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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Studying Cartier Bresson is alway time well spent in order to learn composition. The subject tome by Glover is confusing and overstates the subject IMO. There is a better site that can explain HBC's compositions and I think it is a better teaching tool than is Glover's. Click on the following website and enjoy:
http://thedreamwithinpictures.com/blog/learn-composition-from-the-photography-of-henri-cartier-bresson

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2017 at 23:27 UTC as 14th comment
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Mark Turney: Or ... if you’re a leftist radical, you destroy the photo because he possibly owned slaves or supported slavery by omission of documentation stating he adamantly denounced it.

Don’t read me wrong ... Slavery was and is one of the most vile things ever done to people. Just trying to make an analogy between this very neat piece of history and the statues being knocked down all over the US.

We'll let the South go next time and probably good riddance. It is just not worth it to keep territorial boundaries when the two parts of the country have gone and are going in two different directions, with nothing getting done.. There, I said it. Now let's get back to talking about cameras and photography and leave the politics to The New Republic and Breitbart. It's bad enough to turn on the TV and get 24 hours of what Trump said or didn't say. He is what he is. Enough already!

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2017 at 20:36 UTC
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Mark Turney: Or ... if you’re a leftist radical, you destroy the photo because he possibly owned slaves or supported slavery by omission of documentation stating he adamantly denounced it.

Don’t read me wrong ... Slavery was and is one of the most vile things ever done to people. Just trying to make an analogy between this very neat piece of history and the statues being knocked down all over the US.

John Quincy Adams owning slaves? I'll have to assume you are not an American. Either that or your education, like that of the present occupant of the White House is sorely lacking. John Quincey Adams was the son of our 2nd president, John Adams, one of our 'founding fathers' who was the owner of a small farm in New England, and a brilliant lawyer whose brilliance was exceeded only by his son, the subject of this photograph. John Quincy Adams. Before entering politics, was best known for taking on a case that no other lawyer would touch; that of defending would-be black slaves from Africa who staged a rebellion and took over the slave ship Amistad killing most of the crew. Adams not only took the case for the Africans who were being tried in a U.S. Federal court for mutiny and murder, he won the case and they'll went free.
So let us not hear or read anymore foolishness about John Quincy Adams, New England patriot, great man and 6th president of the United States being a slave holder.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2017 at 06:52 UTC
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Gandolphi: Did he bracket?

An unfounded rumor has it that he bracketed from 3 hours to 12 hours and consideration was given to a reshoot at f/480 while he took the week off.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 20:27 UTC

Drones seem to be the latest thing for the person who has everything else. Aside from the thrill of having a new toy and then losing interest after taking a few shots at altitude, I really can't see any lasting market for the amateur except for broad landscapes that are difficult access on foot. There are all sorts of privacy issues in urban areas and loss of power can result in injury to the unsuspecting. I note in an article elsewhere in this issue of DPR, that the U.S.Army has ordered that use of this type drone be suspended due to hacking vulnerabilities. That should be a concern for civilian use as well. It is a fad that I hope goes away and soon.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 20:50 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
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Jim Evidon: The new 'Cuff' has a magnet? Better not wear a self wining or a winding watch.
Not much forethought into this item, was there?

Yes, I am left handed, so with my mechanical watches, therefore my comment above. I'll avoid this new 'advanced' design by Peak.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 20:39 UTC

The new 'Cuff' has a magnet? Better not wear a self wining or a winding watch.
Not much forethought into this item, was there?

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 19:14 UTC as 21st comment | 6 replies
On article Advertising vs reality: microSD memory card speed test (73 comments in total)

Not surprisingly, SanDisk Extreme Pro remains the class leader. Samsung appears to be right up there as well. i wonder if it is the same card and the companies use the same source.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 00:09 UTC as 22nd comment
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Trundling: Tomorrow we'll have a warning from Leica not to install the firmware update because it freezes the camera to a level where only $2,999.95 can fix it.

Trundling,

Désolé, mon pote. Je choisis mes amis

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 18:13 UTC
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probert500: WOW - another technical triumph for Leica - leading the way!!!

