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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  • You haven't created a category for someone who keeps his Pentax gear (already paid for) but adds something else.  I've added an Oylmpus EPM2 when I want to go very light.  Although as a disclaimer ...
  • Ajeya, I looked at the photos on your web site.  You have done very good work with your KR and the lenses you have.   I see also that you considered the Sony Alpha 7rii which suggests that you have ...
  • When Olympus quit making DSLRs (although I see on their site that they are still offering the E5 new) I "switched" (quotation marks because I didn't get rid of my Olympus gear) to Pentax APSC ...
  • I'm confused. I didn't read all the this thread because it seemed merely one insult after the other. I read Rockwell's expectations about the K1 and they did seem strange. I've encountered strange ...
  • It was indeed a very strange article. But notice the contrast with his review of the K3ii. http://www.kenrockwell.com/pentax/k3-ii.htm -- not an overwhelmingly favorable review but he says you can ...
  • John_A_G.  I've read this entire thread and appreciate your comments. I don't think I'm a poor customer for Pentax (having bought new the K7, K5, K5iis and K3 as well as a number of lenses, also ...
  • Replied in E-5 question?
    If that was for me rather than the OP, yes I know, but I had not only the high-quality MF lens that worked with A-Priority, but an older totally manual lens that needed the "focus priority" to be ...
  • Replied in E-5 question?
    I haven't had quite that experience, but recently I acquired a high-quality MF lens and a number of shots were out of focus.  I theorized (during editing) that I must have been relying too much ...
  • I wonder what reviews you saw on the Voigtlander 90. Here is the Photozone review of our 90: http://www.photozone.de/Reviews/266-voigtlander-sl-90mm-f35-apo-lanthar-nikon-review--test-report And ...
  • https://lawrencehelm.smugmug.com/RiverPhotography/Jan-2016/ I started out with the Samyang 35mm.  This may be the best 35mm I have in terms of IQ.  Unfortunately it is heavy and when I switched ...
  • Well, my "excellent" copy of a 90mm SL was $375 which I didn't consider too expensive.  But I did a search of eBay and there was a Voigtlander in a PK mount was the 180mm SL and the seller wants ...
  • Thanks for the information.  In the review I referenced in my earlier post, Photozone gives the Voigtlander 90 a higher rating than any review of any other lens that I've read.  If they are all ...
  • I just figured out that I have the earlier 90mm SL and not the 90mm SLII that you have. Mine can be seen in this review: ...
  • Blende8, I paid $375 for mine, "excellent condition," and it does seem to be excellent.  It doesn't look like yours however.  It has a silver focus ring.  Also, it has a silver area about as wide ...
  • My camera is set to focus priority on C3.  But that is intended for AF.  If there is an equivalent setting for MF I don't know where it is.  There is a setting for "A" manual focus lenses such ...
  • Created discussion thread Voigtlander 90 & K5iis on a hike
    The first thing I noticed when I got out there was that the K5iis didn't have a manual-lens setting for the Voigtlander 90. The settings available went from 85 to 100. [Later at home I checked to ...
  • As a former free diver I've been through a lot of surf, but nothing anywhere near that big.  I realize it is splashing up from some rocks so that wouldn't be a good place to go in anyway, but ...
  • Ron, You write, "I will most likely get one some day, not to replace my K-3, but as an addition to my K3." That is what I would do as well, assuming I get one.  I've kept my K-5, K5iis and K3 and ...
  • When I entered the DSLR world I thought I needed a lot of focal length, but as a hiker I soon discovered that wasn't the case.  I hike with dogs who are moving quite a bit so the further the focal ...
  • Deluvians: On my little scale the 18-135mm weighs 16 ounces to 19 ounces for the 16-85mm. The 18-135mm has a bit of a checkered past. An infamous Photozone review was very critical of it: ...
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