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, E5 and some interesting new lenses.

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  • Ah, Holger . . . I was with you in what you said until you got to your last sentence. In literature, one is confronted with the "Classics" right off. To be educated in the Middle Ages in Europe ...
  • I felt the same way, but then I discovered the Samyang 85mm for Pentax. It is manual focus but very easy to use and the shots were amazing. Since I hike and it is a large lens I haven't used it ...
  • Mike, Far be it from me to discourage anyone from buying a camera or a lens, but your saying that you are getting rid of your K5iis in order to get a K70, made me pause.  I haven't been able to get ...
  • Steven, As it happened I took my K5iis with the FA35mm f/2.0 lens on a hike yesterday and was very impressed with the results.  In my case I don't sell anything.  My son also has an interest in ...
  • Daryl, I have a friend who is an artist, a painter.  On several occasions she has taken photographs of mine and turned them into paintings.  I've struggled with this.  I don't mind that she does ...
  • Greyser, This has been an interesting thread. I read all the postings up to the time I decided to add my own. I thought your title a bit shocking. My present point of view is that my K5iis, K3 and ...
  • Roland, I have been interested in Sigma cameras for some time, been a lurker in the Sigma forum from time to time, and thought that if the time came when I wanted to add a third system it would be ...
  • Roland, After your note I checked and sure enough I hadn't updated LR 6.0 since I bought it.  I updated and am now at 6.13 -- don't know what all that entails. As to doing more than one version in ...
  • Hmm.  Thanks for this information, Roland.  I suppose I shall just have to wait and see.  Perhaps I am being unreasonably stubborn and eventually will have to allow myself to be assimilated like ...
  • I wonder what they mean by "support," because if you use DNG raw files, I can't imagine why Lightroom wouldn't let you edit them.  This is more than an academic question for me because my current ...
  • Are you sure the problem isn't with your camera?   If it were me I'd try a few things before sending the lens back for repairs.  If your camera is like mine, there is a reset function.  With the ...
  • You mention the K1 as becoming your "next camera."  What cameras are you using now? I don't have the K1 but do have some lenses that are appropriate for both APS/C cameras (which I do have) and ...
  • Spyros: very nice -- photos seemed snapped at precisely the right time. I was especially interested in your "gear used."  I also have the K3, K3ii (which I guess is what you used with your 70-200), ...
  • Batdude, Maybe your K-1 works differently from my APS/C cameras, but if it works the way it does in Pentax APS/C cameras, the in-camera-editing would only work if you have your camera used the ...
  • Peter, I worked with what I perceive to be this sort of thing years ago at McDonnell Douglas.  No one can make a unit that is 100% failure free forever.  Everything fails, even aircraft structure.  ...
  • Peter, That's a bit extreme, don't you think?  You selected the least expensive Pentax APS/C camera at the time and even though it hasn't failed you, you have lost confidence in it. Actually I lost ...
  • Dominic, Quite right. I just checked the American eBay and immediately found a K20D that I would definitely check out if I were in the market: $195 and the seller claims that normal usage evidence ...
  • It along with the F2.4 35mm are called the plastic fantastics. Lots of people like them.. For me the 50mm is not a convenient focal length. Also buying this lens just for its F1.8 may not turn out ...
  • Polacofede, Quite right.  I often start a hike at dawn in the lee of a mountain and so do appreciate good ISO performance.  However "how good does it need to be" I asked myself a while back.  Did I ...
  • I too was surprised to hear that.  Something happened to me that caused me to be a bit suspicious of the KS2 (the predecessor of the K70) combined with the 50-300PLM.  I commented about my ...
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