Kyocera (Yashica) T from 1986

Another ‘Modern Classic’ as we like to call them. For Kyocera, this was the first fully branded Kyocera camera in the famous T* Series of point and shoot autofocus 35mm film cameras. The Yashica T which was made by Kyocera in 1985 was technically the first.

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For the domestic market in Japan, this was what you got for your ¥50,700 ($301 USD) plus an extra 2,000 JPY for the case. No zoom lens and no true user inputs except for the flash. What you did get was a sophisticated Carl Zeiss Tessar f/ 3.5 35mm lens with the famous T* coated optics. This is a true point and shoot camera designed to take the highest quality images just short of owning an SLR.

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The T-D (date) model weighs about 356 grams without film but with the heavy 2CR5 lithium 6v battery installed. The date function is powered by a CR2025 battery but at this point, I haven’t installed one as the date function only goes to 2019. The camera automatically sets the ISO for DX coded films from 50 to 1,600. There’s a cover over the lens that opens when the shutter is pressed and then slowly closes over the lens again. It looks to be semi-transparent from what I can tell. Not sure how you would keep the cover open to clean the lens.

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Not much in the way of user input except to kill the flash. There’s an analog film indicator, simple on-off slide switch and a self-timer switch. No LCD screen to fail over time (which is a good thing).

I’m pretty excited to give the camera a go on a walkabout and to eventually compare its performance to my Yashica L AF with similar features. See my review and test of the Yashica L AF here.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out my camera shop on Etsy at http://www.ccstudio2380.com and on eBay at https://www.ebay.com/str/auntfotosphotography

Chris

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Camera as Sculpture

An absolutely stunning camera straight out of the late 1990s – just before the digital revolution took firm hold and sleek camcorders were all the rage. A Yashica-Kyocera Profile 4000ix Zoom APS film camera.

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Yashica Profile 4000ix 30-120mm 4x Zoom APS Film Camera in Blue Pearl – 1998

Actually has a glass aspheric lens made by Kyocera. The APS could format 3 image sizes – C – Classic 4×6     H – HDTV 4×7    P – Panorama 4×12

Takes (1) easy to find CR123A 3v lithium battery and still available (although expired) APS film that can still be developed by many online photo labs. Autofocus, Autoexposure, Red-Eye Reduction and 5 Mode Auto Flash.

It features a crazy design and is super small but it fits your hand quite well. If you want to give APS film a try we highly recommend that you find a Profile 4000ix as your camera platform. Don’t confuse this model with the 35mm half-frame Yashica Samurai. Yashica did make an APS camera just like this one and called it the Samurai just to confuse the heck out of everyone and then quickly adopted the Profile name.

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It has a nice bright viewfinder that changes with zoom. The reputation of this camera is good with most people liking the images that are produced. Remember, APS images take a bit to get used to and we recommend that you not have the lab print your images and instead have them scanned. Since APS film is no longer produced what is available has all expired so look for the film with the latest dates on it (I think I just got some “new” Fujifilm 200 with an expiration of 2007).

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Thanks for stopping by and be sure to share your APS experiences with us here on the blog!

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