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Old Jul 16, 2005, 7:39 AM   #91
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my name is steve,i live in the shenadoah valley in virginia.

47yrs old ,married 27yrs (to the same women, its a wonder i let her live that long!)

twin daughters

i am a remodeling contractor

hobbies , hunting, fishing and my fz20
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Old Jul 21, 2005, 1:30 AM   #92
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Hi everybody,

I'm brand new guy on Panasonic Forum. This is my first post here, see how it goes.

Name: Ladislav (Lad) Miklos a.k.a. AusLad

1. Favourite Music: Marillion, Frank Zappa, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull and recently Rammstein (oops!)

2. Favourite Books:
everything from EdMcBain, Dick Francis, and anything else, compulsive reader

3. Favourite Movies: The Crow, The Professional, Platoon, anything with Gene Hackman or Ed Harris in it

4. Favourite TV:
Mythbusters, D. Attenborough docs

5. Favourite Foods:
unhealthy german cousine or Indian curries (hotter the better)

6. Favourite Drinks:
no preference here, anything goes

7. Cameras:
started with Russian Leica copy (wasn't that bad copy either, razor sharp lens), progressed thru Chinon, Canon, Pentax, Canon again SLR's. First digital was Olympus C-750, promptly replaced by FZ10 (2.8 12x Leica lens did it), that was replaced by first FZ20 that appeared on the market. Add ons - Raynox 1.54x, Raynox 0.66x , Raynox Super Macro 250, polarisers, close-up sets, focusing rails etc. Bit of a gadget man I guess, always on eBay looking for bargain.

8. Vacation Spot:
I live near one - Jarvis Bay in Australia

9. Factoids:
44 year old. Founder of a company specialising in avionics test, currently working on Joint Strike Fighter F-35 project. Living in Australia from 1990. A dog, 2 birds and gold fish (and girlfriend) share the house. Sport - kayaking, spearfishing, table tennis, volleyball and some others, camping (thats big one for me if I can find spare time). I do hand painting/drawing, from that I progressed into digital media - Photoshop and Painter. Now I coming back to my roots and use digital outputs as a template, finishing off with natural media. Love digital photography for giving me immediate output, without fussing about with film developing, scanning etc. You know the drill. I'm fan of big telelephotos (hence FZ10, FZ20), but lately I ventured into macro photography (boy, that ain't easy).
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Old Aug 7, 2005, 6:45 AM   #93
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Newbie here - I've been browsing Steve's Digicams for ages and I'm glad I finally checked out this forum, and signed up. I'll follow the general template I've seen here for these introductions. I hope I don't bore you too much!

1) My music tastes are fairly eclectic: ABBA, Bach (all of 'em), Beethoven, Berlioz, Big Band (various), Billy Currie, Bizet, Blondie, Bowie, Brahms, Bruch, Bruckner, Chemical Brothers, Chopin, Corelli, de Falla, Debussy, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Dvorak, EBTG, Elgar, Elton John, Eurythmics, Fatboy Slim, Franck, Gordon Lightfoot, Grieg, Heart, Holst, Human League, Jean-Michel Jarre, Jimmy Somerville (& Bronski Beat), Joni Mitchell, kd lang, Lalo, Liszt, Madonna, Manic Street Preachers,endelssohn, Midnight Oil, Moby, Mozart, Mussorgsky, My GarageBand Stuff, Numan, Orff, Orgy, Pet Shop Boys, Peter Gabriel, PIL, Prokofiev, Pulp, Rachmaninoff, Rammstein, Ravel, Rimsky Korsakov, Roxy Music, Rush, Saint Saëns, Santana, Satie, Schubert, Schumann, Sibelius, Smetana, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Tchaikovsky, Télépopmusik, U2, Ultravox, Vangelis, Vivaldi, Yello. I'm sure I've forgotten a few dozen names.

I am musically untrained however last year I began dabbling in home-made synth music; I have lots of tracks posted here:


Varying styles and varying degrees of success. This music isn't everyone's cup of tea but I'm having fun and that's what's important, isn't it?

2) Books... unfortunately I haven't done much reading in the past couple of months however it's mostly sci-fi for me. Favourite authors include Frank Herbert, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Azimov, Larry Niven, Samuel R. Delany, James Blish, Alan Dean Foster, Kurt Vonnegut, H. G. Wells, Ursula K. Le Guin, Stephen King, and many, many more...

