Specifications|Gr Ii

     

The Ricoh GR II –– I’ve been using and loving this camera for years & it’s about time I write about it. I’ll try lớn avoid the usual nhận xét format –– the specifications are everywhere in the website anyway, this is a 3 years old camera after all. I’ll be focusing instead on my direct experience as a photographer.

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I was introduced khổng lồ this camera lượt thích many others — admiring the work of Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama, who created an impressive sầu opus of work using prevalently the GR, in both its film và digital version.

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Bergman, is it you?

This is indeed a camera with roots that go back lớn 1996 when the first film GR was released. It transitioned from film to digital while keeping its original concept & design: a practical & compact 28mm f2.8 camera with high class optics. This heritage and commitment to a good idea is also part of what makes it so dear lớn many, in an era where camera makers keep chasing new trends & updating models every 6 months.

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This book somewhat lead khổng lồ my discovery of the GR. The first phokhổng lồ with the GR had to lớn to be this then!
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The Ricoh GR is a wonderful camera for capturing spontaneous moments.

Moriyama is both a blessing và a limit for the GR. While it’s true his work popularised the camera, it’s also true it induced many khổng lồ just try and copy what he did — super contrasted blaông xã & trắng photography, with a prevalent attention lớn street photography.

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The little marvel Inmãng cầu is using is the Pentax Q-S1. The next Reviews for the blog?

I think this approach to the GR is limiting, but I understvà it. There’s no denying his work touches some primal notes in the mind of a photographer, & that’s why he is considered a master after all.

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I have always been a bạn of very hi-contrast B&W.

I remember watching a đoạn Clip with someone talking about the Ricoh. He said –– joking –– that he bought the Ricoh & started running around taking photos as if he was Daivày Moriyama, the wild street dog etc, and that all of his photos turned out to lớn be terrible. I felt this joke was spot on. It made me realize the danger of turning inlớn a stereotype. Just lượt thích people buying a Leica và thinking they will magically turn inkhổng lồ Cartier-Bresson.

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Finding an empty beach in August is not easy.

To say it all, Leica built its modern fortune on this myth. A couple of very important photographers used it in the past, và thousands of irrelevant photographers are buying a Leica today because they think this will make them & their random snapshots special.

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I love this portrait. Crazy rain happened right after shooting. Too bad the GR is not weather sealed!

I understood I had lớn use the Ricoh in my own way & try lớn accomplish my artistic vision. Moriyama is quality and he depends on his own culture. You can’t be Moriyama in Italy. You can’t be Moriyama in 2019. Unless you are Moriyama, and even then, it is not easy.

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Some macro-ish detal..

The Ricoh GR is much more than a Moriyama cosplay accessory. It is a marvelous versatile camera with superb optics. It is compact and yet it features an APS-C sensor. Its ergonomics and user interface are unmatched.

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..& one more.

The whole camera is usable with just one hvà, all the controls are in the right spot, you can configure it the way that better fits your shooting style.

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Another legendary compact camera I love sầu.

I always had a soft spot for compact cameras with good glass on them. The first camera I started bringing with me always was the Olympus Mju-2 in 1998 –– how much I loved that camera! I still use it from time khổng lồ time.

Then I discovered the Soviet rangefinders –– Kiev 4, Zorki 4 và Fed 2 were my favorite though I ended up collecting tens of them –– but in meantime another jewel from the Soviet era ended up being my everyday camera, taking the spot from the Olympus: the classic Lomo LC-A, of course.

The Olympus had a 35mm, the LC-A had a 32mm.. I didn’t know but I was already slowly moving toward the 28mm!

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There is much in comtháng between these three cameras: they are compact, with very good optics, wonderfully built. They propose a definite shooting philosophy và became cult items.

Instagram is filled with self proclaimed influencers & honest young lovers of film shooting with the Mju2 even today, while the LC-A was the genesis of Lomography movement & company, which is what brought us the filters hype & everything that came with it, Instagram included.

Most people don’t fully realise the way we experience and tóm tắt photography today has a lot khổng lồ vày with these little cameras, especially the LC-A. The arrival of smartphones applied its influence on a path that started with cameras lượt thích these.

