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    I'm new to RX1 ownership and just received the Ricoh GW-3 wide-angle converter I bought to try with my RX1.

    I'm replacing a Fuji X100S outfit and really liked the 35/28 combo I achieved using a WCL-X100 wide-angle converter and am hoping to come up with something similar for my RX1 outfit.

    I must say that, so far, I am favorably impressed by the GW-3's performance ... see the attached photos of my next-door neighbor's house, which were taken at f8 and focused manually using the macro ring hack. The corners are a teeny bit soft, but the center looks to be decently sharp and most importantly, the RX1's essential character remains.

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    RX1 Malaga, Spain.

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    I've brought back a dose of virulent flu with me from Spain this time and have been laying low these past 10 days or so
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    Semana Santa, Spain. Silver Efex.

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    Taken in the Bronx during my recent NYC outing.
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    Two more from my NYC trip, both taken while walking through the High Line park:



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    Love this camera
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    Not enough fur in this thread. My dog:

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    ^^ Great shot of a beautiful dog.
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    I can do dogs..... RX1

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    Just sold my A7 and a few other things to get a RX1r...The A7 took wonderful photos, but I never really got along with it - I never had "fun" taking pictures with it. I love my M2 because it seems to just get out of the way, and even though it was the first weekend with the RX1r I had the same feeling. Very, very happy with this decision!

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    Another one from my recent outing to NYC:

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    Re: Fun with the RX-1

    Audii, the first shot from High Line Park looks like it is a Hollywood backset or something from Universal Studios.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikalWGrass View Post
    Audii, the first shot from High Line Park looks like it is a Hollywood backset or something from Universal Studios.
    Hah! I actually hear that a lot about my photos, especially the ones I take at night. Of course, nighttime is my favorite time of the day to photograph -- I usually manage to stay out all night photographing at least once on every trip and often two or three times, as was the case this last trip -- and photographing urban areas at night is also my primary photographic interest, whether I'm at home or traveling. Daylight street photography is really just something I do to pass the time until the sun sets...

    Anyway, here are a few of my nighttime photos from my last NYC trip...









    And just to show that I don't always photograph in portrait orientation:



    As it turns out, the RX1 acquits itself quite well for my type of nighttime photography. Not all cameras do and it's tough to tell one from the other just by reading reviews, because for 99.9% of reviewers, nighttime photography = high ISO, not long exposures. I had acquired my RX1s -- I have a pair of them, as the first one I bought used broke the next day and refused to focus except via the macro ring -- just a week or so before my trip, so I actually had no idea how well they would work for my purposes until my first nighttime outing in NYC. On the whole, I'm quite happy with the camera -- combined with the Ricoh GW-3 wide-angle converter (which does not work well at night, btw, because it flares up too often), it's now my travel camera of choice -- although I'd be happier still if it did a bit better job of turning point sources of light into starbursts...
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    I have 8 other cameras, but I actually bought the RX1R because of the very good ability to take nightshots = I think the colors are better at nightscenes, than my other cameras, but I can also see, that it does very fine in B & W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyndel View Post
    I have 8 other cameras, but I actually bought the RX1R because of the very good ability to take nightshots = I think the colors are better at nightscenes, than my other cameras, but I can also see, that it does very fine in B & W.
    I have at least as many other cameras as you -- including a Contax 645/P30+ outfit -- and I agree with you about the RX1 series' color performance. FWIW, I had initially intended to buy an RX1R, as you did, but after testing the two cameras side-by-side, I confirmed my fear that the RX1R's lack of an AA filter would cause it to suffer moiré issues far more often than RX1 does, which itself is already on the edge when photographing in an urban environment where there are lots of brick buildings. Fortunately, though, aside from this particular aspect, I find the performance of the two cameras similar enough that I don't feel I'm missing much in terms of resolution by photographing with an RX1 instead of an RX1R ... and Yes, I agree with you that they do B&W quite well, too!

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    New camera test; seems sharper off site though...why does it look softer here?


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    Re: Fun with the RX-1

    If the image is larger than 1200px then the forum software will compress it. Maybe that's what you are seeing. If you size under 1200px on either dimension it should be rendered as is.

    I shoot the rx1r myself and I can concur that it's sharp!
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    My new travel camera, the RX1R arrived yesterday. Just getting the feel of this little beauty and will be taking it on an extended trip soon.







