Roadtrip with a 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid at the Seaside Inn, Hatteras NC I'm currently down in Hatteras NC (OBX) with a 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. Hyundai was kind enough to loan us the car for a one week review, and our first thought was, "let's put some miles on this puppy." So we filled the tank in NJ and 13 hours and 481 miles later we were at the Seaside Inn. And the tank wasn't empty! We averaged nearly 42MPG and stopped for everything but gas - food, ice cream, bathrooms, photo ops. I don't think I've ever driven a car with that much range.

In any case, one of the bags was filled with camera gear, a rolling case from jLab (no, I've never heard of them either) that I poached from Groupon for like $30. Score! The bag's got the following:

  • Panasonic GH2 with 12-35 F2.8
  • Nikon 1 V1 with 10-30, 30-110, 10/28, and 18/1.8 lenses
  • Panasonic LX-7
  • Pentax Q with 5-15 and 01 Standard Prime
  • Pentax K-01 with FA43
  • Merlin Steadicam 2
  • Switronix TorchLED light
  • small reflector
  • chargers, batteries, memory cards
  • Apple Macbook Pro
  • Apple iPad
  • the kitchen sink

The Panasonic LX7 and Nikon 1 have gotten the most use so far; they are just so small and convenient that they always end up in our backpack. The review is for NewMotor, a digital publication, so the highest resolution that we're going to need is for an iPad with Retina Display, 2048 by 1536 pixels. The LX7 and Nikon 1 will be able to handle that no problem; heck nearly all digital cams will be able to handle that.

I feel a bit guilty about bringing the Pentaxes along, or to be more precise, about leaving them behind. They're both great cameras but a luxury for this project. I guess that it's one of those things where if you've got a big bag you'll be sure to fill it. I think I'll bring out the FA43 today; that lens needs a workout...

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