compact 35mm film camera

Ricoh XF-30: Oxfam Fail?

I’ve been listening to a lot of Film Photography Podcasts recently, I can’t specifically remember which one it was (probably AnalogTalk), the presenters were talking at length about how they love their compact film cameras because they can just put it in their pockets and go shoot stuff in everyday life.

Obviously, my brain then decided that I NEEDED a compact film camera.  I found myself on the Oxfam website and saw the Ricoh XF-30 on there for £12.99.

The XF-30 is a compact 35mm film camera from Ricoh. It uses a 35mm Rikenon f/4.0 lens, that is protected by a sliding lens cover. The focusing can be adjusted 1.0m to infinity by sliding control above the lens. Three zone-focus marks can be selected.

The shutter has a range of 1/30 to 1/500 sec. The self-timer has a delay of approx. 10 sec. The film ISO speed can be adjusted on the face of the camera from 100, 200, 400 or 1000. It has to have 2 AA batteries to operate.

The parcel containing the camera arrived the other day and I immediately opened up the battery cap to find a big fat battery explosion.  After about an hour of work, I managed to free the batteries from their death place and clean up the hole, replaced the batteries and it’s all good.  I think.

For samples with this camera click here.

Ricoh XF-30
Release Date:
Lens: Rikenon Lens 35mm f/4.0 lens
Focus: zone focus (3 points)
Film Speed Range: manual, ISO 100 / 200 / 400 / 1000
Shutter Range: of 1/30 to 1/500 sec
Viewfinder: Reverse Galilean viewfinder
Magnification: 0.53X, Field of view 80%
Flash: automatic pop-up electronic flash in dim light
Other Features: self-timer, operating delay of approx. 10 sec.
Power Source: two AA-type batteries (alkaline or manganese)
Dimensions: 121mm, 4.8″(W) x 66mm, 2.5″(H) x 45mm, 1.8″(D)
Weight: 225g, 7.9OZ. (without batteries)

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