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I don’t use the Olympus nor the LC-A so often anymore. Digital changed the way I work for clients và I lượt thích its advantages even for my personal photography. I love film but I don’t think it is purer than digital nor better.

From an objective sầu point of view, digital reached a point where it surpassed 35milimet film photography in terms of chất lượng –– và yet we often want to lớn mimic the imperfect look of film. It is clear there is something unique & beautiful in film: this could be the topic for another post.

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A portrait on location. High ISO is not where the GR shines, but this ISO 1600 was still managed decently. A Leica M9 would bởi quite worse.
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More architecture, same villa as before.
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I love sầu the Positive sầu Film effect. Most of the times it requires no editing at all.
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Living room in the same villa. The GR is an amazing tool for pre-visualising.

Some will find the fixed 28milimet equivalent a limitation. Not me, since this happen lớn be my favorite focal length.

It’s interesting to lớn see what is happening in the world when it comes to lớn focal lengths. For quite long the 50milimet has been considered a lens that lacked personality. I still hear this nonsense from time lớn time –– as if the personality of photograph could be dictated solely from the focal length used.

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From a fashion phối where I used both the Nikon D850 and the Ricoh GR.

Maybe it is because of my film days, when most of my rangefinders had a 50mm on them, but I do lượt thích shooting 50milimet, it makes me happy. My favorite lens on the Nikon D850 right now is the Tamron 45mm 1.8 SPhường VC –– wonderful lens, I will đánh giá it sooner or later. I may occasionally shoot 85mm for some portraits, if necessary. I always found 35milimet quite boring và probably too cđại bại khổng lồ 50milimet. I use much wider lenses for most of my architectural works. But when it comes khổng lồ the focal I love sầu — that’s 28milimet.

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The GR has excellent macro capabilities. Positive sầu Film, straight out of camera.
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One more macro. Positive sầu Film, straight out of camera.

For this reason the Ricoh GR is a sort of dream came true. It has everything I could ever want in a camera. My favorite focal length, superb optics, great image unique, perfect ergonomics and interface, it fits in my pocket, it sends the photos to my điện thoại devices & it lets me compose with a big bright LCD.

I don’t lượt thích viewfinders anymore. They vị have a use, but most of the time I prefer shooting with a screen. It reminds me of shooting with my 6×6 film pit cameras. I don’t want to lớn separate myself from the reality I’m into. And I find it much funnier khổng lồ compose when using a nice screen, even better if with a previews of exposure and tones.

I just can’t get myself khổng lồ appreciate EVF. I can’t forget for a single moment I am keeping a tiny screen 1cm from my eye. Why should I do that when I can use a much bigger screen and have it at a more comfortable distance from my face?

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Positive sầu Film, straight out of camera.
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Positive sầu Film, straight out of camera.
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Positive Film, straight out of camera.

This brings us to another great feature of the GR: its film simulations. They are simply wonderful. My favorite ones are the Moriyama like filter (called “Hi-Contrast B&W”), the slide simulation (called “Positive Film”) and the classic Blachồng & White. There are also other usual suspects like Cross Process, Bleach Bypass, Retro, High Key, HDR Tone, and more exotic ones lượt thích Miniaturize or Shift Crop. They are all customisable with a bunch of parameters và they are useful & inspiring.

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Positive sầu Film, straight out of camera.

My GR is always mix in Hi-Contrast B&W, Black và White or Positive sầu Film và I shoot DNG + JPG for this reason. The filter allows me to lớn study the scene with the tones và contrasts I have sầu in mind. Most of the time I love the jpeg result và I vì few khổng lồ no edits, but I still have the DNG raw tệp tin if I need.

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A great sunset I witnessed during some Mã Sản Phẩm shooting.
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I am not a bạn of landscape photography, I confess.
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I love my island, there are countless magic places lượt thích this one. Positive Film, straight out of camera.

The Ricoh is also a very nice landscape camera, being the 28mm a focal that works quite fine with this subject. Putting the 21mm converter on it makes it even better. The quantity & quality of details is amazing, especially if you keep ISO low và put the camera on a nice tripod.

