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. Three months/yr in SW Florida. Lumix LX7, Olympus Pen E-P5, numerous native µ4/3 lenses, Gitzo carbon tripods, RRS ball heads, Lightroom, Spyder Pro color calibration

James Pilcher's recent activity

  • Replied in Go PRO
    Your best performance will always be with lenses designed for m4/3. Go with the M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO and the MC-14. I have owned and used both the ZD 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 and the M.Zuiko ...
  • I see a market for individually tested lenses sold at a premium to those who demand and can afford the process and the result. Would I pay 20% more for a +$1000 USD lens and documentation that a...

  • Replied in a good upgrade
    I went on safari with a 70-200mm f/2.8 on a 35m FF camera. I took a 2x teleconverter for a 140-400mm f/5.6 when I needed it. I ended up not using the teleconverter all that much because f/5.6 was ...
  • For everyday use, my favorite lenses are the Leica 25mm f/1.4 and the M.Zuiko 12mm f/2. Many (most?) rave about the M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 (which I own) as the no-brainer lens purchase but I'm much ...
  • When all is working well, the E-P5 is still hard to beat almost three years after its introduction. I enjoy mine thoroughly, now that dials seem no longer to be a problem. Put some premium glass on ...
  • Hi Paul, From my perspective, it is maligned for a reason. I owned two of them. The bottom of a Coke bottle could resolve better than those zooms. OK, that's a stretch, but I could not get a ...
  • While I agree with Rodrigue's comments, I find that my Gitzo-brand add-on carbon fiber 20-stop stabilization rig is by far the best. And it works with raw images! No, the modified camera handling ...
  • I would alter that to a 24-60mm. That was a brilliant range on my D-Lux 4. That's just me, though. :-) Jim Pilcher Summit County, Colorado, USA Life is good in the woods
  • Enjoy that lens! I purchased an OM-1 in 1973. The 85mm f/2 was one of my standard and most-used lenses for many years. Then I picked up the 100mm f/2 sometime in the mid-late '80s. I appreciated ...
  • Replied in The $99 lawsuit
    Really? I understand your disappointment, but it's just a cheap camera lens. Jim Pilcher Summit County, Colorado, USA Life is good in the woods
  • Some others have said that, because of this, they will not purchase Panasonic products in the future. That is a tough line to keep when the future is unknown. For me, this kind of event, if true, ...
  • But my mother does cook the best food. Jim Pilcher Summit County, Colorado, USA Life is good in the woods
  • Replied in heaven forbid
    Heaven forbid that Canon tap some forward-looking outsider that can drag the company into the 2009 mirrorless revolution. This is good news for Olympus, Panasonic, Fuji, Sony. Jim Pilcher Summit ...
  • I would welcome wholeheartedly a 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 premium kit zoom that is designed and manufactured closer to the PRO zoom standard than the plastic fantastic give-it-away standard. Leave out ...
  • Good glass in any format is very expensive. Also, expensive is relative. There are many here that think $600 for a top notch f/1.4 prime is way too much. Of which street do you speak? A random ...
  • Replied in it was a gamble
    It was a gamble, because I was willing to give up the body in the event Olympus did not respond. It worked out well for me, but no one can guarantee such good luck and customer service. Jim Pilcher ...
  • In a way, I did throw in the towel. It's just that Olympus folded up a nice warm towel and gave it back to me. I was willing to give up the cost of the body. I was lucky that Olympus saw value in ...
  • After two trips to Olympus and continuing dial failure, I sent my E-P5 back to Olympus USA (not the repair facility), addressed to whomever the big guy was at the time. I included a note that the ...
  • Replied in I had both
    I had both 40-150mm Olympus zooms. After working with both for a while, the little zoom ended up as part of a trade for a M.Zuiko 8mm f/1.8 PRO fisheye. The M.Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO is so good ...
  • Disappointingly, I must agree with this view. I was initially enthused about the Pen F, but I'm beginning to wonder what it will provide me beyond what my E-P5 + VF-4 gives me. I was hoping for ...
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