Twin-lens Reflex… a peek inside.

From an August 1963 sales brochure from Yashica (Printed in Japan). An excellent article we think. Of course Yashica produced twin-lens reflex (TLR) cameras well into the late 1980s so they would be considered experts (one would think).

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Also known today (more so) as medium format. An inexpensive way to get into medium format film photography, Yashica made enough TLRs over the decades that there is an ample supply of well made Yashicas available online. Budding film photographers should be able to experiment with that format without breaking the bank.

The Yashica model A is a great first choice as it is one of the most widely available and simplest to “master”. Less stuff to break or need adjustment. Another good model is the Yashica Mat-EM (1964). It has a built-in light meter that doesn’t require a battery to operate. The meters can fail over time so be sure to ask the seller about it first and if you’re looking at one in person, then check it against a meter from a phone app.

The Yashica-Mat 124G is the last model. Usually still very expensive but has a meter and requires a battery. The good news is that they are still fixable if something fails (they all are but our point is that they’re the newest out there).

The Yashica-D… well, we’ve never had much luck but others do and they are good cameras. The Yashica-Mat is another common camera and has a crank winder.

Give it a try. Shooting in squares is a challenge but fun!

Thanks for your visit.

Chris

2 thoughts on “Twin-lens Reflex… a peek inside.

  1. Hi Chris,
    I was surprises to see your Yashica-Mat set 1960 marked EM. I’ve been looking for this exact camera. My father purchased one in Japan at the base exchange which is no longer in the family. It brings back so many memories that I would like to relive again with this camera. I am an avid amateur photographer. So my question to you is would you be interested in selling this? It would definitely have a good home.
    Thanks,
    Steve Rings

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    1. Hi Steve,
      Thanks for your comment – we wish we could help but that camera set has been passed on to another collector. I will say this, the Yashica family of TLRs are excellent platforms for getting into medium format photography. Good luck in your search!
      All the best,
      Chris

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