Ricoh GR, the force is strong with this one {practical review}

 

very near

very near

Last two weeks was a really challenging week for me. That is because i was forcing myself to use the Casio TR camera, a camera without bokeh and at 21mm wide angle. Short story, I have the Ricoh GR lying around that i recall can support 21mm and since i am now more equipped in skills to use it…

the turn

the turn

Although the GR is 28mm f2.8, its bokeh is almost unusable except for real closeups, thats fine, the picture above shows you how i would have shoot normally with a bokeh lens like f1.4 but on the these weak shallow dof cameras, the left side elements of this picture are distractions.

vsco pastel

vsco pastel

This is done correctly, since there is no bokeh, u have to place the subject using compositional elements to surround/highlight the subject. I used VSCO on the mobile app for editing this photo, making it pastel like.

color positive film

color positive film

One thing i really love about the GR is the positive film effect. When its used on earth color subjects and dark colors, you get a kind of rusted red feeling.

color positive film

color positive film

color positive film

color positive film


If they are going to release GRII i hope it comes with one fix that i think is the main weakness of this camera. OIS. It needs serious optical stability or 5 axis stability else for some people with handshakes like mine, i rarely get any usable image except in decent daylight.
The lens is very sharp across the board. Camera light as a feather, probably lighter than any APSC camera i have ever used and its a truely pocketable camera. GR was relesed in 2013 and today you can get a really good buy. It cost me more on the TR than this camera today if you were to get it brand new, mind boggling.

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