Pentamatic vs H2

The Asahi Pentax H2 and the Yashica Pentamatic ’35’ were direct competitors during the early 1960s. Yashica was well know for their high quality but low cost twin-lens reflex (TLR) cameras and were making a name for themselves with quality 8mm movie cameras and 35mm rangefinder and viewfinder cameras. The Pentax H2 was the next step for the Asahi Optical Company to take after the successes of the earlier Asahiflex, the first Pentax (1957) and then the Pentax K (1958). For Yashica, this was their first 35mm single-lens reflex (SLR) camera. Approximately 41,000 Pentax models were sold before the H2 … Continue reading Pentamatic vs H2

Fujica ST701 from 1971

Occasionally here at the ‘Fanatic’ we allow ourselves to get diverted from our love affair with Yashima-Yashica. We do enjoy blogging about other 35mm cameras that we find appealing. Today we have a nearly perfect example of one of the early 1970’s workhorses for the Fuji Photo Film Company, Limited, located in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan…. the Fujica ST701. Billed as “the most compact and light weight (780g with f/1.8 lens) full-size 35mm camera with built-in exposure meter in the world” with a complete line of professional caliber interchangeable lenses. The viewfinder is 50% brighter than previous models while its FET-coupled … Continue reading Fujica ST701 from 1971

Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Review

I wish Yashica was still around… the ‘real’ Yashica from Japan not H.K. But they’re not so what’s a Yashica freak to do if you want to review new gear and new film formats? Well you turn to my go to camera makers (for the record; Yashica, Canon, Fujifilm)… Fuji Photo Company as they used to be known. Now just Fujifilm. I do appreciate the Fujica line of cameras and would love to own a Fujicaflex and a Fujicarex! But I wander as I often do. I’ve had my eye on the line of Instax film cameras from Fujifilm ever … Continue reading Fujifilm Instax Wide 300 Review

New Pentamatic Brochure

Recently we’ve come across a nice Yashica Pentamatic sales brochure from Germany. It looks to have been printed around early 1961 as another brochure that was with it (same style) is for the Yashica Rapide camera and it was introduced in 1961. What is surprising to me is that only two other lenses are shown in this brochure besides the standard 5.5 cm f/1.8 normal lens. Surprising because by early 1961 Yashica had at least three other lenses for the Pentamatic that we are aware of. The 35 mm f/2.8 and the 100 mm f/2.8 pictured are fantastic lenses designed … Continue reading New Pentamatic Brochure

September Photo Assignment

By Chris…     I’ve been a photographer almost my entire life… I can remember when I was eight I pleaded with my dad to let me use his camera as I was growing tired of my simple Kodak. While on a trip to California around Christmas 1961, he handed me his massive Polaroid Pathfinder Land Camera model 110… I could barely hold it let alone be able to take a picture (shown below). He showed me how to use the controls and instructed me on the proper way to hold it steady (me leaning against a tree worked fine). I don’t exactly remember … Continue reading September Photo Assignment

Yashica Tomioka f/1.2 Lenses…

Another beautiful Tomioka made f/1.2 lens has been spotted. These gorgeous lenses are things of beauty. This one appears to be in outstanding condition inside and out. They are M42 screw mount lenses so they fit a wide variety on SLRs. In our June 20, 2016 post we have a close cousin to the above lens… its serial number is 71 0102 which puts it 5 lenses before the lens pictured above! Not many out there! By the way, the yashica model number of ‘552’ indicates that the lens is a 55 mm and has a max aperture of f/1.2… … Continue reading Yashica Tomioka f/1.2 Lenses…

Fabulous Fujipet!

I know… I know… we’ve gone a bit overboard with all this “Fujipet Thing”. One post after another… posts in flickr and posts on our blog (which is supposed to be about the Pentamatic)! We just can’t get enough of our little pet. I imagine some of this has to do with the Fujipet being considered as a toy camera by many citing the plastic lens and simple operation as the basis for their statements. As best we can tell, the original idea behind the Fujipet was to design an attractive and quirky camera that would allow novice photographers to … Continue reading Fabulous Fujipet!

Fuji Petting 8 .15 .2016 / New Pet Pics!

The goal is to take our 1958 medium format camera from Fuji Photo for a little picture taking. We’ve loaded some fresh Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100 (old days Neopan SS) into the Fujipet and see how it does after 58 years of non use. We’re very curious about the “look” of the images. We’ll post them here soon! We’ll post our images here… may be a while as 120 roll film needs to be sent out to be processed. We’ve chosen a company called ‘The Darkroom’ as the place to send the film to out in California. Well as you … Continue reading Fuji Petting 8 .15 .2016 / New Pet Pics!

More Fuji Photo ‘Fujipet’…

We’re about ready to give our little Pet a work out with some fresh Fujifilm Neopan film. Probably the first time this little beauty had film in it since the 1960s! It has a fixed focus plastic lens with a focal length of 70 mm and three aperture settings… f11, 16 and 22. Shutter speeds are bulb and 1/50 of a second. She weighs in at an impressive 288 grams with film! We’ll be sure to post the images here! Many thanks for your visit! Please let us know what you think and if you want to share something with … Continue reading More Fuji Photo ‘Fujipet’…