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Ricoh GR

Is the Ricoh GR a 28mm Leica Replacement?

This is an editorial essay that makes a case in favor of the Ricoh GR for anyone seeking a go-anywhere versatile 28mm lens on a camera delivering high quality with great ease of use and high success rate.

The contrasting camera is the Leica M Typ 240 with 28mm lens (given the huge cost of the Leica M system, I urge all prospective buyers of the Leica M system to read my usability notes in Guide to Leica along with all the other material).

Experience

My perspective as a photographer includes not just paved-street niceties, but hiking and cycling and difficult terrain and fast moving subjects and so on. Not a lab; real world with many varied lighting conditions.

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Ricoh GR

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