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12-25-2011, 01:24 PM   #1
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Ricoh XR Rikenon APO 1:4.5 300mm lens mount damage

Hello,

This is my first post on these forums and unfortunately it's due to a problem with one of my lenses.

I recently bought a working ME Super body along with a SMC Pentax-M 50mm F1.7, Vivitar 70-150mm f3.8 MC Macro focusing zoom (one touch version), Cosina 28mm f/2.8 MC and a Ricoh 300mm F4.5 XR APO Rikenon lens on eBay for 33 plus 10 postage. To make it even more of a bargain they came in an aluminium flightcase along with a selection of hoods and filters and also a squeeze-bulb remote shutter release.

At first the only problems I saw were that the lenses needed a good clean and that the battery cover was missing from the ME super. After closer inspection of the Ricoh 300mm however, I noticed that the lens had been dropped and damaged to such a degree that it no longer fits in the camera body - It goes in but isn't able to fully turn into place. I've included a link to photos of the lens below as it's much easier than trying to explain the damage.

Ricoh 300mm Damage - a set on Flickr


Does anyone know what's required to fix this? Also due to the rarity of the lens I take it finding spare parts is not an option?

Thanks and Happy Holidays.

Keir.

12-25-2011, 02:27 PM   #2
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Perhaps you can use the mount portion from another model.
There are plenty of inexpensive used XR Rikenon lenses around.

There are several considerations when looking for a direct replacement.
The positions of the screws must be identical and the coupling lever slots must be no smaller.
Thickness must be identical or focus will be affected.

Chris

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12-25-2011, 07:15 PM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
The positions of the screws must be identical
I just compared the mount on the damaged lens to my XR Rikenon 50/2 and the screw holes are not the same, so I guess you can rule that one out!


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12-25-2011, 07:46 PM   #4
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That's a pretty serious dent. I would be tempted to try removing the mount from the lens body, then straighten it out with some pliers and smooth off the rough points and anything causing interference with a fine file and sandpaper on a small sanding block. You will have to wash all the metals filings off before you test fit the mount to a body, but with some trial and error you can probably get the mount to a point where it will work even if it isn't pretty.

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