Similkameen Valley from Goat Mountain Viewing Area

Drove through the Similkameen Valley on Hwy 3B on the way to Keremeos. While Keremeos claims to be the “fruit stand capitol of Canada”, I failed to notice any once there.

Panorama of the Similkameen Valley taken from the Mountain Goat viewing area. Similkameen River in the foreground. 14 stitched photos – Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM. Click for larger version…

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Upon seeing this sign it became painfully obvious to me that on future trips such as this, I should bring binoculars. I think I saw a white dot on the mountain, but who knows what it actually was.

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Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Wins

In this post I mentioned my debate between the EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM and the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM. The EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM won. I did not fall to what the internet refers to as “red ring blindness”. A bit better image quality and the IS sytem won me over. If my wallet would only forgive me…

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Only consequence of not buying the 17-40 f/4 L is that the EF-S lenses do not come with the lens hood… so that set me back another few bucks. The EF-S 17-55mm uses the EW-83J hood. Someone suggested to me that with this hood on it, the lens looks “badass”. I cannot disagree.

I also picked up a B+W 77mm UV-HAZE filter. I have debated putting filters on the end of lenses in the past, opting for hoods only, but this lens was expensive enough that I changed my mind. The 17-55mm is rumored to suck dust in the front element without a filter. While this does not, apparently, decrease image quality I am nontheless uninterested in dust inside my lens. Should probably get one for my EF-S 10-22mm as well, but my wallet is hiding from me…