Ricoh HI-COLOR 35 1968, previewed at Photokina in that year. Kadlubek RIK1240 It was kismet, fate, destiny. People were showing off their small, 35mm viewfinder and rangefinder cameras here, and I had nothing to show. Should I buy an Olympus, or eat a peach? I went into the local camera store to get the film for my various Exa posts developed, and I was showed a camera that I had not seen before, a Ricoh HI-COLOR 35. The owner didn't want it and so he offered it to me. When I got home, I found that the latest issue of Popular Photography, that is, my latest-- the issue of November, 1968, had arrived in the mail and there was the Photokina preview, with a story about the Ricoh Hi-Color 35! Its most interesting feature is probably the spring power motor drive that is built in. Like so many of these cameras, most features don't work without film in the body, so they are often mistaken for "dead." This one worked quite nicely, once it was loaded. I could not find a manual on this one, so had to work it out. I found out that the battery it needed was apparently an S76, not the larger one I had, so I shot a roll of Ilford XP2 in it using my Gossen meter rather than trying out the automatic (shutter priority?) exposure on it. Fortunately, I guess, since then it clearly belongs here on Classic Manual Cameras, right? First, here is the Photokina preview from Popular Photography of November, 1968.