Flatiron with GR

Flatiron with GR

Flatiron Building, New York.

I was in New York yesterday with a friend and we did a lot of walking. On the way back up to Grand Central and the train home we passed this landmark which I’ve shot before with higher end gear and I decided to have another go at it.

I must say, this image is better than almost anything I shot with my Canon 5D and high end lenses. No chromatic aberration even though building/sky is high contrast, amazing detail, and very little distortion.

Ricoh has just announced and update to the GR which has a few new features but the original one can be had for a considerable discount and when the new one ships no doubt the original one will drop more. I’ll be looking to pick up a third copy of this camera if the price drops a bit more. I love it.

I took most of my images along the High Line of a single concrete pour on the first floor of a residential apartment complex I shot before (when they were excavating). I stayed there a few hours and took a few hundred images, enough to make a stop action series of although I’ve never done that before. Large scale building projects fascinate me although unless you’re right in the middle of them it’s tough to document them with a camera.

7 comments

  1. Very cool Flatiron image, Richard! Great detail as you said. The new GR seems to be some kind of transition model before the next one which hopefully offers some bigger improvements.

    1. Thanks Jonne. Amazing how well the GR did on this shot, which isn’t tough, but I’ve never gotten one this good before with my other cameras.

      I think it’s odd that Ricoh didn’t put the bigger improvements into this GR; it’s been many years since the first one came out and while it’s a smaller company than Canon or Nikon, this particular category of camera (high end point and shoot) is ripe right now for something like the Leica Q at a more reasonable price. It very may be that the Leica Q takes all of the high end market away from the smaller cameras (people who would buy a GR and have the money for a more expensive/better camera if it existed). If Ricoh waits another three years I’m not sure what the market will be as I’ll bet Fuji is considering a 28mm version of the X100 line and that would be a huge hit.

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