the new old camera - Ricoh 500G

Discussion in 'Film Camera Forum' started by pdh, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Thanks to the kindness of Milan (Pictogramax), I have a 500G ... the first couple of rolls revealed a very dirty vf and many lightleaks, which is why I haven't posted any here before now ... this is the first roll I've run through it since I took it to pieces and cleaned the viewfinder (although I did not trust myself to dismantle the rangefinder assembly), and fitted a new set of light seals (supplied by Jon Goodman); I've also put in the correct voltage cell, and it does seem to meter correctly (using my E-P2 as a lightmeter)

    I haven't done any "proper" tests because I'm not that sort of guy, but I suppose one day I could run a couple of rolls through at as many combinations of shutter/aperture I can, and also test the Auto mode properly. The frame separation is a bit inconsistent which suggests the mechanicals of the camera could do with some attention, but to be honest, a 40-year-old camera of this type is probably not worth spending more on than I have already :smile: Whether the rangefinder needs adjustment or it's my eyes/fingers that are the problem we'll leave as an open question!

    Anyhoo, enough chitchat, here's the proof of the pudding. All with £1/roll "Agfa Vista 200" from Poundland (it's some sort of Fuji product according to the edge codes) developed at the minilab round the corner. Scanned on 7600i as Fuji Superia 100 and with tweaks to contrast and tone curve in LR4.1 ... really just a test roll to make sure I'd done the seals properly, so not here for aesthetic appreciation ...

    20120824-3 by _loupe, on Flickr

    20120824-2 by _loupe, on Flickr

    20120824-1 by _loupe, on Flickr

    When I can finally get back in the car and go up to Bristol, I might try some Tri-X in it.
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  2. pictogramax

    pictogramax SC Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 18, 2011
    Belgrade, Serbia
    I only saw this because I searched for another thread; a lucky find it is:)

    It certainly isn't among the best cameras out there, but that petite Ricoh 500G has a charm of it's own.

    I'm glad it found a way to you Paul - a much better life than starving in my drawer. Images are looking good and so does seem your hand, if you managed to give it a good bath before taking it to action.

    Enjoy it!
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  3. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    the texture of the sky in the 3rd shot couldn't possibly be digital... looking forward to seeing more!
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  4. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Sorry Milan it was rude of me not to pm you about this thread
  5. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    It's true - film does clouds exquisitely
  6. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Yea to you Milan, and Paul it looks like you did a good enough cla yourself :D Photos turned out nice.
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