Short Adventure With Granddad’s Ricoh

There’s no denying it, I have a soft spot for point and shoot film cameras. There’s a bit of romance to their simple, compact nature.

A few weeks back I acquired my grandfathers Ricoh AF zoom p&s. He passed away years ago, so anything I get of his these days is well cherished. The camera just so happen to come loaded with a half shot roll of Kodak Tmax 100 (great film stock!).

I didn’t know what to expect as far as the expiration and condition of the film, or what may be exposed onto those first 12 frames. Regardless, I took it on a photo-walk downtown to put the lens and film to the test.

Ricoh + TMX100-2
Not knowing how many frames I had to work with, I started a simple geometric study of the city, focusing mostly on the Calder Sculpture and surrounding architecture.

Ricoh + TMX100-3
Ricoh + TMX100-6
Ricoh + TMX100-5
I also managed a few frames of some skateboarders who had recently “obtained” a road cone that they were doing their tricks over top of.

Ricoh + TMX100-4
Ricoh + TMX100-7
Ricoh + TMX100-8

This is in no way intended to be a review of this camera. However, per usual I do like sharing quick thoughts. I will say, I was relatively impressed with the overall sharpness of the lens. The negatives scanned in nice and crisp with very little need for sharpening in post. That being said, I doubt this camera will end up back in my bag, as it lacks any ability to be a quick street shooter. The shutter lag is frustrating, to say the least, and despite the abundance of available light the camera didn’t fair well in capturing motion. Off to the camera display bookshelf it shall go.

As for the shots that were on the roll when I got the camera… Unfortunately, someone must have opened the back at some point over the past 10 years. The first half of the roll was exposed leaving nothing but this single unrecognizable frame.

Ricoh + TMX100-1-2


Camera: Ricoh AF Zoom P&S
Film : Kodak Tmax 100
Developing Notes:
Ilfosol3 1+9 for 5:30 at 20c
Scanned Using Epson Perfection 3170 & Vuescan
Dust Removal & Adjustments made in Adobe Lightroom

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