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Old 07-01-2009, 07:38 AM   #1
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Default Old 70s ricoh lens

I found my dads old Ricoh singled camera back in the 70s. Never tried the lens on anything other than the camera so I don't know if it'll fit on a nikon or canon mount, so has anyone even heard of the camera or know anything about the lens?
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Old 07-01-2009, 10:41 AM   #2
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Try to figure out what mount the lens has as they didn't always use the same mount... I just read that some of the Ricoh lenses actually used a pentax k mount... Apparently 3 cameras from 78 did.

Anyways, if you can let us know the mount or the exact name of the lens, at the very least you might be able to find a "ricoh" to nikon mount adapter or something.

I purchased a mamiya (which is a medium format camera) to nikon mount for 35mm adapter use in the past and it worked fine.

But, that would be my advice... Look for an adapter mount after finding out exactly what type of mount is on that piece of glass. If you can find one, your problem will be easily solved.

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99.9% sure it will be a k-mount lens. most camera/lens manufactures (nikon, leica, contax/yashica, minolta, mamiya, praktika, and canon come to mind) had their own mount as we all know... k mount was what "off brand", for lack of a better word, manufactues used for their lenses (think sears, jcpenny, ricoh, etc...) in fact i think it was ricoh that made some of those "off-brand" cameras. go to your library or check here: http://www.camera-net.com/pg.htm... this will not only give you a price guide but a history of all cameras (well maybe 99%)....

ricoh did make some good/ok stuff for their time, but through corporate sell offs, economic colapses and changes in industry.. mostly changed to other products... copy machines i think.....


im pretty sure that you could find a k mount to nikon adapter (NOT the tamron adaptall or pentax screw mouint.. different creatures)... but i wouldnt invest much into it except for hte sake of novelty. the ricoh glass got the job done but wasnt all that.

something else i found for ya
http://www.ricoh.ca/en/about/history.aspx

and one more
http://www.camerapedia.org/wiki/Ricoh
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Old 07-01-2009, 10:58 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. I looked more and its an M42 Pentax screw-mount. Haven't looked for adapters yet, but if the glass is good enough I'll probably think about getting an adapter later down the road. Took some pics at the Keys today with the old thing so I'll find out tomorrow if they look any good.
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right on, you should have no problem finding an adapter for that, although it may take a little hunting. although it will be hard (maybe impossible) to find canon fd mount and impossible for canon AF. k mount will be the easiest to find, and the others; they are out there...
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