Nowadays, lots of digital cameras have a short life expectancy often being replaced by a newer model every 1 8 months or less. Ricoh does not function this way and each of its GR Model has had a lifecycle of two years before a refresh model appears. This is a well established pattern and, despite what the GR 2 model name might suggest , the current model is actually the SIXTH model in the GR digital series.
Experienced photographers know that there is a learning curve when having to familiarize oneself with a different user interface. The continuity in the GR design is a very positive thing.
As a result, it seems to me that while the GR models may not be blockbuster in terms of sales, photographers who are interested in the Ricoh GR family pop up regularly. If one looks the Youtube channel there seem to be two or three Ricoh GR/GRII video reviews appearing each month. These new GR fans all seem very enthusiastic about their new camera (which is a good thing to share) . Unfortunately most of those recent videos are unreliable and filled with factual errors or important omissions.
I get that most people prefer to WATCH a video review rather than reading a review in the text.More importantly, most like to see reviews when a camera is just out. It is understandable but it must be said that the most informative reviews (be it written or video reviews) are those when the reviewer got to use the product for a significant period of time.
I am aware that lots of people on the photography forums are eager to get a newer and supposedly ” better ” camera every year (if not more). Yet, every time I start a workshop, my first advice is always to get the most of whatever equipment you currently have before starting to look at ” greener pastures”.
As a full time photographer I need to have different cameras but I always think hard about what I am buying to make sure I will give it proper time to test and use it.
I now want to share some thoughts on the camera to continue the first part of my review (here). [Read more…]