When I was an admin at the now defunct Ricoh Forum, it was wished by all that Ricoh would make a GR with a 40mm FOV. See, 28mm and 40mm are a perfect pair. That was in the daze of the Ricoh GRD3 & GRD4. Time moved on and the forum was closed. Pavel was a great guy, dedicated to the group, etc. I guess the financial responsibility was too much to bear himself.
Along came the Ricoh GR. It was an experience that brought many to the Ricoh brand. Time passed again and the GRII was released. An amazing camera. It did things with 16mp that other makers couldn’t match. I took a nap and when I woke…(not WOKE, but woke) and then, there, there it was, the one and only Ricoh GRIII. Now we have a camera that just about kills everything else.
The GRIII never fails to inspire and work with me. But wait my friends, oh yes… there is more than you can imagine or want to. I was out on the street and Muddy the Ricoh GRIII told me he got an internal message from a Ricoh engineer. The message was about a new, real new Ricoh GRIIIx. This new-fangled camera sees at 40mm. That’s right. After 12 years, Ricoh made the 40mm GRIIIx.
Now, you’ll know me and I am not impulsive at all. When it comes to acquiring a new camera, I might just take a full minute to decide. I know, I know… usually 30 sec. So I watched all around and then, then on the eBay listings, there it was. I mean the guy had a listing for a new Ricoh GRIIIx and it was ready to ship. 13 seconds later, he thanked me for the buy. He said it would ship in less than a day. 2 daze later, I had the camera. I immediately named the camera, Peter, after my old friend that passed years ago.
The camera is essentially set up the same as the GRIII. I went for a walk a bout the next day and well, it was nice but I was like…what have you done for me lately? Peter the Ricoh GRIIIx told me, look shooter, I am the new guy. I don’t appreciate you putting pressure on me to perform until we bond. I agreed and quietly apologized. The next day we go out again. I must say… the GRIII is one of my lifesaver cameras. I mean, when I am in a stalemate with life, I take the GRIII out and it saves me and revitalizes my vision.
That being said, I felt the GRIIIx can’t do that. Maybe, because my mind is trained to see 28mm and then Peter makes me see 40mm. Old habits are hard to break. I’m too old to want to do any of that. I waited maybe 12 years for this 40mm Ricoh and now that I have it, I don’t like it. It’s not the 40mm either. My M43 cameras love that Lumix 20mm 1.7. The GRIIIx is a fine camera but not for me. I suppose I need to sell it off. I rather swap out and get something new.
awww, no worries, I have more tales of life and death of my cameras, soon
6 thoughts on “Love and Death of the Ricoh GRIIIx”
All the best from northern Canada … take good care!
Thank You Kindly Michael
I was wondering about the GRlllx…. feh.
I want to sell mine. Then I pick it up and it feels like the GRIII. I turn it on and see the screen and want to sell it again.
I have the II, the III, and recently got the IIIx. I’m going to hang on to the x and give it a good chance to prove itself worthy. I just have to get used to the 40mm. Take care Shooter.
Funny, I was getting ready to list the GRIIIx and I saw some photos Giovanni did. He wrote me and told me he’s adapting to it. I guess I’ll give it another chance.