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    GRD-1 on a mountain top

    I took the GDR-1 on a long walk up Ben Nevis the highest mountain in the UK @ 4,406 ft on a fine sunny day. However after 3 hours the conditions near the summit turned wet and windy, but the camera kept on working surprisingly. Here are some photos:

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    Your last pic looks potentially expensive! Nice work all round especially the clouds in first pic.
    I have something similar from Ben Nevis in 1992 using a sony videocamera. 4 seasons in one panning shot from the summit. Also in August (round about 18th August).
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    HUGh,
    Those are nice indeed!
    That last one incredible.
    Your camera survived then?

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    Yes, camera seems to have recovered from its ordeal.
    Odd that you get such weather in the middle of summer.

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    Re: GRD-1 on a mountain top

    Just Stunning ..... Love it
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    Fair Braw - bonnie photos indeed......hope you were wearing more than sandals and a t-shirt up there.

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    Hugh,

    terrific images, I enjoyed them. I always thought the GR series made great mountain climbing cameras. Small but tough.

    Tim

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    The last picture is great.
    The others are also nice and show quite a lot of dynamic range.

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    Thanks for all the comments.

    Les: We did have all the gear for walking in the mountains as the photos show how quickly conditions can change. It would been nice to have got a view from the top of Ben Nevis, maybe next time. The locals said there's only 100 clear days a year.

    Tim: The GRD is perfect for hill walking as its so light. Way back the camera of choice for climbers was the Olympus OM1, I wonder what they use now.

    Last photo before we entered the clouds with the "path" in foreground.

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    Re: GRD-1 on a mountain top

    Very nice Hugh, it continues to amaze me how well the GRD does taking landscapes. What setting did you use for focus, snap? infinity?

    John

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    John.
    I used the normal auto focus which was a mistake. I did have some problems in the rain and mist as some shots were out of focus. So would use infinity focus next time in this situation.

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    Re: GRD-1 on a mountain top

    Thanks for the info Hugh. I've used multi and spot focus, and most of the time with good results. But some shots were blown, so now snap and infinity are my prefered settings and have been getting constantly good pictures. And when in doubt I'll use both on a subject to make sure it comes out ok, and it also helps me determine when to use these settings to the best advantage. Thanks again for the info, and for the wonderful photos..... John

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    Hugh, great shots all of them, so glad the Ricoh survived the weather.
    I use infinity all the time for my driving shots else it can try to focus on anything on window surface
    Snap I use for people all the time, esp if they are moving about.
    The AF I use for more considered shots.

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