Yashica TL Electro X ITS – Integrated Technology System

I still feel pretty confident that ‘ITS’ is meant to be ‘Integrated Technology System’ but Yashica may not have been that specific and the marketing people just liked the way ‘ITS’ looked.

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Have you ever wondered what the ‘ITS’ stood for? For most people, probably not – but if you’re a Yashica Fanatic probably yes.

Yas TLITS LOGO Yashica TL Electro X ITS from 1973

IMG_20191226_0003 Undated sales brochure for the TL Electro X ITS. By the way, the marketing people had the name ‘Tomioka’ removed from this cover image of the lens – it’s the big empty space on the left side of the lens ring.

After years (yes, years) of searching almost everything Yashica published I’ve come to the conclusion that the intent of the marketing behind this camera was to promote Yashica’s first real system 35mm SLR. No, it doesn’t have an interchangeable back or viewfinder like the Canon F-1 and the Nikon F, but it did have a host of quality lenses and accessories. Oh, and no motor drive.

So ‘ITS’ most likely means ‘Integrated Technology System’ since the TL Electro X…

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