Yashica “J” Series of 35mm SLRs – 1960s

In case you missed it, here’s another look at our post about the “J” Series from Yashica.

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The Yashica ‘J’ series of 35mm SLR film cameras. Top body is the J-7, next is the J-4, then the J-5 and finally the first one in the series the J-3. These were heavyweight cameras in their day…the best (for the most part) that Yashica produced from their factory in Nagano Prefecture (Shimosuwa).

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Produced in 1962 to around 1967 to early 1968. The black body J-3 was Yashica’s first 35mm SLR ‘Pro Black’ camera. They were released in the following order… J-3, J-5, J-4 and J-7. These cameras feature lots of brass and glass. They also represent Yashica’s first SLRs with built-in exposure meters. TTL exposure metering was just around the corner for Yashica after the release of the J-7 in the form of the TL Super.

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Yashica Dental-Eye III… is it worth another look?

I had this camera briefly and just couldn’t get it to produce the quality images I was hoping for so I passed it on. If you’re interested in purchasing one, do your homework first to make sure it’s the right camera for your needs. I bought mine back in November 2010 and it was gone by December. It’s a handsome camera and mine came complete with its original case and all of the accessories. The model III is a Kyocera-Yashica model.

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The Dental-Eye III is a 35mm SLR with a fixed 100mm f4 macro lens with a built-in ring flash at the end of the lens barrel.

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It’s basically a point and shoot automatic exposure camera – so easy to use even a dentist could use it.

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The ring flash is made up of three separate flashes that operate together. I have seen where one or more of the flashes have stopped working. Ask the seller if they have tested it first.

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The databack can imprint date and time info on the film.

They can be had for not a ton of money – on auction sites they’re all over the map price wise. If you’re interested in one, buy the best condition camera that fits in your budget. Did I mention, do your homework first?

(3-21-2019) Reader Kurt Ingham sent me some pics that he took with his Yashica – I’d say he captured some pretty decent images with his (see below).

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Thanks, Kurt for sharing your pics!

This is a direct quote from the instruction manual.

*Please note – “Normal prints obtained at your photo dealer will have the edges cropped slightly narrower than the actual 35mm frame size. To prevent edges of important photographs from being cropped in this way, allow for some extra area around the periphery of the subject when composing in the viewfinder”.

In my experience, all of the prints came back significantly narrower.  Save the hassle when using this camera and do not get the negatives printed from the lab. Scan the negatives and then crop and print.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Happy SUNday! – Vintage Cameras

Ah yes, I bet almost everyone has seen one or both of these classics at some point in their lives. These were part of an earlier collection we had of vintage Polaroid and Kodak cameras.

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Have a beautiful day y’all!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit our camera store at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

Chris

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Canon Photo Gear in the shop – new arrivals!

Select items from my collection of Canon photo gear are now on sale in my online shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com – pop on over and check them out – you may find something that strikes your fancy. Some unique Canon items from the Summer Olympics that were held in Los Angeles in 1984 and even a hard to find 1976 Olympics lens cap from the Olympics held in Montreal.

Happy hunting!

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Thank you!

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Original instructions from 1981

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Instruction book for the A-1 from 1981

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“Action Grip” for the Canon A-1 and AE-1 Program – SOLD! Thank you!

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A rather rare Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar lens with the Exa-Exakta mount – 1952

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Canon fanny pack from the 1984 Olympics

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Canon camera strap still new from 1984

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Getting harder to find – 55mm lens cap commemorating the 1976 Olympics

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Hardly ever seen here in the US – 52mm lens cap

Many more items wait to be discovered in the shop as I continue to sell off my collections of photo stuff. I’ll be listing a mint condition Yashica Mat-124G TLR soon as well as a mint condition Canon New F-1 (F-1N) LA Olympics 35mm SLR! Stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Some nice Nikon photo gear in my store!

I’ve just added some rather interesting Nikon stuff in my online store at http://www.ccstudio2380.com

It’s a nice way to add some nice Nikon photo gear to your collection.

All three items are now SOLD! Thank you!!!

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In mint condition Nikon waist-level viewfinder/magnifier model DW-3 for the Nikon F3 SLR

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I’ll be listing a “ton” of other items from my camera and photo gear collection over the next week or so. Stop back often.

Lots of other neat things in the shop so stop on by! Thanks, Chris

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Fujifilm Nexia 3100ixZ Special Edition Set

It kinda looks like an early flip phone but it’s a calculator/world “time traveler” thingy. The camera is the Nexia 3100ixZ APS film camera that was released in November 1999 and listed for a shocking ¥45,000 or about $380 in the US. The vintage JAL flight bag was not part of the set and is being used as a prop. Of note about the bag, most of these types of vintage JAL bags had white side panels or were blue with white panels. This is the first one that I’ve seen that’s all red.

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The date time function and calendar go all the way to 2099!

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The Nexia 3100ixZ features a Super EBC Fujinon 23-70mm zoom lens. It takes one CR2 battery (still very available). The calculator takes two standard hearing aid batteries. APS film is no longer produced but it’s available as expired film on eBay and Etsy for a fair price.

APS cameras are a fun way to collect still new in the box film cameras for not a lot of money.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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A Fun Sized Camera from Fuji Photo

Modern APS (Advanced Photo System) film cameras get no love in today’s world. The film is no longer made (but it’s still readily available) and the cameras seem quaint by 35mm camera standards.

But these late 1990s and early 2000s cameras were and are quite sophisticated. Here’s a rather nice one (it’s actually brand new and never used) from Fuji Photo – the Fujifilm Nexia 250ixZ which was released in July 2001. From what I can tell there were about 16 different Nexia models from Fujifilm that featured a zoom lens and another 8 models with a fixed focal length lens. That’s a bunch of APS cameras produced within a few years of one another.

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At ¥23,000 it listed for just under $200 here in the US. It has a nice bright centered viewfinder.

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The 250ixZ uses one CR123 battery which is still available at a fair price. The APS film cartridge is as easy as it gets – open the compartment and drop it in – no messing with the film itself. The camera has a switch which can adjust the image from a normal shot, wide-angle and a kinda panorama view (C,H,P).

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APS cameras with “MRC” feature the ability for mid-roll film changes which is quite handy. This model includes date/time imprinting.

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It featured a Fujinon Z 23-57.5 mm zoom lens with a somewhat slow f6.7-11 aperture. 5 elements in 5 groups. When the built-in lens cover is slid open the flash pops up and the zoom is activated. It’s small (like all APS cameras) and weighs in at 175 grams.

These APS cameras are available for pennies on the dollar and sometimes still “new in the box” sets become available on Etsy and eBay. If you’re looking for something a bit different in film shooting I highly recommend giving an APS camera a try. Remember that the film is no longer made so anything you buy is expired. How expired and the storage conditions will determine the final look to your pictures.

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The 250ixZ far left, the 3200ixZ in the center and the 4200ixZ on the right. A camera for every budget!

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Fuji Discovery 900 Zoom Plus – 1991

Another visit is in order for this super cool camera from Fuji Photo.

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From the Fuji Photo Film Company, Limited, Tokyo.

Actually quite a sophisticated 35mm compact auto focus camera from the early 1990s – during the compact camera war period where each manufacturer was trying to cram as many features into as small a package as they could. In the case of this Fuji, it came pretty close to having everything except the compact part.

Which in the case of this camera, is a very good thing in our opinion. It has a wonderful feel to it – it has some heft (362 g without battery and film) and fits nicely into your grip. It’s plastic but with a host of motors and what not the weight goes up which helps holding it steady when taking a picture.

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My First Pentamatic – the quest begins

It was “love” at first sight! Well, kinda like love – more like a very strong attraction.

The starkness of the Pentamatic’s design caught my eye straight away. Here was a Yashica the likes of which I’d never seen before.

I thought I would share a very popular image of my first Yashica Pentamatic. I say popular because it’s been viewed more times than anything else I’ve ever posted on my Flickr page.

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Designed in middle 1959, Yashica’s first 35mm single-lens reflex camera is a stunning beauty. It appears it was a collaborative effort between Yashica and Nicca with some “help” from the designers at Zunow. The first lenses for the Pentamatic were made by Tomioka and most carried the Yashinon name – a few, like this one, sported the Tominon branding along with Yashica’s Yashinon name. By the way, the serial number on this lens is fairly easy to “decode”. The first 2 digits indicate the focal length of the lens – in this instance, the lens is a 3.5cm wide angle so the first digits are “35”. The next 4 digits are a simple production number that I’m guessing started at “0001”. This lens would have been the 246th lens made (0246).

Thanks for stopping by! I hope this little tease is enough to cause you to explore my blog (and Flickr site) to learn more about the Pentamatic and its sister models – the Pentamatic II and the Pentamatic S. – Chris

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Groundbreaking Cameras from Yashica

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From the groundbreaking Yashica Flex S to the exciting TL Electro X ITS – over twenty years of development by Yashima-Yashica.

Playing around in the studio – thanks for stopping by! Chris

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