Golden Steky

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In a change of design Steky introduced the Golden Steky in 1957. Within one year they changed the name to Golden Ricoh 16. The vertical camera style was abandoned and the camera resembles a miniature standard 35mm camera of the period. Slightly larger and heavier than the original Steky at 176g 75 x 43 x 28 mm (45mm with lens) (w x h x d)  it included a number of new features.

Real gold plating is used, its electroplated body is covered with black leather and all exposed metal has a brushed finish. Even the standard fixed focus f3.5 25mm lens is gold plated. Aperture of f3.5 to f16 and shutter speeds of B, 1/50 to 1/200 s with focus fixed at 12 feet. The film advance is by flicking a large lever. The view finder has a white line frame.

Gold plated 40mm telephoto lenses with f4.5 and f5.6 where sold as well as a gold plated tripod and at least a gold plated yellow filter. The telephoto lens focus from 3.5 feet to infinity. 

The shutter release is threaded for a cable release and it has a standard flash socket.

The camera uses a pair of metal cassettes clipped together with a metal bridge. The cassettes are larger than the original Steky cassettes and incompatible with them and for this reason are usually called the Ricoh cassette. Access to the film chamber was by a release button and the back and base can then be removed.

The camera was supplied with an ever ready case, secured to the camera by a 1/4" thumb screw. Next to the tripod socket is a rectangular frame to attach a wrist strap.

Model Golden Steky
Serial Number 2907
Finish/colour gold, black leatherette
Shutter B, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/200
Aperture f3.5-f16
Film Door lock  
Dimensions  (width x height x depth)
Purchased 2002/09/30
Date of Manufacture  
Cost 212EUR
Current Value  
Auction Price Ebay *2002/09/30 212EUR, *2002/11/23 149EUR (case), 2005/11/23 86USD, 2006/02/17 180.51USD, 2006/03/25 260EUR+commission (with telephoto)

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