Ricoh GRD III — First Day!
Let’s start this journey with a smile from a cute, fluffy little dog.
Did I hear you ask for more?
Okay, that’s enough. Let’s get into the elevator and start this journey.
That’s right, I have a new camera! :D — a (used) Ricoh GR Digital III.
After a disappointing day with (rented) Fuji X100, my mind goes to this little camera. I’ve heard so much praise and compliments for Ricoh GR Digital series. I wanted to try (rent) first, but can’t find one. Finally, I decided to just place the bet and jump.
The new GRD IV looks great, but the price is way over my budget (for a compact camera). I try to get used GRD3 here in Singapore, but can’t find one.
With the help of my cousin in Tokyo, I manage to buy a used one from the trusty Kitamura shop :D. Even with the shipping cost, it’s less than half of the new GRD IV.
I feel like I made the right decision. This could be it — my perfect daily camera.
Well, is it?
Boots, shoes and sandals. Different footwear for different purposes, like different camera and lens for different purposes.
In short, yes. This is the perfect camera for my daily/every day needs.
IQ-wise, GRD III is not that special. Some reviews say it produces great B/W photos. It may be true, but I’m no expert in B/W. I’d say the image quality is around the same league as Canon S95.
It’s a compact camera after all.
Then why did I bought GRD3 if it is in the same league with Canon S95, which I already have?
It’s the operability. This camera has some essential features that S95, or even D90, doesn’t have; simplicity features that make me fall in love with the art of snapping pictures once again. I think I’m at the point where image quality isn’t my number one priority. Don’t get me wrong. I still want good photos. But, when I look for great IQ, I’ll use my trusty D90. Right now, I just want a camera that is always with me.
So, what are the features that I like from this camera?
28mm (equiv.) prime lens, snap focus, Optical Viewfinder (OVF, attached to hotshoe), shooting with LCD off, and One press M Mode. I won’t go deep in talking about these features.
If you are curious, Google is your friend. All the reviews of GRD3 are boasting these features — and those are true.
Bottom line, I really like the simplicity of this camera.
It won’t replace my trusty D90 as my main camera. But for every day use, GRD3 will be my main camera.
With OVF and hood, it isn’t exactly pocketable… but still light enough to bring everywhere.
I don’t think this camera will boost my photography skills; but I’m positive I’m going to take a lot of pictures with it. Perhaps it will be some kind of spray and pray? That’s okay. I don’t care.
I start writing this post at the end of my first day with GRD3. Although it’s only for a day, I can tell you that I love it.
On my first day out, I’m still without Optical Viewfinder (OVF), and I still don’t like the LCD. So, What did I do? The photos I took that day was framed without LCD nor OVF. I just imagine the frame, and take the shot. Sometime I even take the photos without looking — from the hip, from the chest, from the side, wherever. It’s not perfect, but I still find it better than using the LCD… at least for most of the time. Your style and need may be different.
A week passed, I’m still learning how to best use this camera. Yesterday, I took it to Little India for another ‘test’, and now with a used (mint) OVF. I’m still learning how to use it properly. It is definitely a different experience from using a DSLR with TTL view. Another thing that cumbersome is that GV-1 is an external viewfinder without any electrical connection, so it doesn’t show any information (e.g. metering)…
That’s about it for now. I hope you enjoy it as much as I am.
I’m happy, and been grinning throughout writing this post. I’ve been smiling just like this little girl…
Turns out, I’m using only this camera for the whole year of 2013 — D90 was never been used. Check this post for my favorite photos of 2013 (all taken with Ricoh GRD III).
In early 2014, I upgrade the camera to Ricoh GR — not because I’m unhappy with GRD3; I just need that extra oomph to get more excited.
*Singapore City, Singapore