Ricoh Auto 35V

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The Ricoh Auto 35V is a zone focus 35mm camera with fixed lens made in Japan by Ricoh from 1961 for the domestic market. A coupled rangefinder version the Ricohmatic 35 was made for export markets.

It is an evolution of the Ricoh Auto 35 model, which was fixed focus. The camera design was very original for a Japanese camera, with the shutter release lever next to the lens. The cameras feature a triggermatic winding system on the bottom of the camera that can be seen on other Ricoh model of the 50's and 60's such as the Ricoh 35. The lens was produced by Nitto Optical Co. Ltd, not by Ricoh itself.

The Soviet company KMZ produced the Zorki 10 and Zorki 11 cameras, influenced by the Ricohmatic 35 and Auto 35V, respectively .

Ricoh Auto 35V Specification

  • Type: Zone-Focus camera
  • Films: 35mm
  • Lens: Kominar 40mm 1:2.8 (4 element in 3 groups)
  • Shutter: Seikosha 561 Series - 1/30-1/250+B, programs with timer cell
  • Exposure control: Hold needle selenium meter AE
  • ASA Range: 10-200 ASA
  • Focusing: Zone focus front lens rotation focus
  • Flash: Hotshoe & PC sync
  • Timer: Yes
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 66mm x 59mm
  • Weight: 500g

Ricoh Ricohmatic 35 Specifications (where different)

  • Type: Rangefinder
  • Shutter: No B setting
  • Focusing: Coupled rangefinder