Ricoh 35 Flex

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Ricoh 35 Flex

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Ricoh 35 Flex user manual

Another honourable entrant to the same-name-not-same-camera list is the Ricoh 35 Flex. Born in 1963, the first SLR from Ricoh was equipped with an uncoupled selenium meter. A year later, it saw a change to a CdS meter under the same name. Rest features and appearance unchanged. The CdS bulbous meter housing was carried over to the Singlex line. Ricoh stopped making serious cameras in the mid-’90s and withdrew altogether in 2002. Recently, someone high up at Ricoh had remorse build-up, which ended with Ricoh buying the Pentax camera line. Assume it was easier this way rather than rebuilding back the Ricoh name in photography, a name that was hardly associated with high-end products.

The camera is modest even for 1963 standards. It has an unassuming body with prism housing almost blending into the body. On top, there are two curved windows, for film speed and a counter. The film speed is controlled via a dial at the back. The lens barrel is equally bland. Easy to handle focusing dial at the end and a square window on top of the barrel displaying the shutter and aperture settings. Both settings are operated by levers mounted at the bottom of the lens barrel, easy to reach and move. An ‘A’ setting on both, combined with positioning the light meter needle in the viewer to the center, represents optimal settings, a sort of manual auto. The shutter speed is up to 300.

A fixed lens with a leaf shutter limits the optical options. A non-auto-return mirror completes the modest specifications list.


List number 110744
Brand Ricoh
Format 35mm
Model 35 Flex Selenium
Introduced 1963
AKA SE Flex, Sears SL-9
Country Japan
Type SLR
Body material Metal
Mode Auto / manual
Weight 750 gr,  Body with lens
Class average weight 750 gr,  Body with lens
ASA range 25-400
Kit lens 1.28/50
Lens make Ricoh
Filter size 52 mm
Lens mount Fixed lens
Mount size NA
shutter Leaf
Light meter Selenium, external
Winder Lever
Lock No
Speeds B-300
DOF preview No
Exposure lock No
Exposure compensation No
Shoe Accessory, cold
External sync X
Sync speed 30
Timer No
Battery None
Battery style
Battery voltage
Integral flash None





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    • Thanks for your comment. You are correct, it is indeed. Sears rebadged their cameras from a long list of manufacturers.

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