Is Adorama the only US seller of the Ricoh GX100 or GRD2? They are the only seller I can find.
Tony Rose at Popflash is awesome.
I got my GX-100 from Tony and recommend that everyone else does too. He is the best camera dealer in the US; I say that as someone who buys way too many cameras. Anyway, I got the GX-100 from him around Christmas and I love it. Here is an example using the 24mm lens and snap focus. Having the extra wide is really nice. This was taken with the camera upside down, right near the other person. I could not have taken this with an M camera or a non-silent, compact camera...the GX100 and GRD2 really open up new avenues in terms of street photography. Anyway, this was on the N train a few days ago...I love when the subways go above ground.
I like the feeling of space, including the barrel distortion: a good example of using a camera's faults for aesthetic purposes. Is this from JPG or RAW?
gromitspapa, and Stuart Richardson,
Thanks to both of you for the recommendation. I will check it out. Stuart, that is a great shot, and the type of photography I aspire to.
Thanks again, and good shooting,
Plus, Lili, images from the Ricohs actually make it to print, whereas the film stuff tends to pile up in unprinted boxes of contacts — or tended to, since even though I still own my Hexar (and my Pentax 6x7, and my Pentax K1000, and ....), I rarely use it at this point.
Sean, I love the idea of a focus wheel. If I understand the DP-1 concept, it sounds like a "step-focus", to use a Ricoh analogy. Does it have to be that way? Couldn't the wheel simply focus the camera freely, to approximate focussing a lens?
Oh I get it — a marked distance wheel, which wouldn't preclude focussing between those guidelines.
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BTW, for those who are interested, I'm hoping the GR2 review will be up in the next couple of hours. These articles always take forever to finish and prep for Flash.
It's one of my favorite subjects as well. I took my favorite photo while waiting for the above-ground subway in Sapporo. One of the reasons I loved it there was because my part of the subway was elevated...it's such an elegant way to travel.
here is that photo...
By the way, I am very much looking forward to your review, Sean.
An ergonomically viable manual focus on a Ricoh would be fantastic.
Yes, thank you, it is finally up. Maybe we should start a separate thread if people want to discuss it.
First post here on this excellent forum.
Has anyone any experience of Drive Mode on the GX100?
I understand that S-CONT setting produces up to 16 shots in 2 seconds whilst the shutter is depressed and M-CONT records images whilst the shutter is depressed and only saves the last 16 images taken over the previous 2 seconds when the shutter is released.
I can't see that this facility has been added to the GRD2.
Muybridge type shots), but not suitable if you are wanting to pick out a full size image of a specific moment, in which case you'd have to use the conventional continuous shoot mode.
I don't really think that it is totally about "their way of shooting", but the cameras in question do have a certain footprint that can be overbearing, I guess that is why certain people choose the camera. That almost heavy feel is always there in the images, the cameras don't have a sense of light, the Oly 5050 7070 were similar in the images those cameras produced. There is definite characteristic.Count the people on the ricoh forums, you will see hat you only find the same names, promoting their way of shooting.
I had a GRD and sold it for the reasons above, I ended up with a Epson Rd-1 as it gave me a lot more scope, the so called Ricoh/Tri-X look I can get with my PP presets and I can still head off in another direction with the RAW file. Plus small has never been a criteria for a camera to me. But you will notice that people here are comfortable with what the Ricoh produce, if it helps them then it's a positive. Me, I am not convinced if the GRD II is mature enough to challenge the film GR1...........
I quetioned the images in Sean's review, he didn't seem to have a problem with my view, I doubt if he saw it the way I called it but there was no negative from him. Hey lots of people disagree with me, pretty normal
lucridders, I'm curious, why the constant negativity? Nothing about these cameras is as negative as you portray, which causes a reader to dismiss your comments, even the rare truthful tidbits.
Extreme stances never render the truth, whether positive or negative. How about you giving-in a little bit and trying to have more balanced comments, and as a result getting closer to the truth, and gaining some credibilty?
You say these forums are all about the same folks all promoting their way of shooting.
I see a wide range of styles being posted here, some that glory in noise/grain and others that show not a trace of it, either through post process or simply straight from the camera.
It is true that many here post B&W images but I must ask whats wrong with that?
The Ricohs are exceptional in the degree of in-camera image control they provide and so lend themselves to this media.
For me, I find their color palette remarkable and glory in the color far more than ever I did with film.
In brief my friend, I fear the percieved negativity of your posts leads to them being dismissed out of hand at best.
And that would be a shame; is not discussion far more stimulating than debate?
Wow Lili, that's a dizzying shot. Great job!
I'm using my GRD for color too: I still shoot b&w film, print in my darkroom, and sometimes scan and print digitally. Thanks for posting!
