Yashica J-3 35mm SLR camera

The Yashica J-3 is a 35mm Single Lens Reflex camera which was made in the early 1960s and features a useful range of shutter speeds, a built in light meter, a self timer and a universal M42 lens mount. Yashica J-3 Images My Yashica J-3 camera I bought my copy of the Yashica J-3 for £10 from ebay. It came with a Soligor 180mm telephoto lens and a 2X converter fitted, but for the purposes of the pictures above, I’ve […]

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Yashica 635 TLR camera

The Yashica 635 TLR camera is a medium format camera with a bit of a novel twist – it can also shoot 35mm film when fitted with an adaptor. Yashica 635 TLR Images My Yashica 635 camera As I said in an earlier post, I bought this camera from eBay after I’d been offered a similar unit but at a price I couldn’t justify. It was sold as not working, but it was a relatively simple job to fix the […]

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Yashica 635 shutter removal

This post shows the procedure for removing the Copal MXV shutter from the Yashica 635 medium format film camera which you may need to do if either the shutter speeds or self timer unit are not working correctly. I bought my Yashica 635 a few days ago from a seller on eBay, but the reason I got it was a bit different from the norm. I was contacted by someone who had a Yashica 635 which belonged to her father […]

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Yashica TL Electro X repairs

The Yashica TL Electro X was one of the first 35mm film SLR cameras to feature electronic display of exposure information in the viewfinder. It was first produced in 1968 when the majority of cameras used mechanical meter needles to display exposure  and so it represented a first step on the way to today’s electronic cameras. I found an example of this camera on eBay being sold as non-working but in very good cosmetic condition, and since I already had […]

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Yashica J 35mm rangefinder camera

The Yashica J is a 35mm rangefinder camera made in about 1961. It is of fairly simple construction with a limited range of settings and is fitted with a 45mm f/2.8 Yashinon lens. Yashica J Images My Camera I paid only a couple of pounds for this camera from eBay and bought it simply to add to my Yashica 35mm collection. When I received it I found a camera in just about perfect cosmetic condition with hardly a mark on […]

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Yashica J-P 35mm slr camera

The Yashica J-P is a 35mm single lens reflex camera which according to camera wiki was made in about 1964, and was a modified version of an earlier camera, the Penta J. Yashica J-P Images My Yashica J-P Camera I added this camera to my collection because it was being sold quite cheaply as unworking, but I thought I knew what was wrong with it. On the pictures I could see that the self timer was angled down, so when […]

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Yashica Pentamatic 35mm camera review

This is a review of a Yashica Pentamatic which was the first Yashica 35mm slr to have the ability to change lenses. Yashica Pentamatic Images My Yashica Pentamatic Camera I bought this camera from David, a reader of the blog, who also gave me a Ricoh Singlex TLS. He mentioned in our communications that he was selling a Yashica Pentamatic and would I be interested in buying it. I did a bit of research and discovered that it’s an interesting […]

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Yashica Minister D 35mm rangefinder

This is a review of a popular 35mm rangefinder camera made by Yashica in the 1960s, the Yashica Minister D. Yashica Minister D Images My Yashica Minister D Camera I purchased this camera from eBay uk, partly to increase the Yashica section of my camera collection but mostly because it was only £5 and no one else had placed any bids on it. When I received it I discovered that it’s a fairly clean and as far as I can […]

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Yashica 230AF 35mm SLR

This is my review of the Yashica 230AF, 35mm Autofocus SLR which is the latest addition to my growing 35mm camera collection. As well as my impressions of using the camera, there are also some sample pictures taken with this camera. Yashica 230AF Images Yashica 230AF Description As far as I can tell this camera seems to be in perfect condition. It is equipped with a Yashica 35 – 70mm f/3.3 – 4.5 macro standard lens, a novel flash unit […]

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Yashica MG-1 35mm rangefinder camera

This is a post about my Yashica MG-1 35mm rangefinder which I bought from eBay UK for £21. The MG-1 was the last in a series of rangefinder cameras which Yashica made between 1966  and 1975. It was available in either black or chrome, my version being the chrome one. For it’s time it was a quite highly specified camera with an automatic exposure system and in-viewfinder indication. Yashica MG-1 Images My Yashica MG-1 Camera I received the camera a […]

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Yashica MG-1 Battery

This is what I hope will be a useful tip to anyone who owns one of these or similar cameras. The MG-1 was designed to work with a 5.6 volt Mercury Cell which is no longer available, and in fact banned in most countries. I understand that they can work with a 6v cell if you can get one to fit, and that it’s possible to get adaptors to work with this camera. Well I’ve just discovered a simple way […]

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Yashica MG-1 35mm rangefinder

Another of my eBay purchases turned up,  a Yashica MG-1 rangefinder. At the moment I’ve sent for a battery and a black and white film which should turn up on Monday. Meantime I’ve completed a film through my Minolta Dynax 5 and I hope to have a post on that camera tomorrow. Related Posts:Yashica J 35mm rangefinder cameraYashica Minister D 35mm rangefinderYashica Pentamatic 35mm camera reviewYashica J-P 35mm slr cameraYashica J-3 35mm SLR cameraYashica 635 shutter removalYashica 635 TLR cameraYashica […]

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