The T4 “Super” really is a super camera. The legendary Yashica T4 Super, also known as the T5 in some parts of the world, was Yashica’s answer to the legendary Olympus Stylus Epic. They are very similar in style and capabilities and came out at nearly the same time.
The T4 Super has a slightly “darker” lens than the Stylus Epic – f/3.5 compared to f/2.8 – but it is generally considered a slightly better lens. In fact, the Carl Zeiss Tessar T* lens is generally considered one of the best lenses ever made for this class of camera. All other important specs are nearly identical.
Two things make the T4 Super really stand out from all other super-compact auto-everything point and shoot cameras: the Carl Zeiss lens and the Super scope waist-level viewfinder which allows you to compose your shots as if you were using a twin lens reflex camera.
The Super is super easy to use. Just put the film in, it automatically recognizes film speeds from 50 to 3200 (!) ASA, and you’re ready to shoot. The super-excellent Tessar lens will do the rest for you.
Make sure you take advantage of the Super scope waist-level viewfinder whenever possible to get a unique perspective in your pictures.
Here’s a picture of the business end of the camera proudly displaying the Carl Zeiss lens:
Here’s a picture of the top of the camera. The Super scope waist-level viewfinder is to the right of the digital display:
Here are some sample shots under various lighting conditions. The last few were shot using Lomography Redscale XR film. Its DX encoded at 400 ASA. The whole roll was slightly under-exposed.