Yashica-A: Collecting 101*

Here’s another look at this fine camera set from Yashica!

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*Or how to run out of space for it all real quick!

As much as Carol and I would love to go on collecting camera sets, the cameras will eventually win out! Even when we narrow our collecting to let’s say only twin-lens reflex cameras made in the mid 1950s, and only made by Yashima-Yashica, we’d still run out of space and money. There were just too many made (obviously) to be able to collect all the different models and all the different variations. Yashima-Yashica was, by far, the most prolific TLR maker – ever! I believe they finally stopped by 1986 which was long after TLRs fell from favor!

So we’ve reached the point they sing about in that Disney movie – “Let it Go”! 

Collecting Yashima-Yashica cameras is a very satisfying endeavor. We’ve been at it for decades, we know. There’s enough of them around so the…

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Nicca Type 33 and the Yashica YE… Mighty Morphing Classic Cameras!

Another look at these often overlooked and underappreciated cameras.

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Some background – Yashica acquired Nicca in May 1958. Nicca was well known for making high quality 35mm rangefinder cameras since the late 1940s.

Nicca cameras normally came with lenses branded as Nikkor. When the Nicca Type 33 was released in 1958, it came with a Nicca branded lens. We don’t know if Nicca was the actual lens maker or another company made the lens and Nicca had their name affixed. Either way, when Yashica took over the company the Nicca 33 was sold with the Nicca branded lens.

large nicca 33 ad Cute original advertisement from July-August 1958 for the Nicca Type 33 35mm camera and lens.

If you look closely at the ad above, you can see that the lens is marked “Nicca Camera CO.” and is a 50mm f2.8 lens. The serial number isn’t completely clear but looks like a prototype number or some sort (maybe not)… maybe 8000 or something…

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Spam-a-lot – Don’t You Just Love IT?

No, not the movie or the “food” item. Those annoying SPAM messages in your emails. Sometimes the mixture of stuff can be funny. Like this weird combination…


Apparently, there’s a herpes “blitz” going on (whatever that is). Not sure what a “MILF” is either but I don’t want to know. Does anyone else’s SPAM look like this? Or even more bizarre I bet.

Oh well, we always hit the delete key.

Happy Day to y’all – skin tags and all!

Happy SUNday!

Our “stickered” Gremlin.

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Late 1970s AMC Gremlin

Have a beautiful weekend!

Chris & Carol ^.^

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Springtime in Naka-ku, Yokohama

Originally published in March 2017, here’s another look at our neighborhood in Yokohama. C&C ^.^

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Remembering back to our time living in Japan in the late 1970s. We lived in a small area of southern Yokohama near Sankei-en (gardens). The Naka Ward was home to a large US Navy family housing area and the ever popular Navy Exchange and Commissary. Avenue D, pictured below, was the main highway from Yokohama to the Navy base at Yokosuka. In our part of the housing area, these Sakura (below) had been planted as a joint project with the military families and the local community. After the long and dreary winter we looked forward to the blossoms and warmth that signaled Spring.

20354188489_fd0e7856e0_o (1) Sakura along Avenue D in the Naka Ward. Base housing to the left.

21087177073_aedba71f8f_o (1) Sankei-en in Spring. A short bicycle ride from our home so we visited often.

20256520930_b6efccc36a_o Carol spending her 100 yen wisely on a visit to Sankei-en.

22343030079_18e6e717a1_o (1) More views in Sankei-en.

21723680721_8a4b3d184e_o Photography blossoms in the Spring.

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24 Yuki Station

A wonderful series from our good friend, fellow blogger, and camera fanatic. Give her site a visit and you’ll see why it’s one of our favorites. C&C

Walking, cycling, and driving around Ibaraki

This is one of two walks that start at Yuki Station. I completed both walks on the same day. Walk 25 is based on the business area and shops, this walk is based on the spiritual side of Yuki. I prefer this walk, but as I said in the other post I think you should take a bicycle and wander around the whole area. As Ibaraki is becoming much a more cycle loving area, it would be a great idea for someone to start a cycle rental cafe in this area too.

I definitely think you can do both walks easily, but there are spots on each walk that are not really worth the effort and some definitely are worth a longer perusal.

Here is the map for this walk.

I happened upon my first spot, number 2 as I was wandering around for the other walk. This is Gugyoji…

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Was this beautiful lens, which was made exclusively for the Pentamatic II designed by Zunow Optical?

Time to revisit this post from last October. We still feel strongly that this lens was made by Zunow for Yashica.

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Simple Answer – Yes

DSCF6330Yashica Auto Yashinon f/ 1.7 5.8cm lens designed exclusively for Yashica’s Pentamatic II. It appears for the first time in August 1960 and disappears from use by Yashica in January 1961. There’s no documentation about the lens and no hard evidence that Zunow made the lens. Hard evidence would be sales brochures or advertisements that specifically link Yashica and Zunow. Co-branding on the lens ring would have been nice but never happened. Unfortunately our claim that it was made by Zunow is, at this point in time, circumstantial and coincidental. Much more digging around needs to be done on our part.

The lens features the unique Pentamatic bayonet mount that couldn’t be used on any other SLR of the time without an adapter. That in and of itself could have been a major reason for the quick demise of the Pentamatic series of cameras.

DSCF6323Two “clues”…

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Fuji Photo Film – Fuji Pet 35

Another Look at this Wonderful Camera Set from Fuji Photo

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From 1959, Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. follow-up to their widely popular Fujipet 120 film camera. The Pet 35 took advantage of the growing popularity of 35mm photography – plus it’s a great way to sell more film!

The Pet 35 was way more sophisticated than the Fujipet – but retained the funky charm and quirkiness of the original. Since the Pet 35 is not a common camera, we’ve presented a visual tour of our almost mint condition Pet 35.


Original set as found. We have the leather case too.


The lens is a Fujinar-K 3 element glass lens – 45mm with a maximum aperture of f/3.5 with closest focussing to 0.5 meters.


The lever to the right of the lens cocks the shutter and the left lever trips the Copal B leaf shutter.


The Copal shutter features speeds of B, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100 and 1/200 of a second.



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