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Long exposure at night.

I won’t go too deep into lớn the options the GR offers you. I will just say that it offers plenty & you can customise it và shoot it pretty much in any way you lượt thích. It has an integrated ND filter (2 stops) if you want lớn use it. You can bracket everything you can think of, from exposure lớn filters to trắng balance to lớn contrast & more. You can sync the flash lớn every shutter tốc độ thanks lớn its leaf shutter. I love leaf shutters.

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Positive sầu Film, straight out of camera.

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I experimented with various shooting modes and I am feeling more comfortable with Manual mode and occasionally with the TAv mode: when in TAv I just spot meter and change aperture và shutter tốc độ if needed. The camera sets the ISO for me, using the Hi-Auto lớn value ranging from 100 khổng lồ a maximum ISO of 3200.

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Positive Film, straight out of camera.

The Ricoh is at its best sharpness from f4 to lớn f8, so that is where I prefer to keep it. The minimum shutter tốc độ I like lớn consider is 1/60, even if you can successfully shoot sharp static scenes at 1/30. So I usually mix the camera at f4 and 1/60 or 1/125 and let the TAv phối the ISO depending on where I did meter. Sometimes I need to lớn bring down the aperture khổng lồ f2.8 which is the largest it gets –– and just lớn be clear, at 2.8 the sharpness is already excellent. High ISO is fine in BW but it is better to stay under 1600 for color photography.

Of course I could shoot faster if thinking with a film mindset –– setting the ISO lớn let’s say 800 & never changing it, ignoring exposure compensation & only changing aperture and shutter tốc độ to get as cthua thảm as possible lớn the optimal exposure. Maybe even use zone focus instead of autofocus. This would be faster indeed but it would not allow me khổng lồ maximise the chất lượng.

If I could manage to lớn shoot a pholớn at 100 or 200 ISO why bởi vì I have sầu to lớn stay on 800? It is not only about noise, it is about dynamic range. High ISO means lower dynamic range.I don’t want to sacrifice details & dynamic range for the luxury of shooting slightly faster. That’s why I find Eric Kim advice of setting the camera at ISO 1600 or 3200 & shooting in aperture priority not a very wise one.

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Positive sầu Film, straight out of camera.

The camera has a decent autofocus & a customisable zone focus system that is also usable together with the AF, thanks khổng lồ something Ricoh calls “snap focus”. It’s simple & effective: if you focus by half pressing the shutter button, the camera uses AF. If you press the shutter fast without half step, the camera uses the zone focus you selected. Perfect for street shooters in a hurry, though I rarely use it.

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Behind the scenes for a Clip I shot

Talking about street shooters: is this a camera made only for street photography? It would seem so, watching the countless reviews on YouTube. They all say the same stuff over and over again. You watch one, you saw them all. Street photography, snap focus, Moriyama. I believe this is not respectful for what this camera can do. While it’s certainly correct khổng lồ say the GR is perfect for street photography, it’s also correct to lớn note how it can be used for every kind of photography you can deal with in 28milimet — which is most of the photography, in my opinion.

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The GR has a leaf shutter so you can plug it lớn any flash system and enjoy syncing at every shutter speed.
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Using an external flash can make the GR lens shine. Black và White effect, straight out of camera.

I use the GR for architecture, for portraits on location, for studio portraits, for abstract photography, for events. It is an excellent camera và its image chất lượng is among mỏi the best. Yes it looks like a compact point & shoot, và it also could work as a point và shoot — but it is much more.

It’s revealing lớn see the face of clients when I momentarily put aside the Nikon D850 & pichồng up the Ricoh GR. They think it is a toy. Proving them wrong is a great conversation topic. I shot many photos with Ricoh & sold them to lớn satisfied costumers –– no client ever complained.

I briefly mentioned before that there is a 21mm converter: it is called GW-3 và it is a 0.75x converter. Mount it on the GR và it indeed becomes my third favorite focal length, 21mm (the second is 50mm as you may have guessed).

