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Review: Yashica 35 (1958)
Old 06-01-2017   #1
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Review: Yashica 35 (1958)

The Yashica 35 was Yashica's first new model released after their merger with Nicca, and the companies first ever fixed lens rangefinder.

It was a rather basic, but well built meterless 35mm rangefinder that came in an all metal body and could be equipped with either f/1.9 or f/2.8 Yashinon lenses.

These cameras were not in production for very long and as such, do not show up for sale all that often, and even fewer are still in use today.

Check out my review for my thoughts, some repair info, and example photographs from mine!

http://www.mikeeckman.com/2017/05/yashica-35-1958/

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Old 06-01-2017   #2
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It's a nice looking camera, well made. I had one in really nice condition, but I am not a collector and I did not use it enough, so traded it for some film....

When it was still mine:

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Old 06-01-2017   #3
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I had one of these too and didn't use it, and unfortunately didn't keep.
Very nice camera though. Probably my favorite Yashica rf.
According to one Japanese fixed lens testing site I looked at
(can't find it right now), it says the 45/2.8 lens is a Xenotar formula
and is rated very very highly for sharpness across the field of view.
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Hi Mike!
Great page! I read about the Canon P and the Leica M3 and enjoyed it very much!
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The camera looks like Contax IIa+ Canon RF hybrid.
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There is a discussion of Yashica serial numbers, for the Pentamatic SLR, here:
https://yashicasailorboy.com/short-h...us-pentamatic/
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Old 06-01-2017   #7
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The YK looks very different to the 35, with the top plate removed.
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Hey,
Nice reviews you have.
One comment: capacitor replacement on the minola x570/x700 is really quite simple.
Give it a try
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Outstanding reviews on your site Mike. Very nicely done!
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Old 06-02-2017   #10
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The YK looks very different to the 35, with the top plate removed.
Wow, Jim, that is interesting! It looks like Yashica abandoned the prism viewfinder after the very first model. I had always thought the YK was the same camera but with a lesser lens and shutter, but its clear there were cost cutting done elsewhere! Thanks for sharing this!

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Hey,
Nice reviews you have.
One comment: capacitor replacement on the minola x570/x700 is really quite simple.
Give it a try
Thanks for the kind words. I have heard some people say its easy, some not. I am not good at soldering anything with any level of precision. My skill is of the "glob it and pray" level! Thankfully my X570 works great and havent had to attempt the repair yet, but if I do, I'll be sure to do some good research!

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Outstanding reviews on your site Mike. Very nicely done!
Thanks Jim, I appreciate it! Be sure to subscribe to my site to be notified when I post new reviews. I will have many more coming in the next few weeks.
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Nice review and it allowed me to discover your website that until now managed to stay under my radar (what a shame).
Great collection. Lots of interesting cameras I had never heard of.

Thanks a lot.

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Oops. Double post, sorry.
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Old 06-05-2017   #13
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Nice review and it allowed me to discover your website that until now managed to stay under my radar (what a shame).
Great collection. Lots of interesting cameras I had never heard of.

Thanks a lot.
Thanks for the kind words, Raoul.

My site is very small and is hosted on a computer sitting in my basement. I do not have any advertising or any type of promotion other than what Google just finds on occasion. It's only through posts I make here, and in other collector's groups that people tend to find my site!

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bringing back this topic just to share a suggestion.
this is indeed a nice camera but it has a weak point which can compromise the entire transport mechanism. When you are done with your roll and you disengage the film switching to A, you need to remember to bring back the camera to R for the next roll, and even more important I would suggest to slightly roll back the transport drum until you hear a click. Only after this sound you are sure the transport mechanism is correctly set for the next roll.
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NorpA, that is very useful advice! Bought one of these almost ten years ago that had problems with the film transport. I took off the bottom plate and there were broken parts rattling around. But I liked the camera and sent it off to Mark Hama to get it fixed. It turned out to have more problems than just the film transport, but Mark managed to find parts for it eventually. On its return I took it for a test run, but there were overlapping frames all over the film. Disappointed I put it in a drawer and got on with life. But after reading your post I loaded up and went shooting. 37 beautifully spaced frames was the result. It's like getting a new camera, and such a nice one! Thanks again!


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super happy my experience is worth something.


Basically I bought a 35 sold "as-is", it turned out the previous owner tried and improbable fix to repair the transport mechanism.

I contacted Mr Hama, but he genuinely admitted to have no more spare parts for the camera.
Anyhow, the entire story pushed me to dismantle and study the entire camera, a sort of autopsy on a dead body :/



It goes without saying, that when I found another 35 around I couldn't resist and I bought it.

Now, it is regularly with me.



Ps. If necessary I can document photographically the transport mechanism using the dead body which lies on my book shelf :'(
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So, as it turns out I might have been one of the last to get one of these cameras repaired by Mr. Hama. I know he took a long time to find parts for mine. I'm glad you found a working replacement, there are not that many of these around.

There is another thing that puzzles me with my 35, and I discovered it by chance. I wear glasses with a -3.75 strength, and old cameras with small viewfinders are a bit cumbersome to use with glasses. From the beginning I thought that the 35's viewfinder was fuzzy, but I figured that it might need a cleaning. As I was fiddling around with the camera recently I put the camera to my eye without my glasses on by mistake, and was quite surprised to find that the viewfinder was clear and I could see clearly objects far away. It would seem that the previous owner has installed a diopter, but I cannot see any. How is the viewfinder on yours?
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Really nice write-up! I was just looking through your website and noticed that your review of the Canon P was what originally made me purchase one and join this site, so thank you for that!
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