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    This one was Exmouth on the south coast and I agree with your impression of it! I think I've pushed the exposure a bit too much. It was a dull, cold day though!

    18-135 is also *expensive*!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphie View Post
    Jono

    This one was Exmouth on the south coast and I agree with your impression of it! I think I've pushed the exposure a bit too much. It was a dull, cold day though!

    18-135 is also *expensive*!

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    HI Lee
    Well, it IS expensive, but (IMHO) it also feels expensive - nicely made, and contrary to the review on pentaxforums quite a lot of it is made of metal too.

    My sister lives in Bridford - nice around there, although she seems to have been snowed up most of this winter!

    I come from Cornwall originally, and we still spend some time down near lands end - but mostly it's just suffolk and norfolk mud!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    HI Carl
    one of the nice things about the ridiculous high ISO, and the 'fast' option on the auto iso, is that you can really shoot at whatever aperture you like to get the best out of the lens.

    I like the bench best out of this lot - and I envy you your crisp weather, at the moment we have big dark heavy cloud cover, and about 37F, with a little drizzle just to make it nicer.

    euch!

    all the best
    Thanks Jono. It really is nice not to worry about high ISO with this camera and I also no longer have to drag a tripod around for most shoots. It was a little bit too crisp here today at -12 F.
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    Jono

    We have been holidaying in Porthcurno and Porthgwarra area for the last 20 years and love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphie View Post
    Jono

    We have been holidaying in Porthcurno and Porthgwarra area for the last 20 years and love it!

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    HI There Lee
    I grew up on Pednvounder beach - and we have a house at Brane (Carn Euny) which we get to as much as possible - I can't count the number of times I've been rained on in the Minack theatre! it's a small world!

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    cornwall in 2008

    Here are a couple of simple kitchen snapshots - the weather is so dreek here at the moment.




    both with the 18-135 (hard to get it off the camera).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Here are a couple of simple kitchen snapshots - the weather is so dreek here at the moment. both with the 18-135 (hard to get it off the camera).
    Nice shots Jono. The 18-135 bokeh is pretty good also, particularly at 135 f/5.6.

    Here is one from yesterday's walk with the 18-135 (cropped). I was just following the geese

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    Quote Originally Posted by scho View Post
    Nice shots Jono. The 18-135 bokeh is pretty good also, particularly at 135 f/5.6.

    Here is one from yesterday's walk with the 18-135 (cropped). I was just following the geese
    Hi Carl
    That's lovely - fine composition - 'fraid it's still horrid here, but the dog needed a walk anyway.

    This is a bit of a tribute to the CF with the 60-250 - important to realise that the rushes are the same on both sides of the water, so this is a brief moment around 5 ft high:




    Sometimes he even comes when he's called:



    both with the 60-250

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    Hi Carl
    That's lovely - fine composition - 'fraid it's still horrid here, but the dog needed a walk anyway.

    This is a bit of a tribute to the CF with the 60-250 - important to realise that the rushes are the same on both sides of the water, so this is a brief moment around 5 ft high:




    Sometimes he even comes when he's called:



    both with the 60-250
    Jono,

    Really nice shots with the 60-250. I haven't played with CF yet, but impressive performance if it can keep up with that fast moving dog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scho View Post
    Jono,

    Really nice shots with the 60-250. I haven't played with CF yet, but impressive performance if it can keep up with that fast moving dog.
    HI Carl
    Thank You.
    I don't think it really compares with the Nikon CF, but it seems to get quite a good rate of keepers - not so fab with a dog running straight at you.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Beautiful photos, Jono, photographer's as well as camera performance.

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    +1

    I love that dog... watch it.... he starts talking.... any moment now!

    I am in for a K5 with 100mm WR, still would need to decide on one suitable for wide angle pano work... best available IQ.... suggestions?

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    A stiff NW breeze and some sun brought out the adventure seeking snow boarders today. K5 with 18-135. That little dog in the foreground was itching to participate in the action.

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    I drove over to Seneca Lake this afternoon to hang a small exhibit of landscape prints in a local winery. This is the view of their vineyard and Seneca Lake from the tasting room balcony. Three shot stitch with the 21mm ltd.



    The exhibit.

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    Still on my prime crusade. This one with my new DA 200


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    Two more from the K5+18-135.

    Outbound Canadians - A quick grab shot as they went overhead.



    Graffiti on a boarded up park pavilion.

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    Hi Carl
    Love the snowboarders and the Griffiti:
    ecsh, that dog is a real wrinkly - can't see any wrinkles on ours, he certainly knows all the wrinkles here - this is his
    yes I can have a piece of liver look



    K5 with the 100 WR macro.

