Analogue Disappointment

2013-07-11 5

This a follow up on my revived Yashica 635. A bit of ranting over my most recent analogue disappointment.

A few months ago, I wrote an article about how a Mang Bebot, our resident camera repair guy, was able to resurrect my dilapidated Yashica 635. I also noted that there wasn’t much that he can do with the lens, which was already hazy. Nevertheless, I was still hopeful that it will be able to take decent pictures.

As soon as I got the camera back from his shop, I eagerly loaded a roll of Lomography XPro 200 in it, and had it for a test run. I took photos mostly of my family, and they were really excited and intrigued about this vintage camera.

After finishing the roll, I brought it to the lab for processing. It usually takes 5 days before my scans are delivered. I was really in high hopes and extreme anticipation as to how the roll would turn out.

Finally, the scans arrived. I quickly checked for the results. I was already preparing myself; telling myself that there really is good chance that the image would not be that sharp. However, despite setting that frame of mind, I could not explain how disappointed I was over the results. It feels as though the all of Mang Bebot’s efforts ended up in vain. All the photos were utterly hazy, so much so that Holga photos would have been far sharper. It tried to stare at the photos to see if they will grow on me, but they didn’t.

I was so disdained that I have not taken a photo since, despite always having my camera in my bag.

Here are the rest of the woeful results. What can you say?

written by renenob on 2013-07-11 #film #lomography #lifestyle #disappoinment #tlr #analogue #120 #sad #yashica


  1. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    awesome! I think you can use B/W films for this camera :D

  2. jaszee
    jaszee ·

    its hazy but for some shots i can see that it quite sharp in some areas, just like what adi_totp mentioned, maybe you could try it using with b&w film. :)

  3. stratski
    stratski ·

    Oh, I don't know... It may not be the right camera for group shots, but some of these are pretty nice. The softness of the lens works well with a 'soft' subject, like the child, and I like how in some pictures the people have a soft halo. Don't discard this camera just yet, I'd say!

  4. twinklecat
    twinklecat ·

    The individual portraits are so enchanting, don't give up yet!

  5. billseye
    billseye ·

    I've seen this before, the problem is likely the lens barrel and light seal around the front seal. This is a difficult repair because special instruments to re-calibrate lens alignment are needed. Best advice I can give is to only take photos with the sun behind you to avoid lens flare and don't shoot at maximum aperture.

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