Yashima Yashicaflex A-II update…

Somewhat corroded original lens cap for the Yashicaflex A-II. A light cleaning removed the corrosion and prepped the surface for some primer.

Somewhat corroded original lens cap for the Yashicaflex A-II. A light cleaning removed the corrosion and prepped the surface for some primer.

Lens cap with a fresh coat of etching primer. Another two coats of primer with some light sanding in between should do nicely. Final color coat will be a surprise and very unexpected! Remember... this is an "interpretive restoration". My rules.

Lens cap with a fresh coat of etching primer. Another two coats of primer with some light sanding in between should do nicely. Final color coat will be a surprise and very unexpected! Remember… this is an “interpretive restoration”. My rules.

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Finally! Proof of Existence!

In all my years of collecting Yashima / Yashica cameras, brochures and advertisements…

I have yet to find proof that Yashica did or did not release the Pentamatic for the Japanese domestic market. I had always assumed that they did… confident that why wouldn’t they¬†sell their first 35mm single-lens reflex camera at home. But, I didn’t have proof that they did or did not. This image is from a Japanese market sales brochure (found in Yokohama) that looks to be from around early 1961 or so. The Pentamatic II (rare little bird) with a 1.7 lens was available when this brochure was printed. Now to find the original Pentamatic and the S!

Could it be true? The first sighting of the Pentamatic II in a sales brochure for the Japanese home market.

Could it be true? The first sighting of the Pentamatic II in a sales brochure for the Japanese home market.