Ricoh FF-700
posted 8-10-'03

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Nomenclature 9

Using the strap 10

Inserting the battery 10

Opening the lens shield 10

Checking the battery 11

Loading the film 11

Setting the film speed 12

Holding the camera 12

View finder 13


Auto-focus shooting ~ 13

Pre-focus shooting 14

Rewinding the film 15

Flash photography 15

Using the self-timer 16

Exposure compensation 16

Demo mode 16

Remote control socket 17

Proper care of your Camera 17

Major specifications 18

We are most gratified that you have selected a RICOH camera Before using your camera, please be sure to read these instructions carefully.


1. Flash Button
2. Display Mode Button
3. Back Light Control Button
4. Self-Timer Button
5. Manual Film Speed Set Button
6. LCD Control
7. Viewfinder Window
8. Shutter Release Button
9. Strap Holder
10. Lens Shield
11. Lens Shield Switch
12. Photocell
13. Distance Measuring Windows

14. Self-Timer LED
15. Built-in Flash Unit
16. Sprocket
17. Viewfinder Eyepiece
18. Flash Ready Lamp
19. Film Rewind Shaft
20. Back Cover Lever
21. Remote Control Socket
22. Battery Compartment Cover

23. Film Chamber
24. Film Guides
25. Tripod Socket
26. Manual Film Rewind Switch

27. Film Take-up
28. Back cover
29. Film Loaded Window



Attaching the strap
1. Insert the loop at the end of the strap under the strap holder. (Fig. 1)

2. Insert the other end of the strap through the loop and tie the strap onto the strap holder. (Fig. 2)


The camera will not operate unless the battery is in stalled. It is important to make sure that the battery is inserted correctly.

1. Push the Battery Compartment Cover Lever by a pen etc. in the direction of the arrow and pull open the cover. (Fig. 3)

2. Insert the 6 volt lithium battery, checking that the + and - on the battery are lined up correctly act cording to the polarity diagram inside the battery compartment (Fig. 4)

3. Close the Battery Compartment Cover by pushing it in the direction of the arrow. (Fig. 5)

* When the battery is inserted correctly, the Battery Condition Mark appears on the LCD Control Panel. (Fig. 6)

Battery for Use

1 Lithium battery (6V) DURACELL DL 223A or PANASONIC BR.P2DP.


1. Open the Lens Shield by sliding the Lens Shield Switch toward the mark of *** (opening). (Fig. 7)

* You can only fire the camera when the Lens Shield is completely open.

* To avoid tripping the shutter inadvertently and wasting battery power, always keep the Lens Shield closed when you are not taking pictures.

* When the Lens Shield is opened, the Lens Shield Mark on the LCD Control Panel blinks. (Fig. 8)


If the Low Battery Warning Mark on the LCD Control Panel blinks when you press the Shutter Release Button please be prepared new lithium battery for replacement (Fig. 9)

Please change the battery to new one in the following cases;

a The shutter cannot be released (aped from when the Lens Shield is closed).
b The film advance or film rewind does not operate. 
c. The flash ready lamp takes more than 10 seconds to light up.
d. The battery has been in the camera for more than five years. (even without using the camera, the battery will lose power naturally.)
e. The self-timer does not operate.

* Generally in cold conditions, the capacity of the battery decreases, and in some cases, the camera may not operate correctly. You should either warm the battery or keep a spare battery in your pocket, inserting it just before you use the camera. Incidentally, if the capacity of the battery has decreased in cold temperatures, it will regain full capacity in normal temperatures, so do not throw the battery


1. Push the Back Cover Lever downwards in the direction of the arrow to open. (Fig. 10)

2. Load the film into the Film Chamber and pull out the film leader, placing it over the mark () of the film leader position. (Figs. 11A,B)

3. Please make sure that the film is within the Film Guides. (Fig. 12}

4. Press the Back Cover shut so that the Back Cover Lever returns to its original position. The film is automatically advanced until number "1" appears in the LCD Control Panel. The film advance is indicated by four dashes flashing in sequence from left to right. (Fig. 13)

5. If the film has not advanced correctly and has not been taken up onto the Film Take-up Spool, the cartridge symbol on the right and "0" in the Exposure Counter blinks. So please reload the film. (Fig. 14)

* Always avoid direct sunlight when loading the film.

