1. Size matters
I am convinced:
No matter how ‘good’ a camera is, as long as it is big and you cannot carry it with you everywhere you go, it is useless.
2. In praise of 21mm
3. Superior monochrome
The JPEG high contrast black and white mode on RICOH GR III is pure art. Sublime blacks, phenomenal highlight protection. The dynamic range in RICOH GR III blows me away.
So assuming you got the RICOH GR III and the 21mm adapter, the total price is only $1200. Compare that to the Leica Q2 — the price difference is $3,800 USD.
I would rather take that $3,800 and buy some meat, coffee, and travel [buy experiences, not gear].
5. Use your money towards traveling and new experiences
Assuming a round-trip ticket internationally is ~$1,000 USD, you can get almost 4 round-trip flights with $3800. I have always encouraged this — but buying experiences is the best thing you can do for your happiness and artistic growth.
Any equipment [even buying a RICOH GRIII] will eventually lose its charm. But having NEW EXPERIENCES and making NEW PHOTOS will bring you more joy.
Both Leica Q2 and RICOH GRIII doesn’t have anti-aliasing filter [means the photos are sharper]. But to be honest, I cannot see much of a difference between sharpness on RICOH GR III photos and Leica Q2 photos.
7. RICOH GR III looks cooler.
The Leica Q2 is a beautiful camera, but honestly — I think the RICOH GR III looks cooler. All matte black everything.
8. Make the choice for yourself
Higher price doesn’t mean ‘better’. RICOH MAFIA for life.