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Forum: Ricoh GR 10-18-2020, 08:43 PM  
Anyone opinions on GR v GR iii image quality?
Posted By gbl
Replies: 12
Views: 658
What the others said, plus:
The dynamic range is greatly improved in the shadows compared to the GR/II. The high ISOs are cleaner especially between 1600 and 3200. Although I find the internet reports about the high ISO performance a bit too enthusiastic. I find the Fuji sensors, for example, have better high ISO performance. The real advantage compared to the GR/II is the stabilizer.
A lot better - compared to the GR/II - is how colors are rendered with high ISOs over ISO1600. I found the older GR RAWs hard to correct color-wise with ISOs over 800 and I switched a lot to B/W. That is a lot better now.

A real advantage for me is how the new lens and sensor render landscapes. I found that the GR/II had a bit of a "clinical" look at infinity while it was spectacular at close and mid range distances. I found the GR/II lens sharper at mid distances. The new lens is a lot better at infinity. The better sensor resolution helps with this impression as well.

I bit of a downfall on the GRIII is the rather high vignetting in the RAWs with the new lens, which can lead to higher noise in the corners when corrected. I'd rather add vignette if I want than take it out.

But overall, yes, I think there is significant improvement in the RAW files in post. The GR/II was a fantastic street shooter, the GRIII is a much more flexible camera now.

Hope that helps!
Forum: Ricoh GR 10-16-2020, 08:32 AM  
GR III Question: Enforcing Minimum Shutter Speed in Auto ISO
Posted By gbl
Replies: 11
Views: 545
I'm a bit puzzled to the Original poster's claim that his Fuji and Nikon cameras do what he wants. Because they don't. They react just like the Ricoh. If one uses Aperture priority with a Fuji and minimum shutter speed and max ISO, the camera will use the ISO as a true maximum, but will override the minimum shutter speed if needed to get the right exposure.
In connection with ISO, the minimum shutter speed is only used in to tell the camera when to switch to the next higher ISO value. It will never underexpose. But that's the case with every camera I have used so far.

So I'm still not sure what the problem really is. The only way a camera reacts the way he describes in his first post is in full manual or Shutter priority.
Forum: Ricoh GR 10-14-2020, 05:21 PM  
GR III Question: Enforcing Minimum Shutter Speed in Auto ISO
Posted By gbl
Replies: 11
Views: 545
Are you in Shutter priority (Tv)?
Forum: Ricoh GR 10-11-2020, 01:33 PM  
Has anybody tried the old GW-3 wide adapter on the GRIII?
Posted By gbl
Replies: 3
Views: 426
I did. But unfortunately the thread is of limited use as it was all hearsay. The old GW-3 WILL work on on the GRIII as it has the same 49mm mount if an adapter is mounted. Ricoh had to redesign the GW-4 optically because the lens changed, that's it. It will still work with anything that has a 49mm filter. I am asking about results with the GW-3. Maybe somebody has been brave enough to mount the GW-3 on the GRIII.
Forum: Ricoh GR 10-10-2020, 12:52 PM  
Has anybody tried the old GW-3 wide adapter on the GRIII?
Posted By gbl
Replies: 3
Views: 426
Hi all,

as the title says. Has anybody tried this? The GW-3 is the converter designed for the GR/GRII. I know it will mount on the GRIII with the lens adapter. But what are the results?
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 10-08-2020, 04:25 PM  
Point and Shoot Competition #151 - Shoot Anything!
Posted By gbl
Replies: 13
Views: 864
The National Music Center in Calgary. Sony RX100 M5

Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 10-03-2020, 05:25 PM  
Point and Shoot Competition #151 - Shoot Anything!
Posted By gbl
Replies: 13
Views: 864
Sony RX0. The camera has a fixed aperture at f4. Will update shutter speeds an ISO later.



Another Sony RX0 shot.

Forum: Ricoh GR 10-02-2020, 10:06 AM  
Does the new Ricoh GR lll get dust on the sensor ?
Posted By gbl
Replies: 49
Views: 11,141
It almost seems some people want it to happen. They ask and ask until they find somebody it happened to. That's why I don't really see the point of those questions. If you have dust on your camera's sensor - no matter which one - you have to deal with it. Either ignore it, fix the images in post, send it in or clean it yourself. What does it matter if others had or have dust on the sensor? You have to deal with YOURs.

