Lives in Latvia Riga, Latvia
Works as a Head of road materials testing laboratory
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Joined on Feb 3, 2004
About me:

Pentax K20D,
Pentax K10D,
Pentax K100D,
Pentax *ist DL,
Pentax MZ-6,
Pentax 645; (*2)
Pentax 645n,
Pentax Super ME,
Yashica mat 124g,
Beautyflex camera 6*6,
Speed Graphic Crown 4*5 large format,
Panasonic FZ20,
Etc (some box wit old Russian cameras).

Pentax 360fgz (*4)
Pentax 540fgz (*2)
Sigma EF500 Super,
Vivitar (TTL flash)

Fixed lenses:
Pentax DA 14mm f2.8
Pentax DA 15mm f4.0 limited
Sigma 15mm F2.8 fisheye
Pentax DA 21mm f3.2
Pentax K 28mm f3.5 shift
Pentax FA 31mm f1.8
Pentax FA 35mm f3.5 (645)
Pentax FA 43mm f1.9
Pentax FA 50mm f1.4
Pentax M 50mm f2.0
Sigma 50mm f2.8 macro
Pentax FA 77mm f1.8
Pentax FA 75mm f2.8 (645)
Pentax A 75mm f2.8 (645)
Pentax FA 85mm f1.4
Pentax FA 120mm macro f4.0 (645)
Voigtländer 125mm f2.5 APO Lanthar (KA mount)
Sears 135mm f2.5 (KA mount)
Aubell 135mm f2.5 (KA mount)
Pentax FA 150mm f2.8 (645)
Pentax FA 200mm f4.0 (645)
Pentax FA 300mm f4.0 (645)

Pentax DA 10-17mm fisheye
Pentax DA 16-45mm
Pentax DA 18-55mm
Pentax DA 50-200mm
Pentax DAL 50-300mm
Pentax FA 45-85mm (645)
Pentax FA 80-160mm (645)
Sigma 24-70mm
Sigma 70-300mm Apo Macro
Phoenix Gold Samyang 650-1300mm f/8-16


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On Pentax 645Z added to studio comparison database article (141 comments in total)
In reply to:

Felix E Klee: In a professional context, for example for fashion photography in a studio, what is the advantage of a medium format camera today?

Today's full frame sensors and optics provide more than enough resolution for even very large printed ads, and dynamic range there is plenty as well. Furthermore, in a studio environment, I expect lighting to be perfect and the pro photographer to frame close to the final result.

For landscape photography medium format is interesting, but that's not my question.

Lecia S2 of course is complete crap, but for 2x higer price. I tried both. Don`t own any.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2014 at 18:28 UTC
In reply to:

(unknown member): I like Microsoft products and this one is very exciting!

I like Microsoft products.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2014 at 10:14 UTC
On Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer article (628 comments in total)
In reply to:

Fred Dominic: Adobe is finished in my book unless they go back to being able to purchase the software that you use. The idea of "renting" software makes no sense. What if they change their policy in the future, all of the files in their proprietary format that is stored on your own computers, and all of the many hours spent producing those files will be locked away. Adobe is like a virus, in fact, it is similar to the virus CryptoLocker, where if you don't pay, there is no way to use your files.

Rentin software makes sense - if you can`t implement anything worth for customers to pay for new version, then make that last one payable monthly. I mean - chosing this offer one kills progress. Adobe neeeds stable cash flow and they will doo everything to develop new tricks to atract customers to new bling-blings. Pay monthly - no more new bling-blings.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 20:03 UTC
On Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer article (628 comments in total)

What If...

I purchase thru PROXY USA server cheaper ($9.99) than with European IP address for €12,29?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2013 at 20:00 UTC as 160th comment | 3 replies
On Samsung announces curved Galaxy Round post (144 comments in total)
In reply to:

sensibill: Really, I have never seen a product from a manufacturer I give my money to (several Samsung cameras and phones in the past few years) that makes as little sense as this.

