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 article TriLens triple lens holder coming to Kickstarter (165 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: Nice idea. but 100kg? Pants down around the ankles? Not so nice. I don't see that this has any advantages over the Lowepro belt and lens sack approach or the similar design by Think Tank and have disadvantages by exposing the lenses to potential damage. At least those other systems distribute weight around the midsection and offer some protection to the lenses. I have used both Think Tank and Lowepro systems and they work really well.

I suggest clicking on the website shown in the article. If nothing else put me off, then the magnets did it for me. A $5000 Summicron lens or even a $500 Tamron secured by magnets? Not my lens! Methinks these Swedish designers have spent too much time sampling the Glugg or the Akavit.

Skål

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 18:40 UTC
On article TriLens triple lens holder coming to Kickstarter (165 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: Nice idea. but 100kg? Pants down around the ankles? Not so nice. I don't see that this has any advantages over the Lowepro belt and lens sack approach or the similar design by Think Tank and have disadvantages by exposing the lenses to potential damage. At least those other systems distribute weight around the midsection and offer some protection to the lenses. I have used both Think Tank and Lowepro systems and they work really well.

Why not? It's only 220 pounds. Can't everyone walk around with that weight hanging off their hip? What whimps!! Seriously, the more I think about this contraption the more I think someone had too much time on their hands.
I better stop now before I say something unkind.

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 06:53 UTC
On article TriLens triple lens holder coming to Kickstarter (165 comments in total)

Nice idea. but 100kg? Pants down around the ankles? Not so nice. I don't see that this has any advantages over the Lowepro belt and lens sack approach or the similar design by Think Tank and have disadvantages by exposing the lenses to potential damage. At least those other systems distribute weight around the midsection and offer some protection to the lenses. I have used both Think Tank and Lowepro systems and they work really well.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 17:31 UTC as 19th comment | 4 replies

Predictably, they are phasing out the 16 mgpxl sensor on the T in favor of the 24 mgpxl sensor on the F.
Since the lower priced X70 was recently introduced, I expect it will continue with the older sensor to keep the price where it is. I doubt that Sony is stopping the 16 mgpxl so long as there is a market for it.
None of this is surprising.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 20:22 UTC as 27th comment
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Jim Evidon: As video cameras become evermore compact, the accessories continue to grow in size, complexity, price and weight. Next we will see and fold-up dolly assembly and roll around cabinet to contain it. I guess that is why I stick to still photography and leave the video to younger and huskier types.

Oh, don't get me wrong. My go-to tripod head is a robust Kirk BH-2 ballhead mounted on a Induro Carbon Fiber tripod. My comment was directed at the ever-smaller video cameras and the booming market in professional grade shooting paraphernalia that are constantly merchandized to these amateur movie makers. As I said, I don't shoot video. I travel light and shoot stills with my Leica's and Oly MFT making my tripod a bit of worthwhile overkill.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 23:18 UTC

As video cameras become evermore compact, the accessories continue to grow in size, complexity, price and weight. Next we will see and fold-up dolly assembly and roll around cabinet to contain it. I guess that is why I stick to still photography and leave the video to younger and huskier types.

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 20:43 UTC as 5th comment | 2 replies
On article Light's L16 camera is in final stages of testing (301 comments in total)
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webrunner5: Wow, this thing can take some darn nice pictures. A few tweeks and they are going to have something good here! Color is a bit funky, but that can and will change I bet.

This gallery below is pretty impressive right now.

https://light.co/gallery

For all my criticism of this product to be, I really wish the venture great success although I'll never be one of its customers. New ideas, great or strange is what has made this country, and start-up companies are what we need. So, be it stranger not, good luck.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 20:00 UTC
On article Light's L16 camera is in final stages of testing (301 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: They've got to be kidding!
L16 users: keep your box of lens cleaners handy as well as another box to store your lens caps. Or make sure you have really big pockets. The first accessory they should make is a selfie crane for those so inclined. Does it come with a wheeled trolley and tow rope, to save the user from neck-aches and orthopedic bills? Well enough of that. The L16 will ultimately be consigned to the same bin as the now extinct and unlamented stereo 35mm camera.

