This month in my One Month One Camera project I’ve returned to an old favourite, the Ricoh GR Digital III.
Despite being one of the more expensive used cameras I’ve bought (around £150 in 2018), it’s more than earned its keep.
In fact I enjoy using the GRD III so much, I feel like there’s barely anything left to say about it.
In short, it has the best interface and handling I’ve experienced with any camera, and one of the, if not the, best lenses.
Its close focus of 0.01m, fast f/1.9 maximum aperture and the fact that it’s a fixed prime (28mm) lens, make it unbeatable.
Add the high contrast b/w mode which gives me an inky, roughed up look straight out of camera, or a simple b/w mode that I can then process with Snapseed to really show off the lens and sensor’s magic, and I can’t think of anything it lacks.
So I’ll say no more!
Aside from strictly limiting my choice of cameras for a month, and the freedom I feel that brings, one of the other purposes of the OMOC project is to see which cameras are long term keepers.
In the past I’ve dismissed too many too soon, simply because I’ve had so many cameras overall, and felt I needed to get rid of some, before they were given a fair run – or were even used at all.
With the Ricoh GR Digital III, I knew it was a keeper about five minutes after I received it a couple of years ago, and the more I’ve used it, the more I’ve appreciated it.
I’m hoping that in other months of this project this year, I’ll be able to further hone down my core keepers and let go of a few that are good, but not outstanding or unique enough to warrant hanging on to.
For now though, over to you. Do you have any cameras that feel about as perfect as they can be?
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