Ricoh R4

Ricoh R4
I absolutely loved my Ricoh GR1 that I bought back in the second year of college. It was a tiny camera, one of the smallest 35mm cameras you could get with an incredible lens and professional finish. Sadly, I took it along when I went to Geneva and lost it somewhere. I didn’t use enough to even have an idea where I ended up losing it. My last memory of if was nearly losing it during my first trip to Pisa moments before I was about to climb the tower. I especially liked that wide angle lens. Thus a new camera from Ricoh, the R4, announced on dpreview is very interesting. I has three great features: image stabilization, wide angle, and a long range zoom (28-200 in 35mm equivalent) all in a relatively small package. One issue, though, is the relatively slow lens. My ideal camera would open up to at least f/2.8 at the wide end and have decent low-light performance. The image stabalization helps, but it looks like they may have sacrificed some speed to get the long zoom, a bit of a shame.

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