Mystery Meter by Yashica

My friend Graham has a wonderful collection of Yashica and Contax cameras, lenses and gear. His Flickr page can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/164456136@N06/

Recently Graham acquired a previously unknown exposure meter from what appears to be the 1960s.

***News Flash*** Please see new information at the end of this post!

Graham’s beautiful mystery meter shown mounted on a Yashica YE
Top view
Front view of the meter shown mounted on a Yashica Reflex 35 J

Although this meter has a shoe for mounting on a camera’s accessory shoe its long strap indicates that it also was designed to be worn around the neck and used as a hand held meter. It’s a CdS meter which requires a 1.3 v battery. Graham states the meter is fully functional!

My question to my readers. Has anyone seen a meter like this with Yashica markings? It has no model number and we haven’t found it in any sales brochure from that era. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Another view of this lovely meter and camera

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All images curtesy of Graham Buxton-Smither.

***New Info***

It appears that this Yashica branded meter is the same as a Kuribayashi Petri ELEX model M-302.

ELEX branded exposure meter

Texture & Color

Pine straw flower bed mulch.

Christmas cactus blossoms.

Individual blossom.

The cactus images were taken in our greenhouse garden window with natural light. The pine straw was photographed at a local business garden.

Camera – All images taken with my Samsung Galaxy S8+

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Modern Marvel – Canon’s little digital IXY

2003 seems like a lifetime ago with what all that’s happened since then. In the field of electronics, specifically digital photography, the changes and advancements have been monumental.

Take this groundbreaking digital camera from Canon. Released towards the end of 2003, the Canon IXY Digital L as it was known in Japan (Canon PowerShot SD10 Digital ELPH here in the US) listed at an amazingly high price of $349! For that amount of money you got a sharp fixed 6.4mm f/2.8 Canon lens and 4.1 megapixels. The images were recorded on a standard SD card (only the second Canon digital to do that) hence the US name ‘SD10’.

Canon’s ultracompact digital beauty.

This tiny camera was offered in four colors – this one is Piano Black.
Bright and sharp 1.5 inch LCD screen. Here’s an example of a near macro shot of my keyboard.
Every version of this camera carries the same model number – PC1060. A pocket-friendly 3/4 inch profile with the lens retracted.
Now this is tiny!

What surprises me the most about this camera is the quality of the images. It’s amazing what 4 MP can do with a tiny CCD sensor and high-quality Canon optics. Here’s a few samples below.

A high-contrast scene was still rendered correctly albeit with a rather slow autofocus.
The Canon 6.4mm lens gives a nice 39mm equivalent in 35mm.
Talk about a dusty keyboard! Close-up shot with auto flash. Not bad for such a tiny camera.

If you like collecting older digital cameras then this one is a must. I’m not quite sure how I ended up with the Japanese market model vice the common US model. In markets outside Japan and the US the camera is known as the Digital IXUS i.

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SUNday Spotlight – Olympus Classic

One of the most popular 35mm SLR cameras – ever.

Olympus OM-1n with Zuiko MC Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 made between 1979-1987.

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Nikon’s Gem of a Lens – f/1.4 50mm AI

Nikon Nikkor lenses have been praised since the dawn of time (a slight exaggeration) and in some cases rightly so. This Nikkor lens is right up there in its reputation as a fast quality lens that’s as relevant today as when it was made.

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 AI lens made between 1977 to 1981. Don’t confuse this with the later AIS lens which immediately followed this lens.

It takes 52mm filters and caps, has a seven blade aperture, features seven elements in six groups, close focusses to 1.5 feet, and weighs in at 255 grams. It uses the famous Nikon F-mount.

Here I’ve included a nice B+W 52E 010 1X filter for protection. The lens is of course made in Japan.

This lens functions perfectly and the front and rear elements are clean and clear but there is some dust specs inside and some light haze. In my test shots with my Nikon D800 the lens performed well with the imperfections not visible in the final images.

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Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS / IXUS 105 / IXY 200F

One little camera with three different names. Canon released the North American model (PowerShot SD1300 IS) in early 2010 so this little gem is already 11 years old. Back in 2010, 12 megapixels was a big deal in such a compact point and shoot digital as this.

Here’s mine in cool blue.

This Canon is equipped with a super sharp Canon 4x zoom lens with image stabilization (IS). The zoom’s 35mm equivalent is 28-112mm so it covers a comfortable shooting range (up to 16x with digital enhancement).

It uses a CCD sensor with TTL autofocus so my pics come out nice and sharp 99% of the time.

I don’t normally shoot with the date time stamp on but I thought I’d give it a a try.

It’s a fun and easy camera to use and it’s also quite compact – it easily fits into almost anywhere. I like playing with these older digital cameras as their build quality was generally quite high. By the way, the macro ability is good with closest focus at just over one inch (3 cm).

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by my shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com – Chris

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Another Yashica Sailor Boy

Here’s another look at this post about Yashica’s Sailor Boy.

Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic

Those of you who follow this blog know that our main collecting passion lies with most everything from Yashica. The Yashica TL Electro X was my first 35mm SLR and since then my collection of all things Yashica has grown substantially.

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On the left is the original Yashica Sailor Boy (1962) – to the right is the Wee Willie Winkie version from around 1966 or so. Yashica has never officially named these guys so we’re assigning them names just to make identification easier.

Recently this version popped up for sale in Japan and although we didn’t purchase him I’d like to at least show another side of this collectible figurine.

YSB 35

All three of these versions were made in Japan by Modern Plastics during the 1960s. The football guy wearing number 35 was more than likely promoting Yashica’s line of 35mm cameras but little else is know about him. He is…

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