Unique Yashica TL Electro-X from Denmark – Update 1

Many thanks to reader Jens Erik at http://www.jebsign.dk for sharing a photo of his Yashica TL Electro-X with me recently. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, it appears that a distributor of Yashica cameras and photo gear (Kirk) in Denmark had a rather neat twist on this popular SLR. Here’s the ad that ran in 1969 –

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Here’s Jens Erik’s Yashica – his TL Electro-X matches the one depicted in the Yashica ad from 1969 and it clearly shows that the “X” is black vice the typical red and that the gothic “Y” that would normally be on the pentaprism is “missing”.

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An example of an early version of this popular Yashica. The lens is not the lens that would have been on the camera at the time of its release. I’ll call this version the Type 1.

Updated info as of September 2019. It now appears that this no “Y” version wasn’t unique to this Danish or any other European distributor. I’ve just acquired my own version of this camera through a seller in the United States with no indication that it was purchased outside of the US initially. In my opinion, Yashica’s first version (pictured above) of their wildly popular TL Electro-X was the version missing the “Y” on the pentaprism – production looks like it first began in October 1968. My newest camera for my collection is from December 1968 as its serial number is 81200636. There’s one for sale on the Spanish eBay site that has the serial number 81000991 (which is October 1968).

Below is an example of the more typical Yashica TL Electro X design. The “X” is in red and there’s no hyphen before it and of course, the traditional gothic “Y” on the pentaprism.

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Yashica TL Electro X Type 2 – with red “X” and gothic “Y”

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Yashica sales brochure from the early 1970s.

Update #1: So Yashica’s first design for the TL Electro-X was the one without the “Y” on the pentaprism (Type 1) and the second and much more available TL Electro X with the “Y” is the Type 2. There also appears to be a large gap in production between the T1 and T2 of about eight or nine months. At this point in time, we don’t have a reason for the changes or for the gap.

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Yashica sales brochure in German from around 1972. The ITS model with its distinctive gold electron design on the pentaprism is on the right.

Thanks again to Jens Erik for sharing his Yashica with me (and you).

Chris

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wordless wednesday

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(technically not “wordless”) ^.^

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Happy SUNday! – Disney Details

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios – it’s the often overlooked details that make the overall experience worthwhile. Disney puts so much effort into making it feel authentic.

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Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

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In the Shop – new listings added this week

New in the shop this week is (as always) an interesting mix of classic cameras and vintage photo gear. Take a peek at some of what’s new at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

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Everything’s on sale at 10% off my already value priced items. I ship pretty much worldwide and typically get your item in the mail in one day or less.

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There’s many more items not shown so stop by http://www.ccstudio2380.com to see the entire inventory. 

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Elvis Stamps – issued by the US Postal Service in 1993

I’m not a collector of stamps but most anyone can appreciate a little Elvis to brighten one’s day. I have this small sheet of 29 cent Elvis stamps issued by the US Postal Service commemorating the life of “The King”. They are in mint new condition and haven’t been used. Makes a great gift for yourself or a fan. They’ll be mailed flat and secure and sent via USPS Priority Mail for free!

They are also available in our shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

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Genuine US Postal Service Issued Elvis Stamps – Gem Mint Condition

As issued by the US Postal Service in 1993. This colorful Elvis Presley stamp set would make a beautiful addition to any collection. Perfect for even the casual fan. You'll get all 10 stamps in perfect mint new condition. I'll even mail them FOR FREE in the USA via USPS Priority Mail with tracking info and insurance! Pay securely via PayPal.

$19.00

 

Yashica On Ice

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Yashica Rookie TLR from 1956. Also known as a Yashicaflex Model R.

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Warranty or service guarantee card that was issued with the Yashica Rookie verifying that it was known as the Model R in Japan.

The Rookie was only available for sale in Japan and was released in 1956.

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Timeless Tuesday – exploring early digital cameras – Sony Mavica

As the title implies, I’ve decided to take another look at some early digital cameras and to see if they can find a place in today’s photographic landscape. Here’s a look at what was essentially the first digital camera to use a 3.5-inch floppy disk as “film”. Sony used the advertising tagline “The Fun is in the Floppy” in its late 1990s ads.

The Sony Digital Mavica 1.3 model MVC-FD85 made its way to market in the late days of 1999 with an official release of February 2000. Here’s that camera.

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The strength of Sony has always been the sheer size of the company and the ability to do incredible R&D.

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Sony lenses in video cameras were almost beyond equal (maybe Canon would disagree) but the Mavica made good use with what it was given.

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The film. A standard 3.5-inch floppy. The “MVC” in the camera’s name refers to “Magnetic Video Camera” hence the use of a floppy disk for file storage.

At its highest resolution (1280 x 960) the Mavica FD85 will record only six images on one disk. This led to photographers carrying around a box full of disks if they were expecting to record a number of images. Six disks equaled one roll of 36 exposure 35 mm film.

I acquired this Mavica from the original owner – a local guy that was downsizing his collection of “stuff”. It’s in mint condition with only a few marks indicating gentle past use. From some of the other cameras that I purchased from him, I could tell that he took excellent care of his gear. It fired up perfectly after an overnight charge of the battery and with a fresh disk inserted here’s the first batch of pics. Except for the last photo, none of these images were enhanced in any way.

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After nearly 15 years of slumber here’s the first image taken with the Mavica and recorded to floppy. All things considered, the auto exposure and auto focus handled the scene perfectly. Yes, we’ve become accustomed to high def pics from our smartphones and this picture falls way off in that regard but I like it because it appears “film-like” with its softness and lack of mind-shattering contrast. This is a wide angle shot.

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Using the telephoto zoom lens this image is not technically bad. Auto focus and auto exposure appear spot on and the scene is pleasing. Remember, back in 2000 the main purpose of this camera was to upload the images to your PC and for emailing them as attachments. Most people had less than cutting edge PC’s at home – remember “Y2K”?

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I took the Mavica into my studio and under the harsh studio lighting (5600K) the camera did just great. This was shot using the macro setting but I believe the camera has a pretty broad focusing range. This pic was cropped a bit and I made a slight adjustment in the contrast. It looks like there’s good depth of field and overall it’s reasonably sharp. I would use this image for listings in my various online shops as it’s technically just fine for that venue.

Ads from back in the day suggest that this camera sold for around $700 to $800. That’s crazy big money then and still is today. It will be fun to give the camera a bit of a workout over the coming months – 1.3 megapixels might just be a new way of seeing things.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Happy SUNday! – Toys!

The universal language of a discriminating customer – July 1979 – Yokohama, Japan

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Canon F-1 with Canon FD 80-200mm zoom lens on Kodak Kodachrome.

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Tamiya Martini Racing 935 Porsche – 1977

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High-quality 1:12 scale Tamiya model. Photographed with a Canon F-1 with Canon FD 24mm f/2.8 lens on Kodak Kodachrome. Assembled and photographed at my home in Honmoku, Yokohama in 1979.

Tamiya models were always the best! The only thing I left off was the red air dam stripe and I swapped the Martini decal for a Porsche decal above the grill.

These kits unassembled and still new in the box go for around $350 to $450 USD.

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The original cover art for the model.

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