I think you should definitely put in your order ASAP. BTW, the single piece of glass is probably the LCD on the back. The other side that shows all the lenses in an array is likely the front. In any case, enjoy.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 07:41 UTC
On article Light's L16 camera is in final stages of testing (301 comments in total)
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webrunner5: Wow, this thing can take some darn nice pictures. A few tweeks and they are going to have something good here! Color is a bit funky, but that can and will change I bet.

This gallery below is pretty impressive right now.

https://light.co/gallery

The shot of the building looking up is soft and lacks sharpness and generally lacks IQ. If it is the exception, it should not have been included in the set.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 23:39 UTC
On article Light's L16 camera is in final stages of testing (301 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: They've got to be kidding!
L16 users: keep your box of lens cleaners handy as well as another box to store your lens caps. Or make sure you have really big pockets. The first accessory they should make is a selfie crane for those so inclined. Does it come with a wheeled trolley and tow rope, to save the user from neck-aches and orthopedic bills? Well enough of that. The L16 will ultimately be consigned to the same bin as the now extinct and unlamented stereo 35mm camera.

In an effort to be fair and, perhaps be convinced that it is the way of the future, I went to the Camera manufacturer's ( ? ) website which gives a more thorough description of the multi-lens array and I am even less convinced. Apparently, according to the website they have many orders, yet no word on price or launch date. I am old enough to remember the Tucker Torpedo automobile which also became the subject of an entertaining, sometimes factual but not very truthful movie. It was also the way of the future and never saw real production. As a young teen, I even stood in a showroom and touched the prototype. The cars that were built and are now collector's items were a far cry from what was promised, so I hope you can forgive my skepticism, but what I read on the L16 website gives me little hope that it has any practical excuse or a promise of production. I hope I am wrong for the sake of those that allegedly ordered one, but this may be the Tucker Torpedo of today.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 23:35 UTC
On article Light's L16 camera is in final stages of testing (301 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: They've got to be kidding!
L16 users: keep your box of lens cleaners handy as well as another box to store your lens caps. Or make sure you have really big pockets. The first accessory they should make is a selfie crane for those so inclined. Does it come with a wheeled trolley and tow rope, to save the user from neck-aches and orthopedic bills? Well enough of that. The L16 will ultimately be consigned to the same bin as the now extinct and unlamented stereo 35mm camera.

It was not intended as a rant, but rather a comment on what appears to be an impractical and complex solution to higher resolution that has already been achieved. 8 oz? My pocketable Fuji X70 weighs 11 oz. With all that glass and attendant paraphernalia It has to weigh as much as a DSLR at least. And what is the point of utilizing a lens array to produce what? 52 megapixels? Respectable DSLR's are in and/or approaching that level without the complications attendant in a multi-lens array that has to have a complex processor to combine the separate images into a coherent single image. As to lens caps, I have been shooting pictures, probably for longer than you are alive and i never, repeat never had a scratched lens because I always used and still use....you guessed it, a lens cap.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 05:16 UTC
On article Light's L16 camera is in final stages of testing (301 comments in total)

They've got to be kidding!
L16 users: keep your box of lens cleaners handy as well as another box to store your lens caps. Or make sure you have really big pockets. The first accessory they should make is a selfie crane for those so inclined. Does it come with a wheeled trolley and tow rope, to save the user from neck-aches and orthopedic bills? Well enough of that. The L16 will ultimately be consigned to the same bin as the now extinct and unlamented stereo 35mm camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 20:41 UTC as 51st comment | 14 replies
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Jim Evidon: It's a good image. Train tracks are hazardous? Of course they are. Perhaps we should start criticizing war correspondents and photojournalists for exposing themselves to shell fire. Maybe matadors should stop exposing themselves to the bull. Methinks there is a little too much PC going about.

The 2 worst photo accessories ever invented. The selfie cell phone lens and the selfie stick. Train tracks are the least hazard. Far more common is the selfie taker tripping backwards on something while trying for that one great self portrait in front of another boring landmark.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 20:28 UTC
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Jim Evidon: It's a good image. Train tracks are hazardous? Of course they are. Perhaps we should start criticizing war correspondents and photojournalists for exposing themselves to shell fire. Maybe matadors should stop exposing themselves to the bull. Methinks there is a little too much PC going about.

