Latest or all posts or last 15, 30, 90 or 180 days.
Upgrade the memory of your 2020 iMac up to 128GB
Today’s Deal Zone Items... Handpicked deals...
$180 $100
SAVE $80

$699 $479
SAVE $220

$4900 $3000
SAVE $1900

$2299 $1799
SAVE $500

$1798 $1598
SAVE $200

$3505 $2998
SAVE $507

$1099 $999
SAVE $100

$1099 $999
SAVE $100

$2797 $2497
SAVE $300

$1499 $1349
SAVE $150

$1499 $1299
SAVE $200

$2598 $2398
SAVE $200

$3998 $2998
SAVE $1000

$3498 $2998
SAVE $500

$1199 $1099
SAVE $100

$240 $175
SAVE $65

$1499 $1349
SAVE $150

$2799 $2499
SAVE $300

$7999 $6999
SAVE $1000

$250 $210
SAVE $40

$1199 $1099
SAVE $100

$799 $599
SAVE $200

$999 $949
SAVE $50

$1999 $1449
SAVE $550

$2799 $2499
SAVE $300

$449 $389
SAVE $60

$400 $270
SAVE $130

$1699 $999
SAVE $700

Too Much Desk Work, Time for the Mountains!

I’ve been working at a furious pace in July and in a day or two it’s time for some R&R and some field work in a place I love: the White Mountains of California, in which I also do occasional photo tours once or twice a year. Perhaps with a little luck I’ll get some decent stars this trip— never a sure thing.

I’ll be schlepping Nikon and Canon and Olympus and Zeiss and perhaps Leica for a variety of purposes for this site’s publications and guides.

New research

I have a number of questions to answer, such as:

  • Do my D800 and D800E autofocus accurately now that both have been adjusted by Nikon service?
  • How do all the Zeiss ZF.2 lenses behave on the D800E? More exploration of how they hold up on 36 megapixels.
  • How do the new Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS lenses perform (very disappointing that both ship without a lens hood!).
  • Can the Olympus E-M5 do decent night-time photography?
  • How does the new Olympus E-M5 stack up against the new Sony RX100 and stalwart Fuji X100 and diminutive Panasonic GF3?
  • Nikon 14-24mm zoom against the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon and Zeiss Milvus 18mm f/2.8 Distagon and 21mm f/2.8 Distagon. That is, if I can manage to do a proper comparison, given frustrating focus shift of the Nikon 14-24.
  • Well, how does the Canon 5D Mark III stack up on landscape against the Nikon D800E? Especially with dark shadows and conifers?
  • How does the Olympus E-M5 with the Olympus SHG 7-14mm stack up against its equivalent on the Nikon D800E, the Nikon 14-24/2.8G, especially where depth of field is a challenge?
  • How much of an issue is field curvature with the Zeiss wides? (see field curvature with the 25mm f/2 ).

I won’t get this all done, but I hope to gather enough material to answer many questions before the Leica M Monochrom shows up in a few weeks.


I also plan on repeating my Trek to the Summit of White Mountain Peak on my Moots MootoX YBB 29er titanium mountain bike, as biking is my other passion.

Stars high in the White Mountains
Before sunrise, 14000' of climbing to go
OWC Envoy Pro EX SSD
Blazingly fast Thunderbolt 3 SSD!

Up to 4TB capacity, USB-C compatible.

USB-C model also available

Great for travel or for desktop!
OWC Accelsior 4M2 PCIe SSD
6000 MB/sec!
Mac or PC.

Ideal for Lightroom, Photoshop, video.
Capacity up to 16TB!
OWC Envoy Pro Elektron

Ultra-high performance across entire capacity, outperforms the competition.

Tiny, bus-powered, rugged, compact!

√ No more slow and noisy hard drives!
OWC Thunderblade Thunderbolt 3 SSD

Blazing fast, up to 16TB.


√ No more slow and noisy hard drives!

Save the tax, we pay you back, instantly!
View all handpicked deals...

Venus Optics Laowa 105mm f/2 Smooth Trans Focus Lens for Sony E
$699 $479
SAVE $220

diglloyd Inc. | FTC Disclosure | PRIVACY POLICY | Trademarks | Terms of Use
Contact | About Lloyd Chambers | Consulting | Photo Tours
RSS Feeds | Twitter
Copyright © 2020 diglloyd Inc, all rights reserved.