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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  • Yes, the M.Zuiko 8mm f/1.8 Pro fisheye is a very nice lens. I had a Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 in days of old. I was one of the first to buy the 4/3 ZD 8mm f/3.5 fisheye when it became available in 2006. ...
  • 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...

  • Hey Guy, The EVF on the Pen is a major reason I bought it! But you know that. I also know you don't give a hoot about using an EVF. I will say that the Pen F fully articulated LCD on the rear is a ...
  • Replied in Lens first
    Hi Paul, Well, if you are selecting the lens and then seeking out suitable subjects, your approach makes some sense. I do that exact same thing when I look over my five prime lenses and decide which ...
  • So you have wide (28mm) and extra wide (21mm) in your X70. Plus you have the 35mm and 50mm digital modes. So, you have four focal lengths of 21mm, 28mm, 35mm, and 50mm and a stated lack of use for ...
  • I had two E-P5 bodies before I ditched them for a single Pen F. One body's dials failed on three occasions, twice after Olympus "repair." I was largely without that camera for about four months ...
  • Given your requirements, the Olympus M.Zuiko 8mm f/1.8 Pro fisheye meets your needs quite nicely. What I'm trying to say is that you seem far too concerned about lens performance than suitability ...
  • Thanks, Steve. I will review that link as I find some time. No, there appear to be no settings published for the Pen F that even try to mimic any Kodachrome film. I look around occasionally, but I ...
  • Olympus will never admit the problem. It will remain officially "unaware" until firmware 2.01 comes out with "enhanced power management" as a feature. ;-) Jim Pilcher Summit County, Colorado, USA L ...
  • "You need to buy into a system for what it is, not what it may become in the future."

    Wise words. I moved from Canon EOS film to Olympus 4/3 digital in 2004. Why? Because I was convinced that...

  • Replied in works well
    No display, whether EVF or rear LCD is going to be exact. I find, though, that when I'm in my Pen F creative modes, what I see is so close to the final that I'm quite satisfied. In other words, ...
  • Replied in patience
    It looks as though I must exercise patience, and wait for v2.01 or greater. In fact, I have no issues with my current firmware. Maybe I'll just leave my Pen F as is. Jim Pilcher Summit County, ...
  • You need a better loupe. Jim Pilcher Summit County, Colorado, USA Life is good in the woods. All paths lead forward.
  • Judging from your user name, you are one of those people who will never be satisfied with the results from a sensor as small as µ4/3. Yes, there are differences. To a vast majority of people, the ...
  • Jim Pilcher Summit County, Colorado, USA Life is good in the woods. All paths lead forward.
  • Jim Pilcher Summit County, Colorado, USA Life is good in the woods. All paths lead forward.
  • You make a very good point! A photographer knows his/her equipment, its limitations, its strong points, and its secrets; snapshooters do not. Virtually any camera+lens can produce great results ...
  • Replied in gotta have tilt
    Tilt screen is important to me. That's why I own the X70 and cannot (yet) consider an X100. As much as I like a good EVF, a tilt-screen is slightly more important to me. The first X100 that has a ...
  • I just checked mine. It works just fine. Jim Pilcher Summit County, Colorado, USA Life is good in the woods. All paths lead forward.
  • Replied in again and again
    Hi Robert, If the images are that good after dropping the lens onto concrete, maybe you should do so a couple more times. You might get a Pulitzer Prize image then. Jim Pilcher Summit County, ...
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