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08-22-2018, 11:41 AM   #1
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DA 15mm + 21mm or Ricoh GR II

I am heading over for a trip and considering the following choices:

Option 1: K50 + DA 10-17mm + DA 21mm + F / 1.7 50mm
Option 2: K50 + DA 15mm + DA 21 mm + F / 1.7 50mm
Option 3: K50 + DA 10-17mm + Ricoh GR II + F / 1.7 50mm
Option 4: Ricoh GR II


I will be driving for a couple of days in Scotland and then visiting some European cities. So, i expect to take some landscapes and a lot of street / architecture shots.

I went out and bought the GR II last week and am highly impressed with it's portability and IQ.

I am looking for opinions between the four options i listed above. Also, now that I got my hands on the Ricoh GR II, I am also considering just selling my DA 15mm and DA 21mm.

The Ricoh sits right between the two, has higher max aperture than either and IQ seems equal or better. Size wise, it's probably a wash or better than carrying both the lenses.

Would really appreciate if you can share your experiences on the DA15mm + DA21mm Vs the Ricoh GR II?

08-22-2018, 12:18 PM   #2
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I'd probably do:

Option 50 K50 + 50mm 1.7 + GRII

28 / 50 covers most needs
Reasonably lightweight/compact (but no need to go all the way to just GRII since you have a car)
Back-up in case of unforeseen damage/theft/loss/failure

Or I would do option 2 - just because I always find I end up happier with primes than zooms (and 15mm is probably plenty wide).
08-22-2018, 12:36 PM   #3
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My choice would be #3: 10-17, 50, plus GR.

That gives you the flexibility of ultrawide zoom for architecture, the GR for street photography, and a total 10 to 50 range for landscapes. Note that I don't care much for the fisheye 10-17, but that's just my personal opinion against the fisheye effect.

I own a GR and DA 15. DA 15 strengths are flare resistance, starbursts, and colors. GR strengths are sharpness and the ultra-compact body. The 15 is significantly wider than the GR's 18mm; 3mm makes a big difference at the wide end.
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QuoteOriginally posted by DeadJohn Quote
The 15 is significantly wider than the GR's 18mm; 3mm makes a big difference at the wide end.
this..

I'd take the da15 & the GR

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At the time that I bought the GR back in 2013, I also had the DA 21 which I really, really liked. After using the GR and comparing images from both I ended up selling the DA 21 and used the money to buy the GW-3 wide angle convertor (stellar images @ 21mm equiv) for the GR and have never regretted it. That 21mm equiv would come in handy in the smallish European environments. Were I to travel to Europe again I would take the GR + GW-3 + DSLR with the F50 1.7 and everything would fit in a smallish sling bag. Good luck with whatever you decide to do. ps make sure you have back-up batteries for the GR as they typically don’t last as long as your Dslr.
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I'd take the GRII only. Convenience.
This thing is so small and lightweight, yet it produces wonderful images and is really nice to handle once getting used to it. Super customizable to fill your needs/usage.
With the crop modes you almost have a 18mm+ 21mm (28mm + 35mm equiv). You'd loose the ultra wide 15mm. But even in crop 35mm, quality wise, I wouldn't miss the 21ltd.
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What lenses to bring is mostly a matter of taste - but I'd definitely never leave the GR at home.

I'd probably go with the GR, 15 and 50 - and maybe the fisheye. The 10-17 can be immensely good fun.
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I would find it very hard to make that decision.


For the Scottish countryside, I would actually really recommend the DA15 or the DA21. When the sun comes through, you might be able to catch a few star bursts that the Ricoh GR won't be able to do as well. As much as I love my GR, I think the DA15/DA21s are pretty special in terms of rendering and colour reproduction.

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There is a GW-3 21mm (35mm equivalent) wide angle adapter for GR.
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Go with option 2
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I’d take the GR. For the past 4+yrs the only cameras I’ve taken on trips are the GR/GRII and my iPhone. The GR is so compact and perfect for travelling light, Plus you’re getting SLR-like image quality in a pocket-sized camera. Also, if you’re wandering around in a busy city, you won’t have a big camera bag to attract attention.

I just came back from Scotland. If you’re on Instagram, I created a hashtag #nedzscotland which has about 70 images from the trip if you’d like to see the type of images I shot with the GR.

Have a great trip, Scotland is wonderful!

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Thanks much for all your responses.

The GR II will definitely go with me.
And I will likely take the K-50 along too. Only because I am more comfortable with the K50 and the GR II is very new to me, so, still need to figure out all the quirks of the camera.

For the lenses,

- Will make a game-time decision on 10-17mm vs 15mm. Leaving tomorrow

As @Savoche mentioned, 10-17mm is a fun lens and i can capture so much more with it, but I am leaning towards the 15mm for the size and the hopefully, some starbursts in the Scottish country side.


- I will drop the F 50 / 1.7 for a DA 40. Although, i very much prefer the images from the F 1.7 it is relatively more solid / heavy.

I will be taking a sling bag.


@denpapp, Thanks for the suggestion to take extra batteries. I didn't know GR II runs out of batteries faster than DSLRs.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mayajaal Quote
...but I am leaning towards the 15mm for the size and the hopefully, some starbursts in the Scottish country side.
I love the 15mm. My go-to light kit is 15 and 40 LTDs. Some outsized percentage of all my favorite photos have been taken with the 15.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mayajaal Quote
I will drop the F 50 / 1.7 for a DA 40. Although, i very much prefer the images from the F 1.7 it is relatively more solid / heavy.
If you want to take handheld photos in dim light, consider that the 50 offers 1.5 stops extra light gathering.
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