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As I said in the last essay about the X Vario, I love the little (relatively) camera, but it has its limitation.  For example, the famous Leica-style creamy bokeh.   If I want to have that legendary bokeh, I must use M lenses with larger aperture.  And before that, I must first buy a Leica body.  So the question is, which one?  

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Hold on a sec., I have a Ricoh GXR in my camera cabinet which I bought in 2012/13.  The GXR is a special camera, it's module exchange concept is actually quite good, but just didn't sell.  I remember Ricoh made a m-mount module for the GXR, aim for those M lenses owner, who could use their M lenses on a digital body (instead of buying ultra-expensive Leiac body).  I think this module would be a great choice for me. (no need to spend a fortune)

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The module was expensive when it was introduced to the market, now, you can find a NOS in Taobao at arround HK$1400!  I sucessfully track one down in TB, after a few days, it arrived.

 

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The module is extremely well built, even though it is MIC, no sign of cutting corners.  At APS-C size sensor, it has 12 MP pixel and usual Ricoh color, which is really special.  This mount module can take almost all M mount lenses, except some special design lenses with very deep rear lens.  Ricoh gives a adaptor for you to check whether a lense is suitable to mount or not before you actually mounting it on the module, which is very thoughtful.

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It is a shame that the GXR series didnt last, I like Ricoh's camera, they are very special.  It would be perfect if Ricoh still making them and come out a new full frame module for M mount leses.  I would n't mind spend 10K to buy one.  Sadly this could only be a dream.

 

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Is it new?  seems OK.  The risk of shopping in TB.

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Very well built

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Has to update firmware to use the module, all automatically done

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A trip at Thailand

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You can see the Ricoh is extrmely good at portraiting the mood and I reckon the ISO performance is outstanding.  The WB is auto, which also performed flawlessly.

At Guam

 

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And the color of the GXR A12 module is extremely pleasing!!  And combine with Summicron 50 APO, and Zeiss Biogon 25/2.8, the detail of the pictures are just awesome.

 

 

 

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