A fully manual 6×6 format camera, without light meter, using knob film advance with “red window”. Some models can use 35mm or 127 film (with two separate adapters). Using 127 film requires a Super Ricohflex with the multiple red windows on the back (plus the insert). Click here for photo. Some Super Ricohflex’s came with the Auto-Stop feature (though the red window was still present). It was also available as a user installed option.
Only the differences from (my) Model VII are noted.
Taking lens: 8cm f3.5 Anastigmat, same as VII but with more surfaces AR coated. On my Super Ricohflex all 6 surfaces are AR coated. This improvement over my Model VII may be due to the Super being a higher model or just because mine was made later. I have never noticed a difference in contrast between my VII and Super. And I use them for taking stereo photos so I take simultaneous shots under the same lighting conditions with both of them. (I always shoot with len shades ever since I have got them.) Lenses on later model cameras may be labeled 80mm.
Shutter: Riken shutter has two additional speeds (compared to VII): 1/10 and 1/200. The shutter cocking lever on mine is in a different location than the VII. It is below the taking lens, rather than at the 8 o’clock position of the VII. Other Super Ricohflexes have the cocking lever in the 8 o’clock position (this type appears to be more common than my type). The leaf shutter has three blades. Later models may have Riken shutter which has speeds from 1/10 to 1/300 plus a self timer.
Viewing lens: 8cm f3.5 Same as VII but all 6 surfaces are AR coated.
Flash: My camera is synced for electronic flash (X-sync) only. The 1/50 speed is marked in red which appears to indicate that it is the only flash sync speed. (On my camera the flash sync is a bit off at all speeds so I can’t tell for sure). Mine has a PC connector. A coldshoe is provided at the top of the left side (viewed from behind the camera). The factory installed Auto-Stop camera I know of doesn’t have the cold shoe (it is present on the case).
Film advance: same as VII. But the advance knob has a “film minder” dial that helps you remember whether there is colour or B&W film in the camera, and its speed. Some models have the Auto-Stop feature. This is known to be a factory and a user installed aftermarket option.
via Super Ricohflex TLR.