dr jim

Lives in United States Elk Grove, CA, United States
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Joined on Oct 17, 2005

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On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (356 comments in total)
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Contra Mundum: Another fail.

I've had X-T10 before and it was an ergonomic disaster. Fuji repeated the same awful design in X-T20.

This camera is too small even for the Japanese ladies' hands. There is no grip and there is no room on the back for palm support. Your palm will be accidentally pressing rear buttons. You literally hold this camera with two fingers like a dirty diaper. Even a kit 18-55 lens is too heavy for it. I even tried an add-on grip, which is just another disaster.

Fuji should learn a thing or two from Sony. I can hold A7 with a 70-200mm lens attached without any troubles with one hand.

I would agree for the most part. I really wanted to love the X-T10. I found it barely acceptable with the 18-55. Maybe with the f2.0 primes? I bought an 18-135 for travel and put a third party grip on it to help balance it, but found the space between the grip and lens was so narrow, my fingers wouldn't fit all the way around the grip. Actually painful to hold. I had to disable the right button on the 4 way contro;;er because to the constant inadvertent activation by my palm. No such trouble with the X-T2 and I found the Fuji add on l bracket to be marvelous

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 20:04 UTC
On article Sigma releases price and availability for sd Quattro H (370 comments in total)
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Krich13: What an idiotic body design!

The grip is cut short WITHOUT reducing the camera bulk; viewfinder is on the wrong side too: off-center but WITHOUT providing any additional nose-to-LCD relief.

Was it designed this way just for the sake of being different?

And I suspect, as a left eye shooter, I'd have to have my nose surgically removed or at least repositioned to the left side of my head in order comfortably use the camera. Oh, and have the little finger on my right hand removed as well. Oh, and buy some sort of "kick stand" so the camera doesn't topple over every time I set it down. Otherwise, great design.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 18:11 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85/G80 Review (683 comments in total)
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Schwingi MD: Planing a trip to the US any disadvantages for buying the G85 as EU citizen besides the battery charger...

Pretty sure your US warranty will not be valid when you get home.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2016 at 21:45 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Enthusiast Long Zoom Cameras (188 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: I'm excited for the RX10 III - what a fun camera to rent for a vacation! Sure, it's expensive, but it's a 600 mm f4 lens! I just hope the AF is up to the task.

And if it's not, the Nikon DL24-500 sounds great too.

Good one FuhTeng. Richard, of course your 600/4 would produce better image quality. It sure as heck better at 5 X the weight (with a body) and 10 X the price, it better! But, the Rx10II will put roughly the same number of pixels on the same field of view as a 5DIII with the 600/4,and I can put it in my personal carry on item and not need a chiropractic appointment after every use. Winner winner, chicken dinner.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 14:06 UTC
On article 2016 Roundup: Enthusiast Long Zoom Cameras (188 comments in total)
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FuhTeng: I'm excited for the RX10 III - what a fun camera to rent for a vacation! Sure, it's expensive, but it's a 600 mm f4 lens! I just hope the AF is up to the task.

And if it's not, the Nikon DL24-500 sounds great too.

I get so tired of these guys who insist on correcting the equivelent aperture on these non full frame bodies! Yes, it is a 10.8 equivelent with regards to depth of field, but it is an f4.0 600mm with regards to exposure. This lens and your canon for 600/4 will have the exact same exposure parameters in any given situation. That means same aperture, same shutter speed, and same iso. Your comments never seem to mention that fact.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2016 at 07:47 UTC
On article Field Test: The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV in Mexico (133 comments in total)

Let me get this straight. You guys get paid to do this? Tough gig!
Well done. I really enjoy your video reviews.

Link | Posted on Feb 29, 2016 at 17:50 UTC as 55th comment | 1 reply
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vinrouge0: Lower resolution than expected but more than enough in reality. Lack of IBIS is a disappointment though many will disagree

Now if Sony would provide a nice 100-400mm lens like the new Fuji, combined with all that AF goodness could make a compelling wildlife/sports combination

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 15:31 UTC
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Impulses: And I thought my $70 Artisan & Artist strap was expensive... Functionally it's the complete opposite of this thing tho, 'easy glide' adjustment on the fly is the best thing ever.

Good point. I do know quite a few fine Italians though

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2015 at 08:33 UTC
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Impulses: And I thought my $70 Artisan & Artist strap was expensive... Functionally it's the complete opposite of this thing tho, 'easy glide' adjustment on the fly is the best thing ever.

