In Depth: LA to Seattle

Randy’s Donuts. Nikon D800, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 AI-s.

Every year PCMag drives across the US with a bunch of cell phones, running speed tests in cities to determine who has the Fastest Mobile Network. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever done to earn a paycheck. In 2012 I took a drive from Baltimore down to Atlanta (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4), but in 2013 I ended up with a route that took me (and my wife/lovely assistant) up the west coast, starting in LA and terminating in Seattle. Part of the project is taking photos and tweeting them from the road. This requires the use of a digital camera, and some way to get photos from it to an iPhone. During my first trip I took a Leica M9-P as my digital, along with my M3 and Rolleiflex film bodies. I didn’t have a digital Leica available this year, and I thought that a telephoto lens would be a good thing to have for the scenery along the Pacific Coast Highway. Continue reading