I just clicked on the links in the DPReview article. The rail death involved an aspiring model . The photo shown in the news report of the accident, shows her as happy as can be down-track below a blind curve looking away from the curve at the camera.... a tragedy waiting to happen.

The Natl. Geographic image shows a woman standing on the track in the middle of a clear straightaway with what appears to be clear vision both ways. In addition the N.G Instagram in question simply gives the photographer's name and the text does not encourage others to do the same thing or suggest that the model or photographer is or should be a role model. Prudence dictates that one should avoid standing or walking on railroad tracks, but a quick shot when the track is clear and there is clear vision in both directions seems to me to be rather harmless, setting aside the fact that such an act may be criminal trespass on rail property. I really think too much has been made of this particular matter.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 07:51 UTC
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Jim Evidon: It's a good image. Train tracks are hazardous? Of course they are. Perhaps we should start criticizing war correspondents and photojournalists for exposing themselves to shell fire. Maybe matadors should stop exposing themselves to the bull. Methinks there is a little too much PC going about.

I don't see a selfie in that image so the comment is not relevant. I don't see that the 'model' was engaged in "recreational" activities either. She was simply posing. Yes, it is technically an active track, but schedules are readily available. I have been in that area and there are times during the day when hours go by without seeing a train. Really folks, you are making a really blown up deal out of not a big deal as far as this image is concerned. Now if we were talking about the north south east coast corridor, or the run from New Orleans north or the east west out of Chicago, I'd agree. I'd rather see comments about the image, positive and negative.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 19:30 UTC

It's a good image. Train tracks are hazardous? Of course they are. Perhaps we should start criticizing war correspondents and photojournalists for exposing themselves to shell fire. Maybe matadors should stop exposing themselves to the bull. Methinks there is a little too much PC going about.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 04:35 UTC as 44th comment | 7 replies
On article Adobe Lightroom CC 2015.10 and ACR 9.10 now available (64 comments in total)

I have found it disappointing if not distressing that Adobe has consistently overlooked the many legacy lenses that most LR users have. There is a whole raft of Leica M mount lenses from Zeiss, CV, and Leica/Leitz that do not appear in their collections of lens profiles. Just because the users of these lenses are considered traditionalist or maybe just old fashioned doesn't mean that they enjoy the laborious and time consuming process of resorting to Adobe's Lens Profiler. Adobe seems to be both blind and deaf or maybe they just can't be bothered.

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2017 at 19:42 UTC as 9th comment | 4 replies
On article 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners for photography announced (168 comments in total)
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TyphoonTW: Holy cow, no stuff regarding migrants? Finally!

You are welcome.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 16:42 UTC
On article 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners for photography announced (168 comments in total)
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TyphoonTW: Holy cow, no stuff regarding migrants? Finally!

TyphoonTW,
You do yourself dishonor with callousness that reflects a total uninvolvement with anything that penetrates what must be a truly wonderful stress free life. In the words of that Vulcan philosopher Mr. Spock, "Live long and prosper" because to someone who makes a remark such as yours, long life and prosperity must be all that matters. How very sad.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 06:52 UTC
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Jim Evidon: Why has DP Review never done a product review on the SD Quattro? The camera has been on the market long enough to justify a review. While at least some of the images shown are interesting enough to stimulate some interest, wouldn't a review of this very different camera be justified?

Richard,
You are absolutely correct. Coming from many years of analogue ( film ) photography, I routinely shoot between ISO 100 to 400 and have little reason to go any higher. But I have had those conditions where ISO 800 to 1600 is necessary or just forget the shot. I am glad I have that option, though seldom used, and if I am going to be forced to shoot at that sensitivity, I'd like to know that the image won't be ruined by excessive noise and clutter. That is my only reason for raising the issue and I do wish some reviewers ( DPR, are you listening?) would give us a review that goes beyond the cursory "First Look" and then drop the matter.
Jim

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 06:45 UTC
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