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Ricoh 500G

Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2012-06-27

Ricoh 500G


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.


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

Ricoh 500G
Ricoh 500G


Ricoh 500G
Ricoh 500G

Ricoh 500G
Ricoh 500G
Ricoh 500G

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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.
Ricoh 500G


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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