to Olympus USA there is no mention of an update beyond 1.2 which was withdrawn from the downloads after install issues came up.

http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/software_results.asp?id=1583&os=m

So what gives, DPreview says there is not only a 1.5 vers, but 1.3 and 1.4 are these not for North American consumption? How frustrating is that! :>(

Make sure you have the latest version of Olympus Updater v1.06.
If not, delete you current version and download the new one. Then plug in your camera to the computer, click o.k. on the back of the camera and open Olympus updater and click continue. You should get a window that shows v.1.4. Install that and then you can go to v1.5. Now those are the instructions. did it work for me? Nope! I'm still working on it. Olympus support told me I had to bypass my wireless router and plug directly into the computer. I'll have to try it although i think it is B.S.! The only updater more screwed up than this is the one for my Sony NEX5N which only updates using a Win computer.
I shudder to think what will happen when Sony and Olympus merge. Anyway, try what I told you. Who knows? It may work for you.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 19:00 UTC
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Batian: The humming noise is almost gone, but now the blades of the lenses (a least the Panaleica 25mm AND the Olympus 45mm) started to chat again! A terrible and noisy behaviour if you point the camera into a light source, even a light source as bright as the LCD screen. After a few seconds the chatting starts...
You should wait with the update!!!

I do get the sensor humming noise, but it is very faint. As for lens chatting, I never experienced it. My E5M has the version 1.2 which I installed before that version was suspended and I have no problems with it. The camera does everything it is supposed to do all the time.
I have to wonder what all the fuss is about.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 3, 2012 at 05:58 UTC
On Olympus issues OM-D E-M5 firmware v1.2 news story (41 comments in total)

Olympus has no v.1.5 released yet. There is only v.1.1 and of course v.1.2 which while suspended, I downloaded without any problems. So, if there is a v 1.5, where and when is it?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 2, 2012 at 23:57 UTC as 4th comment
On DxO Labs announces its ViewPoint for distortion correction news story (52 comments in total)

As a U.S. buyer, I wonder if I can get it at the Euro price and get the VAT knocked off as a non-Euro resident. Or is it more probably that DXO simply charges more to U.S. customers?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 5, 2012 at 20:05 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On Just Posted: Sony Alpha NEX-5R hands-on preview news story (127 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: To those of you who complain about the NEX5N and the lack of pancake lenses, Please take note:
1. It is true that the NEX5N has a dumbed down consumer appearance, but don't let appearances fool you. The camera is full featured and as fully capable as any of the best of them under $1500. I shoot Raw and the images are spectacular and require very little post processing in CS5.

As for pancake lenses, both Sony and Panasonic make MFT pancake lenses. The camera comes with a zoom kit lens because marketing tells the manufacturer that it is what sells. BTW, it is an excellent lens. As for pancakes, I use an Panny f 1.7 20mm and the results are very sharp and contrast moderately high.

So, I'll say this as politely as possible: Shut up unless you know what you are talking about. Your ignorance is showing.

As I use both the Sony NEX5N and the Olympus OM-D, I got a little carried away in my comment. Sony Does not make MFT lenses and the NEX5N is obviously APSC format. Sony does make a pancake lens and all the rest of my comments remain unchanged.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2012 at 18:49 UTC
On Just Posted: Sony Alpha NEX-5R hands-on preview news story (127 comments in total)

To those of you who complain about the NEX5N and the lack of pancake lenses, Please take note:
1. It is true that the NEX5N has a dumbed down consumer appearance, but don't let appearances fool you. The camera is full featured and as fully capable as any of the best of them under $1500. I shoot Raw and the images are spectacular and require very little post processing in CS5.

As for pancake lenses, both Sony and Panasonic make MFT pancake lenses. The camera comes with a zoom kit lens because marketing tells the manufacturer that it is what sells. BTW, it is an excellent lens. As for pancakes, I use an Panny f 1.7 20mm and the results are very sharp and contrast moderately high.

So, I'll say this as politely as possible: Shut up unless you know what you are talking about. Your ignorance is showing.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2012 at 18:06 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies
On Sony Alpha NEX-5R preview (145 comments in total)

I would say that the topside wheel is a welcome addition. I find that in using the wheel on my 5N, it is all too easy to activate one of the cursor buttons; the wheel and cursor buttons being entirely too small and tightly packed. I have large hands and the NEX controls are entirely too small. I'll not buy the 5R because buying a new camera every year, while making the companies happy, really doesn't do much for me as the consumer. Nevertheless, kudos to Sony.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 29, 2012 at 20:16 UTC as 38th comment
On Adobe updates Revel cloud-based image service to v1.5 news story (20 comments in total)

Why would an Apple user be interested in McAfee ware? McAfee is designed for PC architecture and not Mac or its "i" relatives.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2012 at 03:28 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply
On Facebook pushes photo prominence in timeline news story (83 comments in total)

Said the wife looking at all the empty chairs in the funeral parlor:
"I don't understand it. He had 2000 Facebook friends."

Facebook shot up like a rocket and what goes up must and will come down.
Better to stick with dedicated sites like DP Review, Flicker, 500 PX and Smugmug to mention a few.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 31, 2012 at 22:47 UTC as 22nd comment
On Just posted: Fujifilm X10 in-depth review news story (155 comments in total)

It's a late review because DRP found a serious "orb" issue that Fuji addressed with a new sensor. DPR wasn't late. Fuji was. Unfortunately, by the time Fiji addressed the issue, the new Canon GX-1 bypassed it on performance. Refer to the Raw and JPG comparison results in the DP review of this camera. As for me, I waited for the OM-5 (E-5M) and am now a happy camper.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2012 at 21:41 UTC as 19th comment

I set my video button on my OM-D to Manual Focus. Works great and no more accidental videos like on my old GF1 where I could disable it or on my NEX5N where I can't. For the 5N, I am looking for a very small flat cap that I can put over it. Very annoying feature to have on a still camera. But that's progress (?).

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2012 at 07:31 UTC as 16th comment
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: At 7:00 pm:
- Article on Olympus banding issue: 146 comments
- Update to Nikon D800 review: 122 comments
I don't know how to interpret these figures. A technical glitch seems to be more important than the review of what could be the best camera of our times. There's no rational explanation to this.

I saw a tee shirt once in New Orleans. It said: "the more you complain the longer God makes you live." Some people are seeking immortality.

Repeat response. sorry

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2012 at 00:13 UTC
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: At 7:00 pm:
- Article on Olympus banding issue: 146 comments
- Update to Nikon D800 review: 122 comments
I don't know how to interpret these figures. A technical glitch seems to be more important than the review of what could be the best camera of our times. There's no rational explanation to this.

I saw a tee shirt once in New Orleans. It said: "the more you complain the longer God makes you live." Some people are seeking immortality.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 15, 2012 at 00:10 UTC

"...> it is considered a broken and defective piece of camera equipment...."

Spoken like a man (?) who is accustomed to speaking before thinking. Obviously someone who doesn't know what he (?) is talking about. I am one of the rare people who was lucky enough to buy one. I am not going to claim it is the best think since sliced bread, although I prefer to do my own slicing. But it is a really well made and competent camera that is chock full of features that other camera makers with a lot deeper pockets should have thought of. My main criticism of Olympus is that they included probably the worst owners manual ever published, but thanks to the several internet forums, all of the operational questions have been answered. Great little camera. I bought only the body and use all of my 4/3's Panasonic lenses including the f/1.7 with excellent results. I'll worry about the modest banding above ISO 8000 the next time I want to take available light pictures in a coal mine.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 14, 2012 at 17:52 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
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