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The KR-5 is one of a series of SLRs for 35mm film made by Ricoh, all accepting K-mount lenses. (Later models include the KR-5 Super, KR-5 Super II, etc.) The original KR-5 was introduced in 1978, and in some markets, it is designated the Ricoh XR500.
The original KR-5 is the first in the series, from about 1979, and is the most limited. Its standard lens only offers a speed of f/2.2, and its range of shutter speeds is 1/8–1/500th sec. plus B, with flash sync at 1/60th sec. or lower. Two 1.5v silver-oxide batteries are needed to power the light metering circuit, which has a match-needle indicator in the viewfinder. The wind lever must be pulled away from the body to switch on the meter and unlock the shutter release.
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.
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