Lomopedia: Ricoh Singlex

Introduced in 1962, the Singlex was Ricoh's first SLR camera with interchangeable lenses. Interestingly, this analogue beauty happens to have a more popular twin. Find out which in this installment of Lomopedia!

Ricoh’s first interchangeable lens 35mm SLR camera, the Ricoh Singlex, was introduced in 1962 — the same year when the Nikkorex F (also called Nikkor J), made by Mamiya for Nikon, was sold. At the time, Ricoh wanted to tap into the SLR camera market but their factory was not yet ready, so it was a good time when Mamiya eventually sold the camera design to Ricoh.

The Singlex was slightly improved yet very similar to the Nikkorex F, down to the Nikon F mount, and was also produced in the same Mamiya factory where the Nikkorex F was made. However, Mamiya also designed different external clip on CdS meters for the Ricoh Singlex and Nikkorex F. The Rikenon F-Mount lenses are also totally different from the Nikkor lenses. The original Singlex was also the only model to have the Nikon F-mount; the rest were made with 42mm screw mount.

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Major Specifications:

  • Film Format and Frame Size: 35mm film, 24×36mm.
  • Lens Mount: Nikon F Mount
  • Standard lens: Rikenon 1:1.4 55mm
  • Exposure meter: None
  • Shutter: Copal Square metal blade shutter
  • Shutter speeds: 1 – 1/1000 sec, Bulb
  • Accessory: External coupled clip-on CdS meter
  • Dimensions: 147 × 93 × 102mm
Credits: regcal & issan_franz

Take a look at the user manual for Ricoh Singlex at Butkus.

All infromation for this article were sourced from Camerapedia, Leitz Museum, and Camera Guild.

written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-05-13 in #reviews

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