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12-14-2009, 06:15 PM   #1
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A Blast From The Past

I was cleaning out some files today and came across the original mail order receipt from November 1982 for my original XR7 and lenses.
  • Ricoh XR-7 camera w/ 50mm 1.7 $209.95
  • Tamron 28mm 2.5 $79.95
  • Tamron 70-150 3.5 $159.95
  • Tamron SP 2x Converter $56.95
  • Tamron screw pentax mount $16.95
  • Tamron Pentax K mount $16.95
Shipping was $8.00

There was a small note at the bottom:

"Sorry we ran out of the Ricoh 1.7 lens so we are sending you the Pentax 1.7 for the same price, I hope this is acceptable. Thanks please call if there is a problem. Kelly"

Nope, no problem at all Kelly.

I still have the Pentax-M 50/1.7 and am still glad that they ran out of the XR Rikenon 50/1.7!

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you bought all that in one hit!
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you bought all that in one hit!
Yes!

That was a lot of money at the time, but we had a small windfall that covered the cost of the camera stuff as well as a few other things.

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can you take some pic and post the mail order pic here..



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The lens swap was certainly a bonus - Gotta love those Ricoh bodies though!
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The lens swap was certainly a bonus - Gotta love those Ricoh bodies though!
Yes, I am really fond of the XR7. That body served me very well up until I mounted a defective Zenitar fisheye in spring of 2008. The result was non-repairable damage to the shutter/aperture interlock. I found a replacement on eBay for about $20 with two zooms. I traded the zooms for a CLA and that is my current XR7 body. I have two other K-mount film bodies (Ricoh XR-2s and Pentax KX), but still prefer the XR7.

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can you take some pic and post the mail order pic here..

I tried to scan it, but the print is quite faded and it did not scan well.

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I'll have to dig out my dad's accessory order form from 1977. That includes the Vivitar 28/2.5 I'm using along with a ton of Vivitar filters.

I also have a CLA from an ME Super I bought locally (then sold). $90 for a shutter in 1991!

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I tried to scan it, but the print is quite faded and it did not scan well.

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steve..do you remember wheter in the old days..

Ricoh 1.7 had the same price level with Pentax M 1.7?

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steve..do you remember wheter in the old days..

Ricoh 1.7 had the same price level with Pentax M 1.7?

..
I don't know the actual price points. Nesster might have an old ad or magazine listing. The Pentax would have been more money, though I doubt if it was more that $25-$30 difference.

Edit: In 1984, Adorama:
  • Nikon 50/1.8 AI $76.95
  • SMC Pentax-M 50/1.7 $49.95
  • Minolta 50/1.7 $39.95
  • Rikenon 50/1.7 "Call for Prices"
I would expect that the Rikenon would have been near the Minolta. (Thanks Nesster for posting your ads on Flickr...)

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We've come full circle...$50 is the going rate for an M 50/1.7
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We've come full circle...$50 is the going rate for an M 50/1.7
So it is! I was really surprised browsing the Nesster's ad sheets just how comparable today's used prices are to the prices new 30 years ago.

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I have a Honeywell brochure from 1972 with prices in it...I wonder if anyone has scanned it...it's 4" wide and 8.5" tall. The background is chunks of wood.

A 300/4 S-M-C Tak and 400/5.6 S-M-C were the same price (strangely) at $399.50. Most expensive product was the 300mm Ultra-Achromatic f/5.6 at $1450 Or $6328.59 in 2008 dollars.

Edit: WOW...the extension tubes I'm going to sell are in here too...$24.50...I was going to ask $25
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