Ricoh M42 system

Discontinued

Ricoh Singlex TLS

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: Jun 1967
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions: 147x95x50mm
Weight: 720g

Ricoh TLS 401

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: Oct 1970
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions: 149x102.5x65mm
Weight: 790g

Ricoh SLX 500

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1975
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/30 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions: 143x92x51mm
Weight: 690g

Ricoh Auto TLS EE

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1976
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)
Exposure modes: Shutter-priority Auto
Manual
Dimensions: 143x92x51mm
Weight: 720g

Ricoh Singlex II

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: Aug 1976
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions: 149.5x95x55mm
Weight: 720g

Ricoh Singlex TLS

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: Jun 1967
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions: 147x95x50mm
Weight: 720g

Ricoh TLS 401

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: Oct 1970
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions: 149x102.5x65mm
Weight: 790g

Ricoh SLX 500

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1975
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1/30 - 1/500 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions: 143x92x51mm
Weight: 690g

Ricoh Auto TLS EE

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: 1976
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)
Exposure modes: Shutter-priority Auto
Manual
Dimensions: 143x92x51mm
Weight: 720g

Ricoh Singlex II

35mm MF film SLR camera

Announced: Aug 1976
Mount: M42
Format: 36 × 24mm
Shutter type: Focal-plane
Shutter model: Mechanical
Speeds: 1 - 1/1000 + B
Exposure metering: Through-the-lens (TTL)
Dimensions: 149.5x95x55mm
Weight: 720g

A system consisting of fully mechanical 35mm SLR cameras with TTL exposure metering and an extensive line of M42 screw mount lenses, from ultra wide angle to super telephoto. The first two cameras in the system - Singlex TLS (1967) and TLS 401 (1970) - provided stop down metering, the latter also allowed to choose either spot or average metering. The SLX 500 (1975) is a stripped-down version of the Singlex TLS with a shutter speed range of 1/30 - 1/500 sec. The Singlex II (1976) is similar to the Singlex TLS, but the shutter speed dial is located on the top of the camera body. The Auto TLS EE (1976) added full aperture exposure metering and shutter-priority automatic exposure metering with Rikenon EE (Electric-Eye) lenses.

Camera lineup

Adaptation to digital SLR cameras

For information on adapting lenses of this system to digital SLR cameras, please refer to the dedicated article.

M42 mount lens lineup

Lenses found: 29
Ultra-wide angle prime lenses
Ricoh Auto Rikenon 17mm F/4 (Norita Kogaku)Pro
Ricoh Auto Rikenon 21mm F/3.8 (Tomioka)Pro
Wide-angle prime lenses
Ricoh Auto Rikenon 24mm F/2.8
Ricoh Auto Rikenon 28mm F/2.8
Ricoh Auto Rikenon 28mm F/2.8 EE
Ricoh Auto Rikenon 35mm F/2.8
Ricoh Auto Rikenon 35mm F/2.8 EE
Standard prime lenses
Ricoh Auto Rikenon 50mm F/2.8
Ricoh Auto Rikenon 50mm F/2
Ricoh Auto Rikenon 50mm F/1.7
Ricoh Auto Rikenon 50mm F/1.7 EE
Ricoh Auto Rikenon 50mm F/1.4 EE
Ricoh Auto Rikenon 55mm F/2.8
Ricoh Auto Rikenon 55mm F/1.8
Ricoh Auto Rikenon 55mm F/1.4
Medium telephoto prime lenses
Ricoh Auto Rikenon 135mm F/3.5
Ricoh Auto Rikenon 135mm F/2.8
Ricoh Auto Rikenon 135mm F/2.8 EE
Ricoh Auto Rikenon 200mm F/3.5
Ricoh Auto Rikenon 200mm F/3.5 EE
Super telephoto prime lenses
Ricoh Auto Rikenon 300mm F/5.5Pro
Ricoh Auto Rikenon 400mm F/6.3Pro
Ricoh Rikenon 600mm F/8Pro
Ricoh Rikenon 800mm F/8Pro
Macro lenses
Ricoh Rikenon 60mm F/2.8 Macro (Tomioka)1:1
Ricoh Rikenon 135mm F/3.5For bellowsPro
Telephoto zoom lenses
Ricoh Auto Rikenon 55-135mm F/3.5
Ricoh Auto Rikenon 70-230mm F/4.5
Ricoh Auto Rikenon 90-190mm F/5.8

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