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REVIEW: Ricoh 500G

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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2012-06-27


Ricoh 500G


Specs:


Lens: Ricoh / Rikenon 40mm f/2.8
Aperture: f/2.8 to f/16 (4 bladed aperure)
Shutter: 1/500s and 1/8s plus a Bulb setting
Light meter: A little CdS mounted just over the lens and you have a needle in the viewfinder (aperture)
Flash: Hotshoe and sync connection (syncs at any speed)
Weight: 418g

Takes 135 film
24×36 mm negative size.


Viewfinder:

Okay size and brightness.
Coupled rangefinder


Image quality

Analogue B&W film
Ricoh 500G
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f/2.8 - f/4 - f/5.6 - f/8 - f/11 - f/16

Bokeh
Ricoh 500G
Ricoh 500G

Flare

Ricoh 500G
Ricoh 500G

Sample
Ricoh 500G
Ricoh 500G
Ricoh 500G

More sample images can be found at:
http://www.sample-image.com/ricoh-500g/


Build quality

Very solid and well put together.
The focus ring that is made of plastic and don't have that solid nice feel that the rest have.
 
Operating + Sounds
Ricoh 500G

Conclusion


Great camera!
Good lens and nice and solid build quality.
I like that this can be used fully manual because these old light meters are usually not that accurate and some have problems taking today's batteries.

Thumbs up:
Imgae quality
Build quality
Can be used fully manual

Thumbs down:
Few shutter speeds
Plasticky focus ring compared to the rest of the camera



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