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A consumate performer,
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This review is from: Ricoh GR Expert Compact Digital Camera - Black (16MP) 3 inch LCD Screen (Electronics)
I was just about to purchase a Fuji X20 when I became aware this little baby was in the offing for release. I recently got involved in Street photography and bought a little Ricoh CX5 to use instead of cumbersome DSLR's or my Canon Compact.
The Ricoh CX5 astounded me in terms of swift focus and beautifully 'inky' black and white shots that people say are second only to Leica. So I saved and waited....quite a long wait as it was heavily pre-odered. The GR Expert was the perfect blend of DSLR sized sensor performance and portability...if Ricoh could pull it off.
Eventually, it arrived and I was sceptical that anything could live up to the buzz surrounding this release..but you know what? It really does.
The moment you unbox it and hold it, it becomes clear that this was designed by people who actually take photographs. The weight, the grip, the balance in your hand for one handed shooting..it's simply exquisite. It screams quality but is also very low key to look at and doesn't attract unwanted attention.
Then you realise how rich it is in terms of options and settings. You find that the buttons and dials you reach for instinctively do the job..because many of them do whatever needs doing at the time. You can assign so many functions to specific buttons or dials but even if you choose not to..it always seems instinctive.
There are a range of 'creative options' and they are inspiring...not only that but when you choose one you have further control as to the singular aspects that make up that option via slider controls and can fine tune each to your own , very personal and specific tastes.
The Black and Whites excel and there are enough settings in that field alone to explore and fine tune for a long, long time. Then there is 'Bleach bypass' which is incredible. I have heard some murmerings about the Ricoh 'colours' not being all one could wish for but I honestly don't get that when you have so many options ( and options within options) It's hard to believe that with such customizable colours there wouldn't be something for everyone...I mean the combinations are virtually endless.
Another wonderful aspect of this camera is that you can take multiple exposures...up to 5 I believe although that may look a bit messy.
I have had this camera since the beginning of August and am still finding exciting things it can do. It's a delight and a joy and well worth the outlay.
If the 28mm fixed lens makes you hesitate then I would just add that with quality this good you can crop really hard if you need to and still get an amazing result.