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11-01-2012, 09:21 PM   #1
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Digiphot2 introduction.

I started my camera career with a $30.00 Olympus rangefinder and a 1949 G.E. Selenium lightmeter. I later bought a Heiland H-1 Pentax, and a Zeiss Ikon CdS Ikophot-t. I was an artist before I was a Photographer, and took some pretty good shots here and there from Alaska to the Big Apple, and even in Japan. I was well traveled while serving in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1969-1978.

I went to school and got degrees in Art, Education, and Illustration, where I was the only illustrator at Boeing with his own Photo Pass, and access to five secure sites where no privately owned cameras were allowed...Yet I had all my equipment registered on my pass. I eventually was awarded Employee of the Quarter for my capabilities of thinking of better ways to do document revisions and reworked the 737 Maintenance Planning & Data Document. Now all older Southwest Airlines 737 fleet are using my graphics to maintain their fleet....Just look up! I have a confession to make...I was shooting with a Minolta SLR, and Mamiya C330.

When I got the digital but I started with a Sony F-707, and have worked back into Pentax, and own mostly third party lenses...Tokina, Opteka, Sigma and Tamron. I taught for three years at Spokane Community College, and my montra went like this..."Real Photographers will never let their children buy Nikon or Canon cameras." And as optics go....My second montra went like this..."Optics, Optics, Optics! It ain't the megapixels, it's the man pressing the shutter, and the glass in front of him!" So that is why I own third party lenses! Either you make cameras, or lenses, and you can't do both equally well, and Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, Vivitar, or what have you, have been a pain in the optical posteriors of all major camera manufacturers!

So there you go...One bonafied Pentax/Panasonic user, and Disabled Veteran U.S.Coast Guard Vietnam Era Veteran.

11-01-2012, 11:32 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum and thank you for the very interesting introduction, it's good to see more Vietnam Veterans involving themselves in photography.
11-04-2012, 12:10 PM   #3
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Welcome. We may be from the same era. I went to the USAF Photo School in 1962 and bought my 1st Pentax in 1965. I would have ripped somebody's arm off (not mine! ) to have had that job at Boeing. I look forward to seeing your images.
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Welcome to Pentax Forums! I joined on November 4th and by the next day I had spent over five hours on it. I think you'll enjoy it.


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