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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.

Cycling

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
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