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Forum: Pentax K-5 02-21-2011, 11:52 AM  
K5 & 18-135 in Ethiopia - Advice please!
Posted By AlwaysConfused
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I don't have a K5 or an 18-135 but I have just returned from a trip to Ethiopia.
I wanted that combo but the unresolved K5 focus issue
and the newness of the lens meant that I just took my 4 year old Fuji S5Pro and 18-200mm lens.

The 18-200mm did for most shots but it was not long enough for some animal and bird shots,
for ME, 135mm would not have been long enough.

Electricity: unless one is camping I always found somewhere at my places of accomodation to plug in a charger (on one occasion it was instead of the room light!),
I took three batteries but I could have made do with just two.

It is VERY VERY dusty, I was warned about this and hence only took the one lens,
I also kept my aperture large to keep any dust on the sensor out of focus.

In hindsight I should have taken a camera with an articulated screen; almost every time I pointed my camera somewhere, I would be innundated with small children who appeared out of nowhere in the hope of a few Birr, pencils or empty mineral water bottles.
Taking candids in the tribal villages was almost impossible - I was closely surrounded by people battling with each other for the 'priviledge' to pose for the camera.

I know that I would have sacrificed some image quality but if I did the trip again, I would probably take something like a Panasonic GH2 with 14-140 and 100-300 lenses.

This is my first post and it's NOT an anti K5 or pro any other camera statement,
I just wanted to share my Ethiopia experience, and once the focus issues are sorted,
I hope to get a K5 (for years I had nothing but excellent service and results from quite a large Pentax 6x7 outfit).
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