Amazing isn’t a word I use often, nor is it a word I’d usually apply to a camera. As I’ve mentioned and as you might have gathered, I like testing things. Cameras usually. I’m pretty fussy and I like things to work without fuss. The X100s is my second favourite camera ever, my first is the Ricoh GR.
Because there are other cameras out there, I feel inclined to try them. The Fuji X-Pro 1 is a bit old now but it looks and feels older, like a ‘proper’ camera. Lenses like the XF35mm are fantastic, the bokeh is great and it feels fun to use – really feels like you’re taking a picture. Like the Audi ad, or Volkswagen where they shut the door and the clunk is just right – that’s Fuji. They’ve got it, and I really wanted to be amazed by the X-pro 1 like I nearly was by the X100s.
The Ricoh GR is just a little black camera, same as all little black cameras. It’s a little black camera I’m trying hard to beat, and I don’t like being losing. It’s half the price of the X-Pro 1 with XF 35mm lens. It doesn’t require a bag or a filter or a strap. It doesn’t have a viewfinder (which isn’t a plus point).
The camera is 28mm with a 35mm crop option. At 35mm the print dimension is about one inch less than the original X100.
The pictures it takes are better than the X-Pro 1 + 35mm. Obviously at f1.4 on the 35mm you get a really great bokeh; the Ricoh can’t do that, but like for like, or there a bouts, on every other shot the Ricoh out performs the Fuji, which to my mind is amazing.
I prefer talking here about my work, projects etc but sometimes I get sidetracked by kit. Fuji feels nicer to use, Ricoh is better and more practical.
I’m not posting any more side-by-sides, you can find them elsewhere. Here’s three shots from the GR that I’ve edited. The Fuji couldn’t match but wasn’t a million miles behind. By the way, I have no involvement with Ricoh or Pentax apart from liking their stuff. If they paid me or gave me cameras though, I’d not say no. Ahem, Ricoh.