My Ricoh GR impressions

2013, Photography

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As a predominantly small sensor photographer, preferring the sketchy look, I have consciously and consistently stayed away from large sensor cameras. For a long while my Panasonic GF1 was what I considered the maximum. So in the last three years my main camera was the Ricoh GR Digital 3. I appreciated the limitations provided by the small sensor and the 28mm fixed prime lens. Only hindered by lesser performance at high ISO’s in low light and some AF problems this year and two years ago. So when Ricoh announced the GR with an APS-C sized CMOS sensor it immediately caught my attention. Not necessarily for the much better expected image quality, but more the better low light performance.

For many years the Ricoh GR Digital cameras weren’t noticed by many photographers and the main websites. Recently though, the Ricoh GR however already got its fair share of attention and many wrote about the history and specifications. I don’t plan to do that again. I mean, we all know that the camera has a long history and that this is the first GR with a larger sensor. The only thing really worth mentioning is that the GR kept the Snap mode. A mode where the focus is immediately set to a particular focus distance which minimizes the shutter lag drastically. Many would say this is a key feature for street photography, but what about parties (in particular with kids) or in low light?

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Those photographers who had a previous GR Digital will immediately feel at home with the GR. The body is only a bit larger, but in a good way. When Ricoh started to use the 3″ inch LCD screen in the GR Digital 3 I critized that some of the buttons got too close to each other and that you could accidentally hit a button with your right thumb. With the increased size of the body it directly had a positive effect on the button layout. My thumb has more space, but all buttons are still easily accessible.

The camera operates nimble and you can configure the camera the way you want to. Kai from the DigitalRev said it was a camera for geeks and when you first go to the menu, you immediately realize that basically everything can be altered. The adjustment lever on the back can be set to your personal liking. There are two additional Fn buttons, and even the effect button on the left side can be reconfigured. All this gizmo stuff is of course great, but can also be daunting. Personally I prefer to set up the camera as fast as possible. For me that means, Av mode, using the Fn1 button for switching from Spot AF to Snap mode, the Fn2 button for adjusting the focal distance for the Snap mode, and the adjustment lever for rapidly changing ISO.

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When you open the package you will immediately notice that there is no battery charger. It can now be USB charged. Some like that, some don’t. Let just say I feel fortunate of having a suitable Ricoh battery charger. What I do like is that it not only takes DB-65 batteries, but also the older DB-60 battery used in the GRD3. Ricoh delivers the camera with a RAW converter by Silkypix. It works, enough sayd. Ricoh sells an additional lens adapter and 21mm converter lens. Also the GV1 and GV2 viewfinder are still sold for this camera.

I use the GR with a 28mm Voigtländer optical viewfinder. I prefer the 3:2 frame lines. The camera exposure metering is set to multi and for the white balance I like Multi-P Auto. It just works convenient and reliable for me. Like many other Ricoh cameras the GR is shutter speed limited at 1/2000 sec at the lens wide open, because it uses a leaf shutter. Therefore it comes in handy that they added a ND-filter. I put the ND-filter in auto and the camera automatically uses it whenever needed. Excellent! Some worried that the lens was ONLY f/2.8 instead of the f/1.9 GRD3 and GRD4 lens. At f/2.8 with the larger sensor it is still a lot more usable in low light.

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Everything on the GR seems at the right place. It operates fast and you change settings on the fly. In low light the AF seems to struggle a bit, but the wide angle lens and the snap mode still provide enough depth of field.

The most noticeable feature of the new GR is the larger sensor. Oh boy, what a differences it does make. The images are a lot cleaner, especially at low ISO. Its performance in low light is significantly better too and I feel comfortable using it up to ISO6400. Which is a lot better too than the Ricoh GXR with the A12 28mm lens module that showed banding from ISO3200 and up. My camera does show hot pixels that steadily increases from ISO1600. I asked several other owners about this and some even shared photographs with me, but until now it seems I have a one off. I have still asked Pentax Ricoh to examine it.

