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Repair guides and support for the high-end 35mm film camera produced by Ricoh in 1996, the Ricoh GR-1.

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Have a problem with LCD segments on Ricoh R1s model

Can someone help me with non-functional LCD and VF LCD on Ricoh R1s? Some segments doesn’t work.

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Do the pictures that you take show the same problems when downloaded and viewed on a computer?


@oldturkey03 Yes, exactly. Just some of symbols and number parts works.

@jayeff Here is little misunderstanding, this is 35mm film camera. Picture is fine. Just LCD which should show frame counter and camera modes works just partially.




Didn't fully read the camera specs


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Patrik Rams  looks like this camera had multiple issues with bad LCD. Here are some steps so that you know what mode you're in so that you can continue to use the camera for the duration of it's life.

In case your LCD goes out completely:

Resetting to Normal mode and accessing subsequent modes

All you need to do is turn the camera ON and while its ON, open the battery cover and close it again. The camera will make several rapid clicking sounds and the lens will reset to Normal mode (the camera has to be ON when you open the battery cover for this to work - if the camera is OFF, it'll just retain the mode it's in and will not make the rapid clicking sound). When you do this and you know you're now in Normal mode, just cycle through the modes as normal using the mode button.

Here is a very abridged and easy to follow method to get you to Normal mode (the first/default mode for the camera) and any subsequent modes:

1) Turn on the camera.

2) Open the battery cover.

3) Close the battery cover.

4) Notice that the camera will make several rapid clicking sounds. The camera has now reset to Normal mode.

From Normal mode, to enter other modes follow this key:

1) Infinity mode - press mode button 1 time.

2) Single Auto Focus mode - press mode button 2 times.

3) Manual Mode - press mode button 2 times, then press (a third time) and hold the mode button for a few seconds. You should now be in Manual mode. Cycle distances by pressing the mode button. * This mode should be avoided because if your LCD is dead, you won't usually know what distances have been selected. To exit Manual Mode, press and hold the mode button for a few seconds or just open the battery cover with the camera on and then close it to reset the camera to Normal mode as described in the steps above.

4) SNAP mode - press the mode button 3 times.

5) Pressing the mode button a 4th time will return to Normal mode.

6) If ever in doubt, just open the battery cover with the camera on and close it again to reset to Normal mode.

Setting the ISO on the GR1v

If you're using a Ricoh GR1v, if you reset to Normal mode, you'll need to reset any custom ISO settings if you've done that. And YES, you can still set custom ISO setting even if the LCD is dead. If you need to set the ISO (or reset it), reference the following steps:

Turn the aperture dial to the ISO setting. As long as you're using a modern film, the camera already knows the box rated ISO which would normally show on the LCD in the ISO setting. The GR1v ISO can be set between ISO 25 - ISO 5000 and changes in 1/3 stop increments. ISO is increased by 1/3 stop when the mode button is pressed and decreases by 1/3 stop when the self-timer button is pressed.

From your film's box speed, you can use the following to know what ISO you're on with each press of the mode or self-timer button while in ISO mode (to keep this short I'm starting at ISO 100).

ISO in order from ISO 100 to ISO 5000 in 1/3 stop increments (one press of the mode button to increase by 1/3 stop OR one press of the self-timer button to decrease by 1/3 stop):

100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000

*Note: If you ever lose track of what ISO you're on, just open the battery cover while the camera is on and it'll reset to the box speed and you can toggle from there.

Using the Self-Timer/ Auto-Bracket modes 

From Normal mode (no timer or auto-bracket mode selected):

1) Press the self-timer button 1 time to enter Self-Timer mode.

2) Press the self-timer button 2 times to enter Time Exposure mode.

3) Press the self-timer button 3 times to enter Auto-Bracket mode (the manual says this mode functions only in the Flash-off mode).

4) Pressing the self-timer button a 4th time will return to Normal mode with no timer or auto-bracket settings set.

*Note for the manual: Self Timer and Time Exposure modes are exited automatically whenever the shutter is released. 

*Note: If ever in doubt about what mode you're in, open the battery cover with the camera on to reset to Normal.

This information from here and we’ll try to get more information about replacing the LCD.

Update (07/28/2019)

Patrick Rams here is the document on how to get to the LCD etc., and it is for the right R1S :-) Microsoft Word - RICOH R1s Repair I.docx

Information comes from here

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Thanks very much for your answer. But I'm actually looking for way to fix faulty LCD on R1s model.


Patrik Rams right you are. Sorry went by the device listed instead of your description. Added the right manual for your camera to it.


Thank you very much, this is totally helpful.


Thanks for the repair doc. Very usefull.

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Hey, do you know if this also works with the R1? mine came without lcd and viewfinder working.. :(


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