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Hypothetically, a GR collection....

Discussion in 'Ricoh' started by emerson, Aug 21, 2018.

  1. emerson

    emerson Veteran

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    David
    So, it has occurred to me that it might be interesting to assemble a full collection of the [digital] GR. GRD to GRDIV, GR, GRII, and so. Maybe the LE versions. This would allow an overview of the design philosophy, and to contrast them in use. That, and they're just cool objects.

    Has this occurred to anyone else? Any advice? ("Don't do it!" might be best...)
     
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  2. Petach

    Petach Hall of Famer

    Oct 22, 2011
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    Peter Tachauer
    It didn't until now.....except my pocket (and the ever fragrant Mrs T)say no!
     
  3. emerson

    emerson Veteran

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    David
    Useful quote: "But, it's cheaper than golf!"

    Might work.
     
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  4. emerson

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    David
    Not finding much (anything, really) on the designer or designers behind the GR cameras. Any leads appreciated.
     
  5. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
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    Luke
    to be clear, do you want to buy one of every GR ever....or merely assemble a list of all of them ?

    I fully support you buying one of each....including all the limited editions. Although I'm fairly certain that a wealthy, eccentric GR fan has already done it.
     
  6. john m flores

    john m flores All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    I'm eccentric but not wealthy. That's why I collect Pentax Qs...
     
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  7. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Don't ignore the film models. It was an original GR that started the line and I had one. Ricoh did some cracking SLRs in the '90s, by the way, with a variant of the Pentax K mount. I had an XRX, which took Pentax glass and was streets ahead of the manual focus offerings from Pentax at that time.
     
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  8. emerson

    emerson Veteran

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    David
    I don't have the same level of interest in the LE versions. I see these as only cosmetically different. My interest is in understanding the intentions and decisions of the design team, since that's what shapes the experience we have with that particular camera, and would come to be the basis of the GR phenomenon. The sequence of models might illustrate this further, as the concept and execution evolves.

    It seems to me that GRD1-4 and GR1/2 would not be all that expensive on the secondary market. Certainly not as expensive collectively as, say, the new Nikon or a Leica.

    Not sure I'll move on this, but it's an interesting thought experiment, if nothing else.
     
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  9. emerson

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    David
    The film GRs are great cameras, and certainly the antecedent of the digital GRs, but they're not the focus of my interest. I think the digital GRs are probably an very different set of design decisions even if they share some of the same philosophy.
     
  10. emerson

    emerson Veteran

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    David
    So, the Ricoh site does mention Tomohiro Noguchi and Hiroyuki Higuchi as members of the design team. But I suspect that there's a lot lost in translation, Japanese to English, and marketing-ese to factual understanding.

    It would be great to interview these two, and to build some sort of resource for GR enthusiasts to agglomerate what we know about this camera.

    I do try to stay away from fetishizing cameras, but it seems to me that the GR is something of a minor phenomenon in photography and deserves some critical reflection.
     
  11. emerson

    emerson Veteran

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    David
    Side note: Tomohiro Noguchi led Ricoh's product planning and has been in charge of the Theta line.
     
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  12. emerson

    emerson Veteran

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    David
    Another side note: his Instagram feed is worth checking out. Talented guy, on a variety of fronts.
     
  13. john m flores

    john m flores All-Pro

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    That's why the Theta is well thought-out!!!
     
  14. emerson

    emerson Veteran

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    David
    What has that experience been like, John?
     
  15. john m flores

    john m flores All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    The Pentax Q system offers the most camera-like experience of any small camera that I've owned or used.

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    Separated at birth?
    by John Flores, on Flickr
     
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