New post/firmware Ricoh GRDIII

2010, Photography


It took my a while (I know), but I learned quite a lot about my photography in the last weeks. I needed some time to evaluate it, to better understand what I want, and how I might want to achieve this.

In the meantime Ricoh announced a new firmware update for their Ricoh GR Digital 3 which can be found here. They included two new scene modes, high-contrast B&W and Cross Process. Both are actually pretty cool and I like them a lot. See the examples above and below. These were only resized and slightly sharpened. Other new feature is the manual focus magnified ratio. Default was 2x, but you can now also select 4x. The remaining features is a delete option for the key custom settings and my settings.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

Ricoh GW2 brief thoughts

2009, Photography

Zoo by Wouter Brandsma

Last weekend I have been testing the 21mm GW-2 wide lens converter in combination with the GV-1 optical viewfinder. And I was surprised what a great job it did. The quality of the glass is really good.

Morning glory by Wouter Brandsma

The one thing I did noticed is that when I used the GW-2 lens and set the camera to infinity focus with an aperture of f/5.0 that the images had actually very soft background. It was sharp between 1 and 8 meters, but beyond that started to loose sharpness. So probably it is better to use the autofocus for some landscape work.

Morning glory by Wouter Brandsma

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma