camera purchased (Ricoh GX100), sample pics

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camera purchased (Ricoh GX100), sample pics

Joined: April 7th, 2007, 12:52 am

November 3rd, 2010, 6:28 pm #1

Hi Val and all,

I finally decided on a camera, after doing a good bit of research. The Ricoh GX100 received nothing but praise (compared to the Nikon P100) and, even though there is a newer model out, none of the reviewers saw a reason to upgrade. It seems to be capable of everything I need it for (model photos, photos of drunk friends for blackmail purposes), but I'm sure I'm not getting the most out of it yet.

For those interested, here is an overview with reviewshttp://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare ... sidebyside

I've uploaded some sample photos, using my old, over-weathered DML Hetzer as bait.

My set-up leaves a bit to be desired: a fluorescent light overhead, 2 regular bulbs right and left center, white posterboard backdrop. The camera has quite a bit of manual control, which, along with the macro feature, is why I chose it.

The camera is set to macro, manual white balance and on a tripod, with the ISO set to 80; photos were made using the delay feature.

The first photo was made at f9.1 with a shutter speed of 1/13, taken from a distance and cropped. For all of these samples I used Photoshop's auto level feature (for simplicity and consistency).


The second photo was made at f14.3 with a shutter speed of 1/5.


The third was made at f12.4 with a shutter speed of 1/6.


I can adjust the f-stop, but the camera determines the shutter speed once the f-stop has been set. There may be a way to adjust both, but I haven't found it yet.

The photos, especially when viewed at the original size, still seem grainy; I'd love some feedback, critiques, tips, et all.

cheers, Tracy





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November 3rd, 2010, 8:33 pm #2

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Joined: August 23rd, 2004, 4:20 pm

November 5th, 2010, 4:57 pm #3

Hi Val and all,

I finally decided on a camera, after doing a good bit of research. The Ricoh GX100 received nothing but praise (compared to the Nikon P100) and, even though there is a newer model out, none of the reviewers saw a reason to upgrade. It seems to be capable of everything I need it for (model photos, photos of drunk friends for blackmail purposes), but I'm sure I'm not getting the most out of it yet.

For those interested, here is an overview with reviewshttp://www.dpreview.com/reviews/compare ... sidebyside

I've uploaded some sample photos, using my old, over-weathered DML Hetzer as bait.

My set-up leaves a bit to be desired: a fluorescent light overhead, 2 regular bulbs right and left center, white posterboard backdrop. The camera has quite a bit of manual control, which, along with the macro feature, is why I chose it.

The camera is set to macro, manual white balance and on a tripod, with the ISO set to 80; photos were made using the delay feature.

The first photo was made at f9.1 with a shutter speed of 1/13, taken from a distance and cropped. For all of these samples I used Photoshop's auto level feature (for simplicity and consistency).


The second photo was made at f14.3 with a shutter speed of 1/5.


The third was made at f12.4 with a shutter speed of 1/6.


I can adjust the f-stop, but the camera determines the shutter speed once the f-stop has been set. There may be a way to adjust both, but I haven't found it yet.

The photos, especially when viewed at the original size, still seem grainy; I'd love some feedback, critiques, tips, et all.

cheers, Tracy




Hi Tracy,
First off, GREAT looking model! I love the weathering on the wheels and lower hull.

The pictures look out of focus to me. It sounds like you are doing everything correctly, but can the image stabilizer (IS) mode be turned off. I had the same problem with my Olympus C2100Uzi many years ago. I had the camera on a tripod and the IS was on. All the pictures came out fuzzy. Turned the IS off, and the pictures were sharper. The IS is trying to compensate for a movement that isn't there.

Also, what level of image quality is the camera set to? Economy, normal or fine? Try fine ans see what happens.

The DPReview list doesn't show Autofocus available. Is it available? Can the focus point or points be moved around? my Sony H50 can move it's focus point. If it can be moved around, try moving it to the extreme ends and the middles and see what happens.

I don't see grain in the images, just lack of sharp focus.

I hope this helps,

Cheers,
Val



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November 15th, 2010, 9:01 pm #4

hi Val,

I think you are right, here are two samples with the IS turned off:

f 11.0 1/5


f 11.0 1/8


Not sure which of these I prefer, but happy to have a sharper focus and better depth of field. Still a lot to learn about this camera, but for under $300, it does everything a modeler needs. It also has "My 1" and "My 2" settings, which allow you to set up the camera to shoot models and save the settings.

I'm sure I will have other questions, but I am very pleased with my purchase.

cheers, Tracy

(larger photos available here:http://picasaweb.google.com/10314361189 ... meraTrials# )
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