Testing our Fujica GW690 medium format camera and Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100 film. Captures the details, grays, shadows and textures nicely on this 130 year old brick wall on Centre Street.
Processing: The Darkroom
Scanner: Canon CanoScan 9000F Mark II
Film: Fujifilm Neopan Acros 100
Camera: Fuji Photo Film Fujica GW690 ca.1978
Our son Tim’s 22nd birthday today!
A big 7 celebrating on top of the Montauk, Long Island, New York Lighthouse.
Happy Birthday TJ!!!
Nerd heaven! After years of speculation and almost constant searching, we’ve been able to confirm that Tomioka Optical began making lenses for Yashica’s new Pentamatic 35mm SLR camera in the latter part of 1959. The two lenses pictured below confirm (via serial numbers) of an October 1959 start of production. Yashica had filed for a trademark of the name ‘Pentamatic’ in September 1959 (in Japan). Since their new camera used an exclusive mount for its lenses, Yashica designers had to have shared their design with Tomioka as early as the summer (August ?) of 1959.
Using the rule of twos, these lenses are the earliest in our collection.
By serial number the left lens was built in October 1959 and it was the 92nd lens made. The right lens was built in December 1959 and by then Tomioka had built 1,630 lenses for Yashica.
No. 59 = 1959 10 = October 0092 = 92nd made
No. 59 = 1959 12 = December 1630 = 1,630th made
Here’s our lens matched up to an advertisement in ‘Popular Photography’ magazine from the June 1960 issue. The lens in the ad is No. 59100581 which decodes to – October 1959, lens number 581 in the sequential production run. So in October, Tomioka had made nearly 600 lenses and by December they were up to 1,630 made. Certainly possible that they were averaging nearly 600 lenses per month in late 1959.
It’s a good find for us as the early serial numbers were just a guess on our part as to how they decoded. Having two lenses made before 1960 helped firm up our speculation. Lenses made in 1960 drop the month code in favor of a model number or code. A typical 1960 lens would have a serial number of: No. 605xxxxx which would be 60 = 1960 5 = model code xxxxx = production sequence number.
Serial number No. 60515001 decodes to 60 = 1960 5 = model code 15001 = 15,001 made since production began in October 1959.
If you’re a collector of Pentamatics or are just interested in Yashica cameras in general, this is important info. We know, total nerd stuff!
Thanks for your visit.
A few more Spring garden images from our backyard habitat…
Full Bloom Azaleas
Chubby Garden Bird
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S9900W
Enjoy your Spring!
Nothing beats Spring here in Florida. Our backyard habitat is alive with color and texture.
Cameras: Fujifilm FinePix S9900W , Sony Cyber-shot W170 , Samsung Galaxy S4 , Canon A-1 , Asahi Pentax 6×7
Many thanks for your visit. Enjoy your Spring!
Remembering my mom on the date of her passing…
In happy times 1976, at Jensen Beach, Florida.
Family trip out west Christmas 1960.
Always miss you mom…
Mary September 10, 1916 to March 11, 1985
In loving memory of our son…
…even after 33 years it still hurts. Love you.
If you’re a regular reader (or curious visitor) you’ve hopefully picked up that we (Chris & Carol) enjoy sharing images of cameras that have crossed our paths over these many years. You may have also noticed that while we post countless images of cameras, lenses and what not, we’re not overly technical when it comes to photo gear. We’re not going to “beat you over the head” with needless specs of the gear we share – just (hopefully) good imagery of the wide-world of photography.
With that said, we’d like to share an image of a camera that never fails to make us smile –
Our son Timothy’s first (and only) camera – a Pikachu 35mm with genuine Pokemons inside! Tim just loved this camera and it’s an important part of our collection still.
As always, many thanks for your visit. We hope it made you smile – after all, that’s what photography is all about…
Chris & Carol and Pikachu and Ash too!
A beautiful “in the box” classic from Asahi Pentax
A classic 35mm SLR from Asahi Pentax. Nice clean lines and good balance.
Thanks for your visit!
No food! No pictures!
Camera: Sony Cyber-shot W170