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GReatness, GRateful | by chickentender™ (Eyewanders Foto)
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GReatness, GRateful

I've shot quite a few of these, both film versions and digital over the years, and honestly there are few cameras I've loved as much, particularly non-film cameras. I took a GRDIII around the world for a year and a half. I sold that camera reluctantly about 3 years ago and it's one of the few I regretted letting go, and I regretted it almost immediately. The newer APSC versions are exceptional, but there's something to the older "GR Digital" cams that are just a little scrappier, a little faster, a little lighter and honestly, a little more "film-like". I also sold my GR1s last year, and though I miss it as well, (a lot) it was starting to have LCD issues which are common on those, so figured I got out ahead while I could. But the GRDIII I still missed...


On a whim I happened to price the GRDIV the other day - their value holds amazingly well - and noticed the new stock had dried up. To ebay I went and it was as expected, except for one very, very clean IV model that had the factory-replaced woodgrain handle. I'd never seen one for sale... and so, mostly for sentimental reasons, I added one to the stable. But ain't she a beaut? Digital cameras receive little-to-no admiration from me at least as far as aesthetics are concerned, but the GR line just has something to it, in the lines, in the subtlety... at least to me.


This was, of course, shot with a GR.

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Taken on March 8, 2018