James Pilcher

James Pilcher

Lives in United States Summit County, CO, United States
Works as a database designer
Joined on May 11, 2004
About me:

Hiker and high country addict. Two months/yr in SW Florida. Lumix LX7, Olympus Pen E-P5, Lumix 8mm f/3.5 FE, Zuiko 12mm f/2, Leica 25mm f/1.4, Zuiko 45mm f/1.8, Zuiko 75mm f/1.8, Zuiko 75-300mm f4.8-6.7, Gitzo G1158, Gitzo GT0541, RRS BH-30, Lr

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This camera may well relegate my very fine m4/3 bodies to super-wide and telephoto work. Assuming this is a great lens, I see no need to put a normal zoom on a m4/3 body when this camera is available in the bag.

This is the hiking camera I've been waiting for. No longer do I have to choose between my LX7 (fine lens but 1/1.7 sensor) and my much larger kit of Olympus E-P5 + a couple of primes.

Looks like a winner, Panasonic!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 14:42 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply
On Sony unveils FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS cinema lens article (100 comments in total)
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James Pilcher: Where are the real FE lenses? The video stuff is fine, and this lens looks excellent, but FE still shooters are starved for a lineup of good FE-native glass. Honest question: Is still photography dying?

@quezra : I guess sarcasm always wins out at dpreview. I suspect that civility is not a personality trait that you possess in great quantity.

In the 12 months since the FE introductions, I count four FE lenses available from Sony; I could be wrong. You may count others if you wish, including those not yet available, but I'm more interested in Sony's commitment to the FE lineup than any other company's. So far, Sony's lens commitment seems modest.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 23:57 UTC
On Sony unveils FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS cinema lens article (100 comments in total)

Where are the real FE lenses? The video stuff is fine, and this lens looks excellent, but FE still shooters are starved for a lineup of good FE-native glass. Honest question: Is still photography dying?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 15:48 UTC as 16th comment | 6 replies
On Enthusiast interchangeable lens camera 2013 roundup article (281 comments in total)

I see a very odd assortment of cameras for an "updated" 2014 list. There are some notable omissions, and some curious aging inclusions.

Over all, not much of an update and not a lot of help.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2014 at 21:22 UTC as 25th comment
On Rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM goes on sale in UK article (218 comments in total)
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JEROME NOLAS: How much was it new?

In 1993, I think I remember being told it was $80,000 USD, special order only, with 50% payment at the time of the order.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2014 at 17:32 UTC
On Rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM goes on sale in UK article (218 comments in total)

I had a chance to see one of these up close when Pope John Paul II visited our city in 1993. Canon had a showroom at that time and they put this lens on display for a couple of weeks. The Canon rep set it up over a mile from the Pope's podium, put the EF 2x tele-extender on it and got some impressive results. Wow. 2400mm f/11.

Rumor has it that one or two news agencies had one of these lenses for loan to staff and contract photographers.

In the end, I think it was an engineering exercise more than a serious product.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2014 at 17:31 UTC as 77th comment | 1 reply

This is the future with Adobe and any other company that forces you to use "the cloud" in any fashion. Can you say "Office 365?"

Oh, and don't think that Lightroom is going to remain separate from Creative Cloud all that long.

I like Adobe's products, I no longer care for it's business practices and policies.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 03:03 UTC as 43rd comment | 4 replies
On Leica T (Typ 701) First Impressions Review preview (2300 comments in total)
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Zerg2905: That price is for Titanium. Not Aluminium. My take. Cheers! :)

The solid block of metal idea can well extend itself to limited editions. Think titanium, carbon fiber, magnesium. I expect to see at least one of these at twice or triple the aluminum price.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 15:24 UTC
On Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Review preview (492 comments in total)

A camera to inspire lust. I want one to replace my Lumix LX7; size is not a concern.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 20, 2014 at 15:56 UTC as 159th comment
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Everlast66: They have a few good hits, but nothing as revolutionary or beautiful as the original OM series designed by Yoshihisa Maitani. It is admirable they are trying to follow in the same path, but its surprising that something designed 50-60 years ago is still more aesthetically pleasing than current designs
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympus_OM-1

@CanonKen: I owned one of the original OM-1 in this country; my cousin shipped it to me from his military base in Japan. So, yes, I bought that (I know you are kidding). ISO 1600? It was tough to find an ISO 1600 film in 1973, so that was not much of a limitation in an era where I shot Kodachrome II, 25, and 64 most of the time.

