Hi Paul,So Ray, which camera did you eventually decide on (or are you still on the fence)? I got the Ricoh GR (mostly because I love Ricoh cameras in general and the GRD in particular). The Nikon looks nice as well but not $300 nicer than the Ricoh. Frankly, even if they were the same price, I would have still gotten the GR because it just works best for me and how I photograph.
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Hi Joe,Ray....a big thanks again to you for posting your extensive A & GR reviews, I realise you had a vested interest here since both cameras were of significant interest to yourself, none the less, it's mighty generous of you to post your thoughts.
I just took hold of my GR late yesterday afternoon and have had a chance to go through the manual this evening and tinker with some of the key settings, if the heavy rain we're having here eases off tomorrow I hope to get out and take a few snaps.
Shame that the ISO implementation in TAv mode isn't ideal for yourself, going through the manual on my sofa tonight I see p58 detailing some of the 'full press snap' info and it states that if in the [shooting] menu i go to sub-menu [Full Press Snap] and choose "Auto-High ISO" rather than "Off" or "On" it will apparently respect
the Auto-High ISO limits i set in the [setup] menu ...mine is set at 6400 max. I put it to the test but ISO went through the roof, odd given that on p58 it reads as if it will respect that setting. I must be reading it wrong ????
There's been a lot of discussion of this on the DPR Ricoh forum and some level of disappointment in TaV relative to the way Pentax does it. There is one guy who's convinced it's merely a bug and it'll be fixed any day now in firmware. He points to some footnotes in the manual that seem somewhat contradictory and, as with any Bible, interprets it as he likes. I hope he's right but think if there was ANY intent for user input into the ISO functions of the mode, all references to ISO wouldn't have been wiped off of the menus available while in that mode.I don't know if there is *any* similarity between Tav on Pentax DSLR and the GR, but on my K-5, it does respect the ISO limit. Have you tried it in something other than Full Press Snap? Perhaps its the way snap focus functions, that the engineers who designed it decided that under those circumstances a wider ISO range might be needed? Just guessing.
Hi Huub - Welcome!Great work Ray and all other contributors! These discussions are really helpful and I am up to make my final decision. I am a Nikon D700 user (the bulky one combined with the at least as bulky 24-70 lens. Great camera but so huge and so heavy) and looking for a good camera that fits in the pocket and that can be used for street-photography, holiday trips and the like. I do have some speedlights and am also very much used to the Nikon DSLR ecosystem. On the other hand it seems that the Ricoh outperforms the A in several aspects (I standard shoot in RAW and use LR4 as entry point in the workflow so the color issue would be no problem). I was afraid for the (relative) slow AF in the A, especially for pedestrians/street photography but somehow I get the feeling that although the A is indeed somewhat slower (in daylight circumstances) compared to the GR but that the differences are minimal and that the A is not really disturbing/distracting in this respect. (As far as I can see in the manual the A has also the possibility of the full-time servo AF which I don't see in the discussions).
Also the prices are comparable now. Here in the Netherlands I can get the A for 795 euro and I can get the GR for 749 euro in Germany. (GR is not available (yet?) in NL but I live close to Germany so crossing the border is no issue at all).
This all makes me believe that the A is (for me) the best choice, unless ...... (I will think it over one more night and take the plunge tomorrow).