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Admitted, I had my concern about the cleaner images. And at low ISO I feel it is too clean for my taste, but I think many others will certainly like it. I prefer a modest texture in my image and I found a sweet spot at ISO 400 for good light. Still with all the tonality from this sensor, yet with a very fine noise structure. And talking about noise. It is very fine, even at ISO6400 and doesn’t come with those ugly blue blotches. Some say, it appears film like. Dunno, but it works for me. And best, it makes up for great looking black & white photographs.

Those familiar with the Ricoh GR predecessors learned that it was best to set the exposure compensation to -0.3EV at default. I know it was the first thing I also did with this camera. I learned though that the GR already exposes quite conservative. As a result I think it is best to keep the compensation set at zero, especially when photograph in RAW only. And when you first check your photographs on your computer you instantly notice the larger dynamic range. I tell you, this GR is way beyond any digital GR previously released.

Unlike the GR predecessors the shutter makes a little bit more noise, but I you got used to it I didn’t notice it anymore. Typical for Ricoh cameras the shutter speed sill remains maximized wide open at 1/2000 sec. In bright light that could be a concern, but the camera comes with a built-in ND filter.

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With the Ricoh GR also come some new features known from Pentax dSLR cameras. Some can be found in the firmware, others in the camera modes. Previous GR models all had P, A, S and M modes (for program, aperture, speed and manual). The GR now has P, Av, Tv, TAv and M mode. Av is the replacement for A and Tv for S. All these work unchanged. They just changed the naming. The TAv mode is new for Ricoh and is a clever mode where you set the aperture and shutter speed while the camera calculates the needed ISO. It seems to do a good job at good to moderate light, but when it becomes darker the camera somehow finds ISO25600 (!) the best sensitivity. Some might like the noise at ISO25600, but due to this behavior I find this mode less usable. The manual seems to suggest that AUTO ISO can be used with the TAv mode too, but I learned that the manual is wrong here. So I prefer Av mode instead where I set the ISO.

One other thing immediately noticed is the sharpness. The GR doesn’t come with an AA filter. In post processing you hardly have to add sharpening. The lens is sharp too. Even at f/2.8 it shows good sharpness in the corners and that progresses when you go for a smaller aperture until f/8. There is one caveat though. Moiré! With very fine and regular textures it can produce moiré and a wavy pattern. In Adobe Lightroom, my preferred post processing application, it cleans up really well. And also Silkypix, which is bundled with the GR, handles it really well. Although it can take a while for the program to handle it. I had set up the camera without applying noise reduction for the out of camera jpegs. Somehow though it seems to fix moiré, which can look really ought. This became most noticeable with brick walls. And brick walls? These are kind of hard to ignore here in the Netherlands.

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That brings me to the in-camera jpegs. At default the jpegs look very good. Certainly less sharp than the RAW images, but colors are pleasing. The camera also has a lot of effects available, like the high contrast B&W and bleach bypass. One other nice feature, known by current Fuji camera users, is the possibility to process RAW images in-camera. With my GRD3 I felt comfortable to just use the jpegs instead of the RAW images. Taking in account the moiré handling in jpeg I decided to stick to RAW only though. Not a deal breaker you know. These images are very malleable.

The RAW images come with a rather subdued color profile, but with a simple S-curve in post processing the colors quickly come alive. Ricoh and Pentax cameras provide RAW images in the DNG format. Nice, because most RAW converters will be able to open and process these. The downside can be that it may take a while before these RAW converters come with a proper camera profile. The GR is no exception. Most will likely use the Adobe RAW converter and at default it can display red colors a bit strange. Lightroom 5 now supports the Ricoh GR and on seriouscompacts you can find good info how to add the Ricoh GR camera profile to older versions of Lightroom or the RAW converter for Photoshop. This camera profile makes a lot of difference.

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I was worried that the larger sensor would somehow affect my photography. I learned though that the benefits at the high ISO side outweighed the downsides of the cleaner images at low ISO’s. The Ricoh GR doesn’t come with a viewfinder unlike the Fuji X100s and some would call that a dealbreaker. I photographed more freely in the last years and accepted the small optical viewfinder in the hotshoe as an alternative.

