Ricoh GR Digital II review

Started May 26, 2008 | User reviews thread
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wZa HK
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Ricoh GR Digital II review
May 26, 2008

Ever since I purchased this camera in January 08, it has been my primary "carry everywhere" camera; excellent for snapshots & it even stands up to 'bigger cameras' in terms of image quality.
When I first came across the GRD I had my doubts regarding the fixed lens, but when I tried a friend's GRD II, I was impressed with its speed & ease of use & I went & purchased one the next day.

It is my favorite camera at the moment.

Problems:

Dust problem
My GRD II is fairly new, but at small apertures, there is spec of dust / hair visible; must be some dust in the lens assembly or sensor, see here
http://flickr.com/photos/wza/2512581377/

I noticed this a couple of days after I bought the camera, but it was nothing that I could not touch up if ever I shot at f.9 or above.

After less than 3 months of use, the rubber grip started to fall apart, see pics here:
http://flickr.com/photos/wza/sets/72157605191500483/

(PS - I don't know why the links don't appear above, but search flickr for "My Ricoh GR Digital II is falling apart" to see the pics )

wZa HK's score
4.2
Average community score
4.6
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