Ricoh GV-1 External Viewfinder

Ricoh GV-1 External Viewfinder

Ricoh GV-1 External Viewfinder

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  • For GXR Camera System
  • Attaches via Hot Shoe
  • 21mm and 28mm Frames
  • Case Included

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Ricoh GV-1 overview

  • 1Description

The Ricoh GV-1 External Viewfinder mounts to the Ricoh GXR camera system, including the GR Digital Camera. Simply attach the GV-1 via the hot shoe and view your intended shots using the 21mm and 28mm frames (35mm equivalent). When you prefer to compose your images using the camera's LCD display, the GV-1 can be stored in the included case.

Includes 21mm and 28mm equivalent frames (35mm film equivalent)
Mounts to GXR camera systems via hot shoe
Includes storage case
UPC: 026649727801
In the Box
Ricoh GV-1 External Viewfinder
  • 21mm Frame
  • 28mm Frame
  • Case
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    • 1Description

    Ricoh GV-1 specs

    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 2.5 x 2.5 x 1.9"

    Ricoh GV-1 reviews

    GV-1 External Viewfinder is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 16.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from GV-1 mixed feelings I use this with my GRD4. I've not had either very long. (I LOVE the camera!) It's nice to have a viewfinder I can hold up to my eye instead of always being forced to hold the camera out in front of me to frame a shot. The GV-2 is only for the 28mm lens where as this GV-1 shows you a lot and has optical framing for both the 21 and 28 mm lenses. But with the 21 mm lens in place the GV-1 viewfinder has much of the lower part of the frame blocked by the physical presence of the lens sticking out there, so you can't see what is in the bottom of the frame. Another issue is that it is offset above and slightly to the right (to allow clearance for the pop-up flash) of the lens. This means that the framing will be off for any close objects in the frame. Of course this is going to be an issue with ANY viewfinder, but it becomes more pronounced with such wide lenses. Another issue I am concerned with is that there is no lens cap or other protection for this viewfinder, and since the lens on viewfinder extends out in front of the plastic housing, the lens is subject to being rubbed against in a case, your pocket, or if you were to lay it face down on a counter. At this price, one third the price of the entire camera, I don't want to scratch the thing up! So I'm going to keep it, I think, but I'm not so sure that it is worth the money.
    Date published: 2011-12-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully and well made accessory This is a beautifully made accessory. It feels solid, and the optics are clear. Because it's mounted above the lens, it isn't exactly accurate for close shots but it's fine for portraits or street shooting, for example. Unfortunately, it does add to the bulk of the camera enough that I don't use it very much. I don't think that's necessarily a con of the GV-1 but rather just the design of the GR. Oh well!
    Date published: 2014-08-25
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Bug-eye viewer It's a fairly decent viewfinder. It is well-made, and the view is fairly accurate at most distances. I like the 21/28 but sometimes it gets in the way (I have to remember I'm at 28 frameline, not 21) and it's useless when you're in 35mm crop mode. Further, it doesn't lend itself to pocket carrying when attached. I've stopped using it altogether. It makes the camera look cool -- sort of like the Lomography Sardina, or the Fisheye, but that's about the extent of it. If I had paid money for it, I would have been miffed, but as it came with the camera, not that big of a deal.
    Date published: 2015-07-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from nice bit of gear I wish it were a true EVF controlled by the hot shoe, but it has very clear optics and enables a proper triangle hold, especially in bright sun. Got it as part of a package, not sure I'd pay retail.
    Date published: 2015-04-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Indispensible accessory, a great companion to the 28mm unit This viewfinder is well made and an indispensible accessory for my GXR with either the Ricoh 28mm lens unit or the Leica Mount using the 15mm (effectively 22.5). The fact that this viewfinder has framelines corresponding to both uses is very convenient. With spectacles, it is a little hard to see the full 21mm field of view. Very satisfied with this product (I have two now, for multiple GXR bodies.
    Date published: 2015-07-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great alternative and backup! I attached the GV-1 External Viewfinder by Ricoh to my Ricoh GR's hot shoe and it fit perfectly. It is very stable and is removable when you want the hot shoe for something else, or just want the bare camera. It presents a great alternative viewfinder to the camera's picture display, especially when lighting conditions render it difficult to view. My husband loves the external viewfinder because he doesn't have to put on his glasses to see the view when he is taking pictures. I highly recommend the GV-1!
    Date published: 2015-09-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from GV-1 viewfinder This is very useful when using the Ricoh GR in bright sunlight, or if you prefer using a viewfinder. The glass is etched for framing both 28mm and 21mm.
    Date published: 2015-06-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ricoh gr & GV-1 I shoot landscape shots with my Ricoh GR and this viewfinder. It is great for framing the shot.
    Date published: 2015-01-16
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