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Ricoh 500 GX
France Version française
Photos by VB text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of VB. Last update 2020-03-22 par Eric Borel.

Manufactured or assembled in Taïwan from 1976 to (After) 1980.
Index of rarity in France: Infrequent (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 11195

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Chronology of cameras Ricoh 

Traduction de Sylvain Halgand.

The GX is an evolution of Ricoh 500 G.
The differences between the two cameras are:

  • the addition of a battery test (red lamp)
  • the addition of a signal of armament of the shutter
  • the addition of a film loaded signal
  • the possibility of multi-exposure
  • a shutter lock

This coupled rangefinder camera has a filled well finder, since one finds marks there to avoid the errors of parallax. On the right side, it there a aperture scale, with a needle. At the ends of the scale, are the red zones of under and over-exposure . One finds there also the witness of load of the pile. A letter M appears there when the automatism is disconnected.

Ricoh 500 GX


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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