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Old Jan 16, 2011, 10:35 AM   #11
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Ira any condensation issues after your camera warmed up?
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Old Jan 16, 2011, 11:13 AM   #12
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I think you're out of focus. Interesting series though.
Yes, focus was a problem, more my fault then the camera, I should have used my 28-70mm. This was also the first time that I have ever tried taking pictures at these temperatures, wearing heavy gloves made holding the camera a little awkward and whenever I held it up for composing an image my breath would fog up the viewfinder and my eyeglasses so I had to work much faster than I would have liked. I also (foolishly under the circumstances since the sun was only up for about an hour, and it was partly cloudy in the south so we didn't even see it) had a polarizer on the lens which turned out to be unnecessary but made a slow lens about one stop slower (I used the kit lens), this also forced me to use ISO 800 (not good on a K10) which muddied the images even more. Although the images seem to show a bright snowy scene there was actually very limited light, and I had to overexpose but two-thirds to one stop in order to force the snow to show white. I was also forced to turn off the LCD review since it would flatten the battery and I would have to turn the camera off to let it recover (the top panel LCD was very slow to react as well), so I couldn't use it to check focus. This experience was very much like shooting film, you took the shots and hoped for the best.

I am hoping that when I get time to go through all of the images I will have enough sharp ones to put together a decent display. I will leave the polarizer in the bag until the bright days of February and March.

The Drum dancing shots also suffer from ISO 800, and the strangest lighting system. The hall has a combination of regular incandescent, flourescent, and something that looks like mercury vapor lamps. The result is that white balance is all over the map and only when you can get close can you get it right.
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Old Jan 16, 2011, 11:14 AM   #13
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Ira any condensation issues after your camera warmed up?
I left the camera in the bag for nearly two hours and it still produced a small amount of surface condensation when I took it out, so I put it back for another half hour and it was fine.

When cold the manual focus shift on the kit lens would work in one direction but not in the other, the zoom worked pretty well but did get stiff near the end (that is after three hours at -20C remember, for Pentax's cheapest lens). I wish the DA 50-200mm WR had arrived in time, it will be interesting to see how it will perform in the cold. I like a wide angle view when I can get in close but for events like this I really could have benefited from the greater reach and the faster aperture at 50mm.
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Old Jan 16, 2011, 11:52 AM   #14
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One more picture of a very young, very talented dancer:
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Old Jan 16, 2011, 11:55 AM   #15
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Monza,

I read your K10D in Tuk experience with interest....very cold temps and camera operation similar to my experience.



Your K10D seem to work fine with these 20-25 below temps.

I usually just put mine back in the bag when I've been out for about an hour (my limit nowadays....old and cold don't go together as much for me) ...get in the car and either drive home or if I'm out with others usually go to a coffee shop to warm (me) up, while the K10D stays in the car.

When I get home, I usually take the camera with me into my house and mostly take it out of the bag, once there and let it warm up to house temps..about 70 F.

I find it warms up faster...if I leave it in the bag, the bag's padding insulates it and keeps the cold in there for hours.

I have got very minor condensation, but rarely and it evaporates very quickly in the house.

I'm thinking there may be a big difference in condensation between Tuk and the Prairies.

Tuk being next to the Arctic Ocean, , even in the winter, I would think has much more moisture in the air, compared to the prairies which are very dry.

I have two batteries for my K10D, both fully charged, one in the body, the other in the attached battery grip...always running separately so when the body runs out, I just switch (via menu) to the grip's battery.

I thought very cold temps would drain the battery faster, but not so much. I tend to take a pi, switch off the power, till the next pix comes my way when out and about.

Unless there is a bird or animal in and about the area, then it's on and my finger is close to the shutter button, anticipating action, etc.

I don't know much about batteries, but I have to say I'm, surprised how well the K10D's lithium ion (think that's what they are ?) perform. I use the camera a lot...so up to now the battery(s) have maintained a long life between charges...either summer or winter.

I know eventually the batteries will have had it regarding their service life. I always run the batteries down till their absolutely dead, before I recharge. Again with my limited knowledge of batteries and charging, electricity, etc...I'm not sure if this has contributed or not to long battery life ?

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Despite the focus problems, these are great photos - showing so much of the spirit as well as the good fun! Glad you and your camera are both tough enough!

By the way, what is that strange glowing object in the sky behind the igloo in photo #8??
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Old Jan 16, 2011, 9:02 PM   #17
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Yes, some photos are slightly out of focus, but they are still great. The photos tell a wonderful story. I say all the time that I like winter, but spending an afternoon outdoors in -20C temps would exceed my limits. I am unlikely ever to venture north of the Arctic Circle in winter, so I very much appreciate your willingness to share your experience.
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Old Jan 16, 2011, 11:22 PM   #18
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One more image of the midday moon.
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ooh. i am glad i saw these later than everyone else, because that last midday moon photo is my favorite. compositionaly as well as color-wise, it is a very interesting photo. (i like the other ones too )
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Oooh, love the last one.

Actually, considering the conditions and the fact that your K10 is an early one with AF issues, you've done pretty well. There's nothing so frustrating as not knowing if it will focus accurately, and it's not like you are going to manually focus under those conditions!
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