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.
We enjoy collecting and sharing our Yashica cameras with our readers, especially if they tend to be a little hard to find and in such outstanding condition. I say this is hard to find just because not many were made at Yashica’s new factory in Hong Kong during 1973. As the saying goes, this was assembled in Hong Kong from parts made in Japan.
There’s really no difference between the models assembled in Hong Kong from the ones made in Japan that we’ve been able to detect. In our experience the fit and finish is the same with no known issues particular to the HK model. In fact, the HK models that we’ve owned seem to be in excellent condition overall with exceptionally nice satin chrome surfaces that hold up well over the years.
The lens on this beauty is a fast and sharp Auto Yashinon DS-M 50mm f1.4 made for Yashica by the recently acquired Tomioka Optical. All Yashica camera bodies use M42 screw mount lenses up to the C/Y mount cameras made much later.
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.
My father-in-law (circled) Frank Tifft went through basic training at Sampson Air Force Base in upstate New York back in May 1953. Frank recently passed away at age 88 and while going through some pictures that we hadn’t seen before found this gem. After the Air Force Frank worked at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft for over 35 years as a jet and rocket engine welder – one of only a few that regularly worked on the SR-71’s otherworldly engines. We miss him greatly. January 2, 1933 to February 10, 2021.
Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by! – Chris and Carol
I recently acquired a few cameras and lenses from a good friend who lives on Long Island. Some of her gear has been sitting around unused for a while so I like to test and inspect (and clean) them. The results with the Nikon Nikkor AI 50mm f1.4 lens are very pleasant. Now to test the Nikon FM10 and Nikon N75 that she also sent. It’s always great fun to “play” with new to me gear.
I recently found this photo of my father-in-law’s (dad) Pratt & Whitney Aircraft (West Palm Beach, Florida) bowling team from the early to mid-1970s. My dad is the handsome gent on the far right. These guys won many championships and trophies during their heyday. My wife’s dad just passed away at 88 years old – we will miss his smile, companionship, and love.
BTW, these guys were true “rocket scientists” as they designed and built some of America’s biggest and best jet and rocket engines. My dad was responsible for making critical welds on the engines for the SR-71 and NASA’s Space Shuttle booster rockets. He was only one of a few that were certified on such technical and difficult welds. He was also an Air Force veteran from the Korean War stationed in the Tokyo, Japan area during the war.
Thanks for stopping by and remember to hug your loved ones as often as you can. – Chris