Jim Evidon

Jim Evidon

Lives in United States Palm Desert, CA, United States
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On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200 (476 comments in total)

They should have included the Pen F.
A comparison to the OM-D E-M5II would be interesting. I had the E-M5 and now I have the Pen F. Each body has its advantages and disadvantages. Both are fine cameras, however.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2017 at 00:01 UTC as 22nd comment
On article Sigma SD Quattro H Review (693 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: The Foveon sensor is top of the class in sharpness, but it has pretty much stood still in other areas such as color output, WB, and range of light, etc. Add that to the asking price of over $2300 just for the body and it becomes a camera for the very few that love the Foveon output and must have the camera. Not everyone's cup of tea, I'm afraid. The DP Review photo examples ( see appendix tests part 6 ) , if accurate, demonstrate that the Sigma sd Quattro H runs out of noiseless imaging above ISO 400 which is pretty sad these days. Even my M9 goes to ISO800 before noise starts to creep in and that camera is several years and probably 3 camera generations old.
My Leica T and Olympus Pen F are still singing above ISO1600. Come on Sigma, I know you can do it. Try harder!

Re: the price. Yesterday, at the bottom of the review, DPR as usual listed the price of the camera. At the time for reasons unknown to me my computer was reading the price in Canadian dollars and it was C$ 3178 which is equal to approx. USD $2350. Today it lists the price at USD approx. $1200. In any event, my main comments were really a plea to Sigma to develop a Foveon that can go at least to ISO 800-1200 without significant noise. BTW, to those that subscribe to Reid Reviews, take a look at Sean Reid's write up on this camera. The images are quite nice and almost film like.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 07:13 UTC
On article Sigma SD Quattro H Review (693 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: The Foveon sensor is top of the class in sharpness, but it has pretty much stood still in other areas such as color output, WB, and range of light, etc. Add that to the asking price of over $2300 just for the body and it becomes a camera for the very few that love the Foveon output and must have the camera. Not everyone's cup of tea, I'm afraid. The DP Review photo examples ( see appendix tests part 6 ) , if accurate, demonstrate that the Sigma sd Quattro H runs out of noiseless imaging above ISO 400 which is pretty sad these days. Even my M9 goes to ISO800 before noise starts to creep in and that camera is several years and probably 3 camera generations old.
My Leica T and Olympus Pen F are still singing above ISO1600. Come on Sigma, I know you can do it. Try harder!

The color edition of the M9 is really the best without any biases toward red that one sees in the later digital M's and finally corrected in the new M10. There is an excellent article on the subject in the last issue of LFI. I may eventually get an M10 mostly for the live view and ability to use my EVF type 020 that I use on my Leica T. In the meantime I'll be happy with my old CCD M9-P which produces spectacular FF color images, albeit under ISO 800, although in monochrome I easily go to ISO 1600 and get great B&W's.

And I know WB is a firmware thing and Sigma could tweak that as well in case I wasn't clear on the subject before.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 23:44 UTC
On article Sigma SD Quattro H Review (693 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: The Foveon sensor is top of the class in sharpness, but it has pretty much stood still in other areas such as color output, WB, and range of light, etc. Add that to the asking price of over $2300 just for the body and it becomes a camera for the very few that love the Foveon output and must have the camera. Not everyone's cup of tea, I'm afraid. The DP Review photo examples ( see appendix tests part 6 ) , if accurate, demonstrate that the Sigma sd Quattro H runs out of noiseless imaging above ISO 400 which is pretty sad these days. Even my M9 goes to ISO800 before noise starts to creep in and that camera is several years and probably 3 camera generations old.
My Leica T and Olympus Pen F are still singing above ISO1600. Come on Sigma, I know you can do it. Try harder!

Johan Borg,
I simply took the retail price given in the review. B&H sells @ discount. $1200 and makes it more palatable. I was unaware that DP Review's RAW is actually uncompressed JPEG. Good to know. How did you find that out?

