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Ricoh KR-10x

In early Eighties Ricoh made efforts to take a piece of the rising SLR market. Features were equal to the hardest competitors but somehow, perhaps in vain Ricoh cameras got in Finland a reputation of rather unreliable camera. A possible reason is the brand name which in Finnish translates as Break it !
Anyway Ricoh models were a low budget alternative for many amateur photographers. Perhaps the greatest advantage of Ricoh KR-10, as well as other Ricoh Single Lens Reflex cameras is that they use a famous K-mount. Almost any K-mount body will accept any K-mount lens, and will use any features in common to both lens and body.

The camera is attached with PG-4 power grip. It´s a bit slower (1.4 frames /sec.) than the XR-Winder-2 (2 frames/sec.) but it gives a good hold on the camera.



Type: 35 mm SLR with automatic electronic exposure control focal plane shutter.
Film Format and Frame Size: 35 mm film: 24 x 36 mm
Lens Mount: K mount
Standard Lenses: 50 mm XR RIKENON f/1 .4 (Multi-coated) 50 mm RIKENON f/1.7 (Multi-coated) 50 mm RIKENON f/2.0)
Shutter: Electronically controlled, vertically moving metal focal plane shutter. Automatic from 16 to 1/1000 sec. Manual from 16 to 1/1000 sec. plus B
Self-Timer: Operating delay about 10 seconds during operation the red LED light pulsates.
Viewfinder: Field of view covers 93% horizontally and vertically Viewing Magnification 0.88X (with 50 mm f/1 .4 lens) Indicators in the viewfinder - Exposure Adjustment, Bulb, Manual, Overexposure, Underexposure, Shutter Speeds, Slow Shutter, Long Time Exposure, Battery Low Warning, Flash Ready (LED) Light.
Focusing: Split-image spot in microprism band
Exposure Meter: TTL full open metering for center-weighted average light reading coupled automatically to f-stop.
Exposure Coupling Range: EV 0 - EV 18 (with ASA 100 film, 50 mm f/1 .4 lens)
Film Speed Range: ASA 12 - 3200
Flash Terminal: X synchro contact
Accessory Shoe: Hot Shoe (with Flash Ready Signal Con tact) Flash Synchro Terminal
Exposure Adjustment: Exposure adjustment system (+2 - -2, in 1/3 steps)
Film Advance: Single stroke film advance lever with 135° winding angle and 35° stand-off. Automatic winding Possible by mounting XR Winder-2
Exposure Counter: Additive, automatic resetting
Film Rewind: Film Rewind Crank system
Mirror: Ouick return mirror
Back Cover:
Hinged type, opened by pulling up Film Rewind Knob
Power Source: Two SR-44 1 .55V Silver Oxide batteries Two LR-44 1 .5V Alkaline batteries.
Dimensions: 136(W) x 86(H) x 51(D) mm (Body only) (5.4"x 3.4"x2.O")
Weight: 460 g (body only) (16.3 OZ)
©2004 Reijo Lauro