In April 1998, Ricoh released the GR1 concept, now comes the GR1v. This camera introduces the additional features of Auto Bracket mode, Manual ISO setting and 5 zone manual focus.
Features and Benefits:
In Auto bracket Mode, the GR1v shoots three frames of the same composition effortlessly changing from Under to Normal to Over in step thus ensuring you take the shot you want even under difficult lighting conditions.
ISO is set automatically when DX film is loaded. It is possible, however, to set the ISO manually (from 25 to 3200) to allow you to set the correct exposure to suit the charactersistics of the film and increase sensitivity.
The GR1vs Manual Focus Mode is the perfect choice when you know the distance to the subject and want to be able to capture the shot without even the slight time lag of auto focus. The shooting mode button allows you to set the focus at 1m, 2m, 3m, 5m and infinity.
Ricoh claim high picture quality is guaranteed with the GR 28mm f2.8 lens. The Ricoh GR1v has high-quality optical glass and special lens polishing and coating technologies combined with the GR lens unit consisting of seven multi-coated lenses in four groups with aspherical elements. Ricoh also say the GR 28mm lens provides superb colour reproduction with a high level of distortion correction and perspective effects to extreme depth of field with the execution of its high quality shutter and seven blade aperture.
Aperture priority AE and Exposure Compensation meet the demanding requirements of advanced photography and exposure compensation effect for high-key or low-key expression. An illuminated LCD panel allows camera settings, the amount of film remaining and battery status all to be checked easily. Perfect for long exposure night shots.
A lens hood is included with the GR1v. When the image you want to capture has strong backlighting, simply attach the GR1v lens hood, which can easily be removed and stored.
Price and Availability:
Ricoh GR1v Compact is available immediately. The Rioch GR1v standard version costs around 379 and the Date Imprinting version is 399.
Optional accessories include a Filter Ring and 30.5mm filters. (Polariser, MC- AY2, MC-1B, 6x CROSS, MC-ND4)