|Ricoh (Riken) Ricohflex Million, 120 roll film, Twin lens reflex camera, c1957|
This Ricoh Ricohflex Million is an entry level Twin Lens reflex tracing its ancestry to the 1950 Ricohflex III. Whilst Ricoh made no "Rolliesque" pretensions for it, the execution exhibits a little more finesse than some of it's contemporaries. The Ricohflex Million has an interesting feature that allows different film backs to be used, either 120, 127 or even 36mm. To facilitate this, a rotating plate the back allows the red window to be moved to the appropriate position to align with the backing paper numbers. This wouldn't work with 35mm, as it has no backing paper, so the red window has a blanking plate, and the user rotates the wind on knob one rotation for each frame. The focus screen needs to be rotated to use the guides for 127 film etched into it, this entails removing the four screws retaining the focus hood. The film back is also required, of course. It has a magnifier for fine focus and an odd direct view through he slotted hood. The viewfinder is reasonably bright too.
This camera was donated to the collection by Dennis Gittings in November 2011, just needing a deep clean to get it presentable.
|Body No. No serial.
Shutter, Riken, 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100 and 300th
Lens, Ricoh Anastigmat, 8cm f/3.5
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