Film Ricoh 500G

theoldsmithy

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Martin Connolly
First results from this camera with Fomapan 400 film. I'm a bit puzzled - some of the photos have a darker section on the right hand side. Any thoughts, anyone? It's not a cloth shutter or anything so I have no idea. Error in the lab maybe? The dark patches are on the negs, not just the scans.
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Here are some that worked:
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re: the patches/stripes... they look pretty much like a machine/developer error; or else like somewhat like double exposure due to insufficient film transport and frame overlap, but frankly, you'd spot that - the "second" shot is clearly missing. Maybe it's a one-off - I'd look into this after the next roll.

Anyhow, nice work with a nifty little camera.

M.
 

Cerita

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Lovely, gorgeous shots Martin, love them all!

It's so funny this has come up because just last night my local film seller posted on IG that he had just received a shipment of this film in 400, 200 and 100 and I was thinking of buying some. Very timely!
 

theoldsmithy

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Lovely, gorgeous shots Martin, love them all!

It's so funny this has come up because just last night my local film seller posted on IG that he had just received a shipment of this film in 400, 200 and 100 and I was thinking of buying some. Very timely!
It does seem nice...i think I may prefer the Rollei Retro, but then again I haven't tried the 35mm version yet.
Note that I have a standard preset for film scans in Lightroom which makes them all a bit punchier:

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theoldsmithy

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My 500G has hit a problem. The shutter button fell out! It can be fixed, but it seems to involve dismantling most of the camera. But as it’s no use to me without a shutter button, and a professional repair would certainly cost more than a new camera, I’m going to have a go. Wish me luck!
 

phigmov

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My 500G has hit a problem. The shutter button fell out! It can be fixed, but it seems to involve dismantling most of the camera. But as it’s no use to me without a shutter button, and a professional repair would certainly cost more than a new camera, I’m going to have a go. Wish me luck!

Good luck!

Is it sheared off a connecting rod or just unthreaded ? Maybe you can screw in a cable-release as a replacement ?
Or a careful drop of epoxy might do the trick ?
 

theoldsmithy

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Good luck!

Is it sheared off a connecting rod or just unthreaded ? Maybe you can screw in a cable-release as a replacement ?
Or a careful drop of epoxy might do the trick ?
The button seems to be held in simply with a circlip under the top plate, from what I can glean from the page where someone fixed the same thing.
Here is that page
There is also a pin that is involved somehow... sadly there is no thread, and I don’t think glue of any sort would help.
 
I found this set of pictures and instructions on FLICKR.


More difficult than most top plate removals- but looks do-able.
 

theoldsmithy

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I found this set of pictures and instructions on FLICKR.


More difficult than most top plate removals- but looks do-able.
Well, the little camera has bitten the dust. I followed the instructions as far as I could, but in the end, the screw on the film winding lever just would not budge. I soaked it in Zippo, tried sewing machine oil on it, but nothing would persuade it to move. So sadly I’ve binned it. I can always get another (or similar) quite easily so i wasn’t worth the effort in the end.
 
These are 50 year old devices and it's amazing that they last this long.
I think of "Wall-E" and his bin of parts to keep running. Think of the next cameras that way- lots of spares for repairs.
 

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