Ricoh GR

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1004-Ulf-Greger-Ricoh-GRRicoh GR

1000-Ulf-Greger-Ricoh-GRSome shots from back in 2013 when I helped my father clearing forest on he’s property after a heavy storm. Ricoh GR
self-portrait--Ulf-Greger-Ricoh-GR Self portrait – Ulf Greger. Actually not a selfie, was just me clicking away to test the art filters of the Ricoh GR. This was the high contrast B&W filter.

My camera bag right now. Today I’m sending my Fuji X100 away to it’s new owner. This has been one of my best street cameras ever. My three Ricoh GR’s I’ve had past fifteen years or so comes close or was better in some areas. Anyway time for a new ‘my streetphoto to go bag’ picture. Last one with my Fujifilm camera.
My bag is my solid Domke F2. It’s waxed and pretty waterproof. From left upper corner :
ThinkTank waterproof bag cover, use this in heavy snow and rain.
ThinkTank waterproof memory card holder with some CF and SD cards.
Canon 5D with some duct tape to mask the logo’s and a 80’s old worn camera strap.
Two extra Canon batteries. I dont use the LCD screen much so get about 1400 shots each.
ND filters.
Fujifilm X100 Black Edition .
Carl Zeiss 2/35 T* Distagon ZE. Easy my best lens for Canon.
Gordy Strap.
A gorillapod tripod. This actually carries my 5D with Zeiss 35mm.
Extra Fujifilm batteries.
Canon 270 EX external flash. Low weight and a solid flash.

So this was by street bag March 27. Also have a small ThinkTank bag for ultralight travel ( Canon 5D / Zeiss 35mm only ) and a big bag for outdoors portraits with all my big speedlights, gels, portrait lenses and radio triggers. This Domke bag is what I use 80% of the time. Sorry about low quality picture of the bag and gear. Had to shoot it with my Samsung phone. Going to add a better picture shot with my 5D soon. Obviously that shot are not showing my 5D 🙂

411-Ulf-Greger-canon-5D-IIIHere is the shot with the 5D. My Pentax ME film camera replaced the 5D spot for this shot.

395-Ulf-Greger-canon-5D-IIIStreet photography…..or a really bad dog portrait. Canon 5D

396-Ulf-Greger-canon-5D-IIIMarch 20,  there was a solar eclipse today. Handheld shot just to have done it. Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM, f 11 1/4000 and ND filter.

March 12. Bought a new lens today. The Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. I already have a wonderful 35mm for full frame, my Carl Zeiss Distagon 2/35 ZE.
Main purpose for my new 35mm is street photography and some video work where IS and AF is nice to have sometimes.

382-Ulf-Greger-canon-5D-IIIThis was my first street shot with Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. Think this was a cool shot with lots of detail.

Autofocus is very quick and I think this lens performs very well. Also going to publish some videos to show just how good the IS performs and do a small review of this lens. I noticed some improvement with IS on with handheld video on the 5D mk III. If you own a crop sensor Canon camera, the IS are going to help even more with video.

0O9A0366One of my first shot with Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. Had to test it before buying at my local camera store, Japan Photo in Fredrikstad. Exif is :  1/250 sec – f4,5 -ISO 640 – Exposure Compensation +2/3. I usually always do some PP in PS or LR but this is from RAW file straight from Canon DPP 4.

The IS and AF felt good, image quality great so a brand new Canon lens was bought. I usually only buy used gear but I felt is was time for a brand new 35 in my bag. This lens feels sharper than the Canon 35mm 1.4 L. The 35 2.0 IS USM looks sharper throughout the frame than the 1.4L at f2. At f4, on both lenses they are equal sharpness I think but the CA was worse on the 1.4L. I have not compared them side by side, sold my 35L a long time ago. But looking at old shots the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM feels sharper. Also smaller, lighter weight and faster to focus. The Zeiss Distagon 2/35 ZE has a slight advantage in image quality I think so far. Better bokeh for sure. For pros and cons on the 35mm focal lenght with Canon the Canon 35 L do have f1,4 and the Zeiss 35 dont have AF. I think 35mm f/2 IS is the best everyday use lens if you love 35mm on your fullframe Canon camera.

I think it is justifiable for me to have both Zeiss 2/35 and Canon 35 f2 IS, as they present images differently and offer a different user experience. I love to use 35mm on FF and use that focal length very much for street photography. For portraits I think 85mm-135mm works best. The only downside so far with my Canon 35 f2 IS is that I wish it was faster. f1,8 would have been perfect.

Forgot about the Sigma 35mm 1,4 Art. Have owned this lens twice. AF problems and other problems with it. The Sigma 35 not a lens for me. I only use gear I can trust 100%.

Another shot from the camera store. Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. Performs good wide open. At f2,8 this lens is razor sharp. Have got some emails with complaints about no exif data in my pictures. From now on full exif in every published picture that is about gear review.

A bokeh shot when getting home. Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM.

