Mamiyaflex and Fuji Film

I’ve always enjoyed collecting classic cameras and often those vintage cameras would have an unused (and sometimes used but undeveloped) film with them. So I naturally decided to start collecting expired film as it is a pleasant reminder of the films that you used in the past.

Mamiyaflex II on the left and a Mamiyaflex Junior on the right.
Expired Fuji Film NEOPAN F – January 1964

Three decades were covered – 1948, 1952, and 1964. Do you collect vintage film? What’s your oldest? Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Mamiyaflex II – 1952

Mamiya’s second twin-lens reflex camera was released on the heels of their first in 1948.

This wonderful camera came to my collection recently and for the most part, it works. The shutter does fire sometimes and the focus appears to be spot on. It will get a good cleaning (shown here with decades of dirt and grime) and I have some era specific leatherette for it coming from Japan. I think the shutter just needs some minor lubrication to get it sounding right as rain.

Overall I’m very happy with the camera. The taking lens is pretty clean with only a few dust specs and some internal dirt (not mold) spots. that will be easily cleaned once the lens is removed. Not much in the way of corrosion on the external metalwork so that’s always a good thing. I hope to post some follow-up pics after it gets refreshed. Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Beautiful Yashica A III Set – 1959

I’ve decided to part with my rather rare Yashica A III camera set. The A III was the last model ‘A’ that Yashica produced in that line and this one was only made between April 1959 to August 1960 with release mostly in Japan and later in Europe in very limited numbers.

This camera was made in November 1959 and features light dove gray leatherette over dark gray metal and it came with a light gray leather case. Everything about this camera is unique, especially the instruction booklet (English gent in the bowler). The booklet is over 80 pages in length and it goes way beyond giving instruction in the operation of the model A III. It includes (in English) a brief history of the beginnings of the company and the founder. I’ve never seen another copy of this booklet in all of my years of collecting Yashica products.

Yashica A III – looks almost unused.
Gray on gray. The gray leatherette is clean and stain and discoloration free.

The camera operates as it should and the optics are clean, clear, and sharp. I believe that the camera has been on display in a collection for a long time before I acquired it. The original box is in outstanding condition and unlike most boxes from that period, it is super clean and still solid. That in itself is a rare find. The gray leather case is also a rare find as it is also still in excellent condition. All of the stitching is in place and the leather is subtle and clean.

The original leather case has done an excellent job of protecting this wonderful camera.

If you are interested in purchasing my camera set I have it in my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com or we can make arrangements to purchase it through this blog and PayPal. As always, thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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A Yashica A III and its ‘hat’…

I’m a sucker for a classic camera that looks like it was in a museum its whole life and still works like new (who wouldn’t?). I especially love vintage cameras that have some if not all of their original marketing bits and pieces. Here is a perfect example of why I collect and chase classic cameras.

Yashica A III from late 1959.

This terrific little eye-catcher is affectionately known as a ‘hat’. That piece of paperboard that’s sitting on top of my Yashica A III. When you went into a camera shop back in the day, there were dozens of shiney new cameras wanting to catch your eye. One way to do so was to plop a hat on your camera to make it stand out and communicate something in the briefest of glances.

Nothing Earth-shaking but enough to tell you something without asking the salesperson anything. The price, some shutter specs, and of course, the type of lens. A nice leather case for another 800 yen. I’ve had a few of these hats from Yashica in my collection and they never fail to put a smile on my face (I know, I’m easily entertained). Thanks for stopping by. Have you seen a similar thing on another brand’s TLR? If so, let me know, or better yet share a pic. Chris

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Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by, and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Yashica J-P

A little gem from 1964.

Yashica’s budget camera and lens set.

The “not often seen” category applies to this Yashica SLR from late 1964 through 1965. Actually came out about the same time as the Yashica J-5.

The J-P was a back-in-time camera from Yashica… while the J-5 was drawing rave reviews from the press and the public for some of its advanced features, Yashica decided to bring back a stripped-down 35mm. No built-in exposure meter… a focal plane shutter with a top speed of only 1/500… no attached cold shoe or hot shoe and they took away the ASA/Din dial.

On this model, they (Yashica or another distributor) further added a rather primitive 5cm f/ 2.8 preset lens of extremely small size. The result was a lightweight 35mm SLR with a price point of around the $120 to maybe $140 price range? Not sure that this combination of body and lens did not show up in any sales brochure of that era. Could have been, with discounts, at or below $100!!!

We were lucky enough to add this mint condition J-P with the odd little lens to our collection. We’ve seen enough of them on various sites to believe that Yashica did in fact mate these two together although it may have been a regional thing and the possibility that one of Yashica’s trading companies put the set together.

We will continue to search and hopefully, we’ll run across a complete set in its original box. Thanks for stopping by! – Chris and Carol

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From 1948, Mamiya’s first TLR.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Happy SUNday!

A little peek into my camera collection cabinet…

Yashica heaven.

Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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A pair of cameras from Nicca

Nicca 3-F (1957) and a Nicca 3-S (1955) in this studio image from 2017.

If you’re looking to get into 35mm photography and you don’t want to go the Leica route then a well-made camera from Nicca is the way to go. Often gems like these can be found at a fraction of the price of a Leica from the same period and in my opinion, a Nicca is as good or better than the camera that inspired them. Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Thanks for stopping by! – Chris

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Comments are always welcomed as I’ve learned quite a bit from reader feedback. As always, thanks for stopping by, and while you’re at it, feel free to visit my camera shop at http://www.ccstudio2380.com (CC Design Studios hosted by Etsy). – Chris Whelan

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Fun with Fuji’s K-28 “Construction Camera”

Here is another look at this unique and not often seen camera.

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Here’s a camera you don’t see often – maybe never – Fuji Photo Film Japan’s Fuji K-28. A waterproof and dust/dirtproof 35mm compact camera. Designed for rugged use like on a jobsite or in the rain. All of the controls are sealed against the elements via tight fitting rubber gaskets and secure latching systems.

The camera gets its power from 2 AA LR6 alkaline manganese batteries. Here’s an interesting note from Fujifilm Japan: 

Apologies and Requests
Fujifilm “Construction Camera” For Customers

By the way, when the capacity of the batteries is not complete (for example, when new alkaline batteries are used with used alkaline batteries) in part of “construction camera” we sell at this time. It is extremely rare that hydrogen gas is sometimes released from the battery, the gas mixes with the air inside the camera, and it turned out that there was a possibility that the back cover…

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