Gear Profile III: Ricoh 500 G

A rangefinder that I'm proud to have in my collection of gear

Stats:

  • 35mm rangefinder
  • Manual and shutter priority shooting modes
  • Hot shoe and PC sync
  • Shutter: leaf shutter, bulb, 1/8-1/500 sec
  • Lens: 40mm f/2.8 Rikenon lens
  • Meter: lens mounted CdS meter
  • Strengths: compact and light, relatively fast lens, convenient controls
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Gear Profile II: Minolta x-700

My Minolta x-700

Here's my Minolta x-700

Stats:

  • 35mm SLR
  • Manual, aperture priority, and programed automatic exposure modes
  • Hot shoe
  • Exposure compensation (±2)
  • Horizontally-traveling cloth shutter, up to 1/1000sec
  • Lenses: MD Rokkor-X 45mm 1:2, Tokina 35-70mm 1:4
  • Accessories: extension tubes (12, 20, and 36mm)

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Gear Profile I: Yahsica-D

Yashica-D near St. John's Bridge

Here's my latest addition. We had an outing by St. John's Bridge in Portland, OR, to take pictures.

Stats:

  • Medium Format TLR
  • Copal leaf shutter- bulb, 1 – 1/500 sec
  • Taking lens- coated 3 element Yashikor 80mm f/3.5-22
  • Focusing lens- Yashikor 80mm f/3.5
  • Strengths: medium format, quiet operation, convenient adjustment and focusing
  • Weaknesses: no meter, heavy, largest aperture is f3.5
  • Quirks: it’s old and smells like a good used bookstore; dust, incense, and old paper
  • This Yashica-D likes taking pictures people, lonely scenes, old cars

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