Mark,Ah ha…welcome to the club mate. You'll wonder what's wrong with other sensors after using this one for a bit. The GR sensor wiped the floor with my K5, x100s and D700 - hence why it is the only digicam I have left - well until I buy my 'swiss army knife'. But the GR she is my little razor!
Our camera histories sound eerily similar Steve.Mark,
It really IS impressive! I have a Fuji XE-2 (XT-1 on order) and an X100S and do love them both. I've sold all my 5D MkII and lenses kit. I still own a Sony RX100 which PALES in comparison to the GR of course. I briefly owned a Sony RX1R which exceeded the GR in terms of IQ- but at 5-6 times the cost!! I have to say for an inexpensive "put it in your pocket and go" camera the GR is the hands-down winner for IQ in a tiny package. I'm going to take it on a sailing cruise in March and put it through its paces in the Caribbean.
I don't want to sound like a fanboy but…ah who am I kidding…I had the exact same lens combo (28, 50 and 85 all gelded 1.8s) on my Nikon D700 and to my eye the GR wins on image quality alone.This is precisely the experience I'm having. NONE of my lens/sensor combinations have managed this level of sharpness. I'm shooting a D7100 with what should be among the sharpest Nikon lenses -- the 85/1.8G, 50/1.8G, etc. -- and it's just not the same. Despite the consensus among testers that the D7100 has the better sensor. ("Better" depends very much upon what you're measuring, of course.)
If you start the petition I will certainly sign…under a few names. My vote is for a 50mm and a 90mm. I really, REALLY want the 50mm but!!!!This really is a marvel. If they came out with a couple of different focal lengths, I'd probably dump the rest of my kit and carry three Ricohs...