VladimirV

VladimirV

Lives in United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Joined on Feb 24, 2007

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Impulses: How about a comparisoto with RAW Vision? It looks intriguing, Photo Mate is hardly the only RAW processor on the Play market... I haven't tried it because I haven't had the time and the 15 min limit is hardly enough time but maybe Connect could look into it? I had suggested a look at both these apps months ago...

if you use an Eye-Fi card you can tell it to copy the RAW files over Wifi to your device of choice, Android and iOS or Windows and so on. Easy to get the files across like this but easiest is a USB OTG cable as its faster and more convenient.

Good review though and I am glad this great app has been reviewed so ore people know about it. have been using it for ages while travelling with my Nexus 7 and it works great. Now I wish there would be one like this in the Windows 8 store to use with touch screen only instead of having to use the Desktop for everything.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 18, 2014 at 03:40 UTC
On Just Posted: Ricoh GR Review article (214 comments in total)
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abi170845: I really want to like this camera. The probelm is that it is hard to find Ricoh Accessories in my city. Extra batteries, Ricoh Flash, etc is almost non existent. I like the Nikon A and the wide variety of accessories from Nikon. But still waiting for the successor to the Canon M.

Just buy any DB-65 batteries on ebay and the Ricoh flash is not really anything special and any Sigma flash will do the same.

For all other accessories, there surely are online shops with a return policy.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2013 at 18:19 UTC
On Just Posted: Ricoh GR Review article (214 comments in total)
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VladimirV: Excellent review and I like tht you went into detail of how great and photographer focused the controls actually are.

All the people obsessiong over tiny differences in noise, DR or any other numbers between this and the Nikon A or any other camera miss the point.
If you pick any of the GR cameras up it will put a smile to your face and you will want to go out and take pictures. This is how good the camera feels in your hand, it will inspire you and by having al controlls easily accessible you will experiment (and by this learn) more. People forget that the handling and feel of a camera is way more important than numbers.

I know, it's from them and they said it very well but it's exactly how I felt the first time I picked up the GRD I. :)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2013 at 09:06 UTC
On Just Posted: Ricoh GR Review article (214 comments in total)
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photo perzon: The GR has over 300 posts in the Ricoh forum as to how to correct its red, blues, and greens. All sorts of complex machinations in Lightroom and so on. The Nikon A in contrast is always "dead on" in the colors.

The posts are on how to make the GR colours look like the Nikon colours so this would be the same with a Canon, Fuji or Sony if you want to emulate the Nikon A output.
As for accurate colours, the GR seems fine if you expose correctly and use the right profile in ACR or LR. It is mofe natural rather than punchy colours but you can adjust this easy.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2013 at 09:03 UTC
On Just Posted: Ricoh GR Review article (214 comments in total)
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BG_CX3_DPREVIEW: Jefftan,

yes Vivid, or user defined settings punch the colors, thsat is simply standard on all Ricohs

The GR is made for enthousiasts of perfect pictures, so i'm pleased to see that DPR made the ffrot of including lots of optical graphs in their review, this is pixel peeping at its best to find that last bit of detail.

Tha GR WB seems spot on to me in most cases but as with the custom colour setings where you can adjust everything you ca alo customize the WB settings although I find the Multi-pattern WB to work just fine.

No comparison to the really poor AWB on my Panasonic GF1.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2013 at 09:01 UTC
On Just Posted: Ricoh GR Review article (214 comments in total)
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CameraLabTester: This is a bit better than the GXR series which is totally weird.

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What's weird about the GXR?
The GXR is essentially 2 compact APS cameras with fixed 28mm f2.5 and 50mm f2.5 lenses, a compact superzoom 28-300mm and a 24-72mm compact camera and a M mount camera providing the only alternative to the Leica M cameras for using M lenses.

The only 'unusual' thing (if you want to call it that) is that you can use all of these cameras with only one back so it saves you from having to use multiple SD cards or batteries but you could just superglue each module to a back and have the same as with any other fixed lens camera.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2013 at 22:10 UTC
On Just Posted: Ricoh GR Review article (214 comments in total)

Excellent review and I like tht you went into detail of how great and photographer focused the controls actually are.

