Ricoh GRD / GXR ....or olympus

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darylmesa
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Ricoh GRD / GXR ....or olympus
Aug 29, 2012

Hello,

I'm currently in the search for a camera for my wife (but mainly a second camera for me )

I've owned dslrs from pentax to canon to nikon (D300 / D7000).

I recently emptied my dslr inventory and replaced it with Fuji X100. Like many, I can't complain about the IQ and with recent firmware updates the AF has even improved. It's improved mainly for static images, moving images still are very difficult to get.

I like the idea of zone focus but still find it quite limiting especially when trying to work with objects closer to the camera and with a somewhat lower f stop.

My wife recently had a panasonic DMC..... which was great for a P&S. Since I pretty much always have a camera with me she slowly started using my cameras and started disliking the images produced by her P&S...so it went to my mother.

I've always shot with primes only, never zooms (just a personal preference), so she is used to fixed lenses.

My choices are narrowing down to grd iii / iv (depending on availability, price, condition of camera) GXR 24-72 or even an olympus EPL 1/2

What I think I like about the Ricoh:

1. Snap focus ( this has to be the number one thing I may like about the camera!)
I have a 'snap focus' in my camera 360 app for my mobile and love it!
2. build quality and size
3. 'art filters' and 1:1 square option.

Though there are limited 'art filters', they do exist in the camera (GRD to my knowledge, not so sure about GXR) Cross-process and contrasty B&W (All I really like anyway)

What I think I like about the olympus:
1. Art filters

2. size (compared to dslr / I always have a small bag of some sort with me, since I hate putting things in my pocket...so 'pocketable' not such a deal breaker)

I've mentioned 'art filters' twice in my choices because though I know PP is cleaner and better at producing the same effect, I just don't always want to do PP and my wife will NEVER PP

Thanks for any and all of your help

Daryl

Fujifilm FinePix X100 Nikon D7000
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