And to the rest of you, I wasn't dissing the Sigma, nor was I claiming that my old M9 makes better images. That is a subjective thing. I was simply saying that Sigma, which is in all other respects an innovative company, should do more development on the Foveon sensor to improve its noise suppression without degrading its fine imaging. ISO 320 is fine for general shooting and I seldom shoot above ISO400 myself. But when you need higher ISO capability in poor lighting or shooting telephoto where you need to substantially increase shutter speed in order to hand hold, the Sigma with its unacceptable noise level at moderately high ISO's simply won't cut it. And flash fill as GEONYC suggested is useless in any situation further away than head and shoulder shots.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 19:34 UTC
On article Sigma SD Quattro H Review (693 comments in total)

The Foveon sensor is top of the class in sharpness, but it has pretty much stood still in other areas such as color output, WB, and range of light, etc. Add that to the asking price of over $2300 just for the body and it becomes a camera for the very few that love the Foveon output and must have the camera. Not everyone's cup of tea, I'm afraid. The DP Review photo examples ( see appendix tests part 6 ) , if accurate, demonstrate that the Sigma sd Quattro H runs out of noiseless imaging above ISO 400 which is pretty sad these days. Even my M9 goes to ISO800 before noise starts to creep in and that camera is several years and probably 3 camera generations old.
My Leica T and Olympus Pen F are still singing above ISO1600. Come on Sigma, I know you can do it. Try harder!

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 07:10 UTC as 89th comment | 11 replies
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Chris59: I think it's interesting what they DON'T say about the replacement sensor and that is whether or not it is a "fixed" sensor which won't corrode over time.

Of course I might have missed it, but it seems to me that if they are simply replacing the faulty sensors with new faulty units which will also corrode, they really haven't addressed the problem.

The original M9 sensor was designed, developed and manufactured by Kodak.
Following Kodak's demise, Leica continued to get sensors from it's successor.
The initial sensor replacements were identical to the original sensors. Meanwhile Leica continued their research as to the cause of the problem since no other EK supplied sensors exhibited this problem. Eventually it was determined that the sensor cover glass composition was changed from that of previous sensors by Kodak.

Leica has since purchased M9 and M-E CCD sensors from a totally different manufacturer and now has a cover glass that should cause no problems.

BTW, my old Nikon D70 exhibited sensor cover glass corrosion, but it wasn't recognized at the time. Nikon never acknowledged the corrosion failure and to my knowledge still doesn't.

So a small company like Leica absorbed the great costs of supporting and standing by their customers but Nikon saw no reason to make it right.

So don't tell me Leica is spitting in our faces.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 20:41 UTC
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wootpile: Oh dear.. the problem is people have actually used their Leicas. Don't they know it is just a bling accessory?

Like Cartier sunglasses that get scratched just as quickly as noname gas-station shades.

You don't buy a Leica anymore for the image quality, that stopped being the point somewhere in the film era.

Austin and Wootpile,
My Leica has no logo; ergo no "bling". Just a small discreet script 'Leica' on the top of the body.If the red dot were a black dot would it be "bling"? What about a nice conservative shade of olive green? The Leica logo where it exists is a small 1/2" diameter dot. Olympus Pen is emblazoned across the face of the camera body in large letters that can't be missed at 20 feet. Nikon is even larger. Same with Canon. Manufacturers place their name on a product for which they are proud as in Rayban, Ford, Ferrari, and Maytag. Is that "BLING"? I think you people are being silly including GEONYC who blanks out the name of his sunglasses as if anyone else gives a damn about the brand.
I have sunglasses; not the cheapest nor the most expensive, and yes they say Rayban in the corner of one of the lenses . I think you are all practicing reverse snobbery.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 02:36 UTC
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wootpile: Oh dear.. the problem is people have actually used their Leicas. Don't they know it is just a bling accessory?

Like Cartier sunglasses that get scratched just as quickly as noname gas-station shades.

You don't buy a Leica anymore for the image quality, that stopped being the point somewhere in the film era.

wootpile,

Bling? A Leica is as plain as a brick. It is meant to be that way. Mine doesn't even have the red dot. It's purpose is to take fine images. It does that very well indeed.
"Oh dear" I just figured you out. You probably have the same attitude about any car that costs more than a Chevy or Buick. Do you buy your suits at Penny's? Well that's o.k.. Their suits are very serviceable, but don't put down H,S &M or Boss because some people prefer them. Snide comments about Leica's when you don't own one just makes you sound smaller than you are. Can't you respect other peoples choices without being judgmental about something you don't own and probably never will own? It just makes you sound petty, small and jealous and I'm sure that wasn't your intent. But it is how you came across, if you even care.

