Well, hello all you awesome photographers out there!
For a couple of months now, I've been looking for one of those old Rangefinders so many people are ravishing about. At first I was totally into the Canonet QL 1.7 GIII which seems to be like one hell of a good camera. So what did I do? I started looking for one on ebay and every other actioning-site I knew. But well, I think everyone out there (at least guys from europe) know the problem with looking for a Canonet on the Internet these days - the prices are just...far beyond something you could call reasonable.
So I saw that people got awesome old rangefinders for like under 40 bucks and so I set myself a limit - not to spend more than 50 bucks. I realized after a while that in that case a Canonet would just be more or less impossible to get - that's when I started to look for comparible cameras.
Now the next problem I encountered (and please correct me if I'm wrong) was that really most of all these fixed-lens rangefinders only have some kind of automatic-exposure system.
Since I definitely wanted a camera with either only manual exposure control or at least the option to do so - the search just got a little harder.
But finally - I found a rangefinder fitting all my needs - the Ricoh 500 series, and in my case the Ricoh 500 RF.
Not only does it have optional manual exposure settings but also a quite good lens and is sold for a reasonable price (even in europe).
So yeah - since during my whole search the rangefinderforum was always a good help to find out which cameras produce which results and from which ones to better keep my hands off - I just had to sign up and share this with all you guys.
So here it goes - my new old Ricoh 500 RF: