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RicohGXR Body
 
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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Intelligent Design, User Friendly

By Doc

from Casper, WY

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Easy to use menu
  • Good Image Quality
  • Intuitive controls
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Bulky External EVF
  • Tripod Screwhole Location

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Travel
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Ricoh GXR Body:

My GXR body was purchased solely for use with the A12 M-mount, as a reasonably priced alternative to the Leica M9. I have already submitted a review of the module separately, so I'll comfine my comments just to the body.

Its construction is first rate--solid magnesium all around, covered with a pleasant to touch rubber coating that enhances grip without need for bulky protrusions. The mechanism for attaching the module to the body is sure and solid, completely concealing the electrical contacts and resulting in an attractive package that is probably no more sensitive to dust and water than any other nonmodular camera. Controls are well thought out and easily customizable, because of the clearly written menu that even this technophobe found undaunting.

The 3 inch screen display is very sharp and for indoor shooting can be used for focussing of manual lenses, but for outdoor shooting the electronic viewfinder (available only as an option purchased separately) that mounts on the flash bracket is highly recommended. I have read other reviewers complaining of the 900,000 plus pixel EVF, but I found it quite safisfactory and its field of view very nearly 100% that of the final print. It also contains a dial for diopter change to meet the user's specific refraction needs. An integral EVF would have been more convenient and less bulky but probably impossible with this modular design.

Another consequence of this modular design is that the tripod screw receiver must be located at the fattest portion of the body, next to the compartment where the battery and card are housed. So a quick release plate must first be unscrewed before changing the battery or card, a not unlikely event during a shoot because of the camera's electrical demands.

However, the pluses far outweigh the minuses, and so I rate this effort by Ricoh very highly, especially when combined with the A12 M mount, allowing use of Leica M lenses or, with proper adaptors, other manual lenses.

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 9
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  • No

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very good features for the price

By mfstplc

from Rochester, NY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Ergonomic shape
  • Good Image Quality
  • Handy size
  • Small / Compact

Cons

  • Easy to lose accessories

Best Uses

  • Great all-around digital
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Sports/Action
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Ricoh GXR Body:

It is a wonderfully affordable solution for using high-end Leica lenses on a relatively compact digital camera, complete with an electronic viewfinder!

  • Ease of Operation:
  • 8
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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