Following on from the main review, I promised to show some shots highlighting the qualities I see in the GR’s files. Firstly, here is the list of images form the two recent Iceland Portfolios (Land and Sea) that were shot on this remarkable little camera. In order of appearance in the portfolios (as they are now):
Sea: Atlantic II, Vik – Vik Beach – Vik Beach II – Hail Storm, Vik – Transition, Vik – Dawn, Dyrholaey – Rock Pools, Dyrholaey – Basalt Mountain II – Beach, Reynisfjarda – Ice Mask.
Land: Mercury – Approaching Rain – Road Stop – Wind Ribbons – Frozen Pond – Frozen Pond II – Cabin Dyrholaey – Road to the Valley – Horned Clouds – Highway One – Untitled 2 – Untitled 3 – White Space III – Sculpture, Skaftafell – Anywhere – Thicket, Swartifoss – Mountain Pass, Vik.
As you can see, its plenty. Why? Because its a phenomenal camera and it was always there in my chest pocket. It was so quick to use when I felt the urge to photograph something that I did not have to think and I enjoy that kind of freedom. It all helps to maintain ‘the flow‘, which I have written about and consider so important.
Now onto the more direct business of files. All images are 1500 pixels wide and have had a medium level of sharpening applied in Lightroom (saved at 70% jpeg quality). Nothing else has been done. All were shot hand-held as a quick and dirty test, resting on a windowsill for good stability. While hardly ideal technique, you can either take my word for the fact that they are representative of lens performance or dismiss them out of hand. Its up to you!
Starting with f2.8 – wide open.
Not too shabby. Lets move onto f4. I think most people could live with these corners… note how the ever so slight softening at f2.8 in the corners disappears in a snap.
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