Ricoh announces RICOH LENS A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5
A new GXR camera unit featuring a 3.5x optical zoom lens (24-85 mm)
and an APS-C size CMOS sensor
Tokyo, Japan, February 2, 2012—Ricoh Co., Ltd. today announced the development and release of RICOH LENS A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5, the fifth camera unit in the GXR interchangeable unit camera system. First introduced in December 2009, the GXR is a revolutionary interchangeable unit camera system in which lenses can be changed by mounting camera units that integrate lens, image sensor, and image processing engine into a single unit.
The new RICOH LENS A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 brings together a newly developed 24-85 mm wide-angle zoom lens, an APS-C size CMOS sensor, and the proven Smooth Imaging Engine IV to create a unit with high image quality, high power of expression, and high flexibility.
Main features of RICOH LENS A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5
1) Newly developed 24-85 mm wide-angle zoom lens with an APS-C size CMOS sensor with approximately 16.20 million pixels
· This newly developed lens features a 9-group, 11-element configuration. The utilization of three double-sided aspherical lenses as well as high-refraction lenses effectively reduces various types of distortion across the entire zoom range. The result is high resolution and imaging power from edge to edge.
· The configuration of nine rounded aperture blades enables both highly precise aperture settings and beautiful bokeh.
· This camera unit features a 23.6 mm×15.7 mm (APS-C size) 16M CMOS sensor. In combination with the image processing engine Smooth Imaging Engine IV, this image sensor makes it possible to shoot high-quality images with smooth tonal gradations, as well as low noise and high-resolution.
2) Diverse shooting functions and high operability
· Dynamic range compensation reduces overexposure of highlights and underexposure of dark areas. For backlit and high-contrast scenes that cannot be handled with exposure compensation, doing the dynamic range compensation in specific portions of the image makes it possible to shoot the subject at a brightness level close to that seen by the naked eye.
· ISO sensitivity can be set in 1EV or 1/3EV steps.
· With the new ISO bracketing function, the photographer can shoot and record three images with different ISO sensitivities.
· When the new function for maintaining the same shooting settings is set on, by keeping the shutter release button pressed halfway after taking a picture, the photographer can continue to shoot with the same settings (focus, exposure, white balance, etc.).
· The function for recording a JPEG image simultaneously with the RAW image has been expanded so that it is now possible to record only the RAW image. This is suitable for a work flow based on the premise that image finishing is to be done on a PC after shooting. Since a JPEG file is not simultaneously recorded, this option is also useful when the photographer wants to increase the number of images which can be recorded on the memory card.
· It is now possible to turn ON/OFF the white saturation display that shows areas where bright portions will be rendered white and where color shade gradations will be lost.
· The tilt indicator function has been enhanced. In addition to the conventional horizontal indicator, this function can now also detect camera movement direction tilting.
· Copyright information such as the photographer’s name can be entered and written to the image Exif data. The recorded information can be checked on the playback screen detailed information display.
3) Highly precise focusing
· For the AF area size for spot AF, either normal or pinpoint can be selected.
· A focus-assist function has been included in an effort to raise the accuracy of manual focusing. The photographer can select from two modes and check the focus by strengthening outlines and contrast.
· The shooting screen can be magnified for convenience in focusing. The magnified area can be displayed in the center or across the entire screen. In addition, the image quality for 4x and 8x magnification has been further enhanced. The area to be magnified can be moved using the direction pad.
4) The power of expression that is a hallmark of the GXR series
· Picture settings for image quality and color can be customized with nine levels for easy creation of a diverse range of images.
· My Settings enables the settings for a wide range of shooting functions to be recorded in advance and specified in an instant when needed. For the setting storage, now six patterns can be stored in the body’s My Settings Box and six patterns can be stored in the SD card. This expands the world of photo expression by enabling GXR users to exchange their shooting settings.
· B (bulb) and T (time) can now be selected as the shutter speed in manual exposure mode. With “B,” the exposure continues while the shutter release button is pressed, and with “T,” the shutter release button is pressed to start and end the exposure. For both, the exposure is forcibly ended when 180 seconds have elapsed.
· New scene mode options have been added for the easy enjoyment of a wide range of photo expression. The five new options are soft focus, cross process, toy camera, miniaturize, and high contrast B&W. The photographer can create a unique image by just pressing the shutter release button.
· An image flag function has been added to enable the quick display of specific images from among those in the camera. Up to 20 images can be flagged.
