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Around the Block, Ricoh GX200

I was looking through my Lightroom catalog a couple weeks back and came across some photos I had made with the Ricoh GX200. The GX200 is a pocket sized camera from 2008 with a simmilar form factor and controls to my trusty Ricoh GR III. The GX200 however sports a 24mm-72mm (35mm) equivalent zoom lens and a tiny but wonderful CCD sensor that, under the right conditions, can produce images with great color and tonality. I had purchased a used one back in 2011 for a very good price, the owner had lost the charger and couldn’t be bothered to find a new one. A quick ebay search and I had a replacement charger and some spare batteries. Ironically, I discovered afterward that the GX200 can also be powered by a pair of AAA batteries which made it a great travel camera for those that know about this secret feature! I never fully appreciated this little gem when I had it and it got sold off at some point around 2015.

After reviewing my photo archive last week I took to Ebay and found a GX200 with some cosmetic damage but in otherwise good condition for about $100 USD. It was too good to pass up so I pulled the trigger. The camera arrived yesterday and I took it out for a quick walk around the block. I’m impressed all over again.

Ricoh GX200 with VF-1 ViewfinderRicoh GX200 with VF-1 Viewfinder

Some GX200 favorites from my past catalogSome GX200 favorites from my past catalog

24mm equivalent, 1/45 sec, f5.1, ISO 6424mm equivalent, 1/45 sec, f5.1, ISO 64

24mm equivalent, 1/30 sec, f8.1, ISO 9224mm equivalent, 1/30 sec, f8.1, ISO 92

72mm equivalent, 1/70 sec, f4.4, ISO 8072mm equivalent, 1/70 sec, f4.4, ISO 80

50mm equivalent, 1/60 sec, f3.5, ISO 6450mm equivalent, 1/60 sec, f3.5, ISO 64

24mm equivalent, 1/110 sec, f8.1, ISO 6424mm equivalent, 1/110 sec, f8.1, ISO 64

28mm equivalent, 1/640 sec, f3.0, ISO 6428mm equivalent, 1/640 sec, f3.0, ISO 64

72mm equivalent, 1/750 sec, f5.0, ISO 6472mm equivalent, 1/750 sec, f5.0, ISO 64

50mm equivalent, 1/200 sec, f3.5, ISO 6450mm equivalent, 1/200 sec, f3.5, ISO 64

50mm equivalent, 1/250 sec, f3.5, ISO 6450mm equivalent, 1/250 sec, f3.5, ISO 64

24mm equivalent, 1/850 sec, f3.6, ISO 6424mm equivalent, 1/850 sec, f3.6, ISO 64

24mm equivalent, 1/440 sec, f7.2, ISO 6424mm equivalent, 1/440 sec, f7.2, ISO 64

24mm equivalent, 1/320 sec, f8.1, ISO 6424mm equivalent, 1/320 sec, f8.1, ISO 64

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