Victoria's Light

I have shot this collection of bottles in the window at Angelina’s Cafe many times with many different cameras. This version was shot with the Ricoh GR iii, a camera that I really enjoy but alas it is now on the way to the Precision Camera in Connecticut for repair. One of the blades that closes to protect the lens is not retracting and unfortunately, the camera is 3 months out of warranty.

It is a great camera and very fun to use. The image quality is superb from the 28mm lens. I have owned several versions of the Fuji X100, and the quality from this little camera is completely on par with the Fuji. The Ricoh is the size of a king sized cigarette pack. While it is pocket-able I recommend keeping it in a compact camera case when stored or carried. I have the dedicated GR case that slips onto my belt for easy access. I use the Peak Design hand strap as a perfect and secure carry solution.

The key controls on the camera are very accessible without having to enter the menu system. Exposure compensation, change of color rendering and similar things are changed in a snap. The LCD is a touch screen that is handy for choosing a focus point.

A negative is the screen is difficult to see in bright sunlight. I do have a Voigtlander 28mm finder to combat this, but honestly have only used it a few times.

The Ricoh repair issue is disappointing. I have treated it with care. That’s not to say my Fuji’s were without fault. Without doubt, the Fuji X100 is a more robustly made. Two brand new versions of my X100’s had motherboard issues requiring replacement shortly after purchase. I sold my last X100 last year since there was too much duplication with my Leica M10.

I have read many complaints about dust intrusion into the sensor. I haven’t had this problem, but the concerns warrant using the camera with care in windy conditions where dust or sand are in the air. If you shoot a lot in windy seaside conditions, extreme caution and care is recommended. For inclement weather or dusty conditions the new X100V with protective filter and resulting weather seal is a better but much more expensive option.

Nisi now makes an inexpensive dedicated optical glass filter system for the GR iii. Nisi also offers a lens hood that will accept circular 49mm filters. The lens hood defeats the purpose of the Ricoh’s being so compact. With the lens hood and a dedicated 49mm adapter, the Lee Seven Five system can be used with the camera. The Nisi dedicated filter system is much smaller, with a push on filter holder.

The camera works beautifully for landscapes, and also has a good macro feature. I haven’t used it for street photography, but given it is so small and discrete the Ricoh would be very good for that genre.

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