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Internaut 1st June 2019 08:37 PM

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.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/...06f107a5_b.jpg
Yashica-Mat #4
by Jason Hindle, on Flickr

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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.

pandora 1st June 2019 09:33 PM

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.

JohnGG 1st June 2019 10:26 PM

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 :o

Cheers,

JohnGG

MJ224 2nd June 2019 07:46 AM

Re: The Yashica-Mat
 
I have one too, but no longer used. Managed to renew its battery for the exposure meter, was a great camera in its day, but those Fresnel screens really do not suit my eyes any more……….*chr

Phill D 2nd June 2019 09:26 AM

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.

Internaut 2nd June 2019 10:05 AM

Re: The Yashica-Mat
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Phill D (Post 481988)
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 :D. My sister has done her own development, for the first time, on a roll of 35mm film this past week.

Naughty Nigel 2nd June 2019 11:46 AM

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.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Internaut (Post 481961)
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.

CJJE 2nd June 2019 01:16 PM

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.

Chris

alfbranch 2nd June 2019 02:34 PM

Re: The Yashica-Mat
 
You should borrow it Jason and have a go at using it :D

Internaut 2nd June 2019 03:50 PM

Re: The Yashica-Mat
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by alfbranch (Post 482021)
You should borrow it Jason and have a go at using it :D

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.

alfbranch 2nd June 2019 05:42 PM

Re: The Yashica-Mat
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Internaut (Post 482026)
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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