Many of you will recall the 28mm shootout between the Ricoh GR and Nikon Coolpix A, and the not-so-simple decision process that ensued. What’s happened in the last two weeks is that both cameras have gone home, and I’ve had time to think a bit more about which camera would work best for me. I’m making my decision based on which is the best creative fit for me, rather than which is the best camera: take a moment to think about that, because it’s not quite as simple as it seems.
At the moment, for my personal work, I’m shooting a lot of black and white, and a lot of squares – blame that on the Hasselblad. It seems to be the way I see right now; logically, I’d like something that’s an extension of this for the times when I can’t carry around the ‘Blad, or want to shoot colour squares, or am carrying the ‘Blad with a longer lens and would like something complimentary and fast to use…you get the idea. The Ricoh GR excels at this kind of shooting, but isn’t quite so good at color – though the latest version of ACR remedies this considerably. There’s the low-light-slow-AF issue, but I don’t think that’s a big deal if Snap Focus works as advertised, and the distances are easy to change (they are). I admit I also prefer the way the GR series feels in my hand compared to the A, though the A is perhaps a little more solidly put together.
Coming to the conclusion of the topic, I’ve decided to go with the GR. I’ve been slowly accumulating my vouchers from referral sales at Amazon – thank you for your support, everybody – and since they won’t pay me cash, I’ve decided to put them to good use: I was lucky enough to happen to be browsing when they had some GR cameras in stock, and hit the order button. One is on its way to me now, and should arrive in a couple of weeks. MT
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