Shooter's Unabridged thoughts and feelings about the GXR

Discussion in 'Ricoh GXR Forum' started by Streetshooter, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    So I had about 2 hours today to hit the street. The GXR took me for our maiden voyage.
    I didn't have that virgin anxious feeling with the camera. I guess it's partially due to my experience with other Ricoh cameras most notably, the GRD cameras.

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    The camera struggled with me but I was the happy content fool that I always am.

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    It's definitely a serious camera for the serious shooters. It kinda makes you not think but just trust yourself and it and be intuitive. I didn't read the manual.

    It even does color. Imagine that, my camera doing color....hmmmm

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    I used the A12 28mm because that has the most appeal for what I do and how I see.

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    The GXR has an almost benign presence. It really kinda disappears in the crowd and thus you do also.

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    The camera thinks faster than I do and it led me to this image. With a viewfinder, I couldn't do this stuff. The mere sight of a camera at the eye, immediately raises a flag to the subject.

    It's a very fast machine. It's extremely responsive and intuitive, I love the feel of it in my hand but I never notice it's even there, neither does the subject....well, let's not get carried away shooter...

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    What I totally enjoy about not using a finder is the interaction that comes without fear, anxiety and paranoia from my subject or myself.

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    This woman is the only one who reacted to me pushing a lens in her face. After I made the exposure, she called me over to ask why I made the photo. I walked back gently and said..."I can't resist the face of a beautiful woman". She smiled and told me I was a crazy SOB. I smiled and walked away with a photo I really like.

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  2. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    I only had about 2 hours to work and have another 10-20 decent images. I wasn't out to work but just to rest myself with the camera.
    Please feel free to post any and all GXR related images, thoughts, comments etc on this thread. We all need to support each other or no one ever gets anywhere....ya can't do nothing alone except be lonely....
    Don
     
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  3. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend Subscribing Member

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
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    you should be able to figure it out...
    Very nice images and very recognizably yours Don. But you don't usually come back with so many from a relatively quick shoot, so something must be meshing well between you and the camera. A couple of questions though - are you using snap focus much or using the AF? I use snap focus a ton with the GRD3, but don't know that I would with such a large sensor with it's reduced DOF. Also, does that 28mm module have a silent shutter?

    Nice shooting, regardless!

    -Ray
     
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  4. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Thanks Ray. Actually I have more to do.
    Anyway, the camera is dead quiet. Not a peep to be heard. I use Snap most of the time. It has more distance settings then the GRD. The interface is almost identical but a few extra features.
    The DOF is not an issue. When you change fstops or shoot distance, the DOF scale shows what's going on. The GRD does the same thing but with the additional choices, it's nice.
    Tomorrow I'll take the 50 out and see what happens.
    Don
     
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  5. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro S.C. Charter Member Subscribing Member

    Jul 10, 2010
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    Don,

    I think you could take great photos with a 1mp camera phone.
     
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  6. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Stan. I read your post on the other thread. Your sooo right. 28-35-50 is nirvana.
    So until Ricoh makes the 35 lessor, the Fuji is kinda safe. The GXR is one rock n' roll camera. I have a lot to write but first I have to do the 50 to get a feel. I have always used a 35 on my M's. Around the last year that I did film I started carrying an M3 with a Cron on it. My vision was wanting to get tighter. I hope that feeling wakes up with the GXR.

    Jason my friend, thank you ever so much.
    Don
     
  7. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro S.C. Charter Member Subscribing Member

    Jul 9, 2010
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    Gorgeous shots as usual, Don. Bravo!

    Antonio
     
  8. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Stan, Raw files imported to LR. Then I usually adjust the Clarity slider. It's the most important thing in the processor. Then I open the file in Silver Effex 2 and do all different things. It depends on how the image reads to me as to what I do in there and it's usually never the same for each image. I don't use presets as I don't want a stamp appearance to the images. The the file comes back into LR for sharpening. Every camera needs different settings and I find so far that this one needs around 50. Not bad. Then into PS5 for sizing and the matt installation. Then back into LR for export to various locations.

    Long answer but that's the way it is. Please post when you get your camera tomorrow. As your Pentax stuff is walking out the door, tell them not to sweat cause the GXR is now a cousin...
    You'll see.....
     
  9. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Thank you kind sir.
     
  10. retow

    retow SC All-Pro S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 24, 2010
    Great series, but the first one is my favorite with a "3D" look. How does AF speed and accuracy of the two lensors compare and also relative to the X100?
     
  11. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo! Subscribing Member

    Sep 8, 2010
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    You're a bit good at this street photography stuff aren't you!! I wish i had the balls to photograph people but i just can't do it very well so i take my hat off to you!!

    Awesome images as per usual. Thanks.
     
  12. kyteflyer

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    Jan 31, 2011
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    Wonderful set, Don. My favourite is the large man sitting near the window exhorting him to brag about it. One wondered, and I giggled. Second favourite is the lady who asked.
     
  13. Will

    Will SC All-Pro

    Aug 30, 2010
    England
    Lovely images, and very interesting to hear your thoughts on your experiences using the camera Don.

    I've been been thinking for a while now that the GXR might be my next photographic partner so for me this thread is going to be fascinating.
     
  14. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Somehow I've got the idea that you have the M module (or is it coming? Or am I just confused?) ... so it'll be good to see what happens then

    (I'm not adding congratulations for the shots because it seems so superfluous ... that eye of yours speaks for itself ... he said, mixing his metaphors horribly)
     
  15. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Thanks all. I haven't posted to many thoughts yet. I will after I test the 50. I don't see the M module. I have my ways and not willing to change on this issue. The interface is unequaled by any camera. There is no wasted space on the camera, yet nothing is crowded.
    More later, hopefully a 50 test this afternoon.
     
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  16. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Moderator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Great first outing photos and insights, Don! Glad you're enjoying the GXR.
     
  17. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 7, 2010
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    Don, I saw a bunch of these on Flickr last night...but not that first one which is, if I had to pick, I think my favorite so far - there's a real depression era feel, akin to the WPA days...

    I look forward to reading and seeing more, but I'm with Jason - you could get a wonderful image from a 1mp camera of any kind.:th_salute:
     
  18. Duane Pandorf

    Duane Pandorf SC Top Veteran

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    Apr 25, 2011
    Western NC
    Thanks for these Don. It looks like class has started for me with this thread. I'm in the front row at attention.
     
  19. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    Duane, you look familiar. We have another guy around here but he's uh...uh.. a nice guy also.
    Maybe you've seen him around.
     
  20. Duane Pandorf

    Duane Pandorf SC Top Veteran

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    Apr 25, 2011
    Western NC
    Everytime I look in the mirror! Looking forward to some GXR lessons Don!