Ricoh GR III announced - 24MP APS-C sensor 'ultimate' street-shooting camera updated

Discussion in 'photography, graphics & art' started by editor, Sep 27, 2018.

  1. editor

    editor hiraethified

    At last!


    let me check some more sites...
  2. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Wait - no flash? :(
    But stabilisation! :thumbs:

    Photokina 2018: First look at new Ricoh GR III
  3. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Not coming out till Jan 2019 :(

    Nothing about weatherproofing that I've seen yet.

    Specs here Ricoh announces development of long-awaited GR III
  4. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    It could be exactly the same and if it was dustproof I'd go for it.

    On the other hand it could have a 50MP world class full frame sensor and a unicorn rainbow button and if it wasn't dustproof I'd be "meh, fuck it".

    I still haven't got round to sending my GR off to get the sensor dust removed and I constantly debate whether it's worth it or not if it's just going to get dusty again, given the time and expense.
  5. mauvais

    mauvais change has become unavoidable

    Who buys these things? I mean, I get it technically, ish - but it's very much a niche between ubiquitous high quality phone cameras and proper SLRs. I'm struggling to imagine a serious market outside of the 'but this is what I've always done' collective, and that's sales death.
  6. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad Well-Known Member

    Clingfilm is literally £2 a roll, m8.
  7. editor

    editor hiraethified

    It's just about the smallest, high quality street shooting camera you can get, with fantastic manual controls and speed of operation. Stealthy and fast, it's probably my favourite digital camera of all time.

    Ricoh GR II: The best camera for Street Photography by Frederik Trovatten
    Why the RICOH GR II is the Best Street Photography Camera
  8. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    Street and travel photographers, and any photographer who wants a super high quality compact for when they can't be arsed carrying their full kit. The GR beats high-end (contemporary) APS-C DSLRs with top-quality lenses - it's just restricted to that one focal length. Their film GRs sold on pretty much the same basis.

    Financially, Ricoh makes most of their money from office equipment, so they don't need to sell cameras to survive. Canon makes most of their money from non-camera sales too. Nobody buys enough cameras that you can really compete from sales of those alone. Even Nikon and Leica make a lot of other optical products.
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  9. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    There may be a flaw in that solution.
  10. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Some haircut that

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  11. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    Nothing about dust though :hmm:

    I'm actually thinking about getting a Lumix GX800 as my next pocket camera, now that my old GF2 has started to pack up. It's a couple of years old now but that means it's cheap (body only goes for £200-ish s/h) and with the 14/2.5 pancake lens it would be very compact indeed, if not trouser pocket like the GR. Plus interchangeable lenses of course.
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  12. editor

    editor hiraethified

    It's the sizer, sheer speed and pre-focus setting on the GR that makes it so bloody indispensable though.
  13. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    Yeah, that’s the problem, I’ve never had a camera that felt so well designed for what it did, and took such a short time to get familiar with.

    I’ll see if the new one takes the old one’s accessories - I have the 21mm lens which cost a bob and I don’t want to see it go to waste.
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  14. Tankus

    Tankus living someone else's dream.

    No view finder. Absolute deal breaker for me
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  15. editor

    editor hiraethified

    The upgrade actually seems worthwhile because it's a lot smaller, there's image stabilisation, better AF, Bluetooth, WiFi, 2-stop optical ND filter, touchscreen (oh yes) and joy of joys - a dust removal system! Flash has gone though.

    Hands on: Ricoh GR III review

    Hands on: Ricoh GR III review

    £800. Ouch.
  16. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    And the answer is "doesn't look like it" - there's a new 21mm adaptor (GW-4) and lens mount (GA-1) so I assume that older ones don't work :/ bit annoyed about that.

    I dunno, I won't be rushing out to buy it at that price. The GX800 I got recently has filled the high-performance pocket digital role for me and while the GR III is better in a few ways, it's not going to improve my life that much.
  17. editor

    editor hiraethified

    They're not compatible because of the new lens design. I'm still using the GR1 every day and much as I'd love all those new features, £800 is ridiculous money.
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  18. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    If anyone was thinking "I'd like a really good compact camera for street and candid photography, and I have a load of cash right now so I don't mind how much it costs, I just want the best" then I'd definitely say get this. Upgrading... not so much.
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  19. Mr.Bishie

    Mr.Bishie Pickled Egg

    I’m with Tankus - no view finder. If I had a load of cash to spunk on a small box for street work it’d go on the new Sony!
  20. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Here's a review

    Ricoh GR III Review | Photography Blog
  21. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Short review

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  22. editor

    editor hiraethified

  23. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Here's the DPReview video review.

    I'd love to have this camera. But not at the price they're asking for, and they really need to include a clip on flash for the price.

    Review in short: 2GBs internal memory, easy to adjust LCD screen brightness, USB charging, really improved lens, 6cm macro mode, shit battery life, fiddly manual focus, crap video, but still an amazing street shooting camera. He loves it.

    And here's another one

  24. editor

    editor hiraethified

  25. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I like Kai's reviews. This is worth a watch.

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  26. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Really good review here. Well written.

    Ricoh GR III review
  27. editor

    editor hiraethified

    This guy has got very excited by the Ricoh

  28. FridgeMagnet

    FridgeMagnet Administrator

    You have to give Eric Kim some credit for his sheer enthusiasm I guess, but he has a new "best camera ever" at least every year. In fact it's been the GR before.

    "this is the best camera ever" *four minutes of menus*
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