Yashica A TLR camera

We do not live by milsurps alone. Photography and other hobbies as well as the mention of other collections would fit in this forum.

Moderator: DuncaninFrance

User avatar
Niner
Site Admin
Posts: 8219
Joined: Sat Mar 15, 2003 1:00 pm
Location: Lower Alabama

Yashica A TLR camera

Postby Niner » Fri Jun 02, 2017 5:58 pm

I got this one today. The Yashica A TLR was introduced in 1959. It was advertised at $29.85 back then. Not exactly high priced...but it was a good basic camera with decent optics and was the start of a line of Yashica TLR's that continued with some added bells and whistles but not thought to be substantially better image takers. The back red window to see the exposure numbers as you wound a knob on the A turned into a side counter and lever winder and the introduction of light meters working on selenium being further developments .

I just shot up a roll just to see what it would do. I was using Fujifilm Acros 100 B&W film. Various first time not paying attention things happened. Turned the film knob thinking I was turning the focus knob and advanced past the first frame. :loco: I managed to get one double exposure without intending to. And... the light meter, new Sekonic, seemed to be off by showing over exposure readings, so I started guessing and guessing worked as good as the meter.

At least this camera works, compared to the last two I got off ebay....and it cost less than a quarter of the first one I sent back that didn't work.
Attachments
Yashica front.jpg
right and cover.jpg
left side.jpg
side.jpg
back yard.jpg
fawcet.jpg
User avatar
DuncaninFrance
1000 Post Member
Posts: 8121
Joined: Fri Oct 06, 2006 3:08 pm
Location: S.W.France
Contact:

Re: Yashica A TLR camera

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sat Jun 03, 2017 2:42 am

I love my YASIKA MAT124, it has a fantastic lens.
I checked the light meter against my Weston and it is almost exactly the same readings so will go with it. There is a film in mine now but I have not had the chance to take any MF pics recently

IMG_6052 CROP.jpg


This is an early shot of the 'collection' in our gîte. It has expanded somewhat since then.
Will post up to date image later..........

A more recent pic

_MG_1337 web.jpg


A shot from it taken back in the 1990's
Attachments
CATHERINE web.jpg
Duncan

What contemptible scoundrel has stolen the cork to my lunch? -- W.C. Fields Image
"Many of those who enjoy freedom know little of its price."
You can't fix Stupid, but you can occasionally head it off before it hurts something.

http://www.twgpp.org
http://www.andrewsinfrance.co.uk
User avatar
Niner
Site Admin
Posts: 8219
Joined: Sat Mar 15, 2003 1:00 pm
Location: Lower Alabama

Re: Yashica A TLR camera

Postby Niner » Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:35 am

Good portrait, Duncan. Very professional looking.

The Mat 124G was the top of the line of the Yashica TLR production years from what I've researched. They still bring something near $200, and sometimes more, in working condition. In fact, all of the medium format cameras within a pretty wide swath of "hobbyist" medium format twin lens reflex cameras go for more money than an equal array of much more sophisticated 35mm SLR cameras. And this is probably because of the detail captured in the large film negative. Either that or the film hobbyist wants to be noticed more for using an oddball camera in public.
User avatar
Niner
Site Admin
Posts: 8219
Joined: Sat Mar 15, 2003 1:00 pm
Location: Lower Alabama

Re: Yashica A TLR camera

Postby Niner » Sat Jun 10, 2017 10:15 pm

Played with it some today. Did a by guess and by God rather than the meter which either I am two dumb to use it to get a reading I think is reasonable or it needs a new battery.
Attachments
example one.jpg
example two.jpg

Return to “Photography and other Hobbies”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests