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    Ricoh GRD vs. GRD III & Durability

    I'm looking into getting a GRD or GRD III for a pocket cam and I'm wondering how their durability is because when I say pocket cam, I literally mean it'll be in my pocket on a day to day basis to be used in a "Leica Like Manner." Are they durable enough for this type of use? It's going to be set for B&W JPG 99% of the time, any reason to spring for the III over the I? Is there that much difference in the color side for the 1% of the time I'd use it? Any difference in their durability?

    Any info is much appreciated

    Jim

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    Re: Ricoh GRD vs. GRD III & Durability

    There are differences between them but durability isn't one. I would say, lens speed, operation speed and noise characteristic are the big differences. If you are not all set on the ricoh, I would also look at the canon 90/95. The canon has IBIS and a zoom when needed while the GRDs has a better lens and better IU.

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    Re: Ricoh GRD vs. GRD III & Durability

    Hi Jim,

    Some GRDIs have suffered a failure of the jog dial/wheel at the back of the camera. Some people have reported this on the Ricoh forum although I have not owned a GRDI it seems to be worth watching out for as any used GRDI's may have the problem. Ricoh can of course repair the camera.

    Visit http://ricoh-gr-diary.blogspot.com/2...ew-part-1.html for Cris' review on the GRDs - he as owned all GRD models. He noted that the LCD coating scratched easily on his GXR review page and I think the GRDIII has the same type of LCD coating. You may want to invest in the usual LCD protection if the camera is going in pockets. Wouter Brandsma has an extensive set of images and experience with the GRDs as a street cam - http://wouter28mm.wordpress.com/. I'd recommend a visit.

    I have a GRDII and a III and my GRD's are fully working but have had a "easy" life so far so I can't really comment on durability.

    Many like the film grain like rendering of the jpgs from the GRDI so it has developed a bit of a cult status. You may be able to find a NOS GRDI but very few seem to remain. The GRDIII jpgs differ from the GRDI. New GRD IIIs are abundant at the moment and a good price. Some seem to think a GRD IV will be out later this year, but no one knows for sure??

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    Re: Ricoh GRD vs. GRD III & Durability

    My wife and I use the GX100,GX200,GRD2 and the GXR. We don't use cases and these are true pocket cameras. The GX200 LCD got punctured when I banged myself against something sharp on the car door. Now I use hard LCD covers which work really well.
    All lovely cameras with great lenses and the best UI around.

    Keith

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    Re: Ricoh GRD vs. GRD III & Durability

    Thanks for all the info folks. I'm currently scouring around for a GRD I, you've sold me!

    Jim

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    My GRD1 and GRD2 both suffered when they tried to extend their lenses whilst in my pocket. My GRD1 is now in genteel retirement after being repaired but I couldn't bring myself to pay the 125 it will cost to repair my GRD2 when I managed to get a new GRD3 for only 270
    I will still continue to use GRDs as my pocket cameras though.

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    My GRD I has the jog ADJ dial problem.. it seems they all do.

    From the info gathered on the 'net, it costs about $200 to have Ricoh replace the wheel assembly.. which pretty damn sucks for a camera that isn't worth $200 today...

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    Re: Ricoh GRD vs. GRD III & Durability

    Quote Originally Posted by Will View Post
    My GRD1 and GRD2 both suffered when they tried to extend their lenses whilst in my pocket. My GRD1 is now in genteel retirement after being repaired but I couldn't bring myself to pay the 125 it will cost to repair my GRD2 when I managed to get a new GRD3 for only 270
    I will still continue to use GRDs as my pocket cameras though.
    The same happened to my grd1 some years ago, however I spent the money for lens replacement!!! nearly as expensive as new camera at that time.
    I guess this could happen to nearly every camera though.

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