Ricoh GRD IV versus Sony NEX 5N with Carl Zeiss Distagon lens

Discussion in 'Ricoh Forum' started by norman shearer, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. norman shearer

    norman shearer SC Veteran

    Okay, not a serious comparison but it did kind of surprise me just how capable the Ricoh is for landscape/nature work.

    Ricoh GRD IV handheld but with IBIS turned on.

    Untitled by norman j shearer2010, on Flickr

    Now for the 5N image shot with the Carl Zeiss Distagon 28mm, tripod mounted

    Eyebrook Reservoir by norman j shearer2010, on Flickr

    I think if the Ricoh GRD IV had a tilting LCD I'd use it a lot more for these kind of shots. Maybe I should get a VF for it..
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  2. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
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    Norman, thanks for both of these. It's good to see what the more diminutive GRD can do in color. The colors and light quality in that first one steal the show, I think.

    I've only tried a camera with a tilt screen once - it was Don's NEX 5, and I have to say that I did really like having it.
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  3. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Thanks for sharing Norman. You should get the viewfinder.. if only for the days when its too sunny to see the lcd. You did fine here though.
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  4. Naveed Akhtar

    Naveed Akhtar SC Regular

    Dec 8, 2011
    London, UK
    Hey Norman,

    I don't think the photos are taken at the same time, what happened to light on the tree at NEX-5n shot?
    Can you please share the exposure and settings, when you were capturing the images?

  5. norman shearer

    norman shearer SC Veteran

    Don't take it too seriously. I shot for a few minutes with the GRDIV then switched to the 5N so some time has lapsed and it is possible the light faded a little. However I should add that I did a lot more in the way of pp with the 5N image and I think I was trying hard to get the sky detail in and keep the colours as real as possible. With the GRDIV image it was a quick tweak of the colours and job done. I tend to not worry about realism so much with the GRDIV because its sensor is smaller so it tends to draw with a bigger brush and the finer details are more artistic than real.
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  6. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
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    Lovely Ricoh Colors there, Norman! Warning GRD can be addictive!
  7. Landshark

    Landshark PhotoDog

    Jul 15, 2010
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    There is a dramatic difference in the light between the two, one has sun highlights the looks for more muted from the overcast