I started with Olympus C700
10x zoom. Boy, that was expensive at that time (May 2002).
Next was Canon Ixus 400
(beautiful metal compact with large 1/1.8" sensor and just 4MP!). This one I owned longest time. (May 2003 - Spring 2007)
For a short period of time I owned also Olympus C5060
, but I quickly sold it. (around a month in 2003)
Then I bought Ricoh GX8
, my first Ricoh ever. Of course, I wanted GRDI, but I just could not justify its premium price. Not for compact with small sensor and no zoom. I was foolish
I loved the GX8 feature set and excellent lens. But I was somewhat concerned about too much noise. As I said, I was completely foolish at that time. (June 2006 - Spring 2007)
Then Olympus came with their "mini" DSLR E400
and I was immediately sold for it. I sold GX8 and Ixus as I thought I will no longer need them and bought E400. It was great camera. I especially loved it with old school Zuiko OM 50mm 1.4 and 135/2.8. Both required manual focus skills and because E400 viewfinder was rather small, I adapted E400 with custom split screen and enlargement eyepiece. But after some time I found how I miss something more compact. I was tired of carrying E400 with lens or two everywhere with me. Not to mention it appeared stupid in some cases. Also the mirror slap was really distracting for me (January 2007 - August 2009 but not used since Spring 2008).
Sometime around Spring-Autumn 2007, I was again catched by the idea of GRDI. I read almost everything about it and despite negative reactions of some reviewers, I loved it. I also thought it would be nice to have a proper Ricoh related discussion forum. Yes, there was highly popular DPReview forum. But I found it hard to use (no attachments, nightmare to follow longer discussions, hard to find something, etc). So I started this forum
When Ricoh announced GRDII (September 2007), I asked them if they would be willing to send me GRDII and GRDI for a comparison. To my great surprise, they were willing and now I have nearly every Ricoh camera produced since 2007 in my possession. I of course cannot say I own them, because I still consider them a Ricoh property, kindly loaned for the purpose of this forum. I wish I could spent more time with this forum. Ideal would be a full time job, because there is so much things that could be done! Who knows, maybe one day?