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    GRD II still rocks...

    Hi again everyone.

    Now having the GRD I, the GRD II, Sigma DP1 and Canon DSLR's I have to admit, that the GRD II still is my favorite.
    Here's a few of my latest pics from this wonderful camera.













    I hope you'll enjoy - thanks
    Ellemand

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    Really like these ones ellemand.

    I've always admired the look you get on your B&W images so, though I'm sure you have posted this before, could tell us briefly how you go about it?

    (Though I find those white frames horribly distracting. Sorry )

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    Re: GRD II still rocks...

    Just Outstanding...Beautiful Tones/ lights & Darks
    Love shots 2 & 3...Fab Ellemand

    now I'm sad to have let my grd2 go:scry
    will decide to get another or wait for the dp2 ???

    Best-H

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    The lack of noise on these and the clarity is just great, what ISO was used? I would also enjoy knowing your pp technique!

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    Re: GRD II still rocks...

    Awesome series! Have to agree on the GRD2 too! I have owned a slew of of small cameras looking for the best shirt-pocket "P&S" digicam for me, and so far this is still it. I would like to add either a GX200 or LX3 to pair it with (for longer focal) and have not settled on which yet...
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    These series are fantastic Ellemand.

    And Jack, if I didn't have the GX200 I would pick up the LX3 instantly without any doubt.

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    Ellemand, wonderful work!

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    Re: GRD II still rocks...

    These are really nice. I can't wait to see them on a big screen. The thread title caught my eye because I haven't had much time to shoot recently and have been using the G1. Was thinking about a camera sale but I have a hard time parting with cameras and I think the GRD II would be a sale I would really regret!

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    Hi Ellemand,

    I have to agree with the others here, these are lovely. I like the punchy contrast. These do seem very clean as another member commented. I too would be interested to know what ISO these were shot at.

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    These are really impressive. I (finally) placed an order for the GRD II "creative set" (with 21mm) a few hours ago, and should have it in my hands in a couple of days. Very much looking forward to using it - now, if only this interminable rain would stop!

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    Hi everyone.
    Thanks for the kind comments - I really appreciate this.
    I'll try to answer some of the questions - forgive me for the spelling and writing style - I'm not very good writing in another language.
    The three first fotos are ISO 400 - the rest 100 and 200.
    I always shot in RAW. Convert to Jpeg in Adobe Camera 4.6. I sometimes make a little noisereduction (25 - 50) in this program.
    Then I convert to black and white via channelmixer in Photoshop (CS3). Then I finish up with shadow/highlight, burn tool and contrast and finally resizing (for web) and give a little smart sharpen (about 125).
    I mostly undrexpose with -0.7 in the camera.
    Thats actually all. If someone have more questions, I'll be happy to give answers (if I can).
    I'm just now decorating (is that the word) my new home-office and have made som prints (mostly from the GRD II) in size 40 - 60 cm - one is actually 50 x 75 cm - and they look great!
    I allways - even when carrying one of my other cameras - have my GRD II in my belt or in my pocket - and find myself using it more than the others.

    Once again - thank you.
    Ellemand

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    Ellemand,

    Thanks for the detailed reply and I was also wondering since you have both how would you compare the GRDII and the DP1 in ease of use, speed, handling etc.

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    Hi bbodine9.

    As you maybe have read between the lines, I prefer the GRD II. It's much faster, it's smaller and the overall handling is much better for me - making a lot of streetphotografy.
    I use the Sigma DP1 when I have a lot of time for my pictures - old factories, landscape and such things, where a lot of details is a must.
    As I wrote above - the GRD II is always by my side - just use it a lot and the little wonder will give you the results you are going for.

    Have a nice day.
    Ellemand.

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    Re: GRD II still rocks...

    Impressive pics and a lovely bw conversion...
    GRD rocks.... yes indeed and i think it does not matter whether GRD or GRD II
    The concept of both little gems is genius....

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    You're absolutly right - I use the GRD II mostly for the speed of writing the RAW-files.
    When I travel I bring both - if one of them should break down.
    Sometimes I use both - The GRD II "on the rocks" using RAW- as it is - and The GRD I with the 21 mm converter - b/w Jpeg. It works very well.
    Both kept in af small shoulderbag, so I quickly can grib the one, I want to use.

    Ellemand.

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    i love your b&w work. they really tell stories.

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