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Ricoh GR (II) Dust - design flaw or QC issue?

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Hi All I've recently bought a second hand Ricoh GR II, from a reputable camera store. Unfortunately, I noticed a couple of dust spots (some spots, some rings) on the sensor; easily missed wide open but showing at closed apertures - f8 and above. The non invasive methods of (re)moving them have not worked so the camera would need to be opened to be cleaned it seems. I can easily return it, especially that the dust was not mentioned in the listing. The camera looks fairly new (under 1400 shutter clicks) and does not look abused in any way, it also came with a Ricoh leather case. The dust issue is fairly evident on the web and Ricoh themselves will clean the sensor or simply replace the whole sensor and lens assembly under warranty. However, some people say they experience no dust issues at all with their GR / GRIIs which makes me wonder if it is more of a design issue or incorrect assembly (QC) in the factory i.e. wrong installation of the rubber seal that surrounds the sensor. What's your experience? For those that have had dust and have opened the camera, was the gasket squashed or deformed in any way? If it was and once the dust was cleaned from the sensor did you try to correct the seal placement? Did the dust problem persist? Many thanks!

 


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