3) Favorite movies - again, my tastes are eclectic: Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey, lots of sci-fi, Lost In Translation, most of Woody Allen's movies, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Planes Trains and Automobiles, Victor Victoria, Alien, Aliens, Singing In The Rain, any old movie starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Some Like It Hot, Koyaanisqatsi, A Fish Called Wanda, Philadelphia Story, It's A Wonderful Life... the list goes on and on and on.

4) I like all kinds of cuisine; these days I prefer Korean and Japanese food though.

5) Favorite drinks: Guinness, Kilkenny Cream Ale, and anything from my favourite local brewery:


...This is masterful stuff.

I also am rather fond of the offerings of two California wineries: Fetzer, and Delicato. Very nice, very nice.

6) Cameras: I started out taking digital pictures with a Kodak EasyShare CX4200. That was followed by a Panasonic Lumix LC70 as of March last year. I am surprised at how much I was able to squeeze out of the LC70; within its class it's surprisingly capable. Finally, I very recently (August 7 2005) I treated myself to a camera I've wanted since it was announced: a Lumix FZ20. Boy oh boy, is it ever nice. I'm extremely happy with it.

7) Photography: I have enjoyed photography for years; when I was going to college I often worked for a friend who is a pro photographer. While at University I did a lot of my own black & white photography & darkroom work. More recently, I have been posting digital pictures here:


The pics were all taken with my LC70 but as of yesterday it's the FZ20 from now on. Let me know what you think of the pics I've posted.

Varia: I'm in my mid-forties (still feel like I'm in my mid-twenties!), and live about thirty-five kilometres northeast of Montreal, Quebec. I work as a university administrator. Other hobbies include orchid growing, gardening...
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Old Aug 11, 2005, 10:03 PM   #94
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Halo & gud day, everyone.

Meesa new here and hapi to see maniz FZ20 clanmenz here! Ok, enuf wifzat slang thingee.

I m from Kay Elle, Malaysia. Almost 30 with 2 kids and wiffy! :?Thats 4 mouths to feed including yours truly. :-)

Yup, thats one of the reason why I have chosen the FZ20 over the hyped and o'erstated dlsr. Well I dont wish to be a hypocrate myself coz I really love to own 1 of them too but not in near future as I think the FZ20 can already perform nicely in many ways.

Previously I have owned many different cameras, in sequence aSLR (EOS500N), Sony CybershotP72, Nikon Coolpix E4100, Canon Powershot A85, Kodak Easyshare DX7590 and the latest so far Panasonic Lumix FZ20. Well all I could say is that they are all good cameras in its own class and one cannot deny the fact that a good photo come from a good photographer rather than a good camera. *Am i bluffing again??

Some favs i enjoy:

Music/Food/Movies/Boooks/Wine/Fishing etc as long as its nice.

Some favs shots:

Hong Kong Temple Street (Sony Cybershot P72 )

Hard Liquor (Nikon Coolpix E4100)

Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC (Canon Powershot A85)

Giant Grasshopper (Kodak Easyshare DX7590)

Natural Instinct (Kodak Easyshare DX7590)

Sorry for posting a such a long one on my first, but I could think of any other good way to say hello. Hope you enjoyed it.

Now must get my hands dirty with this new fella *FZ20! Heheheheheh.

Good day!
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Old Oct 1, 2005, 2:14 PM   #95
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hello all
My name: Truong
Age: 23
Food: any Vietnamese dish
experience in photography: 2 months
Gear: FZ30, Quantaray Q383 and some filters

glad to know everyone
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Old Oct 31, 2005, 2:50 PM   #96
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Wow! I haven't posted in here? :? Looks like I don't look at sticky posts (then why the they are sticky?:G).
Ok here I go!

