Besides my Etsy camera studio shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com, I have a smaller shop that specializes in non-photographic items from my “world travels”. Almost everything is on sale at 70% off and many items include free or reduced USA shipping. I ship worldwide too at very fair rates.
Here’s a small sample of the eclectic items in the shop which can be found at http://www.etsy.com/shop/CCsEverythingElse
Full descriptions and additional pictures can be found by visiting the shop. Believe me, there’s a crazy mix of stuff in the shop! At the moment, there’s over 40 items – check it out!
Thanks for stopping by! – Chris
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Yashica’s first 35mm single-lens reflex camera with the Praktica-thread (M42) mount lenses was the Yashica Penta J… at least here in the United States and in Japan. Elsewhere (most of the world) the camera was known as either the Yashica Reflex 35 or Reflex J (Australia and possibly the U.K.). As best we can tell, they were all the same cameras with different top plates to accommodate the different names (logos).
Part of the demise (lack of sales success) of the well-built Pentamatic series of cameras that preceded the Penta J, was that Yashica decided to go with a Pentamatic exclusive bayonet mount lens system. Sturdy and well designed to be sure, but being unique limited the available lenses that could be swapped between cameras. The Praktica design M42 screw thread mounting system was in widespread use at the time and Yashica’s bayonet design just went against the flow.
Now fast forward to 1965 ish… Yashica introduces the new J-5 AND the J-P! In between those years Yashica had introduced the J-3 and J-4. Why would Yashica go back in time and bring out another 35mm SLR in 1965 that was the cousin to the 1961 Penta J? Notice we say cousins… not brothers. They shared the same platform with one another but as you can see in the image below the top plates were of a different design.
Stay tuned… more to come on these Yashica classics.
Many thanks, Chris and Carol
Made by Tomioka Optical of Tokyo, Japan for Yashica. Yashica “allowed” a few of their Auto Yashinon 55mm, f/ 1.2 lenses to also carry Tomioka’s name. This is a M42 mount lens.
The serial number (lowest found so far) decodes to – No. 5520128 which is ‘552’ is the lens model number (55mm f/ 1.2) and the ‘0128’ is the production sequence number. 128 being the 128th lens made.
These super lenses in excellent condition bring around $800 to $1200 depending on the goodies that might be included (front and rear caps, case) and what not.