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Old Jan 31, 2010, 8:46 PM   #11
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these look great. looks like an awesome place to shoot, and you made the most of it. well done!
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Old Feb 1, 2010, 6:13 AM   #12
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A fine and very interesting assortment. Looks like a very well-planned zoo - keeping as natural a habitat for each as possible. Thanks for sharing all these great "critter " portraits.
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Old Feb 1, 2010, 2:42 PM   #13
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Some real beauties in there John ! A lovely series anyone would be proud of.
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Old Feb 1, 2010, 3:12 PM   #14
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>> All the photos were taken with my Pentax K-7
>> and my Sigma 150-500mm lens[/QUOTE]

First off, John, excellent photos! Thanks.

If I may ask, I am going to buy a camera soon, Pentax K-7 is one cameras I have been considering. I am told that pictures tend to be underexposed. Do you find that to be so? Your pictures are really outstanding. Thanks for sharing them.

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cant say i have noticed any real exposure problems with the k7 - obviously difficult conditions can confuse matrix metering but thats true for any camera - in normal conditions metering in generally spot on

if you personally feel it is underexposing slightly then the exposure compensation has a dedicated button and the camera remembers it so unless you reset it will stay set

but personally i only use it when shooting in bright snowy conditions like these or shooting dark subjects accordingly
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Old Feb 1, 2010, 10:36 PM   #16
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An excellent series, John. Looks like a great trip, a fun day.

Ned - I have the K-7 also and find that it's metering is very consistent and accurate (assuming I'm using the appropriate metering method for the subject). My K20 always tends to underexpose a bit, so I keep it set to Ev +.3 but the K-7 is much more accurate and I leave it at Ev 0. My K-7 is the first Pentax dSLR camera that I've ever owned that DOESN'T slightly/somewhat underexpose.
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Old Feb 2, 2010, 6:47 AM   #17
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Ned - I've also got the K7 and I know what you are alluding to. Some of the reviews pointed out a slight coldness in comparison to some of it's competitors. That said I've been very happy with the output and have not felt the need to adjust it's standard treatment of jpegs yet, however you can easily 'warm them up' if you want to. There's a plethora of tweaking (in the menu) you can set so the output is always to your preferred temperature (it won't revert unless you reset to factory settings).
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Great series John thanks for sharing them.

I will also chime in that my K-7 also gives great metering and seldom needs my intervention. As Frogfish said if you don't like the way the pictures look there are a multitude of options to choose from to make them to your liking.

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