Ricoh GRD IV is a fantastic tool to shoot close-ups. It will focus to 1 cm in the macro mode, and its in-camera high-contrast B&W produces rough but pleasing results. Here are two flower shots to show how it performs.
I tested in-camera RAW development with my Ricoh GR and I have to say that I was very positively surprised about the results I got. I think it will be handy tool for some of the shots. At least I can easily develop RAWs into my beloved high-contrast B&W and get much more details when my starting point will be a RAW shot. Below is an example of this (from RAW to high-contrast B&W). I did 1×1 cropping also in-camera.
I have been testing many things and options with my Ricoh GRD IV and the situation is the same I have with every new camera – I do not know which shooting options to choose. Basically I would like to use this kind of a small camera in JPEG mode and just shoot and make only very minor post-processing in Lightroom. I am quite much into B&Ws at the moment but I do not know if I am pleased to in-camera high-contrast ones. I made some adjustments for the in-camera HC B&W effect and I feel it is now going into the better direction. I have also been testing the normal in-camera B&Ws but they still are too “mild” to my liking.
There is also a possibility to shoot image effect bracketing with Ricoh GRD IV and that is a very nice option which I tested out but in the end I didn’t like the multiple JPEGs from every shot. Too much to go through in LR and too many decision to make. I would like to keep things as simple as possible. Occasionally I like the bleach bypass effect a lot but the problem is that I will get bored with it quite easily.
The easiest answer to all above would be to shoot RAW but I do not shoot RAW anymore even with my Fujis. Well, with my Nikon 1 V1 I do shoot RAW because I do not like its JPEG output. It seems I have to test more options with my GRD IV. Here are two shots to show the JPEG output in HC B&W mode and in bleach bypass mode. I like them both.
I tested the in-camera high-contrast B&W last evening with my Ricoh GRD IV and there were few good shots but mainly the shots were too dark and contrasty to my liking. In other hand, the normal in-camera B&W is too boring having no punch. I really like the idea that GRD IV would be my JPEG B&W camera but I am not sure yet.
The shot below is SOOC. I adjusted the contrast to -1 (there are Max, -1, and -2 to select with), and sharpness to 7 (max is 9) in-camera. Also the square format is done in-camera. The center weighted exposure was used here.