Product Type: Ricoh cameras
Newest Review: ... a Pentax ME super but now I just have the PK lenses and compatible Chinon and Ricoh bodies. The Ricoh bodies grow on me all the time and, ... more
I love mine .....
Member Name: Mr. Davis
Advantages: Stupidly nice lense
Disadvantages: None at all. Cameras are simple. Ricoh kept this simple and did the basics really well.
I have a GR1 so I may be cheating by writing this. As anyone who knows about cameras will tell you, a camera is just a light tight box with a shutter so great camera + bad lense = terrible pictures. Meanwhile, light tight box + great lense = great pictures.
My first camera was a Pentax MG which I got rid of, I had a Pentax ME super but now I just have the PK lenses and compatible Chinon and Ricoh bodies. The Ricoh bodies grow on me all the time and, in a recent test putting standard lenses on my Pentax K100 DSLR, the Ricoh F2 50mm seemed the sweetest.
The lense on the GR1 is gorgeous and if you put some low ASA film through it and get it processed nicely and put it next to a print out from your digital camera, you may decide film isn't dead after all. I have a KR-10 and a KR-10 super and the only Pentax I'd rather have is the LX. Ricoh optics are excellent (they had to be, they arrived in the camera game fairly late and had to give people a good reason NOT to buy a Canon, Nikon etc. and since standard 50mm lenses were always reviewed with cameras and were often the only lenses anyone used with their SLR, Ricoh made some blistering 50mm lenses which got good reviews. These are NOT cheap cameras. They're great cameras people who know nothing about cameras sell cheaply!
Suffice to say that Ricoh can make great lenses and if you still like film, any GR1 is a serious piece of kit. Mine's not for sale and I keep it along with my Rollei 35 SE. Yes. It's THAT nice.
Summary: Low ASA film in this with the gorgeous lense makes you think film has a long way to go yet.
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