Olympus makes good stuff. Always has. Olympus has never followed other manufacturers. I liken Olympus to Apple in that respect, as many do. Not perfect, but always interesting.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 15:18 UTC
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Artpt: "How important is video for your customers now, and how important do you think it will become in the future?"

....Thank Barney Britton you for addressing video as a lagging interest with Olympus..

Video is an irrelevant distraction that adds unnecessary complexity to a digital camera. Dispense with it. Video is not photography; that's not a difficult concept.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 15:11 UTC
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gerard boulanger: I am afraid such a product with fixed lens having that shape and size won't fit the current market.

Won't fit your pocket either. Sigma is creating a new niche. How many will follow? Awkward design and seemingly a (slight?) compromise on image quality.

Maybe the new design allows for a battery that's good for more than 100 shots?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 10, 2014 at 14:51 UTC

If Sony sticks with this new line of cameras, the possibilities seem exceptional if the first two primes (55mm, 35mm) are any indication of what is to come.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 31, 2014 at 16:06 UTC as 81st comment
On Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review preview (1657 comments in total)
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pew pew: The review said nothing about video rather then the fps, does it have manual control for video or just full auto like the other fujis.

Video is irrelevant in a good camera. It's a shame Fuji feels the need to include it. Good video or bad makes no difference other than it should not be there at all.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 28, 2014 at 22:49 UTC
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James Pilcher: I'm a µ4/3 user and I'm glad to see the OMD E-M1 receving such recognition. The E-M5 received similar accolades last year. Having used 35mm film cameras since 1971 before switching to digital, I have to wonder why the giants Nikon and Canon are not better represented at the forefront of camera development right now. Are we awaiting an explosion of technology from Canikon, or is something amiss at those companies?

@BJL : You are correct. Canon is well-placed, with its dual pixel PDAF, to introduce a mirrorless body in DSLR style with EVF and fully compatible with all EF lenses. Interesting thought. I'd look for it at the low end first.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 5, 2014 at 15:21 UTC

I'm a µ4/3 user and I'm glad to see the OMD E-M1 receving such recognition. The E-M5 received similar accolades last year. Having used 35mm film cameras since 1971 before switching to digital, I have to wonder why the giants Nikon and Canon are not better represented at the forefront of camera development right now. Are we awaiting an explosion of technology from Canikon, or is something amiss at those companies?

Direct link | Posted on Jan 4, 2014 at 16:23 UTC as 42nd comment | 3 replies
On DPReview Gear of the Year - Part 1: Fujifilm X100S article (307 comments in total)
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davids8560: I dunno. The X100s' 35mm lens reminds me of the year 1935, when, as everyone knows, the great T.E. Lawrence of "Lawrence of Arabia" fame died in a motorcycle accident in the English countryside. It's kind of a deal breaker for me.

I'd much prefer a 64mm lens, because 1964 was the year the animated cartoon series "Speed Racer" made its television debut.

Just sayin'.

@davids8560: It blows my mind to think about what you would have to say about a 24-70mm zoom.

Just sayin'.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 12, 2013 at 15:22 UTC
On PPE 2013: Hands-on with Fujifilm's newest cameras article (24 comments in total)
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DB3: Bother. My XE-1 is obsolete after only three months. I'll have to stop looking here for a few years.

@mcshan: I think DB3 was half-joking. It's never fun to spend a chunk of change only to realize that it could have been spent "better" only a short time later.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2013 at 15:58 UTC
On Leica X Vario "Mini-M" Camera review by Dale article (22 comments in total)

Thanks, Dale. Your review is now a few weeks old. Anything more you'd like to add at this point? The Leica X Vario intrigues me.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 8, 2013 at 02:59 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor article (757 comments in total)

It's hard for me to form an opinion on something that obviously had so little thought put into its potential success.

Well, not that hard, really. It seems like a bad idea all around.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 13:11 UTC as 359th comment | 3 replies
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