Jim F

Jim F

Lives in United States Prescott, AZ, United States
Works as a Retired
Joined on Jan 31, 2004
About me:

Olympus OM-D EM-1 Mark-II (x 2)
Olympus 7-14 f/2.8 Pro
Olympus 12-100 f/4 IS Pro
Olympus 40-150 f/2.8 Pro
Olympus 300 f/4 IS Pro
Olympus MC-14 1.4x Teleconverter

Gitzo 4542LS w/ RRS QR Base and Gitzo Spikes
Jobu Jr. 3 Deluxe gimbal head
Markins M10L head

Mid-2015 MacBook Pro - SSD - OSX Sierra
NEC PA 272W Monitor
Spyder4Express Calibration
Lightroom and PS CC Subscription
Premiere Elements 15
Capture One Pro 10
Topaz Denoise

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erichK: WHY did you (DPR) not ask them about finally overhauling the Olympus Mene system and user interface, the complexity and Byzantine depths of which even DPR's very experienced reviewers have complained about. WHERE are they going to put all the new features?

@String. I agree with your comments. I am a brand new EM-1.2 owner. I am coming from 10 years of Nikon use and dealing with their own quirky menus, agruably easier and less complicated than the EM-1's. That said, after downloading the full PDF EM-1.2 users manual, and getting a few nagging questions answered by some experienced owners via forums, I've been able to get my new EM-1.2 set up the way I'd like to use it. I have made things a bit easier for myself in that I am just sticking to the basics of still image shooting and not bothering with myriad of model nuances for now. And I am shooting raw exclusively which eliminates a lot of menu choices about picture control adjustments and the like. Fortunately, Capture One Pro 10 fully supports the EM-1.2 ORFs and lens profiles for most of Oly's lenses. I'm liking this new Oly experience a lot so far.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 22:56 UTC
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Jim F: As a brand new EM-1 Mark 2 owner, having spent the better part of the past few days studying the 196 page manual and tweaking the myriad of settings to suit my shooting style and preferences, I am encouraged that Olympus is interested in furthering the development of this camera via firmware updates.

With that said, what I fear is any future firmware updates that would cause all my customized settings that I spent so much time adjusting to 'revert' back to some unknown or new default settings, meaning I'd have to start all over again. (I understand that may be the price of progress.) What I'd like to see is a new menu process in which I can save my settings to a small capacity SD card and use it as a separate, off-camera archive so my settings are saved and some or all can be restored if needed, similar to what I can do with my Nikon D500 and other Nikon bodies I've owned.

Thank you String and others for this info. Appreciate it.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 22:47 UTC

As a brand new EM-1 Mark 2 owner, having spent the better part of the past few days studying the 196 page manual and tweaking the myriad of settings to suit my shooting style and preferences, I am encouraged that Olympus is interested in furthering the development of this camera via firmware updates.

With that said, what I fear is any future firmware updates that would cause all my customized settings that I spent so much time adjusting to 'revert' back to some unknown or new default settings, meaning I'd have to start all over again. (I understand that may be the price of progress.) What I'd like to see is a new menu process in which I can save my settings to a small capacity SD card and use it as a separate, off-camera archive so my settings are saved and some or all can be restored if needed, similar to what I can do with my Nikon D500 and other Nikon bodies I've owned.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 20:39 UTC as 37th comment | 9 replies
On article Lexar launches USB 3.0 card reader for XQD storage (19 comments in total)

I actually like the Sony XQD reader that comes with the "G" series 32gb card (for example) as it includes a USB cable attachment. If I used this Lexar reader (without a cable), I'd have to remove the USB cable (which feeds my NEC PA272 monitor's USB ports) that's next to the port that the Lexar would be mounted (mid 2010 MacBook Pro with 2 USB ports side by side).

I assume my Lexar 2933 card will work with the Sony "G" 2.0 reader.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2016 at 20:27 UTC as 6th comment
On article Hands-on with the Nikon D5 (407 comments in total)
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Jim F: What seems a little strange to me is that there is a 3-minute max on shooting 4K video with the D5, but the D500 can shoot for about 29 minutes plus at 4K. That said, the D500 4K files are split up if one shoots more than 3 minutes or something like that. Just curious that, if the processor is the same for both the D5 and the D500, why are 4K files handled differently?

I am aware that the 4K files are enormous and that there are some practical considerations for vile management and video editing that need to be met. With that said, just wondering why the two cameras handle 4K video a little differently. You would think the D5 would have less 4K video restrictions than the D500. Instead it's the other way around. I'm sure there's a logical reason for all of this, but, given I am no technical expert, the reasoning is lost on me.

Whoops. Sorry about the typo. File management, File management, File management, File management, File management ... got it. Have you ever made typo error?

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 19:49 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Nikon D5 (407 comments in total)

What seems a little strange to me is that there is a 3-minute max on shooting 4K video with the D5, but the D500 can shoot for about 29 minutes plus at 4K. That said, the D500 4K files are split up if one shoots more than 3 minutes or something like that. Just curious that, if the processor is the same for both the D5 and the D500, why are 4K files handled differently?

I am aware that the 4K files are enormous and that there are some practical considerations for vile management and video editing that need to be met. With that said, just wondering why the two cameras handle 4K video a little differently. You would think the D5 would have less 4K video restrictions than the D500. Instead it's the other way around. I'm sure there's a logical reason for all of this, but, given I am no technical expert, the reasoning is lost on me.

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 14:45 UTC as 33rd comment | 7 replies

Just a tad confusing to me ... is the ZS100/TZ100 the name for one camera or two different cameras? I note the write up in this DPreview announcement speaks of two cameras, but I'm a little bit confused as to the name of the two cameras. Sorry for the basic question, folks. The write-up is not real clear to me what's what.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2016 at 19:41 UTC as 15th comment | 6 replies
On article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500 (784 comments in total)

I am basically re-posting a question I posed yesterday in the "push the boundaries" blog. I'd like to know a little more about the Live View Auto AF Fine Tune feature (not sure that's the right terminology). Specifically, can one fine tune a zoom lens for different focal lengths and save those settings so when the lens is remounted again the D5/D500 will remember the AF fine tune settings for that particular lens AND at different focal lengths? Generally, what limitations are there to this fine tune procedure and is there a maximum number of settings, etc. This is a potentially huge time-saving feature. Thank

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2016 at 17:32 UTC as 163rd comment | 2 replies
On article Nikon's New D5 and D500 Push the Boundaries of DSLR (719 comments in total)

For those at the CES show, would love to know more about the Live View AF Fine Tune feature (not sure that's the right terminology). Specifically, can one fine tune a zoom lens for different focal lengths and save those settings so when the lens is remounted again the D5/D500 will remember the AF fine tune settings for that particular lens? Generally, what limitations are there to this fine tune procedure and is there a maximum number of settings, etc. This is a potentially huge time-saving feature. Thanks.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2016 at 23:20 UTC as 122nd comment
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Jim F: Last bullet point in the description of the D750 firmware update list - "Optimal vibration reduction is now available with vibration reduction lenses." I wonder just what that really means. Does that mean that there is or was a "sub-optimal" option? Curious

Rishi: Thanks for your response. Wow. This whole issue is a little disturbing. I knew that the new 300 f/4 PF had some VR issues (I don't own that lens), but your post is telling me that my D750 (and maybe my D7200?) does not now, or prior to this firmware update, "play nice" with VR lenses. Will be very interested in your report.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2015 at 15:30 UTC

Last bullet point in the description of the D750 firmware update list - "Optimal vibration reduction is now available with vibration reduction lenses." I wonder just what that really means. Does that mean that there is or was a "sub-optimal" option? Curious

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 23:45 UTC as 7th comment | 13 replies
On article Picture this: Our revamped galleries system is now live (115 comments in total)

Given the widely publicized security issues of Adobe Flash, too bad uploading images to our personal DPreview gallery still requires Adobe Flash Player - at least that's the warning dialogue box I am seeing (MAC OS X 10.10.4). If I am mistaken, then I'll stand corrected.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2015 at 18:24 UTC as 13th comment

Not sure I understand this spec in "Videography Notes - "1080/60p and 50p only in 1.3x crop mode". Are they saying that you have to be in 1.3X crop mode to shoot 1080/60P and 50P or do they mean if you're in 1.3x crop mode you can only shoot 1080P/60P and 50P?

AF fine tune?

