Wednesday, 10 December 2014

The Last Night?

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The Admiralty base camp of the over 2-month Umbrella Movement is going to be cleared off on Thursday morning Hong Kong time. The student leaders have publicly vowed not to defend the occupied area to avoid forced dispersion by the police. Stream of people came to the place to witness history and bid farewell to the movement on Wednesday night. The smell of sadness wafted in the air but was mixed with an undercurrent of strong sense of solidarity. 

The News report has it that tens of thousands of people remained at the base camp overnight. The lone occupying protesters in Causeway Bay are expected to be removed soon afterwards.

“We will be back”,  wrote a gigantic yellow banner glued on the highway at Admiralty. This seems to give a resounding conclusion to what the movement has achieved in the general citizens’ mind.

The following are some of the shots taken at the base camp.

(Camera: Ricoh GR)
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(The Chinese characters on the road sign reads, “Expecting the moment of victory”)

Hi, GR Limited Edition


After much ado about what suited me most, I finally decided to part with my money in exchange for a GR limited edition. I hope to post some first shots when I am able to play with it. I almost settled for the Coolpix A, which has dropped to a much lower point than the already hugely discounted GR. That one is a very well built machine. Great haptics like a miniature Nikon DSLR but the ergonomics and controls aren't made for street photographers. Well certainly these have been discussed a year ago.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Hi, Ricoh GX200

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I have been doing some searching to satisfy my appetite for a new camera.  Taking stock of what cameras are in my arsenal, I found the fun, the serious and the speedy ones there.  What do I want? So I have been carrying each of them for a few days and shooting in a hope to find out if any of them needs an upgrade.  The more I shoot, the more confirmed my belief is that no camera makes a good photographer.  Certainly,the image quality varies and the bigger the sensor the better. But there is a way to work around every shortfall. As for the GX200, its grainy character could make tasty black and white images.
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That said, the Ricoh GR has come down lots in price which makes it very a tempting new acquisition. The B & H offers it at a reduced price with a free GV1 and a high capacity SD card.  Amazon offers one at a moderately higher price BUT with a GV1, a spare battery and a Ricoh flashgun!
In Hong Kong, there is the limited edition which comes with a specially treated body, the GH3 plus shade and the special leather strap with camera case. The price? Same as a new Ricoh GR. Irresistible. Now the only probably deal breaker is the seemingly prevalent dust spot on sensor issue.
So, I don’t rush to a conclusion, but close to one.
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