· It is possible to shoot 1280 × 720 pixel HD movies.
* Note: When shooting movies of 1280×720 size, the use of an SD/SDHC memory card with an SD speed class of Class 6 or higher is recommended.
5) New options added
· A newly designed lens hood (LH-2) especially for this camera unit.
· A lens cap (LC-3) that opens and closes simultaneously with the movement of the lens. It does not need to be removed when shooting.
· A wrapping sheet (WS-1) that can wrap the GXR when the camera unit, external viewfinder, and other options are attached.
RICOH LENS A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 options
Lens Hood LH-2
Self-retaining Lens Cap LC-3
Wrapping Sheet WS-1
All of the focal lengths in this release are converted to the equivalent values for a 35 mm film camera.
LH-2 and LC-3 are new options being introduced at this time.
Functions when the GXR body is attached
RICOH LENS A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5 Major Specifications
Approximately 16.20 million
23.6 mm × 15.7 mm ＣMOS sensor (total pixels: approx. 16.50 million pixels)
Focal length: f=15.7～55.5 mm (35 mm camera equivalent: 24-85 mm)
Aperture (f-number): f/3.5 – f/5.5
Focus range: Approx. 25 cm – infinity (from the front of the lens)
Construction: 11 elements in 9 groups (3 aspherical lens elements with 6 surfaces)
Filter diameter: 55 mm
Optical zoom: 3.5x
Digital zoom: 4.0x (3.6x for movies)
Auto resize zoom: Approx. 6.8x (VGA)
Contrast AF-based multi and spot AF; MF; Snap; infinity (focus lock and AF-assist)
Photographs: 1/3200 – 180 s , bulb, time (upper and lower limits vary according to shooting and flash mode)
Movies: 1/2000 – 1/30 s
Metering: TTL metering in multi (256-segment), center-weighted, and spot metering (TTL metering with auto exposure lock)
Mode: Program AE, aperture priority AE, manual exposure, shutter priority AE, target-move function
Exposure compensation: Manual (-4.0 EV to +4.0 EV in increments of 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV), auto bracketing (-2.0 EV to +2.0 EV in increments of 1/3 EV or 1/2 EV)
ISO sensitivity (Standard Output Sensitivity):
AUTO, AUTO-HI, ISO-LO, ISO200, ISO250, ISO320, ISO400, ISO500, ISO640, ISO800, ISO1000, ISO1250, ISO1600, ISO2000, ISO2500, ISO3200
Auto / Multi-P AUTO / Outdoors / Cloudy / Incandescent Lamp 1 / Incandescent Lamp 2 / Fluorescent Lamp / Manual Settings / Detail; white balance bracketing
Flash (when GF-1 is used):
Method: TTL, manual, external auto
Flash mode: Anti Red-eye, Flash On, Flash Synchro, Manual
Firing timing: 1st/2nd curtain sync
Auto / program shift / aperture priority / shutter priority / manual exposure /scene (movie, portrait, sports, landscape, nightscape, skew correction, miniaturize, high contrast B&W, soft focus, cross process, toy camera) / “My Settings”
Number of pictures shot in Continuous (Picture Size: RAW):
Noise Reduction off: 3 pictures
Noise Reduction on: 2 pictures
Number of pictures shot in M-Cont Plus (1 set):
HI (1280 × 856): 30 pictures (30 frames/sec.)
LO (4928 × 3264): 14 pictures (2.5 frames/sec.)