@ HowaboutRaw Re.: Trundling

Your point is well taken.
There exists a particular species that, blinded by the brilliance of his own thought, feels compelled to share his sarcastic but mistaken opinions in the sincere, but mistaken belief that somehow our lives will be enriched by his brain droppings. Possibly, he will weary of his crude attempts at wit and move on to a camera forum more suitable to his expertise. It is a pity that Kodak no longer makes the Brownie.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 18:53 UTC
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Trundling: Tomorrow we'll have a warning from Leica not to install the firmware update because it freezes the camera to a level where only $2,999.95 can fix it.

@ Trundling:
It is not me that is intolerant. Most cameras made today are competent tools and I accept that. The key to making an exceptional image is the photographer and not his choice of tool. Neither tolerance nor intolerance should be acceptable since the very words imply a generosity on the part of an allegedly superior person toward an alleged inferior person or belief. It is better to accept rather than tolerate another person and/or his beliefs.

" Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts."....Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 18:35 UTC
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Trundling: Tomorrow we'll have a warning from Leica not to install the firmware update because it freezes the camera to a level where only $2,999.95 can fix it.

Trundling,
Charging $2999.95? Now, that is the stupidest 'troll' comment I've read all day. You win the prize, congratulations.

And, regarding fixing the camera statement; no they do not charge for updates and no, they do not charge for fixing bad cameras if the fault is either in manufacturing or design. My M9 was several years old and out of warranty and they replaced the sensor, no questions asked.

Short answer: Leica is not Microsoft, nor is it Dell or even Nikon for that matter. It is simply a good camera company that depends on a loyal customer base and it tries to keep them satisfied with their product out of obvious self-interest.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 01:15 UTC
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Jim Evidon: To all of you silly Leica hating twerps: Leica has stood behind every product it makes and if there is an issue, they are on top of it faster than I ever experienced with Canon or Nikon. The only other company that even comes close, IMO, is Fuji. Both companies pay very close attention to internet camera forums and ignoring brand hating trolls, they both are very responsive. So suck it up, my friends, while I wait for my TL2 to come to my local vendors so I can trade my reliable and much loved T for a new one.

According to what I heard and read, the firmware fix will not fix the 'bricked' cameras. The owners have two choices. Either use it for a doorstop or go down to your local Leica dealer and trade it 'even' for a new one. The new one may or may not have the firmware fix if it is old stock so have the dealer check the firmware first and download if necessary before you walk out with the camera.

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 01:12 UTC

To all of you silly Leica hating twerps: Leica has stood behind every product it makes and if there is an issue, they are on top of it faster than I ever experienced with Canon or Nikon. The only other company that even comes close, IMO, is Fuji. Both companies pay very close attention to internet camera forums and ignoring brand hating trolls, they both are very responsive. So suck it up, my friends, while I wait for my TL2 to come to my local vendors so I can trade my reliable and much loved T for a new one.

Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2017 at 19:16 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
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Jim Evidon: Given that Nikon recalled the D600, D750 and their notorious battery recall a few years ago after denying for months that they had a problem, I'd say the Leica's immediately getting on the problem and offering to take back TL2's that were sold shows responsibility to customers that Nikon could learn from. As far as design goes (see @Torsten Hoff), I have a Leica T and I think the design is brilliant. I expect the TL2 to be even better once they correct the problem. And Nikon is not alone. I recall Canon has produced a few lemons in the past as well. Kudos to Leica for getting on top of the problem as quickly as they have. It may well turn out to be a particular lot of some small component or as they have speculated, a minor software issue that is correctable.

D750 BATTERY recall, not camera recall. You'll find it in the archives.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 20:59 UTC
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Majauskasson: Nice ad for Sony but resolution C+. You'll see this clip on their ads soon. Any half decent camera will do the same. Sony outbid Nikon and others for the rights and NASA can use the cash. Let's remember the NASA LRO circling the moon at 25 miles up photoshopped the non-existent fake Apollo landers in to keep the gullible Apollo nuts happy. If you believe the blobs are landers remember that amateurs with backyard telescopes got excellent resolution too. DP has shown these. NASA has been and still is scamming the world. It cancelled the manned Mars mission because it "can't protect astronauts from space radiation". Well, what about Apollo? How did they manage it? Using 1960s technology then it was no problem - 6 men to the moon in 3 years. Now with powerful computers NASA is stymied. Space is tough. NASA lied and created a fantasy Apollo story many believe to this day.

