The Ricoh GR is probably one of the most underrated cameras on the market. Yet it has achieved cult status among enthusiastic amateurs and professional photographers. Ashwin has owned the GR for four years and has come to appreciate this camera's strengths
I've been following Tom Stanworth and his Photo Fundamentalist blog for some time now. Tom, a former soldier and now a security consultant, blogs from some pretty impressive and photogenic places, including Afghanistan. My interest was aroused by Tom's latest review of the little Ricoh GR. Last year I had the chance to try this discreet APS-C camera with its fixed f/2.8 28mm lens and was pretty impressed. Like me, he is impressed with the street-ready snap-to-focus system that really works. Tom wonders if this could even be a competitor for the Leica M when it comes to street photography.
In simple terms there are two types of photographic accessory in the world—the useful and the decorative. In the latter category fall things like Hello Kitty flashguns and selfie sticks and any camera strap that proclaims the brand of your equipment in letters an inch high. In the former, there's a cornucopia of kit that professes to make our photographic life better—improve our image, so to speak.
Bill Palmer welcomes Fujifilms announcement a new 2x teleconverter. But he worries that it works only with two XF lenses out of the whole catalogue. It's a step in the right direction but....
The Leica TL2 is announced today. But it has undergone extensive field testing over the past months. Here are my impressions after living and travelling with the new camera....
Since the launch of the Leica X at Photokina last Septmber, I haven't had the chance to borrow a camera for review. They must be in short supply or something. I was therefore interested to see that Dpreview has been able to send out two experienced photographers to provide a second take on the X. It isn't all positive news.
The Q has been an unprecedented success for Leica and is only just becoming freely available after nine months on the market. It has grabbed the limelight like no other Leica compact. Not only that, it has been acclaimed even by those who traditionally criticise any product bearing the red dot as overpriced, overhyped and over here.
Last week I joined Mike Evans on the South Bank in London when he did some of the first shots with the Leica M-D. These appeared in the Macfilos review of the Leica and are being reproduced in the next issue of the Leica Society of America's Viewfinder magazine.
On Sunday I decided to follow Mike's footsteps with something different in hand—the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and that rather addictive 12-40 M.Zuiko f/2.8 zoom which featured in our zoom lens comparison last week. Mike had earlier taken the Leica SL and 24-90mm zoom along the same well-trodden path south of the Thames and it is interesting to compare those results with the M-D and, now, the Olympus.
The Fujifilm X-T3 brings a raft of major improvements but not everyone will be upgrading according to David Bailey….