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Old Mar 30, 2011, 12:00 AM   #1
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Something good - my replacement K5 arrived safely this afternoon. There's no sign of stains or dust (but then my first camera didn't develop stains until after 2 months). The AF seems more reliable with the FA 77, which had been a problem with the first one I owned.

The obligatory coffee cup picture:



Not bad for f2.4 and ISO 3200, no noise reduction used.

Enough of the snow has melted that I could get a better look at our yard. There's some good news as well as a lot of bad. I wouldn't have minded too much of this branch had broken off and softly slid down the roof - it needs to be removed now, which means there's not much left of the top of this tree.



Managed to get a look at the back of our gas meter:



It looks all right (another good thing).

The bad news is that the front of the meter looks like this:



More of the backyard. It's going to be a massive clean-up effort and I think we've lost at least 2 trees, maybe a third. Most of the others have broken branches, some still way up in the air (and a couple that are now over-hanging/resting on the roof).



All pictures taken with the K5 and FA 77.

Tomorrow I'll try to find something more interesting and pleasing to the eye to try the new camera on. But so far I'm pleased.
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Glad you're happy with the camera so far, Harriet. But it looks like you'll have to devote some of your photo time to cleaning up. At my house, three snowstorms this winter that each dumped 30-plus inches of snow have destroyed all of our bushes and shrubs. BTW, that last shot doesn't look like anything close to ISO 800. Nice stuff. Keep us up to date on how the new K-5 works out.
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hope it works out for ya. look forward to seeing what you will do with it
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Old Mar 30, 2011, 10:23 AM   #4
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It's not going to be so much shooting time that will be involved as much as it's going to be my LBA budget that will take the hit. There's too much work for a middle-aged office workers to deal with, and I think I need an arborist to evaluate some of the trees.

It's funny how having an intermittent problem that you can't nail down can take the pleasure out of things. I was getting frustrated with the old camera - in one way I wasn't unhappy that it did develop stains because that meant it would be replaced without question. It reminded me of the days when I had a K10 that did have AF issues, it took me forever to figure it out since I was still using manual focus lenses extensively. And I found I was more likely to work through lunch instead of insisting on a walk and taking pictures of whatever I ran across. Now that I have a new camera, one that seems to be far more reliable, I'll be taking those lunch-time rambles again.
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Glad you got your replacement K-5, and glad your damage was any worse. BTW, 30 is considered "middle aged"?
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Had about enough of the snow? Me too. Hang in there.
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Harriet - I certainly hope & pray this is the last of your winter storms and associated damage, and that all is repaired and cleaned up as quickly & safely as possible!
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Glad you got the K5 back, and I'm very sorry to see all the damage that will have to be cleaned up. I hope the cleanup goes swiftly and costs less than you anticipate.
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Thanks for the well-wishes, it will all get fixed eventually.

This camera is doing really well. I haven't given it much of a work-out, but I'll post a couple more.
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Sorry about your trees but glad to hear that the camera is good. I just got a Domke bag which is something I have wanted since the 1970s.
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