Ricoh Advice: GXR or GRD

jhowell39

Veteran
Jun 23, 2011
norcal
Jim
At this point, the grd iii is my only camera and I would have to echo Lili's comments. I do lust a bit for the new sensor Fuji's, but when its time to move on in the biblical sense, the grd iii will be sharing space with me in the pine box, because you know, you never know. I think its that good!
 

Ray Sachs

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Sep 21, 2010
Not too far from Philly
you should be able to figure it out...
At this point, the grd iii is my only camera and I would have to echo Lili's comments. I do lust a bit for the new sensor Fuji's, but when its time to move on in the biblical sense, the grd iii will be sharing space with me in the pine box, because you know, you never know. I think its that good!
I hope you have some POWERFUL wi-fi card in that thing! :cool:

-Ray
 

Lili

Hall of Famer
Oct 17, 2010
Dallas, TX
Lili
At this point, the grd iii is my only camera and I would have to echo Lili's comments. I do lust a bit for the new sensor Fuji's, but when its time to move on in the biblical sense, the grd iii will be sharing space with me in the pine box, because you know, you never know. I think its that good!
I hadn't though to be interred with my camera. I have planned in truth to be buried with my bow and a quiver full of arrows ;)
 

CMG

Regular
Aug 31, 2012
Washington State, USA
At this point, the grd iii is my only camera and I would have to echo Lili's comments. I do lust a bit for the new sensor Fuji's, but when its time to move on in the biblical sense, the grd iii will be sharing space with me in the pine box, because you know, you never know. I think its that good!
Wow! That's strong stuff! Yes, you never know and accordingly never know what might come in handy! Well, I'm just sitting tight until Photokina to see if there is a grd V before making a purchase.
 

Olivier Duong

Regular
Jul 16, 2012
The GRD is the kind of camera that is lifelong. I believe it is the general agreement that you should get the GRD. If you can go for the IV, if not, the III. Get the GXR after if you can /want
 

Ray Sachs

Legend
Sep 21, 2010
Not too far from Philly
you should be able to figure it out...
One more thing that might or might not matter to you - the native aspect ratio of the GXR (at least with the 28 and 50 mm - not sure if it's true with all of the lens modules) is 3:2, the GRD 3/4 is 4:3. I prefer 3:2 myself, some prefer 4:3, some probably don't care. But if you do care, it's worth knowing.

-Ray
 

Crsnydertx

Top Veteran
Jan 21, 2011
Houston, TX
Chuck
Ray said:
One more thing that might or might not matter to you - the native aspect ratio of the GXR (at least with the 28 and 50 mm - not sure if it's true with all of the lens modules) is 3:2, the GRD 3/4 is 4:3. I prefer 3:2 myself, some prefer 4:3, some probably don't care. But if you do care, it's worth knowing.

-Ray
But nice to know that 3:2 and 1:1 are menu choices for the GRD, albeit at a cost of cropping away a portion of the sensor. I find myself using 1:1 on this camera more than others, probably because the GRD is constantly talking to you: "Try something different this time!"
 

Ray Sachs

Legend
Sep 21, 2010
Not too far from Philly
you should be able to figure it out...
But nice to know that 3:2 and 1:1 are menu choices for the GRD, albeit at a cost of cropping away a portion of the sensor. I find myself using 1:1 on this camera more than others, probably because the GRD is constantly talking to you: "Try something different this time!"
Yeah, and if you're shooting 1:1 (or cropping to it), 4:3 is the better native ratio. I personally have come to really prefer 3:2, though and would rather an imperfect crop to 4:3 or 1:1 than of 3:2 from a native 4:3 camera. Probably not a huge deal for most, and some prefer 4:3 as much as I prefer 3:2. Just something for the OP to be aware of if he DOES have a strong preference one way or the other...

-Ray
 

CMG

Regular
Aug 31, 2012
Washington State, USA
One more thing that might or might not matter to you - the native aspect ratio of the GXR (at least with the 28 and 50 mm - not sure if it's true with all of the lens modules) is 3:2, the GRD 3/4 is 4:3. I prefer 3:2 myself, some prefer 4:3, some probably don't care. But if you do care, it's worth knowing.

-Ray
Thanks Ray. Can you please exlain this a bit more including the effect on images?
 

CMG

Regular
Aug 31, 2012
Washington State, USA
But nice to know that 3:2 and 1:1 are menu choices for the GRD, albeit at a cost of cropping away a portion of the sensor. I find myself using 1:1 on this camera more than others, probably because the GRD is constantly talking to you: "Try something different this time!"
Thanks Chuck! Can you please explain this a bit more?
 

CMG

Regular
Aug 31, 2012
Washington State, USA
Yeah, and if you're shooting 1:1 (or cropping to it), 4:3 is the better native ratio. I personally have come to really prefer 3:2, though and would rather an imperfect crop to 4:3 or 1:1 than of 3:2 from a native 4:3 camera. Probably not a huge deal for most, and some prefer 4:3 as much as I prefer 3:2. Just something for the OP to be aware of if he DOES have a strong preference one way or the other...

-Ray
Thanks Ray! Why do you prefer 3:2 and why do you think Ricoh designed the GRD with 3:4 as native?
 

Lili

Hall of Famer
Oct 17, 2010
Dallas, TX
Lili
But nice to know that 3:2 and 1:1 are menu choices for the GRD, albeit at a cost of cropping away a portion of the sensor. I find myself using 1:1 on this camera more than others, probably because the GRD is constantly talking to you: "Try something different this time!"
I love shoot square format with my my GRD3, the FOV lends itself well.
 

Ray Sachs

Legend
Sep 21, 2010
Not too far from Philly
you should be able to figure it out...
Thanks Ray. Can you please exlain this a bit more including the effect on images?
If its a question for you, rather than immediate reaction of "oh, I prefer X:X aspect ratio, so that narrows my choice", then you probably won't care one way or the other. It's just about the dimensions or shape of the photo. The closer to 1:1, the more square it is. The longer the long edge relative to the short edge, the more it starts to resemble a movie screen (which 16:9 kind of does - or at least a wide TV). It's personal preference, nothing else, and not everyone cares, but some people care a lot.

-Ray
 
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