You Know You Want It

RICOH GXR w/ M Mount Module – $425/shipped

12 megapixel APS-C M Mount Ricoh GXR, with box, charger, 2 batteries. Excellent condition.

NOTE: the EVF shown is not included.

I’ve got three of them, so one must go. Think of it as the smallest and best crop sensor digital ever built specifically for M-mount lenses. At the price they’re currently selling, these are screaming deals. Paired with a scale-focused VC 21mm, it makes the perfect street photography camera, small, unobtrusive and unthreatening.

The GXR with M-mount is one of those cameras that hits the sweet spot. I’m not sure anything Leica has produced matches it for its ratio of price to function. Just like the M series cameras, the GXR M-module sensor is designed to maximize usage of Leica mount lenses with their short ‘film to flange’ distances. Given its live-view, you can also buy a cheap Nikon to Leica adaptor and use your old manual focus SLR Nikkors on it.

I’m convinced these things will be collector’s items someday, much like the Epson Rd1. They’re becoming harder and harder to find in good condition.

$425 shipped nationally within USA. $450 shipped anywhere in the world. Pay by Paypal to tvdweert@gmail.com.

Some GXR Street Photos:

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SIGMA DP2X – 14 Megapixel Aps-C w/ 41mm F2.8 Equivalent

If the Dp1 Merrill is medium format, think of the DP2x as 35mm digital B&W.  It offers a 41mm 2.8 equivalent lens. The lens is tack-sharp wide open. The detail in the files is stunning for the pixel count. Colors really pop, if that’s your thing. Like the Merrill, it’s hard to describe; you’ve got to see it to understand.

The camera with retractible lens is really small, easily fitting your pocket. It’s a great walk-around camera. The files it produces convert very nicely to B&W images with the look of 35mm film. For B&W 800 ISO is fine. Convert them from RAW via the Sigma Photo Pro software and then run them through Silver Efex, or shoot color jpegs at 200 ISO.

The DP2x uses the same 14 megapixel (2,652×1,768×3 layers) Foveon sensor as the SD14, SD15 and other DP series cameras.  No low-pass filter. Like the Merrill, shoot in either JPEG or RAW. Also like the Merill, it can be a pain in the ass, but the output is stunning for such a small camera with a 5 meg sensor.

Excellent condition, everything works perfectly. Auto lens cover attached. Comes with charger and battery.

$325 shipped nationally within USA. $350 shipped anywhere in the world. Pay by Paypal to tvdweert@gmail.com.

A few DP2x shots:

7 thoughts on “You Know You Want It

  1. Stephen J

    I have acquired a DP3 “banana” the intention is to use it for digitising negatives, however I am still in the process and haven’t had the negative holder delivered yet, so natch I have been for a couple of walks with it, and also tried a couple of portraits.

    Anyhow, as far as digital cameras are concerned, the files are superb, with the one caveat being that the useful ISO range is rather slim.

    The software Sigma Photo Pro is a bit quirky but pretty comprehensive, for instance you can do some really nice “Effex” inside, you don’t have to run them through “Silver Effex” or any of the airy fairy options.

    As far as the holder is concerned, I looked seriously at the “Negative Supply” jobby, but decided that it didn’t have enough flexibility for the job and price, since it only works with 35mm film. I eventually went for the “Pixl-atr” made by the “35mm” blogger (Hamish Gill).

    Odd concept to compare a £5000 digital Leica with a £500 Sigma though. I have both and there is no comparison, the Leica is miles nicer to use, as ever it is horses for courses, and Sigma to its credit has Leica like menus, compared with some of the others it is pretty much there.

    It’s a steal for the money though.

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  2. Leicaphila Post author

    “Odd concept to compare a £5000 digital Leica with a £500 Sigma though. I have both and there is no comparison, the Leica is miles nicer to use, as ever it is horses for courses, and Sigma to its credit has Leica like menus, compared with some of the others it is pretty much there.”

    No question the digital M is easier to use. As for image quality, the Sigma is superior, and it’s not even close.

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  3. George Feucht

    I owned that Ricoh GXR-M. It truly is a great little camera. The colors are pretty spectacular. I reluctantly sold it when I bought an M240. The only gripe is that when using the EVF, there is a lag and you’ll capture the image about 1/4 second after you hit the shutter. This also happens with the EVF on my M240. Great for critical framing, bad for replicating HCB’s “Guy hopping puddle behind the train station”.

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    1. Stephen J

      If that comment is a response to mine David, the word that I used was NICER… not EASIER. I own a DP3 and a Leica M-D 262, and the latter is definitely nicer to use than my DP3. So my comment was not saying that the Leica was better….

      …. Think Mercedes E class vs Nissan Note… Both do the same thing, but the Mercedes is a nicer experience. I highly recommend Sigma cameras, I just thought that it was an odd comparison.

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    2. George Feucht

      I assembled my GXR-M Module kit for a China trip. It was perfectly competent and flawless in everything I asked of it (minus viewfinder lag).

      However, I brought my M6 along for the ride too. After a week of exclusive Ricoh shooting, I spent a day with only the M6 and some Tri-X. Looking through the viewfinder and FEELING the mechanical linkage between my squeeze of the shutter and the exposure being made let out a sigh of “Ahhhhhhhhhh…” Everything was zen. The digital stuff I shot was 100% practical, but the M6 did not have an electronic wall between the photo and me. It’s hard to explain.

      That being said, I would have never sold the Ricoh had I not bought an M240. Spend an afternoon scanning half a dozen rolls of film and you’ll want to throw your film Leica into the ocean and only shoot with the GXR.

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