About

We are Chris and Carol – The Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic(s). We’ve been kicking around this planet since the early 1950s… so we’re vintage just like the cameras we blog about.

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We’re die hard Mets fans (can you tell?),  avid photographers, camera collectors, crafters, lovers of almost anything Japanese and retired folk!

Thanks for stopping by and we welcome comments anytime about almost anything! Peace

12 thoughts on “About

  1. I had hoped you had written a bit about yourself and your fascination with Yashica cameras. Recently my wife traded her old TLR for a newer Yashica-Mat Twin lens. We both tried 124Gs back in the early 1980s, but moved on. Now I intend to search out a Yashica TLR for myself so we can shoot film together.
    I was saddened when Contax/Yashica folded. They had such a great stable of fun cameras (such as your little “Pet”)
    My blog is about Photography. Thats it…Photography. And I change the subject each week.
    I am really glad I found you and plan on reading your thoughts and viewing your photography (with Yashica I assume) in the future.

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  2. Thank you for your kind words and of course thank you for visiting our blog. I’m glad to hear that you intend to visit film photography again and with a Yashica TLR. A site that you may care to visit is my friend Paul’s site at http://www.yashicatlr.com
    Paul’s site is probably the best on the web dedicated to accurate information on anything Yashima-Yashica made in the world of twin-lens reflex cameras. On that site you can find a short bio on Paul and his contributors (myself included).
    I also post on my flickr page as http://www.yashicasailorboy.com (same as this blog but on flickr).
    I intend to spend some time reading your blog as I see you have a wealth of knowledge about photography.
    Best regards, Chris (and Carol)

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  3. Hello, love your site and information. I recently bought a Yashica FR-1 like I used to have in the 70s. Included was a Pentamatic. The mirror seems to be always up. Any ideas on how to fix it? Thanks Paul from Wisconsin

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    1. Hi Paul,
      Thanks for your kind comments. Oh, how I wish I had a fool-proof way to fix that as I have about 5 Pentamatics with that same issue. It was a design flaw from the factory – some of the earliest Pentamatics started to fail very quickly. Some say it’s a simple lubrication issue – some say it is simply gummed up. With the baseplate off and with the camera on its back, you’ll see the inner workings of the shutter-mirror on your left. Operate the film advance lever (if you can) a few cycles and sometimes that will do the trick. You may have to “play” with the mirror manually more than a few times to “help” it along. You’ll be able to see which parts that move when you advance the film and fire the shutter. I’ve had a bit of luck with the smallest of a drop of light oil (sewing machine) on the levers. Some people have had luck doing just the opposite. I hear a tiny drop of lighter fluid “could” free up the levers if they’re gummed up. I haven’t tried the lighter fluid way yet.
      Good luck! Let me know if you get it working.
      Regards,
      Chris

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      1. I did what you suggested. I think I’m making progress. It only stays up 20-30% of the time now. Before it was all the time. I think more use will help. Thanks again
        Paul

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      2. That’s great to hear. Even my best working Pentamatic still occasionally gets the “yips” and all it takes is firing the shutter a few times. I believe I get better results at the higher shutter speeds (north of 1/125).

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