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XR 7 locked up
Just read on another forum where the film rewind button can get stuck (little button on the bottom of the camera, used to initiate rewind), and removing the camera bottom allows access to unjam it. I'll try... takes a small philips eyeglass screwdriver and young eyes (or my reading glasses...)
Ricoh XR-7M II...
on Dec 04, 2013
I got this camera and
This is hard to demonstrate or describe over the internet. The best thing for you to do is take it into a camera shop and buy a film, then get the guy to show you how to load it. You are going to have to buy film anyway.
Ricoh XR-7M II...
on Nov 03, 2010
What other cameras accept Ricoh lenses?
Ricoh used the Pentax K-mount.
Pentax are one of only two manufacturers whose current SLR's will accept the older lenses but there will be significant compromises:-
Not all K mounts will work; there's no definitive list so it's "**** it and see".
Most KA mounts should work (KA are the autofocus versions).
All lenses designed for 35mm film SLR's will behave as if they have an approximately 1.5x teleconverter fitted: a 50mm standard lens becomes a 75mm portrait lens, a 28mm wide angle becomes a 42mm and almost indistinguishable from the 50mm standard lens. A typical 80-200mm zoom becomes a 120-300mm zoom and your 600mm becomes a rather less useful 900mm although the effective aperture remains the same.
There will be little if any communication between the lens and the body: K mounts use a mechanical coupling to transmit aperture settings to the body, and the body stops the lens down during exposure with another mechanical coupling. This will no longer work. Some KA lenses will exchange information and automatically stop down. If your current 600mm is a catadioptric (mirror) lens then this is not an issue as it will only have a fixed f8 aperture.
Your current lenses will be to a far inferior optical specification compared to modern lenses. Genuine Ricoh/Rikenon lenses were generally no match for regular Pentax models of the time, and they in turn are generally nowhere near as good as modern lenses. This is because the old models not only use inferior materials technology, but also because modern optics are computer designed and modelled and are optimised for the particular requirements of a digital imager. However, you will generally find that the actual build quality of your old lenses will be superior to modern offerings and they'll be more robust. Also, unless you regularly make large prints or selective enlargements AND regularly use a tripod you may not see the difference in optical quality in real life amateur use. You definitely won't see the difference if you only ever display the photos on a monitor.
Personally, I cannot recommend Pentax dSLR's over any other brand on the basis of legacy use alone, and if the 600mm is the one good lens then I'd seriously consider selling it as there is a demand for good 35mm lenses. I'd give the same advice whichever brand of 35mm you previously used, unless you had a lot of high-end Canon AF/Nikon lenses and were going to buy an expensive full-frame digital SLR. Look at all of the competing offerings and choose what currently suits your photographic needs.
Hope this has helped to clarify things for you, all I ask in return is that you take a brief moment to rate my answer.
Ricoh XR-7M II...
on Feb 01, 2010
My Ricoh KR-5 won't keep the film door closed. How
The film doors in most 35mm SLR's is spring loaded with a release from the rewind knob. Chances are your spring has lost tension, slipped out of place, or the teeth that grab the door have been damaged. You can always use the handyman's secret weapon (duct tape) to fix the problem, but if you're looking for a more permanent and less gooey and unattractive solution you're going to need to find a shop.
If there aren't any locally, you can find some online, or google KEH Camera if you're not sure who online is reputable. It'll run you $35 for a repair estimate which is waived if you decide to have the work done. Keep in mind some parts, for some cameras, are hard or impossible to come by so your model may or may not be able to be repaired, or may be priced outside of what you're willing to pay to have repaired.
on Sep 09, 2011
I have an older KR-5
Unfortunately, you won't find new spare parts as the model is so long out of production and the manufacturer ceased to exist many years ago. The difficulty is compounded by the fact that there is so little money in servicing and repairing 35mm SLR cameras that most repairers have ceased trading. If you do strike lucky, then unless the part is very cheap and you have the skills to fit it yourself it makes no economic sense at all as the body in excellent cosmetic and functional condition is only worth £5-£10 in the UK (where I am) and probably less in the USA.
The only source will be from a used donor model, but as there are plenty of KR-5's, KR-10's and similar Pentax K-mount bodies lying unused these days why bother paying for one? Almost every 35mm SLR and lens I've acquired in the last six years has been totally free via my local FreeCycle and Freegle groups, and most have been fully functional or just needing new batteries and light seals.
If you're really determined to save your camera then you maybe able to fabricate the spring yourself, but it's been so long since I took a KR series model apart that I don't recall the design so it may be an impractical suggestion.
Good luck, and sorry that this is not the answer you were hoping for.
on Mar 03, 2011
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