|Ricoh GR Digital - Easy to operate
Thanks to the simple operation the Ricoh GR Digital is a pleasant camera to work with. Your hand instinctively grabs the camera the right way and the command dials and buttons are easily accessible without having to replace your hand. After pressing the on/off button of the camera, it takes about 1 to 2 seconds before you can make a photo. This is a decent time, but does not belong to the fastest startup times. The lens has to extend which takes up just a little more time.
Ricoh GR Digital - Focussing
When the release button is depressed half-way, the auto focus is activated. This is carried out with some sound, which gets louder in macro mode. Focussing is very fast and very precise. Especially the last mentioned matter is important; you do want sharp pictures in any case. In dimly lit conditions the GR Digital doesn't encounter many problems to focus correctly. The AF Assist lamp can also be activated if necessary, helping to focus even faster.
Ricoh GR Digital - Command dial button
The monitor on the back of the Ricoh GR Digital offers a lot of information. The main functions can be set directly with one of the two command dials. The front command dial adjusts the aperture. I did however get the feeling that the rotation is the opposite direction of what I would have found logical. Of course it's just a matter of getting used to. The command dial on the back has a dual function; not only can it be turned but it can also be pressed. Turning adjusts the shutter speed and pressing it gives access to a few important settings. To activate these settings you always have to use the OK button. However; a cancel button is lacking which can be rather annoying as it takes quite a while to correct a wrong setting.
Ricoh digital camera - Exposure program
To be able to adjust the exposure programmes a different button has to be pushed. This way it prevents you from accidentally setting the camera to capturing videos if you want to shoot in green mode. In my opinion this is a convenient security since often failed photos occur because the camera was set to the wrong mode. Digital lets you save a lot afterwards, but of course it's easier to get it right the first time when taking the picture.
Ricoh GR Digital - Lens hood
There is no lens hood standard delivered with the GR Digital. In order to place a lens hood, you have to carry out a number of operations. First the accessory ring has to be removed and an adaptor has to be attached.
|Then the lens hood can be attached. On the whole it makes the camera a lot bulkier; you won't just carry it around in your pocket anymore. It also affects the appearance of the Ricoh GR-D; one likes it, while the other one dislikes the enlarged combination. As long as working with it in practice is positive I don't mind either way. The lens still performs greatly in backlight without lens hood too so you don't really need to attach the lens hood.
Ricoh GR Digital camera - Converter lens
On the adapter a converter lens can be attached too. The effective focus range will then become 21mm compared with a 35mm camera. This is a huge wide angle. Ricoh delivers a rubber lens hood with the lens adapter. It doesn't stay that well around the adapter so most of the time I did without it, although I am a vast supporter of using a lens hood. It prevents annoying internal reflections and protects the front lens when accidentally bumping into something.
Ricoh GR Digital - Optional separate viewfinder
To compensate the lack of an optical viewfinder Ricoh has developed an optional separate viewfinder for the GR Digital. The big advantage of the separate viewfinder is that it always offers you a very beautiful and sharp image, because it works independently from the aperture. The disadvantage is that you can't judge the sharpness since there is no link to the camera. No data about exposure will be found either and because you're not looking through the lens, you have to deal with parallax. On the other hand it looks extremely beautiful. Just like photographers used to work in the early days. And when you are shooting using the separate viewfinder, people will not notice that you're working with a digital camera.
Ricoh GR Digital - Wide Angle lens
The wide angle on the Ricoh GR Digital is extremely addictive. I am a person really liking wide angle because it enables you to capture a lot in one picture and still offers the possibility of getting nicely close to your subjects. During a weekend trip to Paris I took quite some pictures with the use of the wide converter which really offers a huge wide angle. The thing that makes working with the GR Digital also very pleasant is the optical quality of the lens and the converter. There is some distortion but considerably less than the case is on competitive models. Ricoh wanted to equip the camera with a top lens and they have really succeeded in doing so. Also the wide converter is of high quality with hardly any more distortion than with the standard lens. An extremely attractive combination for the landscape and street photographer!