Pocket Sized Punch Up – Ricoh GRD III vs iPhone 5C

Out in the woods on a family walk recently, I hadn't taken a camera (intentionally), but came across a scene I had to photograph. So of course I whipped out my trusty iPhone, and using Hipstamatic preset to 3:2 aspect ratio and a b/w setting, took a few shots. The final images were not radically… Continue reading Pocket Sized Punch Up – Ricoh GRD III vs iPhone 5C

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Adventures In Zero Processing – Hipstamatic + iPad

Recently we talked about the “impossible dream” of zero processing - making photographs almost entirely in camera without then spending as much time (or more) on post processing the images to get the look we want. I have a fairly minimal and effective workflow using LightRoom, but still don't particularly enjoy it. So I've started exploring… Continue reading Adventures In Zero Processing – Hipstamatic + iPad

Broken Camera, Rise Victorious!

Following the magnificent twin revelations of the Ricoh GDR III and GX100, I inevitably looked further into Ricoh's back catalogue, and found the GX100's successor, the GX200. On paper it's not a radical overhaul, just a fractionally larger and higher spec'd sensor (12MP vs 10MP), bigger and greater resolution screen and an additional custom "MY"… Continue reading Broken Camera, Rise Victorious!

All Hail The Dragon Slaying Ricoh Brothers

Before we begin to this courageous tale of dragon vanquish, for context we require a brief update of my photographic hunting of the last decade - Played with camera phones for a few years, got a "proper" phone, a Nikon CoolPix, loved it and shot thousands of images over seven months. Then discovered film via… Continue reading All Hail The Dragon Slaying Ricoh Brothers

Adventures Of The Wide Eyed Wonder #1

My recent return to Pentax K mount has included the rediscovery of the excellent Ricoh Rikenon 50mm f/2 lens. I featured it as my latest love in the Lens Love series a little while back, and it fared very well against stiff competition from Pentax and Chinon in the recent five way PK 50mm shootout. In particular the… Continue reading Adventures Of The Wide Eyed Wonder #1

Lens Love #3 – Ricoh Rikenon 50mm f/2 PK

Lens Love is an ongoing series of posts about the vintage lenses I’ve used and loved most. The dry technical data and 100% corner crops of brick walls can be found elsewhere. What I’m more interested in is what specifically about a lens makes me love using it, and why I believe you should try… Continue reading Lens Love #3 – Ricoh Rikenon 50mm f/2 PK

The Resurrection Of Razor Ric(oh)

The trouble with 80s plastic fantastic compacts is once the electronics die, they're fit for nothing but the dustbin. Right?  That's what I thought until a recent and simple DIY experiment opened my eyes to the wonders of just one little compact that's been given life after death and is thriving gloriously. It started when, wanting… Continue reading The Resurrection Of Razor Ric(oh)