My Grii has broken. The Ricoh has long been one of my favourite cameras for Street Photography. And rightly so. It packs a large CMOS sensor into a package that will slot into your pocket. It has a sharp fixed 28mm lens, and it is cool. My Ricoh was probably the only cool thing about my Street Photography setup as I often spend far too long editing photos, am not afraid to crop and will venture into using lenses of different focal lengths. Also, I shoot colour and not black and white. While out taking pics, I have even worn Crocks and socks at the same time.
No, it does not yet exist. There are rumours that it may never exist alongside many wish lists of desired improvements. A viewfinder would help, a few more pixels and faster focusing would make it great. Personally, I would settle for just a faster focus and better low light capabilities. What will replace my Grii? I love having a camera in my pocket that is just a little better than my phone. Options:
The same as the first Gr with Wifi added. I don’t use Wifi, so the basics of this camera are about a 100 years old. Please Ricoh, give us an update.
Yes, but everyone has one. Also, it is not quite pocketable. On the plus side, the photos and colour from this camera are fantastic.
Yes, but it sounds like it is not as good as the Grii, and is also due to be updated. The X70 is apparently not as good as the X100f, so what is the point? If the X80 (rumoured) comes out before Christmas, it could tempt me.
Definitely not cool for street photography. The coolest thing Sony ever made was the TDK C90 cassette tape (wow – loosing my younger audience there). However, it is pocketable and takes stunning photos.
This is tough. Panasonic are not cool. Panasonic make microwaves for goodness sake. BUT, here is the proviso, the lens is a Leica. Leica is way cool.
As always, this blog helps me speak to myself. I am currently reading ‘Think Like an Artist,’ by Will Gompertz (yes, Street Photographers are artists…). One piece of advice is that we should always question ourselves, and I think this is why I blog. While not pocketable, my Olympus Om5ii, is light, particularly with a pancake lens slapped on. Maybe it is time to let the Gr go the way of the Dodo and, once again, stick with what I have. But Ricoh, if you are listening, bring on a well upgraded Griii. Please!
Now, where are my Crocks?
Keep Clicking, Chris