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Forum: Ricoh GR 08-09-2019, 05:22 AM  
Image Sync update: Remote, Bluetooth and more with GR III
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 9
Views: 1,058
RIcoh just tweeted that there is a bug in the latest release of Image Sync:

Google translation of the referenced page:


2019.08.09 [For iOS users]

■ About the date and time synchronization function of RICOH GR III
In iOS version 2.0.5, when "Synchronize date and time" is performed from the application settings, the date and time is not set to the time of the terminal but UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) is set. A modified version is currently being prepared.

■ Notes on connecting to RICOH GR III with Bluetooth pairing in iOS version 2.0.5

  • -For iOS devices, even if you have not connected to the GR III by wireless LAN until now, tapping "Connect to a paired GR III" will not automatically connect to the wireless LAN. Once you have performed “ iOS device wireless LAN connection ” once, wireless LAN will be automatically connected thereafter.

  • ・ If Wi-Fi of iOS device is connected to other Wi-Fi routers or access points, automatic wireless LAN connection is not possible.

  • ・ Automatic wireless LAN connection usually takes 1-2 minutes.

If automatic wireless LAN connection is not possible, use " Wireless LAN connection for iOS device ". The new functions (date / time synchronization, location information transfer, transfer reservation from camera, remote shooting function) can be used with wireless LAN.

In order to improve operability, we will continue to strive to update the app and improve the quality so that it can be improved in future updates.

Forum: Ricoh GR 08-08-2019, 03:46 AM  
Image Sync update: Remote, Bluetooth and more with GR III
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 9
Views: 1,058
YES!!! :D:D:D

Tx for posting!
Forum: Ricoh GR 07-24-2019, 12:29 AM  
The GR III is the best camera ever made
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 15
Views: 1,584
Could be clickbait, but there are other models/brands that would generate him many more clicks with such a statement... Haven't watched the video yet (the guy makes me nervous), but he's entitled to his opinion... ;-) There are days that I tend to agree with the general statement BTW... :-D

EDIT: watched the video now. Didn't make me too nervous (I think I confused him with Kai W, who does). Mostly about High Contrast B&W and the 21mm adapter, both of which he loves. Good for him.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-09-2019, 12:55 AM  
Do you carry a multi tool in your camera bag ?
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 43
Views: 2,098
I have a 3 Legged Thing Toolz in every camera bag I own. 3 Legged Thing include these with almost any product they sell, and they were handing them out at Photokina as well, so I have quite a few of these. I find this covers most of my photography related needs for a tool.

The only thing it doesn't help with is filters that are stuck on lenses. For that I have a cheap flat plastic wrench (one for large filters and one for small ones), similar to this: : 2pcs Camera Lens Filter Remove Wrench Set Kit Filter Wrench for 62-77mm (62mm/67mm/72mm/77mm) : Everything Else?tag=pentaxforums-20& . Note that I only paid 5 EUR for mine.

No problem in airports with these...

hth, Wim
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-07-2019, 08:15 AM  
HD Pentax-DA Fish-Eye 10-17mm f/3.5-4.5 ED
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 192
Views: 12,292
The DA10-17 is a fun lens!! Great to see it get an update, however small... I won't be upgrading mine since I'm still on an APS-C system, but I can see the point of a version with removable hood for K-1(II) users. I guess the new coating will improve the lens' performance near the edges of the frame, a necessity to cover the larger sensor (copies of the old version with a shaved hood showed not so good performance at the edges).

grtz, Wim
Forum: Ricoh GR 06-19-2019, 02:42 AM  
Macro use on GR III
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 5
Views: 836
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...

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.

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.

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
Forum: Ricoh GR 06-18-2019, 02:02 AM  
Macro use on GR III
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 5
Views: 836
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.

Forum: Ricoh GR 06-17-2019, 12:45 AM  
GR III - photos from owners
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 262
Views: 18,785
Two false colour infrared images shot a few weeks ago during a walk in Wris, Belgium.

Forum: Ricoh GR 05-28-2019, 12:12 AM  
GR III firmware update to Version 1.10
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 22
Views: 3,803
Added to my ToDo list for this evening. Tx for posting!!