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    More dreadful weather - dull and grey and boring.

    Still, time to play with the 100 macro in the garden and the kitchen . . .









    at least the snowdrops are appearing, so it's not so cold.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Tom works for us sometimes doing fencing and outside work - he does a fantastic job.

    Here is his radio:




    and Here is Tom



    again with the 100 WR macro.

    have a great Sunday!
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    Jono,

    Very nice series with the 100 macro and beautiful B&W portrait. I really like the bokeh that lens produces.
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    We had a heavy wet snow last night that made it easy for the deer to browse the low hanging tree branches. K5 with 18-135 WR.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

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    We had a heavy wet snow last night that made it easy for the deer to browse the low hanging tree branches. K5 with 18-135 WR.

    HI Carl
    That's wonderful - bit more picturesque than our drab gray.

    I see that your 18-135 does CA a bit, just like mine. I find it'd really easy to get rid of it with the CA slider in Aperture (I guess other software has the same tool). It's my only real criticism of the lens.

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    HI Carl
    That's wonderful - bit more picturesque than our drab gray.

    I see that your 18-135 does CA a bit, just like mine. I find it'd really easy to get rid of it with the CA slider in Aperture (I guess other software has the same tool). It's my only real criticism of the lens.

    all the best
    Thanks Jono. Yes, this lens does have some CA. Lightroom has the same set of sliders for correcting CA manually (I forgot to correct this image, but fixed it and re-uploaded to pbase) and also if automatic lens correction is enabled and there is a lens profile available this is done on the fly. Unfortiunately, there is no profile for the 18-135, but all of my primes have profiles available in LR 3.3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scho View Post
    Thanks Jono. Yes, this lens does have some CA. Lightroom has the same set of sliders for correcting CA manually (I forgot to correct this image, but fixed it and re-uploaded to pbase) and also if automatic lens correction is enabled and there is a lens profile available this is done on the fly. Unfortiunately, there is no profile for the 18-135, but all of my primes have profiles available in LR 3.3.
    Now you've fixed it I look really stupid!

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Right, off to bed - here are a couple with the 18-134






    have a great week!

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    Size in Real Life

    I'm close to taking the plunge and buying a K5 with probably a 18-135 and a 43 to start. I currently shoot a Canon 5D2. I can do the math:
    The K5 is 30% smaller than a 5D2 and the K5 with the 18-135 is 28% lighter than a 5D2 with a 24-105. However subjectively have much smaller is this? How much smaller a pack to carry? I'm looking for opinions not facts. There are no K5's to see or touch anywhere near where I live (Tampa, FL).

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMaher View Post
    I'm close to taking the plunge and buying a K5 with probably a 18-135 and a 43 to start. I currently shoot a Canon 5D2. I can do the math:
    The K5 is 30% smaller than a 5D2 and the K5 with the 18-135 is 28% lighter than a 5D2 with a 24-105. However subjectively have much smaller is this? How much smaller a pack to carry? I'm looking for opinions not facts. There are no K5's to see or touch anywhere near where I live (Tampa, FL).

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    Hi Jim,

    My daypack/travel kit consists of the K5 with a 21 limited mounted on the camera, 70 and/or 35 limited, and 18-135 zoom, all in the little Domke F-5XB shoulder bag. I can carry that kit around all day with no stress. I wouldn't think of doing any walkabout shooting with my 5D2 and a comparable lens kit, which would require a much larger, heavier, and bulky bag. The 5D2 usually goes out on driving trips for landscape work with a tripod and the 24 TS-E II. I rarely use it for anything else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Now you've fixed it I look really stupid!
    No, I'm the stupid one for posting the image w/o CA correction.

    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Right, off to bed - here are a couple with the 18-134






    have a great week!
    Very nice and no CA!
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Hi Jono:

    I registered with this forum for the express purpose of thanking you for posting your images. I spend too much time at forums where resolution and dynamic range are the major topics and no one posts the images that are the point of photography.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsjanik View Post
    Hi Jono:

    I registered with this forum for the express purpose of thanking you for posting your images. I spend too much time at forums where resolution and dynamic range are the major topics and no one posts the images that are the point of photography.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsjanik View Post
    Hi Jono:

    I registered with this forum for the express purpose of thanking you for posting your images. I spend too much time at forums where resolution and dynamic range are the major topics and no one posts the images that are the point of photography.