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The 0.75x focal length converter GW-3

The chất lượng of the GW-3 is impressive, both as construction và as optical features. It is a heavy piece of glass and metal. I am not a fan of focal length converters but this is an exception. It makes the GR even better for landscape & architecture or for experimental portraits, without reducing the native sầu image chất lượng and famous lens sharpness.

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The GH-3 filter mount with an HOYA Pro1-Digital UV filter on it, plus the optional hood.

What about the dust? If you know anything about this camera, you heard about the fact that it could have issues with dust entering và going on the sensor. This depends on the fact that the lens is collapsible and it sucks dust when closing down. There are a couple of strategies for managing this:

be very careful when retracting the lens (aka turning off the camera)! This is the basic advice. I suggest you khổng lồ turn off the GR with the lens pointing down, to lớn get some help from gravity in keeping dust away. A very weak help considering the situation, but still a help!avoid extending the lens if not necessary: for watching the photos you shot you can turn the GR on by keeping pressed for a moment the PLAY button, và turn the camera off pressing PLAY once more –– awesome feature!avoid putting the camera in pockets or bags that are not clean, because dust will get on the camera, ready khổng lồ be sucked in..use the GH-3 filter mount plus a very good chất lượng UV filter. This way you are separating the lens from the outside, so when it sucks baông xã air, it can’t gather dust. Of course this is also valid if you mounted the GW-3 focal converter. My GR mounts the GH-3 or GW-3 most of the time, I guess that’s why I never had dust issues in 2 years or so.

My advice is to lớn just be reasonably careful và shoot and enjoy the camera. Dust is generally removable with a singe clichồng in Photosiêu thị or Lightroom anyway. A bit of dust is not an issue. The issue is when there is a LOT of dust! In that case you should skết thúc the camera khổng lồ get cleaned in some tech lab that offers the service, or if you are brave sầu (crazy?) enough you can try to open the GR và clean it yourself. There are videos on YouTube showing how to lớn vị it.

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From a fashion shooting at the beach.

The lens of the GR is a work of art. It is one of the sharpest and more pleasing 28milimet lenses existing. We are in Leica Summilux territory, & I am quite familiar with Leica glass. This 28milimet is just amazing và it shows what you can vì when you build a very cohesive & well thought camera.

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The kind of batteries I use. Original on right, compatible on left.

What about the battery life? It depends on your usage but I found it to be decent. Just buy a bunch of batteries and you are good to go for long pholớn sessions. I have sầu both original và third parties batteries and they both behave fine. They are charged inside the camera, plugging it lớn the electrithành phố with a wall charger.

It’s interesting we complain if we have sầu khổng lồ change battery every 300 shots, when not so long ago we had to change the 1trăng tròn film every 12 shots or the 135 film every 24 or 36! And changing roll was not as fast as changing a battery, anyway.

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Shooting architecture in very High ISO B&W.

There is an tiện ích for smartphones và tablets — a web phầm mềm actually, called GR Remote — and it lets us move sầu jpg or DNG khổng lồ our devices, via Wi-Fi. The fact that it lets us move sầu the raw file is quite unique. This means you can shoot & the edit raw on the go, without touching a computer and producing very high quality images. The GR + iOS + Lightroom CC combination is letting me enjoy photography on the go in a new, happier way.

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Portrait on location.

Some people can’t just underst& this camera. They complain because it lacks some công nghệ they think is important — because the marketing department of some other camera br& told them so. They can’t underst& the beauty of 28mm & are convinced it is a useless focal length — I wonder how could Jeanloup Sieff, Daivì chưng Moriyama, William Klein, Antonin Kratochvil, Bill Brandt & many more create such amazing photography then, using mostly 28milimet.

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Portrait on location.

Who says 28mm is useless only shows a lack of knowledge or appreciation for the fact that some of the most gifted and revolutionary photographers worked mostly with this focal length.

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Portrait on location.

There is no universally better focal length of course, because we all need to find something that works for who we are & for what we have lớn shoot, but to say that 28mm is useless is just stupid. I don’t lượt thích 35milimet và I find it has no place in my camera bag, but I would never assume it is useless. Ok, let’s get bachồng to the GR.

