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Today was a snow day, so I put on some warm clothes, grabbed my Ricoh GR cameras, and headed out to do some photography. There’s something special about photographing in freshly falling snow—despite the lack of weather-sealing, the Ricoh GR cameras do just fine, spending most of the time in my pocket staying warm and dry.
I’m getting a little ahead of myself, though. For Christmas, my wife, Amanda, designed for me a Ricoh Recipes sweater using her Cricut Maker. This was my first time wearing the sweater, so Amanda came with me to capture some pictures of me wearing it. She wanted to use her iPhone, but I insisted that she use my GR III instead, something she hadn’t done before.
The Ricoh GR III was programmed with the Black & White Negative recipe, which is found in The B&W Collection and on the Ricoh Recipes App. Amanda wanted the pictures to be black-and-white, and I thought that this recipe would do well for these pictures. Because of the high-contrast scene (white snow/black sweater), I wonder if the Monochrome Film recipe might have been a better choice, but it’s not what I programmed into the camera. Besides, the Black & White Negative recipe did do well for the pictures that I wasn’t in.
This was Amanda’s first time shooting with a Ricoh GR camera. She found it to be lightweight and quick. She told me that it was kind of like a point-and-shoot experience, but since she was just learning how to use it, she didn’t feel that she realized the full potential of it—easy enough for the uninitiated to get good results right away, yet sophisticated enough for advanced photographers.
While we were out, I captured the five pictures below using the GR III with the Black & White Negative recipe. They’re straight-out-of-camera JPEGs, except that I cropped them to a 3:4 aspect ratio.
I’m currently working on the next Recipe Collection, and once that’s finished it will be published on this website and on the Ricoh Recipes App. In the meantime, I thought I would share a few articles I found on the web regarding the App. Enjoy!
Ritchie’s Ricoh Recipes was on The Stealth Photographer Podcast! If you have 30 minutes to spare today, I invite you to give it a listen. I want to thank Jason for having me on. Although it was a short interview, I had a lot of fun. With any luck, it will help spread the word of this website, and more will discover the joy of shooting JPEGs on the Ricoh GR cameras!
Find all of my Ricoh JPEG recipes on the Ricoh Recipes App!
PetaPixel just featured the Ricoh Recipes App on their website! Whoa! This is a very big deal. I’m really honored and humbled. PentaxRumors also mentioned the app on their website, as did Medium. It seems like the word is getting out.
The Ricoh Recipes App is a mobile recipe library containing 40 JPEG recipes for Ricoh GR cameras! The recipes in the app are the same ones that you know and love from this website, but now take them with you on the go, and have them at your fingertips wherever you are!
The Ricoh Recipes App is free! No annoying ads. Get access to 40 recipes, 20 for Ricoh GR & GR II cameras, and 20 for the GR III & GR IIIx. Each recipe contains an assortment of sample images. Within each recipe there’s a place where you can keep notes, a useful feature for many of you, no doubt. The app will work offline, so if you don’t have internet access but need to find a certain recipe, no problem! The Ricoh Recipes App is a handy tool for street, travel, and documentary photographers, and an essential app to accompany your Ricoh camera.
This app does have some advanced features that can be unlocked by becoming a Ricoh Recipes Patron! These advanced features include filtering by camera, as well as by Effect or color/B&W, sort by Collection, and the ability to favorite recipes for quick access. There’s also a bonus recipe in each Collection, which means that Patrons have access to 48 recipes! The best app experience is reserved for Patrons!
By becoming a Ricoh Recipes Patron, which is only $11.99 annually, you unlock the app’s full potential, you get some bonus recipes, and you help support Ricoh Recipes! It’s a win-win!
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.
One question that I’ve received many times since I published this website is: are Ricoh Recipes compatible with Pentax DSLR cameras? Pentax and Ricoh are made by the same company, after all.
I don’t have a good answer because I don’t own a Pentax DSLR. If there is crossover compatibility it is completely unintentional—a happy accident, really. But I have received some feedback that there is indeed some compatibility, so the answer seems to be: yes and no.
For example, I received this message:
“On a Pentax KP, the only things that seem different between a KP and a GR III are Effect and Shading. Also the scale on WB adjustments–KP only goes to +/- 7, but has the same B/G/A/M, with the same categories. So I have the same Hue/Saturation, the three Contrast options, the same Highlight/Shadow/Noise options, as well as Clarity.