I don't think Italians are an endangered species, so that's cool.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2015 at 17:54 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony Alpha a5100 (24 comments in total)
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pancromat: model* should pay attention to their manicure. disgusting! (*and photographer!)

All true. Not very professional, but not disgusting.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 23:36 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony Alpha a5100 (24 comments in total)
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pancromat: model* should pay attention to their manicure. disgusting! (*and photographer!)

Disgusting? Really? A little hyperbole maybe? 10 day old road kill on your dinner plate, now that's disgusting. Chipped nail polish, not so much.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 16:33 UTC
On article A GoPro Hero's journey into a dishwasher (167 comments in total)
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ZoranHR: Now,when I saw how it works I even less belive it can wash properly.

Obviously that comment was only meant for the people it was meant for. The rest of you get it.

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 15:51 UTC
On article A GoPro Hero's journey into a dishwasher (167 comments in total)
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ZoranHR: Now,when I saw how it works I even less belive it can wash properly.

Really people? Save your outrage for something that matters. This is just for fun. Try to remember when you were a child and used to have "fun"? Lighten up. Smile. If life is that serious to you, I'd guess you could have saved yourselves a lot of angst by reading the title and choosing not to watch. What did you expect?

Link | Posted on Jun 5, 2014 at 15:50 UTC
On article Wyoming's stunning weather and landscapes in time-lapse (231 comments in total)

Thank you for this Nicolaus. So beautifully done. So inspiring. Pretty much any frame in this could be printed and hung on my wall.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2014 at 20:08 UTC as 71st comment
On article Sigma announces all-new 50mm F1.4 DG HSM 'Art' lens (244 comments in total)
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G1Houston: Yeah, the weight must be wrong. The current version is already 500g.

Check the specks link. It's listed at 470g http://www.dpreview.com/news/2014/01/06/sigma-announces-all-new-50mm-f1-4-dg-hsm-art-lens?utm_campaign=internal-link&utm_source=news-list&utm_medium=text&ref=title_0_0#specs

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2014 at 22:32 UTC
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Ben Herrmann: Yup - I discovered this almost immediately with my P7700 and found that after doing this 1.3 firmware update, my superb 3rd party Wasabi batteries no longer functioned.

But alas - I still had a copy of the previous version 1.2 firmware and I updated my camera back to version 1.2 - now all is well and I will not touch 1.3 again. It was simple to do. I'm really PO'd at Nikon for pulling this stunt. And the new P7800 and I take it the D5300 will not be able to use 3rd party batteries - bummer.

Panasonic pulled the same stunt a few years back. At least they had the cahones to come right out and tell their users what they'd done. Protecting us from 3rd party batteries. They did eventually relent to the outcry and reverse the block

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2013 at 00:35 UTC
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James JC: I don’t know if it was intentional or an oversight nor do I care.
Why should Nikon be responsible for supporting knock off products? Third party manufacturers should consider themselves lucky they are not being sued. Just ask Polaroid…

yeah! Like EverReady should sue everyone who makes a battery compatible with their flashlights!

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2013 at 00:31 UTC
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SergioSpain: I sincerely hope that none of the people complaining about this own any Apple products, because nobody is worse than Apple when it comes to locking down their system.

I've had this same experience with 3rd party 8 pin usb cords for my iphone 5. I get a message that it is not an approved accessory and might not function properly. Indeed it doesn't work at all. Rumor has it that Apple is starting to chip their ear buds in anticipation of adding the same kind of control in future updates.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2013 at 00:24 UTC
On photo DSC00290 in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

You guys (and gals) at dpreview must have really thick skins to be willing to post these. You know the drill. Shortly you will have a dozen hot shots tell you what crappy shots they are, and their goldfish could have done better. ;-).
Well, I for one really appreciate these real world samples. As much as I'd love to see raw's I understand you can't do that yet. Keep up the good work.

Jim

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 17:54 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On a photo in the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Sample Images sample gallery (2 comments in total)

You guys (and gals) at dpreview must have really thick skins to be willing to post these. You know the drill. Shortly you will have a dozen hot shots tell you what crappy shots they are, and their goldfish could have done better. ;-).
Well, I for one really appreciate these real world samples. As much as I'd love to see raw's I understand you can't do that yet. Keep up the good work.

Jim

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2013 at 17:54 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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