Ricoh R1 (1994)

This review is part of the Cameras of the Dead series which I have been publishing every year on Halloween and “Halfway to” Halloween, featuring three cameras that I’ve wanted to review that either didn’t work, or was otherwise unable to shoot. I am republishing each of those individual reviews …

Ricoh Hi-Color 35 (1968)

This is a Ricoh Hi-Color 35, a 35mm scale focus camera made by Ricoh Co. LTD of Japan starting in 1968.  This model was a mid-level variant in a line up of well featured point and shoot cameras with features like a wind up motorized film transport, shutter priority automatic …

Ricoh Diacord L (1957)

This is a Ricoh Diacord L, a twin lens reflex medium format camera, made by Riken Optical Industries LTD starting in 1957.  The Diacord was the name of the export model and the L suffix indicated that it had an uncoupled selenium light meter for exposure measurement.  The Diacord L …

Anscomark M (1960)

This is an Anscomark M 35mm rangefinder camera made in 1960 by Riken Optical Co., Ltd. (Ricoh) for GAF USA who at the time distributed cameras in the United States under the ANSCO brand.  The camera was developed by Riken for GAF in exchange for some of it’s photocopier technologies.  The …

Ricoh FF-90 Super (1987)

What is it? This is a Ricoh FF-90 Super, an advanced and fully automatic 35mm point and shoot camera made by Ricoh Co., Ltd in 1987  The Super is a slight upgrade to the original FF-90 from two years earlier, and was very popular in it’s home country of Japan …

Ricoh 519M (1959)

What is it? This is a Ricoh 519M 35mm rangefinder made by Riken Optical Industries Co., Ltd, which first went on sale in 1959.  It is an evolution of the earlier Ricoh Five-One-Nine which was a very similar camera, except without a built in meter.  The Ricoh 500-series cameras were very …