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Some find the GR to lớn look comical with the GH-3 & lens hood mounted, but I think it looks quite sexy instead!
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On the side we find the Effect button, that turns on the Wi-Fi is pressed and held down, plus the control for opening the flash.

The GR is made in metal for the most. It is light, small, very well built. It is not a super cheap camera as you would expect, và that’s fine. This is a professional unique camera with the form factor of a point và shoot. It eclipses any smartphone in terms of quality, but modern smartphones have sầu much better software control of noise levels, thanks khổng lồ computational photography. The GR is not a high iso quái dị. It is still not worse than a Leica M9, mind you!

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Nowadays everyone has a điện thoại thông minh in their pockets, & these smartphones are very often quite capable cameras, thanks to lớn computational photography patching the issues of a very small sensor and low chất lượng optics. The detractors of a pro compact lượt thích the GR are usually bringing to this argument against it.

My first reaction is: why should you build an argument against a product? I just can’t understand such people. You can just not buy something if you feel you don’t need or lượt thích it. What’s the point of spending time on the web trying to convince others they also don’t need something since you don’t? I believe 90% of the posts on photography forums would not exist if the original poster would have sầu just thought rationally for a minute before posting.

It turns out a điện thoại thông minh camera has its usage, a camera like the GR has, a dSLR has, and so on. The fact that both the điện thoại thông minh và the GR are compact cameras isn’t describing the whole situation, it is just focusing on one parameter, portability.

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A comparison in kích cỡ between the Ricoh GR II và the iPhone 8.

In reality, the differences are enough lớn justify the existence of both cameras, just in different pockets! For starting, no điện thoại thông minh has good optics, và their sensors are very small: the quality of their photos depends on software techniques, and software can (right now anyway) just go that far. Shoot a photo with any good điện thoại thông minh today and then the same phokhổng lồ with the GR, you can’t deny the difference in terms of detail and tonal richness. The GR also has an ergonomic kiến thiết based on physical controls, which can help greatly in many situations.

Where smartphones seem lớn be better is in the High ISO department, which is quite ironic if we think of sensor form size etc. The GR has no software for improving the photos, while modern smartphones are adopting various techniques (mostly combining frames with different exposures & advanced noise reduction) for making a terrible phokhổng lồ seem nice on a small screen (or a distant billboard..). You could vày the same with the GR, shooting multiple exposures with bracketing, joining them as HDR on a computer, using a software like DXO Prime for removing noise, etc. The smartphone does it all for you as you shoot, & the tradeoff for such convenience is the lower unique of the final shot.

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From a fashion shooting at the beach.

I believe sầu at some point computational photography will go inside bigger cameras too, transitioning from smartphones. Optics & sensor on smartphones will always be inferior khổng lồ the ones on bigger cameras, it’s a matter of physics –– but software improvements can easily be ported.

Right now I happily carry around both iPhone and Ricoh GR: the iPhone is perfect for casual photography và as editing studio, while the GR is for more serious photography.

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Portrait on location.

The next iteration of the GR, called GR III, introduced a new sensor & lens kiến thiết that are supposedly helping with High ISO photography. It also has ibis, thanks to lớn Pentax giải pháp công nghệ. I will get one và carefully demo it as soon as possible, so you can expect a Ricoh GR III nhận xét very soon.

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Portrait on location.

The website is full of “Ricoh GR III hands on” videos right now, done by people that didn’t demo the camera in real scenargame ios –– filled with info we know since the announcement. I find this behaviour lớn be revealing of what photography became in the Internet –– a constant race for clicks & sponsors.

In the over, I know the Ricoh GR is not a camera for everyone, but I still would like you to lớn consider it. Something in this little camera is just fascinating and precious.

I will exp& this article adding more samples of photography made with the GR và some usage advices and resources. If you want lớn stay updated please subscribe lớn my mailing các mục, I use it only as a notification for blog posts & for sharing không tính tiền photography knowledge and resources –– no spamming, no selling, no nonsense!


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