All the people obsessiong over tiny differences in noise, DR or any other numbers between this and the Nikon A or any other camera miss the point.
If you pick any of the GR cameras up it will put a smile to your face and you will want to go out and take pictures. This is how good the camera feels in your hand, it will inspire you and by having al controlls easily accessible you will experiment (and by this learn) more. People forget that the handling and feel of a camera is way more important than numbers.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2013 at 21:32 UTC as 33rd comment | 2 replies
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor article (757 comments in total)
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Hansadlp: I don't believe Leica's claim is justified: "The Leica X Vario is the world’s first compact camera to combine a large, APS-C format, CMOS image sensor with a zoom lens". Surely not: Ricoh GXR with the A16 module. It's just as compact, has a similar APS-C 16.2 mp sensor and a 24-85 lens (Leica is just 28-70). Ricoh lens is F 3.5 - F 5.5, Leica is F 3.5 - F 6.4. It also sports a 920.000 pixel screen. Yeah I know, it's a system camera, sort of. But it's also a compact.

Exactly and I gave Rich a hard time for the slow lens on the GXR but at least they did not price it as crazy as this.

For anyone not wanting a system camera but still wants the GXR A16 zoom, superglue the module to the body and prentend it's a fixed lens camera ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 14:26 UTC
On Leica announces X Vario zoom compact with APS-C sensor article (757 comments in total)

Completely pointless, if someone wants a real Leica mini M, get the Ricoh GXR with A12 M Mount module for your M lenses and if you realy need a 24mm-72mm slow zoom, get the A16 zoom module to go and save over $2000 in the process. This will give you a way better and more flexible camera or if you need to have a Leica badge get the Digilux 2 or Digilux 3, both nicer.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 14:24 UTC as 311th comment
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alfredo_tomato: Is Ricoh taking a page out of the Sigma playbook? Instead of changing lenses, will we be be pulling another GR out of our pocket?

Richard, this is not quite their first large sensor model, in more than one was the GXR with A12 28mm and GXr A12 50mm were large sensor fixed, prime-lens cameras quite a while ago.
Most people just focused in presenting the GXR as a system camera where it was more a collection of fixed lens cameras.

You are right in that Ricoh had the GRD and film GR1 cameras way before Sigma and this is just an evolution of these cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 25, 2013 at 09:14 UTC
On Actual Pixels - the pixel peeping app for iOS post (33 comments in total)

Best Android app or general app for photographers on any mobile system is Photo Mate, you should definitely check it out. Not only does it allow 100% focus but it can also convert fullsize RAW files from quite a lot of different formats to JPG, read and display large TIF files, compare two images side by side, allow you to rate images and more.
While not free it's worth every penny.

If you really need free, get Photo Editor on Andoid, free and can also display and edit pictures at 100%.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2013 at 23:44 UTC as 28th comment | 1 reply
On Ricoh issues firmware 1.51 for GXR modules article (10 comments in total)
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tkbslc: I feel bad that nobody seems to care about the GXR.

People who care about the GXR probably don't need to respond to this since they would have updated their firmware and are out taking pictures rather than spending time posting stuff.

Ricoh cameras are cameras for photographers who don't follow the masses and know what they want.

To thewhitehawk, you should look into this since you are missing out if you only follow the mainstream. Ricoh cameras are very well regarded and reviewed by photographers.
Hold a Ricoh camera and you will understand why this is the case.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2012 at 15:59 UTC
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bradleyg5: I don't understand how Ricoh is even still in business. Who is buying into this system. How are they even making back their investment?! All of there cameras are ungodly expensive, have brutal image quality, and the worst headline features.

It's like they make cameras for people who don't want a good camera, they just want a camera nobody else will have. They make cameras for people who keep them on a shelf.

It's like they come out with this retarded system and they don't even push the boundaries, it's like none of the lens/sensor combinations do anything unique. So you go, oh it's flexibility you can just buy one system and it can do all these different things. BUT the cost is so high you could just buy a whole bunch of other dedicated systems that each would be better suited.

Like how could they possibly sell over a hundred of these? of the almost 7 billion human beings on this planet, I cannot imagine more than 100 would actually pay for such a thing as this.

Once you use a Ricoh camera you will understand why people buy them. Because they are the best handling cameras out there and made for people who actually go out and take pictures rather than obsessing over specs or pixel peeping.

While I am personally not interested in this module, the GXR M Mount module has some of the best image quality you will find in any APS camera.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2012 at 09:58 UTC
On Mirrorless Roundup 2011 article (429 comments in total)
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bgbs: I still view Mirrorless as more of a walk about camera. I can see NEX7 being used as a landscape camera as well, but that is about it. For every other kind of shooting you need a DSLR because with DSLR you invest into a whole system. You cannot use Mirrorless for serious flash photography for example. Limited lens selections are also a problem. Not much third-party accessories are available to improve photography.

