Ricoh Riconar 55mm f/2.2. If you’re looking to purchase this lens I always check Adorama and Ebay for good deals. It helps me if you purchase it through one of these links here in this review. When you purchase through these links it financially enables me to devote time to develop this site further. Thanks for the help! -Todd
4.9 oz (140g)
Rubber on Plastic.
Very annoying since the focus ring also turns the filter ring which will throw off filters like a Polarizer or Grad. ND filters.
3 feet (0.8 meters).
5 blades stopping down to f/16.
Mine came in a Pentax Metal K Mount.
f/2.2 Very soft with ok contrast and heavy amount of spherical aberration bleeding
f/2.8: Sharper with more contrast and less spherical aberration.
f/3.5: Sharper yet but still pretty soft for f/3.5.
f/4: Sharper yet with good contrast.
f/8: Sharper but still not amazing.
There is a little bit of vignetting at f/2.2 and almost clear at f/2.8 with a slight hint at f/3.5
Strangely the spherical aberration creates a unique soft effect which can actually look a little interesting but the image is soft and blurry looking.
A bit of Barrel Distortion but not too bad.
On MF Camera
Mechanics: ★ ★
Ergonomics: ★ ★ ★
Usefulness: ★ ★
On AF Camera
Ergonomics: ★ ★
Out of 5
This is a slow lens for being a 55mm prime. It has terrible optics, a cheap plastic build, and can be annoying to use with filters. With filters such as a Polarizer or a Graduated Neutral Density filter, when you turn the focus ring it turns your filters throwing off your settings.
I feel bad for people who spent the money and bought the Ricoh body that came with
this kit lens. If you want a really soft, strange-looking blur to create some unique vintage-artsy images then this lens is for you! I’m sure some people can get some really creative images out of this lens. If you’re going for sharpness then skip it, but if you want to experiment with something strange then you might want to give it a try.
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