This KR-5 has little wear on the body but a slight fogging on the lens. The outer body paint is a beautiful black and there are only superficial scratches on the paint. The lens has a fog on the outer edges of the glass. Keeping the Aperature below f/8 will prevent the fog from affecting the photo.
- Ricoh KR-5 Super SN:73164570
- Rikenon P 50mm f/2 Lens SN:171474
The KR-5 Super is one of a series of simple manual-exposure SLRs for 35mm film by Ricoh, all accepting K-mount lenses. Others include the Ricoh KR-5, CR-5, KR-5 Super II, etc.
While essentially similar to the original KR-5, 1982 "Super" offers a few improvements, including faster f/1.7 and f/2.0 standard lens options. While still limited to 1/8 second as the slowest shutter speed (besides B), the top speed increases to 1/1000, and the maximum flash sync speed is now 1/125 sec.
While there is still no PC terminal for attaching an external flash, the hot shoe has an additional contact that permits dedicated Ricoh flash units to illuminate a flash-ready LED beneath the viewfinder eyepiece. Another LED faces forward to indicate when the self-timer is counting down before exposure, and "winks" while the shutter opens. The shutter evidently operates even without power supplied by two SR44 or LR44 batteries; although those are needed for the meter circuit and front-facing LED.
This same camera was marketed by Sears in the USA, as the KSX-1000. The follow-up Ricoh KR-5 Super II was, despite its very similar name and target market, a substantially different camera actually built by Cosina.