Ricoh xr-p with added hand-grip
So far the Ricoh xr-p has met my interest on b&w film and I hope I can go further into slide films. I don't see myself developing film at home but I hope I manage to cut down the cost with my inexpensive Canon 8000F scanner and my planned purchase of Vuescan software.
I have several gripes against the Ricoh xr-p. It is not built as strong and trouble-free like the Pentax K1000, ME Super and SuperProgram. I have done three separate purchases of used Ricoh xr-p bodies, I got two lemons in getting stuck shutter release and various other problems related to broken shutter and mirror locked up. One frequent complain with the xr-p is about the absence of optical DOF preview. For me I have the most problem on how easy the electronics and mechanical parts can fail on the Ricoh. Though the minus, I love the rich features on the xr-p, especially on the rich array of information display that go with the optical viewfinder. For reference, I have a scanned copy of the user menu on the optical viewfinder display
Optical Viewfinder Indicators
The viewfinder's field of view covers 93% and magnification at .88X. I especially like the diagonal split screen and I find it easier to obtain focus than the horizontal split screen. And there is the auto exposure lock that doubles up with added lighting in viewfinder and I find it valuable in shooting indoor or when the available light is dim.
The ricoh xr-p is compatible with all Pentax K mounts. It is unfortunate that the Pentax A data pin is not the same as the Ricoh P pin. What that means is that the various program modes are not enabled but the metering work the usual way like a Pentax film body in Av mode as long as I select A on the shutter dial and select aperture on aperture ring. If I select a shutter speed instead, the optical viewfinder will indicate overexposure and underexposure with the set aperture. Here are the few lens that I have used with xr-p to great liking
- Tamron SP 17mm f/3.5 in adaptall-2 mount (51B)
- Cosina 55mm f/1.2 in K mount
- Access P-MC 35-70mm f/2.5-3.5 1:2.6 Macro Zoom in R/K
Left: Tamron SP 17mm f/3.5 (51B)
Right: Cosina 55mm f/1.2 in K mount
And I plan to use the following lens with my Ricoh xr-p soon with both slides and films.
- Vivitar 24mm f/2.8 from Cosina in P/K-AR mount
- Rikenon P 35mm f/2.8 in R/K mount
- Tamron SP 35-80mm f/2.8-3.8 1:2.5
- Pentax FA 77mm f/1.8 limited