I wrote recently about the new sensor units I bought from China for my Ricoh GXR camera body and followed it up with posts about the 50mm macro unit and the sensor only A12 unit. Well this short post completes the series by including some sample images from the other unit I bought – a Ricoh GXR A12 28mm equivalent APS-C sensor lens.
As with the 50mm unit, the 28mm unit is not actually fitted with a 28mm lens but a lens which is the equivalent to 28mm on full frame. Since the sensor is an APS-C sensor, the actual lens focal length is 18.3mm and this is coupled to an aperture range of f/2.5 to f/22.
I’ve found this to be a very useful focal length to have with you for occasions when you just want to slip a camera in your pocket in case a photo opportunity comes along, and with this unit fitted to the GXR, it is a pocketable camera (just). Of course that is equally true with either of the small sensor units I have for the camera body, but the image quality from the APS-C sensor is far superior to either of those units, so I feel much more comfortable taking pictures with the A12 units. When the ‘full press snap’ function is enabled it’s possible to turn the camera into a fantastic snap-shot unit with the camera taking care of exposure and locking the focus to 2m to infinity, but with a turn of the mode dial it becomes a fully configurable ‘manual everything’ camera.
The pictures below are ones I’ve taken over the last couple of weeks as I had the camera with me on various walks and family occasions – they have been processed in Lightroom CC using my normal workflow.