Picture quality ※１:
FINE, NORMAL, RAW (DNG) ※2
Image size (pixels):
16:9 4928×2768, 3456×1944
4:3 4352×3264, 3072×2304, 2592×1944, 2048×1536, 1280×960, 640×480
3:2 4928×3264, 3456×2304
1:1 3264×3264, 2304×2304
1280×720, 640×480, 320×240
File size (approx.):
16:9 NORMAL: 23,445 KB/frame, FINE: 25,703 KB/frame, VGA: 20,508 KB/frame, RAW only: 20,332 KB/frame
4:3 NORMAL: 24,443 KB/frame, FINE: 26,795 KB/frame, VGA: 21,405 KB/frame, RAW only: 21,181 KB/frame
3:2 NORMAL: 27,603 KB/frame, FINE: 30,265 KB/frame, VGA: 24,139K KB/frame RAW only: 23,937 KB/frame
1:1 NORMAL: 18,383 KB/frame, FINE: 20,147 KB/frame, VGA: 16,105 KB/frame RAW only: 15,929 KB/frame
16:9 NORMAL: 2,901 KB/frame, FINE: 4,999 KB/frame
4:3 NORMAL: 3,041 KB/frame, FINE: 5,226 KB/frame
3:2 NORMAL: 3,415 KB/frame, FINE: 5,889 KB/frame
1:1 NORMAL: 2,288 KB/frame, FINE: 3,927 KB/frame
16:9 NORMAL: 1,481 KB/frame, FINE: 2,514 KB/frame
4:3 NORMAL: 1,579 KB/frame, FINE: 2,668 KB/frame
3:2 NORMAL: 1,749 KB/frame, FINE: 2,974 KB/frame
1:1 NORMAL: 1,192 KB/frame, FINE: 2,008 KB/frame
4:3 FINE: 2,293 KB/frame
4:3 FINE: 1,479 KB/frame
4:3 FINE: 818 KB/frame
4:3 FINE: 202 KB/frame
Based on CIPA standard, DB-90: approx. 400 shots※3
Dimensions (W × H × D):
Camera unit only: 71.4 mm × 70.5 mm × 93.3 mm
(according to CIPA guidelines)
When mounted on the GXR body: 113.9 mm × 74.7 mm × 98.5 mm
（according to CIPA guidelines）
Camera unit only： Approx. 350 g
When mounted on camera body: Approx. 550 g （battery and SD memory card included）
0 °C to 40 °C
90% or less
–20 °C to 60 °C
*1) The picture quality modes which can be set vary depending on the image size.
*2) A JPEG file is also recorded (the JPEG file may be a FINE- or NORMAL-quality file with the same dimensions as the RAW file or a VGA file 640 × 480 pixels in size). RAW files use the standard DNG format promoted by Adobe Systems Incorporated.
*3) For reference only; actual number of shots varies greatly according to how camera is used. We recommend that you carry spare batteries when in use for extended periods.
(Shooting capacity was measured using CIPA-standard parameters. These are only estimates; performance may vary depending on usage conditions.)
I really don’t understand all the hype about mirrorless cameras,they seem to be a camera to walk around with when travelling,less weight certainly makes sense,however it will not handle any kind of
punishment.I certainly as a professional photographer would not trust it.I trust nikon,cannon,leica
full frame with some body.I think most pro’s think the same way.The cameras that have plasticity
are like fast food,here today gone tommorrow,not thinking about a camera that could last years
to come.Usually 4 year cycle or longer if want to keep that relationship going.So be careful on
spending money on looks and price.Remember the cheapest person spends the most money.
ok Steve, I will sit tight and wait for your upcoming review on this module….been wanting to sell my GXR and get the new Fuji X-pro.
Well, I certainly am not and would not slam Steve H. or anyone else on this site! I love the interaction here and the openness. I really didn’t understand all the hate on the new Canon when I think the lens is notably faster than the Ricoh. I don’t really care so much, I am more interested in what I must be missing, I am new to the world of photography. I have spent the last two years taking a lot of photos with a Canon G10 on manual. Now it’s on eBay so I can get some cash together for the new Oly OM-?
Keep up the awesome site, Steve, and everyone else who shares their knowledge and insight. Some of the sarcasm is funny, but I don’t get all of it. :/
f3.5- 5.5 yaaaaa no thanks ricoh !!!
Exactly… Why no one is whining about the slow lens is a mystery to me! When the Canon G1X came out, it was blasted…. Hahaha, funny stuff, for sure.
Whats wrong with f3.5-5.5??? Steve loves the nikon v1
oops never mind, thought it was the a16 m-mount module i was waiting for
this be be even better than the NEX6 that everyone ask for
Great specialty concept. I am waiting for their Bayer-filter-free, AA-filter free dedicated B&W unit. A must have once it gets here.
The only economic viable way would be the different versions of M-module. What about one without IR filter for infrared fotos. Or the one optimised for HD video (2Mp. super lowlight perf). Or as you said economic one only for B/W. Ricoh is the only company that has potential to make a serious camera with upgradable, interchagable sensor units. Come forth with M-module based on Sony 16Mp, Ricoh. By the way, does anyone realize that GRX machine is the only concept that will allow you to change lens units in pouring rain!! Provided that they will come with weatherproof GRX body which I hope comes soon.
Now this will be interesting to see what this baby is capable of…
All as expected (though size seems even more than expected) Steve, there is nothing about the AA filter. Do you know anymore about that issue? In any way – looking forward to see your review.