Jim Evidon

Jim Evidon

Lives in United States Palm Desert, CA, United States
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This is the first quality underwater camera since the Nikonos series. It is not capable of deep dives to 160 feet as was the Nikonos, but waterproof to 15
meters ( 50 feet) would cover most of the reef photography around the world.
Below 35 feet, the light dims and is too blue for any decent photography anyway.

At $700 more than the Leica X for waterproofing in a much smaller package than the cumbersome land camera in a waterproof box is not at all bad.

The only negative I can see is the apparent lack of hot shoe for a more powerful flash, although there may be a socket somewhere on the camera.

My scuba diving days are over so I have no use for this camera unless I wish to shoot under a waterfall, but it looks to be a very promising camera for the specialized market at which it is aimed.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2016 at 06:01 UTC as 45th comment | 2 replies
On article A classic reinvented? Domke Chronicle Review (125 comments in total)

For that price, I can get a Billingham Hadley, except that I already have one.
It has lasted years, will continue to do so and still looks great. Domke makes great reasonably priced bags. My wife has one. But at the price that this one is listed? Get real.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2016 at 20:00 UTC as 71st comment | 1 reply
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KTClown: Only 16 megapixels?

By straylightrun (14 hours ago)
Even m43 has surpassed them in MP count.

Your statement makes absolutely no sense. A 4/3 sensor has 60% the area of an APSC sensor and by it's very size the APSC sensor has less noise and better IQ everything else being equal. I own both 4/3's and APSC cameras as well as FF. It's the final image that counts and not mgpxl count. No doubt 20 mgpxl sensor will outperform a 16 mgpxl one OF THE SAME SIZE. Get real.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2016 at 01:21 UTC
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Jim Evidon: I fail to see that it offers anything over and above the features already in Lightroom and/or PS. I'm sure ti is a very competent application, but it seems to feature its ability to integrate with the Adobe products which already have the features that Alien Skin offers. It seems redundant. Have I missed something?

What would be nice is a plug-in that would feature as nice a content-aware tool available in PS that would work equally well in LR. The ability to have layers and layer masks in LR would also be nice. But as it stands, at least according to the Alien Skin website, their application is redundant to LR.

If I have missed something, I would appreciate responses from those who have actually used this product.

Elsewhere on the FujiX forum, I tested the new Alien Skin app against LR and Irident developer and found that both LR and Irident gave higher IQ than Exposure X using only the RAW development modules.For that reason alone, the new Alien Skin app. does not impress. As for film simulations, that is ,to me, of limited value. On the few occasions I want film simulation, I resort to my old reliable and use the DXO Film Pack 5.

Alien Skin is welcome to the fray and given further development and future upgrades it may be really competitive. Right now it isn't IMO.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2015 at 20:41 UTC

COMPARISON: Exposure X (trial version) vs. LightroomCC vs. Irident Developer

I chose an image that contained cacti, trees with leaves, gravel and sky.
The image was a Fuji X shot which can produce mushy looking green leaves with some converters. I used my Fuji XPro-1 because with the right RAW converter, the images cannot be beat in IQ and tonal spread from deep shadows to bright highlights, IMO.

Both LR and Irident Developer looked the best with Exposure X producing softer
IQ and the green leaves looked mushy and edge definition of tree limbs was soft.

Irident developer which is my go-to converter for FujiXTrans images was the best of the three, although the latest LR was really pretty good; an improvement over earlier versions.

Leaving aside Irident Developer, the LR RAW conversion was head and shoulders over the Alien Skin Exposure X. IMO, Exposure X is not ready for prime time.

Has anyone else run comparisons?

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 22:08 UTC as 9th comment

I fail to see that it offers anything over and above the features already in Lightroom and/or PS. I'm sure ti is a very competent application, but it seems to feature its ability to integrate with the Adobe products which already have the features that Alien Skin offers. It seems redundant. Have I missed something?

What would be nice is a plug-in that would feature as nice a content-aware tool available in PS that would work equally well in LR. The ability to have layers and layer masks in LR would also be nice. But as it stands, at least according to the Alien Skin website, their application is redundant to LR.

If I have missed something, I would appreciate responses from those who have actually used this product.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2015 at 01:15 UTC as 13th comment | 3 replies
On article Readers' Showcase: Giuseppe Milo (31 comments in total)

Stunning images. Color will always have its place for most imaging, but you can't beat B&W for sheer drama and tension.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2015 at 21:00 UTC as 17th comment
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Jim Evidon: So, I went to the update pages and there was no update yet. Or perhaps, like most Adobe pages, it is well hidden among the several pages that urge you to buy new apps. If anyone found the update for LR CC and PS CC pages, please share the information so I, as well as others, can find it.

Spoken like someone who doesn't use Adobe products. Your comments are neither helpful nor welcomed.

Link | Posted on Nov 26, 2015 at 19:33 UTC

So, I went to the update pages and there was no update yet. Or perhaps, like most Adobe pages, it is well hidden among the several pages that urge you to buy new apps. If anyone found the update for LR CC and PS CC pages, please share the information so I, as well as others, can find it.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2015 at 04:17 UTC as 18th comment | 5 replies
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Valterj: Fuji cameras are expensive! Drop the price and sales will increase!

