Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Classic Leica Glass on a Modern Ricoh GXR Body

Henry's recently had a blow-out sale on the Ricoh GXR camera.  This is a very unique digital camera that uses lens & sensor modules that snap into the body.  Each lens is mated to the sensor for optimal performance.  Unfortunately the concept didn't really fly with consumers and Ricoh decided to drop the line.  Lucky for me, though...Ricoh also produced a special module that takes Leica M-Mount lenses.  Since I have a collection of old Leica lenses, the hugely discounted price of $400 for body and m-module was too good to resist.  Just a few months ago this was about $1100. While the camera has its limitations, it is very well built, has excellent firmware, the controls are well laid out, and it's generally pleasing to use.  A steal for $400.  But wait, with this combo...you need Leica lenses!

With camera in hand, I attached a classic Leica 75mm Summilux f1.4 lens .  This lens is known for its incredible classic looking rendering and I was very curious to see how it would look on the little $400 GXR body.    

Well a picture is worth a thousand words: image attached.  For my eye, it does not disappoint.  A great little camera to host some great glass while preserving the wonderful rendering of these classic optics.

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