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Reader Comment: Ricoh GR

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Gary K writes:

I want to thank you for bringing the fabulous Ricoh GR to my attention! Your recommendations as the perfect camera for 80% of shots resonated with me as I compose using a 28mm view around 80% of my shots. Replacing a 5D with Zeiss ZF 28mm with the GR, there is no comparison in image quality!

I shoot trains in motion at night w/off camera flash units controlled by Pocket Wizards. The GR with its "leaf" shutter can sync with the PW's up to 1/1250 sec. opposed to the 5D equipped with focal plane shutter and it's 1/250 sync speed.

After shooting w/Canon SLR's and DSLR's from the FTb years onward, the genius design of the Ricoh GR represents the greatest dollar value I have experienced. By far. Reading your blog was the only reason I became aware of this great bargain of a camera. Thank You!

We can hope and pray Ricoh chooses to develop the GR design further, perhaps into the full frame world?

DIGLLOYD: I named the Ricoh GR my Camera of the Year exactly two years ago. I still think it is by far the best designed compact camera on the market, and with features found on no other camera in its class. The latest version (I have not tried it) adds WiFi but does not fix the one gaping flaw: the lack of an EVF or any EVF option. What a pity.

The razor sharp lens along with in-lens shutter and built-in flash make it a far superior camera to even the Leica Q when it comes to making portraits in many situations: that touch of fill flash makes all the difference (unless you want to carry an awkward hot-shot flash around all the time).

As for full frame, if Ricoh preserved the functionality and delivered an EVF and a lens of similar quality to the existing model, that would rock.

See my in-depth review of the Ricoh GR in Guide to Mirrorless.

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Philippe A writes:

Fully agree with Gary K and Doug. I would add: what a clever and efficient user interface.
I would also purchase a full frame equivalent immediately!


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