Japan: RICOH: 1962-1998:

Ricoh is a Japanese company that first of all is known for their copy machines, where they are a world leader. But they have been, and are still making cameras. Ricoh was never a leader in the field of PP SLRs, but from 1962 (Ricoh Singlex) till late 1990s they sold Singlex, TLS, XR, KR and other series. The production of most of their PP SLR cameras was done by other factories. Mamiya made the Singlex (with Nikon mount!), Cosina made Singlex TLS, some XR and KR models. Their last PP SLR was introduced in 1997, the XR-X 3000. Although Ricoh never became the leader of the PP SLR producers, they kept it going for 35 years.
 
Note: Ricoh is back in PP SLR business from October 1st, 2011 as they bought the Pentax Camera Division from Hoya. Can they manage to take Pentax back to its leading position from the 50s, 60s and 70s? 
 
Here is a KR-5 from 1975 with s/n 50 369736. Who produced it? Well, it's on the Cosina List..
Riconar 55/2,2. A modest lens.
Very classic design, no surprises, working well.

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24.10 | 20:11

Looks like the latest modification of the IIb, a IIa house with blinded hole. Some of the latest even had 42mm mount. I will mention those in my text.Thanks!

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24.10 | 17:36

halo,
My Asahiflex no. 77171 lla has Unfilled arrows, llb shutter dial w/ NO red X, lla w/ no slow speeds, just a patch. Came with a 58mm /2.4 takumar.

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10.10 | 12:57

The S1 was sold from 1961 till 1963. Sn. between 30xxx, and 50xxx. Pentax never released a sn. list. So probably a 1962 mod. Total of 46500, so not very rare.

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10.10 | 11:16

Hi Bosse
Trying again 😊
when is it produced
how rare is it

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