This short review has taken an age to write. I bought the camera on a whim maybe two years ago. I saw the name Yashica and realised I hadn’t tried this one before or even seen it before for that matter. But it was cheap and worth a risk.
Unfortunately, when it arrived it had a weird rattle and when I looked through the viewfinder I could immediately see why. The rangefinder had detached and was loose inside the compartment. As I had other cameras to try I put it on my shelf figuring I would get to it eventually…and promptly forgot about it. Then I became friends with a man who likes fixing cameras, so I sent him this one. In less than a week it was returned in perfect condition, rangefinder functioning as it should. Thank you very much 🙂
This is a manual camera with apertures between f2.8 – f22 and speeds up to 1/500th. The patch on my example is now quite bright which made focusing a doddle. The shutter and winder were very smooth, but the lens was still a little stiff, but that didn’t detract from the enjoyment of using it. What a talented man my new acquaintance is.
The camera was produced around 1962 and you can find lots of technical information here, along with a description saying it is a cheaper version of the Yashica EE. It was indeed cheap from the bay and other similar priced examples can be found quite often.
The first film I loaded was a very expired one and combined with the exhausted fix, the results were not great. Here are a few.
Though not perfect, I could see the rangefinder was now working brilliantly. So I loaded some fresh HP5 and headed to Harewood Castle near Leeds. This was a place that had been on my radar for a while, a castle with red kites flying over, what is not to like? Unfortunately, the kites were a little far away for this camera so I finished the film off while getting fish and chips on the way home. As it was dull and cloudy, I pushed the film to 800 in process.
The look of this camera reminds me a lot of the minister, but without the light meter of course. I like the look of this camera and using it was a pleasure. It is light enough and not too bulky. If you are looking for a good reliable Yashica with that classic look, I think this would be a great choice and a bargain to boot.