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REVIEW: Ricoh KR-10X



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Posted by Bengt Köhler Sandberg 2014-07-05

Ricoh KR-10X

This camera can also be found with the name Ricoh XR-10.

Technical info

Lens mount: Pentax K (PK)
Shutter: 1/1000s to 16s, auto gave about 20s in total darkness.
Light meter: Through the lens, center weighted (ISO 12 - 3200)
Battery: Two 1.5v SR44 or one 3v equivalent
Flash: Hot shoe + PC sync connection (sync 1/125 sec)
Weight: 470g

Self-timer
Exposure comp + / - two stops
Button that locks the shutter in auto

Takes standard 135 film
24×36 mm negative size.

Operating
Ricoh KR-10X


Viewfinder:

Good size and brightness.
Works well but a little uncommon that the focus aid system is one quite big split screen and no microprism.
This is great for some cases but can also makes things a little trickier in others.

Info:
Right side has shutter speeds between 1/1000s to 1s and under this it says LT which indicates longer exposures.
A little black pin show which shutter speeds will be used in auto.
And in manual speeds this black pin shows which is selected and a blinking triangle at the bottom or at the top show if it under or over exposed.
No triangles are shown when you have the correct exposure.

Bottom middle also have a little extra window which can show what aperture is selected on the lens.


Focus aid:
Split screen


Shutter type:

Focal plane
Vertical metal blade.

Electronically controlled.


Build quality:

Metal body but much of the exterior is plastic.
Well put together and are still quite nice and solid.

Look, feel and sound:
Quite like to looks of this one.
The plastic parts are somewhat good and not to toy like but still feels a little cheap.
Shutter and mirror sounds are a little noisy.








Usability:

As a manual focus SLR this have most what one might need.
Good selection of shutter speeds plus a auto option.
It also have a button which locks the auto shutter and this makes it very fast to work with.

But as I wrote in the viewfinder section it has a little uncommon focus aid system which is a split screen only.
In some cases this big split screen is very good and easy to use.
However in other cases this can make thing a little harder.

Mirror lock or equivalent is something this lacks.
The mirror and shutter do make a some noticeable vibrations but nothing to bad.
But you may loose some sharpness if you don't have a somewhat sturdy tripod for longer exposures.

Camera is very easy to use, do feels good in your hands and buttons and levers are well placed.


Conclusion:


It's usually very cheap and has most what one might need.
The focus aid system can be both a thumbs up or down depending on what one prefer.
Few will probably buy this for its looks or feel but can still be a great work horse of a camera.


Thumbs up:
Viewfinder
Value for the money
Can lock the shutter in auto
Can manually select shutter speeds down to 16s


Thumbs down:

Some parts are quite plasticky and feels a little cheap
No mirror lock or equivalent


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