Ricoh Singlex TLS

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Ricoh Singlex TLS

Ricoh made compact SLR cameras from 1963 to 2000, when digital cameras took over. Other than own brand, they sold via Sears and Kmart in the US, Foto Quelle in Germany and Universa in France. With the early models, they subscribed to the common in the market, whereas in the late 1980s, they climbed to the first line with the XR series.

In the early days, Ricoh was unsure of which market to aim for, and an example is the SLX 500 of 1974. The market had accepted the SLR as the standard for amateur shooters so that the market would absorb anything one could throw at it.

The Ricoh SLX 500 is a plain Jane adorned in a lovely black dress. I cannot find much information on it, either printed or online. The only reference to it, probably copy and pasted many times over, ir that it is a simplified copy of Ricoh Singlex TLS. It could be or not, as there is no resemblance between the two other than the general appearance as an SLR.

The camera cannot be more straightforward, with just the basic settings to fiddle with. Press the lever by the front logo for DOF, and the aperture steps down.

List number 4770
Brand Ricoh
Format 35mm
Model Singlex TLS
Introduced 1967
Kmart  Focal 1000 TLX
Universa Interflex
Country Japan
Type SLR
Current value by Riccoh Singlex TLS
Sears TLS
User manual Buktus
Body material Metal
Mode Manual, match needle
Weight 760 gr,  Body only
Class average weight 580 gr,  Body only
ASA range 10-800
Kit lens 1.4/50
Lens make Auto Rikenon
Filter size 55 mm
Lens mount Thread
Mount size M42x1
shutter Focal plane vertical metal
Light meter CdS TTL, lever-activated
Winder Lever
Lock No
Speeds B-1000
DOF preview No
Exposure lock No
Exposure compensation No
Shoe Accessory, cold
External sync X/M
Sync speed NA
Timer Mechanical
Battery 625
Battery style
Battery voltage
Integral flash None
Other Instant return mirror



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