If you base a buying decision on reports of others regarding dust on a sensor, I guarantee you that you base your decision on the wrong criteria.
Every camera can get dust on the sensor. I had dust in a Sony RX0 which is supposed to be water and dustproof. The particle was so big, I had to send it in. It was bad luck, that's all.

I think of dust on a sensor like I have a flat on a car. If it happens I will deal with it.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 10-01-2020, 04:00 PM  
Point and Shoot Competition #150 Mysterious things in and around your home town
Posted By gbl
Replies: 21
Views: 1,163
Hi everybody and thanks for all your great submissions. I know this was not an easy contest, but I hope you still had fun and going out and not think about the constant craziness that seems to surround us these days. For me photography is a great stress reliever and I hope you feel the same way.

It is always a challenge to judge photos as they all mean something different to each and everyone of us. But since we have to have a winner, here is my choice:

The winner of Point and Shoot competition #150 is:
Barondla with his photo of the dog on the bridge. I feel that this photo and the story represents the spirit of the competition and what I was after the best. Thank you and well done, Barondla!

A close second is Bart with his "Alien in the Tree". I thought that was a fun and creative entry. Thanks Bart!

Place three is Jacquot's first entry. I really like the composition and the reflection. The image lets the view guess what we are looking at. A photo which made me think.

But to all the participants I say "Thanks!" for participating.

I'm very curious what our winner Bardonla comes up for the next contest...
Forum: Ricoh GR 09-28-2020, 05:26 PM  
Alternative to GRIII adapter ring
Posted By gbl
Replies: 16
Views: 1,248
I don't think the stick on filter would cause vignetting. But I would be afraid of it deteriorating the image quality, especially by adding unwanted reflections. You will see those quickly in low light shots with artificial light sources.

Personally, I trust the "Dust-off" function of the GRIII, and I'm not worried about dust. I don't see the point of a permanent UV filter on the GRIII.

The cheap Chinese filter adapter does not vignette at all with a filter attached. I only use it with a polarizer and additional ND filters, though. It didn't vignette even when I stacked a ND filter and a polarizer.
Forum: Ricoh GR 09-27-2020, 11:26 AM  
Alternative to GRIII adapter ring
Posted By gbl
Replies: 16
Views: 1,248
It's interesting to see that NISI changed their design to include a filter adapter instead of their previous questionable slip-on design. Although now I don't really see the advantage compared to the cheap Chinese adapter and regular 49mm filters, especially if the Nisi vignettes with a regular filter as you say. I think those JJC stick on filters are a thoroughly bad idea. You are introducing reflections and another optical surface of questionable quality, jeopardizing the camera's great lens.
Forum: Ricoh GR 09-25-2020, 12:21 PM  
GR III - photos from owners
Posted By gbl
Replies: 769
Views: 52,776
Thank you!
Forum: Ricoh GR 09-23-2020, 11:26 PM  
GR III - photos from owners
Posted By gbl
Replies: 769
Views: 52,776
I'm having a blast with this wonderful camera! Love the image stabilizer in this small camera body.

Calgary at night, no tripod.



At the River.

Forum: Ricoh GR 09-18-2020, 11:14 AM  
Ricoh GR 3
Posted By gbl
Replies: 3
Views: 541
I don't have the Street Edition, but I do have the "regular" GR3 with the GV-2 viewfinder which is essentially the same thing. I have the camera with attached viewfinder with me at all times in a small belt case. I have used many cameras in the past professionally and recreationally and the Ricoh is one of the most useful and versatile. The viewfinder gives it an extra bonus as in bright light it saves a lot of battery. Generally the viewfinder is a joy to use, bright and clear. I used to have a Fuji X100F, but the Ricoh GR3 made me switch. The image stabilizer, size and ability to save cropped RAWs are unique. I love the crop modes and the way they are implemented. The image quality and handling does the rest.
An outstanding product!
The only improvement I would like is to easily attach filters without the bulky adapter.
Forum: Ricoh GR 09-15-2020, 07:55 PM  
GR III - photos from owners
Posted By gbl
Replies: 769
Views: 52,776
Came across a creepy place today... Walked along a dark path in the woods, when I saw this tree...



it looked like out of Lord of the Rings...



