My Ricoh GR II got dust on the sensor and for this reason I have been using it less and less. I guess this is quite a common event in the life of a Ricoh GR lover. If we shoot it a lot, sooner or later dust will come.
This made me sort of sad, because I love to bring the GR around with me and use it for my personal photography and sometimes also for job. You never know when you’ll meet these colors that would look just fine with the Positive Film!
I have always been very careful with it and I guess that’s why I got no dust for years. I have been using the adapter for holding a UV filter in front of the lens, sacrificing the pocketability of the camera, and so on.
But then one dreadful day I went to shoot some models and I was constantly putting and removing the 21mm adapter, with strong wind throwing dust at me, on the beach. No matter how I was trying to be careful, something found its way inside the camera, and I things went downhill from there.
After months of procrastinating I finally decided to open the Ricoh GR and clean it from the dust, following the excellent guide by Jamie Collinson, that you can find here.
At some point it became clear that most of the dust and dirt particles were not on the sensor but on the blue-green filter that sits in front of it. For this reason I had to integrate the guide with info I found on this forum post here.
The operation is not impossible and it can be done with some patience and good tools for disassembling and cleaning. These tools aren’t costing much and will make it all much easier.
If dust is a problem and it’s making your shooting experience unpleasant, please consider reading these guides and following them. Knowing you can open and clean the camera on your own is lifting a weight from your chest and making it easier and funnier to enjoy shooting with the camera.
If you are nervous and feeling lost while doing it, just cover everything, leave it alone for one hour or so, do something else, read the guides again and get back to it. It took me two attempts before I could clean it, I am not very good at these things.
If you find the guide by Jamie please let him know, he created a very valuable resource for all of us Ricoh GR lovers.
Have a great time with photography!
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