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Revue 400 SE / RICOH 500 GX / CANONET 28
Old 06-15-2005   #1
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Revue 400 SE / RICOH 500 GX / CANONET 28

Who can show me pictures captured with one of those two RF ?

Interested to buy both of them but I'm curious and want to taste them before

The Revue because it seems to be a "clone" of the Minolta 7S II ? But cheaper...

The Ricoh because,... I don't know...

The Canonet 28 because it was the RF of my father,... and just want to have the same one.

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Not my best but the only ones I could find taken with the Revue 400 SE and not photoshopped:


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I own both. I don't use them often, but both are nice cameras. The Canonet 28 has a more solid feel to it, but the Revue 400SE has the superior lens. The color shot was made with the Canonet, the B+W shot with the Revue. Both are rather cheap carry-in-your-pocket cameras.

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Thanks a lot.

Thomas-Michael, I saw both of them on Photosig ;-) nice to meet you here.

Hi Wim, thanks for your pictures, "cheap carry-in-your-pocket cameras" that's exactly what I like in those cameras. These are better "bloc notes" than every digital compact,... to my eyes of course.
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I started on a Ricoh 500GX, but I just lent it to someone so I can't go shoot something with it for you.

I'll see if I can't find some of the old negs from it and get one scanned.

it's a fantastic camera. The meter (at least in mine) is dead on. Lens is good and sharp with very pleasant contrast and it has as very quiet shutter.
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Revue 400se is very nice. Dont know the others. You need the 675 battery, or equivalent.

the scans are not of very good quality, but may be they help anyway.
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I like the Revue 400 SE (aka Vivitar 35ES) very much. Excellent lens, shutter priority and no manual control. I like it more than the Ricoh 500ME I owned.
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I have a Canonet 28, which I rarely use as I generally take something with more control (an Olympus (35SP or XA) or my Yashica GTN)
But the Canonet is small, has a fairly sharp lens, has exposure lock. and is very easy to use.
Here is a pic from a test roll with expired supermarket film (expired several years)
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Sample from Vivitar 35ES
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Sample from Vivitar 35ES

I've read that the Vivitar 35ES is the same camera as the Revue 400SE. I put a test roll through the 35ES I picked up off EBay, and am very happy with the results. It seems really sharp with the prints from a short roll of XP2. I think this is going to become my new "carry everywhere" camera.
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The vivitar 35es was my first 35mm camera I owned. In the time I had it I only got a couple sharp pictures with it. Maybe mine was a dud or back then I was not using it very well. At that time I could not wait to get an SLR since everyone else seemed to have Canon AE-1s.
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I have the Vivitar 35ES and I am very happy with it. "Matt" has a review and 1 pic on his site.


Erik Fiss ( site is mostly in German ) also has some photonet links and pics.


I agree with the general opinion that is an excellent RF camera.

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