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Like the KR-5, this model was an attempt to increase sales by cutting costs. Compared to the earlier XR-2, the KR-10 still offers aperture-priority autoexposure; but this is a simpler model, omitting the multiple-exposure control or the aperture-ring sighting window in the viewfinder. The result gained better acceptance outside Japan, including in rebadged form as the Sears KSX.
To unlock the shutter, the film wind lever must be pulled outwards. The electronically-timed Copal shutter provides a wide range of speeds from 1/1000 second to 4 seconds plus B, with flash sync up to 1/125 sec. (In autoexposure mode, the shutter can stay open for up to 8 seconds). The shutter is dependent on power from two 1.5v LR44/SR44 batteries, without which only the mechanical speeds of "X" (1/90th second) and B may be used. A half-press on the shutter release is needed to activate the exposure indicator needle in the viewfinder.
- See a machine translation of the Ricoh history page in Japanese linked below.
- Ricoh KR-10 manual from Mike Butkus' OrphanCameras.com
- Ricoh KR-10SE PDF manual at OrphanCameras.com
|As Ricoh XR 1000 S|
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