Throwback Thursday – Reflections on a lens

Auto Yashinon 55mm f1.2 by Tomioka Optical – 1973

Monster glass from Tomioka. The lens has a super low serial number that puts it within the first few months of production. The camera is the Yashica TL Electro X – ITS made in April 1973.

This image first posted on my Flickr site in November 2019 and so far has been a very popular image amassing over 70 favorites. Image was taken with my Samsung Galaxy S8+ using natural light.

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2 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday – Reflections on a lens

  1. Hello Chris! Love the blog and the webpage. I have a small question: I am looking for a Yashica Yashinon DX 35mm f2.8. What would you say is a fair price for me to pay for such a lens? Thank you!

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    1. Hello Elias,
      Thank you for your very kind comments. As with any Yashica branded lens, prices will be all over the place, and looking at prior sales on eBay there hasn’t been one sold recently to use as a guide. They’re not a very common lens so that will always play up perceived value. Always buy the best lens that fits comfortably in your budget knowing that lenses of that vintage aren’t going to be perfect. In my experience, I’ve seen gorgeous lenses that are nasty on the inside and beat-up lenses with fungus-free optics. If buying one from let’s say eBay, look for sellers that have clear descriptions and have a fair return policy. Good luck! I’ve read that they are good solid lenses with lots of brass and glass.


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