Lives in United States Georgetown USA, IN, United States
Works as a Retired Geologist
Joined on Apr 23, 2007
About me:

DSLR; Pentax: *istDS(sold), K10D, K20D (sold), K-5, K-7, DA14, DA21 Ltd, FA31Limited, FA35, FA43Limited, DFA50Macro, FA77Limited, DFA100Macro, DA18-55, DA50-200, DA*16-50, DA*50-135, DA*200, DA*300, DA35 Ltd Macro, DA70 Ltd, DA*55, DA*60-250, FTZ360, FTZ540, Metz 580
P&S: Pentax WR33, Olympus SP-350 (gave away), Cannon G-7 & Leica DL4
Film: Pentax WR90, Olympus OM-1 & OM-2 with various lenses.

DA*55, DA15 Ltd


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On ISO1000-P1000027 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Nice lens!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 17:59 UTC as 2nd comment
On ISO200-P1000083 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Sweet lens!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 7, 2014 at 17:58 UTC as 1st comment
On Olympus OM-D E-M1 Review preview (2081 comments in total)
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YuYen: Is this the fastest ever review from dpreview? E-M1 is not even available in either US or UK.

I have the E-M1 for three plus weeks and have shot over a 1,000 shots with it so far. I previously owned the E-M5. Anyhow, I have to basically agree with the DPR review. Still surprising how quick the review was done.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 00:37 UTC

Didn't fully work on my old desktop computer. My photostream never did load., just the two flashing little pink and blue dots in the middle. On my Android tablet everything works good.

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2013 at 18:17 UTC as 50th comment
On Olympus to axe V-series point-and-shoot cameras article (124 comments in total)

It is sad news that Olympus is dumping their p&s cameras. Still for most people the smartphone/table photos are good enough and their is no need to carry multiple devices if one is good enough.

I keep hearing that P&S cameras was where the big profits were. So with P&S cameras gone then the price of high-end cameras are going to have to go up some.

The day is near that cameras and phone/tables are going to work together. It has started with wifi connectivity in cameras. The Canon N, which is extremely small has wifi might be useful if one wants a little better than a smartphone/tablet but not interchangeable lens camera. A ruggedize sprt camera with WIFI coul be userful to. Panasonic has a ruggedize sport camer with wifi. So there is a place for a P&S camera but it is not your regular p&s camera. It has been replace by the smartphone/tablet.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2013 at 18:56 UTC as 39th comment | 6 replies
On Just Posted: Pentax MX-1 hands-on preview article (173 comments in total)
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mgm2: Hotshoe...why? With a lens this fast who uses flash? Well done Pentax

A small compact PnS camera would be nice for my caving but I do need a hotshoe for my radio trigger to fire my remote flashes. Weather-sealing would be great. An accessory port for an EVF would be nice. WIFI connectivity would be nice. So far this camera does look cute but it also seems like it specs was from a camera that was released a year ago. This is nothing to differeciate it from cameras released a year ago.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2013 at 22:46 UTC
On Just Posted: Pentax MX-1 hands-on preview article (173 comments in total)
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jonikon: I don't understand why Pentax is so intent on designing and marketing higher end cameras around a tiny 1/1.7" sensor at a time when most photo enthusiasts are moving to larger sensor cameras in this market segment. The Sony RX-100 with a much larger 1" sensor appears to be smaller and lighter than this clunky Pentax MX-1 retro design.
Unfortunately, It appears that the Pentax acquisition by Ricoh has not improved the marketing savvy of the old Pentax, and the MX-1 (like the Pentax Q), will be yet another poor selling over-priced camera with a tiny 1/1.7" sensor for a very small niche market. Too bad the more savvy and technology innovative Fujifilm did not acquire the Pentax camera division. Oh well....

I moved to m-4/3 for my small camera. No more small sensor p&s cameras for me.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2013 at 21:12 UTC
On Just Posted: Pentax MX-1 hands-on preview article (173 comments in total)

It is about time. It has been a very long time since Pentax has something in the enthusiast nitch. A lot of nice features but missing some important features like a hotshoe and an accessory port for an EVF. The sensor is a little too small for wherethe enthusiast cameras are heading. So it is just another Pentax camera that missed a few key features for me.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 7, 2013 at 21:09 UTC as 21st comment
On Hunter in the Insects, in Their Natural Environment. challenge (18 comments in total)

Great photo!!!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 16, 2012 at 21:19 UTC as 4th comment
On Sydney NYE Fireworks off the Harbour Bridge in the HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012 challenge (2 comments in total)

Wonderful photo!!!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 14, 2012 at 20:19 UTC as 1st comment
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jsis: Also, the craigslist poster obviously does not know how much pain in the rear it is to individually post-process photos to get rid of her wrinkles and unwanted blemishes... I know photographers that does it using batch scripts but that's just lazy work and would not get the best results.

Getting rid of wrinkles is still part of the job that weddingphotographers must do. Also one reason it takes two weeks of labor to do one wedding.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 17:08 UTC
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AnHund: That is a pretty strange calculation.

20 weddings = about 200 hours at the weedings + post processing etc. 20x25= 500 hours. That is a total of 700 hours per year.

And your earnings are $50.000 = $71 per hour or propably more likely $80/hour (used max. number of hours you mentioned). That is not too bad is it?

Most people work at least 1500 hours a year.

Maybe if you lowered your charge and worked a little more there would be a much better relationship between your income and your spendings. And the customers would think the price was more fair.

From knowing several good wedding photographers it takes about 80 to 100 hours to do the pre-wedding meeting with B&G , wedding day, photo editing and post wedding meeting with B&G. Then there is the equipment cost and the knowledge and skills of a professional. From my shoting of a few weddings for friends and relatives the 80 to 100 hours does seem about right.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 14:12 UTC

I am just an old retired geologist and don't make a living with my photography. From professional wedding photographers I know they all mention that it takes atleast two week worth of their time to do a wedding. What is 80 to 100 hours of professional labor and equipment time worth? I would guess that $3,000 is a good average price for the Puget Sound area.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 14:03 UTC as 187th comment
On Sony NEX-7 high-end APS-C mirrorless camera first look article (355 comments in total)

Looks like it will be a very good camera. Now all that is needed several high-end lenses to go with it.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2011 at 16:51 UTC as 54th comment
On Olympus PEN Lite and PEN Mini announced and previewed article (30 comments in total)
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absentaneous: sometimes I really don't understand the logic of camera manufacturers. if the dpreview specification sheet is right and it should be also from looking at the pictures the E-PL3 and E-PM1 cameras don't even have a built in flash! while the E-P3 one which is supposed to be aimed at more advanced users has one! before the story was the way around. the less advanced E-PL got the built in flash and the E-P didn't. and that made sense because an advanced photographer is more likely to even want to use an external flash anyway. I really wonder how many potential E-PL3 or E-PM1 users are the kind of photographers that would want to bother with an external flash unit. I mean really, you bother making a really small camera and then you make it in the way that it need an external flash unit which makes it's small size irrelevant. no logic whatsoever. the only logic I see here is to make more money selling external flashes. I wonder how many people are stupid enough to buy into this.

I woud of like to see all three with built-in flash. Anyhow think of the E-P3 has having a built-in wireless (optical) flash controller for the advance user. Then the others you can add the new small flash if you need to.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 13:13 UTC
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