Friday, May 31, 2019


HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (May, 2019) - Why in the world would a guy with a cabinet full of film, digital and video cameras buy another camera? This month I picked up a newly released Ricoh GR III. I don't necessarily have a good answer to the question, but wanted to explain my reasoning. These are small, pocketable "point-n-shoot" type cameras. While I have many cameras, I also have a very wide palette of things that I shoot. I shoot sports, landscapes, portraits, etc. and each requires specific gear. What I found is shooting has become a big production. Every time I go out, I have to plan what body, lenses, bag, flash, stands, tripod, etc. is appropriate. Because of this, I find that sometimes it's too much work and I'll just use my phone. What's that old saying, the best camera is the one that is with you? In addition, I recently started printing at home again and found that phone photos don't cut it. On the surface the Ricoh looks like a point-n-shoot, but it is actually much more. You can shoot full manual and sync it with external flash/strobes. It has an APS-C 24 MP sensor and captures in DNG RAW. The files are clean and very printable. Anyway, this is my story and I'm sticking to it. I am carrying it with me daily to replace using my phone for daily captures. Below are some samples from the GR III.

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