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1954. 35mm film camera. The first 35mm camera by Riken.

Riken: Ricolet camera

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by dclrner » Sun Apr 26, 2009 1:59 pm

i have this camera with the leather case. works great, if i can remember how to set everything. any idea what it might be worth ? have not seen another one like it in 44 yrs.

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by diser » Sun Apr 26, 2009 9:10 pm

It's approximately the same as other Ricolets. According to McKeown's they all are about $30-60.
Ricolet S was sold on eBay recently for $25 including shipping. Though Leicashop has Ricolet I in store for 190 Euros.

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by bill339 » Sat Nov 03, 2018 11:57 am

here is a little about the camera. The Ricoh Ricolet is a 35mm viewfinder camera with a fixed lens made in Japan by Riken Optical Industries starting in 1953. The lens is a 45mm Ricoh Anastigmat 1:3.5 F=4.5cm - 3 elements in 3 groups and made by Tomioka Optical. The leaf shutter is a Riken with speeds of 1/25 of a second, 1/50 of a second, 1/100 of a second and B. The apertures range from f/3.5 to f/16 and the camera is manual focusing. The dimensions are 140mm x 78mm x 67mm and it weighs 580 g. The camera has a shutter release for a plunger attachment and a built-in cold shoe with a flash sync connector on the side of the lens. It also has a ¼” 20 thread tripod female connector to one side of the bottom of the camera. The camera features are a frame counter, a film advance knob with a shutter setting dial, rewind knob, a rewind release button, and a back cover release lever on the bottom. The whole back of the camera slides down and off to reveal the film compartment. You know you have the film loaded correctly if the rewind knob turns when you advance the film. The manual warns against leaving the shutter cocked when not in use. Maybe that is why most of the Ricolet’s suffer from problems with the shutter now that some years have passed.

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