The camera is light for its size, but still a bit awkward to handle, like most twin lens reflex cameras. With the shutter release on the right and the focus on the left, one is constantly juggling the camera to arrive at an exposure. What overcomes most of that problem is the addition of a hand grip. With that accessory in place, it is then possible to reach all the controls without moving either hand very much. A Bay 1 lens hood is also a worthwhile addition.
A tangential benefit of carrying the Yashica-Mat is that it never fails to attract interest and friendly conversation. Many younger people have obviously never seen a tlr before, and the camera often sparks nostalgia in the older photographers.