So what to remember of the GR though? It is a very nimble and fun camera with unlimited possibilities. The only constrains can be your own imagination. After less then a week I felt so comfortable with the camera that I did not need to think anymore about the settings. It just worked for me the way I intended it. This Ricoh GR could well become a new classic. The image quality is amazing, but still comes in a familiar Ricoh package. In the end it is still a tool for me and it should be one I don’t notice at all. For my kind of photography it just works. It works for me, because I am in charge.

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All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

My Pentax Q impressions

2011, Photography

Pentax Q, f/4.5, 1/200 sec, 47mm equivalent, ISO 400, 0.0 EV

The small camera sensor market is under a lot of pressure nowadays. Partially because manufacturers develop smaller form factor cameras with larger sensors, like Panasonic, Olympus, Sony, and Nikon. And there is the other competition for small sensor cameras coming from cell phone manufacturers. They compete with increasingly better phone cameras and software developers produce quite interesting photo apps. The Nokia N8 for instance is regarded as one of the best and also the latest Apple iPhone 4S has come a very long way.

To make sure a camera gets sold well, it needs to have something that others just don’t have or is simply done a whole lot better. Panasonic for instance does a good job with their LX series and Canon always did great with their G-series. Of course there is Ricoh with their GR Digital which remains unique in the industry with a fast wide angle prime lens and high quality built. Pentax tries to enter this niche markets of high quality compact cameras with the smallest interchangeable lens system. A daring move for sure, but also one that is received with lots of reservations world wide.

Pentax showed me a preproduction sample of the Pentax Q end of July and offered me one for reviewing purposes later this year (which I received end of September). Like many, I was very surprised to learn how small it is. But understanding that most photographers in the West want cameras with larger sensors I most definately had my reservations too in respect to the usability, image quality, and the quite heavy price tag.

Pentax Q, f/3.5, 1/2000 sec, 47mm equivalent, ISO 125, -0.3 EV

My 2011 Ricoh GXR impressions

2011, Photography

Ricoh GXR, f/2.5, 1/1000 sec, 28mm equivalent, ISO 400, -0.3 EV (B&W jpeg edited in Photoshop)

It took me so long to finish this article. I returned the camera almost two months ago, but just too much happened in between to actually finish it. But here is, as promised, my final impression of the Ricoh GXR. For those interested I also wrote about the GXR in 2009 and last year.

Ricoh GXR, f/3.2, 1/1620 sec, 50mm equivalent, ISO 400, 0.0 EV (B&W jpeg edited in Photoshop)

Unlike a year ago Ricoh introduced a second A12 GR lens, the Ricoh A12 28mm lens with APS-C sensor, and a new firmware which should improve the AF of the A12 50mm lens. I tested the 1.29 version (Ricoh just recently released version 1.31. I really wanted to find out how much the firmware improved the performance of the 50mm lens. It is a lens I liked for the way it draws, but disliked because of the AF performance and MF usability.

With the 28mm I was curious how it would compare and differ to my much beloved Ricoh GR Digital III. Even though it is like comparing apples to oranges I was still very interested how the GXR with the 28mm lens might feel compared to the GR Digital III.

Ricoh GXR, f/3.5, 1/75 sec, 28mm equivalent, ISO 1600, -0.3 EV (B&W jpeg edited in Photoshop)

