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Thanks guys, and much appreciated Matt!
Michiel, I noticed you were also posting your NEX-7 images in the NEX thread and was going to ask how you combine the use of the GXR and 7, but you answered that somewhat. You sure seem to have a huge collection of interesting lenses.
I might have access to a 7 later this week to use for a while, so am curious to give it a good try with all my M mount lenses. Based on my experience with the 5N, and from what I've read, my guess is it won't play nicely with some, but should be good with others. I would prefer to avoid using Cornerfix, so I could see a GXR & 7 combo making some sense.
Henrik, I've read good things about the Leica 135 f/4 that was the model prior to the current f/3.4 APO. Is that the one you acquired? I too have been thinking about this as a long option for the GXR, which would give it some use alongside the M9.
Here are some more from Munich back in February, this time during Fasching, which is Carnival. I spent a good part of the day just hanging around the Viktualienmarkt, where most people in costume congregate. I'm a spoil-sport and not inclined to get dressed up myself, which might actually improve my interaction with those in costume. I've been there two years in a row for this event and find some Germans quite peculiar about being photographed, seemingly wanting to be asked permission many times, and somewhat annoyed that I shoot first without asking. I find it odd, since if you're dressed up like this, in a public market area, it's quite obvious people will be there with cameras... So if you don't want attention, why get dressed in costume?
I'm pretty sure these were all with the CV12 LTM version.
Over on the 'no love for GXR' thread after this event I wrote:
I used the GXR for the first time in what I would consider a 'real' shooting environment, during the Fasching (Carnival) festivities here in Munich. The camera is nearly there for my needs, but the lock-up after each shot to clear the buffer was killing me today. Even though it's only one second or so, there were numerous situations where I would have taken a second picture within a second had the camera allowed me to do so. Instead I set it to continuous advance and would fire off 3-4 frame sequences, but then I would have to wait 6-8 seconds for the buffer and miss a whole bunch of other stuff. Obviously, it was necessary to anticipate and time shots more carefully. Sometimes this worked, other times not, which was understandable with the fluidly changing environment. Again, I loved the size of the camera, but some of the button placement was a bit too tight for easy adjustment while wearing (relatively thin) gloves. I mostly shot with the CV12, and some with the CV15, both at f/8 and used zone focus with the very deep depth of field and just guessed framing. I tried some shallow depth of field shots with the CV50 f/1.5, but it was really tough to nail precise focus when people were moving around. I still think the M's rangefinder patch is better for this, where with some practice I'm able to follow focus people walking towards me at wider apertures. For a general walk-around camera though, the GXR is excellent. For me it just needs more speed - faster buffer, no lock up to clear the buffer, immediate wake, very fast readiness for the next shot, etc. A higher rez sensor would also be nice. (sorry to beat a dead horse with these points - just hoping someone from Ricoh reads this thread and takes note of our suggestions/requests)
I did about 725 images with the GXR over the course of about 7 hours and went through 2.5 batteries, which was better than I expected, considering it was around freezing and I had the camera set to never power off, but sleep was set at one minute. It's about the same as the M9's battery use in similar situations.
BTW, the guy in the red wig with the ashtray on his head was dressed in this outfit last year:
M9 & ZM35C
More images to come...