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.

4 thoughts on “New: Ricoh GR IIIx

  1. In hindsight, I probably should have gone for this over my X100V that I picked up last September. No doubt, the V is gorgeous, and the sims are amazing (I’m a FXW patron). However, it’s “just” big and heavy enough to be inconvenient to bring all the time.

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    1. The GR cameras are great for shoving into your pocket and carrying around all of the time. I prefer the X100V over GR III, but you are right in that it’s too big and heavy to ALWAYS have with you, while GR isn’t. Best of both worlds would be owning both, but of course that’s not always possible.

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