This is a Sears camera made by Ricoh.
It is a fully manual camera with an Automatic setting allowing you to
just change the F-stop while the camera picks the shutter speed automatically.
Much better then the KS Super with no manual operation permissable.
Sears KSX with motor drive attached, found both
in new condition. Sorry, sold it.
As you can see you have a fully manual camera with shutter
speeds 4 seconds to 1/1000,
X - (for use with non-dedicated flash),
B - for long exposure settings (night time scenes requiring long shutter openings)
and Auto which has the camera picking the shutter speed.
NOTE: to use the winder you must have the advance knob
pushed in like this to use the winder button. With the winder button
in (as show) the camera's shutter button is disabled.
If you pull out on the winder lever, the winder button is disabled.
This allows you to manually (for a quiet operation?) wind the film.
As you can see, there is the normal Ricoh flash sync of 1/125 or you can use
the X selection from the shutter speed selector.
Bottom view. Note the offset tripod hole.
This balances the weight on a tripod and
also allows the tripod mount on a good part of the body, not right under the thin weak
part by the batteries.
This pictures shows the camera bottom and winder parts.
Note the three copper contacts
on the body and the matching contacts on the motor drive. Clean them each time with a cloth
when assembling. There are two additional pins at the ends on each body for alignment only
and the thumb screw to secure the camera on the body.
This also shows the winder advance contact on the motor drive and indent for the
winder drive on the camera body.
The winder takes 4 AA batteries, remove then when not in use.
Should the batteries leak, there are no replacement parts available.
Close up shot of the camera battery. This takes a button
battery that powers the meter.
Note the clean contacts. This is where you check for a leaking camera battery. That metal contact can dissolve over the years and make repair usually too expensive.
Note the TWO batteries (MS76) used in the smaller
camera battery holder or you can use
the one-piece (DL 1/3N)battery.
The winder batteries go in one direction giving 6 volts to the motor (1.5 X 4 = 6V)
With the back open (pull up on the rewind knob) you can see the 4 notch winder reel where the film leader in inserted. No automation here for film ASA. You must set the film ASA manually by pressing the button by the rewind/ASA knob and turning that knob to match the ASA of the film you are inserting to the cameras. There is a mark on the body to match the ASA knob to the right speed. When loading, make sure the film can opening faces flat across the film area. It is possible to point the film can opening towards you and close the back. The film will be hard to wind and most likely get scratched being dragged at a 90 degree angle.