Majauskasson:
You said: "...Nice ad for Sony but resolution C+...."
Check the video settings ( gear icon) at the bottom of the video screen and then reset to 1440 dpi and then watch it again.. I am not a big Sony booster, but this is spectacular footage. Either that or I suggest you have your vision checked, and soon.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 07:58 UTC
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CheersUK: I don't wish ill on any camera manufacturer during these hard times, but I have to say, its this kind of thing that make Leica look over priced for the digital age. They spend too much time designing a stupid strap lug system, before ensuring the EVF is compatible. Lets not even mention sensor cleaning.
I'm not saying Leica makes bad cameras, but with digital technology, their products are as susceptible to failure as any other manufacturers...and not lets even start with the average product life span of digital camaras. Quality that will last you decades (as in the film era), just isnt a selling point any longer.

@shigzeo,
Re.: spotting the problem earlier...
The initial run of pre-production cameras worked fine as several reviewers tried them out. Some reviewers like Huff and Overgaard were very pleased with the camera. Obviously something went wrong when the camera hit the production line. Possibly a last minute 'minor' change that turned out to be not so minor. What it was we may never know. Let's just hope that Leica has a handle on it or will very soon.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 07:58 UTC

Given that Nikon recalled the D600, D750 and their notorious battery recall a few years ago after denying for months that they had a problem, I'd say the Leica's immediately getting on the problem and offering to take back TL2's that were sold shows responsibility to customers that Nikon could learn from. As far as design goes (see @Torsten Hoff), I have a Leica T and I think the design is brilliant. I expect the TL2 to be even better once they correct the problem. And Nikon is not alone. I recall Canon has produced a few lemons in the past as well. Kudos to Leica for getting on top of the problem as quickly as they have. It may well turn out to be a particular lot of some small component or as they have speculated, a minor software issue that is correctable.

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 04:06 UTC as 36th comment | 4 replies

From the sample shots, it looks like a nice portrait lens. It has a velvety look which should be excellent for skin textures. It should be used on a plain backdrop since the bokeh is a little disturbing. I wouldn't put it up against a modern lens for landscapes, interiors, architecture or sports, but for its advertised purpose it will do. But for the proposed retail price, there are a lot of modern portrait lenses that may do as well and possibly better for a lot less money.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 20:23 UTC as 9th comment
On article Leica TL2 first impressions (369 comments in total)
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Trundling: I will not join the Leica owners mocking campaign but I have to say this. I have a 5-year-old Canon IXUS 300HS, which cost so little that I don't even remember how much. And I get EXACTLY the same results - soft images that look like the plastic lens is too small for my finger to get in and remove the years of dust and grime off it. It only gets good results when shooting at the widest angle with the sun scorching down on a narrowly squinting subject. Maybe I should slap red-dot sticker on it and sell it for 10 grand as "vintage Leica"? Should grow a beard first, though, or they'll smell my fear. Damnit! Couldn't help.

@Trundling,
I can't speak for the images reproduced by the DPReview staff for this article. Someone did that once and was kicked off the forum. I suggest, if you are dissatisfied with the images here, you check out the review done by Steve Huff. Whether you care for him or not is irrelevant. But do check out his images and the accompanying review. Or check out Thorston Overgaard and his images and review. Frankly, I don't care whether you like the camera or not, but since you denigrated the image capability, you should at least see what the camera is capable of, notwithstanding your sophomoric attempts at humor.

The links, FYI, are as follows:

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2017/07/10/hands-on-the-new-leica-tl2-camera-in-hand-first-look/

http://www.overgaard.dk/thorsten-overgaard-photography-lounge.html

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 06:57 UTC
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