5 Stones Photo Relaunched With New Design

5 Stones Photo Blog
5 Stones Photo Blog

YS and CK have kindly consented to me posting this shameless self plug, so here goes – my own photography blog 5 Stones Photo, a personal blog where I post pictures and anecdotes about the photographic life, has been relaunched with a new site design and look – basically a wider design with more breathing space and more room for 800 pixel wide images to be posted.

Sunset at Shibuya. From Tokyo Dreaming
Sunset at Shibuya. From Tokyo Dreaming

More importantly, this coincides with my dive into full time photography and also the launch of a new series of articles on my personal trips to Japan – Tokyo Dreaming, a long term project looking at life on the streets of Tokyo and the visual documentation of this mega-city. Part 1 and Part 2 has so far been posted this week.

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One Guy’s Thoughts: The New Ricoh GR

The new Ricoh GR, with almost the same dimensions as the GRD IV, with a much bigger APS-C sized sensor inside.
The new Ricoh GR, with almost the same dimensions as the GRD IV, with a much bigger APS-C sized sensor inside.

Ricoh stunned the world this week with the announcement of the impending availability of the world’ smallest APS-C sensor compact camera, the Ricoh GR, and naturally most of the major news sites went gaga over the next few days with previews of the camera. I’m not going to rehash many of the points already mentioned and dispense with the superlatives that have been associated with this new camera. As the owner of a Ricoh GXR system with the 28mm module with a APS-C sensor, I already knew the potential of a small camera system equipped with a APS-C camera, even if most previews and writeups of the camera seem to conveniently forget the fact the GXR with 28mm module actually exists.

The back of the new Ricoh GR - they managed to squeeze in one more extra external control!
The back of the new Ricoh GR – they managed to squeeze in one more extra external control!

What I’m instead going to write about here is the raison d’etre of such a camera – I’ve read previews and comments online commenting on the commercial viability or even photographic need for such a camera, with some also alluding to the fact that the Nikon Coolpix A was already on the market, and the Ricoh was merely copying the design. A few previews tried to dissect the camera based on specs, measuring auto focus speed and comparing with the Nikon Coolpix A. Some bemoaned the lack of a built in viewfinder, and some questioned the “slow” aperture of f2.8 for the lens. All have missed the point. Continue reading One Guy’s Thoughts: The New Ricoh GR

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