Ricoh SLR

Discussion in 'Ricoh' started by bstephens1ster, Nov 20, 2006.

  1. Some 20 + years ago (1985?)I bought a black Ricoh SLR. At that time it
    was new, but discontinued and was the last one on the shelf of the
    camera shop. Two weeks later it was stolen. I think I'd like to get it
    back! (well get one just like it anyways <g>)

    Problem is, I can't remember the model.

    In my foggy memory I think it looked like one of the KR .... series
    cameras but I'm not sure. I definitely remember that it could operate
    without batteries. I also think (maybe?) that it had an auto or semi
    auto mode as well as a fully manual exposure mode, (but could be wrong
    about that).

    Is that enough info?

    Can anyone tell me the model of my long lost Ricoh?
    bstephens1ster, Nov 20, 2006
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  2. No, but if all else fails, try browsing the manuals here until you see
    the right one:

    Perhaps an Ebay search might be a better way...
    I used to have a KR-10M, black and similar specs but it was a motor
    driven model that required batteries. Ricoh made/make some very good,
    and underrated imo, cameras. I currently own one of their little 4Mp
    compacts for when I'm not wanting to carry anything heavy or expensive.
    mark.thomas.7, Nov 20, 2006
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  3. Google knows all. Is the camera one of these:

    only you can pick it out...

    The Ricohs take Pentax 'K' mount lenses so there won't be any problem
    finding optics that fit.

    A glance at ebay says they go for a very reasonable [or sickeningly low,
    if one is a die hard film user] price: $25 average/median with a
    $10-$100 range.

    At those prices you should be able to buy one of each model.
    Nicholas O. Lindan, Nov 20, 2006
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    airsmoothed Guest

    airsmoothed, Nov 20, 2006
  5. Ok, let's see if I have technical knowledge needed to select the

    1. I assume that an electronic shutter needs a battery.
    2. A mechanical shutter does not need a battery.

    My camera had a manual exp. mode, an auto exp. mode, and could also be
    used without a battery.

    1. Was there a such thing as an electro-mechanical shutter that could
    also work in auto mode with a battery and still be a fully functioning
    mechanical shutter without a battery?

    2. If the answer to the above question is "No", then perhaps my model
    was an electronic shutter with an X shutter setting ?

    (in that case both the XR-2s and KR-10 would qualify).
    bstephens1ster, Nov 20, 2006
  6. Pentax ME Super, for one, defaults to the X-Sync speed of 1/125th without a
    battery. Everything else works of course.
    Richard Polhill, Nov 20, 2006
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    rafe b Guest

    That's exactly what the "M90" setting did on my Nikon FEs.

    BTW, I did own and use a Ricoh KR camera for a number
    of years. I think it was the KR-5S or something like that.
    Had a Pentax lens mount, if I recall. I chose it because it
    was cheap and relatively light for an SLR, and carried it
    with me over 700+ miles of the Appalachian Trail. A few
    of my favorite pix were taken with that camera.

    rafe b
    rafe b, Nov 20, 2006
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    jeremy Guest

    Pentax ES and its subsequent model, ES-II had fully mechanical shutters that
    also operated electronically. The shutter speed dial had about 6 manual
    shutter speeds--it was not a case where a lack of a working battery caused
    the shutter to default to only one speed.

    I am unaware of any other camera that used that particular shutter
    jeremy, Nov 20, 2006
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    Pudentame Guest

    Pentax LX did 1/2000 down to X (1/50) upon battery failure.
    Pudentame, Nov 20, 2006
  10. Yes. That is the way auto cameras were made until the early 70's. The
    current Nikon F3a works in this manner: a normally mechanical shutter
    that can also be controlled electronically by solenoids.

    Most early auto cameras with electronic shutters have a manual mode where
    the shutter works without batteries but only at one speed.
    Nicholas O. Lindan, Nov 21, 2006
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    Bob Hickey Guest

    mine jambed. I have a KR-10, which is a smaller and lighter model, but it's
    all electronic w/ auto and manual speeds, but it doesn't work at all. I was
    doing so good w/ Ricoh's my friend gave me 3 XR-2s, and a couple of winders.
    Beautiful. Auto/Man/125 sync/ auto multi exp/DOF/ View finder blackout. The
    35 f2.8 is a super lens, otherwise I use Pentax "K" mount lenses. The silver
    oxide batteries in the camera seem to last forever as do the AAs in the
    motors, prolly cause the motor ain't no record breaker, but I only use it on
    single anyway. That's it, that's all I know. Bob Hickey
    Bob Hickey, Nov 21, 2006
  12. Thanks,
    As far as I can tell, none of the auto Ricoh XR or KR models had the
    ability for multiple shutter speeds without a battery -- at least the
    info on the web doesn't indicate a feature like that. The XR2 and KR10
    do have single speed capability.

    Thanks,everyone this has been educational and interesting.
    bstephens1ster, Nov 21, 2006
  13. Bob Hickey wrote:
    .. I have a KR-10, ... but it doesn't work at all. I was
    similar cameras. What are the differences in actual use?

    Also, do you know what the difference between an XR-2 and an XR-2s is?
    I can't seem to find the answer on the web pages I've googled.
    bstephens1ster, Nov 21, 2006
  14. bstephens1ster

    Bob Hickey Guest

    They prolly look the same but the KR-10 is a little shorter, lighter and
    slowly turning to plastic; about the same size as a Pentax ME. I have an
    XR-1s and a couple XR-2s. All I can see is the 2s has a viewfinder shutter
    for long exposures, the 1s doesn't. Otherwise,I see no difference. Both are
    really fun to use and despite their age, the meters still work. Very rare. I
    guess the "s" means the same as the "XR". Bob Hickey
    Bob Hickey, Nov 21, 2006
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