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Old Jun 1, 2012, 12:49 AM   #1
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Since this is my last year in Tuktoyaktuk I tried travelling light, as a result all of my Pentax Gear is still in Gander Newfoundland. As a result I have been occasionally shooting with a Fuji S2Pro and extensively using an Olympus Pen E-series camera. I MISS MY PENTAX.

Yes the Fuji is a great old camera which produces great images but I only have two lenses for it (a 50 f1.8 and an excellent 80-200mm f2.8), the viewfinder is somewhat like looking down a tunnel and the bizarre battery system is... well... bizarre! I love the Pens but I am still a fan of the TTL OVF (that thing which makes an DSLR an SLR) so the rugged K20D with a fast prime or the fisheye zoom or one of the WR lenses (for those days you probably shouldn't be out anyway) is sorely missed. BTW sorry about the profusion of acronyms. Through The Lens Optical ViewFinder on a Single Lens Reflex just looked to wordy, oops I seem to have written it out anyway.

I also have an adapter that will allow me to use some of my Pentax lenses on the Olympus. The FA 35mm f2 has always required focus adjustment on my Pentax but may make a good fast 70mm equivalent MF prime on the Pen. The cheap lightweight 75-300mm FAJ lens may be a usable 150-600mm super tele zoom. But I won't know until I get home.

I do not buy into the fan-boy mentality, my Pentax loyalty comes from familiarity and a lens set that would be impossible for me to duplicate without extreme expense. I have never liked the ergonomics of Canon cameras and Nikon models below the D7000 are not actually compatible with my two older AF Nikkor lenses. So Pentax it is.

I MISS MY PENTAX!
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Old Jun 1, 2012, 9:35 PM   #2
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Since the school year will end soon, I hope you will soon be reunited with your Pentax gear, as well as with your family.
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Old Jun 1, 2012, 9:54 PM   #3
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31 nights to go!
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I love my Pentax K-5 could imaging traveling without. I have the 50mm 1.4 and an 18-250mm for it.

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31 nights to go!
But you aren't counting, are you? I've missed your occasional super-winter pictures this year, but can certainly understand your choice.

I had the chance this week to put a D800, D7000 and K5 together, side by side. There were two lenses for the Nikons and I had the DA 35 macro on the K5. The two lenses were a 10-20, which is typically wide-angle wide. It surprised me how big the 50 1.8 was - granted it's a full frame lens, but it is a whole lot bigger than my M50 1.4!

The D800 was lighter than I had expected, at least at first. It's huge compared to either the D7000 and K5. My first thought as I handled it was that I might change my mind about FF being too big and heavy for me. But then I picked up the two smaller, lighter cameras, put lenses on them, and decided that they still weren't something I would feel comfortable to carry.

I've used the D7000 before - it's a department camera. When I used it I found it felt not much different than the K5, though the controls were dis-orienting. When I had both cameras together (K5, D7000) the K5 is smaller and lighter - more so than my impression when I used it. But the difference isn't all that much, compared with the D800. It was an interesting few minutes, and neatly dealt with any "grass is greener" thoughts about the D800.
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Old Jun 2, 2012, 12:35 AM   #6
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Harriet,
Annette's boss just upgraded from a D700 and D7000 to an all full frame D800 and D4 kit, yes, both. I will get to try them out when I get home. He says the image quality king is the D800 but he actually finds the D4 more comfortable to use.
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