Finally got a GRD III

Discussion in 'Ricoh Forum' started by Michael Penn, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. Michael Penn

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    Should have bought one two years ago. Definitely design for a street photographer. A perfect match for my GR1s.

    [​IMG]"640" height="426" alt="Ricoh GRD III &amp; Ricoh GR1s" /></a>[/IMG]
     
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  2. Will

    Will SC All-Pro

    Aug 30, 2010
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    Nice.
    I'm trying to resist getting one myself.
     
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  3. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 12, 2010
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    That's about as good as it gets. The lens is great and the snap mode...
    Hmmmmm, nah...I do miss it tho'
    Good luck Mike... Maybe I'll Seeya on the street or concourse...
    Don
     
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  4. Will

    Will SC All-Pro

    Aug 30, 2010
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    Gave up resisting when I saw a brand new one for under £300 on the net.

    A few from the first set of images

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/8076775@N02/5550213480/" title="R0014450crop by meaning_of_light, on Flickr">[​IMG]"829" height="1024" alt="R0014450crop" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/8076775@N02/5550213456/" title="R0014446crop by meaning_of_light, on Flickr">[​IMG]"808" height="1024" alt="R0014446crop" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/8076775@N02/5550213446/" title="R0014444crop by meaning_of_light, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="752" alt="R0014444crop" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/8076775@N02/5550213444/" title="R0014423 by meaning_of_light, on Flickr">[​IMG]"1024" height="827" alt="R0014423" /></a>
     
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  5. BBW

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    Will, thanks for these - but you didn't post my favorite from your Flickr stream, though I have enjoyed them all - and this last one is my other runner up favorite.

    So what do you think, Will - what makes this GRD the it camera for you? You don't have to be technical, unless that's your thing to be.
     
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  6. pictor

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    Jul 14, 2010
    This is a very interesting camera, because it's so unusual that a compact has a fixed focal length.
     
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  7. Will

    Will SC All-Pro

    Aug 30, 2010
    England
    For me I think mostly its that the GRD cameras just seem to disappear during the creative process of seeing and trying to capture an image, its almost like pointing your finger at something to say "look at that, isn't it beautiful" and then you get home and all those insights you pointed at have come home with you in that little technological marvel.

    Here is the one you liked best. Thanks for your comments, they are much appreciated always.
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/8076775@N02/5550213470/" title="R0014455crop2 by meaning_of_light, on Flickr">[​IMG]"685" height="1024" alt="R0014455crop2" /></a>
     
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  8. BBW

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    Will, thank you. Your description is enough for me - beautifully said.

    And thank you for adding this one, my true favorite, to the thread. It is absolutely stunning.
     
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  9. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

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    Congratulations Will. I miss my GRDII on occasion. I love the Sigma DP2 - and will get me a DP1 in time - but the GRDs are simply razor sharp, highly responsive and super discreet! Can't wait to see more.
     
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  10. Ray Sachs

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    you should be able to figure it out...
    I'm curious about what the GRD brings to the table that the LX-5 doesn't when set to 28mm on the step zoom. The LX-5 is f2.1 at that length, so almost as fast. Its also crazy quick in operation, and very intuitive to use for either AF or hyperfocal shooting in MF. The sensor size is basically the same. Is the Ricoh lens better at that focal length by virtue of being fixed focal length rather than one stop in a zoom? Just curious - I've been intrigued by these cameras, but not enough to try one. I do like that classic 28mm field of view a lot, and its what I usually use on my gf1 and often enough on the LX5. But I'm not seeing a huge upside unless the IQ is all that much better and the LX5 is pretty good at ISO 400 and below.

    -Ray
     
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  11. Will

    Will SC All-Pro

    Aug 30, 2010
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    I've never used an LX-5 so Ill have to let someone else field this one except to say the smaller form and flush integral lens cover on the GRD is an advantage for me.
     
  12. BBW

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    Bigger sensor isn't it on your GRDII? To me that would be the key.
     
  13. Ray Sachs

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    you should be able to figure it out...
    The GRD III has the same 10mp CCD 1/1.7" sensor size as the Canon S95. The LX-5 is nearly the same - just a hair bigger but effectively the same size sensor. So that's not it. To the extent there's any advantage it would have to be the fixed lens I'm guessing. And maybe startup time since the camera doesn't have to be set to the proper zoom length (which can happen automatically on the LX-5 but takes an extra second or two. Not an issue if you leave the camera on during shoots though.

    -Ray
     
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  14. Andrewteee

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    Jul 8, 2010
    The GRD lens is very sharp and has very little distortion. I've generally found small sensor zooms to have distortion at the wide end. The camera is very fast and includes snap focus. It is compact, durable, beautiful, and can be fully customized via its "boxes" and My Settings. I absolutely love mine.

    But of course it is still a small sensor.
     
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  15. BBW

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    Thanks, Ray - and Andrew. Andrew would you explain "snap focus" to me? And do the Ricohs generally have snap focus?
     
  16. Ray Sachs

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    you should be able to figure it out...
    That's kind of what I figured - thanks. I have that focal length well covered with my gf1 14mm pancake and the LX-5, so I probably wouldn't consider one. But if I'd thought about it first, who knows? I like that focal length a lot and I seem to be gravitating to shooting with slightly wide to very wide primes almost exclusively lately. The 16 (24 equivalent) on the Nex, the 14, 17, and 20 on the gf1 (and sometimes gh2), and the LX-5 in step zoom mode that feels like three separate primes (six, but 3 at the wider end) - I seem to change the zoom setting about as often as I'd change the lens on the gf1. And I know I'm gonna end up with either the X-100 or the 24mm Zeiss for the Nex, So I'm probably set for a while (or will be soon). But it looks like a nice little rig...

    -Ray
     
  17. Andrewteee

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    Jul 8, 2010
    Yes, they all do, but it works best on the small sensors. In snap focus the camera is set to a focus distance, meaning you just snap away and the camera does not have to focus for each shot; it's immediate with no shutter lag. You can adjust the snap focus distance on the fly. On the small sensor cameras the DoF is deep so most things are in focus anyway, hut with the APS-C sensors the DoF can be shallow, so snap focus requires more care in use.
     
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  18. BBW

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    Thanks, Andrew. That sounds like an extremely useful option to have. Hmm...
     
  19. stillshunter

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    Oh the size of the GRD compared to the LX5 is a real consideration. I had both, and granted my LX5 wasn't large (by dSLR standards) but compared to the GRD it was a beast! The GRD just feels right in the hand. Sorry can't describe it any better than that. Also the fixed lens is just a different style of shooting altogether. I went from a GRD to an LX5 and then to the DP2. I just couldn't warm to the zoom. I know, I know, it's just me! :redface: So I'd compare the GRD to the S95, but not the LX series.

    Now having said ALL that! the S95 is an interesting proposition. Fits easily in a jeans pocket, just like my old GRD! Hmmmm.....
     
  20. Will

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    A couple more for you

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/8076775@N02/5557052294/" title="R0014534 by meaning_of_light, on Flickr">[​IMG]"489" height="640" alt="R0014534" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/8076775@N02/5557052258/" title="R0014543crop by meaning_of_light, on Flickr">[​IMG]"640" height="503" alt="R0014543crop" /></a>
     
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