[M]ost of you know that I am a hardcore Ricoh GRD IV user. Most of the photographs on this website were made with the III or the IV, but now Ricoh just announced the Ricoh GRD V. Jump in for a presentation video and some thoughts.
First of all, WOW. It appears to be the same size of all the GRDs yet have a APSC sensor in it. This is an incredible piece of technology! The lens is a good old trusty 28mm 2.8. It's a huge step back from the 1.9 of the previous GRD but having that fast of a lens on an APSC sensor would ramp up the price like crazy.
Comparing apple and oranges
This is called the GRD V, but comparing the GRD V with the GRD IV would be comparing apples and oranges. They are different cameras, and I know many will actually own two GRD cameras: One the GRD V and the other the GRD IV or III. The GRD V is an APSC camera while the previous versions are small sensor cameras, and you cannot compare the two, just like you cannot compare full frame with Large format.
I'm an extremely fast photographer, I move really quickly. I did not enjoy snap focus on my Ricoh GXR one bit. The reason is that the GRD is a small sensor, and it gives you a larger depth of field at smaller apertures than larger sensors. To achieve what the GRD did, I really had to push my ISO up when I was in the streets. Maybe I just have to shoot less like a Ninja and more like a regular person. Or maybe am I too used to snap focus on a small sensor?
The price is rumored to be at $800. I don't think that will be the case. The rival cameras would be the Fuji X100 and the Nikon A. Both cameras are in the 4 figures. GRD cameras have always been premium priced when compared to other similar sized cameras, and i think this will be the same for the APSC camera. Plus APSC sized sensor in a small body kind of technology is way too fresh to be out for $800. I'm seeing more in the ballpark of $1200 – $1300.
Note: Price is confirmed to be $800
What the heck is a GR lens? In one word: Legendary. Ever since the Ricoh GR cameras the lens has been very well received as extremely sharp. There is one Leica M lens that is still very sought after called the Ricoh GR 28mm f/2.8. I'm not going to say it's the same lens in the GRD V, but you bet it's the same people behind the original GR and the M lens that are behind the new GRD V's lens. What does all that mean? One killer lens from Ricoh as always. Check out the bottom of this post.
The game has changed
The GRD line will never be the same again. This is on of the smallest APSC sensor cameras AND it's a GRD. With the high quality of the GRD IV camera you can bet that this is one killer of a camera without even touching it. It's not fanboyism but pure trust of the GR name. The GRD IV is the perfect camera for me, and I always wondered how you could top it off. I think the announcer said right: Only a GR can beat a GR.