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  • The Yashica-Mat

    Had a brief play with my sister's medium format film camera, today. Also took some photos of it with the E-M1 mk ii, 12-40 and FL-36R.


    Yashica-Mat #4
    by Jason Hindle, on Flickr


    Yashica-Mat #2
    by Jason Hindle, on Flickr

    More photos and thoughts here:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/jason_...57708874988121

    As an aside... Flash bouncing of yellow wallpaper? The AWB of the Olympus is pretty impressive.

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    Re: The Yashica-Mat

    Hi Jason, What memories it evokes of photography's Golden Years when photographers were esteemed wizards to whom intending couples could be persuaded to part with much coin of the realm to chronicle their nuptials! I never owned the MF Yashica-Mat but I did own a Pentax 645.
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      Re: The Yashica-Mat

      I have my late father's Yashica-Mat. Unfortunately the shutter is broken; I had it repaired once but it failed again not long afterwards. It was given to my father by our elderly next-door neighbour, in pieces after her son had tried to repair it himself, failed miserably and thrown it in the dustbin. She couldn't stand to see it discarded like that so Dad had it fixed and used it for years afterwards, as did I

      I will get it sorted again one day

      Cheers,

      JohnGG

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          Re: The Yashica-Mat

          It's a lovely looking camera, can you still get film for them?
          It would be great to see what it can do.
          Have to admit I have a soft spot for Yashica's as my first real SLR was a Yashica FR1 and I loved that first flurry into electronic exposure. The shutter release was superbly smooth too.
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            Re: The Yashica-Mat

            Originally posted by Phill D View Post
            It's a lovely looking camera, can you still get film for them?
            It would be great to see what it can do.
            Have to admit I have a soft spot for Yashica's as my first real SLR was a Yashica FR1 and I loved that first flurry into electronic exposure. The shutter release was superbly smooth too.
            It takes standard 120 film and shoots Square, so perfect for Instagram/Lomo generation . My sister has done her own development, for the first time, on a roll of 35mm film this past week.

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            • #7
              Re: The Yashica-Mat

              What a fine machine. I'm sure it would be a real joy to use.

              Regarding Mark's comment about the Fresnel screen, there is a good chance that the focusing screen can be changed for another more to your liking. Most medium format cameras have that facility.

              Originally posted by Internaut View Post
              As an aside... Flash bouncing of yellow wallpaper? The AWB of the Olympus is pretty impressive.
              Interesting point. Where light is concerned, filters and coloured wallpapers can only filter out or reflect wavelengths that are emitted from the light source in question. They cannot add wavelengths that are not there. Try placing a green filter over a red LED to see what I mean.

              There won't be much yellow light from a xenon tube flashgun so the yellow wallpaper wouldn't affect colour balance as much it would if (say) a tungsten bulb was used as the light source.
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                Re: The Yashica-Mat

                My first venture into medium format was with a 124G YashicaMat, I seem to remember I had some auxilliary lenses that screwed on the front to give me a wide angle and tele view.

                I liked the 6x6 format, but replaced it with a Mamiya 645 to get a wider range of lenses after a bit.

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                  Re: The Yashica-Mat

                  You should borrow it Jason and have a go at using it
                  OMD E-M1 OMD E-M5II MMF3 12-40 pro 12-50 EZ 14-42 EZ 9-18 f4.0 -5.6 40 -150f4-f5.6 R 60mm f2.8 macro Sigma 105 f2.8 macro Holga 60mm plastic Holga pinhole lens lens and a XZ-1 Olympus - 35 SP Trip 35 Pen EEs OM2sp

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                    Re: The Yashica-Mat

                    Originally posted by alfbranch View Post
                    You should borrow it Jason and have a go at using it
                    I used it briefly. You look down that viewfinder, turn your head one way and everything else goes the other. It sent me a little dizzy.

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                      Re: The Yashica-Mat

                      Originally posted by Internaut View Post
                      I used it briefly. You look down that viewfinder, turn your head one way and everything else goes the other. It sent me a little dizzy.
                      I know my Lomo konstructor has the same type of viewfinder but with an f8 lens

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                      OMD E-M1 OMD E-M5II MMF3 12-40 pro 12-50 EZ 14-42 EZ 9-18 f4.0 -5.6 40 -150f4-f5.6 R 60mm f2.8 macro Sigma 105 f2.8 macro Holga 60mm plastic Holga pinhole lens lens and a XZ-1 Olympus - 35 SP Trip 35 Pen EEs OM2sp

                      I nice view does not mean a good photograph. My FLickr

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