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The "halp me spend money" thread...

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Casey, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. Casey

    Casey SC Veteran

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    Mar 17, 2016
    Atlanta, GA
    Casey
    Multi question thread going on here but I'm pretty sure nothing is technically going to be a NEED vs being a WANT.

    Recently I acquired a Canon 6d and a Sony RX1 after clearing out all of my Fuji gear. I couldn't pocket the RX1, so it wasn't really serving me a huge deal vs carrying my 6d around. Don't get me wrong, I loved it...but I just sold it to a friend so I could keep the 6d as my main FF DSLR for now. Now I find myself torn over where to look when it comes to a new ECD compact, lenses for the 6d and a new laptop (my 2011 MBP is still alive but I'm craving something new).

    1. So how good is the Ricoh GR or the GR2 and do I need to consider it? I want something for every day use that will produce. I've had: Fuji x100, S and T. Not looking for anything smaller sensor wise, but the GR seems tempting in overall physical size. None found locally so I can't handle them in person. Not sure about the Nikon Coolpix A yet, but I think I'm leaning Ricoh on this. Totally open to other items, just looking to stay ASP-C sensor size.

    2. For the 6d, I currently just use the 85mm 1.8 USM. Dropped and killed a cheap 35mm so I'm debating the EF 35mm 2.0 IS USM, or the 70-200mm f4L to get some reach and stay cheap. Both seem ideal right now.

    3. With how old my laptop is, should I be focusing this attention on something like a new MBP with retina to keep up? Currently carry an iPhone 6s and iPad mini 2 with retina on me daily. I can't seem to talk myself into the new MacBook with retina even though it's gorgeous to look at. Just doesn't feel complete to me.

    4. Just stick with the 6d 85mm combo, use my iPhone for daily snaps and eat good?
     
  2. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    I'll pick off point 1.. I too have had X100/S/T. I still have the latter and very good it is too. There is also now the X70 to consider with it's tilty(ugh) touch(ugh)screen and sticky-out lens. But I also have a GR and if I was really forced to only have a single APS-C single focal length compact it would be this. I can even forgive it the lack of viewfinder because it is so good in every other quantifiable, conceivable dimension. It becomes an extension of your arm and a tool that realises your intent. It (still) has no equal.
     
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  3. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I'd grab a minty used GR and keep the rest of dough on hand until your photo needs come into better focus. I might also consider a cheap 35 or a 28-70 (or something similar)....... the 85 is a great lens, but it's focal length if kinda limiting. It's not really a great one size fits all kind of focal length.
     
  4. Casey

    Casey SC Veteran

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    Mar 17, 2016
    Atlanta, GA
    Casey
    Had a cheap Yongnuo 35mm 2.0 that was on the 6d but had a sad encounter with gravity. Wasn't bad for $90.

    Everything seems to say the GR is what I need, just haven't looked at a ton of stuff to see the ISO limitations.
     
  5. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I don't feel like it really has any ISO limitations. 6400 can be pretty gritty, but that's just extra flavor once one realizes the folly of chasing down the IQ rabbit hole. Of course, YMMV.
     
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  6. Casey

    Casey SC Veteran

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    Mar 17, 2016
    Atlanta, GA
    Casey
    I wouldn't be too wary, I've just been used to Fuji's rendering of ISO and the only Pentax experience I have was with an old K-01 that I had some issues with.

    Can't find a anything locally to play with though.