Released in 1962, the Penta J (Reflex 35 J in other markets) was Yashica’s first 35mm SLR designed to accept the popular M42 screw mount lenses vice Yashica’s exclusive Pentamatic bayonet mount that preceded it. The Penta J shared more body parts and took its design cues from the Pentamatic S (1961-62). Interestingly the Penta J lost the self-timer lever that the Pentamatic S fought so hard to get.
The Penta J was designed to accept a clip-on exposure meter that coupled to the shutter speed dial. No TTL metering – that was a long way off!
The standard lens for the Penta J was the semi-automatic Yashinon 5cm f2 lens.
The Yashica Pentamatic S (below)… the Penta J’s cousin.
So there you have it. The Yashica Penta J and the Pentamatic S. Cousins in the Yashica family.
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