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2015 at 14:52 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
On article Nikon D810: What You Need to Know (142 comments in total)

Excuse me folks, but could someone explain what a zebra stripe display option (mentioned in shooting video live view) is? Not sure I'm following this.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 13:46 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On article Site Update: notifications (124 comments in total)

I'd rather be able to control the notifications "globally" by choosing the appropriate user notification choice in my profile than go through this exercise constantly. While a notification might be useful to a recent post I wish to follow, I find it a total waste of my time to get a notification to an old post that's no longer a compelling issue. Too many folks post a comment to threads that are sometimes years old - I certainly don't need a notification for something like that.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 15:05 UTC as 17th comment
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JohnEwing: Nikon's first step into the mirrorless world gained them firstly a twisted ankle and secondly a Bronx cheer, before a few people began to see that the Series 1 aren't such bad cameras after all, but that was like people taking to Heaven's Gate after United Artists had turned up their umbilici.

Personally, I'd like to see them bring out a mirrorless body based on the S or SP designs, with a full frame or even an APS-C sensor. FF might be better from a marketing standpoint, but an APS-C camera could be very acceptable indeed. They could probably finagle it to have an F mount, too. Large wow factor there: they immediately upstage virtually all the others, especially if they use the folding Ai tab of the Df and make it compatible with a godzillion lenses.

...well, it's nice to dream.

Except the cell phone/smart phone is cheaper than a V2. And price usually rules.

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2014 at 16:59 UTC

Do these Nikon "suits" own a comb?

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 23:24 UTC as 100th comment
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Jim F: Barney: The one question that goes unanswered that baffles me is why do these companies refuse to outline what their "roadmap" for near future development is going to be.

Now, maybe that's a naive hypothetical question on my part. That said, it's clear from forum posts that everyone wants to know what's in the pipeline so we can plan our purchases. Wouldn't it make sense that someone is less likely to "jump ship" and change brands to "XXX" if one knew that there was a V3 or a D400 or whatever in the pipeline? I think the majority of users here would be patient enough to wait for something innovative that takes time to develop if they knew a "Dxxx" is in the pipeline. Think of it this way: A lot of us are just sitting on our wallets and will not buy anything at all, waiting for Canon and Nikon to make a move. Almost sounds like a hostage waiting game. Who's going to blink first. This policy of "no comment" is just plain crazy. Sorry about this rant.

Folks, I fully understand that in reality no company is going to publicly disclose their plans. That said, is there not a middle of the road approach that they can take? ... something like "Dear Nikon Users, Pro DX is not dead and we're going to continue to support it. Look for innovative products in the future." I don't think something like that gives away the company store or puts a company in a bad marketing position. Nikon's interview answers are total mush ... no where as definitive as Fuji, for example.

I sometimes wonder if the CEOs of Nikon and Canon had a secret conversation a few years ago like .... "Hey Canon: Let's keep this quiet ... We promise not to make the D400 if you promise not to make the 7D2."

OK, I'm just joking, but seems like a standoff that's never going to end. Meanwhile all of us wait and try to get by.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 17:46 UTC

Barney: The one question that goes unanswered that baffles me is why do these companies refuse to outline what their "roadmap" for near future development is going to be.

Now, maybe that's a naive hypothetical question on my part. That said, it's clear from forum posts that everyone wants to know what's in the pipeline so we can plan our purchases. Wouldn't it make sense that someone is less likely to "jump ship" and change brands to "XXX" if one knew that there was a V3 or a D400 or whatever in the pipeline? I think the majority of users here would be patient enough to wait for something innovative that takes time to develop if they knew a "Dxxx" is in the pipeline. Think of it this way: A lot of us are just sitting on our wallets and will not buy anything at all, waiting for Canon and Nikon to make a move. Almost sounds like a hostage waiting game. Who's going to blink first. This policy of "no comment" is just plain crazy. Sorry about this rant.

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 16:02 UTC as 140th comment | 5 replies
On article CP+ 2014: Nikon stand report (47 comments in total)

I wonder what the over and under bet for how long one would need to spend at the Nikon booth to view all the "new and compelling" Nikon offerings would be. My bet would be about 30 seconds. Canon's presentation was not any better either.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2014 at 19:57 UTC as 12th comment
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