Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Monday, 27 February 2012


GXR A12-M, f2.8, 1/34, ISO 3200, RAW, 42mm (Ricoh GR f2.8 28mm L)

Not very inspired so this is the best I have for today, the result is not as good as I thought it would be and the focus is slightly off but at times this is the best for the day.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Thursday, 23 February 2012

The Slice of Life

GXR A12-M, f6.3, 1/500, ISO 200, RAW, 42mm (Ricoh GR f2.8 28mm L)

Took this while on my way to lunch, the weather was very nice and people were enjoying the sun and mild temperatures outside.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Monday, 20 February 2012

Texting Interrupted

GXR A12-M, f5.6, 1/310, ISO 200, RAW, 42mm (Ricoh GR f2.8 28mm L)

Not a great picture from a technical standpoint, it is not accurately focused and the pole seems to come out of his back as well as the guy in the background is distracting. Yet, I still like the picture mainly due to his expression. It was this what made me take it while walking past so it was more getting the shot than making sure it is perfect, at times getting the shot is enough though.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Friday, 17 February 2012

London Rose

GXR A12-M, f2.8, 1/64, ISO 200, RAW, 42mm (Ricoh GR f2.8 28mm L)

Back to London after the recent travels, took this while out for a walk around Greenwich in the evening. I liked the rose she was holding and the red London letters in the background.

Thursday, 16 February 2012


GXR S10, f3.5, 1/153, ISO 100, RAW, 50mm

Another stop-over in Zurich on my way back to London thanks to the strike at Frankfurt airport. Zurich is great for a stop-over since it's quick to get into town and back to the airport and security is very efficient.

I already took a picture of this bike last time but was not happy with the result, this time I think it's better.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Walking in Berlin

GXR S10, F2.5, 1/30, ISO 911, JPG, 24mm

Back in Berlin for another day but this time it was spent mostly in an office and on the phone so only had time in the evening for a walk. I decided to take only the GXR with S10 module along but kind of wish I didn't but take one of the GRDs along or the A12 modules, the S10 simply does not preform very well.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

My View

iPhone 4, f2.8, ISO 80, JPG, Hipstamatic app

This is a view I saw a lot in recent weeks, I like travelling so don't mind it and it's nice to get out of the office.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Waiting for the Plane

GXR A12-M, f2.8, 1/1870, ISO 200, JPG, 53mm (Voigtlander Nokton f1.2 35mm)


A small series of the different art you can encounter during your visit to Berlin. It was great to have another day in Berlin although it was freezing outside and using a metal camera is not always great, especially when you also need to focus the lens. The GXR at least fared very well in these temperatures and had no problems at all although the focus on the Nokton got more difficult to turn.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Return to Berlin

GXR A12-M, f1.2, 1/125, ISO 320, JPG, 53mm (Voigtlander Nokton f1.2 35mm)

Back to Berlin for a short stay. I spent most of the day enjoying lunch and the view from the TV tower so only done some photography in the morning and evening. I liked how the street lights had exactly the same colour as the statue on top of the Brandenburg Gate.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Waiting in Zurich

GXR A12-M, f5.6, 1/189, ISO 200, RAW, 53mm (Voigtlander Nokton f1.2 35mm)

Another stopover in Zurich but this time only one picture rather than a series. I like Zurich and how quick it is to get from the airport to the city and back so you can afford to go into town even for a short stopover without having to worry about being late for your flight.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012


GXR A12-M, f4.0, 1/2, ISO 400, RAW, 42mm (Ricoh GR f2.8 28mm L)

Today, I met fellow bloggers and photographers Iesha and Tom for a mini Ricoh meetup. It is always great to meet other photographers and especially Ricoh users since it quickly becomes clear why we are all using Ricoh cameras, no other camera offers the same handling and image quality in a compact package.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Royal Greenwich

The snow came overnight and after all the fuss at airports and the weather warnings around the country it was disappointing to see only 2-3 cm of snow which had mostly melted away by the afternoon. The British always like to make a big fuss about any weather changes and Heathrow showed again why it rightly is the world's worst airport and run by incompetent fools. Good thing I did not need to travel in this 'severe' weather ;).

Despite the snow, Greenwich held it's celebrations for becoming a Royal borough. I had hoped for more things and events but there was only a parade, some music and fireworks. It was ok but not too spectacular.

I went out and took my GXR A12-M and the Voigtlander Nokton f1.2 35mm lens with me to capture some scenes. I initially planned to have only pictures in square format but some did not work well in square so it ended up being a mix.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Ricoh Lens A16 24-85mm f3.5-5.5 GXR Zoom Module Announced

After many delays Ricoh has now officially announced the GXR A16 24-85mm zoom module for the GXR, as reported earlier it has a f3.5-5.5 aperture and a new 16 MP sensor. The lens is as reported not a GR lens but the quality should nonetheless be much higher than your typical software corrected lens from the other manufacturers.
While the zoom range is great, the slow aperture is a bit of a let-down and not what most have expected from Ricoh. At least you get something better than normal kit lenses, both in zoom range and also quality but on the downside you get a sensor stuck to it as well.

The most notable new features are the ability to continue shooting while holding the shutter button pressed, this will use the same settings as before, and a new self closing and opening lens cap. Other notable features include a improved leveller, RAW only shooting capability (something I have never seen the reason for but people apparently want) and the ability to enter copyright information in the EXIF data. All other features are the same ones you can find in the other GXR modules so you will get a lot of customization and features aimed at photographers.

One feature which is still neglected and is typical for Ricoh is the video mode which is still only available in 720p and without any meaningful compression or options.

While this module will appeal to some people who want a APS zoom for their GXR camera, I think it is too big and the lens is too slow for any low light shooting, especially when combined with the maximum ISO of 3200. There also is no manual zoom or focus ring on the lens so it means using the zoom buttons on the body for this.

Below is the full press release and the full specs.

UPDATE: I just received an update on this and by the looks of it the sensor will not have an AA filter so it should provide excellent detail.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012