Film Friday: The Ricoh Mycrystal is a wild see-through 35mm film camera


Do you have $650 burning a hole in your pocket and a desire to have one of the more unique 35mm point-and-shoot cameras we’ve ever seen? If so, this Ricoh Mycrystal being sold by Japan Camera Hunter is just the camera you’ve been looking for.

As its name suggests, this unique camera features a clear body that showcases the various gears and mechanisms inside this 35mm film camera, all without exposing the film thanks to an enclosed storage and advance area. It was made by Ricoh in collaboration with Japanese toy manufacturer Bandai back in 1993 and aside from a few listing on eBay, it doesn’t appear as though there are many of these cameras floating around, likely due to the fact it was only released in Japan.

The device runs on a pair of ‘AA’ batteries, includes a built-in flash and even features a four-level film speed selector for ISO 100, 200, 400 and 1000 film stocks. The camera features a 35mm lens, but it isn’t clear what the presumably-fixed aperture is.

Although its $650 asking price is steep compared to the few you might find across auction sites, this one appears to be in near-mint condition and even includes the original box. If you’e interested, you can head on over to the Japan Camera Hunter website and inquire about purchasing it.

About Film Fridays: We’ve launched an analog forum and in a continuing effort to promote the fun of the medium, we’ll be sharing film-related content on Fridays, including articles from our friends at 35mmc and KosmoFoto.

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