...Well, probably anyway.
A reader named Andrew claims, in the Comments to the previous post, that the #1 request on various forums discussing GXR modules is for a module optimized for B&W.
So let me just say that I hope Ricoh does not make a B&W-only module for the GXR.
Because, if they did, I'd be forced to buy one.
I'm just sayin'.
Off to Madison to have lunch with Ctein, who is gracing the Dairy State with his presence for a science-fiction convention (I think that's what it is). We had Himalayan food last year; wonder what kind of cuisine he's got in mind for today?
UPDATE (Monday a.m.): Well, the Editor and the Senior Contributing Editor had a very nice lunch (pasta) and managed to talk for more than five hours, despite the fact that Ctein was sleep-deprived from four days of intensive conventioneering. I got to look at a bunch of pictures, including the first bad prints I've ever seen from Ctein (they were unfinished works-in-progress, and hence don't count against his cosmic perfect score).
Amusingly, when I showed him my Mamiya 7II, it wouldn't work, and at first I couldn't figure out why; it turned out the darkslide curtain was engaged. Now, how did that happen? I only own one lens for the thing, and I don't think I've ever engaged the darkslide curtain on purpose*. Spontaneous auto-adjustment in the camera bag? I finally remembered that the last time I had the camera out I was showing it to another friend—he must have closed the curtain to remove the lens and I just didn't notice.
Reminded me of a photographic truism, though: you're never so much of an expert that you're immune from being dumb. At least, I'll never be. (I actually dislike the whole idea of being "an expert," but that's a whole post for another day. Practitioners of zen meditation already know what I'm talking about.)
I also got to see and say hello to Ctein's friend Laurie Toby Edison again, after a lapse of only 14 years, and thus came my dose my serendipitous learn-something-new for the day: it turns out she's been a jewelry-maker since 1969. I never knew. Beautiful tiny molten-silver sculptures that change in the lighting. She works mainly on private commission and doesn't sell online, so unfortunately you can't see. But she had a large display at the Con.
Ctein and I agreed that having met at the convention two years in a row, we have established a Tradition. I'm already looking forward to next year's visit. Now if I could just get myself to Minneapolis....
*The Mamiya 7II is a rollfilm rangefinder with lens shutters, so to change lenses mid-roll you need a way to protect the film from exposure. The camera provides a darkslide curtain that works via a key switch with a safety lock on the bottom of the camera. But, obviously, if you only have one lens and never remove it from the camera, you have no need to use this feature.
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Featured Comment by Ilkka: "How about a B&W sensor that is IR sensitive, and a dedicated set of filters, one to block IR (à la M8) and other to block visible light, to make the camera IR only. With a good, short lens that is corrected for both visible and IR. To me it makes perfect sense because this fits exactly the Ricoh concept of matching the lens and sensor. And not so easy to duplicate by Micro 4/3 or Sony NEX."
Mike replies: Superb idea. From your mouth to Ricoh's ear.