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    I just joined the club too (Rx1r).
    Color me impressed.
    This little gem is what a Sigma Merrill should have been like.
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    We drove up the west shore of Cayuga Lake today for lunch at a little bistro/winery. RX1R used with a Fotodiox lens hood and Hoya polarizer.

    Cayuga Ridge vineyard



    Sitting next to the vineyard in the Thirsty Owl bistro with a nice cold glass of Pinot Gris.



    View from the bistro

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    A few from my 1st day of shooting w the RX1r.
    I can honestly say I have never been more impressed w a camera.
    It's everything my DP2 Merrill wasn't along w everything it was.
    So it is damn near a perfect camera.
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    A few from an afternoon walk on the waterfront trail with the RX1R.





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    Some RX1R shots taken while touring in the vicinity of Hammondsport, NY with some weekend guests.









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    Great shots Scho.
    What a wonderful camera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ute View Post
    Great shots Scho.
    What a wonderful camera.
    Thanks Ute. You have also captured some great landscapes with this camera. Very versatile little camera with a very sharp lens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scho View Post
    Thanks Ute. You have also captured some great landscapes with this camera. Very versatile little camera with a very sharp lens.
    Thanks.
    And attached to an awesome sensor.
    Quite the combo.
    This little beauty definitely punches above it's weight.
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    Here's a couple more from that same hike.
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    Some from Mercedes World, Brooklands, Weybridge UK. RX1
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    The first one is the original Brooklands racetrack at the Brooklands Museum. Sadly, the largest part of the track has been sold and houses/supermarket built on it.

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    A couple of shots taken in the Bully Hill winery museum of some Cooper's workshop tools. Very dim lighting and shot handheld with the RX1R.



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    Up in the high country w the Rx1r.
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    All with RX1R taken hand held on a walk near the Cornell arboretum.

    Weathered barn wood and grape vines



    Arboretum ponds



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    Ridiculously sharp Scho.
    I love this camera.
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    You just want to shoot w this camera.
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    Those G...D Canadians are back again (actually they never left). Time to bring in the coyotes and start oiling eggs in the spring. RX1R.

    Crossing #1



    Crossing #2



    Q: Why do the geese cross the road? A: So they can get to the golf course on the other side of the creek and crap that up as well. Last year the golfers set up stuffed coyotes around the greens to keep the geese away.

    This bunch is totally disorganized and incontinent as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audii-Dudii View Post
    I'm new to RX1 ownership and just received the Ricoh GW-3 wide-angle converter I bought to try with my RX1.

    I'm replacing a Fuji X100S outfit and really liked the 35/28 combo I achieved using a WCL-X100 wide-angle converter and am hoping to come up with something similar for my RX1 outfit.

    I must say that, so far, I am favorably impressed by the GW-3's performance ... see the attached photos of my next-door neighbor's house, which were taken at f8 and focused manually using the macro ring hack. The corners are a teeny bit soft, but the center looks to be decently sharp and most importantly, the RX1's essential character remains.
    Do you need an adapter ?
    Can you use the GW2 ?
    Would the new Sony 21mm UW converter work ?

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    Back country near Zion NP.
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    Do you need an adapter ?
    Can you use the GW2 ?
    Would the new Sony 21mm UW converter work ?

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    I don't know if the GW-2 will work, but I know the GW-3 does ... sort of. To my eyes, its performance is really only acceptable at f8, as any faster aperture causes a noticeable loss of resolution and some vignetting. On the positive side, it's quite compact and doesn't require an adapter, as its 49mm male thread screws right into the RX1's 49mm filter thread. They can also be purchased relatively inexpensively from overseas vendors (IIRC, mine was $180 delivered.)

    Yes, Sony's SEL075UWC .75X converter for the new 28mm FE lens can be made to work, but to do so, it requires several permanent modifications, including shortening the metal lens barrel by ~5mm and trimming the plastic lens mount bayonet, so it's probably not something the faint-hearted should consider doing or doing themselves. For those with the necessary tools and skills, however, it's a relatively easy job.

    That said, I have modified mine so it will mount onto my RX1s -- see the photo below -- and it works great ... sort of. In my tests, I found it outperforms the GW-3 at apertures below f8 and is usable all the way down to f2.8, but my GW-3 very slightly outperforms it in terms of resolution at f8. (I only rarely use f/11 and never use f/16 or f/22, so I didn't bother testing at those apertures. And this could simply reflect sample-to-sample variability; i.e., my GW-3 is a better than average performer and my SEL075UWC slightly worse than average, but I'm not about to buy another pair of them to confirm or deny this.)