* Whether film is loaded or not can be confirmed by the Film Loaded Window or the cartridge symbols in the LCD Control

DX films are provided with black-and-silver patterns corresponding to film speeds which the camera reads and automatically sets Your camera accepts DX films with speeds ranging from ISO 25 to 1600.

Please check whether the film has a DX code system or not. (Fig. 15)

A film with a DX code
1. Setting the film speed is not necessary. The camera automatically makes the correct film speed setting. The film speed as well as "DX AUTO" is displayed on the LCD Control Panel. (Fig. 16)

A film without DX code
* When the film previously used had a DX code system, "100" blinks in the LCD Control Panel and if the film was non-Ding, the speed of the previous film blinks on the LCD Control Panel but the "DX AUTO" is not displayed. (Fig. 17

* Pressing the Manual Film Speed Set Button once stops the blink of the speed.

1. The film speed is indicated on the outer packaging of the film. e.g. ISO 100

2. Press the Manual Film Speed Set Button until the speed of your film is displayed in the LCD Control Panel. (Figs. 18A, B)

* When the Manual Film Speed Set Button is kept depressed, the speeds advance automatically.

* Please be careful when you take a picture with ISO 1000 or 1600 film in bright sunlight, the picture may be overexposed.


1. Use both hands to steady the camera.

2. Be careful not to place your fingers over the lens, or focusing windows.

3. When holding vertically always position with the flash side up.


1. Field of View Frame
The subject (such as people or scenery) that you wish to take should be set within this frame

2. Parallax Correction Marks
When taking a picture of subject that is between 0.8m--1.2m (2.6--4 ft.) away from the camera, the subject should be positioned within these marks. Anything outside the marks will not be included in the picture even though you can see it through the viewfinder.

3. Auto-Focus Frame
The auto-focus system focuses automatically on any subject that appears within this small square.

4. Zone Marks
These marks indicate the focusing distance. When the symbol blinks, the subject is too close to the camera You should move further away from the subject.

1. Set the subject you wish to take within the Auto Focus Frame in the center of the Viewfinder. (Fig. 21)

2. When you press the Shutter Release Button halfway, the zone symbol will light up to indicate the focus distance If the symbol blinks, you should move back a little as the camera is too close to the subject. (Fig. 22)

3. Gently press the Shutter Release Button down to take the picture The film will advance automatically as soon as the shutter has been released.

* Please be careful not to cover the Distance Measuring Windows at the front of the camera accidentally, as this will cause incorrect focusing.

* Please keep the Distance Measuring Windows clean so that focusing is accurate. If it gets dirty, it should be wiped clean with a soft cloth.

* There may be rare cases where the subject cannot be well-focused. (For instance dark subject that do not reflect light well, glossy subjects, or subjects taken through glass.)

In these cases, it is best to use the pre-focus to "lock" the focus on a more "normal" subject at the same distance While holding focus, turn the camera to the original subject and shoot.


Shooting Distance:

For subject that are less than 0.8m (2.6 ft.) away from the camera, it is not possible to obtain sharp

1. When the Shutter Release Button is depressed slightly, the symbol will appear for subject 0.8m --1.8m (2.6--6 ft.) away. If you are closer than 0.8m (2.6 ft.) away from your subject, the mark will blink on and off. If you are much closer than 0.8m (2.6 ft.), the symbol or the symbol will appear.

