Monday, 25 May 2015

Week 282 - Ricoh Auto 35

Ricoh Auto 35
This unusual looking camera was made in Japan around 1960. It has a rudimetary automatic exposure system, the film type selected dictates the shutter speed, and the selenium meter sets an appropriatre aperture. The electronics in this example are no longer working, and the shutter only reliably fires at 1/160th sec, which according to the manual is the speed set by using film type "6". The manual also states what the aperture is for a given distance in flash mode, so using this I was able to have a choice of f4, f8 and f22. The lens if fixed focus.
I've loaded it with some Agfa Vista ISO200 film from Poundland.

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