Journey to a Ricoh GR

Well this is my first blog post. And why not fill it with something I found fascinating. My journey through GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) to finally reach the camera I was supposed to get two years ago.

Who am I? Why should you read this article? You could be entertained by the lunacy of going through cameras to find "the one." I'm not a professional. I would consider myself a amateur hobbyist at best. I've always had photography around me. Mainly toying with the subject matter throughout my life, never really spending serious time on it.

My first camera I used was my dad's Nikkor, what I thought was a Nikon.

I did get a picture into a show at the Cleveland Institute of Art. It was honorable mention. Not bad for my first try. I never really went any further with it. I did however, continued with the journey of buying camera after camera.

I recently went through a phase of this, which brought me to write this article. I started with the idea of buying a camera that was small. I began my internet search and finally came upon the Ricoh GR. Oh the specs were so beautiful, just what I needed. Small, large sensor, all the photo blogs and reviews loved it. See below for all the review of the Ricoh gr. In 2013 I decided to wait and get a stupid PC computer because my Mac was out of date. And we already had a camera, the Canon Rebel XS.

My wife and I bought that right before our daughter was born in 2009. It was to be the camera that would capture all those moments for us throughout the years. I should have gotten a new lens and been done with it.

2014 rolls around and all these new cameras come into play and I'm still reading every article I can get my hands of the Ricoh GR. Practically new how to operate the thing with out even owning it. I even would draw out the sizes of cameras and made paper mockups to see if they would fit in my pocket. Yeah, I needed to get out. Seriously, what was I thinking.

We decided that our daughter would love a trip to Disney World in 2015. Oh my god! I will defiantly need a new camera to capture theses defining moments!

So the journey begins. Why not just get the Ricoh Gr. It fits all the perimeters you needed a camera to be. Small, lightweight, big sensor, all the street photographers seem to like it. No brainer. Nah. Lets wastea few months searching for something else.

Full frame camera? What's this? The Sony RX1 is what I need. I read up on this camera and watched all the Youtube videos I could. Thanks Digital Rev and the Camera Store. However, I'd be divorced had I bought a used camera for over $1800. Let's stick with the full frame cameras. What about the Canon 5D M1?

I can get those cheap, and I did. I actually like the camera. I should not have gotten ride of it as it was in great condition. The next one was the awesome Sony A7.

The Sony A7 I really should have kept, however, the cost of the lens system was too much. I know I could have used legacy lenses on this camera which I did, but I missed auto focus. So I sold it.

Lets try APS-C sensors. Since I thought I was going to be a street photographer, why not the Nikon Coolpix A? It was on sale.

The quality of the pictures out this little camera were awesome. Loved the look it produced. Got ride of it because of the layout to access the movie mode and the fact you can not shut off the display and still take pictures, because I was going to be this sneaky street photographer. What? Should have kept it.

Here comes the Fuji X100s. Fantastic photos and great looking camera.

Ton of reviews on this camera and again read them all. To me the camera was still too slow for me, the layout was odd to me, and was too big for me, so I thought. I did love the option of capturing multiple images with different film effects and settings. It just wasn't the one for me. Sold it.

After all these cameras I finally came back to the Ricoh GR. Should have just bought this in the first place. I am really starting to like this camera. Small size, big sensor, fast enough for me. Now I need to tell myself to stick with this camera for awhile and learn to take great photos with it.

What I've learned from this mess of a lesson? I was too worried about finding a quiet camera, as if I was some sort of ninja photographer. If you are learning photography, stick with one camera for awhile to learn its limitations and work with it. When choosing a camera make a list of why you need it and what are you really truly going to use the camera for.

For me it was picking a camera that can capture my daughter (Should have kept the Sony A7)

The Ricoh is working…for now. She is going to do more sports, looks like I need a 300mm lens on a new DSLR.


Okay enough, hope this helps anyone in anyway. If not I can always look back to this article to remind me of what I did.