Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Second Chance Yashica-Mat
I bought my first Yashica-Mat about ten years ago. I used the camera for about a year until it developed a film advance problem which I was unable to repair. I liked the camera and wanted to replace it, but that was about the time that film camera enthusiasts were discovering what a fine shooter it was, and the prices got out of my range. Yesterday, a Yashica-Mat very similar to my original one showed up on the local Craigslist at a reasonable price, so I snapped it up. This new one has a covering that is curling at the edges, but it seems fine mechanically. The shutter sounds good at all speeds and the lens and viewing system are unblemished. The Yashica-Mat is the nicest handling of any of the twin lens reflex cameras I have used, and I think you can't beat the images from the four-element Lumaxar.