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    Thank you - I'm most flattered. . . . . and Welcome! . . and as Michael says . . . . . Now we will have to see some of yours!
    Mind you, I can bore for england on the basis of dynamic range and resolution

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMaher View Post
    I'm close to taking the plunge and buying a K5 with probably a 18-135 and a 43 to start. I currently shoot a Canon 5D2. I can do the math:
    The K5 is 30% smaller than a 5D2 and the K5 with the 18-135 is 28% lighter than a 5D2 with a 24-105. However subjectively have much smaller is this? How much smaller a pack to carry? I'm looking for opinions not facts. There are no K5's to see or touch anywhere near where I live (Tampa, FL).

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    HI There Jim
    It's hard to quantify these things, and of course the 18-135 is neither as fast as your 24-105, nor as wide (much longer though).
    I'm in a similar situation to Carl, the A900 doesn't get taken out too much at the moment, because it's so much easier to take the K5.

    I usually go out with a K5 over my shoulder with the 18-135, either the 35 f2.8 macro or the 100 f2.8 macro, and the Sigma 10-20 f4 (seems to be a nice lens, but it hasn't seen much use yet). It's an easy bag with a pretty big range.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Carl,

    Thanks for the feedback. The Domke F-5XB seems to be a lot smaller than my normal backpack or Domke F6. From the sounds of it you really feel a significant difference when carrying the K5 versus a 5D2.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Jono,

    Your reply posted as I was typing my message to Carl. Thanks for your input.

    I wish the 18-135 was wider but I suspect it is fast enough. I am not planning to sell the 5D2 but thinking about a camera that I would just have with me more often. Something that made it over that crucial thought process of "is it worth carrying all this with me" (grin).

    I tried to M4/3 route and even an E3 at one point. The E3 was great in some ways (but so ISO limited) and as heavy as the Canon. The M4/3's I tried were also great in some ways but focused slowly and just didn't do it for me. I think may of us yearn for things we used to love. I had a Nikon FE that was fast, small and seemed bulletproof that i used to carry all the time. At a later date I had a Contax T that was wonderful to use and small enough to carry almost anywhere.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by JMaher View Post
    Jono,

    Your reply posted as I was typing my message to Carl. Thanks for your input.

    I wish the 18-135 was wider but I suspect it is fast enough. I am not planning to sell the 5D2 but thinking about a camera that I would just have with me more often. Something that made it over that crucial thought process of "is it worth carrying all this with me" (grin).

    I tried to M4/3 route and even an E3 at one point. The E3 was great in some ways (but so ISO limited) and as heavy as the Canon. The M4/3's I tried were also great in some ways but focused slowly and just didn't do it for me. I think may of us yearn for things we used to love. I had a Nikon FE that was fast, small and seemed bulletproof that i used to carry all the time. At a later date I had a Contax T that was wonderful to use and small enough to carry almost anywhere.

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    Hi Jim
    Well, it's down to your own preferences, but the K5 with the 18-135 is definitely a 'carry everywhere' camera for me. It focuses close enough for flowers or details, it focuses far enough, and although it would be nice it it started at 24 equiv. it's still fantastically useful.

    For me it definitely fits into the same bracket as my FM2, and it's smaller than an E1 with a 14-54 (if that helps).

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMaher View Post
    Carl,

    Thanks for the feedback. The Domke F-5XB seems to be a lot smaller than my normal backpack or Domke F6. From the sounds of it you really feel a significant difference when carrying the K5 versus a 5D2.

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    Jim,

    Here is a side by side snap of the K5 with 18-135 and 5D2 with 24-105.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Jono & Carl.

    Thanks for the comparisons and the photographs. While the K5 doesn't look small it's obvious that it is more compact all around. Now I just need to make a decision.

    Jim

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by JMaher View Post
    Jono & Carl.

    Thanks for the comparisons and the photographs. While the K5 doesn't look small it's obvious that it is more compact all around. Now I just need to make a decision.

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    But if he'd done it the other way around (with the 5D in the foreground), then I think it would have looked very different.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    I think it makes sense!

    You're implying that the 5D is actually bigger than it looks or conversely in comparison the K5 is even smaller. Anyway that's what I hope is what you're saying as smaller is obviously better, in this case.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

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    HI Tom
    Thank you - I'm most flattered. . . . . and Welcome! . . and as Michael says . . . . . Now we will have to see some of yours!
    Mind you, I can bore for england on the basis of dynamic range and resolution

    all the best
    Thank you for the nice welcome. I don’t have a K-5; until recently, the 67II has been my “serious” camera. I do have some shots from a DS, with the much maligned kit lens, which I think is very good.. Here are a few:

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    Quote Originally Posted by scho View Post
    Here is a side by side snap of the K5 with 18-135 and 5D2 with 24-105.

