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

Sketches

2009, Photography

Sketches by Wouter Brandsma
Even though I liked photographing with a larger sensor camera, and eventually hope to have one of those cameras too, for me small sensor cameras do have a strong purpose. For me they are able to create sketchy pictures. Last Saturday I had the opportunity to try the Panasonic LX3. The LX3 is a strong competitor for the Ricoh GX200 I use. The focal lengths are similar and the targeted photographers are the same group too.
Sketches by Wouter Brandsma
Of course every camera has their pros and cons. I for instance like the user interface of the GX200 and the former GX100. Björn Utpott with who I photographed last Saturday had the GX100 for a year, but couldn’t get used to the Ricoh user interface and prefers the jog dial functionality of the LX3. I liked the image quality of the LX3. I think the dynamic B&W film setting is fabulous, but I constantly had to think about the direction I had to move the jog dial.
Sketches by Wouter Brandsma
The camera has a solid feel and is slightly heavier than the GX200. The higher ISO photographs are definitely better than the GX200, but at base ISO it is a very close call. I liked the camera, but I did miss the step zoom option and a possibility to register your prefered settings.
Sketches by Wouter Brandsma

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma