Ricoh SLX 500

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Ricoh SLX 500

Ricoh made compact SLR cameras from 1963 to 2000, when digital cameras took over. Other than their 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; both look like a generic SLR of that time. See the image below.

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 4774
Brand Ricoh
Model SLX 500
Manual Butkus
Value At
Format 35mm
Introduced 1974
Country Japan
Qty made
Initial price
Type Compact SLR
Body material Metal
Mode Manual, meter assist needle match
Weight 690 gr,  Body only
Class average weight 620 gr,  Body only
ASA range 100-800
Kit lens 2,0/50
Lens make Auto Rikenon
Filter size 52mm
Lens mount Thread
Mount size M42x1
Shutter Focal plane cloth horizontal
Shutter make
Light meter CdS, TTL
Winder Lever
Lock No
Speeds B, 30-500
Mirror Auto return
Viewer Fixed eye level prism
DOF preview Yes
Exposure lock No
Exposure compensation No
Shoe Hot
External sync X
Sync speed 60
Timer Y/N
Battery, original 625
Battery, replacement 625
Battery voltage 1.5
Integral flash None
Service / repair links See
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