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Ricoh KR-10X

Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2014-07-05

Ricoh KR-10X

This camera can also be found with the name Ricoh XR-10.

Technical info

Lens mount: Pentax K (PK)
Shutter: 1/1000s to 16s, auto gave about 20s in total darkness.
Light meter: Through the lens, center weighted (ISO 12 - 3200)
Battery: Two 1.5v SR44 or one 3v equivalent
Flash: Hot shoe + PC sync connection (sync 1/125 sec)
Weight: 470g

Exposure comp + / - two stops
Button that locks the shutter in auto

Takes standard 135 film
24×36 mm negative size.

Ricoh KR-10X


Good size and brightness.
Works well but a little uncommon that the focus aid system is one quite big split screen and no microprism.
This is great for some cases but can also makes things a little trickier in others.

Right side has shutter speeds between 1/1000s to 1s and under this it says LT which indicates longer exposures.
A little black pin show which shutter speeds will be used in auto.
And in manual speeds this black pin shows which is selected and a blinking triangle at the bottom or at the top show if it under or over exposed.
No triangles are shown when you have the correct exposure.

Bottom middle also have a little extra window which can show what aperture is selected on the lens.

Focus aid:
Split screen

Shutter type:

Focal plane
Vertical metal blade.

Electronically controlled.

Build quality:

Metal body but much of the exterior is plastic.
Well put together and are still quite nice and solid.

Look, feel and sound:
Quite like to looks of this one.
The plastic parts are somewhat good and not to toy like but still feels a little cheap.
Shutter and mirror sounds are a little noisy.


As a manual focus SLR this have most what one might need.
Good selection of shutter speeds plus a auto option.
It also have a button which locks the auto shutter and this makes it very fast to work with.

But as I wrote in the viewfinder section it has a little uncommon focus aid system which is a split screen only.
In some cases this big split screen is very good and easy to use.
However in other cases this can make thing a little harder.

Mirror lock or equivalent is something this lacks.
The mirror and shutter do make a some noticeable vibrations but nothing to bad.
But you may loose some sharpness if you don't have a somewhat sturdy tripod for longer exposures.

Camera is very easy to use, do feels good in your hands and buttons and levers are well placed.


It's usually very cheap and has most what one might need.
The focus aid system can be both a thumbs up or down depending on what one prefer.
Few will probably buy this for its looks or feel but can still be a great work horse of a camera.

Thumbs up:
Value for the money
Can lock the shutter in auto
Can manually select shutter speeds down to 16s

Thumbs down:

Some parts are quite plasticky and feels a little cheap
No mirror lock or equivalent

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