Happy SUNday! – Lionel Trains

A few peeks at some of my Lionel trains from the 1950s and 1960s. These trains saw some action!


“O” gauge locomotive.


He actually moved the milk cans onto a platform. Super cool!


Some random billboard ads of the day.


The 1960s missile train car – yep, the roof opened and a missile would fire – toy armageddon!

All of my trains have been sold off to various collectors. I just have the pics and great memories of playing with them with my dad.

Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

Have a beautiful day! – Chris

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Happy SUNday! – Yashica Cousins

Yashica’s advertising figurine (doll?) from the early 1960s. Officially nameless but I’ve tagged him with “Sailor Boy” for obvious reasons.


My camera shop display sized (20 cm) Yashica “Sailor Boy”. This one was still in its sealed plastic bag and original box from Modern Plastics of Japan.

yashica sailor boy big

Another dealer display model (not mine) of Yashica’s “Sailor Boy” – this one looks as though he’s been in a bar fight in Tokyo!

I’m not sure which one was first but my guess is that the “tough guy” version may have been a prototype as I’ve never seen another one for sale in all my years of collecting Yashica branded items.

Have a great day y’all! – Chris

I’ve listed some neat items in my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com – pop on over and check it out!

Please respect that all content, including photos and text, are the property of this blog and its owner, Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic, Yashica Sailor Boy, Yashica Chris.

Copyright © 2015-2019 Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic, Chris Whelan
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Minolta SR T MC – available now

I’ve added some nice collectibles in my online shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com or if you’re interested in this rather hard to find Minolta, it’s available right here.

Vintage Minolta SR-T MC 35mm SLR Film Camera

Super nice and exceptionally clean, this hard to find Minolta in pro-black is available now to add to your collection. These cameras were made exclusively for sale in the United States at J.C. Penny and K-Mart department stores from around 1973-1975. This SLR will come with its original matching MC Rokkor-PF f/1.7 55mm lens and original metal Minolta lens cap. The lens is clean, clear, and crisp and the focus is spot on. The shutter works properly at all speeds (it's a mechanical shutter) and it sounds "classic". The only thing is the built-in TTL meter does not register consistently so you'll have to use a handheld meter or your phone meter app (simple to use; I use mine all the time). Please email or message me with any questions. Thanks, Chris


Canon”Official 35mm Camera of the 1984 Olympics”

Canon 1984 Olympics Camera Strap

Rare Canon "The Official 35mm Camera of the 1984 LA Olympics" Adjustable Neck-Shoulder Strap. ***New Condition - Never Used*** In beautiful red, white & blue. Genuine Canon item. This is the super hard to find official Canon 1984 Olympic camera strap in new condition. This large strap is 2 inches wide by about 30 inches long but is adjustable. A nice addition for any Canon collection and a great Olympic collectible too.



I can mail this worldwide – please request a quote to your country. In the USA it mails for $10.00 via USPS Priority Mail with insurance and a tracking number. This can also be purchased at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

Hi There! We have a online store!

After years of collecting the things that we love, it’s time to share some of our collection with others. We have a Etsy Store that is “everything” oriented but this one is hosted on Etsy’s Pattern site.

If you’re interested in some outstanding classic film photography items, then pop on over to our online store at –

CC’s Studio Twenty-3 Eighty


Classic Cameras, Fine Art Photography, Rare Collectibles, Custom Designs & Creations, Buying and Locating Services and so much more!

You can contact us here and through our site at chriscarol@ccstudio2380.com


Pentamatic S on a walkabout.

Here’s one of our nicer S models outfitted with the “no name” add on light meter (clip on exposure meter) from Yashica.


Another in Yashica’s short lived series of the Pentamatic 35mm SLR. This one c1961. Yashica’s first SLRs had a steep learning curve for the company. Groundbreaking for Yashica to be sure but a miss overall against the competition. Yashica’s best was still to come. We happen to appreciate the rock solid construction of this often overlooked camera… the Tomioka Optical “normal” lens focal length of 5.8cm was a bit odd but the bayonet mount lenses were sharp and attached very solidly to the body. This was not the lens that was supplied with the S – Yashica went back to the 5.5cm, f/1.8 lens. No batteries needed for either the camera or meter.


The Pentamatic S wasn’t made in large quantities over a long period of time. Nice working examples are still available and some very nice collector quality examples are still out there. You are much more likely to find a Pentamatic S for sale than a Pentamatic II – probably by a 4 to 1 margin.

Happy hunting!


Yashica’s YT-300… a neat little radio from 1959

Yashica produced more than just cameras during its boom years. As a leader in the field of electronic photography in the middle to late 1960s, Yashica’s early electronic devices ranged from such diverse items as transistor radios, record players, movie projectors, editing equipment and tape recorders to name but a few.

Most of the earliest electronic devices are rather rare now (as one would expect after 50 years) and only occasionally does something come up in auctions both on the web and in estate sales. I suspect that the more common electrical items such as projectors and editing equipment are still flooding eBay and other on-line auction sites.

Finding an early radio such as the YT-300 and YT-100 is a bit harder. Here we share some of what we’ve been able to collect over the years.


Nice complete set from around 1960.

Yashica YT-300 Radio Brochure

Not a bad price for such a sophisticated radio.


Really really rare to find a working Yashica tape recorder!


Yes Yashica even branded their own magnetic tape for their recorders.


Yashica YT-300 portable transistor radio. Designed in late 1959 it was very popular in the early 1960s and was one of the many electronic devices that helped Yashica develop their hyper successful electronic cameras that followed.


Yashica YT-300 in its very elegant leather case. The case itself is a work of art and craftsmanship.

Thanks for your visit! If you come across a working Yashica radio or tape recorder snag it! They’re really rare and a fun little reminder of the first transistor radios and how cool they were.