Going long or wide on Bar M

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It was super warm today and we made the most of it by riding all over the Bar M trails. I took the 75mm and the 7-14. Two ends of the spectrum, but I like they way they worked.
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As an aside I bought a 75mm 1.8 shortly after my EM5 Mk1, and I sold it because I could not get a single shot in focus of a moving subject. But fast forward 8 years and the EM1 Mk3 can do it no problem.

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Ha! To be clear, I bought a used one from KEH because I was scared of being burned again. But so far it is great. There is a certain "feel" to the pics with that lens that I really like and can't recreate with the 40-150. Also it is smaller so I can put in my Mindshift Gear Trail Rotation on a bike ride, which is why it gets used too.

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off topic but how do you guys like that salsa bike?

this makes me feel like I'm really missing an UWA in my kit
 

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Laura loves it! that is the Salsa Rustler with 27.5+ wheels and 150/140mm suspension. She can ride basically anything on it and it has been no maintenance.

I had a Salsa Horse thief, which was also a great bike. I sold it and got this bike (pic from this morning :) )
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I am planning on getting a Rustler this summer.

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Whoa! who makes that HT? I have a Kingdom vendetta ti, and a Starling murmur.... looks like we have similar tastes in bikes and cameras :thumbsup:
 

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That is a Blaze https://www.blazebicycles.com/ . It is an Alpha Wulf, which they only do custom now. But it is made here in town... I walked in the shop and was smitten!

I love a full squish bike, but after I got this I never rode my FS bike again. Two years later new bike fever still has not worn off, but I know a FS bike would good on some of the longer tech descents. My wife can pull ahead on those and there is no way I can keep up.

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That is a Blaze https://www.blazebicycles.com/ . It is an Alpha Wulf, which they only do custom now. But it is made here in town... I walked in the shop and was smitten!

I love a full squish bike, but after I got this I never rode my FS bike again. Two years later new bike fever still has not worn off, but I know a FS bike would good on some of the longer tech descents. My wife can pull ahead on those and there is no way I can keep up.

-Joe

Damn those bikes are beautiful. I had the exact same revelation when I got my hardcore HT and the only reason I keep the FS around is for safety because a lot of the trails here in So Cal are steep and very chunky and I get suckered into trying to keep up with my really fast friends. If I moved somewhere more mellow I could definitely do without the FS, but it's nice to have both.

Also, you've probably answered this somewhere on here, but what do you use to pack your camera gear on rides? I decided its time to bring my G9 along for the rides
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Taken with my iPhone (sorry), the UWA makes me really want the 8-18 as an alternative to my 12-35
 

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I use a Mindshift Gear Trail 180 pack to carry my camera and one extra lens. Unfortunately they don't make it anymore, the next size up is in my opinion too big for riding. I have been trying out a Lowepro bag this winter which has been ok... but it has so many straps and the zipper on the side compartment is kinda junky.
 
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I use a Mindshift Gear Trail 180 pack to carry my camera and one extra lens. Unfortunately they don't make it anymore, the next size up is in my opinion too big for riding. I have been trying out a Lowepro bag this winter which has been ok... but it has so many straps and the zipper on the side compartment is kinda junky.
I’m wider than you, so the size up works great for me.
 
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