My name is Nigel, and my interest in photography grew rapidly as a teenager having bought a Ricoh XR1. I worked in a market shifting spuds to fund it and to buy the film. Unfortunately I sold it as an older teenager in order to fund studies and DRINK. I have always missed the simplicity of that camera and its beautiful fast lens.
Jump forward many decades, family children, work etc. and my interest in photography saw me purchasing a secondhand Canon 30D and lenses. Found this heavy, and never had it with me! This was dispatched and I was lucky enough to come across the X100. Beautiful images, but the camera got in the way, and after getting on first name terms with Fuji service, the second replacement was sent back.
I now have been the happy owner of a Nikon P300 and Pentax K5 for almost a year. My photography in that time has changed direction somewhat. I began to realise that I liked to take pictures of people, candid or otherwise, and using a variety of focal lengths. I like my DA 55 1.4 for posed portraits of strangers and an old k 28 2.8 when I want to include more of the scene. I will also use a Sigma 8-16mm, but have to get in really close!
I get reasonable results from the Nikon and its weight is an advantage when walking the streets, but I really love the results from the K5. The big problem is that I am spending longer and longer walking about with the camera, and the weight is getting in the way. I tend to carry the K5 on a homemade wrist strap for security, or on a Black Rapid if using a longer lens. After a few hours this is becoming quiet awkward.
I have for some time held Ricoh in high regard and regularly view the photographs from the GR and GXR. It would be nice to think that they may bring out a K mount for the GXR, although I only have 28/90/135 with aperture rings...but a great excuse to buy some of the FA glass.
I have handled the GXR recently, and it felt perfect for one handed, zone focused use. This would be its main use, but I realise that it would be a very capable camera for light weight travel.
So I find myself with many questions: do I buy the GXR with the 28mm to get used to the camera, and wait for a K mount module. Do I buy the m mount, and try to choose between the highly acclaimed m glass options?
Initially I would carry the K5 with 55mm on the black rapid, and have the GXR in my hand. I would probably want a couple of focal lengths...15/18 and 21 or 25.
So many options so little time.
Any and all help with my intended purchase gratefully received.
ps here is a link to a short article I was asked to put together. Since writing it I have moved more towards candid work, unless I need a fix and have to "approach another stranger"!http://pentaxslr.eu/Pro_News/aid=22/app ... ots_guide/http://www.flickr.com/photos/75046743@N05/