Ever since I started to become interested in street photography I have liked the idea of having a small, discrete and lightweight camera to have with me at all times instead of having to lug around a DSLR.
I have tried film SLR’s and although they are very fun to use they are not the lightest and not the smallest, at least not my Canon AE1 Program. So I have been on the lookout for a compact camera for awhile now but have always thought that going to something so small something else would have to give in return like quality.
After watching A LOT or Eric Kim on Youtube and reading his blogs (I’m sure you’ve heard of him? Click here) I seen that he was using the Ricoh GR and was getting amazing results and the quality was definitely still there even though the camera is so compact.
So earlier this year I thought I would keep my eye out for one. To my delight the camera came up on Amazon sales and was £370 down from £530 which is a very nice amount of saving. BUT I didn’t buy it like an idiot. I thought to myself “did I really need this camera?” and at the time the answer was more no then yes so I thought I would spend the money on other stuff that I thought would benefit my photography more. What a mistake that turned out to be.
So after not buying the camera I kept going through the cycle of seeing the camera online and on Youtube and regretting not buying it. I didn’t think at the time to look for a second hand one so I could pay around the same price.
After months of wanting the camera, black Friday was upon us and I was determined and hopeful that Amazon would have it back on sale, I also followed a few on ebay as I had agreed with myself that I would get my Ricoh GR before my trip to London on the 5th December. I checked back everyday and it had still not come up for sale so I waited and kept looking on ebay too as a back up.
Friday rolled around and Amazon still didn’t have it on offer, NOW here is where I made the BIG mistake!
And because I was so set that Amazon would not have the sale on I looked on ebay and the one I had been following only had 10 minutes left and was selling for £299 so I thought id put a bidding maximum too £330 and if I didn’t get it then so be it I would wait for the next one. And we all know bidding wars don’t go like that don’t we?
I was outbid straight away so upped it too £370 as buy now I just wanted this camera I had waited so long for. I WON!! I was so happy and all this was done on my lunch break; so although I was super happy I rushed paid the seller and shot back off to work.
Later after returning home and getting into bed I checked Amazon one last time…
IT WAS ON BLOODY SALE!!!!
It turned out I had bit the bullet too early and bought a second hand camera for only £10 less then brand new. That was not the worst part. I realised that the Ricoh GR MK2 has a bump on top where the wifi is and something in my brain said that the camera I had just bought didn’t have this!I rushed back on to ebay to check and IT DIDN’T HAVE IT!
I only went and bought the Ricoh GR MK1… I was so annoyed now as not only had I bought a second hand version for £10 less I had bought the wrong camera too!
I thought about just buying the MK2 of Amazon and then selling the MK1 once it arrived but that would of just been a waste of money. So the whole of the next day I was pissed off with myself and instead of looking forward to the camera arriving I was just annoyed.
Luckily after researching the differences between the two cameras I realised there was not that much between them the main change being the wifi availability on the MK2 which I wouldn’t really use anyway and a few other tweaks but the major components like the sensor and lens was exactly the same which made me feel better and then I was happy and really looking forward to the camera arriving again.
So the lesson from this blog?
Number 1 – Buy the camera when its first on sale.
number 2 – Make sure you buy the RIGHT camera.
Number 3 – Be happy with what you get and just enjoy making photos.
I will do a Hands On blog for my Ricoh GR MK1! Soon so keep yours eyes peeled for that.
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