Juan Paolo sends in his Ricoh KR-5 Super II all the way from Iligan City.
Its owner says:
Actually this belongs to my father; he gave it to me since the viewfinder has too much debris in it—he finds it hard to see through it. I’m planning to have this cleaned, change the focusing screen and give this back to my father as a gift—and have his old lenses cleaned also.
You can send this over to MCS’s favorite, James Uy for repair.
Hey J, we’ve had pretty interesting, uncommon submissions from this Ricoh SLR to the previous submission’s Konica Pop.
Yup, these are pretty cool….
I was actually preparing an article some time ago (but never got around to posting) about the Cosina CT-1 SLR, or what I call “The Playboy Camera”, since so many other cameras are built on it’s basic chassis. You’d be surprised to find out how many cameras are actually built by Cosina on the CT-1 design. The KR-5 Super II that we are featuring here is part of that proud lineage.
Some famous name SLR cameras that were built around the CT-1 chassis include the Canon T60, Nikon FE10, Olympus OM2000, Yashica FX-3, and the KR-5 we have here - all in different lens mounts! They differ primarily in their outer cosmetic plastic body panels, lens mounts and nameplates. The same cahssis was heavily remade to make the Rollei 35RF, Zeiss Ikon and Cosina’s own Voigtländer branded Bessa R rangefinders
You also might be pleased to know that the Epson R-D1 digital rangefinder was built on the same basic chassis too. Cool, huh?
Check out the classic lines of the CT-1:
And in case you’re curious, here’s a list of some of the cameras based on the CT-1:
CHINON CE II
CHINON CX II
COSINA CT-1 SUPER
COSINA EL SOLAR
COSINA HI-LITE HDL
COSINA HI-LITE EC
COSINA HI-LITE 405
EXAKTA TWIN TL
PRINZFLEX SUPER TTL
RICOH KR-5 SUPER2
RICOH SINGLEX TLS
RICOH KR-10 SUPER
VOIGTLANDER VSL 43
YASHICA FX-3 SUPER 2000
That’s a lot of kids for our little “playboy”, isn’t it? :-)