Since last week I decided to shoot, for a while, with the Ricoh GR3. I’ve had this camera for almost 3 years and I’ve hardly used it … It’s a little bit backwards that I’m using it, but I’m going to try to invest myself in it to get over its big flaws and try to get the best out of it. This Blog is called week 1. I will try to share my impressions with you over the next few weeks. As the holidays are approaching, it will be about Street Photography, but not only, because I have less opportunity to do it when I have the kids with me.
This week I rediscovered the GR3. The first thing I am happy about is its performance at high ISO! Even in alleys with little light, I was able to keep the aperture at f8 and the shutter speed at 1/800s. I often happily exceeded ISO 5000 and the colour was still correct. On the other hand, the AF slips quite a bit. Yes, I often use the AF with the Ricoh because I also have the Snap which is zone focusing that I set to 1.5m. It’s the plus of the GR series. You can use AF and zone focusing at the same time. I may have to adjust the AF zone differently, but I found it weird going back and forth…
The camera always overheats. I always find it annoying … Oh yes, to take 300 pictures, I used 2 batteries ! It’s just scandalous as autonomy … And yet, I don’t use the touch screen. I also had a weird thing when I was at the limit of the battery. The camera would turn itself off with the lens out. Kind of like a forced standby. But it’s kind of weird not to retract the lens. On my old Ricohs, when the battery runs out, the camera shuts down and retracts the lens. I don’t know if this is normal or if my camera has a defect. After I put in a new battery, the problem was no longer there.
I’m getting used to the layout of the shutter release and on/off buttons. I haven’t accidentally turned the camera off while taking pictures. This was not the case when I started using the GR3 3 years ago. The camera seems to me to be more fragile than the previous iterations though. Clearly, I am not yet comfortable with this camera in the streets of Saint-Denis.
The image quality is good and it feels like there is a lot of potential that I haven’t touched yet. Weeks and weeks of practice are needed to find its limits. The opening photo of this blog is a 2 year old photo that was lying around on the SD card. The last photo of this blog was taken yesterday while I was playing volleyball with Joachim.
All the photographs were made with the Ricoh GR3.