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I've just been asked to be a Ricoh GR Ambassador and Pentax Ricoh have just sent me a GR to start using and report back on. Images will be provided for the GR site it due course. At the moment I just have the camera, accessories will follow when available.
Being a long term Pentax User, although I've used plenty of other stuff as well, I was interested to see how the blending of the Pentax and Ricoh styles would come out in the GR. Clearly some things, like dedicated flashgun compatibility, are not going to be the same. Clearly also Ricoh fans won't want their cameras to become Pentax and vice versa. Maybe that means two distinct ranges have to continue.
Opening the packaging, the first impression is of great understatement. The camera is discreet, but very well made, and the packaging simple. The first job was to charge the battery and the charger supplied needs the battery to be in the camera. This is not how I work as I would normally rotate several batteries using a separate charger. OK, it's not that vital, but eventually I will get the optional charger unit.
A real instruction manual is included. Excellent. The software is the Pentax Ricoh version of Silkypix. It's interesting, but as RAW files are DNG I shall no doubt stick to Photoshop.
The menus are fine. I've never understood reviewers who claim that menus are dated or otherwise - a menu is a menu and it may be different but it just needs working through before it is bound to make sense. The operation of the camera is something else and I'm delighted that the GR is logical and straightforward. Some cameras, such as Fuji and Olympus, annoy me with delicate dials and strange convoluted operational features. The GR is clearly simply designed to be a photographic tool that works logically. Just like my Pentaxes, so this could well prove to be a happy marriage.
So I've been sent a camera, but what do I do in return? Well, provide images for a start and these are to a theme. The theme I have chosen is "Places" so it will give me plenty of excuses to travel around and find places to shoot. Here in this blog I will keep you updated as I go along and we'll see how the GR story unfolds as we go.
So far so good, and to start off I shot a picture with my Pentax K20D with 18-55mm WR lens. This is my new camera:
I'll let you know soon how the first trip out goes!