“I can somewhat replace Effect with the ‘Custom Image,’ but it uses some different categories (‘Kodak Slide’ recipe has to use ‘Vibrant’ instead of ‘Vivid’ so I’m not sure if it’s exactly the same). Cross Processing works really differently. There’s mostly only just one B&W category, but at least it has all the color filter simulations (including a nifty IR-style one). Most notably, there’s no Positive Film, so that axes a lot of these recipes off the bat.
“I guess there’s another difference: Digital Filters (which I’d need to use for high-contrast BW or Vintage) are mutually exclusive with Clarity. I either have to skip the filter or leave Clarity at 0.
“There does seem to be a lot of overlap (I mean, same company and similar era of camera), and a lot of what I’ve played with has looked pretty good. I think KodaKolor is my favorite so far.“
So it seems that some Ricoh Recipes are indeed compatible with some Pentax DSLRs (although it’s not clear how different it renders the picture), while other recipes are only partially compatible and some are not compatible whatsoever. If you have a Pentax DSLR and you find a recipe that works for you, I would love to know.
Adding recipes to your Ricoh GR, GR II or GR III camera is easy!
For Ricoh GR and GR II cameras, there are six “My Settings” presets that can be programmed into the camera with recipe parameters. There are only three My Settings on the top dial, My1, My2 and My3, but the camera can save six, and these can be assigned to the three dial options (in other words, they can be swapped in and out).
Select Menu (the middle button inside the D-Pad), and in the Key Custom Options find Edit My Settings. From there you select which (of the six) custom preset you want to create or edit. Enter the required recipe parameters and save. Then set the White Balance using the WB button at the bottom of the D-Pad. Done!
Another (perhaps more simple) option is to set the Effect using the Effect button on the side of the camera, set the White Balance using WB button on the bottom of the D-Pad, and set the Dynamic Range Compensation and Noise Reduction in the Shooting menu. Alternatively, Effect and White Balance can be set from within the Shooting menu.
For the GR III, it’s similar to the GR and GR II, but a little different. You still have six presets (called Boxes), three of which can be programmed to be accessed through U1, U2 and U3 on the top dial (sound familiar?). One difference is that you have to enter in all of the parameters first. Select Menu and within Still Image Settings select everything required for the recipe. Then select within Custom Settings (a.k.a. “C”) the “Box” you want to save it to. Saving recipes to Boxes for access through U1, U2 and U3 isn’t required, but it is helpful.
There are many other settings on your camera that aren’t found in the recipes. My recipes are simply a way to achieve various JPEG looks. You’ll have to decide for yourself how you want all of the other settings to be. I recommend reading your camera’s manual. It’s important to know the ins-and-outs of your tools. If you don’t have the paper copy of your manual, you’ll find a digital copy for the GR here, GR II here, and GR III here.
Below are a couple videos (not by me) that might be helpful to you.
For GR & GR II:
For GR III:
I’ve created (as of this writing) four recipe collections that are compatible with the Ricoh GR & GR II cameras, and four recipe collections that are compatible with the Ricoh GR III. Each collection contains five recipes (plus a bonus recipe available to Patrons on the Ricoh Recipes App!). The four GR & GR II recipe Collections are Color City, Color Landscape, Lomo, and Monochrome. The four GR III recipe Collections are Nature, Road Trip, Street, and B&W.
If a recipe is in, for example, The Street Collection, it means that, in my opinion, it is a good option for street photography. But just because a recipe is in a certain collection, doesn’t mean that it can’t be used for other genres of photography. There is a recipe in The Street Collection called Royal Supra that might be a good option for landscape photography. In The Nature Collection is a recipe called Analog Film that might be a good option for street photography.
The collections are intended to make it easier to find the “right” recipes for the “right” situations, but they’re not intended to be stereotyped. Feel free to try a recipe in The Lomo Collection for street photography, or a recipe in The Road Trip Collection for landscapes. Don’t be afraid to mix it up.
For each camera there are 20 (as of this writing) compatible recipes (plus four bonus recipes on the app). The Ricoh GR and Ricoh GR II share the same Collections because those two cameras are so similar. The GR II does have a few Effects that the GR doesn’t, but I don’t (yet) have any recipes that take advantage those new Effects. The GR III is significantly different, so it has its own recipes.