Monday, March 05, 2007

Luminous Landscape: Antarctica 2007

Over at The Luminous Landscape, Michael Reichmann has just put up a new article about how the different camera gear faired over the Antarctica 2007 photography workshop he just returned from. It is a very interesting read. Go take a look.

I was glad to see that one member of the 50 member workshop shot with the Pentax K10D. In the next few years, I hope to go on one of these workshops and hopefully I will have the Pentax 645 Digital as well as the K10D or K10D successor.

The most surprising part for me was that six Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II cameras had major problems after some rain. Three died completely and the other three came back to life. This is odd considering the Canon EOS 1D and 1Ds series is supposed to be known for its weather sealing. Three Canon EOS 5D cameras also had problems that same day and only one came back to life. Very interesting. I also noted that the Nikon users did not have any troubles and the Pentax user did fine as well. Of course, there were five Nikon users and one Pentax user which does make a difference. I do think that Pentax and Nikon have probably gone the extra mile with weather sealing because they have to from a competitive standpoint. Canon may have been a little sloppy with the quality control on weather sealing. It certainly is very possible.

I have yet to try my Pentax K10D out in the rain but I may just try it once I get the DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 and DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 lenses. These two lenses will be the first Pentax weather sealed lenses. As I understand it, all DA* lenses will be weather sealed. Pentax users have much to look forward to. I, for one, am especially looking forward to the 645 Digital.

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