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Ricoh 500 G
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Manufactured or assembled in Japan from 1972 to (After) 1972.
Index of rarity in France: Infrequent (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 1448

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Chronology of cameras Ricoh 

Traduction de Sylvain Halgand.

Focusing is done by a rangefinder. The lens is Rikenon of 2.8/40 mm of rather universal use. There is a control of exposure, by a cell CdS (coupling from 25 to 800 asa), with priority at the speed. It also functions in manual mode, by choosing speed and diaphragm.. In the finder appears following information: value of the aperture, on and under exposure by red zones, Indicator “M” in manual position.

The original battery was a model with mercury 1.35 volt. Mercury being prohibited, it can be replaced by a LR44 or similar.
The camera can also function without battery at all speeds in manual position , thanks to the mechanical central shutter at 7 speeds 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125,1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500 + poses B

The camera is equipped with two contacts for flash: a hot shoe for electronic flash and a sync for flashlight.

This camera exists in two completions: chrome or black.

Nonglad to be beautiful, this small telemetric is powerful. Its notoriety explains its still high price.

Ricoh 500 G

Ricoh 500 G


This diagram created by VB allows us to measure the complexity of Ricoh's history.

1913 A few Japanese scientists had the idea of establishing a research institute.
1915 The proposal for the creation of the Rikagaku Kenkyūsho Institute of Physical and Chemical Research is presented to the Japanese parliament.
1917 The Riken Institute and Foundation are established.
1927 The Rikagaku Kõgyõ K.K. is created to manufacture and distribute products resulting from research, such as photographic papers.

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