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The Ricolet camera is very similar to the Ricoh 35 but  without the rangefinder.  Yes, there are other differences which are easily discernible when comparing the two.  It’s a die-cast type of camera, simple and very prone to shutter and focusing shortcomings. If you get one with a frozen focus ring and you decide to go on a quest of ungluing it, prepare yourself for a nightmare on the field of battle.  Whatever Ricoh used to lubricate the threads of this focus ring went awry and became superglue times 10. The Ricolet is not to be confused with the Ricolet S.  They don’t look alike in the
front so there should be no case of mistaken identity.  The back slides off just like the Ricoh 35.  It has a bayonet type flash sync terminal that requires an adapter with the more common flashes used with the Ricoh 35.  Without an adapter you’ll be hard pressed to find a flash with that type of bayonet terminal. It’s got only 3 speeds but you can do wonders with 3 speeds and a tripod.  The lens is pretty good and does a good rendition of targeted subjects.  One thing that was very thoughtful on Ricoh’s part is the kickstand at the bottom of the camera.  The case is genuine leather with eyelet straps on the sides.  It can be found with
either a black lens cap or a transparent lens cap.  The latter is more commonly seen. These cameras, when store bought, came in either a cardboard box or in a wooden box as this one did.  It’s not often that you see one of these.  It’s wooden but the wood is paper light.  The latter is more commonly seen. A cool camera when all is said and done...which takes awhile with one needing an overhaul.
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