Lomopedia: Yashica FX-1

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A 35mm SLR camera offered by Yashica in the mid-1970s, the FX-1 was considered as a transition camera for sharing some features with earlier models and the FR series launched later. Find out more about this simple yet dependable analogue snapper in this installment of Lomopedia!

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Introduced in 1975, the Yashica FX-1 was the first 35mm SLR camera marketed by Yashica with the Contax/Yashica common bayonet mount, which allowed equipping of both Yashica and Contax/Carl Zeiss T lenses. It also shared some features with earlier Yashica SLRs with M42 mount and FR models released later, making it a transitional camera.

Technical Specifications:

  • Lens: Yashica Lens ML standard lens. Fully automatic diaphragm action. Yashica/Contax bayonet mount. Interchangeable with a wide range of lenses
  • Shutter: Electronic focal plane shutter with horizontal run rubberized cloth curtains. Affords operation on either auto or manual mode. Continuously variable shutter speeds from LT (2 sec at F1.4) to 1/1000 sec. on Auto. 12 clickstop settings from 1 to 1/1000 sec. and B on manual. X sync. Direct X contact shoe. Built-in self-timer.
  • Exposure Control: Through-the-lens full aperture average light reading with CdS sensors built into the pentaprism housing. Fully automatic exposure control through aperture preselection (Semi-automatic control through shutter speed preselection also feasible). ASA range from 12 to 3200. Exposure compensation provision (four settings from 4X to 1/4X). EV range from EV 0 to 18 (F1.4 at ASA 100). Operates on one 6V silver oxide or alkaline battery (Eveready 544, Mallory PX28, Alkaline Eveready 537 or equivalent)
  • Focusing: Focusing with the aid of the microprism focusing spot
  • Viewfinder: Through-the-lens reflex viewfinder. Viewfinder display includes shutter speed readout (From LT to 1/1000 sec), aperture display (from F1.2 to F32), over and under-exposure warning (red zones), ‘Manual’ LED display
  • Film Advance: Film advance lever permits film winding in one sweeping stroke or several ratchet action. Multi-slot take-up spool for easy film leading. Auto resetting exposure counter. Crank-handle film rewind.
  • Other Features: Battery checker lamp doubles as exposure counter illuminator. Double lock camera back.
  • Size and Weight: 145 × 94 × 51mm; 695 grams (body only)
Credits: kevpogi

All information for this article were sourced from Camerapedia , Camera Wiki and Butkus.org.

written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-05-09 in #reviews

One Comment

  1. jvujnovi
    jvujnovi ·

    This is the first camera I bought after I learned how to develop my own film & make prints in the darkroom. I later got a telephoto & wide-angle lens. Although I use a Nikon more frequently for my "serious" photographs (along with various toy cameras for other types of photographs i.e. lomography), I still use my Yashica for anything needing a telephoto or a wider angle.

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