Ricoh 30-second review - Ricoh GH-3 for Ricoh GR

Lightmancer

Legend
Aug 13, 2011
Sunny Frimley
Bill Palmer
So, I acquired one of these a couple of days ago. I had the GH-2 for my III and liked that, so I shall compare and contrast as well as comment.

The GH-3 is not a cheap bit of kit - the thick end of fifty quid, in fact. For that I expect it to make my tea... The good news is that it is not only well made but has a couple of significant advances over the GH-2.

It comes in three parts - a tube, a hood and a rear cap. It is a bayonet fit; once you have removed the trim ring, which then mounts safely on the end cap that the GH-3 comes with (improvement 1 over the GH-2). Once on it improves surety of handling; the left hand naturally cradles it like a lens. The tube completely protects the extending lens - ideal for street or rough and tumble. It doesn't shade the lens much, but that is what the hood is for. The hood is rectilinear and HUGE; nearly as big as that for the Digilux 2, and you could park a small camper van in that... The tube has a 49mm filter thread (improvement 2); I haven't bothered with a filter, because I already have an accmaxx stick-on one on the lens (see pic). What I have bothered with is a snap-cap; this means the tube can effectively be left on and not act as a dust trap. The end of the tube is smoothly finished (improvement 3) the net result is that it is far more likely to be used. The hood itself... Hmmm. it is not an improvement; it is flimsier than that of the GH-2 and I would really need to be shooting close to the sun on a bright day to bother with it.

Overall, therefore, 7/10

Tube with snap cap:

Ricoh GH-3 1 par Lightmancer, on ipernity

Tube with lens extended:

Ricoh GH-3 2 par Lightmancer, on ipernity

Tube with hood:

Ricoh GH-3 3 par Lightmancer, on ipernity
 

retow

All-Pro
Jul 24, 2010
I assume the wide angle converter lens mounts on that tube. Did you get the wide angle lens as well? I`m quite interested to see a few real life shots with it.
 

aleksanderpolo

Regular
Apr 18, 2013
Polo
Does the hood help? I think the front element is already a little bit recessed inside the lens barrel when it is extended, so it is not really that flare prone without the hood.
 

stillshunter

Super Moderator Emeritus
Nov 5, 2010
Down Under
Mark
Does the GR lens need such a high level of shielding? Does it flare and lose contrast when naked? Otherwise is this more about looks?

Please don't get me wrong this looks the business but seems to nullify one of the most amazing things about the GR...that they managed to squeeze so much capability into such a tiny package. Sort of reminds me of the hood that ships with the Summilux 25/1.4. Piece that baby together on your mu43 body and all of a sudden your small dSLR big.

In this augmented state that pocket rocket, in anyone's pocket, would certainly look.....well....augmented :blush:
 

Livnius

Top Veteran
Jun 3, 2012
Melbourne. Australia
Joe
Does the GR lens need such a high level of shielding? Does it flare and lose contrast when naked? Otherwise is this more about looks?

Please don't get me wrong this looks the business but seems to nullify one of the most amazing things about the GR...that they managed to squeeze so much capability into such a tiny package. Sort of reminds me of the hood that ships with the Summilux 25/1.4. Piece that baby together on your mu43 body and all of a sudden your small dSLR big.

In this augmented state that pocket rocket, in anyone's pocket, would certainly look.....well....augmented :blush:

Mark, as far as I can tell almost a month and several hundred shots in, the lens in its naked state is remarkably resistant to flare and fringing of any sort....streets ahead of anything I've seen from an m43 lens. Loss of contrast however is fairly typical....losing out a little when shooting into the sun and such. When I first purchased the camera I almost pulled the trigger on the adapter/hood set thinking it would be a must, not so. I'd hate to bulk the thing out so much for my stroll/street shooting....the size V output ratio of this thing is exceptional and for the time being i'll keep it that way. This summer though when I'll no doubt again head up into the hills around Falls Creek for my holidays for a few weeks I probably will get the adapter set, leave the big@ss hood at home and attach one of those cheap low profile screw-in metal hoods+fitting cap for $5 from eBay....in fact, I think I already have one in 49mm in a drawer somewhere.


BILL: that stick-on accmaxxx filter sounds good. I assume they can be peeled off if required without damaging/peeling the finish on the lens ? I read they are quite good and to my surprise don't degrade IQ....has that been your experience ?
 

Lightmancer

Legend
Aug 13, 2011
Sunny Frimley
Bill Palmer
Does the hood help? I think the front element is already a little bit recessed inside the lens barrel when it is extended, so it is not really that flare prone without the hood.
Does the GR lens need such a high level of shielding? Does it flare and lose contrast when naked? Otherwise is this more about looks?
BILL: that stick-on accmaxxx filter sounds good. I assume they can be peeled off if required without damaging/peeling the finish on the lens ? I read they are quite good and to my surprise don't degrade IQ....has that been your experience ?
Sooo...

I have never had a flare problem either with my III or the new GR. For me, the tube is useful because with it on a) it affords protection to the extended lens assembly - handy in a crowd, like the Hampton Court Flower Show this last weekend (pics to follow ;) ) and b) it gives a more stable and solid hold for low shutter speeds.

I may never use the hood itself - it is a monster - but it is a just in case tool.

The accmaxx is very handy; keeps the dust out and is easily wipe-cleanable. It is removable without a mark - this one came off my III, "Lazarus". It was also wearing one when I drove over it... The filter was smashed but the lens itself was unblemished :D I have found no image degradation from using it.


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