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While watching the Yukon Quest a couple weeks ago the transmission locked on my walk-around lens and I couldn’t manual focus at all, so I figured it was time to get a new one. Since I don’t have the money to invest in a bunch of prime lenses, but still want some decent glass, I purchased a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX. So far, I really like it. It’s fast and the images are really clean. It’s also slowly becoming my primary lens for aurora photography too.
Since Kate had some work to do in her classroom, I dropped her off and took my new toy out to the Tanana River for an evening ski. Starting off from the Tanana boat launch on Chena Pump road I skied across the river and downstream for a little over an hour before turning around. It was a pretty sunset, but not quite the brilliant colors I was hoping we would get. Here are some of the pictures I took along the way: