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Ricoh KR-30sp/XR-20sp Program

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Ricoh KR-30sp/XR-20sp Program

Ricoh KR-30sp/XR-20sp Program
Ricoh KR-30sp/XR-20sp Program

Introduced Oct. 1985
Type: 35mm SLR with focal plane shutter and automatic electronic exposure control;

Photographic Modes:
Program automatic exposure mode, speed program automatic exposure mode, aperture-priority automatic exposure mode and manual exposure mode.

Lens Mount:
Ricoh system R-K mount

Electronically controlled, vertically moving metal focal plane shutter
Automatic: 16 sec. to 1/2000th sec
Manual: 4 sec. to 1/2000th sec

Self timer: 10 sec during operation red lamp blinks

Viewfinder: field of view 93% horizontally and vertically. .88X Magnification.
Displays in viewfinder: Exposure adjustment, AE Lock, manual, program mode, overexposuer mark, shutter speed indicator, long time exposure, underexposure mark, bulb, battery low warning signal, and programmed F-stop number.
LED indicator: Flash ready

Diagonal split-image spot in microprism band

Exposure meter:
TTL full open metering for center-weighted average light reading
Exposure Coupling Range:
EV0 to EV18 (w/ISO 100 film, 50mm F1.4 standard lens)
Film Speed Range ISO 12 to 3200

Accessory Shoe: Hot shoe with flash ready signal contact

Exposure Adjustment: +2 to -2 in 1/3 steps, AE lock system

Film advance: Single stroke film advance lever 135 deg. winding angel 35 deg stand off
Automatic Film Advance: posible with XR winder 2 or motor drive

Exposuer Counter: Additive, automatic resetting
Film Rewind: Film rewind crank system
Mirror Swing back type, quick return
Back cover: Hinged type, opened by pulling up Film rewind knob

Other Functions:
Interchangeable grip and direct contact for data back

Power Source: Four LR44 alkaline batteries, four SR44 Silver oxide, or two CR-1/3N 3V Lithium

Weight 490g (Body Only)

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Location: Pittsford, Michigan
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Review Date: July 10, 2018 I can recommend the Ricoh KR-30sp/XR-20sp Program: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Simple, straightforward settings,
Cons: Electronics fail with age, Unable to read viewfinder display in low light

I bought this camera new in 1988 to replace my Sears KS Super. It has great features, Manual mode, appature priority and Program mode using RK lenes.
Its features would put it between the Program Plus and Super Program in the Pentax line, but Ricoh went with a more straightforward design for the controls.
The viewfinder display was easy to read in bright sunlight, it uses LCD's but It depends on a small translucent window next to the Mirror box for the back light, the only other light was by using the AE lock button.

Most of these camers were sold with a free Power Grip, and mine was no exception.

My original camera failed when the LCD totally faded out and became unreadable after about 10 years. I have purchased several on the used market along with its big brother the XR-P and have had some of them just die, mid roll with fresh batteries, never to take a picture again.
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