2. The symbol will appear for subjects 1.3m--4.5m (4.3 -14.8 ft.) away.

3. The symbol will appear for subjects 2.3m-- 00 (7.4 ft. - 00 ).

As you can see, there is slight degree of overlap in the distances covered by the three marks This will not cause any focus problems. Your camera has 10 focusing zones that assure maximum sharpness at any focusing distance

Note: Due to the above mentioned overlap, you may occasionally notice that the marks may move from one figure to another even though the subject distance did not change This does not mean that your camera has focused improperly. It just mean that an "in between" zone has been elected.


When the main subject you wish to focus on is out side the Auto-Focus Frame, or if the subject is difficult to focus on, then you should use pre-focus shooting.

When the subject is outside the Auto Focus Frame:

1. If you want to photograph two people, there may be cases where neither of them can be set within the Auto-Focus Frame in the center of the Viewfinder. If you release the shutter then, only the background will be in focus, and the people which are the main subject will be out-of-focus. (Fig. 23)

2. Move the camera so that one of the people is within the Auto-Focus Frame. Press the Shutter Release Button halfway so that the Zone Mark lights up and the focusing distance is indicated. Hold your finger in that position on the Shutter Release Button. (Fig. 24)

3. Now return the camera to its former position so that both people are in the Field of View Frame again, and press the Shutter Release Button fully to take the picture (Fig. 25)

When the subject Is difficult to focus on:

1. When you take subjects that are difficult to focus on, find another subject at about the same distance from the camera You can pre-focus on that subject in the same way as described above.

* When you remove your finger from the Shutter Release Button, the pre-focused condition is cleared, so that you can pre-focus again as many times as you wish.


After the end of the film has been reached, the film is automatically rewound.

* The film rewind as indicated by four dashes flashing in sequence from right to left and the counter gives a subtractive reading. (Fig. 26)

* When the film is fully rewound, the motor stops automatically and "E" is displayed in the LCD Control Panel. You can now open the Back Cover to unload the film. (Fig. 27)

* If you wish to rewind the film before the end of roll is reached, push the Manual Film Rewind Switch in the direction of the arrow. (Fig. 28)

* You can close the Lens Shield when the film is being rewound.


When flash is required, the Flash Button automatically pops up as the Shutter Release Button is pressed halfway and the power will be on. (Fig. 29)

1. Check that the Flash Ready Lamp is lit, then take the picture (Fig. 30)

2. When you have completed flash photography, please be sure to push the Flash Button down. This turns off the flash.

Flash Photography Distance:

Shooting Range:

0.8m--am (2.6 - 9.8 ft.) ISO 25, 50

0.8m--4.5m (2.6--14.8 ft.) ISO 100 over

* If the Shutter Release Button is kept pressed halfway down before the Flash Ready Lamp comes on, the Flash Unit will not be charged.

* Be careful not to put your finger in front of the flash window.

* If the Shutter Release Button is pressed before the Flash Ready Lamp lights up, the shutter will not release

* You can use the Flash Unit as a fill-in light for daytime photography too. Cover the photocell with your hand and press the Shutter Release Button in halfway. Then the Flash Button pops


Press the Self-timer Button. Then the Self-Timer LED on the front of the camera blinks on and off with an electronic sound. The shutter will be released about 10 seconds later (Figs. 31A, B)

* If you wish to clear the self-timer once it has started, close the Lens Shield or press the Self Timer Button again.

* When using the self-Timer with flash photography, put the Self-Timer on after the Flash Ready Lamp is lit. (When the surrounding light is not sufficient, the Flash Button pops up immediately after the Self-Timer Button is activated.)

* When using the self-timer with pre-focus shooting, measure the distance by pressing the Shutter Release Button halfway. Without removing your finger from the Shutter Release Button, press the Self-Timer Button, and the self-timer will operate. Pre-focus will be held automatically until the picture is taken.

When back light is given to the subject, under exposed (dark) pictures result. Back light control is used in such case.

1. Press the Back Light Control Button (BCL +2) and the. mark will be displayed In the LCD Control Panel. (Fig. 32)

* If you wish to clear the back light control once it is activated, press the Back Light Control Button again.

