April 10th, 2019 … More Than A Shot … More Than a Day … Ricoh GR III … Fuji X-Pro2

The day came and went and I was Minus my Leica M240 and a few Zeiss lenses. The camera is, of course, joy and actually a great camera to slow down and FEEL what you are doing. See, it’s that feel thing that got me. Great camera, no issues but too damn heavy for me. I could not use a neck strap. I could not use my ACAM 25 in any mode. You would think that cross shoulder would work but nada.  So I sold it to a camera store and got a fair price. What does this have to do with anything shooter? Get to the point old man.

I mean for me my cameras are friends with names. I can’t deal with nor have I ever had tolerance for camera intrusion. The intrusion in Leica is the weight. Ohhhh, wait, wait…. Leica isn’t the only camera that intrudes. Andre’ the Ricoh GR III intrudes with his stupid OK button. What happens is, hit the ok button by accident and you could move the AF point. Yes, if you’re in the right mode, you can hold down the OK button and the AF Point centers home. Fuji has that and on my X-Pro2, it can be and is locked. Can’t be locked on the Ricoh GR III that I know of. Maybe it seems trite but when you’re out working and the AF Point is dow lower left and you’re making a photo, your focus point is wrong. Nice huh. The Ricoh Engineers bumbled this big time.

Also, the wheel has a sense of humor and you can change EV unknowingly. Here’s the thing. I’m talking about a camera becoming a friend and getting a name and not intruding in our vision we share together. Unacceptable for me.

If your fiddling with a camera, how ya gonna find and make your photos?  Not easy.

The most important thing I discovered as a photographer, and perhaps as a human, is Complacency.  See the photo above. I have worked these posters etc and never tire of them. So what does this really mean? It is a fact that the habits of all sorts are easy to get hooked into. Usually, we don’t even notice we have a habit. As a shooter, it’s very easy to get a habit going. Does that make the work complacent? I think it could, depending on one’s outlook and approach. The battle in your work and mine too is to enjoy a particular scene and then to deal with it. For this means to be non-complacent. I enjoy revisiting a scene and then getting my juices to accept an alternative outcome from what I already have. It’s great to travel around the world and see new sites and meet new people all the time. I’m sure most of you do that on a regular basis. Well, here in NE Philly I don’t get to do that. What I do get to do is work areas that I have worked many many times.


Here’s where the battle of complacency takes place. Let me tell ya something. What to watch out for is what you don’t pay attention to. Did ya’s ever heard the expression “The little things are what get’s ya”? It’s true and even more so with us shooters. Those little things get ya cause ya don’t even know they are with ya.  Our mind seems to create a buffering system to either negate or just disregard the little things. That don’t mean they aren’t there.

Most definitely it means not to get complacent with the little things. Ya know, I think we shouldn’t get complacent with the big things either and for all that matters with anything. Remember this … Ya can’t see something as new if ya have seen it before. Maybe if your good, and I know a few of ya’s are that good but mostly just not as good but trying to be good…. ya can try to see things differently. This is where your creative talent and or energy comes to play.



There are times when I’m working that I feel like a Zen has formed an invisible cloak around me and tries to keep me inside this cloak and be focused. I know this is meant as a great thing but maybe sometimes I get complacent with Zen. I mean doing something over and over and allowing it to go to a state of being and feeling all is right, this can get complacent also.

I like to stretch my envelope but not get crazy with it. I’m too old and they all told me years ago ya can’t teach an old dog new tricks. So, now as an old dog, I am pre-programmed to not try new thing easily.



So, for me the inspiring energy has always been, to work where you live. See, I been the Philly Streetshooter since  1070″s. I want to say that it has been a struggle for me to make photos. I want to say that I get bored and need to be in an exotic location to get my juices flowing.  If I said all that and more, it could not be true no matter how convincing I was. See, I have never known a day that I was not hungry to make photos. I have never been bored or even complacent with any part of the process.

The way to maintain this attitude is to spend $1000.00 every month on a new camera. Don’t use any other camera for a month and then buy another one in a month. Wait, wait…. that’s bulldinky shooter. Get real again.

Ok, my flight is landing and I’m adjusting to being partially sane again.  Look, here it is in a nutshell. You can buy all the cameras and gear and everything you desire. You’ll be happy for a brief period of time.. The wondrous thing in life is LOVE. I love photography and everything about it. I suppose that’s what keeps it all interesting and keeps it vitally alive for me. I love it all.

Some shooters asked me about the Ricoh GR III. Ok, I have an ACMAXX screen saver on the screen. I have a Tamrac 5217 case that has a strap I cut off and just use it on my belt. Small. I got two Kastar batteries from, eBay and the price was $9.00 for both including shipping. They work like OEM.

I’ll get more focused in the next few dazes and do mostly Ricoh GR III. work.



8 thoughts on “April 10th, 2019 … More Than A Shot … More Than a Day … Ricoh GR III … Fuji X-Pro2”

  1. SO it looks like the GR has changed coat but is the same old wolf underneath. My biggest gripe with the GR (mine is the original APSC GR) is that the exposure compensation rocker sits too close to my thumb as I shoot and too often I inadvertently change comp (no way to realize it’s happened as I use an OVF and never look at the screen after I shoot, as we all used to do with film cameras!). Now you’re telling us that the issue has moved to another location but remains untreated. I agree that a locking mechanism would be useful, including for the AF point (though in the old GR this is not an issue, I have it set to unlock with one press of the Fn1 button first). Given the complexity of the GR’s settings menus, perhaps there’s a way to lock things and you just did not find it yet! Hope so anyways…

    1. Giovanni. Don’t be put off by my post. I merely point out things I find that bug me. They are not meant to be a deterrent at all. I would not let these things stop me from getting the camera. It’s a great camera and performs well on the street. Perhaps Ricoh will add a firmware update to correct the few things people have found. If not, it’s ok anyway as we adapt to the idiosyncrasies of the camera as we need to with all.
      Cheers my friend

      1. No worries, I listen and add one bit of trusted-user feedback to form my own opinion. Fingers may vary, and threfore buttons be more or less in the way… 🙂
        What I really worry about is… that I wold have much less of a reason to use my faved 28mm Elmarit on my Ms! But after 8000 shots with the GR-I, which makes them cost less than a dime a shot, the temptation to move forward is there…

        1. Giovanni, first thing…. there is no camera made that has the intuitive being like the Ricoh. I know you will not have any issues with the GRiii. It’s fast becoming as intuitive as any Ricoh has been. This camera is smaller than the GRII and it’s very noticeable. I put it in my front pocket at times, no issues. I checked the sensor and no dust at all.

          I don’t think you should even consider the Ricoh and the Leica side by side for comparison. It’s not fair to either camera. I always called the Ricoh a camera killer. I did this because when I would start working with the Ricoh, time passes and I don’t touch or even think about the other cameras. It’s a killer for sure and the GR III is just a great friend, so much so I named him Andre’ after my M240. That’s a treasured name for me and I have named one of my Leica’s Andre’ for over 50 years. So, GR III is a milestone!

  2. Hi Don, so a couple of negatives with the GRIII. Would you still buy it again? Some positives – updated sensor, lens, and especially the image stabilization. Take care out there.

    1. Dave, there are always some things that the engineers miss. They are not shooters so we have to direct them with fixes.
      I will keep this camera as all my Ricoh’s and I do love it. I would buy it again in a heartbeat.
      Take care, my friend…..

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