The third in my collection of vintage cameras is this Yashica A from about 1958.
It is a medium format 120 film TLR (twin lens reflex) camera and features twin Yashimar 80mm f/3.5 lenses. It has a Copal rim-set shutter, with shutter speeds of 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, and 1/300, and apertures of f3.5-f22. The picture size is 6x6cm.
With 120 film still available, and labs able to develop it, I decided to order a roll of film and try it out. As of this writing I have not yet finished the roll though, so stay tuned for the results. I hope!! This camera is manual everything and doesn’t even have a light meter (and I don’t have a hand-held one either) so it’s all pretty much guess work.
Please excuse the picture overload, I just couldn’t narrow it down any more 😉
This photo was taken by my daughter Sara when I let her play with my Nikon.
awesome!!! I want one too, going to start scouring ebay! 🙂
1. December, 2013 at 20:35
Did you?? And did you find one?? They can get pretty expensive, even those that don’t even work anymore and look like they’ve been thrown off a cliff and rolled through the garbage dump LOL
I want another one like this, but with a built-in light meter. Working of course! Going to save my pennies and start stalking eBay again after the Holidays 🙂
3. December, 2013 at 07:27
Love those old cameras but I guess I’ve been seduced by the convenience of digital and as a result have lost the process of picture taking as well as the anticipation of film.
4. December, 2013 at 07:14
Oh yes, digital is definitely nicer. I love taking lots of shots of the same thing…just in case some of them don’t turn out (which is often the case! LOL). With film I actually think about what I want to take pictures of. I still have six shots left on the roll of 12!
4. December, 2013 at 07:24