Review of the Ricoh GR II for Street Photography ERIC KIM
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Dear friend, I wanted to give you a new “no bullshit” review of the Ricoh GR II (new version, Mark II). I can honestly say that the previous Ricoh GR is the best value camera for street photography (read my review).
So the first question you might ask is: “What is different?” Honestly, not much.
The new Ricoh GR II has Wifi (pointless), slightly faster burst mode (never use this), and some new JPEG filters. So if you have a bigass camera and want something smaller for street photography, I think you should just pick up a used Ricoh GR on eBay, Craigslist, or somewhere else.
But if you want a smaller camera for street photography, the price between the original Ricoh GR and Ricoh GR II (at least in America) is so similar ($530 vs $613)– so just go for the new Ricoh GR II. But if you live in the UK or somewhere else where the price difference is huge, just go with the original Ricoh GR.
Ricoh has a new patent (2016-201400) field in Japan for a Bayer sensor without a colour filter array (CFA) which should create sharper monochrome images. If dreams could come true a Ricoh GR Monochrome (ala Leica) would be an absolute corker. We are all holding our breath for the Next incarnation of the Cult Ricoh GR APSC Camera. A 'Ltd Edition Monochrome' camera would be fantastic indeed. Finger, toes and balls crossed. Source (http://pentaxrumors.com/)image(https://gr.ricoh-imaging.eu/)
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