Some years ago, the shutter release button on my wonderful Ricoh 500G suddenly began to jam at the bottom of its travel.
I took apart the camera and minutely examined the mechanism; the shaft of the button becomes jammed in the collar. I could find absolutely no reason why this should have started occurring.
The camera has remained dismantled since waiting for me to come across a suitable donor camera for parts to repair it.
Well, I found one, and finally found some time to extract the pieces I need - and I discover that while externally these cameras are identical, various internal parts, including the ones I wanted to swap have a different design!
I haven't got very deep into the new camera, so I don't know yet how different the cameras are internally.
Were there different versions or generations of this model?