ヤシカ Pentamatic ’35’… May 1960

Here’s another nice Pentamatic for our collection. This beauty is in mint factory fresh condition! Only a few traces of past use. This camera was assembled in May 1960… about 6 months after the first one rolled off the assembly line in Yashica’s ultra modern factory in Nagano Prefecture (central Japan). The first half year of production showed a slow run up as approximately 500 units or so were made per month. This one has a serial number of 3,354. By August of 1960, Yashica was building about 1,500 units per month.

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A beauty from May 1960.

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NO. 3,354 since production began in December of 1959.

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The lens was also made in May of 1960 at Tomioka’s factory in Tokyo.

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As simple of a design as you can get. Love the shutter speed dial… still bright and colorful after 56 years.

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The Pentamatic’s rather unique way to open the back and to pop up the rewind lever.

This Pentamatic is a fully working example of a beautifully designed camera. We can’t wait to run a roll of film through it and give the camera a good work out!

Thanks for the visit! Peace, Chris and Carol

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