Yashica 35 (1958)

What is it? This is a Yashica 35 rangefinder camera made by Yashica Co. Ltd between the years of 1958 – 1959.  It was Yashica’s first fixed lens rangefinder, and the first new model released after Yashima’s merger with Nicca which formed the new Yashica company in May 1958.  It is …

Yashica-D (1970)

What is it? This is a Yashica-D twin lens reflex camera made by Yashica Co., Ltd. between the years of 1958 – 1972.  This particular model is a later variant, likely made in 1970 with the company’s top of the line 4-element Yashinon lenses and f/2.8 viewing lens.  The “D” represented …

Yashica Lynx-14 (1965)

What is it? This is a Yashica Lynx-14 35mm rangefinder camera made in Japan starting in 1965.  The Lynx was Yashica’s top of the line 35mm rangefinder series in the 1960s.  The first two models, the Lynx 1000 and 5000 both had fast f/1.8 lenses with modern light meters.  Then …

Yashica 44 (1958)

What is it? This is a Yashica 44 Twin Lens Reflex camera made by the Yashica Company, Ltd, in 1958.  The Yashica 44 is designed for 127 film unlike most other TLRs of the time which used either 120 or 620 film.  Using 127 film, this camera made images that were …

Yashica Minister-D (1963)

What is it? This is a Yashica Minister-D, which is a 35mm rangefinder camera made in Japan in 1963.  This model was fourth in the Minister line which represented Yashicas’s mid-rage of 35mm rangefinders.  The Minister-D signaled a shift to CdS based light meters as opposed to the earlier selenium cell …

Yashica TL-Super (1966)

What is it? This is a TL-Super 35mm SLR camera made by the Japanese camera company Yashica.  In the 1950s and 60s, Yashica was well known for their successful line of TLRs and Rangefinder cameras, but in the 1960s, they also had a line of SLRs that used the same …

Yashica Yashicamat (1957)

What is it? This is a Yashicamat twins lens reflex (TLR) camera made by Yashima Optical Company in 1957.  Although not considered to be a direct copy, the Yashicamat took a lot of design and features from the German Rolleiflex TLR such as the auto-cocking shutter and folding advance lever. …

Yashica Electro 35 GS (1972)

What is it? This is a Yashica Electro 35 GS electronically controlled rangefinder 35mm camera.  The Yashica Electro series was launched in 1966 and was the worlds first completely electronically controlled camera.  This Japanese camera was very popular throughout the late 60s and 70s, and remains a popular model for …