The Ricoh AF-50 (also called 'AF-70' and 'Myport Elle') is a high quality and very compact autofocus 35mm point-and-shoot camera from 1985. Ricoh's product archive notes that this was the smallest and lightest camera of its class when released. The camera's Rikenon 35mm f3.5 (4 elements in 3 grounds) lens is sharp and contrast-y.
This camera requires two AA batteries (not included).
Condition notes The camera was film tested and the photos were sharp and correctly exposed. There was a minor amount of light leakage visible on the sprockets but did not enter the image area (we tested a similar AF-55 at the same time and it behaved the same). All functions are working correctly. The camera is in very good cosmetic condition except that the leatherette trim fell off leaving a soft felt backing (see photos). In our opinion the felt looks nice but check the photos and judge for yourself. The included case is in somewhat worn condition.
Type: 35mm lens shutter type with automatic focusing
Lens: 35mm F3.5 Rikenon lens, 4 elements, 3 groups
Focusing: Automatic focusing with pre-focus facility; distance measuring (shooting)
range 1m (3.3 ft.) — infinity; distance less than 1m (3.3 ft.): out of focus warning
Shutter: Programmed AE type electronic shutter, 1/30 — 1/500 sec.
Self-Timer: Built-in electronic type. Operating delay of approx. 10 sec.
Viewfinder: Albada type bright-frame viewfinder.
Magnification 0.47X, Field of view 84%
Viewfinder information: Field of View Frame, Parallax Correction Mark, Auto Focus Frame
Exposure Adjustment: With Cds photocell, Exposure Coupling Range EV8.6—EV17 (ISO 100)
Film Speed Range: ISO 100—1000. Compatible with the DX-code system.
Film Advance: Electric motor with Film Transport Monitor. Automatic 1st frame setting.
Rewind: Automatic film rewind at the end of film
Film Loading: RICOH Auto-Load system
Exposure Counter: Additive, automatically resets to zero when the camera back is opened
Built-in Flash: Automatic pop-up electronic flash in dim light
Guide Number: 10m(ISO 100). Exposure adjustment through flashmatic system
Interval Between Flashes: About 7 seconds
Number of Shots Possible: With new alkaline batteries (under normal temperature of 20°C) without using the flash unit: more than 70 rolls of 36 exposure film; when using the flash unit repeatedly; more than 7 rolls of 36 exposure film
Power Source: 2 AA alkaline batteries or 2 AA manganese batteries (Nickel Cadmium batteries cannot be used).
Other Features: Flash Ready Light, Film Loaded Window, AF Monitoring Lamp