“This is a Toy” – Goofy Stuff from Yashica

Happy SUNday!

Chasing Classic Cameras with Chris

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Normally you’d expect to see “this is not a toy” on something not designed to be played with. Here we have a rather odd promotional item from Yashica.

20180928_162012 My best translation – Color Camera Yashica Electro 35

20180928_161953 Still looks good and holds air after 50 years!

20180928_161942 A Yashica float. It’s about 6 feet in length and I’m guessing Yashica didn’t want you to use this at the beach or pool as anything but a toy.

Admittedly a pretty goofy item that we’ve added to our Yashica collection recently. I saw it on a Japanese auction site and well, I couldn’t resist. It was listed by a seller in Shiga Prefecture (which is just east of Kyoto). I paid a silly amount to ship it after paying less than $10 to purchase it. Collecting – jeez. On the bright side, I may have the only matching set of Yashica beach gear…

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Yashica TL Electro X – one of Yashica’s most popular 35mm SLRs – ever!

The venerable TL Electro X

Far left is the TL Electro X in silver chrome (it also was available in all black) and on the right the TL Electro X ITS which was only available in pro-black with the gold electron symbol on the pentaprism.
Not to overlook the quality of the lenses from Yashica which were made in-house by Tomioka Optical. Here’s an Auto Yashinon DS-M 50mm f1.4 – super sharp lens (and fast).

If you’re looking to acquire a true classic 35mm SLR that will ease you into film photography, then I highly recommend getting this model Yashica. They were produced in rather large quantities during the late 1960s through the mid-1970s and if you find one that looks as nice as this one (and is a one owner) then the likelihood of getting one in fully working condition goes way up. Avoid online sellers that provide fuzzy pics and vague descriptions – look for sellers that will answer your direct questions as to the functional condition of the camera. The good news is that this Yashica uses a very common battery – I’m using an Energizer A544-6V alkaline (also known as an LR44). The battery provides the correct voltage with no drop-off over time.

BTW, this one was made in the then newest Yashica factory in Hong Kong and is marked “Hong Kong” on the bottom plate vice “Japan” which would be marked on the right side back of the top plate. This one will be leaving my collection soon as I am currently downsizing my camera collection. You can watch for it in my online camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Samsung Galaxy S8+

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

Please respect that all content, including photos and text, are the property of this blog and its owner, Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic, Yashica Sailor Boy, Yashica Chris, Chasing Classic Cameras with Chris.

Copyright © 2015-2021 Chasing Classic Cameras with Chris (Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic), Chris Whelan
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wordless wednesday

Happy SUNday!

When you take a surprise shot with your phone you’re sometimes rewarded with some pretty neat images!

Looks like a tornado with teeth.

Samsung Galaxy S8+

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

Please respect that all content, including photos and text, are the property of this blog and its owner, Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic, Yashica Sailor Boy, Yashica Chris, Chasing Classic Cameras with Chris.

Copyright © 2015-2021 Chasing Classic Cameras with Chris (Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic), Chris Whelan
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The ‘Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic’ is now ‘Chasing Classic Cameras with Chris’

Hi all!

It’s time for a change here on the blog. When I first starting blogging back in 2015 my goal was to consolidate everything I had discovered about one of Yashica’s least known 35mm SLR cameras, the Yashica Pentamatic.

The Pentamatic family of cameras were not often seen in the resale online platforms and quite frankly little was known about them (Pentamatic, Pentamatic II, and Pentamatic S). Now it’s time to rename the site to reflect a much broader range of cameras – mostly classic cameras and a few what I call ‘Modern Classics’ (even first generation digital cameras).

While I want to mainly focus on older film cameras I do enjoy the last run of modern film cameras from the late 1980s all the way up to the middle 2000s when the last 35mm film cameras for the most part were no longer being produced. I have found that I also enjoy collecting the early digital cameras from Sony, Canon, Nikon, and Fujifilm just to name a few. Some of the 3 to 8 megapixel cameras can be fun to use as they still produce better than expected image quality and some of the early Sony’s had excellent Carl Zeiss zoom lenses.

So, I’m still the ‘Yashica Sailor Boy’ and I’ll still mainly feature Yashica and Kyocera cameras with the Pentamatic still being my favorite, I’ll also document the other awesome cameras that I’ve had the pleasure to own and use over the years.

Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

Please respect that all content, including photos and text, are the property of this blog and its owner, Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic, Yashica Sailor Boy, Yashica Chris, Chasing Classic Cameras with Chris.

Copyright © 2015-2021 Chasing Classic Cameras with Chris (Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic), Chris Whelan
All rights reserved.

favorite beach images

Amelia Island, Florida – Misty Sunset
Amelia Island, Florida – Early Moon and Monolith
Amelia Island, Florida – Sunny Gull
Long Island, New York – South Shore Sunrise – Photographer D. June
Amelia Island, Florida – Summer Waves
Amelia Island, Florida – Sea Oats, Blue Sky, and Clouds

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by my shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com – Chris

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Timeless Tuesday – Jacksonville Jaguars Beer Mug

More fun stuff from our collections of things – here’s an unused Jax Jags NFL Football (Miller Lite) 3D ceramic beer mug. This is the year the Jags will be going to the Super Bowl either as a team competing for the trophy or as individuals watching in the stands or at home.

It would look awesome in your home bar, man cave or she shed. Heavyweight ceramic mug weighs over 2 pounds empty!

It’s available here for a limited time and includes free USPS Priority Mail shipping anywhere in the USA. I can ship it worldwide too just ask for a quote first.

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Jacksonville Jaguars Ceramic Beer Mug

In new, never used condition, Heavyweight mug with the NFL and Miller Lite logos – oh, and the Jax Jags too! Cool old style original logo from 1995. It mails for free within the USA – ask for a shipping quote elsewhere.

$35.00

German Beer Stein – help!

This beautiful stein has been in my family for well over 70 years – growing up in New York it was just always there in our house and later in my room (I think I kept coins in it for a while). I don’t know the how and why we had it other than my grandmother was of German descent and my mom was Slovakian with her parents born in Austria-Hungry in the late 1800s.

Is it pre-war (doubtful) or post-war (likely)? What I can tell. It appears to have “Germany” in a circle on the bottom along with “1/2 L” and the number “10”. On the side of the stein opposite the inside part of the handle it has “2021” which I’ll assume is the mold or cast number (kind of ironic that it’s the current year too).

“2021” – a mold or cast number?

Any help would be greatly appreciated such as the maker and the region it was made in. – Chris

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by my shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com – Chris

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