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02-15-2013, 12:59 PM   #1
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In praise of the Diacord

Ricoh made some excellent TLR cameras, to a price point always, but always with good lenses. The Diacord is one of my favorites.
Here's a web page with info:
Ricohflex / Diacord / Ricohmatic 6x6 TLRs

Mine is the G, without light meter and with the 10 aperture blades. It has auto frame stop via a knob, but you have to cock the shutter separately. It takes standard Bay 1 filters, hoods and lens caps.

Some samples:

02-15-2013, 01:55 PM   #2
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WOW!!! I am really impressed!!!

Thanks a lot for sharing!!!
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Ahh 6X6 format, my favorite. Nice work Nesster. I have been looking around for a Rollei TLR - I have never used a TLR in my entire career as a photographer. I have to say that in a number of those images your horizons appear to be a bit skewed.
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Very nice Diacord! Great pics.

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My brother had one of these back in the day. He bought it in the 60s, and the bayonet mounted closeup set, which of course had a prism parallax correction for the viewing lens. It did really nice work, and I always thought the "rocker" focus mechanism was an excellent idea. Sadly it was among their household goods when their rental truck was hot-wired enroute to Chicago where he was to pursue the MBA at U of C. I seriously doubt that the thieves appreciated the Ricohflex.

I wonder why shutter cock wasn't coupled to the film wind, though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by grhazelton Quote
I wonder why shutter cock wasn't coupled to the film wind, though.
That arrangement for TLRs was common enough and makes sense when you consider how the camera is built. In some ways it is a more durable design than coupling some sort of lever off the wind crank to the shutter which is riding "in lens" on a moving shuttle.

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Point taken.
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Sweet. I used to have a D/A (Possibly still do, technically. It'll have been among the stuff I left behind when I ran away in high school, if I didn't give it away prior to then. Pretty sure one of my old TLRs was decorating my nephew's room last I saw my folks. )


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