Thursday, 29 September 2011

Sunday, 25 September 2011


I went to Chartwell, Winston Churchill's home, for a trip and took the GXR Mount A12 with the Ricoh GR and the Voigtländer Heliar lenses. The biggest problem with rangefinder lenses are their limited close focus abilities which are not very good to take close-ups of anything.
I also played around a bit with the high contrast b&w scene mode for fun but ended up quite liking the pictures. I was not hugely inspired so this is not one of my best series but I decides to post the 5 pictures anyway.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Friday, 23 September 2011


GXR A12-M, f4.0, 1/2500, ISO 200, RAW, 42mm (Ricoh GR f2.8 28mm L)

During my lunch break I took a few pictures with the GXR Mount and Ricoh GR lens for a friend and this is one of them. It is impressive how much detail there is in the RAW files from the GXR Mount A12, it's almost too sharp and detailed for this kind of photography.
If someone was worried about any IR problems with the GXR Mount A12, you can relax, it has no IR problems at all.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Mobile People

GXR A12-M, f6.3, 1/3200, ISO 200, RAW, 42mm (Leica Elmarit f2.8 28mm R)

Today, I took my Leica R mount lens along with the M adapter to try it on the GXR. The lens is pretty big, especially with the lend hood attached and makes the GXR look like a Sony NEX camera with the huge lens attached to it but at least the lens does not feel like a beer can.

The quality is quite good although the cheap adapter I got off ebay has some play. I like the character of the Leica lens but am not sure if I should keep or sell it. Need to play around a bit more with it before deciding.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Monday, 19 September 2011

The Diner

GXR A12-M, f1.7, 1/125, ISO 1467, RAW, 53mm (Voigtländer Ultron f1.7 35mm L)

Before looking to sell my Ultron lens off, I decided to take it out again and see how it performs on the GXR. It is a very nice lens and without the Nokton 35mm I would certainly keep it. So if anyone is interested in this lens let me know.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Japan Matsuri 2011

Not my most inspired day but I had to go out and take a few pictures with the GXR Mount A12 and the Ricoh GR lens. The festival was very nice and I was mainly eating from the stalls and watching some of the performances rather than take pictures. I still decides to post a small series just to show a bit more from the festival.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

GXR Mount A12 at London Open Day 2011

A small series taken during my short visit to City Hall during London's Open House event today.
The pictures have been taken with the GXR Mount A12 and the Ricoh GR 28mm lens (1. and 3.), the Voigtlander Heliar 15mm lens (2. and 4.) and the Zeiss Bigon 35mm lens (5.), all are JPGs out of the camera. The module is fantastic and it feels great to use, shame I did not have more time to take pictures for today. One thing I hope we'll see in a GXR II body is a flip screen like on the Sony NEX though, this would make things so much easier.

Friday, 16 September 2011


GXR A12-M, f2.8, 1/500, ISO 125, RAW, 42mm (Ricoh GR f2.8 28mm L)

Today, I got my GXR Mount A12 module so on my way home I decided to take the boat so I have a nicer journey and can take some pictures on the way. This was shot using the electronic shutter scene mode, I still don't understand why this is hidden away in the scene modes so I will have to send Ricoh an email and see if it can be moved to the normal shooting modes.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Ricoh GRD IV announced

Today, Ricoh has announced the Ricoh GRD IV. The GRD IV is more a evolution than the expected revolution from the GRD III. This by itself is not a bad thing since the GRD III stillremains one of the best serious compacts out there but I guess a lot of people were expecting something more revolutionary in light of very strong competition.

The headline features of the GRD IV are certainly the (much welcome) return of the phase detection AF sensors, the in body image stabilizer, the improved electronic leveler, higher resolution LCD, further enhancements to the controls and shooting modes and last but not least there will be a limited edition white version available.

Overall it might not sound like much but it's a solid upgrade for people who are looking to get one of the best small sensor compacts available.

While I, too, would have liked to see something more revolutionary in this upgrade, like the custom b&w sensor I kept wishing for, it will be interesting to see how the enhancements and refinements work compared to the previous versions.

Read on for the full press release and specs.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Thames Festival 2011

I borrowed a friend's Fuji X100 for the day and headed to the Thames festival. It started off as a hot and sunny day with a few clouds before it changed completely and the rain started to come down. This was a good reason to take a break over a pint but was not very good for photography.

This is a small series of some of my favourite pictures from the day, all converted from RAW. Not much has changed from my initial impressions of the Fuji X100, it's a great camera marred by a beta firmware.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

B&W Flower

GXR A12, f10.0, 1/30, ISO 100, RAW, 50mm

Just some playing around with the external flash and triggering it remotely by the internal one.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Thursday, 1 September 2011