Ricoh RT-550
POSTED 7-23-'03

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CONTENTS

Locating the controls 13
Using the strap 14
Inserting the battery 14
Opening the lens shield 14
Checking the battery 15
Loading the film 16
Setting the film speed 17
Holding your camera 17
Viewfinder 18
Wideangle/Telephoto lens selector 18

Auto-focus shooting 19
Pre-focus shooting 20
Rewinding the film (Auto reverse) 21
Flash photography 21
Night photography 22
Using the self-timer 22
Using the continuous shooting mode 23
Proper care of your camera 25
Specifications 26

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

LOCATING THE CONTROLS

1 Shutter Release Button
2 Lens Selector (Wideangle/Telephoto)
3 Photocell
4 Strap Holder
5 Lens Shield
6 Distance Measuring Windows
7 Self-timer LED
8 Viewfinder Window
9 Built-in Flash Unit
10 Flash Off Mode Button4www.butkus.org
11 LCD Panel
12 Self-timer Button
13 Continuous Shooting Button
14 AF Monitor
15 Viewfinder
16 Sprocket
17 Lens Shield Switch
18 Film Take-up Spool
19 Back Cover Latch
20 Film Guides


21 Tripod Socket
22 Manual Film Rewind Button
23 Battery Compartment Cover Latch
24 Battery Compartment Cover

25 Film Loaded Window
26 Back Cover
27 Film Rewind Shaft
28 Film Chamber
29 Flash Ready Lamp


USING THE STRAP

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)

INSERTING THE BATTERY
The camera will not operate unless the battery is installed. It is important to make sure that the battery is installed correctly.

1. Push the Battery Compartment Cover Latch 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+ and - on the battery are lined up correctly according 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)4www.butkus.org

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

* When replacing the battery do so as quickly as possible, and avoid having film inside the camera.

* Do not remove the battery from the camera unless it is to be replaced with a new one.

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Battery for use - Lithium battery (6V) Duracell DL223A (Only MADE IN USA ), Panasonic CR-P2 and BR-P2DR

OPENING THE LENS SHIELD
1. Open the Lens Shield by sliding the Viewfinder Cover in the direction of arrow. (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 closed, the Battery Condition Mark will disappear to conserve the battery power.

* Opening the Lens Shield while pressing the shutter release will release the shutter.

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CHECKING THE BATTERY
1. The symbol is displayed on the LCD Panel when the battery power is sufficient. (Fig. 8)

2. When the battery is nearly exhausted, the symbol will appear. (Fig. 9)

If there is film in your camera, finish the roll as soon as possible and obtain a new battery.

3. When the battery is completely exhausted the symbol will be displayed. (Fig. 10)

Replace with a new battery.

* Cold temperatures will reduce battery efficiency. In freezing weather, the symbol may turn off and only the or symbol may show in the LCD panel. When the camera returns to normal temperature, the Battery "ALL Right symbol should reappear. If you are taking pictures in cold weather, keep the camera warm and take it out only when you need it.

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* If the battery voltage is insufficient, the shutter may not release or the film may not advance completely. In the following cases, replace the battery:

1) When the battery mark displays the C sym bolt
2) When the shutter does not release.
3) When film advance and rewind cannot be done.
4) When the self timer does not function.


LOADING THE FILM

Always avoid direct sunlight when loading the film.

1. Push the Back Cover Latch downwards to open. (Fig. 11)
2. Load the film cassette into the Film Chamber and pull out enough film leader to extend over the mark of the film leader position. (Figs. 12-A, 12.B)
3. Please make sure that the film is within the Film Guides (Fig. 13), and that the film is not slack.  (Fig. 14)
4. Press the Back Cover shut so that the Back Cover Latch returns to its original position. The film is automatically advanced until number 1 appears in the LCD Panel. As soon as you close the Back Cover, the LCD Panel will show the following signs. (Fig. 15)4www.butkus.org

  (1) Film Cassette loaded Symbol
  (2) Film Advance Symbols (these symbols will flash in sequence toward the right to tell you the film is winding.)
  (3) Exposure Counter

5. If the film has not advanced correctly and is not taken up onto the Film Take-up Spool, the Film Cassette Loaded Symbol, and Exposure Counter will blink for about 30 sec. (after 30 sec., they appear without blinking but start to blink when the Shutter Release Button is pressed and the shutter can not be released).

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Please reload the film by following steps 1--4 shown above. (Fig. 16)

* Whether there is film in your camera or not can be confirmed by either the Film Loaded Window or the cartridge symbols in the LCD Panel. (Fig 17)

* Do not use special-purpose films such as 35 mm Instant Reversal Film, etc. because your camera may not be able to transport and expose them properly.

* You can load film in your camera although the Lens Shield is closed. However, the loading signs disappears after the film has advanced correctly.


SETTING THE FILM SPEED

DX coded 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 64 to 3200.

Please check whether the film has a DX code system or not. (Fig 18)

When using a film with DX code, setting the film speed is not necessary Your camera automatically makes the correct film speed setting.

When using a film without DX code, your camera will automatically set itself to ISO 100.

HOLDING YOUR CAMERA

1. Use both hands to steady your camera. (Figs 19, 20)

* When holding vertically always position it with the flash at the top.

* Be careful not to place your fingers over the lens flash, or focusing windows. (Fig. 21)


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VIEWFINDER (Fig. 22)

Field of View Frame:
The subject (such as people or scenery) that you wish to take should be set within this frame.4www.butkus.org

Parallax Correction Marks:
When taking a picture of subject that is between 0.9 m--1.2 m away from your camera, the subject should be positioned within these marks. Anything outside the marks will not be included in the picture even if you can see it through the view" finder.

Autofocus Frame:
The auto-focus system focuses automatically on any subject that appears within this small circle.

WIDEANGLE/TELEPHOTO LENS SELECTOR
1. Your camera's wide and tele lenses let you select the composition that best suits your subject. Just press the Lens Selector; the lens movement is motorized. (Fig. 23)

Wideangle (35 mm focal length)4www.butkus.org

Telephoto (70 mm focal length)

* When changing lenses, please make sure you do not have your fingers near the moving lens components.

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AUTO FOCUS SHOOTING

For subjects that are less than 0.9 m (3.0 ft.) away from your camera, the shutter is locked with the flashing AF Monitor (Green LED) to prevent any unsharp focus even if you press the Shutter Release Button. You can concentrate in composing your photography. (Fig. 24)

1. Set the subject you wish to take within the Auto Focus Frame in center of the Viewfinder.
2. When you press the Shutter Release Button halfway, the AF Monitor will light up. If the subject is close than 0.9 m (3.0 ft), the AF Monitor blinks and the shutter locks.
3. Gently press the Shutter Release Button down to take the picture. (Fig. 25) The film will advance automatically as soon as the shutter has been released.

* The AF Monitor may be rare not to warn that you are too close to the subject depend on the surrounding conditions. Therefore, make sure the subject is at least 0.9 m (3.0 ft.) away from the camera.

* Avoid pressing the Shutter Release Button too abruptly to avoid camera shake or possible misoperation.

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

* Please keep the Distance Measuring Windows clean so that focusing is accurate. If they get dirty, they 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 subject taken through glass.) In the cases, it is best to use the Pre Focus technique to "lock" the focus on a more "normal" subject at the same distance. While holding focus, turn your camera back to the original subject and shoot. (See PRE-FOCUS SHOOTING for more details.)

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