The funny thing is that Ricoh knows they sell most of their cameras in the domestic market and they also likely develop their cameras for their Japanese market too (as far as I know they only use Japanese photographers for testing their cameras). Despite so, their is some interest from photographers elsewhere too for their cameras, but the non-Japanese demands might actually differ. While many people consider the small sensor and the huge depth of field part of the charm of the GR Digital III, there has also been many requests for a larger sensor in the GR Digital the last few years, especially after the release of the Sigma DP1. In some way the GXR with the 28mm GR lens is this camera. It is not really a GR Digital III on steroids. The GRD3 is much more customizable in terms of assigning buttons and the GXR is much more flexible, because you can change lenses and sensors (of course both in fixed combinations). While I like the idea of setting up the GRD3 the way I want to shoot it I also believe that, as a result of all these options, the GRD3 lost part of it’s uniqueness. Simple form factor, fixed focal length. Thankfully it feels like and is a quality and reliable camera. Although being much larger the GXR does feel more simple and more effective than the GRD3. The weight is not too heavy, but not too light weight either. And in combination with the 28mm lens very well balanced. In my opinion the 50mm lens is a bit too large and heavy for the GXR.

Ricoh GXR, f/2.5, 1/125 sec, 28mm equivalent, ISO 400, 0.0 EV (B&W jpeg edited in Photoshop)

Both cameras, the GRD3 and the GXR with the 28mm lens, have their unique selling point, but I personally thought that the GXR with the 28mm lens did an amazing job. While you can use the GRD3 more freely the GXR was really not far behind. It is still small and light enough to use quickly and without true focus concerns. I mean, the AF of the 28mm lens is fast and a lot more precise. And it is still very workable with the snap focus mode unlike the 50mm lens. While the GRD3 is a touch quicker in my opinion, the GXR takes the crown with it’s low light performance. The quality at ISO 1600 is very good and colors remain pleasing saturated. At ISO 3200 there is some banding just like the 50mm lens.

Ricoh GXR, f/2.5, 1/200 sec, 28mm equivalent, ISO 400, -0.7 EV (B&W jpeg edited in Photoshop)

I used the GXR and the 28mm lens with the EVF and a Voigtländer OVF. Although the hotshoe is not properly placed above the lens it still worked quite well with the OVF. I used it in Amsterdam for street photography and it was a perfect combo. Although the lens isn’t really fast, starting at an aperture of f/2.5, I am still surprised how well it works in low light. The lens sensor combination seems to illuminate dark scenes. A pleasant feature that the 50mm lens can do too.

Given the fact that the GRD3 is a pretty expensive camera and that you can get a lot more flexible platform with the GXR, I would certainly take the GXR with the 28mm lens into consideration when you are looking for something like the GRD3. And I can’t predict the future, but I wouldn’t be too surprised if Ricoh would introduce a 28mm small sensor GR lens for the GXR as a follow up for their GRD3.

Ricoh GXR, f/2.5, 1/125 sec, 50mm equivalent, ISO 400, -0.3 EV (B&W jpeg edited in Photoshop)

So how does the GXR with the 50mm compares to the previously handled combo? The 28mm and the 50mm lens have a lot in common. They are both equally fast and the images look very similar in terms of sharpness, texture, and bokeh. This has often been mentioned before, the 50mm lens is a macro lens. It has more glass, more weight, and more length than a normal 50mm lens. Unfortunately this doesn’t make the AF very fast. Also the MF experience wasn’t perfect either. There is no begin or end while turning the focus ring. The GXR and the 50mm lens are still pretty small compared to an average DSLR with a 50mm equivalent lens. It is just that I think the lens is a little too heavy for the body.

Ricoh GXR, f/2.5, 1/34 sec, 50mm equivalent, ISO 400, -0.7 EV (B&W jpeg edited in Photoshop)

It is however an amazing lens when it comes to sharpness, bokeh, and texture. Just like the 28mm lens. A gorgeous portrait lens, although you need models with patience. Even with the version 1.29 firmware the AF isn’t blistering fast. Not a huge problem in daylight, but without any contrast or in the dark it becomes hardly usable. What I did like was a faster mode for manual focusing. By pressing the macro button and then turning focus ring it focuses a lot faster making MF a lot more usable. Still, the AF performance makes it a deal breaker for me. And the discussions on forums remind me of the reactions of Sigma DP1 users that people should stop complaining, because it had a good MF solution.

