Excerpt: The GXR became something quite unique when they released the mount module. Apart from Leica there was and has been no other camera specifically designed for LM mount lenses. At the time Ricoh engineers were very proud of the specially designed focal plane shutter. Uniquely in digital cameras with replaceable lenses the shutter defaults shut when the lens is removed.
Summary: I'm not an expert on cameras and after two years of ownership I'm still finding new ways to improve my photo shots, due to the vast array of settings available to the user. I have had some technical issues with the body but Ricoh have not failed so far, to give excellent service.
Pros: Robust compact size and ease of operation + really good photos.
Summary: For those considering Leica lens options on non-Leica cameras, I would recommend this little unit as a viable option...I am using this on Ricoh's base camera and it works just great... I like the results I am getting, and my images are simply superb... I did consider getting the Sony's NEX 7 (to be released later in mid November), but decided that smaller digital files, silent shutter, no AA filter and small lenses (Leica and Zeiss ZM) make this unit a superior 'street...
GXR "M" Mount A12 - the poor man's affordable Leica M8
Let it Be "Alan", Amazon
8 October 2011
Summary: This unique photographic equipment, the Rioch GXR Mount A12 12 MP Digital SLR camera (the "GXR Mount A12") presents a reviewer some difficulty to share his user experience in a concise and interesting user review. As a new owner of this product, I have a few points for the intended user of the GXR Mount A12 review : 1 NOT A STANDALONE PRODUCT This is a system product it is part of a system and requires the Ricoh GXR body module to and a compatible M-mount interchangeable...
Summary: I have been a long time fan of the Ricoh GXR system. The modular system keeps dust off the sensor and it is compact and light. Image quality is superb when used with the 'A12' modules. As the system is discontinued, with no information whether there will be any replacement, and if so whether the new model will be backwards compatible, I purchased a second body as spare for that 'just in case' scenario. They are going for a song now!
Summary: This is my first ever review of a product, from any website. I absolutely love this camera. I spent quite a bit of time researching. Top reasons I purchased (pros): Pros 1) Liked the idea of the modular sensor/lens. 2) Upcoming module that would handle a Leica M lens. 3) All reviews pointed at extra solid construction - I have to agree - its a rock. (but not too heavy) 4) I have bigger hands, and it fits perfectly.
Best User Interface ever. Great camera, buy it now.
4 December 2010
Summary: I love this camera. I've used many systems trying to find the perfect street photographer / versatile carry around camera, and this is it. As background, I've used: 1) Nikon - Film system including FA, FM2, FM3a, F3, F100, and Digital, including D90, D5000, D7000. All Nikon gear now sold, except the FM3a for collectors value. 2) Canon - Film system including EOS 3, EOS Elan II, and Digital - 5D (borrowed from friend). All canon gear sold.
Summary: My background: I own 2 GXR camera units, the 28, 50, and M-Mount A12 lensors, as well as the P10 small lensor and the EVF. I also own the Canon 5DII and assorted L lenses for occasions where the big guns need to come out. I was one of the first to jump onto the mirrorless bandwagon, and got a M43 Panasonic G1, and later the GH2.