386-Ulf-Greger-canon-5D-IIINight skies test with Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. I actually dont know anything about shooting stars at night so…high ISO, tripod and about 15 sec was a wild guess. Going to read about it and give a better try at a nice location by the sea not far from my house.

385-Ulf-Greger-canon-5D-IIIHanheld shot in my car. One thing I like about the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM is that it focuses really close. This was about 20 centimeters I think.

384-Ulf-Greger-canon-5D-IIIHandheld test shot with poor lighting. The Image Stabilizer i damn good. Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. With the Canon 5D mk III the autofocus is reliable and fast in low light. This is going to be great for low light street photography.

A street photo shot outside the camera store before buying the 35 IS. Shot with a borrowed Canon 50mm 1.8 II. A lens I like very much.

March 7. Motorcycle exhibition in Lillestrøm, Norway. Fuji X100.

Reflection of me in a window at Aker Brygge, Oslo. Fuji X100.

Aker Brygge, Oslo. Fuji X100.

Shot at a motorcycle exhibition March 7 in Lillestrøm, Norway. Fuji X100.

Oslo. Both Fuji X100.

From Oslo. It’s selfie time. Fuji X100.

Fredrikstad city. Fuji X100.

Fredrikstad, old town. Fuji X100.

Fredrikstad, old town, Fuji X100.

338BW-Ulf-Greger-Carl-Zeiss-canon-5D-IIIAnn Karin – b&w edit.

I use my Canon dslr with Zeiss/Canon 35mm a lot for street photography also. But these last weeks I have almost only used the Fuji camera. It’s a good realible camera even in cold weather.

Shot at a motorcycle exhibition March 7 in Lillestrøm, Norway. Canon 5D.

This one was shot for use in a instagram competition – I’m hoping to win a GoPro camera…well my hopes are not that high after looking twice at this picture 🙂 Samsung S4.

I’m currently working on getting a ‘old film look’ that’s my own…here is my four latest attempts. All made from my own recent photographs. I’m not happy yet but I’m learning more every time.

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Crow’s at sunset, Hvaler – Norway.

My best buy ever. The Carl Zeiss Distagon 2/35 ZE. Three years I have had it, for one of those years this was my only lens for my Canon 5D.  So sharp and produces so good colors and contrast that it put all other lenses I have tried in the shadow. Love that Zeiss lens. Has some magical fairy dust or something..  It’s only manual focus, but if you can live with that I recomend it.

Below, Just bought a juicer machine. Use it every day. Tastes heavenly with homemade juice from kiwi, apples, oranges and whatever 🙂







Did some oldschool street photography with my Canon 5D and Carl Zeiss lenses again.







I did like this old beaten VW beetle. I gues this one has a cool owner.


Roadtrip to Askim with a friend. Bought some old classic Klipsch Heritage loudspeakers, Chorus II.  Pictures shot with my Ricoh GR :

Here they are in my house. ( Ricoh GR )
Great sound from these speakers. Love them to death.  All pictures with Ricoh GR camera.



Some old classic stereo equipment for my secondary stereo. An old cassette player and a turntable. All ricoh GR.

A Common Eider ( Ærfugl in Norwegian ); i have not much knowlegde about birds but a woman that was watchin them told me it was a male.  Picture taken at Kirkøy, Hvaler in Norway March 8.
Wiki says . (Somateria mollissima) is a large (50–71 cm body length) sea-duck that is distributed over the northern coasts of Europe, North America and eastern Siberia. It breeds in Arctic and some northern temperate regions, but winters somewhat farther south in temperate zones, when it can form large flocks on coastal waters. It can fly at speeds up to 113 km/h (70 mph).

A friend, Hans that was actually shot with a pistol here. I treated the injuries before hospital and doctor took over. Smiling as always, but this wound was serious.

Some time later I was in a chainsaw accident,  and it took the hospital 2 hours to stich me up. 50 stitches. My bad, not wearing helmet and chainsaw safety clothing.  So I have had a rough couple of months, not taken many pictures with my Canon 5D. My Ricoh GR have been used a lot since it’s always in my jacket.

Penicillin and painkillers. Not a good picture in any way, but a reminder about these days.

View over Fredrikstad, Norway an early morning from a freinds porc. Shot with Ricoh GR.

Lars with a tree he just cut down. Ricoh GR


Two pictures above is from a cafe in old town Fredrikstad. Ricoh GR

Below.  All Canon 5D and Carl Zeiss Distagon 2/35 ZE


From Hvaler, shot with my Canon 5D in February.




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No place is boring, if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film.  ~Robert Adams
November. No snow yet here in Fredrikstad, Norway. This  month I’m using both my Canon 5D / Zeiss 35mm combo and my Ricoh GR ( digital mk V APS-C 2013 ) compact point and shoot . Have now sold my Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art because I always prefered my Zeiss 35mm and never used the Sigma much, dont miss it at all.  My Ricoh GR is even better than I hoped for.  A good camera in every way. Solid and excellent picture quality. Use it a lot.
Also testing some low budget gear like Canon 450D ( Digital Rebel XSi / Kiss X2 Digital ) and Canon 650D ( known as Kiss X6i in Japan and Rebel T4i in USA).  Cheap Canon lenses as 50mm 1.8 and Sigma 70-300 tested with these cheaper Canon bodies.

