Ricoh GF-1 External Flash for GXR Camera System
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The Ricoh GF-1 External Flash is designed for the GXR camera system including the GR Digital Camera. The GF-1 attaches to the camera body via the hot shoe. However, it is independently powered using 4 'AA' batteries. Highlights of the GF-1 include TTL flash using pre-flash, a built-in wide-angle diffuser, and catch light panels. When the wide-angle diffuser panel is used, coverage of 18mm is possible.
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I'll say right off that if you have a GR camera you might be surprised at the size of the "compact" flashgun. The GR camera is a "run and gun" kind of high end point and shoot. It would take a lot of self-confidence to be using this combo due to the size of this "compact" flashgun. I'll say more later.
The high quality build of this flash should not have surprised me considering the Ricoh line of cameras is so solid. That said my recently purchased GR will certainly benefit from a more powerful and more versatile external flash. The price I got on Amazon.com was far better than I'd seen elsewhere.
I'm hoping I might be able to use this as a slave flash with my Sony A6000 and Sony Compact Flash. That would be an unexpected bonus.
But, there is no free lunch as they say. The fact is even though the GF-1 is a compact style flash, it still is larger (flash unit pointing up) and heavier, than the GR camera itself. Well at least that what it feels like in my hand. I find it hard to fault the GF-1 for this, as it feels a whole lot better built than my recently purchased Sony Premium Compact Flash for my Sony A6000. I'll have to compare the specs between the two, but I wouldn't be surprised it the GF-1 was comparable or even exceeded the Sony Premium Compact Flash. Note the GF-1 does not have a swivel head. But it does angle to the ceiling for a bounce shot.
Let's face it the GR is incredibly small and light for an APS-C camera. So it would be hard to design a flash with this power and features in a better size and weight ratio for the GR. I suppose the GF-1 flash may have been designed for larger Ricoh/Pentax cameras? Anyway, be prepared that your GR camera kit is going to get bigger if you choose to add the GF-1 to your equipment roster. So I don't think most people would be using this as a "run and gun" scenario. But the GR is such a great camera bringing the GF-1 along would be worth it if you anticipate the need for a flashgun with decent power.
The flash does come with a cloth storage bag, but I plan to replace it with an Optech bag if I can find one that fits.
I've owned a Fujifilm X20 and the Fujifilm's EF-X20 flash. The smallness of the EF-X20 was perfectly suited for the small X20 camera. However, the power and recovery time of the EF-20 flash such that it was a challenge to take pictures in an event setting. I'm talking something like a small awards ceremony or retirement event.
If I was going to do a lot of work with the GF-1 flash and the GR I think I would quickly tire of the unbalance of the pair. Meaning the GR feels top heavy with the GF-1 on top. The solution probably might look a little silly, but for extensive use I'd pair this equipment with a Stroboframe flash bracket. I'm assuming a flash cable exists that would make this combo work. I've read on DPreview.com that Canon cables or knockoff Canon cables might work with this set up. I'll give it a try and update the review when I can, but the GR is going on a trip with my spouse to Egypt soon. It will be interesting to see if she will bring along the GF-1?
For me the GR and GF-1 combo is a worthwhile set up. I avoid flash when I can, but in some circumstances the onboard flashgun of the GR and other cameras just don't have the power and versatility of a dedicated external flash. At the price I got on Amazon I would say it is a bargain!