With all the traveling that I have coming upon me *very* soon, I recently was having a little dilemma as to whether I should buy a small 'pocketable' cam to pack along for those times I won't want to bring the 'good' cam out&about (and there will be those times). I was also debating about whether or not to buy a wide angle and possibly a longer zoom, but all of this starting sounding like a lot of money and a lot of gear to bring which as many of you know, I sort of abhor when it comes to photography. Keep it simple (and cheap) stupid... it's not the gear, it's your eye and familiarity with what gear you *do* have is capable of.
So anyhow, I'd been very VERY interested in the past two versions of the Ricoh GR Digital cams. I've heard and read very good things about them for some time and one of my favorite photogs on Flickr uses the GRDII (Nykoh ... check him out!). It turns out that Ricoh just recently released the GRDIII which has a fixed 24mm equivalent lens that is pretty damn fast at f/1.9 and the initial reviews were that it was even better than their past offerings which were already great. I took the plunge and ordered it which is step for me because I'd never held one; Ricoh is nearly impossible to find in the states, they just aren't in this market.
... it came last night, and it is filling the void of BOTH pocket-cam AND wide angle lens and let me tell you... I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER WITH THIS THING. I could go on at length but just check some reviews if you're interested. The camera is deep in it's capability - a real photogs compact (which is what I'd heard for so long) for absolutely certain.
Of these shots...
"Ricohnight-1", is SOOC.
Ricohnight-2 is edited for curves and a slight crop only.
And Ricohnight-3 was a B&W setting in the cam, then cross-processed in Lightroom, and that's it.
I'm freaking happy, which you can probably tell by this (abnormally) lengthy post here.
Go! Be fruitful and photograph!