Ricoh GR Lens review: High imaging performance at a more accessible price

By Kevin Carter - Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Ricoh GR Lens performance | Ricoh GR Lens Versus Nikon Coolpix A Lens | Conclusion

One point difference in the DxOMark scores between the GR lens and 18.5mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens on the Coolpix A means they are in are in fact very evenly matched. The lens and sensor configuration is similarly efficient resulting in the same excellent 13P-Mpix sharpness score, and they both share consistent edge-to-edge sharpness, however, the main difference between the two is in their vignetting.

In the extreme corners the Ricoh is brighter, approximately 1 EV at full aperture dropping to +2/3EV from f/4 through to f/16. In today’s digital world, however, vignetting isn’t as much as a problem as it was in the days of film.