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

  • Created discussions Panasonic OverKill
    I like Panasonic. GF1 has been my daily shooter for about 5 years now. I will probably buy the new LX100 in the next few months depending on the reviews. But the hired shills going overboard with ...
  • I have this spectacular Bridge for sale in Southern California. Forward me your information, and I'll make a great deal... just for you. [/satire]
  • Shutter Shock on PM2 renders it useless. Regardless of turning the IS On of Off. I had one of those $199 bargains, and returned it.

  • Replied in GF1
    I would strongly suggest Panasonic GF1 over the ep1. You could probably find it even cheaper.
  • get the em10+kit lens and the 40-150 (which is a great bargain for the quality you'd get). Many here have said the 14-42 kit lens is much better than the 12-50 kit that comes with the em5. Also you ...
  • I think the biggest difference is; electronic first curtain shutter Available on em-10, and not on em-5. Shutter-Shock is a problem with these light bodies. Olympus has in most cases cured the ...
  • I think this has been discussed before. It seems DXO, did indeed use different copies of the camera, and are standing by their numbers.
  • Replied in e-pm2
    Thanks for the link. I had not seen it. Shutter Shock was THE reason I sent my bargain E-PM2 back. Fantastic image quality, once it hit ... but more often than not the SS would show it's ugly head. ...
  • native m4/3 lenses are much better than your current lenses. You could just get started by buying the Panasonic 14-42 kit lens (around $100) to test the waters. A good cheap kit to get started ...
  • Replied in 20+45
    I guess no explanation is needed ;-)
  • I would also look at the Panasonic GX7 (around $620 new) as well as used EM5 for around $500. For the lenses I would suggest the following kit; Pany 14mm ~$150 Pany 20mm ~$330 (excellent IQ) Oly ...
  • Replied in GF-1 since 2009
    I've had my GF-1 since 2009... have tried many other cameras, none have been as good !!! There are other m4/3 cameras with better image quality, but IMO, no other camera has the almost perfect user ...
  • Indeed Fashion is an art of personal self-expression.... indeed some like it in Black&White, and others in Color... Bold colors You can comply to the strict dress code and still look good ;-) Have ...
  • I may have had a bad camera (copy). Either way, it was returned.
  • I think the shutter shock was a huge part of the equation. I tried to capture 4-5 images in a row for each scene, and consistently in 2-3 of them you could see shutter shock effects. Again, once ...
  • I had bought the e-pm2 from newegg's eBay promo... yes the bargain $200 price! Yet I returned it. I concluded the shutter shock could not be avoided. I turned off the IS, updated the firmware and ...
  • Replied in invest?
    Invest? buying digital cameras of any kind is always a bad financial investment ... period. I guess you could invest in your hobby (or profession) by purchasing a digital camera. Then timing ...
  • Most bodies are good enough theses days. Certainly these two are fine. You would have to make your decision based on what lenses you use and need, and their respective performance and price. Sony ...
  • Replied in He is too old
    I'm over 50 myself, but I think he's just too old to make a technology prediction ;-( (1) A camera fully dependent on another device is a DOA proposal
  • Replied in prints?
    IMO, the GH1's sensor is fine. Obviously the newer 16MP sensors have better dynamic range, and some what better resolution than GH1. HOWEVER, if you don't print anything bigger than 8x10, and ...
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