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.

Historicity's recent activity

  • Amazon has been my online company of choice for photographic "needs," that is, "desires" :-)  However I recently had trouble with some orders -- so much trouble getting a Sigma 17-70 delivered ...
  • Replied in Perspective
    Robbo'd, I appreciated your note.  It was very helpful, but as I don't need the K1 and could wait for the K4, this isn't an either/or situation for me.  I was thinking either/or when I wrote the ...
  • Dericali, I appreciate your note.  It is very helpful. As it happens, I've bought a lot of lenses suitable for hiking, including a lot of FA lenses. I have the DFA 28-105 and the DFA100mm macro of ...
  • Mike, You've got some tried and true photographic platitudes there.  Unfortunately when I think about the "if . .. you think it's worth the upgrade, get one," you just about talk me out of getting ...
  • Thanks to those who responded.  I'd tentatively made up my mind to order the K1 in a few days, but thought I'd sound out the forum to see if someone knew something that I didn't. Thanks again, Lawrence
  • Created discussion thread K1 mk ii vs K3 mk iii
    This all started when my nephew emailed me they other day to say he was going on vacation in Africa and decided not to take his little Fuji but to get a full-frame Nikon 850.  After a day of ...
  • Chris, You wrote, " I am not so sure that Pentax cannot do better, cannot release a higher end Apsc body with a much more advanced AF module and surrounding technology, even if it will cost clearly ...
  • Ray, An excellent analysis.  I have a nephew who just bought a Canon 5D Mark IV for a trip to Africa.  He asked my opinion about some photographic matters but ended up, as he often does, puzzled ...
  • Photo zone has a reputation for tough tests: http://www.photozone.de/pentax Scroll down and check the test for the DA 50-200. Go to the conclusion and you will see that Photozone considers this a ...
  • Jonathan, I could say the same thing, that "I like not only to take good pictures, but like to experiment."  As a consequence I acquired a lot of Olympus DSLRs & lenses & then when Olympus quit ...
  • 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 ...
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