This Yashica came to me from someone who knows his stuff and loves a good Yashica. It has to be one of the smoothest cameras I have ever used. The wind on was so smooth, the lens focus was so smooth, changing the speed and aperture so smooth, the rewind…so smooth. Look at it…
It really is an almost immaculate example of a rangefinder from the early 1960s. So I should love it right? Did I? Well, I kind of felt like the person in the review. It looks great, it feel great, but it just has something missing that I can’t put my finger on.
My example suffered from a dull rangefinder patch which is common on Yashica 35 cameras, but it wasn’t a big issue. I put a little bit of black tape on the viewfinder and that made it much easier to see.
I chose to try it out on a camping trip as it didn’t need any batteries. I loaded it with some Ilford FP4 which is rated at 125asa. That was perfect as the top speed of the camera was only 1/300th and I didn’t want anything too fast. Once you loaded the film, you had to manually set the film counter to zero.
I got use to the camera in Winchcombe before heading down to Lyme Regis. It was pretty simple, gauge the conditions, set the camera, focus, frame, click. That’s it, no settings, no modes. So I should love it right? But nope. I was even complimented on it a few times as I was walking around with it around my neck. Even with that ego booster, for some reason I just didn’t gel with it.
Anyway, how were the photos? Here are the results.
They are ok, maybe a little dull, maybe a little soft, a little toy-like, but nothing really terrible. I love the fact I got to see the Mary Anning statue and her grave which had toy dinosaurs around it. I didn’t get to go fossil hunting this time as the tide was in, but I did get to see some of the locations where the movie Ammonite was filmed.
As for the camera, will I use it again? Maybe not.