Ricoh GR Digital II

Announced Oct 30, 2007 •
10 megapixels | 2.7 screen | 28 mm
yamarch
 
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Great compact with a fantastic prime lens. I was concerned with the noise levels issues which I've read about in several articles and reviews, but I'm actually quite pleased with the output. The BW images are clean and tack sharp. The color renditions are also very good. The 28mm lens is ideal for how I photograph and haven't missed not having optical zoom features. The built quality is solid and the controls are very intuitive and easy to use. Overall, I'm extremely pleased with this ...

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I'm mentioning some other cameras first: leica digilux 1 (hello, LCT), Leica M 8. Each of these cameras shares qualities with the grd11; all three have a relationship with "the light" which is unique and especially rare in most digitals. I don't know what to call it, so I'll refer a term coined by professional audio-writer Harry Pearson (apologies if I've got the name wrong): "continuousness". This quality may only be attempt on my part to justify what is simply a type-of- image preference. ...

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Just picked up this cam, the latest experiment to find a livable p&s/walkaround. I was sold on the E-420/pancake combo, but kept playing with the GR and eventually just gave in. The ergonomics are beautiful, the lens is razor-sharp, and everything about this camera just screams "use me"! I've been a Canon shooter for quite a while, but despite owning a few of the G's over the years, never loved them. The G-10 is a remarkable camera and in many ways it's a step up from the GR - better ...

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toutgood
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It's hard to rate this camera as it sits in a very small niche. When I bought it the other option was essentially the Panasonic LX2 (which I own) and the upcoming Sigma DP1. But it is clearly the more compact of the two - I can easily throw it in my pocket. The build quality is excellent and the controls are intuitive in a way that other cameras aren't. I can essentially shoot whatever I want in a variety of setting without ever having to access the menu. The camera performs fast enough - esp ...

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ofquiet
 
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I bought this camera as a replacement for my Ricoh GX100. Unfortunately the shutter lag is so bad that I am going to have to return it. I figured with a non-zoom lens the shutter lag would be equal or even less than my GX100, but I was very wrong. I've used $200 p-n-s cameras that have less lag than this, and after the GX100 I am shocked that Ricoh would release a new camera that wasn't even close to the same in this area. I guess I'll have to cross my fingers and hope the GX200 (with a zoom ...

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wZa HK
 
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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, ...

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noodlejam
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I originally posted this review in the forum last December (07) and only just found the user reviews page and thought it would be useful. Took receipt of my first Ricoh camera last week (Dec '07) – GRDII. This forum (and website) has finally put an end to an obsession with Canon compact digital cameras. I am still a novice in the digital world preferring to stick with my Olympus and Mamiya film systems (OM 4Tis and RZ76 both with fixed focal lenses, images then either worked in darkroom or ...

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hooj
 
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the grd2 gives me a sense of freedom, the my1, my2 settings along with the adjust jog wheel make use and operation very smooth. it took me a short while to adjust to the fixed lens, but now see that as an advantage and challenge to my shooting styles. image quality for me is top notch, though do wish it had a touch of the original grd (in)famous noise/grain. replaces my gx100 as my take everywhere camera (not that there is anything wrong with my gx100). Problems: none, other than i hope ricoh ...

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Carlo62
 
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it's about two mounths that i have this camera. It's a very particular camera, great for B/W, the noise it's nice at 400 iso seem like kodak tri-x film. I can take photo, were whit the SLR it's impossible, i mean that you can use this camera very next to people that simply don't see it. www.carlochiapponi.it Problems: noise visible at 200 iso, no problem for b/w, but for the color you need to use a noise reduction software.

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isocb
 
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This is an astonishing camera. Not for everyone, but I cannot begin to tell you how it's made photography fun again: I've got a Nikon D200 and a plethora of costly lenses including the 17-55 F2.8 but this little camera is always with me and rewards with great pictures... it serves to reinforce the adage that the best camera in the world is the one you've got with you!! I hope this helps someone decide to buy one of these.... I for one will never be without it or one of it's successors. One ...

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