Ugis Piterans (actually Uģis Piterāns - but I guess you wont be able to see how it's written properly :blah
17,5 years old (am I the youngest one here? :shock
Height: 189-190cm (~6'3 feet), Weight - 70kg (I know, I know...)
I live In Latvia - Country in North-Eastern Europe (time to look in globe if you don't know where it is :-) ).
That was pretty much in general. Now about favorites:

1. Favorite Music: Heavy Metal - Particulary Black, Death, Folk, Viking, Symphonic, Thrash metal. But no! - I'm not one of those metalheads who dress all in black and has long hair (well I had long hair, but no more). My musical influence started with Aerosmith some 4-5 years ago, than came Rammstain (4 yrs ago) -> Linkin Park (3 yrs ago) - Slipknot (2,5 yrs ago) -> In Flames (2 yrs ago) -> the rest of metal... :-)

2. Favorite Books: Well I do like to read books, but somehow I don't do that too much (I guess PC is more interesting). But mostly I have read Sci-Fi books from S.Bradbury, A.Azimov, M.Crichton, S.Lem and others. And of course (how could I forget that) - books about nature - by G.Darrel and others - including special literature - insect identification keys etc.

3. Favorite Movies: I don't watch too many movies, but favourite could be about mysteries, fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror etc. Sleepy Hollow (Tim Burton's movie with Johny Depp) comes in mind.

4. Favorite Foods: It could be easier to name what I don't like... I eat everything that's tasty - but that doesn't give me as much kilos as I would want :angry:

5. Favorite Drinks: Milk! Don't use alchochol. Don't say that it's obvious because I'm undearaged, because here in Latvia people can get drinks (if they know where) even at very young age.

6. Favorite Outdoors: Walking, photographing (macro), basketball, volleyball and other activities.

7. Cameras: FZ20 is my first [serious] camera!

8. Favorite Vacation Spots: All around Latvia - especially Cape Kolka!1

Other Usefull/less information:
After higschool will study biology (99.9%) - speciality entomologist. I guess that's why I love macro :lol:
Sports plays important role in my life. I'm not doing anything professionaly, but I counted that every week my sports activities create total time about 12-13 hours - much of this time - playing basketball.
What else?
My pictures has been also published in local nature magazines (ok only one pictures) and in several places in Latvia - in tourist information boards. During next year (every month) my picturs will apear in local nature magazine. And I have written one article about insects, which will be published in another magazine next month. And also I have one scientific article about rare insect species caught in Latvia (of course co-op with other specialists).
That's all I want to say at the moment! :-)
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Old Nov 16, 2005, 3:09 AM   #97
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Hi all -

I am an American, retired (64+ YO), living in France.

Serious film fotog for over 40 years, then quit, then restarted with digital. Lots of early film was of motor racing, but now cycling is my passion. That is my prime interest now - continuous shooting of fast moving cycle racers.

My digital cameras were/are Nikon Coolpix 800, and Olympus e-20 which is being replaced by a Panasonic FZ20 (within the week).

You can learn more if you care from http://perso.wanadoo.fr/masong4

I hope to learn a lot here!

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Old Nov 16, 2005, 3:30 PM   #98
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Nelu - from Romania
Single, 31 (in 10 days), last favourite movie: The exorcism of Emily Rose.

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Old Nov 18, 2005, 4:09 PM   #99
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As you can see from my Username, I am a Peter with a Panasonic Lumix FZ30. As I've only had this a few days, and as this camera is the first digital I've ever had, there is a steep learning curve to follow. In fact, when you consider that my other main camera has been the Pentax Spotmatic F dating from new in 1975, this digital photo thing is a leap into the unknown for a nearing-70 year old!

However, these Forums look like getting me off to a very good start, and hopefully I'll be trying out my photo captures on you at some time in the not-too-distant future. :-)
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Old Nov 19, 2005, 7:01 AM   #100
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hey all,

alex from eastern NC, will be 50 next month, enjoy motorcycles-guitars- and my family/friends, i still love old (hard) rock and roll music the best... but the new blue grass and celtic style folk music has found a place in my heart in the last few years.

i am new to digital and never really got fancy with my old cameras... just took pictures. i am hoping to expand into a more 'artistic' photographer in the future and am trying to learn all i can. i really enjoy this site and some of the awesome pics you guys/gals are posting here are just incredible.

i bought an FZ20 before i found this site, based on what i needed out of a camera and a short 1-2 month research period on the i'net. looks like i made a decent choice.

later, al :-)

Lake Kerr, NC, 2005, early summer sunset

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