I have rather new phone, but... I change them once per five years. Would I need to change phone now - it would be the best option! I can imagine better placement in pocket (it gets around leg). It is more safe for cracks - when it fall down, screeen is inside, not like all thes cracked Iphone screens what we see in hands of our friends.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 9, 2013 at 22:25 UTC
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Kodachrome200: This is why I love these new chinese lighting companies. i cant believe they want 200 bux for this. I just bought a similar thing for $25. I have been in photography for a long time and its great to buy 50 dollar soft boxes and the like

Because people are so unpredictable, amazing, funny, creative!
For example, I tried that 20$ thing with Voigtlander 125mm macro lens. Just because I have that lens. Indeed, I hoped to take pictures of hundreds of cylindric cosmetic objects. Polished surfaces. It totally failed. Then prepared kind of lightbox with black fat vertical lines inside. Placed on sides falshes and voila - perfect! Then I tried THING in garden, fail again. So, no matter how much it cost, for good result one needs to use proper tools and light. But I know, a lot of peole will try £99.00 Just because on ebay there is cheap knock offs - expencive original might be good thing! ;)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 25, 2013 at 12:42 UTC
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Kodachrome200: This is why I love these new chinese lighting companies. i cant believe they want 200 bux for this. I just bought a similar thing for $25. I have been in photography for a long time and its great to buy 50 dollar soft boxes and the like

I bought similar gadget two years ago for 20$ with free shipping. And I am sure, that thing above is also almost total crap like 20$ knock offs. Just used couple of times and decided to use two/three flashes from side.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2013 at 14:27 UTC
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QuarterToDoom: So if I forget the password because I haven't use the camera for a while, then what? I have to enter the camera input my email address and click reset password, which is then emailed to me? I have to phone Nikon and get charged $50?

Sounds like a rights grab and lockout.

Nop, you need to use a piece of Scotch® to isolate some newly added contacts and make lens usable again! ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2013 at 21:41 UTC
On DxO Labs unveils Optics Pro 8 with Smart Lighting article (35 comments in total)
In reply to:

okada01: Hello from Ukraine ;)

Hello Hohol!

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2012 at 16:05 UTC
On Extreme contrast edits in Lightroom 4 and ACR 7 article (168 comments in total)
In reply to:

Neodp: uraw, then Gimp Levels (sliders), or just curves, in Gimp, or back in ufraw.

Clarity is just Local Contrast.

Vibrance, is just Saturation without color changes. One click plug-ins abound.

Adobe does not stand alone, in our choices.

>uraw, then Gimp...
>...or just curves, in Gimp...
>... back in ufraw.
For most cases it is even better just to shot JPEGs. (you missed point - Lightroom is really good photo [b]organiser[/b].
Otherwise one can go thru 4220 RAW pics taken at holiday trip just using command line.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 23, 2012 at 19:55 UTC
On Samsung US announces rugged and waterproof SD cards article (49 comments in total)

Are there any word what kind of chip they are using? SLC or MLC? If it is MLC (and it is, like 99,9% cards nowadays), all these magnets, trucks, waterproof ar just empty sounds. I guess last compny who is using that extremely expencive and reliable(!) SLC chip is INTEGRAL. I bought their 16GB INTEGRAL ENDURANCE card for really responsible events (like wedding ceremonies, etc) And it really works flawlessly. With testt and with practical observation.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2012 at 20:22 UTC as 5th comment
In reply to:

Joseph S Wisniewski: Is the 560/5.6 a mirror lens? The press release says

"thanks to the adoption of optics used in astronomical telescopes"

Minolta had an autofocus mirror, so it is possible.

Definetly! Mirror F5.6

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2012 at 00:00 UTC

I agree with bride.
400$ for average of best photographers is good price. It`s just matter of time when some harder crisis will hit. After that, a lot of advanced hobbyists will go for wedding extra income. At that moment prices can fall to almost nothing. I have seen this personally.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 27, 2012 at 11:21 UTC as 220th comment
On Just published - a quick Pentax 645D sample gallery article (132 comments in total)
In reply to:

00112233: Pentax 645D body is 156x117x119mm and weights 1480g. incl. batt.
Canon EOS 1DX as announced is 158x164x83mm and weights "TBC"
Now, to find out what TBC is we can assume that physically has the same type of construction and materials as the EOS 1D Mark IV which is smaller and weights 1230g. incl. batt., the 1DX will then weight more, specially if we include the wireless file transmitter and the GPS receiver. The difference in weight between the 645D and the 1DX will become very small indeed. So I wonder who is going to have pains in shoulders. Fortunately most professionals have assistants that help carrying equipment!

Harley Davidson has only two wheels, but my VW Golf has 4 working ones and one extra!

Direct link | Posted on Nov 17, 2011 at 13:59 UTC
On Hot iron in the Sights at Work challenge (2 comments in total)

Pa skaisto! ;-)

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2010 at 13:23 UTC as 1st comment
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