The Ricoh GR has long been a popular choice of compact camera for fans of street photography, and a new version was recently announced. The IIIx brings an interesting change to this point-and-shoot heavyweight.
The GR III arrived back in 2019 featuring a 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor. Its fixed f/2.8 lens gives a full frame equivalent of 28mm. The GR IIIx brings a notable change: the fixed f/2.8 lens is 26.1mm, giving a full frame equivalent of 40mm. This sits it nicely in between 35mm and 50mm, the two focal lengths that tend to be most popular among street photographers.
Personally, I'm a big fan of 40mm as a focal length and, no longer a Canon user, I miss shooting on my Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens. Initially, it can feel like you’re stuck between two lengths, and it’s neither one thing or the other, but after a while, you come to appreciate its versatility, and it can give a taste of both 35mm and 50mm when used carefully.
At present, the GR IIIx is only listed on Ricoh’s European website at a price of €999, suggesting that it will be on sale in the U.S. at around a thousand dollars.
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