Ricoh Auto Half

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The original Ricoh Auto Half was made in Japan by Ricoh from c.1960-1963,[1] with revised versions appearing through the 1970s. Several styling variations are known. All were 35mm half frame cameras, with clockwork motor film advance for 25 to 30 exposures. The 25mm f/2.8 3 groups 4 elements lens was surrounded by the selenium cell operating the exposure metering, setting aperture automatically, with manual override option. Shutter speeds were 1/30 sec. (flash sync., apperture override option) or 1/125 sec. with automatic exposure.

A variation of the Auto Half was also sold by GAF as the Ansco Memo II.[1] Foto-Quelle sold rebranded Auto Half S as Revue Auto Half S.

  • The Auto Half E improved finder.
  • The Auto Half E2 has a center mounted accessory shoe.
  • The Auto Half S has a self-timer, no accessory shoe.
  • The Auto Half SE same as S but seems to have slightly redesigned (simplified) aperture override knob. Appeared in 1967.
  • The Auto Half SE2 added hot shoe to SE.
  • The Auto Half SL with CdS-cell metering appeared in 1970 and has 35 mm f/1.7 lens.
  • The Auto Half EF has a fixed to the body electronic flash.
  • The Auto Half EF2 has a removable electronic flash.


  1. 1.0 1.1 McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). Page 830.