San Francisco Weekend

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After two weeks of family guests and three grand girls sitting on laps, the monkey and Mrs. Kongo needed a quick break and hopped a flight to San Francisco for a change of scenery.  Since the simian couple grew up in the Bay Area they have been coming back to the City just about every year to get their fix of sour dough bread and San Francisco seafood and visit some of their favorite spots.

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Fast Glass

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So, Santa found his way to Kongo’s Treehouse in San Diego yesterday and the simpering simian found a wonderful surprise in his stocking.  Kongo got his first true “fast glass” from Mrs. Kongo, a Canon EF 50mm f1.2L USM prime lens.  The monkey has been dropping hints about this piece of camera kit for some weeks and was thrilled to finally get it.  He has other Canon “L” lenses, of course, and he likes them all, but he was really longing for a true piece of fast glass with the depth of field and low light capability that comes with a 1.2 f-stop.  He’s not disappointed and, yes, he has read the reviews that state a much less expensive 1.4 might be just as sharp in some cases but he had his heart set on the big daddy.

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Fashionista Crane

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After spending some time with the Sumatran Tigers yesterday, Kongo found this East African Crowned Crane at San Diego’s Safari Park.  This bird was all decked out for the holidays with an impressive crown, Christmas red wattle, and a fuzzy little beret that seemed to come straight from 5th Avenue.

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