LX100 > Ricoh GR

Discussion in 'Other Systems' started by lakemcd, Dec 23, 2014.

  1. lakemcd

    lakemcd Mu-43 Regular

    May 27, 2013
    Some of you know that my short dance with the LX100 didn't quite pan out.

    I can tell you that after my first day with the GR, things look much more promising. It's pretty obvious why this little number's dance card is full.:wink:

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  2. tosvus

    tosvus Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 4, 2014
    Great pics, but I think you inverted the < sign?
  3. RichardB

    RichardB Snapshooter Subscribing Member

    Nov 19, 2012
    Maryland, US
    Ambiguous symbol, used as directional arrow rather than greater-than sign.
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  4. val

    val Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 19, 2013
    Bloody good shots mate
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  5. arch stanton

    arch stanton Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 25, 2012
    You live in one heck of a gorgeous place! Thanks for sharing :)
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  6. lakemcd

    lakemcd Mu-43 Regular

    May 27, 2013
    Thanks everyone, the light was simply magical that evening.
  7. lakemcd

    lakemcd Mu-43 Regular

    May 27, 2013
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  8. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Nice work. I also read the > as a 'greater than' sign.:smile:
  9. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Arrows are normally shown as -->
  10. bigboysdad

    bigboysdad Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 25, 2013
    Sydney/ London
    This is the one camera that's always tempted me to take a bit of a break from m43. I've tried to convince myself of reasons for not getting it such as the possible dust on sensor issue that some people may have experienced but at the end of the day I can see the wonderful files it produces and how exciting it must be to own it. Please keep posting!
  11. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    What didn't you like about the LX100?; and why is the GR better?
  12. DynaSport

    DynaSport Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 5, 2013
    I just don't think I'd be happy with a 28mm fov. My PL25 is practically glued to my camera and my P14 rarely sees light. Of course I used to be a zoom guy, and not am mostly a prime shooter, so I can change. But I take mostly people photographs and like a tighter crop than 28mm. Obviously others are, though.
  13. lakemcd

    lakemcd Mu-43 Regular

    May 27, 2013
    The LX100 is a fine camera, but I was looking for something in a more compact package for biking, hiking, skiing etc. I thought about the GM series, but was attracted to the fast lens and thought I could use the LX100 when I needed that focal range and keep the 75 on the EM5 which practically lives there anyway. I'm use to shooting in manual mode on the EM5 and thought the transition to the LX was easy. In a way it was but several things didn't quite work for me; would have preferred a way to be not limited by full stops on shutter speed, and the time and procedure it took to actually fire off the first picture was kind of clumsy.

    So far the learning cure on the Ricoh GR is pretty steep (fast), and am finding the camera fairly intuitive to use. IQ wise; it's amazing! There is something about the tonal range for B&W the this little thing is able to capture that is brilliant. Here are a few street shots with minimal PP work as I'm just on my nephews IPhoto Mac.

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  14. MoonMind

    MoonMind Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 25, 2014
    I actually own both and find use for both of them. I see the LX100 as sort of a universal tool - it's very good for many uses, though it doesn't actually excel (read: surpass the competition) at most of them. But for what it is and what it does, it's great. At the moment, it's the camera I enjoy using the most, and the IQ is where I need it to be, period. On a side note: The automatic lens cap makes a huge difference in terms of deploy time ...

    However, the GR is one fantastic camera - extremely capable, yet very compact, quick and straightforward to use - its somewhat conservative, yet extremely practical handling paradigm makes for a great shooting experience; the camera gives access to everything you need without ever getting in the way - though it needed a little getting used to. If I'm going out to do street photography or simply want to go light, the GR is the camera I pick - in fact, there's hardly any reason to leave it at home anyway, regardless of what else I carry. Furthermore, it's the best 28mm (or equivalent) in my stable *and* my best moderate wide angle overall, so it gets a lot of use in that role, too. Its rendering is so good that it induces a special way of looking at things just to get images, and its IQ beats any mFT camera and comparable lens combination I have had the opportunity to shoot with (everything comparable except - and that's a big gap - the Panasonic/Leica 15mm). The sensor is very reliable, too - a notch above the best mFT sensor to date, especially if you shoot RAW.

    I'm just glad I don't have to choose between those two for the time being. They're both great cameras if you expect the right things of them ...

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  15. lakemcd

    lakemcd Mu-43 Regular

    May 27, 2013
  16. lightmonkey

    lightmonkey Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 22, 2013
    what i hear often is how sharp the GR's lens is, and how particularly great its files are for B&W conversion.

    well, i haven't found either to be true -- not that they're untrue , but that they're not more special in those aspects than popular cams like rx100, em1, x100, etc....

    what i do like is (1) how tiny it is (2) how fast it reacts (3) how photographically-designed its operations are.
    i like that the 2 rotating and toggle dials can be used everywhere for everything, is easy to access, and lets me jump into focus modes [including infinity!!!], metering, iso, drive, and whatever i need it set to. no menu chimping, ever. also its DNG files are tiny.

    im not a particular fan of 28mm. too wide for general purpose use. but it is a necessary FL at times. what i do use the GR for is a side body when i have telephoto mounted on my main camera. its so fast and so small, its easy to store in a jacket pocket and whip it out rather than swap lenses on the main body.
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  17. shermanshen

    shermanshen Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 28, 2014
    Keep these shots coming, they're stunning! I just ordered a GR myself to complement my m43 stuff. I was contemplating a 15mm f1.7 to pair with my e pm2 as a tiny all purpose shooter, but the GR was only $100 more and offered a more compact solution with a larger sensor. I'm excited about carrying around something so small but so capable. My pie in the sky would have been an RX1, but the GR seems to be something very much in the same vein.
  18. tyrphoto

    tyrphoto Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 25, 2014
    Seoul | NYC
    I've been using the predecessor to the GR, the GRD3 since 2009 and it's a camera that has been at my side everyday for the past 5 years. The UI is the very best of any digital camera I've owned up to now and it's very customizable. The snap focus feature is invaluable for street photography. Macro mode allows taking pics 1cm away from the lens. The B&W files coming from this camera are amazing and considering that the GRD3 has a compact sensor, even more so. Color files have a look of it's own with slightly muted colors compared to Olympus or Fuji but the files themselves have a good amount of latitude in post process.

    I thought long and hard about upgrading to the GR, but at the end of the day, the GRD3 still does the job. When the next incarnation of the GR series comes out, I wish the future camera would go back to the 28/1.9 lens instead of the f2.8 aperture of the current model.

    Here are a few shots with my GRD3. Love, love, love this camera.








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  19. VinVin

    VinVin Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 7, 2010
    GTA, Canada
    Wonderful shots!
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