    5D2 + 24-105mm = 1490gm

    K5 + 18-135mm = 1065gm

    That's nearly one pound less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scho View Post
    Jim,

    Here is a side by side snap of the K5 with 18-135 and 5D2 with 24-105.

    and here is the little Domke F-5XB walkabout kit bag, loaded with the K5 (21mm f/3.2 mounted) in center compartment, 18-135 zoom to left, and 70mm f/2.4 in lens pouch on the right. The 35 could be easily stacked above the 70. Front pocket holds battery, extra SD card, phone, etc. A very compact light weight travel bag.



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    Couple of tweety bird shots with the K5 and DA 55-300.

    Female cardinal



    White breasted nuthatch

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    Quote Originally Posted by scho View Post
    and here is the little Domke F-5XB walkabout kit bag, loaded with the K5 (21mm f/3.2 mounted) in center compartment, 18-135 zoom to left, and 70mm f/2.4 in lens pouch on the right. The 35 could be easily stacked above the 70. Front pocket holds battery, extra SD card, phone, etc. A very compact light weight travel bag.
    Anyone around here green with envy?

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    Thank you for the nice welcome. I don’t have a K-5; until recently, the 67II has been my “serious” camera. I do have some shots from a DS, with the much maligned kit lens, which I think is very good.. Here are a few:
    Hey - these are great - I especially like the first two (the flowers, and the guy with the tripod with those BIG bamboos - and the last one with the monk fish.

    Excellent . . . as for the dissing of the kit lens, maybe I had a bad one, or maybe it just came at that critical buyers remorse moment!

    Carl - I love the Cardinal . . . Michael, not green . . you just need to go out and bite the bullet (after all, it's not like a leica S2 bullet!).
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Carl,

    Thanks for the shot with the camera and lenses in the bag. It make a nice tidy kit.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Well the weatherproofing definitely lives up to its billing!






    Both with the 18-135. 45 minutes in heavy snow without any issue. I am pretty happy with the lens, especially from about 24mm through 50mm. While a few of the limiteds I tried offered various advantages, for me there was not enough of an IQ advantage over the 18-135 to make it worth it, so I sold them. I do see a clear advantage with the 31 ltd, so I've kept that one, but overall the 18-135 is pretty solid, at least at normal focal lengths.

    A more general observation -- while the high ISO is great, for me the more pleasant surprise is low ISO. At 80 or 100, with the 31 ltd set at around 4.0 to 5.6, I am getting shots in good light that are in the ballpark of the A850 and 24-70.

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    Wow... cool photos, MPK.

    I suppose there's some kind of art filter on the K5 that makes it look like there's white stuff all over the photos

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    I suppose there's some kind of art filter on the K5 that makes it look like there's white stuff all over the photos
    Indeed there is! Unfortunately I cannot seem to get it to engage except in the middle of a blizzard!

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by MPK2010 View Post
    Well the weatherproofing definitely lives up to its billing!


    Both with the 18-135. 45 minutes in heavy snow without any issue. I am pretty happy with the lens, especially from about 24mm through 50mm. While a few of the limiteds I tried offered various advantages, for me there was not enough of an IQ advantage over the 18-135 to make it worth it, so I sold them. I do see a clear advantage with the 31 ltd, so I've kept that one, but overall the 18-135 is pretty solid, at least at normal focal lengths.

    A more general observation -- while the high ISO is great, for me the more pleasant surprise is low ISO. At 80 or 100, with the 31 ltd set at around 4.0 to 5.6, I am getting shots in good light that are in the ballpark of the A850 and 24-70.
    Great shots MPK. Your observations are pretty much the same as mine: the limiters are fine, but the real joy is to have a small, flexible, tough kit, and the 18-135 really fits the bill. Jorgen, unless you really need the wide end, the IS and crazy ISO 6400 makes the 16-50 seem rather unnecessary.

    I particularly like that second shot!

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by MPK2010 View Post
    Well the weatherproofing definitely lives up to its billing!
    Both with the 18-135. 45 minutes in heavy snow without any issue. I am pretty happy with the lens, especially from about 24mm through 50mm. While a few of the limiteds I tried offered various advantages, for me there was not enough of an IQ advantage over the 18-135 to make it worth it, so I sold them. I do see a clear advantage with the 31 ltd, so I've kept that one, but overall the 18-135 is pretty solid, at least at normal focal lengths.

    A more general observation -- while the high ISO is great, for me the more pleasant surprise is low ISO. At 80 or 100, with the 31 ltd set at around 4.0 to 5.6, I am getting shots in good light that are in the ballpark of the A850 and 24-70.
    Nice shots MPK. You have certainly been getting more than enough snow down in the city this year.
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