I plan on taking my youngest daughter up the Mountaineer’s Route the summit of Mt Whitney, assuming we can get a permit for Monday or Tuesday. The pictures below are from 2001 when I did that route—seemed straightforward to me, so I don’t know what all the fuss is about. She seems to have a high VO2 Max, so it should be interesting to see if she can out-hike her 'ol man, the double century rider—heh heh. Problem is, cycling muscles are not hiking muscles and I hope I don’t hurt something.
I discussed my testing of the Hasselblad XCD 21mm f/4 and the Hasselblad XCD 120mm f/3.5 macro a few days ago. The Hasselblad X1D has arrived along with the Hasselblad XCD 21mm f/4, which will be along on the slog up and down Mt Whitney (note: the Mountaineer’s route 'rocks' in lopping off 10 miles from the round trip, 12 miles instead of 22, the penalty being steepness).
Most impressive from the D1X circa 2001 is just how poor a performer the Nikon AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8 ED is. Dang! It’s pretty sad and that’s on APS-C. And yet one Hasselblad photographer thought it made sense for a comparison. I found it so hard to believe that 17 years had passed that I went and looked it up: the Nikon D1X debuted in February of 2001. Wow.
A tiny competitor: B&H Photo has sent me the new Sony RX100 VA to review. I already know that its images will be far superior to the Nikon D1X. And I’d bet that it will outdo the Hasselblad X1D in this since: with built-in fill flash and 4K video, it can do things the X1D cannot, plus it seems and is f/1.4 versus f/4. BTW, the f/2.8 lens on the new Sony RX100 VI is just too slow—stick with the f/1.8 lens on the Sony RX100 VA. I say this from recent experience: f/2.8 is a problem in a tiny camera like that in all the lighting situations I most desire to shoot in—I kept running into blurred images that an extra shutter speed would have cured.
I expect terrific things out of the X1D and the Hasselblad XCD 21mm f/4. It’s a solid hiking camera—or so I think—today the lack of a 4-way controller for things like choosing focusing point just drove me nuts at the inefficiency. But while hiking I should not have that as much of a concern.
Below—no wonder noise was such an issue for years—gobs of it at ISO 400.
Man, what a dorky outfit! But I had more hair.
Below, this shot shows at one glance what glaciation can do to solid granite.