    I didn't expect this to be the case and it actually causes me a bit of a dilemma, because I don't want to carry both converters around with me when I'm out and about. I bought my RX1s because I like to travel light, as the photo of my RX1 kit* below shows, and I don't have room in my small belt pouch to carry two converters, depending upon which aperture I'm using for any given photo.



    Because I use f8 for more than half of my photos, I'm leaning toward keeping the GW-3 and carrying that with me most of the time, but since I modified the SEL075UWC, thus reducing its potential resale value, I'll probably keep it around as well, as it wasn't very expensive regardless. Interestingly, the GW-3 is about half the volume of the SEL075UWC because it has a removable rubber lens hood whereas the Sony converter's plastic lens hood is built-in and non-removable, but the two weigh roughly the same, so from that perspective, it doesn't matter which one you carry, even if you're obsessive-compulsive about keeping the weight of your outfit down (as I am.)

    And since this thread is about RX1 photos, here are a few gratuitous ones from my recent NYC outing (the first two of which were taken with the GW-3 at f8 and the resulting barrel distortion was corrected adequately in post, and the third was taken with the RX1 naked):







    * Not shown is the very functional and ultralightweight Benro C-0681T tripod and ballhead combo that I use when traveling (only 2.5 lbs and now NLA, alas, but the curious can see it here: (Benro C-0681 Travel Angel CF Tripod (Trans-Functional) C0681TB00. FWIW, NOS ones for sale can still be found if one searches around a bit.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Audii-Dudii View Post
    I don't know if the GW-2 will work, but I know the GW-3 does ... sort of. To my eyes, its performance is really only acceptable at f8, as any faster aperture causes a noticeable loss of resolution and some vignetting. On the positive side, it's quite compact and doesn't require an adapter, as its 49mm male thread screws right into the RX1's 49mm filter thread. They can also be purchased relatively inexpensively from overseas vendors (IIRC, mine was $180 delivered.)

    Yes, Sony's SEL075UWC .75X converter for the new 28mm FE lens can be made to work, but to do so, it requires several permanent modifications, including shortening the metal lens barrel by ~5mm and trimming the plastic lens mount bayonet, so it's probably not something the faint-hearted should consider doing or doing themselves. For those with the necessary tools and skills, however, it's a relatively easy job.

    That said, I have modified mine so it will mount onto my RX1s -- see the photo below -- and it works great ... sort of. In my tests, I found it outperforms the GW-3 at apertures below f8 and is usable all the way down to f2.8, but my GW-3 very slightly outperforms it in terms of resolution at f8. (I only rarely use f/11 and never use f/16 or f/22, so I didn't bother testing at those apertures. And this could simply reflect sample-to-sample variability; i.e., my GW-3 is a better than average performer and my SEL075UWC slightly worse than average, but I'm not about to buy another pair of them to confirm or deny this.)



    I didn't expect this to be the case and it actually causes me a bit of a dilemma, because I don't want to carry both converters around with me when I'm out and about. I bought my RX1s because I like to travel light, as the photo of my RX1 kit* below shows, and I don't have room in my small belt pouch to carry two converters, depending upon which aperture I'm using for any given photo.



    Because I use f8 for more than half of my photos, I'm leaning toward keeping the GW-3 and carrying that with me most of the time, but since I modified the SEL075UWC, thus reducing its potential resale value, I'll probably keep it around as well, as it wasn't very expensive regardless. Interestingly, the GW-3 is about half the volume of the SEL075UWC because it has a removable rubber lens hood whereas the Sony converter's plastic lens hood is built-in and non-removable, but the two weigh roughly the same, so from that perspective, it doesn't matter which one you carry, even if you're obsessive-compulsive about keeping the weight of your outfit down (as I am.)

    And since this thread is about RX1 photos, here are a few gratuitous ones from my recent NYC outing (the first two of which were taken with the GW-3 at f8 and the resulting barrel distortion was corrected adequately in post, and the third was taken with the RX1 naked):







    * Not shown is the very functional and ultralightweight Benro C-0681T tripod and ballhead combo that I use when traveling (only 2.5 lbs and now NLA, alas, but the curious can see it here: (Benro C-0681 Travel Angel CF Tripod (Trans-Functional) C0681TB00. FWIW, NOS ones for sale can still be found if one searches around a bit.)
    Thanks so much for your response. Much appreciated.
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