I've been wanting to get into shooting film for quite a while now, first 35mm and eventually to work my way up to a MF system mainly for landscapes. I thought I would have to resort to eBay for a cheap 35mm SLR and did not expect my grandad to take no less than three out of the closet upon casualy asking him if he owned any. One was a very cheap plastic fantastic affair, the other quite a large made-in-USSR beast and finally this, the one that intrigues me most, a Ricoh 35 ZF. Apparently my grandma bought it when she came to London. Excuse the shoddy product photography, I was in a hurry: I think it's a rangefinder (could someone please confirm?). Rikenon 40mm f/2.8-16, 1/8th to 1/500th and blub, 3 feet to infinity focus. Seems to be in full working order, but I'll need a battery for the light meter. EPX 675 batteries are no longer manufactured, but numerous sources state that for cameras that use this battery, zinc air hearing aid batteries (available for pennies from Amazon), work just as well though are 1.4v instead of 1.3 (does anyone know if this could cause a problem?). Fortunately I also managed to find the manual (PDF warning). There's no doubt it's a beginners camera - it even has an auto mode (set by the green 'A' on the aperture ring), but I'm excited nonetheless. I'll buy a roll of film tomorrow and shoot it off. What I don't understand is that in the light meter in the viewfinder, there seem to be f-numbers written (2.8, 4, 5.6 all the way to 16). Could someone please explain why this is? Also, it isn't an SLR so I can't see the effects my focusing is having on the image. Does this mean I will have to vaguely approximate with the distance scale on the focusing ring? What happens with shallow DOF at f/2.8 and around? This is probably a stupid question, but if I don't get the meter to work could I take the same shot with my DSLR, get settings correct and take them with those settings on film? Any help is much appreciated. I sure hope this baby works.