My DP2 arrived this weekend

2009, Photography

Ricoh 500G
I know, the title is very misleading. But this weekend I got a Ricoh 500G from my friend Ronald. Thank you man. I know that you are a Ricoh man in your heart despite using the Sigma DP1.  It is a small rangefinder camera from the seventies with a nice and small f/2.8 40mm fixed focal length lens. Don’t mistake this with their current Caplio 500G. A nicer Sigma DP2 in my opinion with a similar focal length.
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But I should also thank Ronald’s friend Khio for keeping this camera in such a mint condition.
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In the meantime more rumors appear about the soon to be announced Olympus m4/3 camera. The possible name could be E-P1 where the P could be a reference to their PEN series cameras from the past. The official announcement day will be June 15.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

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Strijp-S

2009, Photography

Last Saturday I visited my friend Ronald Bunnik in Eindhoven, the Philips city. I was welcomed with great hospitality and took wonderful weather with me to the South of the Netherlands. In Eindhoven we walked to Strijp-S, a former industrial area were Philips produced mostly radios, televisions, and bakelite.
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Here below is my impression of the urban decay in the Strijp.
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All photographs by Wouter Brandsma except for the upper right photograph by Ronald Bunnik

My Sigma DP1 impressions

2009, Photography

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Is it fair to write down my impressions of a camera that is already more than a year on the market? Regarded obsolete in terms of technology of today’s standards. I personally think it is. In particular when there is still no serious competition on the market for this camera and the large sensor and the small package makes it an interesting selling point. And as a matter of fact, I believe that this camera will become a classic. I am talking about the Sigma DP1. And with the current price for this camera, it sort of started a second-life.

Ricoh GX200 return

2009, Photography

Ricoh GX200 return by Wouter Brandsma
After such a lengthly time using the Sigma DP1 I thought it was a good time to return to my Ricoh GX200. In particular since I receive more questions about the Ricoh GX200 and a possible successor.
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The Ricoh GX200 remains a great camera, despite the smaller sensor. I can only hope Ricoh paid a lot of attention to what people suggested for the GX300 on the many forums and blogs.
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All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

Ricoh R10 diary – day 3

2009, Photography

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I finished my part of the project for the Ricoh around the globe project. Today’s weather wasn’t any good, but I was glad that Saturday evening was very good.
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This morning I spent some time choosing the other photographs and did some little in-camera editing.
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These photographs and the two I posted in the previous post have become my final selection. I posted the photographs in full resolution to my flickr stream and uploaded all photographs from the card to a ftp-server. I recharged the battery and the camera will leave for Germany tomorrow.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma