My camerapaedia: Yashica 72-E

Credits: stratski

Half-frame camera with a 28mm manually-focusing (f2.8-22) lens. It has close-focusing to 0,80m. The shutter has speeds of B, 1/8 – 1/250. The selenium cell which surrounds the lens accepts film speeds from 10 – 400. Once the film speed is set, the meter read-out on the top of the camera provides an EV number.

1962 -

A friend gave it to me.

This camera sat at the bottom of a plastic bag containing half a dozen books on photography, a bunch of filters, a cable release, and a heap of assorted bits and pieces. I was thrilled to find out it was a half frame camera, since I didn’t have a proper half frame yet. Well, I had a Diana Mini, but I mean a half frame camera with an actual glass lens, and some control over the settings. It didn’t disappoint me. The Yashica produces very nice pictures, sharp and crisp. The light meter on top looks really cool I think, and the winding mechanism at the bottom left of the camera in stead of the usual top right adds a nice quirky touch. I love the way the half frame format can easily lead to diptychs and triptychs. At first I thought the winding mechanism was faulty, because the roll just wouldn’t end. It turns out that you can just fit an incredible number of pictures on one roll of film. It’s callen 72-E because it fits 72 pictures on a roll, but that’s not accurate. You can fit in more.

It came with a faux suede camera bag and a yellow filter. The filter is easy to forget when you switch from b&w to color (I have some bright yellow pics to prove it)…

Credits: stratski

written by stratski on 2012-06-15


  1. clickiemcpete
    clickiemcpete ·

    Nice writeup! I love those vintage cameras as you know. :)

  2. fm_skins
    fm_skins ·

    Keep em' coming!

  3. bbthom
    bbthom ·

    I've got one too. I really like the camera because you can almost shoot unlimited. I didn'f finish the first film yet but it makes nice photos I see :)

  4. spookydirt
    spookydirt ·

    I might have to get one of these, I need a half-frame. well, would like one.