Lives in United States San Diego, CA, United States
Works as a Consultant
Has a website at http://www.shadzee.com/
Joined on Feb 24, 2001
About me:

My Ratings: (#/5) --- I guess the system lost my recent update ;-(
Pentax K20D
Pentax *ist DS
Pentax LX
Pentax ZX-5

Pentax DA15 F/14 (5/5) *****
Pentax FA20-35/F4 (4/5) **** (my KIT lens ;-)
Pentax FA43 F/1.9 LTD (5/5) *****
Pentax DA70 F/2.4 LTD (4/5) ****
Pentax FA* 300 F/4.5 (5/5) *****
Pentax FA* 80-200/2.8 (4.9/5) ***** (it's very heavy ;-)
Pentax A* 200/4 Macro (6/5) ***** (simply the BEST)

with the LX: Pentax A 50/1.2 (5/5) *****

Other Lenses: (ALL are to be sold now)
Pentax FA28-70/F4 (3/5) works well with ZX-5
Pentax FA50 F/1.4 (4/5) ****
Pentax A-100 F/4 Macro (4/5) ****
Pentax A-400 F/5.6
Pentax M40 F/2.8 (3.5/5)
Tamron AF 1.4x

.Sam.'s recent activity

  • Replied in GM1 kit
    these days you can get the GM1 kit with 12-32mm lens (equ to 24-64mm) for less than $450 NEW! I have the 12-32 lens (which has OIS) and it's great for such a small package. I would highly recommend it.
  • I bought an EP5 a few month ago and I love it. However, today I would buy the EM10, since you can buy a new one with the warranty for under $500. As far as the lens is concerned, to save money buy ...
  • Replied in my choice
    As a reference, I took a bunch of lenses to Washington DC a month ago, and ended up using the 12-32 for 80% of the time (17/1.8 for the rest). I think I would have loved to have the 12-40 with me ...
  • Replied in my choice
    I don't think you'll need anything long... here is my choice (1) OMD EM-5 Mark II (2) Oly 25mm 1.8 (for going out at night for dinner) (3) ...
  • Created discussions ISO 20,000 mistake
    Recently while landing in San Diego, I set the camera to iso 20,000 to be able to capture city lights below. Museum of Man, Balboa Park, San Diego got home, dumped the SD cards, and charged the ...
  • Replied in but why?
    Don't understand what you're trying to accomplish. Sports/wild life photography requires fast cameras with fast lenses. You've bought the SLOWEST lenses you could possibly buy for each of these ...
  • I think Fuji may work for you. Over all the image quality is better, and it is fantastic for black and white work. Fuji also does a great job with skin tones, as long as you shoot in JPG. However, ...
  • Replied in thanks...
    Here is the original out of the camera image... (these little cameras have a great amount of dynamic range)
  • Replied in No
    EP-5 has lost it's value in the used market. I got mine for less than $400 more than 6 months ago. A used E-P5 trumps a new PL5/6 any day.
  • Replied in No
    There are much better cameras at this price point. Older Olympus bodies have a terrible shutter shock issue that can not be fixed via firm ware. I would stay away from it. On the other hand, PL7, ...
  • Common issue.
    Log out of the cloud service and log back in, and it will work. I had the same issue.

  • Thanks for the comments.
  • Replied in GF1 to EP5
    I recently upgraded my 5 year old GF1 to Olympus EP5. The EP5 provides much better images, and IBIS is a blessing. They're about the same size. I got it for under $400 USD. However, I still think ...
  • If you're asking what are the best? Here is a list of the "extraordinary" ones (IMO); (1) Oly 12-40/2.8 (2) Panasonic 25/1.4 (3) Panasonic 42.5/1.4 (4) Oly ...
  • Created discussions Don't mess with me
  • Replied in GF1
    GF1 is the BEST body among the ones using the older sensors.
  • E-P5 for me ;-) This question has been asked numerous times since the prices for the EP5 has come down to a reasonable level.
  • They are similar. I have both. I would choose the 17 if you have an Olympus body, and the 20 for the Panasonic body. My 20 lives on my GF1, and the 17 basically lives on my EP5.
  • Replied in 3 lens kit
    I would get; (1) Panasonic 12-32. You could use it as a "day light" versatile zoom or just for it's wide end (I bought mine used for around $200)
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