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Old Dec 17, 2013, 9:30 PM   #1
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Drum dancers in Baker Lake NU.
Pentax K20D with FA 28-80mm f3.5-5.6. You use what you have.
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Old Dec 18, 2013, 8:23 PM   #2
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Looks like a fun time. Hope they played Little Drummer Boy.

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Old Dec 19, 2013, 12:06 AM   #3
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What fun! Looks like it would be an interesting concert!

When was the last time you saw the sun? I know you aren't as far north as you were before, but are you far enough that you don't see the sun at all during the day?

The K20 did very well here!
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Great photos Ira. Definitely looks like a fun evening. And I agree -- the K20 captured these images very well.
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Ira - Thanks so much for once again sharing a great series of images to help me/us appreciate a very different culture.
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Old Dec 21, 2013, 10:54 PM   #6
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Nothing wrong with that FA 24-80mm, at least not with you at the camera controls, Ira. The images came out fine and the performance looks very interesting.
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Old Dec 23, 2013, 10:00 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone.
Harriet the sun comes up around 10am and goes down around 2pm. In Tuktoyaktuk I was north of the arctic circle so the sun was gone from late November until mid January. Not so in Baker Lake, but it is far colder here because it is inland.
The K20d serves me well. I finally decided to leave the battery grip on since it does add a little stability in hand holding. I am not bringing the K7 north, I am leaving it with my wife Annette and taking the old K100DSuper as a backup. I am keeping things very simple, leaving the 14mm, 35mm, 18-55 and 50-200mm WR lenses and the 28-105mm FA lens with her as well, leaving me with the FA 50mm, the fisheye zoom, the 28-80mm FA and a Tamron 70-300mm macro zoom. All I really need for most of my shooting. Wish I could get my hands on a 135mm f2.8 F or FA lens!
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How do you find the K7 as it compares to the K20, now that you've had some time to use both (did you take the K20 back with you?). You have a good line-up of lenses in Baker Lake. The only thing you are really missing is a WR lens, but since you are inland, do you get much snow (or rain in the spring)? I agree with you that an F or FA 135 f2.8 lens would be really nice - my old poorly rated K-mount Takumar 135 f2.5 kit lens is very sharp - I'd love to have a 135 prime as sharp as it but with better contrast, color and flare-resistance.

I think I'd be able to deal better with colder weather but a bit of sun each day, though recently the only sun I've been seeing is out the window - I've been lazy about going outside at lunch and I arrive at work in the dark and leave as the sun goes below the horizon. But then I do have the weekends, with lots of sunshine and too few days with clouds (hope the weather pattern changes soon so we get some badly needed rain and snow).
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Hi Harriet, I haven't used the K7 enough to make any real judgements yet however two things do stand out immediately. First is the shuttter sound, quiet and with a precision lacking from the loud clack of the K20. Secondly is the speed and responsiveness, which is greatly improved. The better LCD of the K7 also makes a big difference in reviewing shots and in the far more usable live view. I think I will have to program some correction for the bad behaving 35mm f2 (it has always given some trouble) but the AWB of this camera works bettere than any other Pentax I have owned. Thanks and Merry Christmas.
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