Under the radar Yashica 35mm P&S compact film camera – Yashica Zoomate 150EF

Yashica Zoomate 150EF set from 2001.
Kyocera Zoom Lens – 10 elements in 8 groups, coated, dual aspherical optics.
Still new in its box!

PRESS RELEASE

February 9, 2001

KYOCERA RELEASES SECOND COMPACT ZOOM

CAMERA WITH THE YASHICA ZOOMATE 150EF

Somerset, NJ—Following in the wake of its successful launch of the Yashica Zoomate

165EF compact zoom camera, Kyocera Optics now unveils the latest offering in its line

of “Super Flash” cameras—the Yashica Zoomate 150EF.

Like its sister camera, the Zoomate 150EF is fully loaded with the features and

performance photographers demand in a compact 35mm camera. Fully automatic, the

camera provides auto focus, auto exposure, and five built-in flash modes. A precise, five-point

passive focusing system locks your subject in focus for exceptionally sharp

photographs with every shot. The 38mm-150mm lens glides to the setting of your choice

with the touch of a button. With its programmed auto exposure, the camera insures the

best color and contrast under a range of lighting conditions. Five flash options—

including fill flash and red-eye reduction—allow the photographer to select the flash

strength desired to properly illuminate his subject: Backlit objects are brightened,

daytime shadows are eliminated and intimate portraits can be created using only natural

light.

Constructed of ten elements in eight groups, the lens system in the Zoomate 150EF

provides astonishing color and clarity. Brilliant colors pop off each photo, whether the

subject is a Cape Cod sunset or a family reunion. The sharpness of the images perfectly

complements the color. Thanks to the camera’s coated dual aspherical lens, crisp,

detailed photos are created shot after shot.

The Zoomate 150EF boasts an array of other key features as well. Standard features

include automatic film load/advance/rewind, mid-roll manual rewind, a top shutter speed

of 1/300 second, Infinity Lock, and a built-in panoramic switch. For users with

eyeglasses, the camera offers a built-in adjustable diopter (+1 – -3). For photographers who demand excellent optics,

outstanding flash functionality and fully automatic features in a compact, lightweight

camera, the Yashica Zoomate 150EF is the perfect combination of power and

performance.

The Zoomate 150EF is manufactured by Kyocera Optics, Inc., a division of Kyocera

International, Inc.

Just in time for Christmas, I’ve added this to my online camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com… Thanks for stopping by, Chris

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Yashica Flex AS-II from Yashima – 1954

Beautiful Yashica Flex AS-II from 1954

Yashima Kogaku, later Yashica (1958) made this wonderful gem in 1954. It’s a great medium-format camera that shoots 120-roll films which are still widely available today and very popular. This camera features an attached exposure meter that was made by Sekonic. Photographed in the downtown Fernandina Beach Historic District post office ca. 1911.

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Yashica Model LM 44

A beautiful example of this interesting camera from Yashica.

With its original box and still looking like new.
The LM 44 had a built-in light meter (LM) and used 127-roll film.
Produced from 1959 to 1965. It was much smaller than a 120-roll film TLR.

If you’re interested in these collectible twin-lens cameras (TLR) from Yashica remember that they use the now discontinued 127-roll film vice the common 120-roll film. I understand that there are ways to re-spool 120 films on 127 film rolls. Thanks for stopping by. – Chris

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twosday 2 fer – Random Yashica

A couple of images were recently “discovered” in my image files.

Yashica Pentamatic ’35’ – 1960

The Yashica Pentamatic ’35’ was Yashica’s first 35mm SLR. Designed with the assistance of Nicca camera which Yashica acquired in 1958.

Yashica Flex S and Minicam flash – 1956

The Yashica Flex S was the first TLR (twin-lens reflex) to have an attached but uncoupled exposure meter attached. The Minicam flash was a very popular flash unit in the mid-1950s.

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Beautiful Yashica A III Set – 1959

I’ve decided to part with my rather rare Yashica A III camera set. The A III was the last model ‘A’ that Yashica produced in that line and this one was only made between April 1959 to August 1960 with release mostly in Japan and later in Europe in very limited numbers.

This camera was made in November 1959 and features light dove gray leatherette over dark gray metal and it came with a light gray leather case. Everything about this camera is unique, especially the instruction booklet (English gent in the bowler). The booklet is over 80 pages in length and it goes way beyond giving instruction in the operation of the model A III. It includes (in English) a brief history of the beginnings of the company and the founder. I’ve never seen another copy of this booklet in all of my years of collecting Yashica products.

Yashica A III – looks almost unused.
Gray on gray. The gray leatherette is clean and stain and discoloration free.

The camera operates as it should and the optics are clean, clear, and sharp. I believe that the camera has been on display in a collection for a long time before I acquired it. The original box is in outstanding condition and unlike most boxes from that period, it is super clean and still solid. That in itself is a rare find. The gray leather case is also a rare find as it is also still in excellent condition. All of the stitching is in place and the leather is subtle and clean.

The original leather case has done an excellent job of protecting this wonderful camera.

If you are interested in purchasing my camera set I have it in my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com or we can make arrangements to purchase it through this blog and PayPal. As always, thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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A Yashica A III and its ‘hat’…

I’m a sucker for a classic camera that looks like it was in a museum its whole life and still works like new (who wouldn’t?). I especially love vintage cameras that have some if not all of their original marketing bits and pieces. Here is a perfect example of why I collect and chase classic cameras.

Yashica A III from late 1959.

This terrific little eye-catcher is affectionately known as a ‘hat’. That piece of paperboard that’s sitting on top of my Yashica A III. When you went into a camera shop back in the day, there were dozens of shiney new cameras wanting to catch your eye. One way to do so was to plop a hat on your camera to make it stand out and communicate something in the briefest of glances.

Nothing Earth-shaking but enough to tell you something without asking the salesperson anything. The price, some shutter specs, and of course, the type of lens. A nice leather case for another 800 yen. I’ve had a few of these hats from Yashica in my collection and they never fail to put a smile on my face (I know, I’m easily entertained). Thanks for stopping by. Have you seen a similar thing on another brand’s TLR? If so, let me know, or better yet share a pic. Chris

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Happy SUNday!

A little peek into my camera collection cabinet…

Yashica heaven.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by, and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Yashica 300mm Leather Lens Case

I came across this wonderful lens case the other day and I’d like to pass it along as I don’t have the actual lens that would go with it and the original box. The case itself could easily fit almost any telephoto lens in that focal length. It still looks new.

You can buy it directly here on this post via PayPal or go to my online camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com and purchase it there.

Yashica 300mm Leather Lens Case

As described in this post, it’s complete with the original box, unopened strap, warranty card, and Yashica lens guide. No lens, just the like-new lens case.

$39.00

Shipping is free in the USA! Worldwide shipping is available but please contact me for a quote before purchasing. Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by, and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Happy SUNday!

Here is an interesting pair. A Yashica-44 from 1958 mated with a Gold Crest Flashcube adapter from 1965.

The Yashica was a smaller format TLR using 127 roll films.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by, and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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