Treat Your Ricoh Right – Howto Avoid & Fix Ricoh GR Problems

Treat Your Ricoh Right - How To Avoid and Fix Ricoh GR Problems

Treat Your Ricoh Right – How To Avoid and Fix Ricoh GR Problems

The Ricoh GR and GR II is a beautifully engineered digital photo camera with excellent optical quality in a small package. It is the smallest and lightest camera with APS-C sized sensor and fixed prime lens!

I bought my GR second hand in 2013. Next to the ten other cameras the Ricoh became my most used camera until today. In total I made 71.005 photographs with the GR. That is 52% of all my 135.117 photos since 2013.

Although it is highly praised and recommended among many popular street photographers, technical problems can develop over time. With a high price tag around $500 the GR & GR II is not a cheap camera. With proper precautions and care those common problems can be avoided and fixed if necessary.

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Small and Light – Comparing 17 Big Sensor Prime Lens Cameras

Comparing 17 Big Sensor Prime Lens Cameras

Comparing 17 Big Sensor Prime Lens Cameras

The Ricoh GR is the smallest and lightest Big Sensor Fixed Lens camera.

My goal was to find a compact camera for everyday photography, with wide angle field of view and a fast, integrated prime lens. I wanted the best possible image quality in relation to a small body size/weight for a reasonable price.

Using DPreview´s camera feature search I identified and compared 17 camera models that are equipped with a integrated, fixed prime lens and sensors equal or bigger then APS-C. My comparison showed that the Ricoh GR (II) is the smallest and lightest fixed Prime Lens Camera currently available. Read on and compare yourself…

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Black & White NYC Street Photography Walk with Daniel Schaefer

Urban Street Pirate Smile, NYC, 2016Urban Street Pirate Smile, NYC, 2016

In March 2016 I joined a free Street Photography Walk in NYC. Titled “Street Technique – Finding your flow: Workshop & Photo Walk” and hosted by Daniel Schaefer (Outlier Imagery) in cooperation with Adorama.

After Daniels introductory presentation about the “Inherent Narrative Elements in Street Photography” (Scene, Subject and Detail) our small group went out to photo walk and talk…

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Ricoh GR Lightroom Lens Correction Profile for RAW DNG

Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw does not include a geometric Lens Correction Profile for the Ricoh GR I & II RAW .DNG files.

I created a geometric Lens Correction Profile file using the free Adobe Lens Profile Creator.

How to install a .lcp file.

  1. Download the zipped Lens Correction Profile file (RICOH GR (18.3 mm f2.8) DNG  f11 Geometric michaelkowalczyk.eu.lcp).
  2. Unzip and copy the file into the respective App Data Folder of the current user
    • WIN (copy and paste path:): %APPDATA%\Adobe\CameraRaw\LensProfiles\1.0
    • MAC (browse manually): Macintosh HD / Users / [your username] / Library / Application Support / Adobe / CameraRaw / LensProfiles
  3. The profile should now appear in Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw.

GIF Preview (Click the image below to see a preview of the geometric correction in action)

GIF Preview - Ricoh GR I and II RAW DNG Geometric Lens Correction Profile for Adobe Lightroom - .lcp

Ricoh GR Zone Focusing Tips for Closeup Street Photography

Using Ricoh GR Snap Zone Focus Tips Street Photography

Candid closeup street portrait against bright sunlight – NYC, Ricoh GR

Today I want to share with you my Ricoh GR Zone Focusing Tips for Closeup Street Photography using Snap Focus, Full Press Snap Focus and Manual Focus Mode.

The tips are especially useful when shooting in fast-paced, closeup situations where you can not rely on the slow Auto Focus performance. To get an impression of such situations consider watching a short documentary video about Jeff Mermelstein´s or Bruce Gilden´s working approach. Both are renowned Street Photographers from New York City. Notice how near and quickly they make their pictures!

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