David Kieltyka

David Kieltyka

Lives in United States Redford, MI, United States
Works as a Retired programmer/troubleshooter
Joined on Apr 14, 2002

David Kieltyka's current gear

Leica M10
Leica M10 Monochrom
Leica M10-R
Feels more like a classic M than the earlier digital models. Higher VF mag helps with accurately focusing 90 lenses.
I enjoy taking b&w pics more, and I think I take better ones too, when I know b&w is my only option. The M10 Mono is my camera for this. The extra res over previous digi-Ms is nice, but the tonality of the Mono's files is the main thing.
An M10 with a higher-res sensor. It and the M10 Mono are likely as fine a pair of rangefinder cameras as I'll ever need.
Leica M8.2
Leica M9-P
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8
Bought used from a friend. I use it with Zeiss ZM 28, 35 & 50mm lenses plus Voigtländer 28, 35 & 75mms. Quirky but with lovely image quality. "Only" 10mp but great per-pixel resolution. Handheld infrared is possible via a 720nm IR-pass filter, which I use on the Voigt 28mm lens.
Enjoying the M8.2 led to getting one of these. Pretty much the same sensor design as the M8's but larger. Also more fussy about which lenses it prefers to work with. But with the right optics it's a terrific camera.
Now my favorite m43 camera. I use it with a number of Panasonic, Pana/Leica and Olympus lenses. Love the rangefinder-style VF location.
Pentax 645D
Pentax 645Z
Bought this in 2013 mainly so I could use my 645 format Pentax lenses in front of an electronic sensor. IMO the lenses are way underrated in these days of "sharpness über alles." The 35/3.5, 75/2.8 and 150/2.8 in particular are lovely image makers. The camera is pretty sluggish in operation, though AF is fine. But its files are very nice indeed and process well.
This is mainly a speedier version of the 645D, both in terms of operation and high ISO capability. (But I'm keeping the 645D because in many cases, particularly at base ISO, I prefer the way it renders colors. Its CCD sensor appears to use a narrower-band color filter array than the 645z's CMOS chip, with more separation between the red, green & blue components. This leads to color reproduction that looks more like transparency film to me.) Resolution-wise the 645z is superb. Huge prints, 8K stills…no problem.
Other gear:
  • Contax Aria SLR Used with Zeiss Y/C lenses & color neg film.
  • Contax IIa rangefinder Used with Zeiss CRF lenses and b&w film.
  • Kodak Retina IIc folding 35mm rangefinder This was my dad's favorite camera, used by him from c. 1958 thru early 2009.
  • Leica M6 TTL rangefinder Used with M-mount lenses and b&w film.
  • Nikon FTn SLR Used with Nikon F lenses & color neg film.
  • Pentax MX SLR Used with Pentax K lenses & color neg film.

David Kieltyka's previous gear

Canon EOS 5D
Canon EOS 10D
Canon EOS 20D
Epson R-D1
Nikon D300
Pentax K10D
I still own this camera but it's now retired. It was my workhorse from 2005–2009. Batteries no longer hold much charge, some buttons no longer respond consistently, rubberized grip areas worn & coming loose. I'll never get rid of it.
Other gear:
  • Leica M2 rangefinder
  • Zeiss Contaflex SLR
  • Zeiss Contessa folding 35mm camera