“This is a Toy” – Goofy Stuff from Yashica

Happy SUNday!

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Normally you’d expect to see “this is not a toy” on something not designed to be played with. Here we have a rather odd promotional item from Yashica.

20180928_162012 My best translation – Color Camera Yashica Electro 35

20180928_161953 Still looks good and holds air after 50 years!

20180928_161942 A Yashica float. It’s about 6 feet in length and I’m guessing Yashica didn’t want you to use this at the beach or pool as anything but a toy.

Admittedly a pretty goofy item that we’ve added to our Yashica collection recently. I saw it on a Japanese auction site and well, I couldn’t resist. It was listed by a seller in Shiga Prefecture (which is just east of Kyoto). I paid a silly amount to ship it after paying less than $10 to purchase it. Collecting – jeez. On the bright side, I may have the only matching set of Yashica beach gear…

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More to come – c.1910

More pictures soon!

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We Want Our Flag to Fly High Evermore – Stop this Assault on America – We Have a Right to Exist!

Again – and again. Please stop the madness.

Chasing Classic Cameras with Chris

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1791 – That’s when the Second Amendment was ratified. Without going into the details of the wording of a document written over 225 years ago, no sane person today should ever use the word “arms” to mean the “war weapons” that Americans can purchase and use today – high velocity, high rate of fire, killing machines (there were no wounded in Sandy Hook Elementary School – only dead children and teachers) and an almost unlimited supply of bullets and magazines that can be changed out in a matter of seconds. Totally insane! We are being held hostage by the words of ghosts! I don’t want to hear your argument about it – the writers of the Bill of Rights could NEVER foresee what “arms” would become just as we can’t see what the future of weapons will be in let’s say 1, 5, or 10 years from now. They would…

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random pics part 2 – March 2021

More fun with some random and “found” pics.

Surprise shot. My Samsung Galaxy S8+ taking pictures on its own.
“Drop the knife, Mack, and no one will get hurt”… found photo on Sony SD card. Unknown photographer.
Sony SD card found photo. Unknown photographer.
Another found photo on a Sony SD card. Unknown location and photographer.
Street artist. Possibly upstate New York 2010. Unknown model and photographer.

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random pics part 1 – March 2021

Samsung Galaxy S8+ unintended image
Found foto on a Sony SD card
Unknown chalk artist
Battery corrosion in a 58 year old camera (not fatal)
60 year old lens on a modern mirrorless digital camera

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Spiratone (Sankor) Telephoto Lens – 1950s?

Kinda hard to find lens from the late 1950s or maybe even the mid-1960s. This one was mounted on a Miranda SLR so it had an M44 T-mount that I removed.

Although the lens barrel looks like heck the glass is nearly flawless with only a very few dust specs inside. Since I purchased this from a photographer in New Mexico the dry climate has prevented any mold or fungus growth.

I have a T-mount to M42 adapter coming so I can hardly wait to give this little gem a try on my Fujifilm X-A10.

The serial number is No. 51496E which offers a clue as to who made the lens. I believe it was made by Sankor who also made lenses for darn near everybody under at least a dozen brands. If it’s the same maker, Sankor makes a very well respected line of cine lenses.

It’s not the prettiest lens in my collection but after nearly 60 years of use the glass is nearly flawless.
The serial number with the ‘E’ suffix is a clue to the original manufacturer.

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1950s Kodak Verichrome Safety Film

Kodak Verichrome Safety Film was produced between 1931-1956 when it was replaced by Verichrome Pan. It’s a orthochromatic black and white negative film. This rather rare unopened “Duo-Pak” expired in January 1957 which means it was probably made around two years prior.

Verichrome was made in 116, 120, 616, and 620 formats.

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Happy SUNday! – you are my rock

Have a wonderful day and please stay safe! – Chris

Camera: Fujifilm FinePix AX560

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New in my Camera Shop 2021-2

Hello all! I’ve been super busy these past few weeks gathering some of my camera bits and bobs from my collection to add to my camera shop hosted by Etsy at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

Here’s a small sample of what I have on sale –

I ship nearly worldwide and my items all come from a smoke and pet free home.

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

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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