Sometime last year, I thought about finally purchasing a nice digital camera, the Fuji XPro-1. Needless to say, I never got around to doing it. A little later, the Leica Monochrom came out and I mused about it and other cameras. I still want one of those, or the newer Leica M. Lots of my thoughts are along the same lines.
However, there’s a new contender on the market, and I have to admit, I actually bit this time. The Ricoh GR. I’ve had a Ricoh GR1v for several years and like it a fair amount. I even wrote up a review for it that I never posted. Maybe someday I will. It’s a great camera, though a bit noisy. It’s small and great quality. I do wish it was faster than f/2.8 sometimes, but on digital you get a bit more leeway nowadays with the higher ISOs available to you.
I actually pre-ordered the GR. I’ve played around with other GR digitals and liked them. The only thing I didn’t like about them at the time was the sensor size and the various implications that has. I also really like the GR1v. So I’m betting that Pentax/Ricoh didn’t futz with the formula too much. The size is right. The samples look good. It should be fast and have a great interface. And it’s not even too expensive.
And if I ever really feel like putting my money where my mouth is, I’ll have a compact color option to pair with the Leica Monochrom.