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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M H S: "There is a certain magic to Leica rangefinders"

The most tired and silly trope that just won't go away. The laws of physics aren't compatible with pixie dust. Please either quantitatively demonstrate that there is something better (heck, I'd even settle for "different") about Leica photos or drop the whole silly affectation.

@MHS

You really should read closely and consider what is actually written before you respond. Barney's comment is about Leica cameras; he says nothing about the images. In fact, nowhere in the article does Barney say or imply that Leica images are better or different, just "excellent."

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2017 at 16:12 UTC
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James Pilcher: This Panasonic lens is part of a Japanese camera manufacturers plan. This 200mm f/2.8 introduction will allow Nikon, Canon, Pentax, et al to raise the price on their 200mm f/2.8 lens without appearing to overcharge. Higher profits = well..higher profits.

Yes! That feels much better. Thank you. <smile>

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 01:41 UTC

This Panasonic lens is part of a Japanese camera manufacturers plan. This 200mm f/2.8 introduction will allow Nikon, Canon, Pentax, et al to raise the price on their 200mm f/2.8 lens without appearing to overcharge. Higher profits = well..higher profits.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2017 at 15:42 UTC as 58th comment | 2 replies
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match14: How can this lens be $3000 when the Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f2.8E FL ED VR had launch price of $2800?

@match14 : OK, then put your Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens on a m4/3 body and be done with it. It's no more complicated than that.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2017 at 15:28 UTC
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Aaron801: even if I did have the cash, I can see spending that kind of money for a camera... At that point it seems to be as much jewelry as a tool. For me, I feel that there are much better options that cost much less. Still, all that being said, aesthetically these cameras are tops and this finish is really beautiful. I guess that if I chose cameras on aesthetics alone, I'd be coveting one of these... no doubt.

Aesthetics: My Olympus Pen F does that for me. I admire the Q immensely but cannot justify the cost for myself.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2017 at 14:40 UTC

Gotta say: Nice lookin' camera. 28mm Summilux, 24Mp FF sensor, 4Mp EVF. Very nice in silver.

Link | Posted on Oct 31, 2017 at 23:11 UTC as 59th comment

I will never know why so many people denigrate the m4/3 system and its followers. I have used 4/3 and m4/3 since 2004; I very much like the system. We have small lenses for small bodies and big lenses for the times when big lenses are necessary.

I never berate users of other formats, whether larger or smaller than m4/3. I have more class than that.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2017 at 21:21 UTC as 54th comment | 9 replies
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El Chubasco: Ouch! 1TB would not cut it for me and paying double of what I pay now for 2TB is kind of too much. I do not need cloud storage to backup my images, I already have one and the smart previews do everything I need now. I don't see the incentive to switch from Classic to CC besides the new interface.

@GabrielFFontes : That's all well and good about being better for mobile integration. The problem is, I don't remember asking for mobile integration.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 17:13 UTC

This is a mess. I want to think this over (sometimes called "counting to 10") before I declare what I'm thinking about Adobe as a company right now.

Maybe I'll just shoot jpeg and only look at my photos on my camera LCD. That way I don't have to bother with this kind of complexity and money-grabbing (oops, some of my thoughts about Adobe just slipped out).

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 17:09 UTC as 213th comment | 1 reply
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Tapper123: Is such a lens needed in this age of digital PP? Does this have any applications for pros that actually justify its cost, or is more of a collector's oddity?

I think some photographers will explore its capabilities and try to use it creatively. I believe most copies of the lens will sit behind glass in a display case. Or, more to the point, will remain in the original box, which will sit behind glass in a display case.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 23:08 UTC
On article iPhone 8 Plus sample gallery (203 comments in total)
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(unknown member): I really enjoy my iPhone 8 +, sometimes I think it takes better pictures than my D850. In fact the lovely picture of my profile is my wife taken with the iPhone 8 +. I'm really thinking phone photography has surpassed even full frame photography with the amazing portrait mode. I can't even produce photographs this sharp with a FF camera.

I interpreted the entire original post as sarcasm, not a serious comment on the state of iPhone vs D850 photography. Maybe you and I read it differently. If I do not detect sarcasm, I roll my eyes, smile, and move on to the next post. If it is indeed sarcasm, I roll my eyes, smile, and move on to the next post. In the end, it means nothing.

Anyway, I still see everything here as little more than mild entertainment. Enjoy. :-)

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 16:30 UTC
On article iPhone 8 Plus sample gallery (203 comments in total)
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(unknown member): I really enjoy my iPhone 8 +, sometimes I think it takes better pictures than my D850. In fact the lovely picture of my profile is my wife taken with the iPhone 8 +. I'm really thinking phone photography has surpassed even full frame photography with the amazing portrait mode. I can't even produce photographs this sharp with a FF camera.

@JhvaElohimMeth: No baiting or trolling here. It's just entertainment if you let it be. No different than yelling at your television screen during a football (calcio) game. In the end, it means nothing. Enjoy!

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 16:05 UTC
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Camp Freddy: Google's pixel 2 seems to beat iPh 8+ hands down, but that is only with google's own gallery. Better DR and better faked bokeh from google or who eever makes their in phone camera hard- and soft - ware

In some ways it's too bad we have the Android/IOS divide. It would be nice to try all cameras with all operating systems. I have an iPhone and do not plan to change that. Yet, it would be fun to try some of the excellent cameras mounted to Android platforms. So, for iPhone and IOS, this 8+ appears to be the best yet.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 15:41 UTC
On article iPhone 8 Plus sample gallery (203 comments in total)
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(unknown member): I really enjoy my iPhone 8 +, sometimes I think it takes better pictures than my D850. In fact the lovely picture of my profile is my wife taken with the iPhone 8 +. I'm really thinking phone photography has surpassed even full frame photography with the amazing portrait mode. I can't even produce photographs this sharp with a FF camera.

@pancho_rivera: It's good to see there are still a few people out there who perceive the true nature of things. I admire your ability to see through the expensive façade of large-sensor photography. An iPhone 8+ is quite enough.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2017 at 15:38 UTC

It seems every other camera phone introduced tops the DXO Mark charts. I'm exaggerating, but it sure feels that way. What's the point if everything is "the best?"

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2017 at 16:17 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply

I am a charter member of PETA : People for Eating Tasty Animals.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2017 at 14:36 UTC as 3rd comment
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Trueash: Another proof that PETA are a bunch of cynical manipulative assholes.

Why don't you tell us how you REALLY feel? :-) By the way, I agree with you completely.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2017 at 14:31 UTC

Insane social justice warriors are using this as a step toward the SUBJECT owning all copyrights, rather than the creator. Then George Washington's heirs can claim ownership of all $1 bills in the USA.

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2017 at 14:29 UTC as 4th comment

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 59th 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 244th comment | 4 replies
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