The Yashica D is a medium format camera from the 60’s with extreme versatility, allowing both crisp, clean works of beauty or soft Lomographic wonders.
I decided to see what would happen when I tried Lomography on a metal body, glass lens camera. I was shocked at how amazingly adaptable the Yashica D is!
As a Lomographer starting out with the simplicity of a Holga, a high-quality, multi-featured camera like the Yashica D was at first very intimidating. Controls allow me to adjust the aperture across a spectrum from f/3.5 to f/22, and the shutter speed from 1/500 through 1 second, with a B setting for long night exposures. The Yashica D also has a self-timer function.
Some other features of the Yashica D are flash-sync via PC-connector (note: there is an accessory shoe to hold your flash, but it is NOT a hotshoe), a tripod mount, and the capacity to take cable releases of the Leica-nipple variety.
The Yashica D is also a TLR (Twin Lens Reflex) camera. TLR means that the viewfinder is a pane of glass on top of the camera which is used to compose your image. If you want to be able to focus accurately, this will be one of your best friends, but if you don’t care about that, than you must be a Lomographer.
On to the pictures:
The Yashica D can do pretty much anything you want it to do. Yes, it can even multi-expose! That means your Lomographic desires will not be hindered just because this camera is not a “toy camera”. If you want to take soft-focus, happy-accident beauties, the Yashica D can handle it. However, if you want your next shot to look absolutely professional, it can do that in a heartbeat. If you buy a PC-to-hotshoe adapter, you could even use the Colorsplash or Ringflash and go Lomo-crazy. The one thing it doesn’t do is leak light. But if you really want it THAT bad, I’m sure you could figure something out.
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