October 3rd, 2011, 08:06 PM
An excellent essay on the philosophy behind this line of cameras and your personal approach. And illustrated with beautiful pictures that highlight your points wonderfully.
October 8th, 2011, 12:21 PM
Thanks for this write-up. To me the GRD is a classic example of a serious compact.
I've been tempted to purchase one of the GRD over the years but never did for different reasons. The GXR with the A12/28 is now my main Ricoh, but I still see benefits of the more compact GRD. And I'm not ready to part with my GX100 that is as compact as the GRD but can't match the IQ.
Thanks also for sharing your settings always nice to compare how other people configure their Ricoh's.
October 9th, 2011, 08:58 AM
Thanks for the write-up
As a user of the film GR1, but not of the digital descendants, I have a question.
Can I simply walk around with the GRDx just turned on all day long, waiting for an opportunity to snap away? Or, like other advanced compacts, do I have to continually power it on, because it wants to go to sleep and shut down every minute or so?
To me this is the biggest, yet undiscussed, problem with compact digitals when using them for quick shots. Not the AF speed, not the shutter lag, all of which are improving with each model.
But the inability to turn it on once, and have it ready all day long without having to continually look at it to see if it shut itself off, fuss with it again to turn it on, all of which distracts me from the environment, disturbs the flow, and calls undesired attention to my constant fussing.
Please let me know if the GRDx's are immune to this achilles heel of this genre.
October 9th, 2011, 09:27 AM
Auto power off? Maybe I'm wrong, but it can't be turned off?
October 9th, 2011, 09:32 AM
You can set the "auto power off" feature to 5, 15, or 30 minutes, or you can turn it off altogether. So if you turn it off, the camera won't automatically turn off by itself. But that means the lens will be out and exposed all the time, so you might not want to stick it in your pocket, and the battery is no doubt draining to some degree when the camera's on, but if you turn off the rear display and the power button lamp, probably not a whole lot. Whether a battery would last all day like this I don't know. I tend to power it on for a shooting session and then turn it off until I'm ready to shoot some more. It only seems to take a couple of seconds from hitting the power button until its ready to shoot, so if I hit the power button as I'm pulling it out of a pocket, its ready to shoot by the time I am. So to me, this isn't even remotely an achilles heel, but YMMV.
October 21st, 2011, 07:17 PM
Lens Armor, Viewfinder, AAA
Thank you so much for sharing your soup recipe, workflow and philosophy. I am now very excited about the potential of this little camera. Though I am left with a few questions for you and maybe some of the other gurus here on the forum.
You mentioned that you don't prefer to have anything on your lens and therefore didn't opt for the AC-MAXX Lens Armor. What's your personal reason?
The tech specs for the camera state that it's possible to use 2x AAA batteries in place of the DB-65. The power range is supposed to last for approx. 25 pictures. Does this jive with real world usage (no flash)?
Lastly I was wondering, if there are any less expensive viewfinder options available than the very expensive Ricoh GV-2 Mini ($200,- yikes!)?
October 21st, 2011, 09:45 PM
I'm not Paul, but if I may, I'd like to chime in on some of your comments here if that's okay.
Originally Posted by _z0rk
1. I can't speak for Paul on why he doesn't use the lens armor, but I don't use anything on my camera either. I know there are some people that will glue or attach a rimless filter of sorts to the front of their compact camera, but I, like Paul don't put anything on my camera. I don't do it mainly because I'm worried that if I put it on there and it becomes damaged or I don't like it, I won't be able to get it off. And, assuming I do get it off, I would be worried that the outward pressure of prying it off would damage the motor that pushes the lens in and out, possibly knocking it off track. When I worked at Ritz Camera years ago, people would bring in point and shoot cameras with a lens error and you could literally just grab the front portion and tweak it to get the gears to line back up properly. They're just little plastic teeth in there and I'd be nervous about damaging them.
2. I've used AAA lithiums one time when I was in a pinch and I got at least 50 or so images and they weren't dead, I was just done shooting. I don't know about alkaline batteries or how long the lithiums would have lasted. Someone else may be able to offer some more insight on this.
3. As for viewfinders, any viewfinder that fits in a standard hot shoe will work. I used a Voigtlander viewfinder for a while. It was very bulky compared to the Ricoh VF and its front element protruded quite a bit and I ended up nicking it on something. It didn't affect anything really, but was just more annoying. No EVF will work with the GRDIII that I know of. I'd search eBay and see what you can find in the way of viewfinders.
Ultimately, Photography is subversive, not when it frightens, repels, or even stigmatizes, but when it is pensive, when it thinks. --from Camera Lucida, Roland Barthes
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October 22nd, 2011, 04:31 PM
Actually my reason for not using a filter on the lens is that I don't want or need something covering the lens. It is like putting glasses on when you already have perfect eyesight. You can only degrade the quality of what you see, not improve upon it. I know some people feel free they need a filter to protect the lens but I prefer to take my chances rather than possibly degrade the lens quality. For an SLR, I usually keep the lens shade on rather than a filter to protect the lens but this isn't possible with the GRD however, because the lens retracts and has an automatic barndoor on the front, I don't usually experience any problems. Remember, you can also clean the GRD lens of any dust or fingerprints without much of a problem using a clean microfiber cloth. This is my preferred approach to keeping the lens clean.
Originally Posted by _z0rk
I think with 2 AAA batteries you should be able to get about 25-30 photos (maybe more if you shut off the LCD and power button light). Use of flash and such will of course knock these types of batteries down very fast.
As for the viewfinder, you can find used Voightlander viewfinders online for half the price usually. They are kind of big (as already stated) but they will do the job just fine.
Hope this helps,
October 22nd, 2011, 07:14 PM
I had/have a GR1 film camera and it also has to be turned on and the lens extended before use. it however can only take 36 or so images before changing the film. My GRD3 with it's current card can take hundreds of RAW file images, and a battery swap is a lot quicker than a film change.
And a tip for those that don't already know, use rechargeable AAA batteries, they give way more shots than alkaline,
Last edited by Will; October 22nd, 2011 at 07:16 PM.
October 23rd, 2011, 10:44 AM
I appreciate your comments. I don't like gluing anything to my camera either. Although the Lens Armor looks admittedly slick. It's good to know that modern rechargeable batteries can give a a solid performance in a pinch. I think I won't bother with the viewfinder. I really like the Ricoh one, but the price - oh my. Half the price of the camera? I think not.
Originally Posted by matthewm
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