Further down the path was this blood red bridge



which had an odd graffiti on it

Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 09-12-2020, 06:05 PM  
Point and Shoot Competition #150 Mysterious things in and around your home town
Posted By gbl
Replies: 21
Views: 1,163
Mystery can be found everywhere ;)
Forum: Ricoh GR 09-09-2020, 06:29 PM  
GR III - photos from owners
Posted By gbl
Replies: 769
Views: 52,776
Nice day out in Alberta, Canada







Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 09-05-2020, 04:57 PM  
Point and Shoot Competition #150 Mysterious things in and around your home town
Posted By gbl
Replies: 21
Views: 1,163
Point and Shoot Competition #150 – Mysterious things in and around your home town

Sorry guys and gals, I’m all new to this. I hope I do this correctly and I can start this competition on time. I will just copy the spirit of previous competitions.
My idea is to capture “mysterious places” in and around your home town. That could be anything from a place where something unusual happened or a strange story is attached to it. A haunted house? A creepy place? A place full of history? A mystic landsape? Or just a mysterious item?
Let us know why the place/item is mysterious to you or what the story is behind it. Ideally the image(s) will reflect the mystery or tell a story in itself.

Rules are mostly the same in spirit as last month:

Rule 1: Always have fun!

Rule 2, Cameras:
Grand rule is that a qualifying camera should be compact, and let's say fit in a pocket of some garment you own or have owned at some time, and some pockets are bigger than others! I'm not getting out a tape measure...
As far as the grand rule is met,
• Fixed lens cameras regardless of the sensor size and medium (digital or film) qualify.
• Digital interchangeable lens cameras with the sensor size equal to or smaller than 1" qualify, but no "adapted" lenses are allowed.
• Mobile phones, tablets and any 110 film cameras are allowed.

Rule 3, Submission details:
Entries will close on September 30, 2020 midnight PDT.
Enter up to three images, however you may change your entries as many times as you like up to the contest closing date/time.
List camera brand and model with entry for all to see, and exposure data would be nice.
No restrictions on when the entries were taken.
Judgment will be based on the pictures displayed in the forum, and the maximum image dimensions displayed are 1024x768 (ish) pixels. You could link to a larger sized image hosted elsewhere, but that larger image won't be used for judgment.
Contest winner determines the rules, selects theme, sets closing date and judges the next competition.

Looking forward to seeing your pictures!!!

Cheers from Canada!
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 09-04-2020, 09:01 PM  
Point and Shoot Competition #149 - Things you miss the most
Posted By gbl
Replies: 36
Views: 2,041
Thanks all! Great photos from everybody!
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 08-17-2020, 07:15 PM  
Point and Shoot Competition #149 - Things you miss the most
Posted By gbl
Replies: 36
Views: 2,041
Taken with a Sony RX0. Definitely qualifies as a compact camera :)
Fixed 24mm equivalent, Fixed f4, ISO125, 1 inch sensor.

Forum: Ricoh GR 08-14-2020, 08:45 PM  
GRiii overheating
Posted By gbl
Replies: 7
Views: 820
The camera gets noticeably warm after about 10 minutes of continuous use. Pretty much all modern cameras do. My Fuji XT20 gets just as warm. There is lots of technology built into these little cameras and they have a lot of computing/processing power. This results in heat. But the warmth is nothing excessive and can be controlled simply by turning the camera off when not in use. The GRIII start-up time is really quick and there is very little reason to walk around leaving it turned on. There are people on the Internet that try to find faults with pretty much every product on the market.
Forum: Ricoh GR 08-09-2020, 08:58 PM  
GR III - photos from owners
Posted By gbl
Replies: 769
Views: 52,776
Strange things on the side of the road...





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Forum: Ricoh GR 07-18-2020, 05:49 PM  
GR III - photos from owners
Posted By gbl
Replies: 769
Views: 52,776
Going Kayaking with the GRIII





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I like how the GRIII sensor and lens renders landscapes. That improved greatly from the GRII. Not that the GRII was bad, but there is a lot more detail and contrast there.

Forum: Ricoh GR 07-16-2020, 06:00 PM  
Ricoh GR or GRII Teleconverter
Posted By gbl
Replies: 11
Views: 4,948
Very nice! I'm hoping to post some better samples as well soon.
Forum: Ricoh GR 07-09-2020, 08:02 PM  
Filter/GW-4 adapter contacts?
Posted By gbl
Replies: 6
Views: 550
Very interesting. Thanks for the update!
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