Caddy is the first half-frame 35mm camera of Ricoh, and came on the market in 1961 which was one year and half after Olympus Pen was launched.
While the other half-frame 35mm cameras like Olympus Pen, Taron Chic and Petri Half were equipped with a 28mm or 30mm lens, Caddy employed a 25mm lens which was the widest lens on half-frame 35mm camera in those days.
Built-in selenium meter based on LV system was employed on the camera and all you have to do is to set light value, focus subject and release the shutter.
One other feature of this camera is that the rewind knob has to be popped up by turning the knob in the opposite direction to the arrow on it before the film is loaded.
Well then, let's take a look at it.
- First introduced on July 10, 1961.
- Camera type : half-frame 35mm lens-shutter camera
- Lens : Ricoh 25mm f/2.8 (three-group, four-element)
- Shutter : Seikosha
- Shutter speeds : B, 1/4 - 1/250 sec.
- Flash sync contact : X sync.
- Exposure meter : built-in selenium meter
- Light Value range : LV 7 - 17
- Focusing : for-element focusing
- Viewfinder : reversed Galilean finder with bright frame
- Finder magnification : 0.45x
- Body dimensions : 112 x 69 x 33.5mm
- Body weight : 390 g.