You probably noticed the lack of updates or reviews on this blog in the last year, this has been due to various reasons with one being time and the other being the problem of trying to mantain two blogs.
So to keep things simple, I decided to move everything to my Blogger blog here.
Thanks for visiting this blog and for all your comments, I hope to see you at my new address. All my reviews and articles are being moved over so you will find everything and more there.
How do you review a system camera that is not one camera but many or no camera at all? And more important how do you explain the system to other people if even the manufacturer did not do a very good job at explaining it?
These and other reasons (main other one being time) were what kept me from writing my Ricoh GXR review sooner.
Since this is more than a simple camera review I decided to approach it slightly different but without making it any less extensive than my other reviews.
So to start off I tought the best would be to look at what the GXR system is and try to explain it first before moving on to the body and modules.
There will be no comparisons done for the GXR review, instead each unit will stand on it’s own. Don’t worry though, I will post comparisons between the GXR modules and and other cameras but these will be done separate.
So without further ado let’s go to the first part and look at what the GXR system is and at the build and controls.
Continue reading →
After the 3rd Ricoh meetup has been postponed we have rescheduled it for today.
Ricoh has announced a new module for their GXR camera system, the new module is the P10 28-300mm f3.5-5.6 and is based on the CX3 camera.
While most people eagerly await more APS base modules, like the announced A12 28mm f2.5 module for me this module is very interesting since I really like the CX series cameras. This module is certainly interesting for me an would make sense as a 2nd module, more so than the S10 module does.
What I am waiting for is for Ricoh to release a module with lens mount to allow the use of legacy lenses and hopefully new Ricoh lenses. Having most Ricoh cameras as module for the GXR available is nice and certainly welcome but for the GXR system to become successful Ricoh needs more interesting modules. In my opinion a long a Ricoh won’t release a lens mount module the system will always remain very niche.
With Samsung and now Sony also joining the race for the best mirrorless large sensor compact the market will become very crowded and it would be a shame not to see Ricoh compete at the top where they have been for the last years when it camera to serious compact cameras.
Full press release after the break.
This years ‘Focus on Imaging’ exhibition was a bit of a letdown. Other than the announcement of the Panasonic G2 and G10 cameras and the first chance for me to try the Samsung NX10 there was not really much to see.
Ricoh has announced the CX3 today.
The CX3 follows on from the R-series and the most recent CX1 and CX2 cameras to offer a superzoom lens in a compact package.
Like the CX2, it offers a f3.5-5.6 10x zoom lens ranging from 28-300mm and a 3″ LCD display with 920,000 pixel. It also offers the same fast continous shooting modes, high-contrast b&w mode and the minuaturize mode.
So what is new you ask?
Read on to find out.
My GRD III book can now be purchased at Blurb by clicking here.
You can also download a pdf version here and of course the flash version is still available for view here.
I am planning on releasing more books in the future about Ricoh and their cameras but also more general photo books. If you have any comments or suggestions about this let me know.
Also, this website does and will not feature any adverts but if you want to support the site you can buy the book on Blurb.