So I'm thinking about getting a Ricoh KR-10. The (first?) edition, (as in, not the Super or any of the other ones that came after the KR-10 first edition (?) thing), and was wondering if anyone who owns one / has owned one could give me a pros/cons style review, without telling me which other camera I should buy instead (sorry, just wondering about the KR-10 right now!)
Yes I have a KR-10, a KR-5 Super2, and a XR-2
My favorite camera of the Ricohs is the KR-5 Super2, because it is the newest, while it is the smallest, simplest most basic manual shutter only camera, with LED exposure indication so I like to use it
The problem I have with the KR-10 is that the black
match needle is almost invisible in lower light, right when it is needed for manual exposure.
It is shrouded from the main vf.
These days I can't use it for that reason, but I have had it for many years and it also was a problem when my eyes were younger.
If you want to use auto mode, this is not such a problem.
Now the XR-2 is an older camera but similar to the KR-10 having an auto mode as wall as manual shutter.
It had more features than the KR-10, including an eyepiece shutter for long exp, a DOF button, and a lock release for the iso/ev wheel.
( on the KR's it is easy to accidentally bump the iso wheel off its setting)
The XR-2 has a larger green transparent needle that protrudes out into the vf, a lot easier to see.
So after the KR-5, I would recommend the XR-2 before the KR-10
My lasting impression of the Ricoh models (My ex KR10) is the crashingly loud shutter operation. It doesn't cause vibration it is just LOUD!
I have the KR-10 and the XR-2, and I highly recommend the XR-2 over the KR-10.
I have a Sears KS500 with it's 50mm f2 lens and am impressed with this simple SLR. Checking for instruction books I see it is a KR-5 marked and sold through Sears. The only operational problem is that I left eyed so the advance lever stand-off pokes me in the forehead, and I cannot leave the lever in as it locks the shutter button and turns off the meter! Otherwise a great knockabout 35mm SLR that was only $5 at a camera show/sale.
I only have the KR-10 Super, and I agree that the shutter is very loud. I've always felt it was louder than it needs to be. It might be because of the prolific use of plastic throughout. At the least, no money, development or materials went into damping the shutter.
The meter display on the right side of the viewfinder is entirely electronic, which includes a dark gray (probably about 80% black) bar set against a shutter speed scale against a light gray background. In daylight, the "needle" is easy to see. In darker conditions, it's a bit of a struggle.
My camera is in very good condition, and it's a nice backup K-mount body. You just wouldn't want to use it where discretion is needed.
Sorry, I can't speak for the KR-10. I've the Sears KS-2 (Ricoh XR-7) and I do like it. I've been considering an all-manual model that takes the k-mount lenses as a backup. Ricoh's are quite capable cameras.
This page won't give user experiences, but you may find some of the information interesting:
If it is similar to mine, the only real complaint I have is that the meter is LCD and there is no back-light, so it can be difficult in low-light situations. Also, expect the foam light seals to have degraded by now and be in need of replacement, and little bits of the foam can stick to the shutter and cause issues. I cleaned mine well, and used felt and wool yarn as replacement light-seals.
A lot of the Ricohs of that era are similar, and I may have a KR-10 for parts somewhere, but haven't used it.
I had an XR2 for years. Loved it. The rewind knob broke, and it would cost more to repair than another one, so I bought another off eBay - and the seals went bad. I got a kit to replace them but didn't dare it (anybody do it CHEAP? Like less than I paid for the camera? If I supply the seals?)
It's definitely built consumer grade but is just such a well thought out, fully featured and nice handling little camera. In some ways I even preferred shooting with it (when it worked) to my LX, if for no other reason because the XR2 has AE memory lock.
I have a KR-10. It's simple. That's all I can say. I haven't had many experiences with it. I have a Vivitar 28-105mm F/2.8-3.8 and an Auto Sears 50mm f1.7 MC. I have it laying around, so honestly, I'd sell the kit. I just feel like I don't stray from the Nikon F-Mount system enough to have another set. K-Mount lenses are fantastic, but I'd rather just have more F-Mount lenses to use with my Nikon bodies. If I had the same lenses I have for K-Mount in F-Mount, I'd be happy as can be.
I have a dozen different Ricohs. My favourite user is the XR2S. Totally subjective, I'm sure. It just fits my hands nicely. Aperture priority and manual are all I need.