Ricoh YF20-E

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The YF20-E is a fixed-focus point-and-shoot camera[1] introduced by Japanese manufacturer Ricoh in 1997. A version with a databack was also available and it was sold as the YF20-E Date.

This camera is one of a series of Ricoh's fixed-focus point-and-shoot cameras that originates from the model named L-20 released in 1989; the series features a fixed-focus three element 35mm f/4.5 Ricoh lens with infinity focusing facility, not-too-small body size, manual film speed rating, AA-type power source etc. The YF20-E is one of the two final models in the series, and these two models underwent separation from the design concept originating from the L-20 of 1989 in some ways, i.e., smaller body size, DX-code film speed rating[2], a totally new body design (internal lens cover, horizontally oriented built-in flash etc).

The YF-20N, which was released along with the YF20-E in 1997, has almost the same specifications as the YF20-E, but it sports different body design, and it uses a slightly wider 34mm focal-length lens.


Predecessor Model: Ricoh YF-20X (1993)


Specifications

  • Release Date: December 1997
  • Camera Type: 35mm film lens shutter camera
  • Lens: Ricoh Lens 35mm f/4.5, 3 elements in 3 groups
  • Focusing: fixed-focus with infinity focusing facility
  • Shutter: mechanical, 1/125 sec. (fixed speed)
  • Exposure Control: fixed exposure[3]
  • Viewfinder: Albada-type viewfinder
  • Film Speed Range: ISO 100/400 (DX-code system)
  • Built-in Flash: activated automatically in dim light, no flash-off facility
  • Other Features: automatic film loading, automatic film advance, automatic film rewind with mid-roll rewind facility
  • Power Source: two AA-type batteries (alkaline/manganese)
  • Dimensions: 122 mm X 70 mm X 45 mm
  • Weight: 180 g (without batteries)


Model Variation

Release Date Model Name Updates
1987.2 YF-20 (Myport Ami) Predecessor to the series, Rikenon 35mm f/4 Lens
1989.9 L-20 (YF-20 Super / One Take Easy II) Ricoh 35mm f/4.5 Lens, Large body
1991.7 Auto 35 (Boots C35FF) (Downgraded model, limited ISO choice, no infinity focus)
1992.3 LX-22 (LX-22S / XOBBOX) New design, Self-timer, Auto-activating flash
1993.5 YF-20X New design
1997.12 YF20-E Smaller body, New design, DX-coding
YF-20N Ricoh 34mm f/4.5 Lens, Smaller body, New design, DX-coding

Notes

  1. Ricoh categorizes the YF20-E as a zone-focus camera in their official website
  2. The DX-coding system on the YF20-E is only capable of detecting ISO 400 films. All other films are rated as a ISO 100 film
  3. A particular aperture is selected according to the film speed regardless of the light conditions


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