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Old 04-16-2019   #241
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Batteries and charger

Apparently, the GR III uses the same batteries as some Olympus Tough cameras (LI-90B / LI-92B).

Here's a brand I'd used for my GR and been pretty happy with:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008LXWO34

And another one that requires an AC adapter but can charge 2 batteries at once:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01192141Q/

AFAIK, Ricoh doesn't "chip" their batteries as some companies do, so the camera shouldn't complain that they are not "genuine".
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Old 04-16-2019   #242
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Electrical idiot here. This is a question I would have asked my uncle, but he passed away in November.

Have the GRiii in and love the image quality thus far. I am, however, very disappointed with the accessory "charger" BJ-11. Nothing like the BJ-6 that I have used for years to charge my Ricoh GR batteries, this new "charger" requires an AC adapter or the cameras charger and cable to work. $50 and only 1/3 of a charger. The BJ-6 has a fold out 2-prong plug, super compact and eminently functional.

Output specs for the BJ-11 are 4.2 V 0.9A. Specs for the old BJ-11 are 4.2V 0.8A. The new battery fits in the old charger and the contacts appear to line up. Can I use the old charger to fill the new battery? Or is that slightly lower average going to be a problem. I have a feeling it may just charge more slowly?
It's gonna charge slower but as long as you don't go over the maximum current and voltage stated on the battery (1.8A, 4.25V), you'd be fine.

I use the double charger - 0.73A for each battery and there's no problem.
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Old 04-17-2019   #243
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Many thanks to you both for the info and options!
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Old 04-18-2019   #244
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Ya, I am very happy with the FujiX100F. I guess it came down to wanting a viewfinder, a built in flash and preferring the 35 FOV.
Those are three BIG preferences, K.
Sounds like you had solid reasoning for your choice.

How is life with Fuji so far?
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Old 04-19-2019   #245
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They are not. Looks like Ricoh has improved its JPEG output (all options are fully customizable now) and I'd very much like to just use the Standard, but since RAW is not fully supported in Lightroom yet I tweaked the default Adobe profiles for these photos to see how malleable the files are.

The pictures in my second post (the one above) are unedited though. I'll post more out-of-camera JPEGs later.
The tonal rendering looks really good in all your pictures posted. For example, I'm not seeing the harsh highlights or lack of dynamic range I would normally expect from the GR2, and many of the photos are in low light but don't have the noise or blur I would expect from the Gr2. From DPR testing the GR3 seems to have about a one stop noise advantage over the GR2, which isn't that much, so I was wondering if you did anything special with settings?

With the GR2, I often cannot get pleasing color no matter what; I can recognize good color but can't produce it for some reason. So I have to compliment you on your Lightroom skills.
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Old 04-22-2019   #246
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I've had my GR 3 for three weeks now. Quick focus in good light, very sharp lens, a useful crop mode that gives you 15mp 35mm-crop photos, and excellent exposure. Plus the good Ricoh ergonomics, snap focus, etc. Looking forward to the Lightroom update for the GR 3 so I can see the colours the way they were meant to be.

A couple of recent shots from London:






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Old 04-22-2019   #247
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Firmware 1.10 was just released:
http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/engli...tal/gr3_s.html

It's supposed to improve AF in low-light and low-contrast. I can't see too much of a difference yet, but it does seem there is some improvement. In real use, I don't think it was bad to begin with until it got VERY dark.

The Image Sync app also works now for file transfer (if you have the new firmware), but remote control and Bluetooth are coming in a later update.
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Old 04-23-2019   #248
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I think it made a big improvement in lower light focusing. Once it started hunting before it got really slow and took seconds to focus. Now it focus in a quarter of a second in low light (Ev 1.6ish... 1/30, ISO8000, f2.8) as long as the indicator is on something with contrast. If you get it hunting it is still slow but seems to move the lens a little faster while hunting.

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Old 04-23-2019   #249
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What are you shooting, black panthers in the jungle at night?

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Now it focus in a quarter of a second in low light (Ev 1.6ish... 1/30, ISO8000, f2.8)

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Old 04-23-2019   #250
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What are you shooting, black panthers in the jungle at night?
Was just a test in subdued lighting indoors.

