Ricoh KR-5 Overview: A Versatile K-Mount Film Camera

Last Updated on November 6, 2023

The Ricoh KR-5 is a 35mm film SLR camera manufactured by Ricoh that accepts Pentax’s K mount lenses. It was introduced in 1978 and is known in some markets as the Ricoh XR500.

This camera, designed to offer an affordable price, is entirely mechanical and manual, which means it does not require batteries for operation, except for the light meter, which is powered by two LR44 batteries, which are affordable and long-lasting.

ricoh kr-5 front view

Ricoh KR-5 Specs

Year Release1978
Camera Type35mm Film SLR
Lens MountK-Mount (Pentax)
Other NamesRicoh XR500
Power SourceFully Mechanical and Manual
Light Meter Power SourceRequires two LR44 batteries
Standard LensRiconar 50mm f/2.2
Shutter Speed Range1/8 to 1/500 seconds, including B
Flash Synchronization1/60 seconds
Timer10-second delay timer
Focus SystemMicroprism ring and split-image focus
Flash ShoeYes, for electronic flashes
Film SensitivityAdjustable using the ASA selector
ShutterMetal blade shutter


The camera comes with a standard Riconar 50mm f/2.2 lens and offers a range of shutter speeds from 1/8 to 1/500 seconds, including a long exposure (B) option and flash synchronization at 1/60 seconds. It also features a 10-second delay timer.

The camera’s focusing system is based on the well-known microprism and split-image ring system in the viewfinder, which is located in the center of the viewfinder or focus screen. It has a flash shoe for using electronic flashes and the ability to adjust the film roll sensitivity on the ASA selector. It has a metal blade shutter, something that would only become a standard in high-end SLRs at that time.

Despite the lack of certain features such as a depth of field preview button and a direct number display window in the viewfinder, the camera is easy to use. To activate the light meter and unlock the shutter, you only need to pull the advance lever away from the body.

Additionally, the Ricoh KR-5 includes a rewind button that prevents the film from being exposed to light. It is a suitable choice for both beginners in photography and users who already have Pentax mount lenses. Its attractive design and lightweight make this camera a personalized choice based on user preferences.

Ricoh KR-5 Photos

The Ricoh KR-5 is a simple yet practical camera capable of mounting Pentax lenses, making it a good alternative if you already own lenses with this mount. It is ideal for beginners or any enthusiast who is getting into this system (K). It has a solid body and good construction, so it cannot be compared to other cameras with similar features made of cheap materials, such as the Vivitar v2000.

Author: Jorge Ferrufino

Jorge Ferrufino

I am a fashion photographer and an analog photography enthusiast since the beginning of my career (15 years ago). I have had the opportunity and honor of showcasing my work in various galleries and publications around the world.

Regular contributor for Dusty Grain.

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