Ricoh cameras

Discussion in 'Ricoh' started by David J Taylor, Feb 4, 2007.

  1. What should I infer from the lack of reviews of Ricoh brand cameras on the
    major review sites?

    David J Taylor, Feb 4, 2007
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    Jack Guest

    That they're not too popular.
    Jack, Feb 4, 2007
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    ASAAR Guest

    That Ricoh either doesn't sell in very large numbers or their
    cameras aren't generally available in all major markets, or both.
    The only one that I'm sure of is that most or all of their cameras
    aren't sold in the USA. I've heard that some of their cameras are
    rebadged (as Rollies, I think). But when I checked with some large
    camera sellers about a year ago, couldn't find any, not even an "out
    of stock" listing. Adorama has been advertising the GR-Digital for
    several months, so perhaps Ricoh's marketing restrictions are
    loosening up a bit.
    ASAAR, Feb 4, 2007
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    ray Guest

    That not many folks have reviewed them.
    ray, Feb 5, 2007
  5. Not being sold in the USA would explain quite a lot, although Ricoh aren't
    the only company to be selective about where products are sold. As I'm
    not buying in the USA, the lack of USA warranty mentioned by DK doesn't
    concern me.

    At least no-one has yet said it's because the cameras are no good!

    David J Taylor, Feb 5, 2007
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    jeremy Guest

    I've owned 2 Ricoh cameras, the RDC-5000 & RDC 5300, since 2000, and they
    have given excellent results. They were feature-laden for their time.
    Ricoh may have an image problem in the US. They have been rebadging their
    cameras as Rollei in this market.
    jeremy, Feb 5, 2007
  7. jeremy wrote:
    Thanks, Jeremy.

    I just got an R5 and wondered why the brand wasn't better known. It works
    very well considering its size the the 1/2.5-inch sensor.

    David J Taylor, Feb 5, 2007
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    jeremy Guest

    Ricoh has not done a good job of advancing their brand awareness. They once
    were a well-known film camera manufacturer, but they withdrew from film and
    concentrated on their copier and office equipment lines.

    The RDC-5000 was an innovative digital camera--remote control, keep settings
    menu, text mode, styled to look like a traditional camera--resembled the
    Contax G2, LCD protective cover, ability to use camera with LCD cover
    closed, real-image viewfinder, excellent all-glass 9-element lens, 3
    aspheric surfaces, even an interval shooting mode for timed shots of
    anywhere between 30 seconds and three hours apart. The camera came with all
    cables, AC adapter, case and even a videotape that explained basic
    operations. It could output onto TV (US and European standards) and it was
    a most unusual camera in its day.

    I still use mine (I have 3 of them--bought two more on eBay). For 4x6
    snapshots, the camera was perfect. 2.3 MP resolution of 1200x1800 yielded
    300 ppi at 4 x 6. The CCD chip had a 3:2 aspect ratio--just like 35mm film.

    I think that Ricoh had associations in the minds of consumers of being a
    "second tier" manufacturer--somewhat like Vivitar. That might explain why
    their cameras are being distributed under the Rollei name in the US.

    I shoot mainly 35mm film, and I scan the images to digital. But for my
    less-important work, the RDC-5300 camera works fine, and I have not found
    any need to go up to a more recent digicam. My own experience with Ricoh
    was quite pleasant, and I would not hesitate to recommend their cameras.
    But they are clearly the sort of brand for the person that marches to his
    own drummer.
    jeremy, Feb 5, 2007
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    Bandicoot Guest

    My GF has been very pleased with her R4 which she bought after taking me to
    look at a shortlist of models from different manufacturers. My experience
    with several Ricoh film cameras (GR1v, GR10, GR21) encouraged me to take
    them seriously, and when trying out the options in the shop it blew away the
    alternatives (other cameras with a reasonably wide end to their zooms, and a
    price about £50-100 either side of the Ricoh.)

    Bandicoot, Feb 5, 2007
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    Mac Lynch Guest

    Kia Ora
    I fully endorse Jeremy's comments. My ricoh was actually 5300Dc, very similar
    to his. But I was persuaded to try the Caplio R3 and have found though it is a
    lot smaller, the pics are at least as good as the 5300DC but Oh the speed it
    writes to card & the ability to take immediate consequetative shots, and fast
    readback is wonderful.
    Also the Li Ion Battery, seems to last forever.
    Usually have this great camera in my pocket!
    Mac Lynch, Feb 6, 2007
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    Ken Ashcroft Guest

    In reply:
    I am on my 4ht, the latest being an R5 following a pleasurable
    experience with an R3. My daughter still uses the I7 which is a vest
    pocket format. Quality is great but the macro and the 28 - 200mm lens
    are features I like to the R3/5
    Ken Ashcroft, Feb 6, 2007
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    RichK Guest

    You mean that the famous Vivitar 283 was really made by some basement
    outfit, whose name we shall never know?

    RichK, Feb 8, 2007
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    jeremy Guest


    Vivitar sold cameras under its own name, regardless of who made them.
    jeremy, Feb 8, 2007
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