nicolaiecostel: Guys, I looked up an M65 online since so many of you say that it is a replacement for this and the Alpha industries one looks horrible, though some other derived versions do look good, whereas this is a (overpriced) but quite stylish jacket.
Fashionable men would know how hard it is to find a fashionable jacket and how much they cost. That being said, for use in the winter, I would definitely look for an alternative.
Since jacket pockets gather up dust and flakes at the bottom, that is the last place I would put a lens or a camera.
Larry Burrows disagrees =)
Or go to your local Army surplus store and pick up an M-65 field jacket for under $100.
The 55,200th photo is always a charm.
I couldn't get my head around motorized zoom with old school controls so I ended up selling this camera. Would be great if the next version had a manual zoom.
Nice. This will be my next lens. I don't need telephoto much, but for the price and size, this seems like the perfect choice for the concessional time I need it.
So this targets the DSLR video shooting market that cares about smooth zooming, but doesn't care enough for a video rig or a fast constant aperture lens. Got it.
sunilkumar: I wish GrIII comes in 24Megs and option of 35 mm and 28 mm equivalent range so we can choose which model to get. I like 35 mm and understandably many others like 28 mm.
Probably too close for market differentiation. I could see a 40mm happening.
Joe Ogiba: $558 for a fixed lens point & shoot with no VF ? Really ? Ricoh makes money on the poor Pentax fanboys that are living in the past.
This is the smallest ASP-C sensor camera/lens combo on the market and is the only digital fixed lens camera with a usable hyperfocal/zone focus implementation (other than the much bigger and more expensive Leica Q). For those of us who do zone focus street photography and carry a camera every day, it's one of the best tools for the job. A built-in VF would be great, but the external OVF works fine for this type of usage.
There is a reason this non-descript little rectangle remains on the market and it has nothing to do with Pentax fanboyism -- my primary system camera when not using the GR is Fuji X.
Market differentiation. These largely aren't "pro" cameras. They are enthusiast cameras, so they represent something other than just tools to get the job done. Why churn out shapeless, neutered petrochemical lumps when Cannon and Nikon have the market cornered in that area?
KonstantinosK: Now if only Ricoh could find a way to include a EVF without altering the design and the size (at least not by much)....
I use the clip-on OVF, but would love a built-in OVF. Prefer OVF over EVF for a camera like the GR in order to save on battery. An EVF seems like overkill on a fixed lens 28.
Is it any faster? Recently ditched Lightroom 6 for Capture One due, in part, to how slow LR6 ran on my computer. Just curious, no desire to go back.
BeyondPluto: Until someone builds a compact, fixed lens camera at this price with zone and hyperfocal focusing implemented so well, the Ricoh GR has no competitors for many street photographers. Fuji almost got there with the X70, but dropped the ball when it came to a rapid way to adjust zone focus; plus the X70's screen can't even be turned off.. a big no-no for street shooters using an OVF for discretion and to save battery.
Yeah, that's what's annoying is that both these issues could be fixed in software. I don't hold much hope because Fuji has had years to install some kind of quick zone focus in the X100 series, but it hasn't.
Until someone builds a compact, fixed lens camera at this price with zone and hyperfocal focusing implemented so well, the Ricoh GR has no competitors for many street photographers. Fuji almost got there with the X70, but dropped the ball when it came to a rapid way to adjust zone focus; plus the X70's screen can't even be turned off.. a big no-no for street shooters using an OVF for discretion and to save battery.
rsf3127: Nice camera. But you can get cameras with EVF, better video specs, more megapixels and an AA filter for less money. Sony A6000 comes to my mind. It suffices to put it side by side in the comparison tool to see that it delivers better IQ.
Size and snap focus are the reasons for the GR. No other compact I know of has implemented zone focusing as well.
mclaren777: Ricoh execs are kicking themselves right now for not using the sensor from the A6000 in the GR II.
Barn, if you are serious about street photography and understand how to incorporate the GR's snap focus into your workflow, you'll understand why an electronic distance scale is an inadequate workaround on Fuji's part and why touch screen, while useful in some cases, isn't going to be a significant solution.
The GR is the only camera I know of without a physical DoF scale on the lens barrel that seriously addresses the needs of those of us who primarily shoot with zone focus.
The rumor is that the GRII was slated to get the Sony a6000 sensor, but delays in sensor production plus Sony's contractual delay required from competitors to use their sensors meant it wouldn't have been ready on Ricoh's product release schedule. Marketing being what it is, Ricoh felt obligated to get a new version of its camera out there no matter how small the update. However, the sensor in this Fuji is 2-3 years old and not much of an improvement over the one in the GR.
I really want to love this cameras as a street shooter as I prefer Fuji classic controls over the Ricoh GR controls and I prefer Fuji RAW files, especially at high ISO.
But if Fuji can't figure out a faster way to toggle zone and hyperfocal focus distances, the Ricoh GR will remain the choice of a lot of street photographers due to its snap focus feature and the ability to permanently link apertures with pre-set focus distances in its MY settings.
A lot of people have stayed away from the X100 series precisely because of this issue.
The problem is that you have to muck with it every time you switch aperture. GR allows you to permanently link an aperture and associated focus distance in the MY settings.
Who cares about auto focus on a 18.5mm ASP-C camera? It seems Fuji failed to include a fast way to toggle zone and hyperfocal settings like you can with the Ricoh GR. If you shoot street, being able to quickly switch to the proper hyperfocal distance when you change aperture means more than any auto focusing system.
With the X70, you need to turn on the LCD screen and adjust your focus distance using a craptastic electronic scale using a fly-by-wire focus ring every time you change aperture. Those of us who use the optional OVF don't want to have to turn on the LCD to make basic adjustments. Also, it's very likely the focus ring, since it is fly-by-wire, turns too easily, which means any bump will knock it out of focus.
Fuji could have made a lens with a physical distance scale, or they could have baked an auto-hyperfocal mode into the software, but they elected not to.
lolz. For $100 more, you can have a Ricoh GRII with wifi if you want a compact wide angle camera.