Saturday, July 21, 2012

Nifty fifty, twenty first century style

As I wrote earlier, I got myself a Ricoh GXR camera with A12 50/2.5 macro module. In the last several days I've been taking the little fellow out for a workout every single day.

You can easily google this camera and find both detailed technical analysis and countless pictures taken with it. So I suppose it would make sense I skipped all the technical aspects. Suffices it to say, it took me less than a week to get myself fully accustomed to this camera.

The greatest thing about it is that it gives me back the 50 mm. That is, for all practical purposes it is an excellent nifty fifty lens attached to a very easy to use camera. I am thinking that for the time being I am going to "confine" myself to this camera-lens combination.

It is pure joy to review the results and edit the files this camera produces. In fact, I am thinking that in terms of editing flexibility the DNGs from Ricoh surpass those from Pentax K-5. I don't want to pass a judgment here as the jury is still out - you see, I upgraded to LightRoom 4.1 just recently, so it could be that part of the improvements I am seeing are due to the processing software, not the camera itself.

Yet, I am totally in love with this little fellow - a pity really, that I did not get to know it earlier.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

PESO 2012 #30 - Sushi lamps

New kid on the block

The above photo has been taken with Ricoh GXR and A12 50mm macro module.

I've been considering this choice for very long time by now. The dilemma of mine is whether to move towards full size DSLR camera (Leica M9 is out of my financial reach, thank you so much) or to move in compact camera with big sensor direction. Finally the convenience has won.

I did my homework and decided that Ricoh GXR was the camera for me. After three days shooting with it I can already say that the choice definitely wasn't wrong. May be there were other, better choices, but this camera is absolutely marvelous for my kind of shooting.

Lots has been said and written about it and simple googling of the subject would bring you lots of information. I will be producing a review similar to the ones I produced previously. It will take time however as I plan to match to this camera before writing the review.

Presently I am amazed by the amount of things that can be customized, the ergonomics and the fact that current firmware version of the camera and the lens module is 1.51 whereas Ricoh has been constantly upgrading the firmware and adding new features.

Although in a sense the Pentax Ways makes a turn now, from the corporate perspective I am staying on board. This is kind of funny, methinks.