Monats-Archive: Mai 2012

any problems? – X100 bw conversation

any problems? by spiegellos
any problems?, a photo by spiegellos on Flickr.

The weather was rainy and we were out for some moments. X100 was with us and the more use this camera the more I love this camera. Sometimes I thought to sell the X100 because of it´s quirks. But at the moment it is absolutely fantastic to shoot with thanks a lot to the firmware updates. Black and White rendering in jpeg is sometimes a little bit to contrasty IMO. For bw work I will take some raw pictures in the next days but I think bw conversation should not be and issue.

Summicron R 35 2.0 on Ricoh GXR m-mount

I have some old Leica R lenses which are a joy to use on the GXR – mount. I really like the R 50 mm Summicron (75 mm exquivalent) because it is not so big and is extremly sharp. I don´t know wheater the m version is better but  I don´t think so. The 35 mm Summicron is another game player because it is bigger that the 50mm and it has a stronger competitor in the A12 50mm which at the same focal lenght. For me it must be much better in the optical department than the A12 50mm to use it instead. The form factor of the 35 mm Leica is more than twice as big and more than 3 times heavier than the A12 50mm lensor. So now have a quick look to some pictures that are taken with the cron.


Summicron R 35 at f2.0 wide open

The color rendering and the contrast is very good and also the sharpness is on very high level but not as good as the R 50 at f2.0


At f 4.0 the sharpness is extreme but the bokeh is a bit harsh. Colors are punchy and really nice. For me contrast an color is better than on the R50. But what is when we use the very nice A12 50mm lensor vs the summircon.


Ricoh A12 50 at f8


Summicron R35 at f8

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A12 50

For me the Summicron is a little bit sharper because of the lack of AA-Filter from the m-mount. Contrast is better A12. In my opinion the A12 is exactly at the same level of quality as the Summicron 35 which is excellent. I like the A12 50 and there is no reason to go out with the heavy R35 Summicron because it is not really better but bulkier an heavier. But if you are quality freak and heavy and bulky is no problem the you might consider the R35 cron.


out of focus rendering with the Summicron wide open is a joy. I like the smooth bokeh.


A12 50mm also nice bokeh. I might be interessting to use the Summicron m 35 f2.0 against the A12 50. But the price is 2 times higher than the A12 50 and you have no AF.

review Ricoh GXR A12 28mm vs X10 for bw conversation

Hy fans of the Ricoh GXR it is time for me t0 review my A12 28mm module because this little tiny modul makes me very happy in some respects. The forum discussions are full of that fuji hype (also infectetd) at the moment and for sure these X cams are quite good but for me I like the Ricohs more. One reason for me to choose the Ricoh GXR A12 over other cameras like fuji stuff is that i like to convert most pictures to black and white. And bw is where the Ricoh is doing an better job IMO. To show you why i had made some pictures with the X10 in 28mm and some with the A12 28mm.(excuse my english)

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The first picture is the x10 the second is the A12 28mm (%100 crop). Both pictures where shot in raw iso 400 converted in Lightroom with the same agfa x200 preset. What you can see is a different DOF because of the different sizes of the sensor and the grainy look of the X10 which is not bad. But for me the A12 28mm is a clear winner for my needs. Why iso 400? Iso 400 on the GXR is my default setting for street because then there is enough room when i shoot with aperture priority otherwise i have the change aperture when the situation has not much light. Many may think that matching X10 vs the GXR 28 is the same as matching apples and oranges but both are at the same size and both may be considered as backup cameras for a DSLR. Both cameras are very well build but the x10 has no EVF otherwise it is cheaper and has a very useful and good quality zoom. AF speed is not an issue for me because I use it not very often by the way both cameras are doing a very good job when you use it with AF.


This photo was made with the A12 28mm iso 100 F2.8 1/1150 sec converted from raw (Agfa X200 preset). For me nice contrast and a good transition of the grey tones.


X10 raw (same as GXR) converted with Agfa X200 preset. Sorry for deciding not the same postion of making the picture. The x10 tends as the x100 not to resolve the same grey tones as the A12 28mm. The pictures has more  hard white tones. I really like the rendering of the A12 28mm. It looks more film like. When you go to flickr and look to all the bw fuji pictures(x10-X100 not XPro1) you will see those hard white tones.


GXR A12 28



Here is another example for that special type of bw converting with my Agfa X200 preset. For sure this a special type of review but for guy who like to shoot mostly bw it could be interesting.

Ricoh GXR m-mount mit 50er Summicron

Ricoh GXR by spiegellos
Ricoh GXR, a photo by spiegellos on Flickr.

Dieses Foto wurde ebenfalls mit dem Cron gemacht. Es ist das schärfste Bild das ich je gemacht habe.