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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 February 2019 at 07:45
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 February 2019 at 00:08
Somehow I always end up with close-ups when shooting pics for a Dyxum challenge. This time with the a900 and Minolta 50mm f2.8 macro. I took some pictures of my Ricoh 500 G. The first roll I put through it is promising. Need to fix the light seals, though, which is no surprise, given the age of this beauty.

RICOH 500 G


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That mushroom shutter button...




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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 February 2019 at 11:22
Very nice - but I would also appreciate an image that shows the camera in its wholeness!
Coincidentally I have recently been searching for a Ricoh 500 RF - which has been recommended to me (it must be a very solid piece of work). It looks almost the same (I have no idea what the difference is). Some time ago I sold all my rangefinders from film days - I had several Yashica Electros. But I am missing one now.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 February 2019 at 21:59
Originally posted by waldo_posth waldo_posth wrote:

Very nice - but I would also appreciate an image that shows the camera in its wholeness!
Coincidentally I have recently been searching for a Ricoh 500 RF - which has been recommended to me (it must be a very solid piece of work). It looks almost the same (I have no idea what the difference is). Some time ago I sold all my rangefinders from film days - I had several Yashica Electros. But I am missing one now.

But that would require to plan the shot and such! There are two main reasons that I took only detail shots:
1. The evening light shone into the living room and I just knew I had to shoot something. The Ricoh was standing on the table, so that's what I took. I used the lens that was on the camera - after all it was dayprime day 50. This happened to be the Minolta 50mm f.8 macro. Since I really do like close-ups it was a no-brainer. Also, you can mask a bad background so conveniently by getting closer; it was just a natural thing to do.
2. And this is possibly the more important reason. My Ricoh 500 G needs new light seals. I have replaced the old ones hastily with some felt but am not 100% confident by this fix, so i wrapped some electrical tape around the camera to act as an additional light blocker. While this will help technically, it certainly won't aesthetically .
So in order to overcome this I'd have to remove the tape and reapply it later, or hide it by taking a very low angle (because the tape covers the hot shoe, and not very nicely) and preferably use a wideangle lens.

What the heck, this one is for you:

Bold little Ricoh


There are many variations of the Ricoh 500 with rangefinders or viewfinders, with or without a multiple exposure device, with or without a selftimer. Some models were also sold under different brands. Someone over at flickr made a nice overview of the different models.
The Yashica Electro was also on my radar. But it is quite big compared to the Ricoh, I reckon. On the other hand it has most probably a better rangefinder than the Ricoh, as this seems to be the clear weak point of the latter. I haven't looked through many range finders yet, but of all I did, this was the one with the tiniest range finder patch in a viewfinder that isn't big to start with.

According to the source on flickr and to the camera-wiki, the 500 RF is functionally the same as the 500 G. One nice thing about it is that the meter continues to work even in manual mode. And since the selected aperture is indicated in the viewfinder when in shutter priority mode, you can shoot it as if it were in the (non-existent) aperture priority mode; with the caveat that the shutter speed isn't indicated in the viewfinder and you risk to end up with too slow a shutter speed and a blurred image.


PS: had a quick look at your flickr pictures. Impressive stuff! . You have a great ability to concentrate on the essential when framing a picture.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 February 2019 at 23:58
Thank you very much for the image and the links. I think you got the nicest of the bunch with the recessed vinyl covering on the front - which no other Ricoh camera in this series obviously has. And I like the mushroom shutter button. So I will definitely inculde the 500 G in my search.

An alternative would be the Olympus 35RC - and of course there are some Minolta and Konica rangefinders that also would work well (I have been spoiled by this website).

I had two Yashica Electro GX which have been considerably more compact than the 35 GT models or the Lynx.

All the best for putting the new light seals in! If my search turns out something I will post it here. And thank you for the appreciation of my flickr stuff! You have a fascinating website - I love the "Autofriedhof" pics. I would be glad if I had a dedicated website for my photography!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 March 2019 at 14:17
Finally found one:









Bumped into this very nice copy on the Dutch 'Graigslist' Marktplaats this week. The Tokina AT-X304 was on my wish list for several years but only saw one other copy (which I missed) passing by about 3 years ago. IQ is significantly better than the 100-300APO with which I did a quick comparison this week.

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A850, 16fish-eye, 17-35G, 28-70G, 50/1.4RS, 58/1.2, 85/1.4D, 80-200/2.8APO black, 100macroD, 100-300APO, 100-400APO, AT-X304, 500mirror, 5600D HS.
 



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