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07-22-2009, 07:59 PM   #1
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Ricoh camera won't turn on after batteries installed

Any one here familiar with Ricoh film cameras. I was given a Ricoh 35mm KR-30 camera (with several lenses and filters, too) by a friend into photography, the camera is about 10 years old but very well kept and clean & never stored w/batteries in it. However, when I installed 4 new silver oxide 1.55v 357 batteries (Energizer), the camera will not come on. A fellow at Ritz camera said the batteries have a short shelf life and are probably no good ( the date on the package is 2008), I thought the shelf life was about 3-5 years for the batts. From my understanding the manual indicates these batteries are suitable. Don't know what the problem is, hope it is not the camera.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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3-5 years is probably right. That means the batteries were made in about 2003-05. So, they're fairly old.

It's not like new A76/LR44's are mind-blowingly expensive, so find a chemist and buy some new ones!

Try cleaning the contacs with a pencil eraser, and, if that fails, some very fine emery paper.
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You can get the manual for the camera here:
KR-30sp - Ricoh Program Camera
Be sure that the batteries are fresh and that you have installed them facing the correct direction. One set goes up, the other set goes down.

Be aware too, that the Ricoh "P" lenses for that camera are probably not compatible with any auto-focus Pentax SLR. They have the infamous Ricoh pin.

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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
You can get the manual for the camera here:
KR-30sp - Ricoh Program Camera
Be sure that the batteries are fresh and that you have installed them facing the correct direction. One set goes up, the other set goes down.

Be aware too, that the Ricoh "P" lenses for that camera are probably not compatible with any auto-focus Pentax SLR. They have the infamous Ricoh pin.

Steve
I've got that camera, and two P lenses, and the 'pin' is spring loaded, and barely protrudes from the lens mount. I've never had a problem with them getting stuck on my K100DS.

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Ricoh 35mm KR30 won't turn on w/ new batts

I have the manual, batts installed properly and are good (checked w/ voltmeter). Tried the eraser trick, too. Will try a fine emery board.

Very nice Camera...wish it would turn on.
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