Ricoh KR-5

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The KR-5 is one of a series of SLRs for 35mm film made by Ricoh, all accepting K-mount lenses. (Later models include the KR-5 Super, KR-5 Super II, etc.) The original KR-5 was introduced in 1978, and in some markets it is designated the Ricoh XR500.

The original KR-5 is the first in the series, with reduced features compared to the earlier XR-1 to meet an aggressively low price target.[1] Its standard lens only offers a speed of f/2.2, and its range of shutter speeds is 1/8–1/500th sec. plus B, with flash sync at 1/60th sec. or lower. The camera omits a depth-of-field preview button or the viewfinder f/number direct-view window and these positions are blanked out with plain black covers on the body.

Two 1.5v silver-oxide batteries are needed to power the light metering circuit, which has a match-needle indicator in the viewfinder. The wind lever must be pulled away from the body to switch on the meter and unlock the shutter release.

The ground glass screen is provided with a diagonal split-image spot surrounded by a microprism. The KR-5 has a hot shoe but no PC terminal.


  1. See a discussion (Japanese) of the cost-reduction strategy (google translated) for this model advertised as the "Sun Cupper," at Ricoh's "Camera Library."


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