It will focus in lower light too but it is back to the slower hunting focus. Attached is ISO 80,000 at 1/15 at f2.8 in my basement with the lights out. Converted to B&W as the color was nasty at that ISO.

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Thanks.

I'm always curious what people use the ridiculously high ISO settings on modern cameras for. I generally manage to stay below 1600 in most situations I encounter in real life.
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Thanks.

I'm always curious what people use the ridiculously high ISO settings on modern cameras for. I generally manage to stay below 1600 in most situations I encounter in real life.
So do I. Looking at my library I have

roughly 86% are <=ISO 1600

roughly 9% from <=ISO 6400 and >ISO 1600

roughly 3% from >ISO 6400 and <=ISO 12800

roughly .01% >ISO 12800 and <=ISO 102400

Usually when I am using high ISO it is indoor sports/action where I'm using a large lens (100-400) and need a fast shutter speed.

With the GR3 I was using ISO6400 at an indoor party where I wanted 1/125 to avoid motion blur during dancing.

Nice to have that option if the camera can deliver at those speeds.

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Old 04-23-2019   #253
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Interesting news all around.

Thanks for the info Shawn, helpful for those still on the fence.

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Old 04-23-2019   #254
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Thanks.

I'm always curious what people use the ridiculously high ISO settings on modern cameras for. I generally manage to stay below 1600 in most situations I encounter in real life.
Low light situations that require a high shutter speed...
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GRIII DNG in RPP64

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Old 04-23-2019   #256
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I think it made a big improvement in lower light focusing.
Yes, I would agree, low light focus is now tolerable, not fast but not the several seconds hunting before the FW upgrade. And you did have to get into extremely low light for it to be a serious issue although decent high ISO and IBIS kind of invites you to shoot in low light I'd say I'm pretty happy now with the performance.

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Old 04-23-2019   #257
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Beautiful image.

Seems maybe a little improved over the GR II but it might be RPP64.

I assume this refers to Raw Photo Processor.

Wondering if you can share your workflow. I've played with it a little but never worked it into my process.

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GRIII DNG in RPP64

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Beautiful image.

Seems maybe a little improved over the GR II but it might be RPP64.

I assume this refers to Raw Photo Processor.

Wondering if you can share your workflow. I've played with it a little but never worked it into my process.

Thanks, I like how that one turned out.

The camera created JPEG is attached to show the differences in color and tone from RPP64.

I import everything into Lightroom. If I have a file I want to check out in RPP64 I either use the RPP64 Plugin to Export -> Open in RPP (original DNG) or I just right click on the DNG in LR and "Show In Finder" and drag and drop the DNG onto my RPP64 icon.

From there it is just editing the DNG as I want and then saving the file. I have RPP64 set to save in the original files location.

Back in Lightroom in the Library view I just right click on the folder I was working in and "Synchronize Folder" and LR will see the RPP64 created file and add it to the library. Pretty easy for occasional use with RPP64.

If I had a bunch of files I might batch them all before LR but haven't really done much of that with RPP64.

For this image I didn't do much.

Set the TrueFilm Simulation to LF (Ektar)
WB Auto
Exposure +0.20
unchecked Blur Chroma
Sharpness +5
Local Contrast +5
Interp = VCDMF (if you don't click this you get half size files)

I think everything else was at default.

If you haven't used the Truefilm simulations in RPP64 you should spend some time with them. LF is my favorite but V50 (Velvia) and K64 (Kodachrome) can be really nice too.

BTW, the developers of RPP64 *never* update their website. The download link there is to a very old version of the software. They link the newest version on their support forum.

Hope this helps,

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Old 04-24-2019   #259
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Thanks for this.

I have a bunch of GR II files I might play with just to see.
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Old 05-12-2019   #260
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Dropped my GR III last month! It fell out from a Ricoh GC-5 case (no wonder these have a bad reputation) for about 1 ft onto the tabletop, which broke the SR mechanism. The camera would make loud, ominous whirs and clicks with stabilization turned on.

Took it to the Ricoh Pentax repair center in Shanghai. The girl couldn't hide her surprise since many were still waiting for their copies. Picked it up 3 weeks later, which was last Saturday, gladly found it was eligible for warranty repair although it was certainly my fault.

