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REVIEW: Ricoh 35 S

Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2013-08-02

Ricoh 35 S


Lens: Ricoh 40mm f/2.8
Closest Focus: 1m (3.3ft)
Aperture: f/2.8 - f/22
Shutter: 1/300 - 1/4 and B (Bulb)
Leaf shutter
Light meter: Coupled Selenium cell, match needle
Battery: None
Flash: PC sync connection
Weight: 620g

Takes 135 film
24×36 mm negative size.


Quite good size and brightness and works very well.

Coupled rangefinder
Match needle for the light meter.
A little red dot comes up in the corner when the frame is exposed, this disappears when you advance for the next shot.

Image quality

Analogue B&W film

Ricoh 35 S
Ricoh 35 S
Ricoh 35 S
Ricoh 35 S
Ricoh 35 S
Ricoh 35 S
Ricoh 35 S
Ricoh 35 S
Ricoh 35 S


Ricoh 35 S
Ricoh 35 S

Flare / Backlight
Ricoh 35 S
Ricoh 35 S

Build quality

All metal and are very nice and solid.
It also have a fairly nice feel to it.

Ricoh 35 S


Hard not to like a nice quality camera like this.
The shutter makes very little noise which can be good for street shots etc.
Viewfinder works great and it's easy to frame and finding focus.

Image quality is quite good and renders very well.
Handel's bokeh and flares well but sharpness wide open is not the best.

It's all mechanical and all settings are manuel which I prefer.
Also a nive plus that it have a coupled Selenium cell light meter.

One thing I don't like is the way you set the aperture.
The aperture ring and the shutter ring don't have the same marking showing what's selected.
When you turn the shutter ring you also turn the aperture ring.
But this don't change the aperture, there is a little red dot under 1/30 which show what aperture is selected.
Can be quite easy to miss read this if you don't think about it.
It is also something one will get used to with more use.

Thumbs up:
Image quality stoped down
Flare / bokeh
Build quality
Looks and quite good feel

Thumbs down:
Easy to miss read which aperture is selected.
Sharpness wide open

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