Ricoh GR I / II / III

The Ricoh GR and its successor the GR II (which has wifi), make excellent street and travel photography cameras. They will fit comfortably in your jeans front pocket and can be kept handy in there without a case ready to shoot when a street photo presents itself. Just remove anything from the pocket that might scratch the camera.

The 18.5mm (28mm equivalent) F2.8 lens is ideal for shooting subjects close up and is very sharp giving good image quality.

As the lens is fixed focal length rather than zoom it is necessary to move more to get the crop you want. Working with a fixed lens is a bit more work but it’s a good discipline to practice and the results from the better quality lens make it worthwhile.

It is good as a general travel camera and will take  very good landscape photos with its 16.2 MP sensor.

The GR camera was used on many of our recent photo trips including the trips to Thailand and Japan.

Very tempted on release by the GRIII, I ordered one, but it never arrived as was out of stock. So some time later I made another attempt to get one, and this time it arrived. Trying it out, I was impressed by the still images. The video hasn’t improved much by all accounts so I haven’t used that much.

Getting the camera setup as how I like it has been a bit of a challenge. The focussing is setup now, but the exposure still seems to swing around when moving the camera around. I really want it to work how the GR did but haven’t managed to get this setup yet.

With little foreign travel since buying the camera, it hasn’t yet had a proper run, and I’m still waiting for a longer trip to fully get to grips with it. The images though do look very nice, and I was impressed by the macro setting.

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