GRD Love: The Original Ricoh GRD Revisted


“Moose” 2017. Ricoh GRD 8.1mp ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s hard to believe, but based on the stats for these pages the original Ricoh GR Digital 8.1mp digital point and shoot camera remains a favorite for those visiting this blog!

Despite me telling you of its issues, how it’s an old camera, how some of these cameras may not even be working any more, y’all ain’t having it cause it’s still one of the top two camera reviews visited on this site! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a link to my original review The Original Ricoh GR Digital Review.

That’s ok by me though because I still do absolutely love the original Ricoh GRD and still use it on a regular basis. Despite it coming into the market in 2005 and long discontinued, it still has a very loyal cult following largely based on the beauty of its black and white files.

Here are some recent and not so recent shots with it. The majority of the shots I’ve not posted before. When I used to post of photo sharing sites like Pbase or Flickr or 500px, you could be sure they’d have been posted but blogging kinda makes you lazy. Well me, anyway! The camera does have its quirks and is prone to acting up, but I still love it!

Thanks to those of you who have written to say you got one of these babies based on our review. It warms the cockles of my heart to know you shoot it too. Remember, it is you and I, US, who love this camera, who are keeping this Camera Legend alive. I call you guys the “Cult Of GRD” and I dedicate this post to you ๐Ÿ™‚


“The Razor’s Edge” 2015. Ricoh GRDย 8.1mp


“Black Building” 2016. Ricoh GRD 8.1mp with GW-1 wide angle converter (21mm equivalent), NYC. I don’t know the name of this building, hence I call it “Black Building” ๐Ÿ™‚


“Low-rider” 2017. Ricoh GRD 8.1mp, Queens, New York.


“Quick Draw” 2016. Ricoh GRD 8.1mp, NYC. Whenever I walk the city streets, I’m always looking for characters. To me the street is much more interesting when you tie the culture with the characters that dwell or live there. I caught this cat as I was walking out of a stationary store on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and I knew I had to get a shot!


“The Dream Team” 2014. Two of my favorite photographers, these cats are better known as the “Dream Team.”ย Has it been that long dudes?! Shot at the Photo Plus Expo show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, NYC.

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“GR Noodles” 2014. Ricoh GRD 8.1mp, Queens, NYC. Ah, the wonders of Vietnamese noodles ๐Ÿ™‚


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23 thoughts on “GRD Love: The Original Ricoh GRD Revisted

  1. Nice photos from a great camera!

    And lately I’ve been toying with the idea to switch to digital again…. that’s a kind of illness that I catch from time to time but I fear it will be fatal this time… though not a Ricoh, sorry!

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    1. Thanks Jim! The prices have remained pretty steady on this camera. Considering it’s an 8mp point and shoot from 2005, the price could be considered high, but for those in “the cult” it’s a fair price for this gem of a camera. Thanks for your comments, as always!


  2. Ho! Those are some fine shots. The one of the dude in the bodega is a definite prize photo. I could easily picture it in a collection of street photos in a museum somewhere. Of course I also like the two dudes at the photo show! :-))) And let me not leave out the image of the beautiful Zoe on her razor!

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  3. Hey Sam ! thank you for these wonderful samples taken with this wonderful even very old camera !
    there are some of them on eBay and the price is absolutely super Attractive.. but some time ago i decided to get the last version of Ricoh GR. i check for almost every day on eBay some used one cos the new one is too expensive in the local stores.
    finally i will have it ! thank you for the interesting review

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    1. No problem Victor, and thanks for the kind words! The last version of the Ricoh GR is awesome too and as far as I can tell, much more trouble free than the older version. Good luck, hope you get one soon!

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      1. If we photographers gave into our desires, we’d all have more cameras than we really need lol…I’ve been there and trying to “detox” from it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Hey Sammy San, wad-up brodda? It’s definately been a while since we hung together, but you know, that’s how it be sometimes. Still we must trod on and soak in the mems. Great shots man, I am always so impressed with how effective you be with that cam, B&W styling, super stuff and that ain’t no bluff. One luv mi brethren.


  5. I’ve been using the original GRD since it first came out. I’ve burned through 3 of them and I still have 5 left. They’re getting harder to find, especially in America. Lately I’ve been researching other cameras that used the same sensor and found two cameras, a Casio and the Sony DSC-W100 but both are zooms (38mm-118mm f2.8-5.6) have a high ISO of 1250 and use heavy noise reduction. I’m still searching

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    1. Hi Michael, thanks for the good information you provided. It’s very nice to hear from a fellow GRD enthusiast! You are right, they are getting harder and harder to find, so I’ve got my stash too!! For those of us who use them regularly, there’s nothing quite like it so keep enjoying them as long as you can! Best, Sam


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