New reflex mirror in my Rolleicord Ia Type 3 from 1938

After 80 years of use, the original mirror had lost most of its reflectivity and the view available in the viewing hood was greatly diminished.

I ordered a replacement mirror from and I couldn’t be happier with the service and the quality of the product.

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With the viewing hood and focusing screen removed the view internally shows an abundance of the dirt and grime from 80 years of use. It’s pretty nasty in there!

There are only 4 screws to remove to be able to access the mirror chamber. The mirror essentially slides out from the 4 tabs that hold it in.

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Old and new mirrors side-by-side.


The mirror chamber with the original mirror removed. A quick dusting and it was ready for the new mirror installation.

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Before and after. What a difference the new mirror makes.

I highly recommend that you change out the original reflex mirror in your TLR if it shows signs of significant deterioration – the view in the focusing hood will be made much brighter and that will lead to more accurate focusing on your part. Most mirrors can be had for around $10 and there are a few sellers on eBay to choose from. The key is the accuracy of the cut as there’s little room for error. If in doubt trace the outline of the mirror that you are replacing and send that (or just the measurements) to the seller.

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Thanks for stopping by and good luck with your project! – Chris

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Downsizing – Some new cameras in our shop this week

Hi. If you’ve been following our blog for a while you know that Carol and I have an online (Etsy Shop) at

We’re in the process of downsizing our collection of cameras and photo gear and are offering some unique items at exceptional savings. Many (almost all) of the items in our shop are one owner items that have been stored properly, inspected for functionality and guaranteed to be described accurately.

Here’s a small sample of what we’ve added to the shop this week.

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Olympus OM-1 set with G. Zuiko Auto-S f1.4 50mm lens and a large collection of original sales brochures and instruction booklets. Only $69.00 plus shipping.

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Beautiful and functional Kodak Junior Six-20 film camera from around 1935. It’s super clean and in excellent condition inside and out – it even comes with a vintage roll of 620 Kodacolor film (exposed). BTW, 620 film is still available! Only $19.75 plus shipping.

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From around 1972, a nice Kodak Pocket Instamatic 30 film camera set in its original box with unused GE Magicubes! How cool is that? Make a great display piece. It’s been tested and looks like everything works – I even fire off a Magicube (not these) and the flash worked great! Only $9.75 plus shipping.

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No, it’s not a GE electric razor but it inspired the GE designers to model one after this design. From c1946 this super cool exposure meter (light meter) comes with its original leather case and was sold exclusively through the  (US) Army Exchange Service. Only $9.75 plus shipping.

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Olympus made this camera for Sears, Roebuck and Company under the Tower brand – the Tower 10 actually. One of those rare 1950s rangefinder 35mm cameras that have both the Tower logo and the Olympus markings. This camera is fully working and makes a great addition to any vintage rangefinder collection. Only $68.75 plus shipping.

All of our cameras are available to ship worldwide. Stop by our shop at to see our complete selection and for more details about these items.

Many thanks! – Chris

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 © 2015-2018 Yashica Pentamatic Fanatic, Chris Whelan
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More Lynx – 1961

Sharing a bit of our original Yashica Lynx sales brochure which is dated February 1961.


This is one of our first sales brochures related to the Lynx which made its debut in mid 1960. The lens featured is a late 1960 version of the f/1.8 4.5cm Tomioka-Yashinon. This lens also appears in what looks to be the second version of the Lynx instruction booklet.


The second part of the brochure shows the body serial number (NO. 650048) which would indicate that this camera was made in May 1960. This camera appears in other brochures and flyers throughout the camera’s run.

We believe there were two versions of the Lynx instruction booklet. The first would have been included with the release of the Lynx around May 1960. In the second version of the Yashica instruction booklet, the body serial number is obscured but the lens serial number shows clearly and it’s the same serial number as the one in this brochure. The lens SN would put it as made between September and November 1960. Thanks Paul!


Front cover of the Yashica 35mm sales brochure dated February 1961. Note the use of the “Yashica Girl” in the lower right corner. She and two similar friends appear now and then on brochures during this period.

By the way, the listed selling price of the Lynx ( ¥22,000 ) equalled $62 USD in May of 1960.

Thanks for stopping by! Comments always welcome!

C & C

Fujica GW690… Fuji Photo Film’s Venerable Workhorse

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Fujica GW690 Professional – 1978 version. Yes it’s big. Yes it’s a bit heavy too. But who doesn’t love big 6x9cm negatives! We had an Asahi Pentax 6×7 SLR for a while in our active collection and thoroughly enjoyed the images it produced. The 6×7 and 6×9 in our opinion are great formats. We still shoot in squares though – it’s fun to compose a 6×6 frame on a twin-lens reflex. If anything will slow your photography down it’s that.


This camera arrived yesterday and it’s all cleaned up and ready to go. This is a heavily used (think venerable workhorse) GW690 with all sorts of dings, dents and scrapes to show for it’s almost four decades of use. We imagine it’s seen more than a few tour groups in its time – now it’s time to slow down a bit. We purchased it to be a user camera for some fine art prints we want to create and sell on our online site. We normally print on 8.5 x 11 inch Canon paper with an occasional bump to 13 x 19 inches and the 6×9 format is perfect.


We’re big fans of Fuji cameras and this one will earn its keep in our studio. I’m headed out this afternoon with a roll of Fujifilm Neopan 100 Acros loaded to test it out.


It’s a simple camera – completely analog. No onboard exposure meter, no auto film advance, no auto focus – just what we wanted.

We chose the GW690 vice the “newer” models (II and III) because I’m not a big fan of the built-in lens hood on the later models (gets in the way). The shutter settings (leaf shutter) and aperture settings are right next to one another which makes it super easy to see the relationship each has on the other. Focusing is quick on this model and the rangefinder window is bright and easy to see.


A 35mm box of film gives you a comparison to just how big the Fujica is. By the way, this model was the last to be called a Fujica.


Ready to rock some Neopan!


We thought it would look good with some vintage Fuji Film beside it. The film expired in 1964!

We’ll have the results next week as we send our film out to ‘The Darkroom’ for their professional development and scans. 6×9 on 120 roll film produces only 8 exposures so I should be able to shoot in one afternoon. Let’s see… with the purchase of the film, processing and shipping it’s going to cost about $25 per 8 images. Yikes!

Thanks for your visit. Chris & Carol ^.^