The Ricoh 500G is a Taiwanese produced rangefinder camera that was manufactured firstly in 1972.
Uses a 1.35v mercury cell to operate its light meter but works even without it. A fully mechanical mechanism makes sure you will always keep on shooting even if you empty your battery.
All the settings are adjusted in the 40 mm Rikenon lens, even the ISO speed. The first times you need to look carefully at what dial you are really changing because they are all close together, specially the speed and focus. This is a manual camera, which means you have to set both the aperture and the speed manually, but there’s a lens mounted exposure meter which will help you get the correct exposure settings, the viewfinder has a needle which will show you which aperture to use.
There’s also an automatic aperture mode which you can set by rotating the aperture dial all the way to the left and just worry about the shutter speed.
On the bottom of the lens you can set your ISO speed, from 25 to 800 ASA. Not the most practical ISO changing mechanism ever produced but it gets the job done.
It has what Ricoh called a “Single-stroke Film winder lever”, which is a small winder and a fast/smooth one, there’s really not much effort needed to rotate the winder.
If you ever get your hands on one 500 G you should definitely get it, its a small fun camera to use. The all metallic body makes it a bit heavier than later compact cameras, and you don’t get the all automatic point-and-shoot no features like electronic compacts, but you can still have a lot of fun with this one.
Mine is in no pristine condition as you can tell, all I did was changing the light seals which were falling apart and I just took it out to shoot.
There’s some looseness on the dials in the lens and also on the backdoor but even so this still feels extremely sturdy.
|Lens||Rikenon 40 mm|
|Aperture ||From f/2.8 to 16, plus A|
|Shutter Speed ||B, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500 sec.|
|Shutter|| Mechanical leaf shutter with 4 blades
|Filter Size|| 46 mm
|Focal Range||0,9 m to infinity
|Iso ||From 25 to 800|
|Modes||Manual aperture and speed, aperture can also be set to Automatic|
|Size||110 x 75 x 56 mm
|Weight|| 420 g
|Viewfinder|| Coupled rangefinder
|Battery|| 1.3v PX675 mercury cell battery
|Flash||Hotshoe and sync connection wich syncs at all speeds
|Negative Size||24*36 mm|