I admit that I am not yet qualified to review this equipment – or that I have had enough experience to give a balanced report. However, I have finally got myself a RICOH GR II … and I love it. So far, it is everything I hope it would turn out like.
I am the first to admit that I sometimes suffer from GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) when it comes to technology – I am always of the belief that the next camera or the next computer or the next microphone will make me into a better photographer/gamer/field recordist. However (disappointing as that sounds) most of the time it doesn’t – it will just be another box gathering dust – however, me and my new RICOH have been inseparable since the day I bought it.
It fits snuggly into my jeans pockets, and therefore I can carry it around for most of the day. The battery lasts for a day’s worth of shooting, and it is so indiscrete and amazing! The startup time is a fraction of a second – so, from drawing the camera to having a shot, there is only the time needed to compose the image.
Here are some photos I took with it –
The digital menu takes a bit of getting used to, but the back controls are super easy and intuitive – there are options for the WB that are super accessible. There are two function dials – one of the dials I have nailed – the other dial I do not have a clue what happens. Still.
If ever you want to see more of my images, I have created a bit of a vanity project for myself at www.baffledgeography.co.uk. It is being billed as a kind of artist’s blog (although I am in no way an artist). I appreciate all the artists I know say “you don’t need a degree to be an artist”, but at least they have some skill.