Sears KSX Super
The KSX Super is an auto-exposure SLR offered by US retailer Sears in 1984, and manufactured in Japan by Ricoh. Functionally it is the same as the Ricoh KR-10 Super, but the slightly different grip style is actually matched by the (rarely seen) Ricoh XR-2000. The front of the pentaprism has a blank plate where one might expect Sears branding; but this is only noted discreetly on the back top left of the body and on the trim ring of the bundled 50mm f/1.7 lens.
The KSX Super offers an unusually wide electronically-timed shutter speed range of 16 seconds to 1/1000 second in manual or automatic modes, although this means the camera only functions with power provided by two SR44, LR44, or one suitable 3 volt lithium battery.
Compared to the earlier KSX (no suffix), the shutter release has been moved to be concentric with the shutter-speed dial, and the self-timer is now electronic (with an indicator LED). Additionally the light-metering range has been extended to lower light levels. These models omit some of the more advanced features of the KS-2, such as depth-of-field preview, a multiple exposure option, and an aperture-ring relay window in the viewfinder.
- It is first seen in the Fall/Winter catalog, pg. 1099 scan courtesy Musetechnical's "Christmas Catalogs & Holiday Wishbooks."