A budget TLR aimed towards entry-level medium format users and advanced amateur photographers, the Yashica D remains a good option for those who want to try shooting with Rolleicord-style cameras.
The Yashica D was produced from 1957 – 1973 by Yashica Co., Ltd. Japan. This medium format twin-lens reflex (TLR) camera was modeled after the classic Rolleicord cameas, and an improved version of the previous Yashica A, B, and C models. The Yashica D was initially offered with coated 3-element Yashikor f3.5 80mm lens, but later models were later equipped with the better 4-element Tessar-style Yashinon f/2.8 80mm lenses (most sought-after by vintage camera hunters).
Aside from being a full manual camera without a metering system, users should also note that winding the film and cocking the shutter are done through separate levers.
- Film: 120 roll film
- Picture size: 6 × 6 cm
- Taking lens: Yashinon 80mm f/3.5, four elements, Bayonet I filter mount; Early models were equipped with coated three-element Yashikor 80mm f/3.5 viewing and taking lenses; The last Yashica-D models were equipped with bright 80mm f/2.8 Yashinon viewing lenses;
- Aperture: Up to f/22, setting by a thumb wheel just above the left side of the taking lens, aperture and speed numbers are visible in a coupled small window just above the taking lens
- Focus range: 1-20m +inf
- Viewing lens: Yashinon/Yashikor 80mm f/2.8
- Focusing: Fresnel ground glass screen, via a big knob on the right side of the camera, w/ DOF scale
- Shutter: Copal MXV leaf shutter, speeds: 1-1/500 +B; setting: a thumb wheel just above the right side of the taking lens (Attention: Do not change the speed after cocking the shutter)
- Shutter release: On the right lower front side of the camera, over-lap type cable release can be fitted on the release knob
- Cocking lever: on the shutter behind the taking lens
- Frame counter: automatic resets, visible in a small window above the focusing knob
- Winding knob: right upper side of the camera, w/ film release button on the center of it; after a frame winding it locks, (no double exposure prevention, shutter can be released)
- Viewfinder: TLR waist level hood finder, Fresnel screen with grid lines, w/ flip up magnifying loop and flip down center for the sports finder
- Exposure meter: None
- Flash PC socket: Left front upper side of the camera
- *Flash sync: All speeds for M, 1/60 for X, Sync MX selector lever behind the aperture wheel
- Memory dial: ASA/DIN, on the winding knob
- Self-timer: lever on the shuttter, synch.lever must be on X position
- Back cover: hinged, opens by a locking lever and ring on the bottom of the camera
- Loading: Red triangle: inside of the camera back, for adjusting film arrow when loading, after closing the cover the letter S appears in the counter window automatically, then turn the knob until 1 appears in the window.
- Tripod socket: 1/4
- Strap lugs
- Serial no. on top of the name plate
Check out the user manual for Yashica D here.