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Ricoh R10 + Kodak Ektar 100 test & review

Ricoh R10, also known as Ricoh Elle. A compact 35mm camera released in 1999 as the result of a collaboration between Ricoh and fashion magazine Elle. It was Elle that helped design the body, which was heavily inspired by the Ricoh R1. In 2002 it was re-released as the R10 and it was one of the last compact cameras produced by that company. You can buy one of these at our online store.

The lens sensitivity of F3.5 and a focal length of 30mm (4 element multi-layer glass lens, 4 groups). To be honest, I don't really like focal lengths longer than 35mm, I don't like elongated shots.

The minimum distance to the object is 0.35m and this is the index for the top point-and-shoot cameras. Macro mode is from 0.2m to 0.35m. Shutter speed range is from 2 to 1/750. Film read out (DX) ISO 50-3200. Standard 10 second self timer. The camera is powered by a single CR123A battery. And the most important technical feature is the weight of 150g without the battery. Super light and super stylish camera!

The shooting modes are standard: "auto", "red-eye", flash "off", flash always "on", landscape with "on and off" flash and also "macro" mode with "on and off" flash. Unfortunately, I didn't test the modes because my sample, like 99.9% of Ricoh-10 cameras, had a non-working LCD display and as a lazy photographer I just pressed the button in "auto" mode. But you know - it doesn't stop you from getting great shots at all. The only disadvantage is that you can't see the frame counter.

I had a Kodak Ektar 100 in my R10 and it's one of the most vivid and impressive films! Like I saw pictures from my parents album. By the way, the film unwinds from the reel at the start, so those who are not experienced don't be intimidated. I shot under the right conditions, with a few exceptions the flash was on, but in the cafe we used it on purpose to get the shots with a vintage feel. The pictures show the same flare (red stripe on the edge), I think there is a small light transmission from the back of the body.

To sum up, the Ricoh R10 is a high end compact with a great lens. Yes, the brand can let the you down with electronics (a non-functional display or quick battery death same as the FF-9), but the results are a pleasure to watch. On my rating scale, the camera will take the "All star" level with a plus sign. Another healthy competitor to the Olympus mju 2.