Ricoh GXR, f/2.8, 1/1230 sec, 50mm equivalent, ISO 400, 0.0 EV (B&W jpeg edited in Photoshop)

It still leaves me with a mixed bag. The 28mm is stellar in my opinion. A great performer and also something to think of when you are considering a Ricoh GRD3 or a Panasonic GF1 with the new 14mm f/2.5 lens for instance. The 50mm lens is high quality lens, but not fast. Both the AF and f/2.5 isn’t really special. In the meantime Ricoh announced a M-mount module for later this year that might interest Leica M users in Japan in particular.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

I wrote the article before the March 11 9.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan so devastating. Even in the small numbers we can provide help and comfort to those affected.

My impressions of the Ricoh GXR

2010, Photography

For a long time I intended to write an extensive impression article about the new Ricoh GXR. I had a first chance to try this camera with the A12 33mm macro lens (50mm equivalent) in December and wrote down my impressions in a diary style that same month. Since early February I got a new opportunity to try the same camera lens unit combination for a longer time, but now Ricoh also supplied their first S10 lens unit with the 24-72mm focal lengths.

In December I wrote that I was impressed with the image quality and loved the look and texture of the jpegs. It did and still does have some banding at ISO3200, but thankfully hardly any chroma noise. The camera handles similar to any Ricoh camera and seems like a natural upgrade for those who want better image quality and the familiarity of the Ricoh cameras. What however remains is the AF speed (or slowness) of the A12 lens unit and the difficulties of accurate manual focusing. Since these negative aspects had been mentioned all over the place I had hoped Ricoh would have fixed it with a firmware update. There is unfortunately still no new firmware available since than.

The current and only S10 lens unit has a 24-72mm lens with the same sensor as the GR Digital III. This combination with the GXR body is the replacement of the GX200. Unlike the GX200, the body is now slightly larger and heavier, but also much more customizable. Also the EVF is a huge improvement. The GX200 was a real base ISO camera and this new combination is certainly an improvement. It has better image quality and could be used well up to ISO 400 in my opinion. The higher ISO (above ISO 400) jpegs looked like Van Gogh paintings to me and there is a lot of smearing going on as result of the noise reduction. That still surprises me. It has been criticized by so many, but Ricoh seems unwilling to return to the much praised characteristics of the GR Digital I image engine. Maybe the Japanese customers like painterly photographs?

Since the S10 lens unit shares the same sensor as the GR Digital III many people indicated or thought that this lens unit would perform similar to the GRDIII. But in my opinion it is nowhere near the performance of the GRDIII with the exception of base ISO. At higher ISO the GRDIII is just so much better with less noise reduced jpegs and better RAW photographs with finer noise. The S10 delivers very blotchy noise at high ISO.

And that brings me back to the A12 macro lens. I have finally been able to try the HD video capability of this lens unit. Probably restricted to the sensor the camera can record 720p video at 24 frames per second. I liked it for the fact that it is capable of 24 fps for a more pleasing film look (it is unfortunately not 23.976 fps which is considered the optimum frame rate for cinematic video). When shooting at higher frame rates you get sharper and more pristine looking video similar to video cameras. Slower frame rates however causes more motion blur which is for many more pleasing to look at and reminds many of watching an analogue film. There is unfortunately no manual control while filming. You can’t control the shutter speed for instance and manual focusing while filming is even harder, because of the very long lens ring travel. And like I mentioned before in December the rolling shutter is really awkward. I would certainly hope that Ricoh adds some manual control features to the GXR for better film capabilities.

So where does this bring me and what do I really think about the GXR? First I have to say that it is typically Ricoh in my opinion to produce a very distinctive camera system for a niche market. I do really appreciate that approach. We all like to compare, but I do believe that it was not at all Ricoh’s intention to produce a competitive camera system to compete with others. More so they intended to produce something special and new for Ricoh owners in particular. And now I wonder where these Ricoh owners life. Look, I don’t mind a 50mm lens, although I would have preferred a 40mm lens instead, but I don’t understand why it should be a macro lens. There seems to be a modest 50mm renaissance going on. These lenses are usually quite small and pretty fast at f/1.8 or even faster. Unless you love to photograph macro a photographer normally would pick up a normal 50mm lens, so I was surprised to see the first lens being a 50mm macro lens at only f/2.5.