Lessen learnt: never, ever drop yours since it's even more delicate than previous GRs. And never trust the Ricoh cases.
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On the trip home I took the camera and a flash for a quick stroll through the nearby Tianzifang. The place had gone full touristy in the past decade. Still quite interesting since it's now buzzing with a rather different population.

All are out-of-camera JPEGs with minimal editing.



















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Fun series...

My III comes this Tuesday,end of day~ Iam ready and waiting to explore 28mm, 50 crop mode and all Miss 3 has to offer
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Fun series...

My III comes this Tuesday,end of day~ Iam ready and waiting to explore 28mm, 50 crop mode and all Miss 3 has to offer
Have fun Helen, I was able to get one and a half weeks ago when I was in NYC. So far, I like it...

A few From Santiago on my first day out with it...





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Wow, J posted three pictures!!!
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Wow John, those last two are killer shots, love it !

Sorry I missed You and the Missus... you kept it quiet i guess, NYC i mean.
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I was asked earlier on the thread how life was with the FujiX100F and all I can say is the MP240 has not been out once. As much as I enjoy the MP240 and rangefinder focusing, the X100F is amazing, especially the auto flash fill with the between the lens shutter.

I would probably enjoy the GR3 just as much but I owned the original X100 and really liked it. I just found a used wide angle aux lens for $250 so I have the equivalent of 28 FOV. I am giving serious thought to just taking the X100F on my around the world trip in October.
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Wow, J posted three pictures!!!
I've posted a lot in the past... just mostly in Fuji lens threads that you don't look at.

Helen... thanks. Honestly, both of my parents died within three weeks of each other (I'm ok though) so that is why I was in NYC and keeping it quiet.
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I am giving serious thought to just taking the X100F on my around the world trip in October.
Haha, it's funny. I've used either a X100 variant or a GR variant as my small camera for many years. Before that I used Leica Ms. Honestly, the M was the worst camera for my photography I've ever used. That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it. They are wonderful cameras, but I've found that small AF cameras with high ISO are best for my needs.
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John,

Sorry to hear about your loss.

As always, great shots regardless of where they are posted.

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Oh I am so sorry John. My heartfelt condolences.
Wishing You strength and light during these trying times.
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Thank you BB2 and HH. I appreciate it. Sorry for the downer.
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Like these last two, especially the brownish tones. Kinda Portra-esque. Sorry for your loss(es).

Used my GR 2 quite a bit in Japan for street photos and while I don't feel a need for the 3, I'm very impressed with how well it worked and how flexible the RAW files are in terms of recovering detail in both the highlights and shadows and it's all around usability. Inspired me to use it more at home as well.

For anyone in NY that wants to try one, Ricoh has a fan event coming up June 1:

https://www.grblog.jp/en/article/2105/

I'm going (unless it's a beach day).

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Sorry, GR III it is NOT!
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Snatched up a GRIII to see if I should have it replace the X100F, which I sadly don't pull out of its bag often enough. I wish I had the money to keep both. An upcoming trip will be the test of me and the GRs future together.

So far I'm really liking the camera. More importantly, I'm having great fun with it. For the first batch of 'fooling around' shots, I had the GV-1 that came with my GRDIII slid into the hot shoe. But I quickly realized how nice it is to forego a viewfinder and just snap with or without the LCD.

The controls are also really, really nice. Even with above average size hands, it's a very comfy camera. The exposure compensation rocker that I thought I'd miss from the GRDIII is nicely replaced by the back jog wheel. Full press snap kind of eliminates my need for a physical control for AF/MF, a feature that I fancied when looking at the GRII.

The battery is a bit too weak, though. I can't for the life of me understand why Ricoh let the camera slip into production with it. A slightly bigger camera would've been preferable, in my opinion. The battery did last the whole day for me yesterday - when snapping snaps wasn't my primary concern. For a whole day whose purpose is shooting, I'd need to be carrying a lot of spares. I guess it's not a huge problem, but a mind-boggling one none the less. In spite of that... I think I'm in love with a Ricoh again.
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Super pleased with the GRIII, nitpicks (having to carry two spare batteries) and compromises (dubious low light AF performance) aside. My only real concern at the moment is how to get the lens ring to not fall off. Only had it happen once, but thatís once too many for comfort. Any tips for making it less prone to wriggle out of itís grooves?
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