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Harley Davidson Sportster 1200


Trying out some low budget gear this moth. Borrowed a Canon 650D + Sigma 70-300 first.

Canon 650D with Sigma 70-300. Exif: f5.6, ISO 2500.  2500/1 sec shutterspeed,  and -1/3 exposure. A tricky handheld @300mm.
Had to get the high shutterspeed to get the boat sharp. f5,6 was fastest apperture possible and ISO 2500 was lowest i got here.

Canon 650D with Sigma 70-300.



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Have sold my Fuji X20 and bought a Ricoh GR ( Digital mk V 2013 APS-C ) . So here is a small review based on what I think about the new Ricoh GR as a street photography camera.


Always been a huge fan of the RICOH GR cameras, all the way back to the film based GR1. Also had the Ricoh GR D mk 1 but skipped II -IV because I think they all where minor upgrades from the GR mk 1.

The new APS-C sensor in the new Ricoh GR ( “V” ) gives great ISO handling and image quality.  Where the old Ricoh GR Digital’s mk I-IV featured a 1/1.7-inch sensor the new GR features a DSLR-sized APS-C . The sensor also lacks an anti-aliasing filter ( just like the new Leica M and M9 ) which means it’s more likely to produce a much higher level of detail.

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Impressive shot to shot times, great RAW files with a good level of sharpness throughout the frame. Impressive AF. Built tough like military equipment almost.  And yes it looks like Pentax / Ricoh has a winner here.

Short story is that you get the same good build quality as always from the GR series , amazing image quality and by far the fastest autofocus I have ever seen on any compact.

I also tested Nikon Coolpix A. Great camera but at autofocus – the Ricoh is a hands down winner. Only Ricoh has the snap focus option that works just great.  Image quality pretty the same as the more expensive Nikon.

0050-Ricoh-GR-Ulf-Greger-2013Ricoh GR ( Digital V 2013 ). Macro test.

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Ricoh GR ( Digital V 2013 )

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Ricoh GR ( Digital V 2013 ) . Love the colors the Ricoh GR gives you.

Ricoh GR ( Digital V 2013 )

Ricoh GR ( Digital V 2013 )

0031_Ricoh-GR-Ulf-Greger-2014Ricoh GR. I’m always getting some out of focus shot during a day. 99.9% of those are caused by the photographer ( me ) and not caused by the AF.  I think some of those shots are keepers anyway. A shot like this would be almost impossible with my Canon 5D + Carl Zeiss combo. Dragging out the big camera and manually focus. Then a loud CLICK! No way I had got this shot with only the 5D available. Not perfect but street photography is not about technical perfect shots for me.




At street shooting I like to use 1/320or faster  shutter speed to ensure sharp images. I dont mind some noise caused by high ISO.

Shot with Ricoh GR ( Digital V 2013 )

Ricoh GR – ( Digital V 2013 ) Large file -TEST SHOT  – full auto – camera reset and heldheld. Basicly what quality you can expect out of the box . Shot as JPG only.

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ISO 3200TEST SHOT – no noise reduction in camera or added in post . Handheld at f4 at night. Was pretty dark in that room, only one small lamp.



The new Ricoh GR is as good as it get for street photography.  Small, light and compact. Fixed 28 mm lens, 4 fps continuous shooting, if you’re looking for a small street photography camera with good image quality and good build quality , there are few better on the market. It’s also completly silent and you can turn of the green ON light on the top of the camera. The menu options are almost a never ending list of options – you can set up this camera any way you want. Or just use it with the default settings, they work pretty great if you are a beginner. The default JPG files are also very good. No need to edit RAW files if it’s used for causual shooting. I use RAW + JPG on the RICOH GR. Usually with my Canon DSLR’s I only shoot RAW.

For ME the Ricoh GR ( 2013 APS-C ) is the perfect street photography tool. Period.

The video quality could have been better.  But it’s good enough, and better than nothing. Here is a short video with actual footage from the new Ricoh GR.  Going to post more videos I have shot with the Ricoh GR soon.  Just have to learn my AVID/Pinnacle video editing software better first. The video quality is MUCH better on my pc than the finished YOUTUBE result here. Also like the 720p 60 FPS option. Makes slow motion possible.


Also got 4th place for Østfold in the National Photowalk ( Akam & Japan Photo ) Picture of my prize shot with my new Ricoh GR

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My last shot ever with my Fuji X20. The Fuji X20 was a good camera, sad to let that one go. Cant afford to own two high end street cameras. And I have always felt too much equipment takes away the fun. Better to learn and use the camera you got to the max.

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