And yes, I buy Leica for IQ and I get it most every time. If I don't, then I screwed up, not the camera.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 09:15 UTC
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (828 comments in total)

Add the Leica M4-P although it does not have a built in meter. The clip on meter is easily available and interlocks with the shutter dial for match needle shooting. The M4-P is less of a collectors item and will cost much less than other M analogue Leica's and is very rugged reliable.
Also consider the Zeiss ZM which is a newer camera now discontinued. It has built in aperture priority and takes every M mount lens ever made. The OVF/ rangefinder is a very bright wonder with great eye relief. It is a little larger than the Leica and very well made. I owned them both and have moved on to the Leica M9-P and T cameras since then.

For the SLR fans, the Nikon FM is IMO the best value in a used match needle metered film SLR and the Nikon FE which has an excellent apertured preferred meter built in . Another very good choice is the Nikon 8008, albeit a bit large but gives a choice of manual, A and/or S preferred and automatic. I have owned all three at one time or another.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2017 at 20:06 UTC as 170th comment
On article Canon EOS M6 Review (376 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: Canon needs to sit back and figure out where it is going. Whatever they come out with seems to follow the crowd. At the high end both Nikon and the ever amazing Sony and the Leica SL seems to lead the field. The only reason to stay with Canon would be the lenses which are still excellent and if you have a shelf full.

It's really too bad, but they have been left behind. Why would anyone buy the M6 or even the M5 when they can buy the sharply-reduced-in-price Sony A6000? Why buy the M5 or M6 when they can buy the now-price-reduced Olympus Pen F? I have one and wouldn't part with it. Canon needs to get out of the the old General Motors frame of mind. No one cares if Canon had the reputation. The competition has left it far behind, quality product though it is.

I did hint at that when I said: "... Canon needs to get out of the the old General Motors frame of mind. No one cares if Canon had the reputation. The competition has left it far behind, quality product though it is...."

So I guess we agree?

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 23:14 UTC
On article Canon EOS M6 Review (376 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: Canon needs to sit back and figure out where it is going. Whatever they come out with seems to follow the crowd. At the high end both Nikon and the ever amazing Sony and the Leica SL seems to lead the field. The only reason to stay with Canon would be the lenses which are still excellent and if you have a shelf full.

It's really too bad, but they have been left behind. Why would anyone buy the M6 or even the M5 when they can buy the sharply-reduced-in-price Sony A6000? Why buy the M5 or M6 when they can buy the now-price-reduced Olympus Pen F? I have one and wouldn't part with it. Canon needs to get out of the the old General Motors frame of mind. No one cares if Canon had the reputation. The competition has left it far behind, quality product though it is.

That is what I said if you'd noticed.
"...The only reason to stay with Canon would be the lenses which are still excellent and if you have a shelf full...."
I was referring to the camera technology, so we have no argument.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 21:23 UTC
On article Canon EOS M6 Review (376 comments in total)

Canon needs to sit back and figure out where it is going. Whatever they come out with seems to follow the crowd. At the high end both Nikon and the ever amazing Sony and the Leica SL seems to lead the field. The only reason to stay with Canon would be the lenses which are still excellent and if you have a shelf full.

It's really too bad, but they have been left behind. Why would anyone buy the M6 or even the M5 when they can buy the sharply-reduced-in-price Sony A6000? Why buy the M5 or M6 when they can buy the now-price-reduced Olympus Pen F? I have one and wouldn't part with it. Canon needs to get out of the the old General Motors frame of mind. No one cares if Canon had the reputation. The competition has left it far behind, quality product though it is.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 20:32 UTC as 34th comment | 8 replies
On article Throwback Thursday: Olympus C-8080 Wide Zoom (101 comments in total)

The Olympus C8080 was awonderful camera for the time. I carefully explored the Nikon and Sony competition options before getting the Olympus. It was a terrific camera for the time and I used it for a few years before stepping up to the Nikon D70s. I stayed with Nikon through the D300. By then the DSLR's were getting just too heavy so I went to Panasonic MFT for the GF1 with clip on EVF and stayed with MFT right up to the current Oly PenF and a couple of Leica's. The Pen F is the go-to camera for traveling given it's light weight body and lenses. I also toted the Leica T which is a little wonder worthy of a whole new subject for another day.

