REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
RicohGXR Mount A12 For Leica M Mount Lens
 
4.4

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great picture quality (5)
  • Compact (4)
  • Durable (4)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Lightweight (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (4)
    • Travel (4)
    • Family photos (3)
    • Wildlife photos (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8)

    Reviewed by 8 customers

    Sort by

    Displaying reviews 1-8

    Back to top

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Poor person's digital Leica

    By Tom in Hyde Park

    from Chicago Il

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good user interface
    • Nice Handling
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Not for novices
    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Street shooting

    Comments about Ricoh GXR Mount A12 For Leica M Mount Lens:

    I have a bunch of 40-50 year old Leica lenses which have wonderful "drawing". I still shoot film with an M7 for certain things but digital is much more versatile. I like my Canon DSLR's for nature and events but not for "street shooting". I can't justify an M8 or M9 for just one kind of photography I do. The GXR with the A12 mount is just the thing for my needs at the right price point for the amount I use it compared to my other gear. It has a very good user interface. It handles very well and inspires confidence. Nicely balanced with normal Leica lenses. There is a bit of a learning curve and you have to learn some new habits (like manually opening up the aperture to focus and stopping down to shoot)but the results, when you hit things right, are very pleasing and the lens character shines through. My only complaint is that I wish it had a more modern, higher resolution sensor that did better in low light. I also wish the electronic viewfinder had higher resolution.

    Share this review

    (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Focusing is a real pain

    By marios savva

    from Washington DC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Image quality
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Hard to focus

    Best Uses

      Comments about Ricoh GXR Mount A12 For Leica M Mount Lens:

      Maybe it is just me but focusing my leica 28mm lens was a real pain. I took about 50-100 pictures in the first 2-days, before I returned it, and maybe 5-10 had spot on focus. Everything else I had trouble deciding on my monitor what had focus in the image.

      I have tried all modes (Mode 1 and Mode 2) and enlarged image to accurately focus but I would say that it was really dissapointing.

      I gave it 2 stars (instead of 1) because the image quality was excellent.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Share this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Least expensive entré into Leica M-mount

      By RoboKaren

      from New Haven, CT

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Fast Manual Focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Only 12 megapixels

      Best Uses

      • Street photography

      Comments about Ricoh GXR Mount A12 For Leica M Mount Lens:

      The M-module is one of the least expensive ways to get into the Leica M-mount. It's solidly built and what differentiates it from the Sony NEX and micro-four thirds cameras is that it was designed from the ground up as a manual focus mount.

      This especially shows in the Mode-2 focusing aid which is perfect for focusing Leica rangefinder lenses quickly and accurately. Once you try it, you can't go back to the old magnification methods of focusing.

      A five star product!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Share this review

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic Performance

      By Happy Hiker

      from Vancouver, BC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Ricoh GXR Mount A12 For Leica M Mount Lens:

          My collection of Zeiss ZM lenses, particularly the wider lenses - ZM25, ZM35/2,and ZM18, were not well supported by the Sony NEX-5N (and the Sony NEX-7 fares even worse).

          The GXR Mount A12 has no anti-alias filter and this makes a world of difference.

          As a recent Zeiss white paper points out, the thickness of an AA filter affects certain lens designs - symmetrical wide angles being particularly hard to support - by causing astigmatism that shows up as edge and corner detail smudging that no amount of post-processing sharpening will take care of.

          In addition, having a native M mount means no third party adapters and in my case I find lenses that would not reliably achieve infinity focus on NEX with an adapter, hit infinity perfectly on the Mount A12.

          If you are considering NEX to host M / LTM rangefinder lenses, take some time to look at the Ricoh GXR and Mount A12. Your lenses may thank you.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this review

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Concept, Good Execution

          By Doc

          from Casper, WY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Ricoh GXR Mount A12 For Leica M Mount Lens:

            The decision by Ricoh to provide a lens mount module for Leica M lenses is the only reason I purchased their GXR body. My Leica lenses have been lying dormant because I refused to spend $7k for an M9 body that, from reports, still appears to be a work in progress. This GXR-A12 combo had promise, as it was reported to be very solidly built while being the smallest interchangeable lens camera to date. But what really sold me was the A12 module's extensive manual focussing aids, special sensor similar in concept to Leica's M digitals and provisions for correcting barrel distortion, peripheral color aberrations and light falloff.

            Overall, I'm quite happy with my choice. Most of the above positives were found to be true. In addition, the extensive straightforward menu permits the user to customize his camera by assigning desired functions to the various buttons, dials and levers, which is especially helpful in a camera with manually adjusted lenses. All of my Leica lenses worked well and a new Voigtlander 21mm showed no vignetting or peripheral color aberration.

            A comparison of images obtained with the Ricoh-Leica combo and my old Canon G9 (both tripod stabilized) revealed more accurate color rendition by the Ricoh-Leica combo but surprisingly and somewhat disappointingly little difference in sharpness. Critical focussing seems less precise or perhaps less certain than with the Leica rangefinder. Ricoh provides 2 types of focussing aids: highlighted edge shimmering in the plane of focus (actually 2 modes of that) and image magnification. Selecting image magnification requires a long push on the menu button, which results in magnification (the amount determined by the user) of the central portion of the image. However, that area of enlargement IMHO simply obscures too much of the screen; Ricoh should have emulated the Leica viewfinder. Furthermore, to cancel that partially enlarged image requres another long push on the menu button, which then only completely fills the screen with more of this central enlargement, and finally still another long push before the image returns to normal. This slow and cumbersome process discourages its use. Given the choice, I would have eliminated the second full screen enlargement step altogether and provided another quicker means of selecting and exiting this feature.

            Perhaps I'm being too critical, but I might have hoped that Ricoh, knowing that this module would be used with Leica lenses as an M9 alternative, would have chosen a sensor with a higher pixel count and perhaps, instead of a CMOS, a CCD sensor, as did Leica for its M digitals (and coincidentally Canon for its G9).

            Overall, my only reservations are those listed above, which resulted in a slight downrating. Hopefully, enough public support will encourage Ricoh to continue to support this concept and provide a module that will fully realize its potential.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Share this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fabulous- better than expected

            By GXR Owner

            from Quebec

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Access to Great Lenses
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Excellent User Interface
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Small Handgrip

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Portraits
            • Travel

            Comments about Ricoh GXR Mount A12 For Leica M Mount Lens:

            The A12 Mount and GXR body combine to create the least expensive dedicated M mount digital camera on the market. It is not a digital range finder camera; there is no optical view finder. Instead, one uses either the LCD or an electronic viewfinder that plugs into the hotshoe.

            Focusing is very easy using the focus assist modes, which create a bright outline around the objects that are in focus. Focusing is fast once you get used to it (and it takes little time to get used to) and accurate. I've shot using a variety of lenses and haven't had any trouble with out of focus images.

            Ricoh has an very photographer-friendly user interface. A little investment in customizing the menus allows every critical function to be controlled with a button, so one can keep the camera ready to shoot without menu-diving.

            The sensor doesn't have an anti-aliasing filter, and it produces highly detailed RAW files. The character of individual lenses is well preserved. I have had no trouble with moire so far, and from what I've read, removing the anti-aliasing filter leads to trouble with moire only on very rare occasions.

            Overall, I'm entirely pleased with the module and the way it fits into the terrific Ricoh UI. If I had two small complaints, I'd like a deeper grip on the body and a slightly higher-res viewfinder. Neither problem is serious, however.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Share this review

             
            5.0

            An economical digital camera attachment

            By mfstplc

            from Rochester, NY

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Ricoh GXR Mount A12 For Leica M Mount Lens:

              This allows the use of high end Leica lenses on a digital camera for nearly a tenths of the cost of a Leica M9 camera!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this review

              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Tremendous alternative for mirrorless

              By Mark W

              from Atlanta, GA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Small or no buffer

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Street
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Ricoh GXR Mount A12 For Leica M Mount Lens:

              I recognize the price might just be a wee bit high at [$] with the body module add 200$ for viewfinder-- but, the glass selection this offers you is really unbeatable, and the performance of that glass on this body is exceptional. If they could get the combined price down under 800$ or even follow Sony's cue and have a built in EVF, it would be peerless.I've been hunting for a small complement to my beefy Canon kit, and I spent a year and a half with Olympus mFT (which I really liked, except the tiny sensor) and a few months with a G3, and soon some time with a Nex-7. I did not like giving up the Olympus (I thought Panasonic physical controls prohibitively bad), because it was so well designed, but the DOF control of anything smaller than APS-C is just not good enough. If the EP3 had an APS-C sensor, it would be phenomenal. However Ricoh is the one who read the photog's input and offered us an M mount at APS-C. And it delivers. No matter how much I like the Nex-7, I'll be keeping the GXR + M mount setup.The Ricoh A12 28mm unit makes gorgeous images-- but the MF control is wanting, and the AF I found slow and unreliable. M mount takes care of this. I find the "shimmer" mode 1 MF assist to be very effective for fast and accurate manual focus, and I get many more on-target and fast focuses than I did with the 28mm auto. It's clearly been heavily tested against a suite of M lenses, of my entire range, the only slightly troublesome lens has been the CV 15 4.5, due to flare, CA, and cyan drift, but the GXR does at least as well as the M9 here, so I won't complain.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this review