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5 Frames with Ricoh FZ-70 and Boots film – by Matt Krajewski

When I saw this Ricoh camera with the price tag of £2 my heart stopped. In my imagination I was just about to buy GR series camera. Closer look at it and realised that £2 is a fair price for what I was going to buy anyway. Some scratches, a small crack to the body and no guarantee it’s working, seemed a great buy. How bad it can go?

Instead of Ricoh GR, let me introduce you it’s distance cousin Ricoh FZ-70. The camera looks nice, quite minimalistic, not many buttons or switches but still has all needed functions. I couldn’t find the manual or any info online about the Ricoh, but who needs it anyway. Let’s focus on the fun of using it.

As soon as I arrived back home after buying it, I’ve put the battery in. OMG.. when it’s powering up, it makes some grinding, breaking noise, so you can forget about using it if you don’t want to be noticed. Hopefully it’s only my, neglected example.

However, once ON it’s brilliant and everything works as it should. As it a Ricoh, I was hoping for some spectacular performance, so I’ve loaded it with old Boots 200 film and took it to Malta along with my Balda Baldix camera.

I’d say that, the results are not particularly spectacular. Yet, the camera delivered to capture the memories, the way I remembered. It is possibly comparable to Olympus Mju Zoom 70 (which I’m testing now). In my opinion it has a better look, however lacks of Olympus built quality and sturdiness


If you want something different, with a decent lens quality and low price tag….why don’t you go for less well known Ricoh. At the end, it’s all about having fun and saving moments.

Thanks for reading,



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    July 6, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Nice writ, Matt. I’ve been after one of these for quite some time, they only pop out every once in a while, lucky find! The photos look good enough, on the phone screen at least.

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      July 6, 2019 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks Ivan,

      I think that with the fresh film it can deliver much better results.
      I like it for the looks and just being different.
      However, it is on my list to be sold. DM Me on Instagram if you’re interested. Matt

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    July 7, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    I love these photographs so much! The way, the lens performs matches so perfectly well the colours of this aged film.
    These pictures have some great expression with them.Something one cannot find coming from some “modern” equipment.
    Thank you for this here; I enjoyed reading it very much


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      July 7, 2019 at 11:41 pm

      Thanks Harry!

      Glad you are liking the photos. It is a decent camera to use.

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