Ricoh GR: Tom the photo fundamentalist gets to grips with the world's smallest APS-C camera. How does it compare with the Leica M or a DSLR?
I've been following Tom Stanworth and his Photo Fundamentalist blog for some time now. Tom, a former soldier and now a security consultant, blogs from some pretty impressive and photogenic places, including Afghanistan.
My interest was aroused by Tom's latest review of the little Ricoh GR. Last year I had the chance to try this discreet APS-C camera with its fixed f/2.8 28mm lens and was pretty impressed. Like me, he is impressed with the street-ready snap-to-focus system that really works. Tom wonders if this could even be a competitor for the Leica M when it comes to street photography.
The Ricoh GR doesn't look much. But behind the blandest of façades lies a truly professional camera that is ideal for street work. The only reason I don't have one in my pocket as I write is my ambivalence about the 28mm focal length. In the past year I've been tending towards the fifty, finding even 35mm a little too wide for my taste.
But the camera itself is a little wonder and well worth the current £440 asking price. You can read Tom's excellent review here. He's rekindled my interest and perhaps it's time to revisit this most pocketable of large-sensor cameras.