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Ricoh Auto Half EF2

I recently went to the Singapore National Museum and will put up some images from the visit. Among others, there was a section devoted to phtography, mainly documentary photography and a few of the older workhorses donated by their owners. This is one of them. I made a delightful discovery. This 'half' frame camera is one that takes standard 35mm film and gives over 70 frames per roll of 35 exposure film. Fully automatic exposure control that varies aperture, selenium sensor which surrounds the fixed focus f2.8 lens. The camera is fitted with an internal pop up flash. A spring powered wind mechanism advances the frame after each shot. This particular camera is from 1964 and was donated in August 2004. A thoroughly entertaining and engrossing visit.

Ricoh Auto Half EF2

I recently went to the Singapore National Museum and will put up some images from the visit. Among others, there was a section devoted to phtography, mainly documentary photography and a few of the older workhorses donated by their owners. This is one of them. I made a delightful discovery. This 'half' frame camera is one that takes standard 35mm film and gives over 70 frames per roll of 35 exposure film. Fully automatic exposure control that varies aperture, selenium sensor which surrounds the fixed focus f2.8 lens. The camera is fitted with an internal pop up flash. A spring powered wind mechanism advances the frame after each shot. This particular camera is from 1964 and was donated in August 2004. A thoroughly entertaining and engrossing visit.

comments (14)

That's quite an amazing thing!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 29 Aug 2012, 06:48
Absolutely fascinating Ayush: it just shows how times have changed!
Nice shot Ayush and interesting text; I'm sure it would still work well!
I remember cameras like this. I don't think half frame cameras really caught on in a big way.
Half frame cameras were quite popular back in the 1960's but not really very practical when it came to messing about in the darkroom.
Very nice!
It looks like an early transistor radio!
  • Lisl
  • Germany
  • 29 Aug 2012, 17:52
That sounds quite sophisticated for the time
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Aug 2012, 18:41
This was probably cutting edge at its time; strange now to see it in a museum. I can remember half frame cameras.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 Aug 2012, 00:43
In about 1970 I owned an Olympus that was very similar to this, Ayush...it was a very functional device.
Half frame full frame... it doesn't matter Ayush... this camera was far ahead of its time... nice photo and i am looking forward to this series....petersmile
I love old cameras. I have about 40. They are lovely little pieces of art. That is a beauty.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 30 Aug 2012, 12:06
It looks rather enchanting Ayush. I have not heard of split frame photography before.
Quite a stylish looking bit of kit, Ayush.

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