The Little Brother that Can: Ricoh GR10
I have been flirting with buying a modern point and shoot cameras as of late. After reading so much on the internet about the Minolta TC1 or Nikon 35Ti or Ricoh GR1 I thought I would see what all the hub-bub is about. I cannot afford the aforementioned cameras. They are way beyond my price range, but I did more internet searching and found a little gem the Ricoh GR10. I came across one at a reasonable price. This is the little brother of the Ricoh GR1. It has a 28mm f2.8 lens. It has the same body build. However, it lacks all the controls of the Ricoh G1. There is no ISO control, no aperture control, no shutter speed control. You are at the mercy of the camera. There are a few features that you can use to try to control depth of field or exposure. You can manual set the camera to infinity focus or set the camera to spot metering. Other than that there is not much you can do. There are a couple of nice feature this camera offers that I like. When focusing near to a subject the camera tells you that it has set itself to macro mode. Another nice feature is when the camera focuses focus lines appear in the viewfinder to tell you where you have focused.
I do like this camera a lot. The body is super tiny. I can fit into my pants pocket and ride my bicycle about town without any discomfort. The lens is amazingly sharp. The lens also produces high contrast photos. The meter is exceptional. I have not had any poorly exposed photos as of yet, though I would have like to have over-exposed a few shots due to difficult lighting conditions.
IMHO, this little camera is a wonderful classic modern camera. It is a hidden GEM!
I took photos using Illford 400 black and white film. It was C41 processed.
I hope you like the photos.
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