Introducing Myself

Discussion in 'Welcomes and Introductions' started by bonjac, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. bonjac

    bonjac SC Rookie

    Mar 14, 2013
    Santa Ynez, California
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    Hi to all, My name is Jack and I just joined serious compacts. I'm a big fan of compact cameras. I have spent a lot of time lugging a DSLR and all the gadgets around and found it awkward and bulky. I have been shooting for about 5 years and started from a point of no experience whatsoever. For the longest time I basically believed there were only two kinds of cameras: Dslr for real photographers and point&shoot for rank amateurs. I belong to a camera club where camera size and price are the hallmarks of real photographers. But by chance, I met a fellow doing some photography and we got to talking. He was using a very small camera and I remarked about its size. He told me it was a Leica M8 and showed me some images on his laptop. I was amazed. Subsequently, I rented a Leica (not an easy thing to do) and tried it out. It was light, unobtrusive, easy to use, intuitive, not overly complicated, and the results were impressive. I was hooked. Leica prices are out of my league for right now. So I did some research, found out about the Ricoh GXR with an M mount and here I am. I didn't realize there was a site like this and delighted to have found it. I look forward to "meeting" you and sharing experiences and information. My primary photo interests are landscape and street shooting. However, I shoot whatever grabs my eye. My first m lens is a Minolta Rokkor 40mm. I use Aperture on an iMac for my processing and editing. I tend to shoot RAW. Cheers, Jack
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  2. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
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    Bill Palmer
    Welcome, Jack. You have definitely come to the right place ;)

    Sent from another Galaxy
  3. Ripleysbaby

    Ripleysbaby supernatural anesthetist

    Sep 9, 2011
    Cumbria UK
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    Hello Jack. Welcome :smile:
  4. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants SC All-Pro

    Mar 3, 2013
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    John Griggs
    Welcome, Jack!

    I'm a recovering DSLR user myself. I have a stable of micro four thirds cams and lenses, and a Panasonic LX7 that now goes everywhere with me.

    This is a great online community and this and Mu-43 are the only ones I belong to. Great people (and many of the same people, lol) on both.
  5. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet SC All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
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    Hi Jack, glad your journey has brought you here. Sometimes I think I'd like a DSLR, and then I remember you have to carry it.
    I use Aperture as well on MacBook Pro. I'm not very good with it, I probably use about 5% of its capability. One day I will learn more.

    The photo challenges are a good way to get yourself started here - give it a go, get some pictures up and I look forward to seeing what you've been up to with the Ricoh
  6. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
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    Hi Jack, sounds like you've had quite the photographic revelation! I like the idea of the GXR, although I don't think it fits my particular needs right now. Looking forward to seeing some of your work!
  7. Briar

    Briar SC All-Pro

    Oct 27, 2010
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    Hi Jack

    Welcome to Serious Compacts! Somewhere in my cupboard I have a GXR with the 28mm and 50mm module. Not used it over the winter but when Edinburgh livens up a bit no doubt I will hit the streets with it again. Look forward to seeing your images and posts on the Forum.