Than there is the S10 lens unit that should replace the GX200. Yes, it has better image quality and gets some of the great features of the GR Digital III. However, the camera is also larger and heavier. And than there is the price tag for the GXR and S10 combination. Of course, unlike the GX200, you can now also combine it with different lens units, but at a pretty serious price when you are only interested in the S10 lens unit. Remember that the GX200, or the Panasonic LX3 for instance are just modestly larger than the S10 lens unit and can be easily tucked inside a pocket.

Eventually all this rambling brings me to the possible near feature of this system. Many people, including me, requested for a lens unit road map. Ricoh just recently announced that it will introduce two new lens units this year. First the P10 28-300mm with a back-illuminated CMOS sensor (similar to the CX3) and at the end of 2010 an A12 28mm equivalent f/2.5 lens unit. Now it becomes all dassling for many, but A12 means 12 megapixel CMOS APS-C sensor, S10 is a 10 megapixel small CCD sensor, and P10 means a 10 megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor. With these new lens units I have personally been wondering what Ricoh is really up too. Since the P10 lens unit is similar to the CX3 does this mean that they will drop the CX series (they already dropped the GX200)? Who wants to pay a premium price for a CX3 anyway? And even though the A12 28mm will have a much larger sensor than the GR Digital III, it will basically be an upgraded high performance GRD with fantastic image quality even though Ricoh wants to keep the GRD their top of the line camera. To me this is all quite confusing. While Ricoh probably figured a 2010 road map might give people some expectancy and assurance for the near future, it did however create more uncertainty for their other cameras in the line up.

The thing is that for me the Ricoh GXR misses desirability. Those who have a Ricoh knows it is special, but those who haven’t, think it is an ought and future uncertain product. Many much rather want a Leica X1 or a Panasonic GF1 even though these cameras are not at all comparable. Maybe it will be special with the A12 28mm lens, but that could also really harm the sells of the GRD. What makes the GXR special though, and this should really not be ignored in my opinion, is that you can change lens units with different kind of sensors and always keep the same and familiar camera handling and user interface.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma

My final Ricoh GR Digital III impressions

2009, Photography

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Ricoh GR Digital III, f/3.2, 1/1250 sec, 28mm equivalent, ISO 100, 0.0 EV

Those who regularly visit my blog know that I prefer to use small sensor cameras for my photography. These cameras are much smaller than dSLR’s and therefore easier to take with you. But the most important reason for me is the way they can draw. For me they create instant sketches. It is something I like, I prefer. Of course I can appreciate a beautiful photograph from a larger sensor camera, but I just like black and white sort of sketches and I think small sensors are really suitable for that.

The previous cameras I wrote about are the Ricoh GX100 and GX200, and the Sigma DP1. From all these cameras my favorite camera has always been the GX100 even though it had some technical flaws. But the one camera I always wanted to use was the Ricoh GR Digital. When the GX100 was introduced (nearly two years after the release of the GR Digital I) I opted for the GX100, because of its more versatile lens and the improved speed with RAW photography. The older GR Digital I had writing times of 12 seconds while the GX100 could reach 6 seconds with a fast SD card. But often I thought I still should have picked up the GR Digital I instead.

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Ricoh GR Digital III, f/4, 1/250 sec, 28mm equivalent, ISO 64, -0.7 EV

Why? Because I have photographed so long with the original GR camera, the GR1 (this is a film camera). I loved the handling and the wonderful 28 mm lens. So it should have been the most logical digital equivalent of my analogue camera. Many still think the B&W jpegs are still very special (although that hasn’t convinced me) and I seemed to like color photographs too. In particular with low and mixed light photography the auto white balance seemed to be unpredictable and resulted in wonderful photographs with pretty amazing colors. Some of the best examples I found here from Hong Kong based photographer Nacoki.