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1981. 35mm film, SLR camera. Same as Ricoh XR-6.

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by bill339 » Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:00 pm

The KS Super is a K mount camera that was a re branded Ricoh XR-6 but with minor differences. The XR-6 logo is replaced with KS Super, and the chrome ring around the shutter speed dial is now all black. The camera requires two LR44 batteries, which go in a threaded holder on the underside of the camera. The KS Super will not work without batteries on any mode or setting, it’s a completely electric camera. Inside of the viewfinder is a microprism ring, the split image focusing area cuts across diagonal not horizontal. On the right hand side of the viewfinder, there is a meter system that consists of 4 led lights. You have the plus sign (+) and minus sign (-), over and under exposure lights, and between them a circle light that lets you know your exposure is correct. This circle indicator also blinks when the cameras shutter speed selection is too slow to hand hold. Below that you have a flash ready light, for a dedicated Sears flash unit. The KS Super is an aperture priority camera with somewhat minimal controls. On the top, right hand side of the camera you have a standard winding lever and frame counter. The shutter button is to the left of that and has a threaded shutter release; it also triggers the meter if half pressed. The main on/off and shutter selection is on a dial around the shutter button. The choices you have are L (lock/off), A (aperture priority), X (flash sync), and B (bulb). All modes are self-explanatory, but within the aperture priority mode, the camera is capable of 1 second to 1/500th of a second shutter speeds. On top of the camera you have a hot shoe that has an extra contact for use with a dedicated Sears #8025 flash. With this flash, you can keep the camera in the aperture priority ‘A’ setting and get a flash ready signal in the viewfinder. The camera also has PC sync on the front of the camera body, standard rewind crank in which you pull up to release the camera back, ASA dial that goes from 12 to 3200, exposure compensation function built in, 10 second self-timer button next to the ASA dial labeled SELF, frame counter, single action film advance lever, designed for a motorized drive attachment, and a ¼ inch 20 thread tripod socket. Some of this information was found on the Aperture Preview site (aperturepreview.com).

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