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.


  1. Hi Cristian,

    I think you did well considering you weren't inspired. :)

    A question for you. Have you tried the focus peaking with legacy lenses on a Sony NEX? If so, how does it compare to the GXR? I used to like the NEX's swivel screen for composing shots and am tempted by the NEX-5N for that reason + the great EVF. After seeing your photos with the M mount, I have to say the GXR is tempting also.

    I look forward to your opinions.



  2. Using rangefinder lenses with an EVF has allowed me to use close-up filters with the lenses, and get some nice closeup shots with them. I'd reccomnend giving them a go, especially the weaker ones.

  3. Thanks for your comments!

    James, I have used the NEX3 with the focu peaking but only had the 16mm pancake on it.
    The peaking works very well and is the same as in the MF assist Mode 1 on the GXR but it can't really compare with Mode 2 which is so much better in my opinion.

    While I like the swivel screen on the NEX and hope Ricoh will have it in the GXR II, if you are looking to use legacy lenses I have to say the GXR seems the best camera at the moment. The NEX7 looks great but I was not overly impressed bvy the handling and controls of the NEX3.
    Then again, once you use a Ricoh camera it's almost impossible to go back to any other camera without feeling frustrated with the handling.

    Thanks for the tip William, I should have thought of this since I use a close up filer on my LC1 but will certainly try them out with the rangefinder lenses I have.