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 K5ii, K3 and some interesting new lenses.

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  • I did read the entire thread and others did make the same observation, but perhaps none so succinctly.   :-) Lawrence
  • Priscilla, I agree with what you've written, and it is very succinctly put -- however . . . there is a benefit to starting out in the manual mode.  It forces you to think about the basic settings, ...
  • Hmmm.  Thought provoking.  In thinking back, I can't recall what I knew before getting an Olympus 35RC Rangefinder in 1979.  Almost everything needed to be manually set.  You scrolled in the ASA ...
  • I wrote a long note that disappeared and considered that an omen that I ought to get onto other things and didn't realize that this note made it to the forum sans text.  I have read several ...
  • I can't see your photos because they are marked private, but I have the K3ii, 16-85, and 55-300 WR and for me they perform perfectly. I had been using the K3 but recently decided to buy the K3ii ...
  • Created discussion thread Is the K3ii too heavy?
  • You write that you want one in current production as light as the K-S1. That is quite a moving target. Very few modern DSLRs stay in "current production" for very long and what difference does it ...
  • Gary, No you aren't the only Pentax user on the planet who wants smaller lighter gear.  I have identified myself as such a person in other threads, but -- not primarily such a person.  I am 82 ...
  • Right, 200,000 actuations.   I don't have the K-70 and sort of mistrust the lesser cameras -- at least for durability.   I started with Olympus and had most of their DSLRs at one time or another.  ...
  • Replied in Step up
    Alex, I imagine a lot of us are hoping the KP is in the K-S2 line and not the first of a series of successors of the K-7 to K3ii line.  Perhaps David Manze's emotions caused him to misread ...
  • Very nice shots.  Impressive! For reasons perhaps to yours I just bought a K3ii.  I haven't broken anything, but I have been using the K3 on hikes and keeping the K5ii and K5 for backup and to have ...
  • Replied in K3 II vs K5
    ZedDoctor, In looking at your gear list I see you have mostly Canon gear.  And anyone looking at my gear list would see a lot of Olympus DSLR gear.  I moved to Pentax because Olympus quit making ...
  • I agree with you here.  I mistrust entry-level cameras and pretty much all new cameras.  Engineers rarely if ever get it right the first time.  In Aerospace, ECPs (Engineering Change Proposals) ...
  • GossCTP, My 16-85 focuses okay and I haven't had a problem with vignetting except in rare lighting situations , but I like the idea of the 16-45 coupled with the 55-300 for certain sorts of hikes.  ...
  • Ah, I wasn't thinking about his 8 year old malfunctioning K-X still being in the picture, but of course if he were going to wait for the KP he would probably try the 55-300 PLM on his KX and be ...
  • Mark & Tulsaghost, I'm not sure what you mean.  All the models mentioned will support the 55-300 PLM lens with a firmware update -- at least they are supposed to, according to Pentax.  The KP will ...
  • That's quite true.  I give my older cameras to my son, and the current transaction was to give him my K5 as I purchased the K3ii, but I still have the K-5iis.  I recall that when I got the K3 and ...
  • Krakataer I just reread your note and while my recommendation would be the same, K3ii plus the 18-135 lens, I have a few more thoughts.  You obviously like the idea of a durable camera that will ...
  • I sort-of went through this process recently.  In my case I was always mistrustful of the lesser-grade cameras.  In Pentax, I went through the top-graded ones starting with the K-20D.  I moved to ...
  • Just a very slight bit of exposure correction, and when that didn't help a slight bit of lightening temperature (Lightroom's term).  I want to blame the need on the day, but there was more light ...
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