Sunday, November 12, 2006

Yashica Gets a New Home


Yashica-A
Originally uploaded by argusmaniac.
I purchased this nice Yashica-A for $30 last weekend at the MiPHS Photographica Show (see earlier post). It's in really fine condition, and I have always wanted one of the Yashica twin-lens reflex cameras. Not that I don't already have enough TLRs, but I enjoy using them, and every one has a special place in my heart. This one is no exception. It's not up to par with my Rolleiflex, but it's not a bad TLR, either, and would make a great entry-level model (which it was was) for anyone wanting to do some medium-format photography.

This is the basic TLR from Yashica, and it was produced from 1958-1969. So, at minimum, this camera is 36 years old. It works as well as the day it was sold... something that you won't see in cameras being produced today - especially after 36 years.

I put a roll of Arista Ultra 100 (becoming a favorite film - available from Freestyle) and did some shooting around campus last Wednesday. I wasn't disappointed with the results, and will shoot with it again this week -- if the weather is decent.

Here is a good source of YashicaMat information

One shot from last week - scanned and duotoned in PS:

scarves

4 comments:

Sailor said...

Ah! The warm memories of my youth and the Yashica 124 G I once owned. These are great cameras. I know you will enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

Good looking camera and it seems like the Ultra performed well (a film I've never tried)

Mark said...

Thanks, it's a fun camera. The Arista film is pretty good-- the Ultra 100 lies flat after drying, which is a good thing.

Anonymous said...

C'mon Mark, we need a new post sometime this month...