The Ricoh GX-R is an unusual camera that has interchangeable sensors, as well as lenses. For me the interesting part is the recent availability of the Leica M Mount module. It features an APS-C size sensor that, crucially, doesn’t have an Anti-Aliasing filter, like a Leica M8 and M9. These filters are put in most D-SLRs have to reduce Moire aberrations and banding, but result in a reduction in sharpness. For Leica lenses, this allows them to display their legendary sharpness and rendering that makes Leica, well a Leica.
The only problem is that it is quite expensive. The body plus the $649 M module makes it a $1500 proposition – more than a Sony NEX-7; but without the excellent viewfinder and other excellent NEX-7 features. The GX-R is worth considering, but probably a bit too esoteric even for me.
Recently Fuji announced that they will produce an EVIL, so if it is anything like the X-100, I am sure it will be excellent. I really like the idea of the hybrid optical and electronic viewfinder, and I am sure Fuji will have half an eye on those users who mount Leica M mount lenses to their cameras via an adapter.
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