Another year is over

Well 2005 has come and gone.. This was my 4th christmas in Auckland in the last 5 years, and I'm finally managing to not over-pack. Our bags were still over-weight on the flight back... Bloody Qantas limiting us to 20kg - who the hell can take clothes for 9 days plus christmas presents in 20kg? We did manage to save about 7kg each compared with last year :)

My camera gear alone weighed in at 12kg, thankfully nobody at the airport thought to weigh my carry-on. I was lucky enough to play with a Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM lens on christmas day - handheld down to 1/25th shutter speeds is amazing. I'm not sure if I want one yet, the push-pull zoom puts me off a bit and I could get the same reach with a 2x teleconverter for my 70-200mm. If we do go to Canada (to see the polar bears), there's about $4k worth of camera gear I'd want to buy for the trip :)

I took a few hundred photos - on christmas day and later of Auckland Harbour and Browns Bay. I'm yet to upload all the christmas photos, I'll do that tomorrow.