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Biography

Cristian Sorega is a keen photographer who has written two photography books, including a focus on the RICOH GR Digital III.

Cristian has used RICOH products for a number of years and has reviewed many on his website.

"For me photography is about capturing a moment that would otherwise be lost in time. This is why I always have a camera with me to make sure I can capture that special moment every day,” says Cristian.

“It was the first Ricoh GRD that got me into photography because it just felt good in my hand, made all the controls easily accessible and it inspired me to go out and take pictures."

Review about GR

When Ricoh designed the first GR1 film camera, they set out to make a camera that "brings a smile to one's face, just by holding it". Not only have they accomplished this but they have been constantly improving and evolving the subsequent GR film and GRD digital cameras. 

With the new Ricoh GR you get a camera that will not only bring a smile to your face but will also inspire you to go out and take pictures. It accomplishes all this while staying out of your way thanks to the improved and highly customisable controls. The controls are all where you expect them to be and if not; chances are you can customise them to suit you. 

For everything Ricoh improved, they have also inexplicably taken away the Auto-ISO option in Manual mode and the ability to confirm menu options by half pressing the shutter button.

This wouldn’t of course matter too much if the camera didn’t take good pictures or was too slow to capture the decisive moment, but here the GR also excels. Thanks to the GR 28mm f2.8 lens and the 16MP APS sensor without anti-alias filter, you get very sharp and really detailed photos with a dynamic range and a nice tonality. 

The camera is also fast enough at powering on, focusing and writing to the card that you will never miss a moment. Where it really struggles is focusing at low light, and here you will miss the moment, unless you use the Snap Focus mode or have a very stationary subject. The display refresh could also be better given how snappy the camera performs otherwise.

A huge bonus of the GR compared to similar cameras is the available 21mm adapter; this adds a bit of bulk to the camera but gives you the ability to shoot at 21mm and f2.8 without any perceivable loss of image quality. The adapter works very well and extends the abilities of the GR quite a lot. Unfortunately Ricoh has taken away the ability for the camera to automatically detect the adapter so you have to remember to set it manually in the menu if you want the EXIF information to be updated.

Overall the GR is the most refined Ricoh camera to date and the best GR camera you can get, thanks to the fantastic handling, great image quality and speedy operation. There are some small problems but most can easily be fixed with a firmware update and given Ricoh's track record of updating the firmware of the GRD cameras, this will most likely happen sooner rather than later.

Notes to photographs

Meridian Attractions

There is a lot to see in and around the meridian in Greenwich, from historical to modern and industrial architecture you can find everything. This together with the maritime museum and planetarium make Greenwich a must see stop on every London visit.

This series shows just a few of the sights one can see during a visit by just exploring the area a bit.

The Barbican

It has been voted London's ugliest building and on first look it certainly deserves that title. The 1970s brutalist architecture makes it appear like a big block of concrete from far away, without any defining lines or character. The maze like walkways and different levels add to the confusion and don't help its reputation.
Look closer though and spend some time there and it starts to grow on you, it can be a very relaxing place and a great escape from the busy and hectic London life around it. Spend some time studying the architecture and you'll appreciate the grey, concrete lines and features because it makes it stand out in between all the metal and glass buildings. It suddenly starts showing its own unique character.

We are fashion

Fashion is all around us and everyone has their own style and look. Some is mandated by our work but most of the time we are free to dress how we like.
This series shows different fashion styles in London taken with the GR at what it does best, street and documentary photography.