Ricoh GR III and new compact cameras announced

Ricoh finally released the new GRIII which you can preorder now at BHphoto and Adorama.


Press text:

Ricoh launches RICOH GR III high-end, compact digital camera

Newest model in the popular RICOH GR series delivers exceptional image quality in a smaller, lightweight body, making it ideal for street photography

WEST CALDWELL, NJ, February 21, 2019 – Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation today announced the launch of the highly anticipated RICOH GR III camera. The new camera is the latest model in the RICOH GR series, a lineup of high-end digital cameras providing exceptional image quality in a compact, lightweight body ideal for street photography, travel and capturing candid images.

The RICOH GR III features a newly designed lens, image sensor and imaging engine that further upgrade image quality, enhance functionality and improve usability. The 18.3mm F2.8 lens delivers exceptional imaging performance with a slim design, consisting of six optical elements in four groups, while retaining the 28mm angle of view. It produces the clearest, sharpest images in GR-series history while reducing distortion and chromatic aberration. It also comes equipped with a macro shooting capability with a minimum focusing distance of six centimeters.

In keeping with the GR-series concept of packaging high image quality in a compact design, the RICOH GR III camera body is smaller than its predecessor, and is equipped with a large APS-C-size CMOS image sensor with approximately 24.24 effective megapixels to produce high-resolution images. Its short start-up time of approximately 0.8 seconds allows for quick, responsive shooting. The camera’s high-definition LCD monitor features touchscreen operation, offering intuitive control of various camera functions right on the screen.

The camera also features a high-speed hybrid autofocus system, built-in shake reduction, in- camera image finishing options, USB Type-CTM, Bluetooth and wireless LAN connectivity options. An accessory wide-angle conversion lens designed exclusively for use with the RICOH GR III is also available. The GW-4 Wide Conversion Lens expands the angle of view to 21mm ultra-wide angle.

“The Ricoh GR III is the ultimate street camera,” said William Hereford, a Brooklyn-based pro photographer, who has been shooting with GR series cameras for years. “The image quality and ease of use are equally amazing. I literally don’t leave my house without this camera. The GR III fits perfectly both in my hand and my pocket, so it is always available to capture a moment.”

Hereford says that the image quality is so great, that photos taken with his GR cameras have the potential to be used in national ad campaigns and magazine articles.

Designed to be the ultimate street photography camera, the RICOH GR III is a totally new breed of GR camera that will give the user new and different creative possibilities.

| Pricing and Availability |

The RICOH GR III will be shipping in March 2019 and will be available at and retail outlets nationwide. Price is $899.95 for the camera, $249.95 for the GW-4 Wide Conversion Lens.

Ricoh also announced the WG-6 you get here at BHphoto and Adorama and the G900 you get at Bhphoto and Adorama.

Fuji XG vs Sony-Nikon-Panasonic-Canon FF comparison. Fuji I will hate you forever if you don’t make this cam! made these size comparisons between the Fuji XG prototype model and the current Full Frame mirrorless competition.

But this post is just an excuse for me to rant over Fuji’s decision to NOT produce the XG. Dpreview guessed that the reason why Fuji doesn’t want to make this camera is because it looks like the X-T3. But for me that’s EXCACTLY the reason why they have to do it:
– The X-T line is the most popular line
– The X-T also has the best usable camera design. Why not keep doing what’s successful?

Do it Fuji!


New Panasonic S1-S1R and 50mm f/1.4 reviews

We have a bunch of new Panasonic S tests and reviews. On top you can watch Richard Wong’s test of the mighty Panasonic 50mm f/1.4 S lens.
Imaging Resource added the Panasonic S1 and S1R files in their Comparometer database:

High Resolution mode on the Panasonic Lumix S1R | Downloadable Photos | 4K (
Panasonic S1 and S1R Hands-On Review by Mirrorlessons (
First Panasonic S1 Unboxing Video (
New Panasonic S1 test by Cinema5D: impressive low light performance! (
Lumix S1 AF Sample Testing Subject Recognition & AFC Tracking DFD AI AF (

Panasonic S1R at Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic S1 at Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic 50mm f/1.4 S at Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic 24-105mm f/4.0 S at Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.
Panasonic 70-200mm f/4.0 S at Adorama and BHphoto. In Europe at Calumet DE, ParkCameras, Jessops.

New E-mount lenses coming: Tamron 17-28mm f/2.8, Tokina 100mm f/2.8 and Sony 135mm f/1.8 GM

Today Tamron announced the new 17-28mm f/2.8 FE lens (here at BHphoto). This is a very nice addition althaugh I hopes to get a new 70-200mm f/2.8 lens too. But there is more to come the next couple of days:

Tokina will soon announce the new 100mm f/2.8 macro FE
Sony will soon announce the new 135mm f/1.8 GM

There seems to be no new Sony camera announcement coming any time soon. And from what’s reported on SAR the Sony A7sIII is also not coming during the first half of the year…