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 E-P5, numerous native µ4/3 lenses, Gitzo carbon tripods, RRS ball heads, Lightroom, Spyder Pro color calibration

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On article Bolt-on 21: Fujifilm WCL-X70 sample images (54 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 62nd 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)
In reply to:

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
In reply to:

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 26th 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
In reply to:

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 (2159 comments in total)
In reply to:

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)
In reply to:

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)
In reply to:

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 15th 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

This camera may well relegate my very fine m4/3 bodies to super-wide and telephoto work. Assuming this is a great lens, I see no need to put a normal zoom on a m4/3 body when this camera is available in the bag.

This is the hiking camera I've been waiting for. No longer do I have to choose between my LX7 (fine lens but 1/1.7 sensor) and my much larger kit of Olympus E-P5 + a couple of primes.

Looks like a winner, Panasonic!

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 14:42 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
On article Sony unveils FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS cinema lens (120 comments in total)
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James Pilcher: Where are the real FE lenses? The video stuff is fine, and this lens looks excellent, but FE still shooters are starved for a lineup of good FE-native glass. Honest question: Is still photography dying?

@quezra : I guess sarcasm always wins out at dpreview. I suspect that civility is not a personality trait that you possess in great quantity.

In the 12 months since the FE introductions, I count four FE lenses available from Sony; I could be wrong. You may count others if you wish, including those not yet available, but I'm more interested in Sony's commitment to the FE lineup than any other company's. So far, Sony's lens commitment seems modest.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 23:57 UTC
On article Sony unveils FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS cinema lens (120 comments in total)

Where are the real FE lenses? The video stuff is fine, and this lens looks excellent, but FE still shooters are starved for a lineup of good FE-native glass. Honest question: Is still photography dying?

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 15:48 UTC as 20th comment | 6 replies
On article Enthusiast interchangeable lens camera roundup (2013) (467 comments in total)

I see a very odd assortment of cameras for an "updated" 2014 list. There are some notable omissions, and some curious aging inclusions.

Over all, not much of an update and not a lot of help.

Link | Posted on Aug 25, 2014 at 21:22 UTC as 83rd comment
On article Rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM goes on sale in UK (218 comments in total)
In reply to:

JEROME NOLAS: How much was it new?

In 1993, I think I remember being told it was $80,000 USD, special order only, with 50% payment at the time of the order.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2014 at 17:32 UTC
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