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06-18-2019, 12:02 AM   #1
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Macro use on GR III

Helllo
I've just buyed a RICOH GR III and i'am very desappointed by the "macro" use.
Can we deactivate totally the macro mode ? i'am not sure.
Here is my problem :
I take picture without using the screen but the range finder and, to save the battery, I deactive the screen. So, often, ill-advisedly, I press the button (^) on the rear control and the macro mode is actived . Why isn't possible to deactivate this mode or to change the setting on the back botton (^ ).
For a best use, the deactivation of macro mode in the drag-down menu should to allow to deactivate totally the macro mode, even on the back botton.
Thanks for your answer or advices.
Best regards

06-18-2019, 02:02 AM   #2
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Left and right buttons can be customized, but not the up button unfortunately...

I guess all you can do is try to get used to it? I'm sure in the end your muscle memory will help you not press the up button accidentally?

On the dozen or so cameras that I have used, there has been the odd button that I accidentally pressed from time to time. I always got used to it, however frustrating in the beginning...

I must say that I haven't had this problem with the macro/up button, but I always shoot using the screen (I completely switch off the camera between shots to save battery) so I always see where the camera focus is. Perhaps it also helps that I use the up button often to change snap focus distance. As such this has become a conscious move for my thumb.



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QuoteOriginally posted by Ishpuini Quote
Left and right buttons can be customized, but not the up button unfortunately...

I guess all you can do is try to get used to it? I'm sure in the end your muscle memory will help you not press the up button accidentally?

On the dozen or so cameras that I have used, there has been the odd button that I accidentally pressed from time to time. I always got used to it, however frustrating in the beginning...

I must say that I haven't had this problem with the macro/up button, but I always shoot using the screen (I completely switch off the camera between shots to save battery) so I always see where the camera focus is. Perhaps it also helps that I use the up button often to change snap focus distance. As such this has become a conscious move for my thumb.



Wim
Thanks for your advices.
After all, the rangefinder is useless, what a pity !!

Other question, please :
In according to you, what's the best personnal functions for street pictures : :
-P, M, AV ou TAV
-ISO auto or not
-Snap (at what distance?) or autofocus

What are the functions which can be ineffective to save the battery?

Best regards
06-19-2019, 02:42 AM   #4
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QuoteOriginally posted by PONCET Quote
Thanks for your advices.
After all, the rangefinder is useless, what a pity !!

Other question, please :
In according to you, what's the best personnal functions for street pictures : :
-P, M, AV ou TAV
There's no TAv (except for M + Auto ISO).
Personally I'm always in Av. That's what I've always been used to (using the aperture ring in the old days), and it's possibly my only photography habit that hasn't changed over the decades...


QuoteOriginally posted by PONCET Quote
-ISO auto or not
I try to keep my ISO as low as possible generally. However, if I'm in changing light that may get me in too long exposure times, I often go into Auto ISO. The GR III makes this very easy, because pressing Fn when adjusting ISO switches between Auto and fixed. I've set the minimum shutter speed to 1/10s for Auto ISO, so I have to keep that in mind when deciding between upping the ISO or switching to Auto ISO. If I want faster speeds, I up the ISO, but Auto ISO if I want maximum IQ that I can hand hold for a relatively static scene.


QuoteOriginally posted by PONCET Quote
-Snap (at what distance?) or autofocus
This is down to personal preference... I see a lot of people prefer having AF and using full press snap focus at relatively short distance (as close as you are comfortable getting to your (unsuspecting?) subjects). I understand this is great for pure (intrusive) street photography, but that's not really my personal style.

I personally prefer taking off AF from the shutter button. I tried first to have AF on the Fn button (point select AF) and I enabled Touch screen AF as well. I found I used the latter almost exclusively. Full press snap focus doesn't work however if you take off the AF from the shutter release, so I was switching to snap focus mode every time I preferred that...
Until I found out that Touch screen AF overrides the snap distance when in Snap focus mode. Hence my Fn button is now the ND filter switch, and I'm constantly in Snap mode with Touch screen AF to override in case of critical focus (focus distance returns to snap distance after touching and releasing the shutter, picture or not).
My distance varies a lot. It sits mostly at 2.5m or 5m, depending on the light and the aperture I set. Being in Snap mode shows a distance and DoF scale on the screen, which I use as a guide.


QuoteOriginally posted by PONCET Quote
What are the functions which can be ineffective to save the battery?
I keep the camera switched off as much as possible. It switches on so fast, which means I can push the power button while moving the camera in front of me and have it powered up and ready by the time my eye catches the screen. I'm a relatively selective shooter, so this gets me more than one day on one battery mostly, even when I shoot 10-20 image sequences in burst (I do this for low light static scenes, so I can remove high ISO noise by stacking/blending, as well for heavily cropped shots (e.g. 50mm crop mode) to be able to up the resolution through the same PP technique).

I'm not sure what feature is the most battery hungry. Many if not most blame the SR, but I've never noticed much impact of this on battery life in my Pentax DSLRs that share the same system. Of course, in the GR III it works all the time the screen is on, so perhaps it burns through more juice? Another culprit could be the touch screen. A few years ago I was investigating the smart watch market and noticed a big difference in battery life when comparing watches with touch screen and without touch screen.


Hope this helps?

grtz, Wim

06-20-2019, 01:53 AM   #5
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Hello

Thanks for your answer and your useful informations.
Even if I prefer, with this camera, take street pictures than static pictures, I'm going to use a part of your tunings particularly snap mode either than AF
and Av with ISO auto.
I'm going also to try to deactive touch screen mode to save perhaps the battery.

In the future, I hope that RICOH wil improve battery capacity and will change the macro mode with possibility to deactive completely this function on the back bottom (^).

Best regards

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06-20-2019, 04:55 AM   #6
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QuoteOriginally posted by PONCET Quote



In the future, I hope that RICOH wil improve battery capacity
They won't put a bigger battery in, Christian, it would make the camera larger.

It's a mirrorless, so carry an extra battery like I do with my Sonys when walking around.



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