I don't have one of these Ricohs and maybe i should but what i do see from a pro point of view is there is a lot you can do with these files and i love what some folks are doing with them in B&W and color with punchy contrast or increasing the noise out for that grungy look. Or just straight from the camera. Great stuff folks , really like the images you folks are posting and how you are getting the results you are getting. Frankly this is what makes photography fun, keep it up. Also remember to not forget about the image processing forum be nice to share your techniques with folks.
gorgeous shot, Lili! wonderful perspective! i love looking at what others do as it shows how versatile the camera is. i'm afraid i rarely have the patience to stand still long enough to compose such a beautiful image. perhaps when the weather gets nicer.... was this RAW?
Thank you! No this was shot as JPEG, no PP'ing. I still have a steep learning curve facing me on PP as well as RAW.
This shot using Moderate Sharpness, Highest Saturation, and, I think, Moderate Contrast at ISO 64, -0.7 EV.
Used the GW-1 so it was shot at 4.4mm, F5 and 1/660 sec.
No hood either, I really dislike the hood included with the GW-1, very hard to install and even harder to get on straight
But I love the lens
And the degree of in-camera image control the GRD series offers
River Blackwater - GRD II
Usually, though it is muddy brown.
Stuart and Lili, you posted excellent images. Both the B&W and color photos are really beautiful.
This image was made in jpeg and the only PP was some additional contrast. I compensated with 0.7 EV. The 24 mm is very useful for different perspectives.
I love the delicacy of that reflected sky!
You make that 24 sing!
Fantastic colours in both of your photographs.
For those that are not shooting Raw dare i say you should think about doing one of our workshops. We really teach a lot about Raw processing and coming after Moab we look to be doing Carmel, Ca. and that one will be shooting , raw processing AND a printing workshop. Than we look to be doing San Juan , Puerto Rico which we will be doing street shooting and raw processing workshop.
Sorry that was a small advertisement but seriously this is a great way to learn raw processing, we honestly do a awesome job on teaching this.
San Juan sounds Great ......
When will that be / any approx date ?? Cheers - Helen
How bout Amsterdam ? Flowers & Brownies......
GRD2 40 MPH
Not a shot I would take with another camera.
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Lili, Mitch: thanks for your kind comments.
I posted this to counterbalance any tendency for the GRD to be thought of as a B/W street camera - yet it is the least worst of my attempts over the years to capture this scene - this is a straight from the camera jpg [albeit size reduced] - I haven't yet tried to pp the DNG. [And if I could turn the jpg off, I would.]
[and enjoy Namibia, Mitch -- and don't get pneumonia, Lili ]
Eigernordwand/North face of the Eiger
These are some thoughts about making a decision about the GRDII and the GX100. Please, don't take anything that I have written as a strong criticism of the Ricoh cameras. They are a great achievement.
I have been watching for a while trying to decide between the GRDII and the GX100. After Seans review of the GRDII I have decided to wait and see. The GRDII is great except for the 28mm lens. I have no problem with a prime (that is all I use on my K10D) but 28mm is a bit wide for me and I am not impressed with the size and performance of the 40mm converter. A GRD40 would be perfect. I love the 1:1 RAW and the contols and firmware are great. I also like the zoom of the GX100 but want the RAW speed and the firmware of the GRDII. These cameras are not inexpensive and I have been looking for a long time to find a small sensor digital with the right balance of speed, firmware and image quality. I have also wasted alot of cash buying cameras and selling them later.
I need a less expensive small sensor digital with RAW and decent image quality to get though until a GRD40 or a GX200 comes along. Maggie O and the D-Lux 3 thread actually convinced me to take a close look at the D-Lux 3 or the Panny LX2. It has great IQ and while it doesn't satisfy my needs for a viewfinder and a RAW buffer, it is faster than the GX100. It is also much less expensive. That way I can probably sell it for close to what I bought it for if/when Ricoh brings out a camera that fills my needs. The small sensor format fits my photography very well. I owned an LC1 for a while and enjoyed it except for the size and the RAW speed. It was used to do some of my nicest work.
I have learned alot about these cameras from the folks here and made this decision based on much of what is written here. I am very impressed by the Ricoh cameras but they are expensive and they are evolving. My feeling is that the next generation will be the best.
Lovely shots of the Eiger.
I've not Climbed before but love mountains and snow.
Very very well done!
envy you climbing, even rock.
Sadly I've a fear of heights, unless I am flying, then it seems to be different.
Working on getting Sailplane license.
lil'Ricoh will be going with me now
I was going through a similar issue, which I posted about in another thread. In the end I went for a used GX100, in large part because I was not totally satisfied with either camera (GRDII & GX100) - they both have weaknesses that I care about. So it sounds like, for you, you made the right choice by getting a good camera that will keep you until you find something better. Have fun!
Here's the Windhoek sky at sunset (GRD2 | ISO 200):