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12-01-2007, 05:03 AM   #1
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Shalom from Terra Santa...Israel!


I'm 64 years old, for more of 4 decades of being an a "Technical Photographer", now I'm a here in Israel, playing since 4 years ago with "Digitally" photography, my first digitally camera was a Fuji S-6900, after a year & half I gave it to my first Son, & acquire a KM 7D, as since end 80ties I owned various Minolta film bodies + 7 lenses, not all from Minolta...also Tokina/Tamron & Sigma among Minolta of course, various strobes (8 for be more exactly!), from which now only can use 3 of them thanks to their low trigger voltage, also I acquire a Panasonic Lumix 20 with a huge 12x Leica zoom lens, today barely in use...(Mostly charging the proprietary lithium battery for conserve it in good conditions!), , last year added a Canon P&S, A-710 with lens stabilizer (When I like to be lightly in weight!). Only 3 months ago I brought a Pentax K10D/Kit + in "Tel-Aviv's" flea market got the first issue Tamron auto focus 28-200mm (Dark Gray color), for film zoom lens...for a mere $:20.00. Yes...I was very lucky), as here in my country Pentax is NOT a "Popularly Digital" camera brand...specially in DSLR. Now I'm waiting forward for a 34 years old Pentax film camera, at NOT working conditions, fitted with a SMC-A manual focus 1:1,4 50mm normal prime lens...for a mere $:15.00. yes the body I will trashed/scrapped...but the lens it's 100% desirable & will be my FIRST prime Pentax lens.

I download all my digitally photos at Picasa free photo organizer from Goggle + last week my Son who is a Computer Expert" transfer to our home computer (From which I'm writing now...!), the last RSE version...but sadly don't recognize the K10D model....
Yesterday he added the "Gimp" for Windows free "Photoshop type" program...till today don't open it...seems to complicated...but I trust that i will learn how to use it...

Apart of photography my other hobby is Audio issue!

Good to be part of this lovely & instructive forum



12-01-2007, 07:09 AM   #2
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Welcome alex,
look forward to some pics from the promised land I thought gimp looked complicated too, but I'm pretty new at digital (just a hack) . I used the pentax software for a good while, faststone for weeding out and viewing, paint shop pro now that it does pef and really like capture one for most raw conversion.
12-03-2007, 05:51 PM   #3
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Greetings there Alex and welcome. Great to see alot of experiance coming to the forums. Love to see some pics of your part of the world.
12-17-2007, 09:25 AM   #4
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Hi Alex and welcome. I use the Gimp on my Ubuntu linux computer and I agree it can be a little difficult. I'm using the free Picasa software also and find it does most of the quick editing I need and there are Windows and Linux versions.

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