Ricoh WG-5 Rugged Street Photography Camera Review (Part 1) . . .

. . . The Leica M-E has gone to a new home.

For that matter, the Voigtlander 50mm f/1.5 Nokton and Voigtlander 28mm f/1.9 Ultron lenses and the Leica M2, now also find themselves spread far and wide and hopefully providing many more years of photographic excellence to their respective owners.

Am I mad ?

This was a recurring question that I kept asking myself over many a month. Would clearing out all of my ‘Leica kit’ really be such a bad thing?

After all, I wasn’t exactly using it with any particular frequency, most of the time the bodies and lenses being safely stowed in the M-Classics messenger bag – secure, dark and conveniently ‘out of mind’. If I had in fact been shooting everyday, then the justification to keep it all would be obvious.

Then there was the considerable matter of the monetary value of the (in reality) ‘paperweights’ left forgotten in their darkened tomb. Three thousand quid lying around when the money could be put to better use, is a very difficult and nagging thought to ignore.

Finally there was the question of ‘what exactly do I need from a camera?’

With my aspirations clearly moving away from that of a committed street photographer, time was beginning to be fulfilled more with my motorcycle (she needed various parts and upgrades) and a strong desire to ‘hit the water’ and take up Kayaking (yes, really).

Of course I have the Mamiya C33 TLR (I still very much enjoy street photography with this camera).

However it was clear that, with both the Kayaking and a rekindled love of motorcycle touring, some kind of do-it-all and go-anywhere digital camera was in order. A camera that offered a modicum of user control and acceptable image quality. A camera that was rugged, waterproof, chargeable via USB power (when touring) and could take good quality video. Finally and most importantly (for occasional street photography use), a camera that would shoot without any discernible lag.

Hence, after much research (where would we be without the internet?), I settled on the Ricoh WG-5 GPS, a rugged, waterproof, dustproof, freezeproof, crushproof and shock resistant point and shoot.

The Ricoh WG-5 street photography review continues here . . .


If you are looking to buy a Ricoh WG Adventure Camera, eBay UK always has a good selection of new and used models here.

 

Author: Kevin Shelley

Street Photography. eBooks. Blog. Shoots and reviews cameras. Develops film. Writes novelesque articles.

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