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Oct 30 2010

Sent in: Ricoh KR-5 Super II!

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:

ARGUS STL-1000 
BAUER RX1
BAUER RX2
CANON T60
CARENA CX-300
CARENA CX-500
CARENA KSM-1
CARENA KSM-2
CAVALIER MSTL
CHINON CE II
CHINON CM3
CHINON 5000SE
CHINON GAFL-ES
CHINON CHINONFLEX
CHINON CE-3
CHINON CS-4
CHINON CM-5
CHINON CM-7
CHINON CG-5
CHINON CX II
CHINON CP-X
CIMKO LS-1
COSINA C1
COSINA C2
COSINA CT-1
COSINA CT-1EX
COSINA CX-2
COSINA CT-1A
COSINA CT-1G
COSINA CT-1 SUPER
COSINA CS-1
COSINA CS-2
COSINA CS-3
COSINA CT-4
COSINA CT-7
COSINA CT-7D
COSINA CT-9
COSINA CT-10
COSINA CT-20
COSINA CT-90
COSINA EL SOLAR
COSINA HI-LITE
COSINA HI-LITE HDL
COSINA HI-LITE EC
COSINA HI-LITE 405
ELICAR MN-1
EXAKTA TWIN TL
EXAKTA HS-2
EXAKTA HS-4
EXAKTA HS-3
EXAKTA HS-10
EXAKTA HS-40
EXAKTA KE-5
HAKING HG1
HAKING HG2
HANIMEX DR-1
KENLOCK KG1
MIRANDA MS-1
NIKKOREX F
NIKON FM-10
NIKON FE-10
OLYMPUS OM-2000
PANAGOR CT1EX
PANAGOR CT90
PENTAX P30T
PETRI GX-1
PETRI GX-2
PETRI GX-3
PETRI GX-4
PETRI MF2
PETRI MF3
PETRI MF4
PETRI MF101
PETRI MF102
PETRI MF103
PETRI MF104
PRINZFLEX SUPER TTL
QUANTARAY R400
QUANTARAY RZ800
QUANTARAY DZ-RZ
RICOH XR-1
RICOH KR-5
RICOH KR-500
RICOH KR-5 SUPER2
RICOH SINGLEX TLS
RICOH KR-10 SUPER
SEARS SL2
SEARS TLS
SEIMAX SV7
SEIMAX SV9
SOLIGAR SC-1
TOPCON AM-1
VIVITAR 220SL
VIVITAR 420SL
VIVITAR 650SL
VIVITAR XV2
VIVITAR XV3
VIVITAR V2000
VIVITAR V6000
VOIGTLANDER VSL 43
YASHICA FX-3 SUPER 2000
ZODEL 2MTL

That’s a lot of kids for our little “playboy”, isn’t it? :-)

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