I do not understand why they made this change. To me, Snap Focus is a key feature and the ability to change it on the fly was integral. I hope and I assume they will correct this in a future FW update.I too read Sean's review and it was well done. In affirmed my decision to buy a GRD IV (whenever they come out in the U.S.). One thing though that Sean pointed out and that I found disturbing is that you can no longer change the Snap Focus distance by pressing the up arrow button while rotating the front dial in front of the shutter release button.
Thanks Don, that is interesting. I generally set the camera up before I leave the house. I used to pick a snap distance and ISO and then adjust the aperture to give me as wide a DOF as possible whilst maintaining a workable shutter speed. I read somewhere that the GRD3 lens was sharpest at F4 so I often stopped the lens down some. It is only recently that I've been opening that lens up more and was pleased by the results.Norman, I use snap 75% of the time.
What I do is look at the DOF scale and determine the zone I want to work in.
I usually am at 1.5-2 meters. Then by changing my fstop, I can change the DOF if I want to.
^ Agree, Still on the fence between the GRD III & GRD IV. Current $200 difference and possible gap increasing as GRD IV come into stock.This and price is the reason I am going with a discounted GRD III.
Hi Paul,Feel free to use and adapt if you like (as an aside, I heard back from someone at Ricoh within hours and they are forwarding my message on to the appropriate folks . . . I hope):
Dear Ricoh: As a long-time user of the Ricoh GR Digital line of cameras, I was dismayed to learn that a feature that was present in the recent GRD III camera is no longer available in the GRD IV. The ability to set the Snap Focus distance using a combination of the Up button and the Front dial has now been replaced with the ability to switch between Function button settings. While this new feature is one that is appreciated, many photographers who use the Snap feature of the GR Digital cameras use the Up button/Front dial method frequently (myself included) to quickly change the focus distance setting while in Snap focus mode. Photographers now need to go back into the Control menu to change this setting and given the nature of Snap focus and why this feature was added to the camera (to quickly set focus at different distances) I feel embedding this setting in the Control menu without giving the user the ability to change it more easily using the Up button/Front dial method is a big mistake. In a future firmware update, I feel you should give the user the ability to decide how the Up button/Front dial works (maybe a choice between Function buttons and Snap focus distance setting). If the user chooses to use the Up button/Front dial combination to change the Snap focus distance, then the other Function button sets could be accessed through the Control menu. Thank you for your consideration.