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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James Pilcher: Kodachrome would have been a better choice.

So, bring back an arguably inferior product just because it's easy to process? That makes business sense, but not artistic sense. Whatever Kodak is nowadays, I'm pretty sure it's a business, and not an artist co-op, so Ektachrome it is.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 21:34 UTC

Kodachrome would have been a better choice.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 20:35 UTC as 133rd comment | 5 replies

I came from deep in the film era. I don't ever want to look back. Digital does it for me.

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2017 at 20:34 UTC as 134th comment | 7 replies
On article Slik Lite tripods feature built-in LED lights (46 comments in total)

I've always wanted my tripods to shine. I cannot think of anything better to find under the Christmas tree, if it doesn't get lost among the tree lights.

Good grief. The next thing you know they will be putting video in still cameras.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 04:41 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply

I can buy a blue one and it will match, well, nothing else that I have.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2016 at 14:02 UTC as 26th comment
On article Bolt-on 21: Fujifilm WCL-X70 sample images (52 comments in total)

These sample photos look extremely good to me. I might add this to my X-70, itself an extremely good camera.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2016 at 14:59 UTC as 15th comment

A lot of good thought went into this bag. I've read a couple of reviews already. Now let's see a smaller version for us mirrorless folks that have down-sized; this bag is just too big for my normal kit.

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2016 at 15:20 UTC as 67th comment

I see a market for individually tested lenses sold at a premium to those who demand and can afford the process and the result. Would I pay 20% more for a +$1000 USD lens and documentation that a highly reputable third party has rigorously tested and endorsed? At times, yes! This process may invalidate mfgr warranties, of course, unless the third party testing facility can become an authorized dealer. That's not likely to happen, though, when companies like Nikon and Canon realize that such a dealer will return a much higher than average number of "sub par" lenses.

But, I would enthusiastically welcome such a source of lenses.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2016 at 17:45 UTC as 27th comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with the Fujifilm X70 (263 comments in total)
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nicoboston: Sony, Canon, Panasonic and others can make compact cameras with a decent sensor and a decent zoom.
Did Fuji give up?
This X70 looks great but the fixed 28mm lens is not very versatile.
Why don't they make something to compete with the Sony RX100s,which are among the most popular compacts on the market?

@CosminMunteanu: Leica X Vario. Fantastic image quality with 28-70mm equiv zoom. Unfortunately, $2200 USD without optional EVF.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2016 at 17:10 UTC
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James Pilcher: The world's largest and most expensive 100mm f/4 lens. :-)

I stand corrected. :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 02:25 UTC

The world's largest and most expensive 100mm f/4 lens. :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2016 at 22:15 UTC as 27th comment | 2 replies
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James Pilcher: Once again, following the Fuji XA, an odd choice for Gear of the Year. I suspect if you polled 100 dpReview forum members, exactly ZERO would have come up with this one. It really feels like the dpReview staff is having one on us, or has gone on walkabout.

@Samuel: I rather enjoy reading about the two recent eccentric choices for GOTY. I comment only because they are, well, eccentric! Keep up the good work.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2015 at 17:14 UTC

Once again, following the Fuji XA, an odd choice for Gear of the Year. I suspect if you polled 100 dpReview forum members, exactly ZERO would have come up with this one. It really feels like the dpReview staff is having one on us, or has gone on walkabout.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2015 at 23:21 UTC as 15th comment | 5 replies
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ijustloveshooting: camera jpeg engine is trash....destroying fine detail due to excessive NR even at base iso, daylight...

"camera jpeg engine is trash"

And you know that how? I do hope it is because of first-hand experience, which would demonstrate an informed opinion.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2015 at 21:02 UTC

What an odd choice for Gear of the Year. In one respect, it's nice that good low end kit gets some recognition. On the other hand, there must be more deserving gear out there for consideration. I do not criticize Carey's choice, it just catches me by surprise.

Link | Posted on Dec 10, 2015 at 13:12 UTC as 63rd comment | 4 replies
On article Sony Alpha 7R II Review (2168 comments in total)
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Pro shooting digital since 92: It sounds as if the a7R II would be awesome in terms of face tracking etc but it is ABSOLUTELY CRIPPLED by not having a touch screen. How do you change faces (or point of interest) for focus, in mid-take, while shooting video? Abandon the camera's intelligence and focus manually. Wait, what?
After shooting video with several cameras capable of cinematic focus pulls by simply touching the screen I will NEVER go back to another focus method for run-n-gun documentary type shooting. The touch to focus during video significantly increases the percentage of good takes while allowing me more time to think about composition and point of view and less time thinking about focus.
Another wonderful feature for stills and touch-to-focus: touch a point of interest and the very moment the camera attains focus it captures the image.

Hey Sony... anybody listening? Why no touchscreen? And please simply turn on the 10Bit HDMI output. Come on...

@ProShooting: So, here we have a camera that arguably can do more than any that preceded it, and all you can do is complain and demand more? Hard to take someone like you seriously.

Link | Posted on Nov 25, 2015 at 23:30 UTC
On article Gitzo introduces three new Center Ball Heads (41 comments in total)
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ryan2007: If you are starting out fresh with a carbon fiber tripod and ball head would you get Really Right Stuff or Gitzo or 3 legged Thing?

I do like the Arca Swiss ability, so I can keep the lens centered when I go for a vertical shot..

i prefer friction control for the ball head

@Mako109: I too had a Gitzo carbon fiber come apart where the legs attach to the platform. A bit of Gorilla Glue fixed it neatly. BUT, I was really annoyed that this expensive tripod required a repair like that. My next CF tripod will be a RRS, and I've been a Gitzo fan for over 25 years.

Link | Posted on Aug 14, 2015 at 21:28 UTC
On article Quick Review: Photographers.pro (60 comments in total)
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semorg: There is no information about the people behind photographers.pro. There is no "about" section, who are the founders or who is the CEO, etc.
What are they hiding?

Till then, I'll give my support to SmugMug who has been a family operated business for past 12-13 years and are very transparent about their team

Do you suspect something nefarious about prographers.pro? SmugMug (my choice also) may be family-run, but I know absolutely nothing about them.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 14:49 UTC

Some say art has to stand on its own to be successful. Art in context (pun intended) is so much more interesting and fulfilling. I thank Art Wolfe for this article.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2015 at 13:59 UTC as 16th comment

I see images like these and it makes me wonder why I even try; outstanding! It reminds me that a top-flight photograph evokes emotion, as these do.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2014 at 14:49 UTC as 29th comment
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