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

James Pilcher's recent activity

  • EarthQuake has a very good point about plastic: It's often more durable than metal under rough conditions. I am particularly fond of high-impact plastic camera body shells. My EOS-1, circa 1989, ...
  • I just finished an 8 day holiday using only my Fuji X70, a 28mm equiv. APS-C compact. I did not feel constrained at all. My philosophy is that I do not have to photograph everything I see, so I ...
  • I had an E-PL3. Yes, the E-M10 sensor is better, but I have many wonderful images from my E-PL3. For $150 with a lens, it's a very fine camera. Just don't try to use the image stabilization and ...
  • Replied in Panasonic GH
    Yes, the Panasonic GH bodies are actually excellent video cameras that happen to make good photographs. That is the territory that Panasonic has staked out. When someone buys a Fuji or Olympus ...
  • It is a beautiful camera, and solid. A known problem and very common. My experience with two E-P5 bodies tells me that your issue will only get worse. My first body was "repaired" by Olympus USA ...
  • I read through the first quarter of the replies to the OP. The emphasis is heavily on video. I stopped. Does no one actually make photographs anymore? Video is irrelevant. Jim Pilcher Summit ...
  • Hey Ben, (Please forgive if I tell you something you already know. Maybe this can help others.) You can remap your "Photos" ("Pictures", "My Pictures", etc.) to your M drive or anywhere else. ...
  • I've had my X70 for about nine months. I put on the Fuji clear protector filter and lens hood on day one. I have seen zero indication of sensor dust, even in f/11 clear blue sky areas. The X70 is a ...
  • Replied in +1 on that
    Very good advice. Jim Pilcher Summit County, Colorado, USA Life is good in the woods. All paths lead forward.
  • Replied in EVF
    I believe the photographer's hand is covering Leica's clip-on EVF for M series. Jim Pilcher Summit County, Colorado, USA Life is good in the woods. All paths lead forward.
  • I agree wholeheartedly with the Olympus 25mm f/1.2 suggestion. I add the PanaLeica 25mm f/1.4 because I just returned from holiday in San Diego and the images that came from my PL 25mm were just ...
  • I should add that I knew I could reset the exposure compensation dial to flash compensation. I rarely use flash, so I did not see the need to change anything. On the other hand, it did not occur ...
  • Replied in Eureka!
    Thank you all for point out my failing to discover re-assigning the exposure compensation dial to flash exposure compensation. Now I have normal exposure compensation set to front dial, aperture ...
  • Replied in some frustration
    I am becoming increasingly frustrated with the Pen F, despite its stellar qualities. I come from the Pen E-P5. It had dual control dials. I shoot in A mode 95% of the time. I used the front dial as ...
  • You got it wrong. :-) 25mm f/1.2 Pro and 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro; the ultimate Pen F kit. Due to various considerations, I use 12mm f/2 and 25mm f/1.4 most of the time. Jim Pilcher Summit County, ...
  • I have my 12mm f/2 ever since it was first introduced in 2011. It's a fine little lens, especially on a Pen. It is the lens I have attached by default, although my PL 25mm f/1.4 gets a lot of use. ...
  • Fuji makes a clear protective filter for its cameras. I bought the Fuji-branded filter for my X70 because the finish on the filter exactly matches my silver X70. You will not see an image quality ...
  • Replied in My X70
    I acquired my silver X70 last May. I have never had a moment to complain about AF performance. Never. Now, is it as fast as a good DSLR? No. But it's plenty fast enough for a camera that I have ...
  • Replied in Vanguard tripods
    Hi Jon, My personal experience: I went into my local camera shop some years ago and was looking at Vanguard tripods. I unlatched a leg and extended it. It extended ALL the way out and fell to the ...
  • I know it's not in your price range, but I use a Gitzo carbon fiber GT0540 lightweight tripod. I put an inexpensive Manfrotto ball head on top. I got the tripod new in an eBay auction for $305 ...
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