The Yashica Pentamatic – Our 6 Year Search – Some Conclusions & Wild Speculations

I’ve incorporated some interesting updates since this was first posted.

Chasing Classic Cameras with Chris

We’ve been hot on the elusive trail of the Pentamatic family of cameras from Yashica now for well over 6 years. We’ve looked under every rock (auction sites), nook (web searches) and crannies (well, just crannies) for anything related to the Pentamatic. Our search has led us to some interesting conclusions – and wild speculations!

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Some Conclusions

The first Pentamatic was “born” in December 1959 but wasn’t available for sale in the U.S. until April 1960. The Pentamatic was Yashica’s first 35mm single-lens reflex camera and was designed with the help of technology obtained from Yashica’s acquisition of Nicca Camera in 1958 and some involvement with designers from Zunow Optical in 1959. Of course, Yashica designers were involved too as well as collaboration with Tomioka Optical for the first lenses.

The original Pentamatic was a failure. A beautiful, sleek and modern camera at a great price, but still a…

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Canon”Official 35mm Camera of the 1984 Olympics”

Canon 1984 Olympics Camera Strap

Rare Canon "The Official 35mm Camera of the 1984 LA Olympics" Adjustable Neck-Shoulder Strap. ***New Condition - Never Used*** In beautiful red, white & blue. Genuine Canon item. This is the super hard to find official Canon 1984 Olympic camera strap in new condition. This large strap is 2 inches wide by about 30 inches long but is adjustable. A nice addition for any Canon collection and a great Olympic collectible too.



I can mail this worldwide – please request a quote to your country. In the USA it mails for $10.00 via USPS Priority Mail with insurance and a tracking number. This can also be purchased at

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris