Exercise wise I will admit I have done very little in fact only one that being our now regular Wednesday circuit training session, we are certainly enjoying the sessions and have included sit up's and press up's into our daily routine, slowly our bodies are adapting to the new exercise although I did have some issues with my calf muscle pulling and becoming very uncomfortable, I think the sheer amount of running might have been the issue, that or the fact my legs were cold, either way the sessions are good and I can see us carrying them on when we return from Norway.
Recently I made a tough decision regarding my cameras and decided to sell my pro lenses, I still have some regrets but I feel I have made the right choice, although I loved my 17-55 f2.8 it was large and quite heavy as was the 70-200 f2.8, I think the fact we are traveling away more really helped sway my decision as my gear will need to fit into carry on luggage plus it wont stand out so much as we walk around and most of all the while kit will be lighter and more compact.
I spent ages reading reviews and I eventually decided on the Nikon 16-85 f3.5-5.6 ED VR and the Nikon 70-300 f4.5-5.6G VR giving me a good range and wide angle.
Nikon 16-85 f3.5-5.6 ED VR
Nikon 70-300 f4.5-5.6G VR
I have only had one outing with them both and so far I am very impressed, the VR does a wonderful job making up for the slow aperture, the only thing I am struggling with is the reversal of the focus and zoom rings compared to my 17-55 and lastly with the hood reversed on the 16-85 I cannot use the zoom ring at all, a bit of an inconvenience but in time I will adapt.
In about three maybe four years once my bills are paid I want to change formats and leave DX behind and possibly Nikon too moving to Canon full frame and their lovely range of f4 L series lenses, we will see, technology evolves and in four years things might be different but I shall decide then.
Saturday we headed down to Looe for a wander around with the cameras, the weather was a bit grey but I thoroughly enjoyed the day and spotted a few ideas that I want to revisit when conditions are "just right"
Err I will have the fish please.
Looe is a lovely place and for a seaside village it was not as cheesy as I expected it to be, some how it has retained it's dignity and not succumbed to the flood of arcades and cheap souvenir stores that often litter other seaside locations, there were little alleyways that I like wandering down and exploring.
Gonna need a bigger boat!
I rounded the weekend off by ordering some more gear further refining my kit bag for the next few years, a new bag to carry my camera, lenses and laptop plus I have had to invest in some newer filters and a nice new camera strap too, I still feel a little uncertain but I know I have done the right thing.
Well that is all for the time being, weatherman is saying that we have a dry but cold week ahead so lets hope I can get some bike and photo time in.