Monster Glass! Tomioka 55mm f1.2

Yashica TL Electro-X ITS with Tomioka Auto Yashinon 55mm f1.2 – the best SLR of its time (1968-1972).

yashica tl its 1.2 logo

yashica bro 1.2

Yashica sales brochure with ‘fake’ serial number on the lens. There’s a possibility that it may have been a prototype lens and was given an odd serial number.

yashica tl its 1.2

One of our all-time favorite SLRs with one of the fastest 55mm lenses made. The Tomioka designed f1.2 is an exceptional lens and we’re happy to have it in our collection. This lens is in the batch of the first 1000 made and carries a low serial number.


A super early lens in this German sales brochure – SN 5520124

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USS Midway (CV-41) – Anchored off the coast of Perth, WA – 1977

The great United States Ship Midway anchored off the coast of Western Australia near Fremantle (just south of Perth). September 1977 during a 5-day liberty port visit by the Midway and Air Wing 5 (CVW5).


Starboard side forward – note the small ferry that is tied up alongside the ship waiting to take crew members ashore. The coast is just visible on the distant horizon. That’s the A-3 “Whale” just forward of the island and an A-6 Intruder just aft of the island.


Starboard side aft with F-4 Phantoms on the flight deck.

Camera: Yashica TL Electro-X on Kodacolor

Of note, these original prints were damaged by seawater and these are the best scans I could salvage until I rescue the negatives.


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