Camera [Ricoh 500]

Maker and role
Ricoh Company Limited, Manufacturer
Production date
Circa 1957-Circa 1960
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Object detail

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Ricoh brand camera, model 500, inside leather carry case. Camera is silver with black plastic. Has a slide on flash attached to the top, and large lever underneath. Various dials and buttons for adjusting camera settings.
Brief History
The Ricoh 500 is a 35mm rangefinder camera made from around 1957 to 1960. The camera has both a rangefinder window and a viewfinder window on the front of the camera, with a combined view-and range-finder eyepiece on the back, which the photographer looks through. While the viewfinder frames the view that will be captured by the camera, the rangefinder is used for focusing the photograph to be taken. In the eyepiece, the photographer will see a centre tile, in which the image may appear doubled. Adjusting the camera’s focus with the “Duo-lever focusing control” on the front of the camera will align the images into one, bringing the image into focus ready for the photograph to be taken.
Ricoh 500 / No. 60645 Impressed
Made in Japan Impressed
Other name
Rangefinder camera
Credit Line
Ricoh Company Limited. Circa 1957-Circa 1960. Camera [Ricoh 500], 2021.25. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).


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