EDIT: Done!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-20-2019, 07:27 AM  
Yvon Bourque, Pentax eBook Author is ill - Fundraiser & donation special
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 30
Views: 4,587
All the best to Yvon and his family. We're been in a similar situation with my own dad for about a year now. Hard times...

Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-16-2019, 05:30 AM  
O-ICK1 Sensor Cleaner
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 13
Views: 758
When I got my kit a few years ago, it wasn't clear to me either how to use it correctly, so I looked up a short clip on YouTube, which was a lot of help.

I don't remember the actual video, and it's been way too long to be able to find it in my history, but I did a search and found lots of clips. If anything, they serve to build up enough confidence for a good clean without excessive cautiousness.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-16-2019, 02:03 AM  
ND Filter Stop Suggestion and magnetic filter system?
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 10
Views: 724
Another vote for a 6 stop ND.

Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-16-2019, 01:30 AM  
OME53 eyepiece fog
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 6
Views: 651
In humid climate the OME53 is prone to fog up. It takes some time in dryer surroundings, but it always clears out after a while. I've had it happening to me lots of times.

The Peru story sounds familiar. I suppose this was in the Amazon region? My first fogging up experience was on boat ride in Costa Rica along the tropical backwaters on the Caribbean coast with my then state-of-the-art *istDS :o (soon to be replaced by the K10D) and very new OME53 (introduced at Photokina that same year, i.e. 2006). This boat trip started early when it was still cool (and relatively dry) and the breeze on the water kept our gear that way until the boat slowed down. Then things got really hot very fast and humidity struck. My gear fogged up immediately.

This change is too sudden for your gear to slowly adapt to the circumstances, and so condensation is immediate. Of course, this is typically also the moment when mosquitoes attack (kept at bay by the breeze before) and when people realize the burning sun is out (no longer refreshed by the cool breeze). Hence the spraying was going on as well, but without causal connection with the fogging up.

Other moments I had my OME53 fog up was during and after heavy rains in the rain forest. Pentax's weather sealing generally holds up pretty well, except for the OME53. So I just take it off to continue photographing. Once in Nicaragua it took leaving the Miraflores cloud forest and descending into the lower altitude city of Esteli before it cleared out. Once it fogged up at the beginning of our stay, it stayed fogged up for the remainder of our time up there (multiple days). Note that those days were extremely humid, and we had to put out most of our stuff (not just the OME53) for a whole day of drying in our Esteli B&B. Quite a sight...

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-15-2019, 12:31 AM  
RICOH GRIII Officially Announced
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 329
Views: 25,551
Hope this will allow me to make a DNG profile for infrared. I couldn't until now, the DNG profile editor telling me something like the operation cannot be completed each time I try to change something or save the changes. I'll give it another go this evening...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-15-2019, 12:27 AM  
11-18 and revamped 35mm F2 on january 31?
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 995
Views: 66,465
OK, that's cool! I hadn't checked in the software yet, but the DA*11-18 wasn't listed on their website yet, so I assumed it wasn't supported yet. Seems the website wasn't updated yet when I looked?

Forum: Ricoh GR 05-15-2019, 12:18 AM  
Best tripod (with quick release) for GR
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 9
Views: 893
@stevebrot Tx for the tips!

I've looked closer at all these small Arca Swiss plates, and it looks like none of them will keep the battery door accessible... :( Not even the RRS one, even though it's the one that comes the closest. The screw hole on the GR III is just too close to the door... I guess I'll just have to keep a hex tool handy...
Forum: Ricoh GR 05-14-2019, 02:24 AM  
New Camera Raw version released, supports Ricoh GR3
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 1
Views: 837
Great!! Perhaps now I'll be able to create an alternative DNG camera profile? I couldn't until now. I "need" that for false colour IR...


PS: no lens profile for Pentax DA*11-18 yet :-(
Forum: Ricoh GR 05-14-2019, 02:11 AM  
Best tripod (with quick release) for GR
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 9
Views: 893
Ah, I think I found a solution: Really Right Stuff BPnS-S Narrow Plate for Point BPNS-S PLATE

I'll have to take a closer look, but this might just keep the battery door free (it does on some other compact cameras). Shame that it's rather expensive in Europe (almost 50 EUR), and ordering it from B&H will be about as much with shipping costs and import taxes...
Forum: Ricoh GR 05-14-2019, 01:02 AM  
Best tripod (with quick release) for GR
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 9
Views: 893
Could work indeed. I'll take a measurement as you suggested in your follow-up.

