Small Cameras


 As I’m considering changes with my photography I have been trying out cameras that are smaller.  I like the little Leica but it is older and is the slowest of the group in terms of turning it on, zooming, focusing, etc.

I just recently purchased the Ricoh GR III.  It has the largest sensor and the fastest operational characteristics of the three cameras shown here.  I’m still learning how and when to best use the GR camera, but I’m thinking that it will become my pocket camera in the future.

The Lumix is just in case I’m crazy enough to want to go out in blowing rain or snow and need to make pictures when I’m not willing to risk damaging one of the other cameras.  It is the least capable from image quality perspectives.

The major consideration in choosing these cameras is the very limited wider focal range.  The GR III has a fixed effective 28mm focal length.  The question I still need to answer is: when will I be willing and able to make images without the use of longer lenses?  That answer is going to have to wait until later when conditions improve for getting out and making images.

I have to also learn when to use the Leica D-Lux 6 vs. the Ricoh GR III.  While playing with potential answers to that decision I made the following images using the D-Lux 6 in low light in its macro mode.  I love having that F1.4 lens in a small sensor camera.

Why am I interested in small cameras?  The answers are that I’m afraid that the day will come when I can’t handle the larger, more expensive cameras, and the small ones will no longer be available.  I am also concerned that I no longer have sufficient new things to photograph and that I will have to give up photography as a hobby.  If that happens, I want to still have a small camera, easily available, for use up close while making photo records.  The final reason is that they are sufficient as long as I don’t need long focal lengths and I am not documenting events where I need to keep changing my focal length and snapping off pictures quickly and I don’t feel like taking a heavier camera.

I have not forgotten my Fuji X-Pro3 camera, especially when using it with prime lenses.  I used it with the 35mm lens to make the first image in this post.  I still consider it to be a smallish camera when used with prime lenses.  In addition, it produces superior images and has better controls.  It just doesn’t fit in a pocket like the GR III.  The widest prime lens I have for the X-Pro3 camera is the 35mm F2 lens.  I had planned to buy a wider lens for it but I started thinking about when I would use a wider lens and then started thinking “why not get the GR?”  I could accomplish multiple uses … a wider lens and a pocket camera with the GR III.