A lot can be said about a rangefinder camera. But most importantly, they produce sharp images. I love the idea of measuring the distance to create a photograph. Some people do not like this method of photography, but I believe it helps you to see your photograph better. I got my hands on a Ricoh 500G and fell for its distinctive look first, then it’s photographing potential second. At first hold, I really like how small the camera is. It fits nicely in your hand as I am not a camera strap person. I feel more comfortable holding my camera with the intention of using it, instead of having it around my neck or shoulder.
Introduced by Ricoh in 1972, the 500G offers an aperture range from f2.8-f16. The shutter ranges from B, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500. I like the f2.8 range and feel it is good enough for the type of photographs I like to create. The functionality was pretty easy to use and since this was my first time using the camera, I found the camera to be pretty user friendly. The lens is a fixed-mount Rikenon 40mm. It is perfect for how I like to photograph.
I put a roll of TRI-X 400 in it and photographed nature. Trees, open space and black and white. A nice combination in my opinion.