... but I fear that indeed the battery door would be blocked by any plate. It sits very close to the tripod screw.

And also... even if a narrow plate would leave the door free, it would protrude to the front and back of the camera in a way to seriously impact ergonomics.

Are there systems that are plate-in-plate? Imagine an Arca Swiss plate with instead of a screw an opening for a smaller plate. If the larger plate is tightened, it could transfer the pressure to tighten the smaller plate inside as well? Might work I think, but does this exist?

But perhaps I should just look for a solution without quick release plate. Are there quick release systems without a plate? I.e. that grip into the screw hole but don't require screwing?

I'm guessing I'll probably settle on just using what I have, but I don't want to do that without having considered all the options... ;-)

Forum: Ricoh GR 05-13-2019, 05:09 AM  
Best tripod (with quick release) for GR
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 9
Views: 893
Hello all,

Not sure whether this shouldn't rather be in the accessories forum, but I'm putting it here because my question is specifically for the various GR cameras.

I have used various tripod systems over the years, each with their specific quick release plates. The ones I used the longest are various tripods, monopods, heads with the Manfrotto RC2 system, until I switched to Arca Swiss compatible 3 Legged Thing more recently. Even though the quick release plates for the latter are smaller than the RC2 ones, even the smallest ones (in my case the one that came with my first PeakDesign Sling) are still gigantic on the GR III, and they cover the battery/card compartment.

So I'm looking for an alternative solution for my GR III.
- Most important is the small footprint of the quick release so it can stay on the camera for extended periods. Alternatively if is there is a system that mounts quickly without a plate that would be even better.
- I'm not sure about the size. On the one hand I would like sth with the same tiny form factor as the GR III, and I might even live with tabletop for some situations, but on the other hand I realize that in order to really provide a stable base for long exposures etc, I need sth more substantial... Alternatives for both are welcome...

Thanks in advance for sharing your experience!

grtz, Wim
Forum: Ricoh GR 03-28-2019, 12:46 AM  
Build quality of GRIII - the problem of wobbly control dial
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 131
Views: 7,372
Well, my GR III has a wobbly button as well. I consider this As Designed, and pretty typical of a joystick as noted here repeatedly. It works fine. AFAIK nothing to worry about... Esp since the GR III impresses me with it's general build quality...

Forum: Ricoh GR 03-18-2019, 02:33 PM  
Who's On the Pre-Order Train
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 37
Views: 2,449
Well, here's to character and patience... Literally 2 hours after writing the above, I couldn't wait any longer and decided to leave early to make it to the shop in time to go get my GR III. Well, I've got it now. Played around with it a bit, spent some time setting up the camera to my initial preferences and now its battery is loading.

Unfortunately, there's no charger in the box (it's optional) so the only way to load the battery is in-camera through the USB-C. I'll have to get that charger, so I can charge a spare battery while out shooting. Essential to me...

Well, it's late and dark now (it was when I took the first murky indoor shots), so I'll see tomorrow how the camera performs in good light (if I get the chance during working hours, need to keep the boss happy as well :-D ).

So far, I like it a lot how the camera feels and how it handles.

Forum: Ricoh GR 03-18-2019, 06:11 AM  
Who's On the Pre-Order Train
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 37
Views: 2,449
Just had word from my B&M store that my GR III has arrived. Don't know when I'll be able to go and collect it though. Saturday at the latest, perhaps earlier if I can put in a half a day of home working this week (or leave early once)... So close...

Forum: Ricoh GR 03-15-2019, 05:24 AM  
GRIII user manual is online
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 6
Views: 1,572
Super! Tx!! Now all I need is a camera to go with that... :D

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-08-2019, 04:02 PM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 730
Views: 64,744
That would be great news. Hope it's the same here in Belgium, because that would mean a photo walk next weekend with the GR III!

Grtz, Wim
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