I'm looking to buy V1 for casual walk about shooting when the price gets down, just because its fast and accurate AF makes it a worthy contender. The IQ out of that thing is more than enough for me. For serious work, I will still be using my DSLR.

If you really think you can only do serious photography when you invest in a system (whatever that means) or that third part accessories improve photography then you need to go out more and take pictures.

The person behind the camera and books or a class will improve photography and there is no need for a system, one camera with one prime lens is all you really need for serious photography.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 20, 2011 at 22:52 UTC
On Ricoh to make 16MP APS-C GXR zoom module article (136 comments in total)
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jameshamm: I'm getting very good results with the Leica mount module. Do yourself a favour, borrow a good leica lens and try it on the GXR. Then see if you want to come here and complain about the concept.

@danaceb
The Nex 5N is a great camera but in terms or ergonimics and handling it's not quite there with the GXR. I love the flip screen though and the sensor looks to be very good but the missing AA filter on the GXR is something not to be overlooked and makes a big difference.
At the same time, as good as the focus peaking on the Sony is, Mode 2 on the GXR really makes manually focusing a breeze and is way more usable in my view.

But I would be very tempted to get the Sony NEX7 with the 5N sensor as a backup camera.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2011 at 10:15 UTC
On Ricoh to make 16MP APS-C GXR zoom module article (136 comments in total)
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Zygonyx: As far as i read, one of the issues with GXR is autofocus performance. Let's hope Ricoh will have achieved significant progress in this respect with the new module.

The Af issues have been fixed in firmware a long time ago but DP review never bothered to update their review as they have done for other cameras.
The AF is now faster with both A12 modules than similar APS cameras like the Fuji X100 and Leica X1 for example.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 30, 2011 at 09:58 UTC
On Ricoh to make 16MP APS-C GXR zoom module article (136 comments in total)
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fzand: Ricoh's strategy of creating complex modules that include everything on a relatively dumb chasis is an interesting idea, but it also presents a big cost and complexity challenge that everytime you want to buy a lens you are practically buying a new camera with all its issues regarding firmware, etc.

The idea is not as dumb as some people think.

You can buy the GXR with Mount module and have an interchangeable lens camera where you can swap the lens and sensor. If you need a small p&s superzoom camera, you get the P10 module or the S10 module if you need a slightly bigger sensor and higher quality zoom. If you need a APS fixed lens camera you get the A12 28mm or A12 50mm modules or if you want some zoom you get the new A16 24-85mm module.

Take another example why the system is very good, you travel and want a backup camera. Usually you need another camera which takes up space, needs another charger, different batteries, extra sd cards and so on. With the GXR system you just take another module and are done.

How many people would love to be able to use the Sony NEX5n sensor in the NEX7 body without paying so much extra, a new GXR body would allow you to upgrade just the body for as little as £250.

Or what about people buying the Fuji X100 or similar fixed lens cameras?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 29, 2011 at 22:54 UTC
On Ricoh GR Digital IV preview (187 comments in total)
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Fraser Smith: I wonder if it too will start to fall apart after a couple of years, just like my GRD III and just in time for the release of the GRD V?

Sorry, no sale Ricoh. Too little, too late, once bitten twice shy.

I wonder what you have done to get yours to fall apart, I still have and use my GRD I which is now 6 years old and has been used a lot. All I have is some paint wearing off the buttons and the LCD screen does not look new anymore but is still usable. The GRD III looks like new and again has been used a lot in all kind of conditions.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2011 at 15:11 UTC
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markdavisphotography: How does this system fare regarding moisture and dust intrusion? Is the adapter to body joint well sealed?

Very well sealed in my experience. I used the GXR in snow, rain and dusty conditions and never had any problems. I just carry it in either a normal bag or jacket pockets.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 9, 2011 at 20:43 UTC
On Ricoh GXR Mount A12 preview (68 comments in total)
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Ashley Pomeroy: I can't see it mentioned in the specs, but given the electronic shutter, will this have an incredibly high flash sync speed? Like the old Nikon D1 / D40 etc?

The lack of an antialising filter sounds interesting, reminiscent of the old Kodaks. I used to have a DCS 560, which had a six megapixel APS-H sensor without an anti-aliasing filter (and a very, very thin infrared filter) and the results were very detailed. Not earthquake-making, but good for something from the last century.

Unfortunately the flash sync speed is 1/180 despite the electronic shutter. This is true for both the internal and external flashes.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 5, 2011 at 22:23 UTC
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