Pretty much similar to its predecessor, the KR-5, the Ricoh KR-5 Super brought a few new things to the table. For starters, it had faster f/1.7 and /2.0 standard lens options and a quicker shutter speed of 1/1000 sec compared to the 1/500 sec speed of the KR-5. Flash sync is also quicker at 1/125 sec, adding more flash photography options.
Although nothing “major” was changed in the KR-5 Super like design and features, it still had a K mount that accepted a wide range of high quality glass optics. This addition to the KR-5's repertoire made it easier for users to customize their setup for different shooting needs and preferences. Another KR-5 Super feature that users are commending is the mirror lockup. This feature makes shooting landscapes easier as it reduces motion blur caused by the vibration inside the camera.
The allure of the KR-5 Super comes from its “less is more” approach. With few dials to turn and less configurations to think about, users can concentrate on making the image instead of trying to figure out the controls. The KR-5 Super comes with an XR Rikenon 50mm f/2.0 lens that is capable of producing decent images — it's faster than the f/2.2 of the previous KR-5 and has better optics. Lastly, Ricoh KR-5 cameras are relatively cheaper than their counterparts so getting your hand on one won't probably dent your budget. It's really bang for your buck since you get a good quality SLR that has all your bases covered for a fraction of the price of other brands/models.
If you're looking for an all-mechanical, easy-to-use SLR with a decent glass and rugged styling, then the Ricoh KR-5 Super might be for you. It's one of those film cameras that you can run thousands of rolls through without a hitch.
Photos Taken by Our Community with the Ricoh KR-5 Super
Ricoh KR-5 Super Technical Specifications:
Camera Type: 35 mm SLR with metal focal plane shutter.
Film Format: 24x36mm
Film Size and Capacity: 35 mm perforated film in 12, 20, 24 or 36 exposures.
Standard Lenses: 50 mm XR RIKENON F1.7 lens, 50 mm XR RIKENON F2.0 lens
Filter size: 52 mm screw-in type
Lens Mount: "K'' type bayonet with 65 rotating angle
Shutter: Vertically moving Copal CCS metal focal plane shutter with speeds from 1/8 to 1/1000 sec. plus B.
Viewfinder: Fixed eye-level pentaprism, Exposure meter needle and Shutter speed needle visible. Viewing magnification 0.83X, Field of view covers 93% of actual picture area
Focusing: Diagonal Split-image spot in microprism-image band surrounded by Fresnel field.
Exposure Meter: Two CdS photocells TTL full open metering for center-weighted average light reading coupled to shutter speeds, film speeds and f-stops.
Exposure Coupling Range: EV 4 - 18 (ASA 100 film with 50 mm f/1.4 lens)
Film Speed Range: ASA 12 ~ 3200 (DIN 12 ~ 36)
Exposure Meter Power Supply: Two 1.5V silver-oxide batteries (SR-44, Mallory MS76, Eveready S76 or equivalent).
Flash Synchronization: X Synchronization for electronic flash unit at "B" and 1/8 sec. to 1/125 sec.
Flash Contact: "X" contact on hot shoe for cordless electronic flash unit
Film Loading: Multi-slit easy loading
Film Wind: Single stroke film advance lever with 135 degree winding angle (40 degree play)
Film Rewind: Film rewind crank by pressing film rewind button on base of camera
Exposure Counter: Additive, automatic resetting.
Dimensions: 139.9 (width) x 91.3 (height) x 48.0 (depth) mm (Body only)
Weight: 540g (Body only)
Self-timer LED/shutter release LED
Shutter release lock (with film advance lever)
Meter on/off switch (with film advance lever)
ASA/DIN dial lock
Cable release socket
Flash ready LED