Need internal light meter repair - Ricoh SLX 500 (all mechanical)

Discussion in 'Ricoh' started by Theo, Nov 3, 2004.

  1. Theo

    Theo Guest

    Hey now,

    Does anyone know where I could send an old (mid '70's) Ricoh SLX 500
    mechanical SLR camera to get the light meter fixed? It's got a lever
    besides the lens that, when pulled, should make a needle in the viewfinder
    move around between a "+" and "-" indicator as the f-stop is changed. No
    one wants to touch it. Can these things ever be repaired for less than the
    cost of the camera?

    Theo, Nov 3, 2004
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  2. Theo

    jaf Guest

    jaf, Nov 3, 2004
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  3. Michael A. Covington, Nov 4, 2004
  4. Also a place called Essex Camera Repair, in the northeastern U.S. somewhere.

    You might be able to find a used camera body that takes the same lenses very
    cheaply. And sell the meterless one to an amateur astronomer who doesn't
    need the meter.

    QUERY: You say "lever that should make the needle move" -- Do you mean the
    meter doesn't turn on? What condition is the battery in? Your symptoms
    sound like a dead battery.

    Which I'll be happy to fix for $100 :) :) :)
    Michael A. Covington, Nov 4, 2004
  5. The short answer is NO.

    The long answer is that your Ricoh is pretty vanilla, and not regarded
    as one of the best brands anyway. You'd probably do better finding a
    different body (Pentax? Fuji?) that was working.

    That said, there IS something fun about having an obscure piece of
    equipment overhauled and continuing to use it; it just doesn't make
    economic sense. I still use a 1954 Leica IIIg, but (sorry) a Ricoh
    isn't a Leica.
    Scott Schuckert, Nov 4, 2004
  6. Theo

    Theo Guest

    Okay, so I put a new battery in, and suddenly remembered how the problem
    first arose in 1985: When the lever is actuated, the lever now goes to the
    maximum "+" position, suggesting that the cell itself is shot.

    If I could take it apart and extract the cell, what are the odds of
    procuring a replacement? I think you are right, a replacement body makes
    more sense.

    Thanks for your help
    Theo, Nov 4, 2004
  7. I don't know. You might also look for a broken wire somewhere.
    Michael A. Covington, Nov 5, 2004
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