New: Ricoh GR IIIx

Ricoh just announced a new GR camera: the Ricoh GR IIIx! This camera appears to be identical to the GR III except for the lens, which is 39mm full-frame equivalent (instead of 28mm).

I think this is a great move by Pentax, because I sometimes find the GR lens to be too wide-angle. I often prefer a focal length closer to 40mm. As many of you know, I primarily shoot Fujifilm, and I often use between 35mm and 50mm equivalent lenses. My most-used lens is the Fujinon 27mm f/2.8, which is 40.5mm equivalent, and the closest in the Fujifilm lineup to the lens on the GR IIIx. The Fujifilm X100V has a 34.5mm equivalent lens, so the GR IIIx will more closely compete with that camera.

For most people and most situations, a Ricoh GR III and GR IIIx can be a complete kit. With two really useful focal length options, you won’t find a whole lot of situations where one of these two cameras won’t do the trick. If you are a sports or wildlife photographer you’d likely want something different, but, for most other people, have a GR III in one pocket and a GR IIIx in another and you’re good-to-go pretty much no matter the situation. This one-two punch is ideal for street, travel, documentary, and landscape photography, and the GR IIIx is a good option for portrait photography.

The Ricoh GR IIIx will be available in October for around $1,000. The GR IIIx is identical, aside from the lens, to the GR III, so the GR III recipes will be completely compatible with it.

Published by Ritchie Roesch

I'm a freelance photographer in the Salt Lake City, Utah, metro area.

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