For example, Fuji X-T10 + 18-55 = 750 €

Since I don't own their stock and am satisfied with my X-Pro1, I'll just take them at their word. I don't think they'll be leaving the scene any time soon.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2015 at 21:34 UTC
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Valterj: Fuji cameras are expensive! Drop the price and sales will increase!

For example, Fuji X-T10 + 18-55 = 750 €

Perhaps you should read the article. Fuji sales for the X-T10 and other their serious level cameras are already going strong. If you want to pay less, either wait for the occasional sale or if you are in a hurry, buy another brand.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2015 at 20:10 UTC

It looks like a nice little travel pod, but it would be nice if Manfrotto gave up its proprietary camera plate design and adopted the more universal Arca Swiss design. They might sell a few more tripods that way to people who have already invested in the Arca Swiss plates. As one of those people, I would never buy a Manfrotto tripod for that very reason.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2015 at 20:04 UTC as 16th comment | 13 replies

Leather on the bottom only. A place where you can't see it. what a perfectly good waste of a cow. Think Tank recently did the same thing except their leather is on the front panel only. Make it all leather or all canvas and price it accordingly. I can't see anyone buying this bag for the stealth leather panel. In all other respects it looks like a nice bag and would be as nice if it were all canvas or all leather. What a silly idea!

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2015 at 22:16 UTC as 20th comment
On article Studio tests and samples: Leica SL (beta) (754 comments in total)
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TriezeA72: The "Leica experience" is a short self indulgent happy moment that expires when your credit card repayments fall behind

Trieze A72,
"...if they want to poach potential Sony A7 buyers..."

That is just the point. I don't think they care to poach from Sony or any other camera maker except for models that fit in their price point. Time will tell whether the SL will be a success or not. Neither the SL nor the S will not be volume products. I think they are aimed at the professional who wants a camera that will keep working long after the big three products have broken down from over-use.

Have you ever had a Nikon shutter go sproing? I have. And it didn't happen that far out of warranty. Don't get me wrong. I was a loyal Nikon shooter for over 20 years and I think they still make fine cameras except for the ill-fated D600.

Or to put it another way, a Mercedes will get you there no faster than a Buick, but will keep running long after the Buick is returned to raw material for the next production run. IMO, Leica is not interested in competing with Sony. They just want to sell the cameras they do make.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2015 at 18:16 UTC
On article Studio tests and samples: Leica SL (beta) (754 comments in total)
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TriezeA72: The "Leica experience" is a short self indulgent happy moment that expires when your credit card repayments fall behind

TriezeA72,
OK. I also own Fuji X-Pro1 and Fuji X glass. Wonderful products. Also I own Leica as well with an M9P and an X2. My primary lenses for the M are Zeiss ZM lenses plus wide and tele Elmarits. I frankly can't say which cameras produce the best images. All three are excellent.

The only reason I asked is that I suspect that many forum contributors are not necessarily users of the forum's brand of cameras and therefore many of those speak from ignorance or perhaps reverse snobbery. Obviously you are not one of those and your response to my question is a good one that applies to many but not all Leica owners.

Leica's are not for everyone. Professionals? Sure. People with a lot of disposable income? Definitely. Between those extremes are people like me who buy used pampered M's for less money and enjoy shooting pictures with a precision instrument. Leica's are devoid of extensive menus and have few buttons. They are simply straight forward uncluttered high quality cameras.

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2015 at 07:00 UTC
On article Studio tests and samples: Leica SL (beta) (754 comments in total)
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TriezeA72: The "Leica experience" is a short self indulgent happy moment that expires when your credit card repayments fall behind

TriezeA72,
And have you ever owned a Leica, or are you just carping?

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2015 at 00:33 UTC
On article In pictures: PhotoPlus Expo 2015 (26 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: The pictures are nice and all that, but how about some articles about what is new at PPE 2015, if anything? You know, real words and stuff.

OK. Thanks for the reply

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2015 at 20:17 UTC
On article In pictures: PhotoPlus Expo 2015 (26 comments in total)

The pictures are nice and all that, but how about some articles about what is new at PPE 2015, if anything? You know, real words and stuff.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2015 at 19:35 UTC as 2nd comment | 4 replies
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Jim Evidon: Does it come with a lifting crane? Seriously, I have the Sigma 50-500 zoom lens, AKA "The Bigma" which I use infrequently, as good as it is, because of it's over-size. This new Chinese lens looks at least as big and as heavy. Large
f stop=large glass= heavy weight. Seriously, it looks like an interesting lens but for infrequent use.

But compared to the price of the outstanding 135mm f 2.0 Zeiss prime lens, the price is a bargain if you must have a large f stop 135mm.

KSV: " I rather pick another Zeiss fir (sic) difference".

Me too. But we're talking about the list prices of each.
I expect the Chinese lens will actually sell for considerably less.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2015 at 17:50 UTC
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maxola67: Anyway, it looks better than latest brick-like Leica.

Looks? Who cares? Function and ergonomics rate over looks every time. BTW, Pentax can always be counted upon to make a very good camera and with the acquisition of Ricoh
( or is it the other way around) it should be even better.

Disclosure; I own Leica's and I happen to think the Leica SL is a very good looking camera; very functional looking like the retro Olympus OM-D series. No need for bells and whistles or swoopy space taking curves. Just an in-your-face take or leave it camera.

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2015 at 21:15 UTC
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