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Ricoh GR: Optical Viewfinder, but no EVF

Get the Ricoh GR at B&H Photo.

See also Why an Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) is Not Optional, and Not Sufficient Either and Optical and Electronic Viewfinders: EVF + Optical + LCD = Synergy

Ricoh GR OVF
(optical viewfinder for hot shoe)

A few readers have written to point out an error in a previous post stating that there is no EVF for the Ricoh GR.

The Ricoh GR has no EVF nor any provision for one.

The Ricoh GR does allow for an OVF. Any OVF matching the ~28mm or so focal length can be used on the Ricoh GR: the Ricoh GV-1 or the Zeiss Viewfinder ZI 25mm / 28mm.

EVF = electronic viewfinder

An EVF is electronic (just like the rear LCD).

An EVF shows the image from the camera sensor. No parallax, 100% view of the imaging area, camera settings visible on the image and so on.

OVF = optical viewfinder

An OVF is mounted in the hot shoe. It is an entirely separate optical system with the usual parallax issues and framing approximation. I am not a “fan” of an hot-shoe OVF myself, but an OVF can be useful at times and some people like them. They can be used even if the camera is stowed in a pocket to frame or visualize an image even without the camera in hand.

DSLRs have an OVF also, but this is reflex mirror system (“single lens reflex”), but in the context of a mirrorless (non reflex) camera, OVF means a hot-shot mounted separate optical system.

Ricoh GR

Donald L writes:

I have been following your ongoing review of the Ricoh GR. I took your advice on purchasing this fantastic little imaging device.

The image quality is hard to believe at this size and price point; and this is coming from someone whose bulky mainstay is an Alpa STC, Rodenstock 40 & 70 attached to an IQ 160 supplemented with an rather extensive Canon collection. At the advancing age of 64 it is a welcome alternative for routine use and certainly spared me the unnecessary expense of the Leica M system.

DIGLLOYD: It’s a gem. And not just sharpness, but bokeh and total image rendering. I am getting antsy for more models with other focal lengths, say a 20mm (equiv), and a 50mm. Add a high-res EVF (at least an optional one) and perfect.

But the big prize goes to the company that can do the Ricoh GR in full-frame with the same imaging quality. What is Ricoh waiting for? I like the Ricoh controls and menus and fatures far more than the NEX or RX1, but maybe Sony will deliver something better designed in full frame soon.

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