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Washington, DC with the Ricoh GR1

Discussion in 'Film Camera Forum' started by matthewm, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. matthewm

    matthewm SC Regular

    Jun 23, 2011
    Sumter/Charleston, SC
    Matthew Morse
    Last weekend, my wife, her parents and myself took a drive up to Washington, DC for a little impromptu vacation. I normally take a ton of gear that I don't really need when I travel (like last summer on my honeymoon out west when I took a 5D, 17-40, Contax TVS, Fuji Klasse, Canon G10, Horizon 202 and a Manfrotto Tripod). Not only do I tend to take too much gear, but I tend to spend too much time trying to figure out what to use when and where and my shoulders hate me for several days on my return from lugging around a bunch of crap I don't need (in my defense, I was carrying a rather large backpack out west so the gear was easily carried and my wife's 5D failed during the trip so she took my 5D and I shot with my 35mm compacts and the G10 the whole time which turned out to be a blessing in disguise, really).

    Anyway, on this particular trip, I decided to go small. I recently grabbed a Ricoh GR1 from one of the other forums (a camera I've been lusting after for quite some time) and for some digital fun, I packed my Canon 5D and the 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake lens (a very capable lens and one I'm very glad to own for just these occasions where I want a seriously compact serious SLR). Here are a few shots from my trip to DC with the GR1 shot on Kodak BW400 (Yes, I cheated and got the C-41 stuff...). These are drug store scans with some slight processing in SilverEfex to convert them to pure black and white, but no other edits were made.


    And here are a few from the 5D/40 Combo (Not necessarily a serious compact, but seriously compact in the way of SLRs). All processed in Photoshop CS5 using RadLab. No other sharpening or corrections applied.

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    7688683128_df14a7b9b5. 7688683924_d2d57e4a1c.

    As always, your feedback and comments are welcome.

    Kind regards,
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  2. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Love the look of the GR1 shots. Very crisp and contrasty.
  3. Gubrz

    Gubrz O.* Gonzo's & Bentley's Dad

    Jun 5, 2012
    Austin, TX
    ugh now i want ice cream...:)
  4. matthewm

    matthewm SC Regular

    Jun 23, 2011
    Sumter/Charleston, SC
    Matthew Morse
    Thank you! They turned out surprisingly well. Definitely exceeded my expectations for a point and shoot camera.
  5. matthewm

    matthewm SC Regular

    Jun 23, 2011
    Sumter/Charleston, SC
    Matthew Morse
    This guy has some:

  6. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    ugh..... now I want a hot dog
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