James Pilcher

Lives in United States Summit County, CO, United States
Works as a database designer
Joined on May 11, 2004
About me:

Hiker and high country addict. Three months/yr in SW Florida. Fujifilm X70, Olympus Pen F, numerous native µ4/3 lenses, Gitzo carbon tripods, RRS ball heads, Lightroom, Spyder Pro color calibration


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The only way to "promote greater ethnic inclusion" is to ignore ethnicity completely. Let images and skill stand on their own and the great "ethnic" photographers will be there.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 16:59 UTC as 54th comment | 4 replies

What ever happened to improving the camera with that delicious Zeiss 24-200mm f/2.8 zoom? Just wondering...

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2017 at 14:38 UTC as 240th comment | 4 replies
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (564 comments in total)
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BobT3218: I agree with the "radioactive" look in I-Auto mode. However, ironically, many of us religiously shoot in raw "natural" mode then in PP, add "punch" ending up with something not unlike your "radioactive" look. I guess one's own radioactive look is always better than someone else's :)

I don't know about yours, but mine is.

Seriously, yours was a very astute observation and comment.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2017 at 18:41 UTC
On article Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review (564 comments in total)
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Ben Herrmann: No need for us (well, for most of us, that is) to upgrade from our Mk II versions. But this camera will sell - in particular, to those inclined to go with M43. It's a given that periodically all manufacturers update current models just to refresh the lines, even though there's not much to add. It's the "newness" that attracts buyers.

IMO, the reviewer was correct that the 16 MP sensors are getting long in the tooth. Had this Mk III gone with a 20 MP sensor - albeit making it a bit more expensive - I'm guessing lots more Mk I and Mk II users would make the move to upgrade.

Will be interesting to see if Olympus updates the E-M5 series to a Mk III version. Now that would be something to wait for. But please - at least IMO - no more 16 MP sensors. Dat's my view and I'm stickin' wid it!!!!!

I want Olympus to keep putting out 16 MP cameras. That makes me continue to feel good about my "state of the art" 20 MP Pen F.

Link | Posted on Sep 6, 2017 at 18:38 UTC
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James Pilcher: It seems DPReview has become a "all D850 all the time" web site. A solid iteration of an already solid camera does not deserve such fawning attention.

@ottonis: It must be terribly disappointing to be you.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2017 at 17:49 UTC
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James Pilcher: It seems DPReview has become a "all D850 all the time" web site. A solid iteration of an already solid camera does not deserve such fawning attention.


I cannot seem to find the "Refund" link.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 17:25 UTC

It seems DPReview has become a "all D850 all the time" web site. A solid iteration of an already solid camera does not deserve such fawning attention.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 16:45 UTC as 23rd comment | 8 replies

I cannot figure out how I might fit a roll into my Olympus OM-D.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2017 at 19:15 UTC as 30th comment | 3 replies

Let me check my wallet...Oops, no thanks. I do applaud Leica for making money though. Nothing wrong with that.

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2017 at 16:50 UTC as 138th comment | 2 replies

9 fps, suitable for some sports work, and more. Someone tell me how a 45Mp camera can provide sharp results without a tripod? Any movement at all with that many pixels is going to blur the results.

How many Nikon lenses can resolve 45Mp? Just asking. My question is not intended to spark a debate.

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2017 at 13:12 UTC as 108th comment | 4 replies

It seems anything Nikon does anymore involves a recall at some point. That may not be 100% true, but it sure feels that way. That consumer perception cannot be good for the company.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 19:41 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies

Well, I'm never purchasing a DJI product. If the company produces products that are so inherently flawed that it will remotely disable those products if you do not comply with corporate edict, well... All of you who approve of DJI running your life from this point forward, good luck with that.

Link | Posted on Aug 23, 2017 at 12:55 UTC as 13th comment
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historianx: I had one of the first versions for less than 24 hours. First, the battery was dead when I got home. Once that was charged, I tried to establish the MS Live account and ran into incompatibility issues with the email addresses I supplied to do so. I called MS help and two *hours* with those morons and three different tech reps couldn't resolve this issue. So I was left with a device I could not update. Finally, this one had W8--what a disaster, kept locking up on me, plus since MS was unable to help me establish my Live account, could not update that POS. Got so disgusted I packed it up, headed back to the MS store, got my refund, then went to the Apple Store and picked up a 64GB cellular Retina I-Pad. Took it home, placed it into my Apple account, and has worked perfectly with ZERO issues after 3 years of hard use and travel. I-Pads may not suit everyone, but for my needs it works.

Moral of the story: always keep your packing materials intact when buying a MS product.

I know what you mean. I purchased a high end core i7 Surface Pro and the USB port was dead right out of the box. Took it back. Stayed with HP laptops. No problems.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 04:25 UTC
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ozturert: That combo is brilliant, except from filters...

Stacked filters? Really? C'mon!

Link | Posted on Aug 12, 2017 at 21:15 UTC
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maxnimo: Nice to see cat catalog that didn't turn into a catastrophe of catastrophic proportions.

He did appear catatonic in a few photos; no caterwauling.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 21:10 UTC

Nice article. It was the cat's meow. I'm glad it didn't feature a dog. Dog owners are insufferable. Really. Almost as insufferable as their pets.

Link | Posted on Jul 29, 2017 at 14:04 UTC as 28th comment | 9 replies
On article Olympus TG-5 gallery updated with Raw samples (25 comments in total)

For the kind of camera it is, this TG-5 looks great, especially now that raw is an option. I'm not sure why so many people are complaining about the lens on this camera. I see the images as quite acceptable for a pocketable-take-anywhere-anyweather camera. Someone please educate me why the imaging is poor; I want to know what I'm missing.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 01:27 UTC as 8th comment
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richard stern: I take a GX85 with a kit 12-32 when traveling and it fits in my photo vest pocket. A 14-40 fits in the other pocket. I also take a dSLR with a long lens lens for birding, but I suppose that's another story. But what I was alluding to is that the airlines keep threatening to ban any electrical device larger than a smartphone from all hand luggage, and that includes all cameras. That already applied on some flights. They are also threatening to ban all spare Li ion batteries on planes, period.

These all-encompassing-no-exception bans are stupid and a result of govt and airline laziness; it's just too much trouble to treat each passenger properly and with respect.

Link | Posted on Jun 29, 2017 at 23:43 UTC
On article Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 15mm F1.7 sample gallery (180 comments in total)

Nice gallery. I see that Carey Rose had the common sense to mount the lens on the best digital camera in existence, the Olympus Pen F. No wonder the photos look so nice.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 13:38 UTC as 40th comment | 3 replies
On article Roadtrip Review Redux: The Fujifilm X100F (173 comments in total)
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James Pilcher: Much of what you wrote applies to me and my Fujifilm X70 also, sans the viewfinder stuff. One camera with a fixed lens and high-quality output can be soooo convenient.

By the way, the dpReview web rendering of your photos does them no favors. We all know the Fuji cameras are capable of impressively sharp and vibrant photos; yours are not rendered that way at all. That's not a criticism, just an observation about dpReview.

@alvareo : Clicking through on the images (which I admit I did not do in my haste to read the article) shows generally impressive image quality; those oysters look scrumptious. So, lesson learned. I must look closely before commenting in the future. :-)

Link | Posted on May 30, 2017 at 03:23 UTC
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