1970s Ricoh Compacts, part 2: the Sears 35rf

The Sears 35rf (not to be confused with the Sears 35|RF) is a Sears-branded variant of the Ricoh 500 RF,  a compact rangefinder from 1980, and one of the last  in the line of cameras that began with 1972’s 500 G.  Like other cameras in the series (and I’m going to tire of writing this), it’s a shutter-priority or manual camera, with shutter speeds from 1/8th to 1/500th (plus B), ISOs from 25-800, and the excellent 40mm f/2.8 Rikenon lens. As a bonus, the fact that it’s a Sears-branded camera means that you can usually find one for about half the price of the Ricoh branded version.

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Nightime, Right Time

A quick follow-up to this morning’s Reminder… Here’s the same view, shot moments apart, by 3 different cameras, at 30, 45, and 60 seconds (all manually counted, and so probably not accurate…).

On the left, the Cosina CX-2; in the middle, the Lomo LC-A; on the right, the Sears 35 R|F (Ricoh 500 G). All on Kosmo Foto Mono, developed in Ilfotec HC 1:31 for 5.5 minutes. (I moved the LC-A slightly during exposure. Ooops. Oh well.) Continue reading “Nightime, Right Time”

Fun with Bulk Loading (and broken cameras)

When bulk-loading film with small, daylight-type bulkloaders, you’re likely to have some film wastage, especially if you don’t your bulk loading in a darkroom (or sweaty dark bag). This can make for some fun color washes, sure, but it stops being fun after awhile, especially when you lose 6-8 frames at the beginning of every roll. And then there’s the last frame: you’re always going to lose that due to the taping-on that’s usually done in the light. And then there are the manufacturing defects (or whatever) that sometimes show up. And then there’s the issue of broken cameras…

So many issues, and good times, all. Continue reading “Fun with Bulk Loading (and broken cameras)”