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Limited Edition Ricoh GR Announced

A special version of Ricoh's pocketable APS-C compact · 10-21-2013 · By PF Staff in Pentax News

Pentax has just announced a Limited Edition Ricoh GR kit featuring a special lens hood (GH-3), leather case, and leather strap.  The Limited Edition GR's magnesium-alloy body is sheathed in a metallic vintage green finish with a glossy shine.  It has a marbleized ebony grip pattened in burl wood and is accented with charcoal buttons.

In the US, this special GR kit will be available in limited quantity exclusively through the Pentax Web Store located at us.ricoh-imaging.com.  It carries a $100 price premium over the standard GR and will therefore retail for $899.  It is expected to arrive in November.

The Ricoh GR is arguably of the most-praised cameras currently in the Pentax-Ricoh digital lineup.  To learn more about this truly-pocketable APS-C compact, check our our in-depth Ricoh GR review.  With its 16-megapixel filterless sensor, 18mm F2.8 lens, and small size, we find the GR to be a fantastic camera for street photography!

While the Limited Edition GR looks good from the front, we aren't convinced that users will appreciate its overall appearance as much as that of the gray standard edition, especially from the back.

Click on any thumbnail below for larger product photos of the Limited Edition Ricoh GR.

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stevebrot [Delete] Nov 4th, 2013 12:20PM

I like twophase's comment below regarding the finish looking like vintage lab equipment. I concur. It also reminds me of the classic Swiss-made Alpa cameras from the late 1960s which were available in a similar look.

Bmer [Delete] Oct 28th, 2013 11:29AM

Again I plead - This is the Pentax site - why so much lip service to the Ricoh products?
I would rather see fewer postings than to see this "filler" as above.
I don't get it and I know I'm not the only one !

JacWindt [Delete] Oct 24th, 2013 11:11AM

I like the camera but I'll never buy one because it has no viewfinder.

Cambo [Delete] Oct 22nd, 2013 9:01AM

Looks good, but I wish they had a pic with the lens hood ON...

Duh!

Cheers,
Cameron

filoxophy [Delete] Oct 22nd, 2013 8:05AM

For the prices that are usually charged for accessories like the included case, strap, and hood, the green finish and ebony grip are basically free! Sigh, it doesn't change the fact that I don't have a spare $899 lying around. :)

Mr Bassie [Delete] Oct 22nd, 2013 7:22AM

I like it!

teogin [Delete] Oct 22nd, 2013 5:34AM

It seems that aps-size sensor found its body. It is a good point for Pentax-Ricoh, although I believe that 800$ are too much for a compact camera and during this period of economical crisis in the USA and Europe. For 400$ more you can take the Pentax K-3 which is a much much much better camera. Anyway, there are people who prefer sth good and small (pocket size camera)than a dslr body with lens. From the other side, Sony, recently, produced FF solutions and seems to be very competitive. And it is a pity (in my opinion)as the historical photographic company of Pentax lacks the FF body and the Sony, the producer of TV sets and Videos gave more serious solutions to photography fan customers. Anyway, maybe the Ricoh GR will bring the APS standard to the compact cameras in order to push the DSLR bodies of Pentax to adopt the FF sensors. If this is the real scenario of the direct future then I am happy with this progress. I welcome this body, hoping the better for our lovely company!

twophase [Delete] Oct 22nd, 2013 1:05AM

Funny, this green finish reminds me of the finish of some old lab equipment.
I can imagine many people would love to have one.

Cynog Ap Brychan [Delete] Oct 22nd, 2013 12:28AM

It looks ok to me, but I guess you have to see tem in the flesh to really be able to comment.

ManWithCamera [Delete] Oct 21st, 2013 10:45PM

If this had a 30mm (45mm equivalent) or longer lens, I'd be interested. I almost never shoot wider than 50mm, so an 18mm lens is really a specialty lens for me -- one that I would very rarely use in my regular photography. (I probably use the 50-135mm f/2.8 for 85-90% of my work.)

If I'm going to shoot that wide, I'd rather go all the way to 10mm or something.

I had a 30mm pancake on a Samsung NX100 (APS-C) for a couple of years. That's as wide as I would ever go for a walkaround lens.

But I expect that landscape shooters, and possibly street photographers, could be very happy with something like this.

Ferdinand [Delete] Oct 21st, 2013 10:41PM

Thanks, Adam!

WWWench [Delete] Oct 21st, 2013 10:21PM

I use my walk around camera daily, recently tried the Nikon A and returned it in an hour.. It and this Ricoh can't hold a candle to the Pentax K01 with pancakes.. a few weeks ago you could buy a K01 for a 1/3 the price and have a real camera.

Adam [Delete] Oct 21st, 2013 10:06PM

@Ferdinand- see our review!

Ferdinand [Delete] Oct 21st, 2013 10:02PM

Is it a good camera for landscape photography?

chickentender [Delete] Oct 21st, 2013 9:57PM

This is just mean. I can't afford to part with that amount of money AGAIN.

theskonesdad [Delete] Oct 21st, 2013 9:03PM

I wouldn't have any problem using this camera! I like it!

buzzyslr [Delete] Oct 21st, 2013 7:55PM

I had no idea this ugly generic looking camera could get any uglier I guess I was wrong

foto guy [Delete] Oct 21st, 2013 7:23PM

Looks sweet. I just wish it was 40mm instead of 28mm.

LFLee [Delete] Oct 21st, 2013 6:36PM

Camera offer in Asia country usually come with OEM cases like this, but not in US, strange. This has the old electronic feel to it... if the ring is shinny, that would be real vintage. Good to have variety, I just hope they stop this 'limited' crap and offer it with the black edition, so early adopter also have an option.

bobmaxja [Delete] Oct 21st, 2013 6:18PM

I like the green finish, very different than silver and black . I do not like retra style buy look more vintage and it's good

D1N0 [Delete] Oct 21st, 2013 5:57PM

Well Hasselblad eat your heart out.

LaurenOE [Delete] Oct 21st, 2013 5:39PM

This will be HUGE in Japan. I had ZERO interest in the GR before. Now? Wow, I just might have to get one! Off-the-charts Japanese retro! Well done (again). :)

LaurenOE [Delete] Oct 21st, 2013 5:19PM

Hmmm..this is actually very beautiful. This is a VERY Japanese vintage color combination! Wow. I am very impressed on this. These colors and treatments are incredible if people do the research on what was coming out of Japan in the 1940-1950s. Awesome job Ricoh!!! Well done!!! True vintage treatment, and not a hipster's version of what they think vintage is.

hongzhibin1987 [Delete] Oct 21st, 2013 5:06PM

Nice job, Ricoh is learning Pentax's painting technology.

sledger [Delete] Oct 21st, 2013 4:59PM

I have to admit, I'm rather appalled at this tasteless treatment.

thickeyebrow [Delete] Oct 21st, 2013 4:57PM

umm no thx

Pentaxina [Delete] Oct 21st, 2013 4:52PM

I was actually hoping this would happen, but with silver body just like the K-3. this one looks like an unfinished job.