I'll alway have kind thoughts about the Olympus C-8080.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 20:18 UTC as 39th comment
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Boissez: That Minox 35 that Warhol is rocking is still one of my favorite compact cams. How come that we can't have a similar digital camera today?

I'm out of here. This is too much emotion for a camera that has been gone for many a year. Sic semper ut analogistes.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2017 at 03:04 UTC
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Boissez: That Minox 35 that Warhol is rocking is still one of my favorite compact cams. How come that we can't have a similar digital camera today?

So will my Fuji X70 including the accessory OVF attached. 28mm, f2.8 and APSC sensor. All for under $700 which is less than the Minox 35 was when one considers effect of inflated dollars. BTW, the images are spectacular for the camera size and price. It's no Leica M, T or Q, but what is?

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 21:31 UTC
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Boissez: That Minox 35 that Warhol is rocking is still one of my favorite compact cams. How come that we can't have a similar digital camera today?

The Leica Q. Sony RX1. Oh, too much money? Well times have changed. But convert the price of the Minox 35 to today's dollars and you might not be far off.
All you asked for was a digital version of the camera. Take your choice. Want to spend less? Buy a Fuji X100 to a 100T. In today's dollars it is less money than the Minox was, but it is not FF like the Q or the RX 1.

Link | Posted on May 17, 2017 at 18:41 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras around $500 (348 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: DPReview like all sites has it prejudices. Consumer Reports is a good example. Some brands will never make it in it's estimation.
For DP Review, it is apparent that Sony rules and some other brands appear to be consistently less favored. It's possible that the connection with Amazon and it's sales objectives play a part, but without evidence, I won't go near that one.

The reader must take all reviews with a grain of salt and take whatever objective information is available while attempting to filter out conclusions that seem slanted. In the end, it is our decision and our money.

I have nothing against Sony's. We have a A6000 in the family, a NEX5N before that and a A33 before that. I am not criticizing a brand but rather criticized DPR at the time because they were flooding the site with Sony products and appeared to be giving short shrift to other brands that were worth comment as well. I am a Leica M & T/FujiX/Oly Pen shooter myself, but I do have respect for the Sony FF and APSC cameras, but not their lenses although they do seem to be improving lately.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2017 at 03:23 UTC
On article 2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras around $500 (348 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: DPReview like all sites has it prejudices. Consumer Reports is a good example. Some brands will never make it in it's estimation.
For DP Review, it is apparent that Sony rules and some other brands appear to be consistently less favored. It's possible that the connection with Amazon and it's sales objectives play a part, but without evidence, I won't go near that one.

The reader must take all reviews with a grain of salt and take whatever objective information is available while attempting to filter out conclusions that seem slanted. In the end, it is our decision and our money.

That comment was a year ago when DPR was flooding its site with Sony on a daily basis and seem to be overlooking many other worthy products. It is less of a problem now, a year later.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 17:56 UTC
On article Sphere of frustration: Nikon KeyMission 360 review (202 comments in total)

Except for property surveillance, I see no purpose beyond the first few novelty shots and then it goes on the shelf, trade-in or to Ebay.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2017 at 18:59 UTC as 8th comment
On article 2017 Roundup: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras (464 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: I used to have an X100 and loved it for its IQ and features but found it too bulky for a backup camera. I now have the X70 and with an optical VF attached, and it is still small enough to slip in my pants pocket, although for the sake of the camera I prefer to carry it in a small LowePro belt loop case. I considered the highly praised Ricoh GRII, but I felt that the sensor is now a little long in the tooth, the excellent Ricoh lens is a little too slow and the FujiX sensor simply performs better at medium high ISO's (400 to 1600) and in low light.

zeratulmrye said:
"..I'm not a Sony employee so I don't have any "insider information", but I am a sensor engineer who's more educated on this subject...." Now I have heard of EE's,ME's, Chem E's, etc. But Sensor E's is a new one for me.

Now isn't that special. So, as a 'sensor engineer' you are qualified to call a manufacturer a 'liar', a cheat and 'dishonest' ? Well as one who is blinded by the brilliance of his own thought, should we assume that yours is the final word on the subject? Well , I am indeed humbled and should say no more on the subject
except to suggest that you avoid any store that sells Fuji products since it may have been infected by the same adjectives you applied to this manufacturer.

Link | Posted on May 6, 2017 at 22:12 UTC
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