Ricoh GXR A12-M pictures and travel report

Cristian Sorega

Apr 23, 2011
I have not been posting for a while here since I have been away on a lomng holiday through Vietnam, Cambodia and Hong Kong.
I took my GXR with the Ricoh GR f2.8 28mm, Voigtlander Heliar f4.5 15mm, Voigtlander Nokton f1.4 35mm and Canon f1.8 50mm lenses and the A12 28mm module as a backup camera. The GXR performed great and the lenses complemented each other very well, although the Heliar and GR lens were the ones to see the most use overall.
The GXR worked flawlessly during the trip despite rain, high temperatures and humidity, the only problem I had was with dust on the sensor but this was more my fault, although Ricoh needs to add a dust reduction system in the next mount module. While it was not always easy to manually focus the lenses all the time (imagine having to hold and umbrella and also have two hands to hold and focus the camera), it was never too big a problem and mode 2 made focusing very easy.
Something that did not really work well is to keep the lens information accurate, at times I forgot to switch the My Setting, here I hope Ricoh will address this in firmware.

Next to the GXR, I gave my new Asus Transformer tablet a proper trial on how it works as a travel device and it did not disappoint. Where a friends' iPad 2 failed miserably for every single task, the Transformer worked like a charm and managed to handle everything from backing up pictures to blogging and uploading pictures without problems. So if you are thinking of travelling light but want a proper device to store your pictures on ansd be able to upload them, forget the iPad but look at the Asus Transformer.

The trip started out in Hanoi, then on to Hue, Hoi An, Saigon, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap for Angkor Wat, back to Hanoi, Halong Bay and then on to Hong Kong. There was a lot to cover and even more to see but it was worth it.

After the trip, I have to say that one thing is clear to me, the GXR with Mount A12 module is the best camera I have used so far and produces fantastic results. This is bad news for my other cameras since they will see a lot less use from now on.

Enough with the talk, below are some pictures from the trip.

In case you don't have enough, there are more on my blog.


Hall of Famer
Jul 3, 2010
Love the photos, Cristian. Looks like you had an amazing holiday.


Administrator Emeritus
Jul 12, 2010
Philly, Pa
Cristian, nice selection of images. I recognize a few as they appear to be from Hue.
I have a question for you. Now that your doing the M module and have been for sometime, how do you feel about the A12 lensors? I notice you carried the 28 as a backup. How do you feel about these lensors compared to the stuff your using on the M module?
If ya get a chance to reply, I'd like to know...

You have a good blog and I hit it daily...


Sep 30, 2011
Vancouver, BC
Love the lighting on the couple by the water in your first travel shot.

(I have your blog in my daily RSS feed read and have been enjoying your trip vicariously!)


Hall of Famer
Dec 24, 2010
Brisbane, Australia
Some great memories for me of Vietnam and Cambodia. Hoi An is one the coolest little towns I've been to (did you go to the Cargo Club, by any chance?). Halong Bay is serene, the Angkor temples just blow you away, and Phnom Penh is a great city. I have to go to Hong Kong one day. Thanks for sharing.

Cristian Sorega

Apr 23, 2011
Thanks for all your comments!

@Don (aka Streetshooter)
I still feel like the lensors have their place because they offer things you can't get with M lenses or legacy lenses in the same package. Aide from taht they work great as a backup camera. Having said this, I feel like the Mount A12 is the real GXR and the other modules are there simply to complement it, especially the A12 28mm is a very good complement.

I did not go to the Cargo Club but need to put it on my list for the next travel there.
You should visit Hong Kong, even if it's as a stop over for a few days. It is a great place to see and has a lot to offer, especially Mong Kok is great but so are Stanley and Lantau Island.

This is my favourite part of the world to visit, it is also amazing for photography.


Apr 2, 2011
Wonderful pictures, Cristian!

What brand of umbrella did you use to take them with? Hope you'll be doing a full scale review of it on your blog soon...:biggrin:

Cristian Sorega

Apr 23, 2011
Irenaeus, stay tuned for my detailed review on the make of umbrella and raincoat I ended up buying in Hue when realizing the rain won't stop anytime soon. ;)

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