A Week with the GR: Pros and Cons

On the run

On the run

I’m just going to get directly to the point with the GR.

Pros (in no order of importance):

  • Handling – No compact camera handles this well
  • Ergonomics – Buttons, dials, toggles and switches are well placed and have great feedback
  • Menu – It’s the most simplified, direct menu I’ve worked with
  • Lens – Sharp, compact and 28mm is just about ideal for street photography
  • Looks – Of course this and the other items I’ve mentioned above are subjective, but it’s gorgeous in a non-dramatic, understated way

Cons:

  • Battery life – It would be nice to see another hundred-ish shots out of one battery
  • ISO – The ISO ceiling is lower than I expected. We are getting greedy and spoiled these days, but I would like to have seen better results from the color files at ISO3200. Black and white is where I choose to shoot most often, and it’s not really much of an issue.
  • Aperture – Everything is a compromise, but I would have loved to seen f/2 lens on the GR.
  • Charger – The recent movement of not including a dedicated battery charger in the kit is frustrating, but is easily overcome.

Bottom Line:

What do I think? Would I recommend this to my fellow photographers? I love it and yes. It is not the most flexible camera on the market right now; instead Ricoh/Pentax have created a finely sharpened photographic tool aimed at photo enthusiasts and I for one am grateful.

Waiting for the light

Waiting for the light

A few things for sale

A few things for sale

This will give you an idea of the way the Ricoh GR processes it's color files. Exposure adjustments were made, but colors were not touched.

Yes, it actually does shoot color files…sometimes. This will give you an idea of the way the Ricoh GR processes it’s color files. Exposure adjustments were made, but colors were not touched.

Short final

Short final

Sunshine and an umbrella

Sunshine and an umbrella

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