Lomography: Remembering the 70s with a Ricoh Kr-5

I just got back the first set of photos from my “newest old camera”, a Ricoh Kr-5 dating from around 1975.  It’s a thing of beauty, especially when I think of the cameras I personally owned in the late 1970s and the 1980s.  It was a steal on eBay, coming with a “1970s brown” nylon bag, a clip-on flash unit, a 3x telephoto converter, a wire shutter release, and the manual for under 20 bucks including shipping.

For those of you who lived through the 70s, the photos came back looking just as I remember them – a bit washed out and weird.  I always thought that’s how the 70s looked – turns out it was just the film!

The one thing I can’t seem to get working right is the exposure meter – new batteries didn’t seem to make a difference.  The exposure indicators in the viewfinder don’t seem to react at all to light changes; however, the camera seems to be pretty forgiving (or I just got lucky) as most of the issues with the photos I took came from focus problems, not overexposure.

Anyway, here are some samples.  I think even some of the pics that are technically flawed still end up looking kind of cool.

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000023 These guys on the roof are captured with the 3x tele.  Seems to be an odd tilt-shift effect going on.

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Odd that the background washes out so quickly.  There are other plants and rocks about 7 meters beyond the lemon tree.

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Seems that using a tripod with the tele converter would not be a bad idea!

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I find this to be an interesting set. The only difference should be the f-stop setting. I wish I knew what I had used! One of the advantages of digital photography…

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0.8 meters is as close as the camera is able to focus. This must have been about 0.75 m!

 

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