* Once the camera is fired, back light control is cleared.

When the Display Mode Button is pressed, the film advance up to 24 exposure and rewind operation is displayed repeatedly on the LCD Control Panel.

* The display mode is cleared when; 1. Press the Display Mode Button again or 2. Fire the camera.

* The camera cannot be set to display mode when the film is rewound and "E" is displayed in the LCD Control Panel.

This camera is equipped with a Remote Control Sock et. Various methods of remote control can be used by plugging an infrared sensor, audio sensor, remote controller, etc., into this socket. A remote controller with a 50 cm code and a 10-meter extension cord, are avail able from Ricoh as options for use in remote control photography.

Typical Installation
1. Remove the cover of the Remote Control Socket and connect a remote controller. An extension cord can be used for taking photographs at a distance from subjects. (Fig. 33)

2. Set the camera, aim at the subject and gently press the remote control switch. The natural expressions of subjects can be captured from a distance. (Fig. 34)


* If there is dirt on the lens or Distance Measuring Windows, do not touch with fingers. Use a blower to blow the dust away, or wipe the surface gently with a soft cloth. (Fig. 35)

* Camera malfunction can be caused by shock, humidity, salt, etc. After using the camera at the beach or places where there are chemicals, wipe it carefully. (Fig. 36)

* Take care not to expose the camera to sudden changes in temperature, as they may cause malfunction. (Fig. 37)

* Do not expose the camera for a long period of time in extremely high temperatures, such as in your car or on the beach, as this may cause malfunction. (Fig. 38)

* When using a tripod, do not try to force a long screw into the socket. (The screw length should be less than 5.7mm.) (Fig. 39)

* Do not place the camera near equipment that has strong magnetic fields such as a television or radio. (Fig. 40)


Type: 35mm lens shutter type with automatic

Lens: 35mm f2.8 Ricoh lens, 5 elements, 5 groups

Focusing: Automatic focusing with pre-focus facility. Distance measuring (shooting)

range: 0.8m (2.6ft)--=. Distance lass than 0.8m (2.6ft): out-of-focus warning blinks

Shutter Programmed: AE type electronic shutter, 2--1/500 sec.

Self Timer: Built-in electronic type with audio-visual.  Operating delay of approx. 10 sec.

Viewfinder Albada type with bright-frame viewfinder (with parallax correction marks).

Magnification: 0.44X. Field of view 84%

Viewfinder Information: Field of View Frame Parallax Correction Marks, Auto-focus Framing Zone Marks

Exposure Adjustment: With SPD photocell. Exposure coupling range EV2-EV17 (ISO 100).

Exposure adjustment system:

Film Speed Range: ISO 25--1600 (in 1/3 steps): Compatible with DX-code system

Film Advance/Rewind: By a built-in motor. Automatic 1st. frame setting. Automatic film reverse at the end of film

Film Loading: Ricoh Auto-Load system

Exposure Counter Additive counts down during film reverse

LCD Display: Film loaded, Film advance, Film taken up onto film take-up spool, Exposure

counter, Film reverse and reverse completion, Film Speed, DX film, Exposure

compensation, Number of exposures of film (when DX film is used), Battery

loaded, Battery low warning Lens shield open/closed

Built-in Flash: Electronic flash automatically activates in dim light

Guide Number 12 (ISO 100, m.). Exposure adjustment through flashmatic system

Interval Between Flashes: About 2-3 sec.

Number of Shots Possible: If half of pictures are taken with flash, the battery will expose about 1,000

frames, and if 8 rolls of 24-exposure film a year are used, the battery should

not need changing for about five years

Power Source: 1 Lithium battery DL 223A, BR-P2DP (6 volts) or equivalent

Dimensions: 139(W) x 70(H) x 46(D)mm

Weight: 300g (without battery)

~ Specifications and appearance of this camera are subject to change without notice