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Yashica Camera
ok so the other night i had a dream that my mother bought me this AWESOME antique-ish camera and it was amazing and i was learning how to use it etc... i woke up thinking about the camera... i told moms about the dream and she says "Your grandfather got an old camera for me at an auction, but i have no idea how to use it." And yep you guessed it, i have no idea how to use it either. It's called a Yashica, and i can see where to load the film, but i really have no idea which type of film it takes, plus im a digital girl so im pretty much useless in this arena. I'm going to take it to the camera store where i bought my digital and see what they can tell me about it. Any words of wisdom? Anyone know about this camera? thanks in advance...

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Don't know for sure, but I had an old Yashica like that if I remember correctly, it took 35MM film. I can't really get a handle on this camera's size, which is a clue to the film, sometimes. Just take it to a pro camera store and they'll be able to tell you for sure. Especially if there's an older guy on staff ... he'll remember.

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All I can tell is that it's a twin lens reflex because my photography teacher last semester had several he kept showing to the class. I did find this Yashica TLR FAQ though, so maybe it'll help.

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whats twin lens reflex?

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This should help!

http://www.butkus.org/chinon/yashica...a_mat_124g.htm

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Twin Lens Reflex is just the name for that type of camera. If I'm remembering correctly, it's supposed to be held at waist level, and one lens is the viewing one and the other is for taking pictures. I think the above link says it all though.

Good luck with it, it looks fun!

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thanks everyone for the help!

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Ooh... I've been looking for one of those...

Anyway, ngolf's link above is great. I'd first take the thing to a camera shop and get a CLA, which is a clean, lubricate and adjust. From there you can have them check shutter speeds and such. As far as the exposure meter goes, I wouldn't trust it, sensors get old, so use a new one. But that's if you do thing the "proper" way.

Personally I'd just clean the lens and shoot away, exposure be damned!

Anyway, BEAUTIFUL camera, in damn fine condition. It uses 120 film, and that can get pricey, so check eBay for huge lots of expired film.

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if ya get totally stuck, try these guys -
http://www.apug.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=13
Film photographers!

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Up for Yashica's thread!!

I want to buy a Yashica T4 Super /T5 but I still have some doubts. Does anyone have one and do you think it's a great investment?

Thanks people!

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Up for Yashica's thread!!

I want to buy a Yashica T4 Super /T5 but I still have some doubts. Does anyone have one and do you think it's a great investment?

Thanks people!
Its certainly a great camera, but from the prices their going right now, I would sujest you to buy someting else, I own one and ive used it 2 or 3 times,seek a bit in garage sales, over 150$ its not worth it.

I love collecting cameras anyone else???

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thanks montrealm
Actually I've bought it for 100€, I just couldn't resist ...

And in a few days I will have a Pentax MZ 50 from my oncle, can I say that I start collecting? lol

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