Historicity

Lives in United States San Jacinto, CA, United States
Works as a Retired engineer
Has a website at www.lawrencehelm.smugmug.com
Joined on Dec 14, 2010
About me:

Former Marine, former engineer at Douglas, McDonnell Douglas & Boeing for 39 years and in retirement enjoy hiking with my Rhodesian Ridgebacks & others, studying various things that interest me, e.g., history, literature, philosophy, religion, and anthropology. Enjoy taking photos on the hikes and since 1979 have had Olympus cameras (beginning with the RC 35). When Olympus gave up on the DSLR I began adding Pentax DSLRs which seemed to me a logical progression from what I have been used to and indeed that is as it proved.

Previously said I would stick with DSLRs unless I had a good reason not to; tweaked my shoulder & knee on a couple of hikes and got used to a lightweight PEN. More recently went on a workout program and so am back to DSLRs, especially the K5iis, K3, K3ii and some interesting new lenses.

Historicity's recent activity

  • Theov39 The OP (Original Poster) is from New York and not Australia.  Several of us advised him to get the 18-135 and since his first note was posted two weeks ago he may already have done that. He ...
  • W. Steffey, What third party lens do you have in mind?  I'm not being critical here.  If there is a third-part zoom better than the 18-135 that is less expensive (or even more expensive) I'd be ...
  • Indeed you have made this assertion on two separate occasions, but unfortunately my own experience, especially in regard to test verification on the C-17 hampers me from seeing the very limited ...
  • Dan, Having read a lot of reviews over the years I of course encountered DXOMark in the past, but given the limited information in their comparisons, I didn't rely on them for anything. Also, I had ...
  • Dan, I apparently don't know how to operate the DXOMark system.  I see just one number for each of the areas tested, sharpness for example.  That can't be helpful.  Every lens review I've ever ...
  • Dan, Thanks for the comments.  After I got home from my hike I pulled up the Photozone review of the 16-45 and the Photozone review of the 17-50 for Nikon.  Then I tried to compare the review ...
  • Dan, I'm planning a hike this morning and am in a rush, but I have a thread this month in which I checked the "high" ISO on the sorts of hikes I go on.  Pentax may or may not be exaggerating the ...
  • Hmm. I'll admit that I'm out of my element here, but I have been seeking cameras and lenses that will do well in low light (in early morning hiking conditions) and the cameras I use, the K5ii, K3, ...
  • I went through something like this some time ago.  I had the 16-135mm but read a lot of reviews that panned it (although I didn't have any of the referenced problems) and so looked at ...
  • Tom, I'm not quite sure if you are having the same problem I had.  A few months back I bought a K-S2, a 55-330PLM and a used 16-45mm at about the same time.  Nothing worked.   That is, neither the ...
  • MRP, Very nice and sharp photos. You make a good case. For me it has seemed inconvenient to go on a hike with just this lens. I have done it but have invariably regretted not having something below ...
  • Noel, Very impressive photos.  Also interested in your timeline: 231 minutes for your hike.  With this evidence it wouldn't be possible to exaggerate and say the hike took 5 or 6 hours.  :-) Lawrence
  • Noel, Wow, those are impressive lenses.  I have some older lenses but nothing to match those.  My best lens in that category is a Voigtlander 90 mm. I do have the inexpensive but very nice Samyang ...
  • Noel, Years ago I took a church group on weekly hikes.  Having been in the Marine Corps with experience in map reading and compasses (before the days of hand-held GPSs) I would describe the hike, ...
  • Elliot, I wouldn't say that any of these sticks would be interesting to look at.  I tried some different woods and discovered hardwood made the sticks too heavy to be useful -- except for ...
  • Jim, Your fall and osteoarthritis remind me of one of the bad things that happened here. I knew Susan had osteoporosis and so I had an extra railing installed on our stair way. I also had railings ...
  • Thanks, Pattymeboy, I did hike on the other side of the tram year ago, but once we expanded our family by the addition of Rhodesian Ridgebacks, I would have needed to hike all the way up rather ...
  • Dear Valeriu, Thanks for your post. You were of course the inspiration for this thread and I didn't address in it as much as I intended about Pensioners and cameras. And you have in the above ...
  • On another thread: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/59674993 someone in jest suggested that most Pentax owners were pensioners and therefore (he implied) incapable of uploading (and he ...
  • Replied in The Future build
    I am in that category with many others "waiting for the K3iii" and with good reason, that is, there is good reason to expect one.  In a recent flurry of Ricoh comments, corrections and ...
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