Clifton Cameras GXR sale


stephenparfitt

Link Posted 01/05/2014 - 19:48
Ricoh GXR + S10 (24-72mm) Camera Unit (originally 489) - ONLY 119
Ricoh GXR + P10 (28-300mm) Camera Unit (originally 419) - ONLY 119
Ricoh GXR A12 Macro Camera Unit (only) (originally 599) - ONLY 149

http://www.cliftoncameras.co.uk/Ricoh_Compact_System

McGregNi

Link Posted 01/05/2014 - 20:01
Looks like a firesale, extraordinary bargain. I remember reading about this new idea when it came out, most unusual. It was marketed with the message that the sensors were 'optimised' for the individual lenses, being combined in a sealed unit, a supposed advantage over an inter-changable lens system with a single sensor (???). Thats the question really, was it an advantage?

Does this mean its the end of the line for this camera system?
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Last Edited by McGregNi on 01/05/2014 - 20:03

richandfleur

Link Posted 01/05/2014 - 21:22
McGregNi wrote:


Does this mean its the end of the line for this camera system?

Looks that way.

Interesting because here we have the makings of the setup many have asked for; - a modular camera where you add on individual components as you wish. It doesn't look like it was particularly successful.

McGregNi

Link Posted 01/05/2014 - 22:00
The sealed units were obviously good for dust issues, although I'm not sure now if people generally have problems with DSLR snesor dust? I havn't found any problems in over 2 years so far - I routinely activate the sensor shake dust removal tool, and keep the camera pointed down when the lens is off - so far so good.

My own response to seeing these Ricoh models when new was that it seemed quite extravagent - buying a new sensor for each lens you needed really seemed a bit excessive. I wondered also about consistency in shots taken with the camera - but then we have differences created by the different lenses as well I suppose.
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Jonathan-Mac

Link Posted 01/05/2014 - 22:22
I think Ricoh have decided to know this on the head since they acquired Pentax. Though the prices are tempting, the sensors are just too old to justify the price. I think a Q or other large-sensored modern compact would be better.
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helios

Link Posted 02/05/2014 - 01:21
Although the sensors in the Ricoh GXR camera units are not the most modern they are still well regarded. The M mount unit has the only sensor specially designed for use with rangefinder lenses apart from the sensors in the Leica M cameras. Indeed Sean Reid in a review of the new Leica T claimed that it was out resolved by the GXR M mount unit when using rangefinder lenses.

It does appear that the GXR has had its day and that there will be no updated model in future. It was always a niche product and due to the low numbers manufactured much too expensive. At current knock down prices it is a bargain.
Archie
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