Limited Edition vs original model; your preference

Started Jun 24, 2014 | Discussions thread
IslandTractor Contributing Member • Posts: 642
Re: Limited Edition vs original model; your preference

35mmBlueSky wrote:

IslandTractor wrote:

35mmBlueSky wrote:

Forget about the viewfinder, you will not get one , i was at their store earlier today and was set to buy the GR, but decided to hold off when they told me the viewfinder is no longer in stock. But if you can live without the viewfinder, it's still a good deal.

The viewfinders are on backorder. The Adorama deal includes one but it won't arrive with the rest of the package.

I have just received my GR and haven't really had much chance to use it in real life situations yet. However, I anticipate the viewfinder (once it arrives) being quite useful for my intended use as a travel camera.

I hate holding a camera at arms length like an iPhone to frame shots. Much prefer bringing the camera up to my eye. EVF would be nice but the delays and added information are distractions when out on the street. I prefer setting the basic exposure parameters ahead of time, allowing the camera to finalize exposure on it's own and devoting my efforts to seeing and then framing the shot. An optical viewfinder is great for that. Used one with my Bessa-L and Voigtlander 15mm lens as well as with a Contax G/21mm.

The only real downside for the GR is that with a viewfinder like the GV1 mounted you need a bigger hip bag to carry the camera.

Yes, it's on backorder, I also asked whether it would be in stock anytime, was told that it could take months before this particular viewfinder (GV-1) is back in stock, that's also what ultimately turned me off and now seriously considering getting the Fuji X100s instead. Either way,with the viewfinder installed on top, I think size wise the advantage of GR quickly diminishes as X100s' viewfinder is built into the camera body (hybrid ovf/evf),hence will not be as obtrusive.

I was also pondering the x100s v GR decision.  Decided in the end that my X=E1 plus 27 was a fair substitute for the x100s while the GR gave me a true pocketable camera that would be more flexible.  I also just have always preferred 28 to 35mm perspective though that was not the deciding factor.  Frankly, I was bidding on x100s' via eBay and trying to find one on CL that met my price point ($850).  In the end, I found the Adorama GR deal and just did the mouse click.  I still own a GR1 so am very familiar with the size and 28mm as a travel camera and am looking forward to learning more about the new GR.  From my first few days of use I am very impressed (even without the OVF).  I may yet add a x100s once prices drop a bit further.

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