we use a 2 GB card in the GRD so that's not an issue. The one thing I would say is that it does take 8 seconds or so to write a raw file. It's not an issue most of the time but on the odd occasion it's a nuisance. For instance, last weekend in the North York Moors we encountered some motorcycle enduro riders and we whiled away some time taking panning shots - great with the SLR but frustrating with the GRD as you can't take shots in rapid succession with it. But it's colour rendition and black and white mode are really superb.
You need to get them both in your hands and decide from there although we had difficulty checking a GRD over beforehand. The DPreview itself is pretty damning, but the users views on the forums give a different picture altogether. Many peeps over there seem equally enamoured of the GX100 but people who have both generally say they prefer the overall feel of the GRD. I'm certainly glad we sold the Lumix LX1, there's no comparison imo between that and the Ricohs.
yes we did consider it but I quite fancied the optical viewfinder rather than an electronic one. I also scoured the DPreview forums and the GRD seemed to come out ahead in several areas - can't remember them all now but many seemed to say it had a more film like grain and a lot of praise for it's design/body and general ergonomics. Also it looks very retro sexy with the viewfinder and the wideangle stuck on, lol.But with the gx100 you get a bit of zoom and faster raw write times. Check out the reviews over there - they both get some pretty stonking write ups. I reckon either would make a good choice, but the GRDs are getting cheaper - maybe the GRD2 is around the corner?
glad you enjoyed the book. That was one of the best presents I ever bought Jeannie . We also recently got First Light by Joe Cornish, very inspirational landscapes with a lot of detail about how he took the pics.
One of the first lenses we got was the f1.8 50mm prime - you can pick them up for around 60 quid, it's pin sharp and great control over depth of field. Also have a think about a set of extension tubes as a cheap intro into macro photography, they'd work great with your 18-70.
Now then LOTR, I suppose you'll be getting your hands on one of these D3's before too long eh?