Yashica Samurai X3.0 – Half Format SLR


I don`t know where I first heard of this camera, but it must be something like love at first sight. But it could have also been something like “This thing is so ugly, I got to have it!” Most people will think you have a film camera because of its futuristic look.

The film will be transported vertical instead of horizontal, which gives you the normal landscape format. Other half frame cameras must be turned to upright format to get the result of an landscape format. Confused?

This one is really a SLR-half-format-camera but you can`t really adjust everything like you are used to of your SLR. Shutter speeds and apertures are automatically set by the camera, there`s nothing you can do about that. Here is what you can do: built-in-flash: on, off or automatic mode. Action mode for continous shooting: on or off, Date and time: on or off. Oh, forgot almost about that: There is an automatic release as well. The Autofocus covers from 25mm up to 75mm which should be similar to a range from around 35mm to 105mm in 35mm full frame. Your film will I was lucky and got it with grab handle, an additional „screw-on“ hotshoe and a Cullman flash unit.

So what is this „half- format“ all about? First of all you`ll get 72 pictures on a normal 36 pic roll. But the most interesting is to team up two frames like it is a normal 24mm x 36mm frame.

written by lomodirk on 2008-11-15 #gear #yashica #35mm #review #slr #half-frame


  1. butter
    butter ·

    The diptych of the canopy is positively perfect! The architectural ones are splendid, as well. I love how the biking ones sort of show movement because of the two frames being together.

    Great camera!

  2. dirklancer
    dirklancer ·

    fun camera / great gallery!

  3. specialblewah
    specialblewah ·

    wow, very unique camera!!

  4. graefin
    graefin ·

    so you always have two pictures on one 35mm frame?

  5. strangelilgirl
    strangelilgirl ·

    very nice...digging the composition of a lot of those photos!

  6. camerao
    camerao ·

    great, this camera looks realy futuristic, I like the great views and the details next to each other!

  7. swieconek
  8. lomodirk
    lomodirk ·

    Thank you, if you`ll ever find one of these for cheap you got to get it :)

  9. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    I have the X4.0 version, really fun cameras! the latest model "samurai Z" was the far better version of these Yashica half frame cameras but it's very hard to find in the second hand market.

    cool gallery!

  10. cjordan
    cjordan ·

    I have one of these for sale - complete with lens cover, instruction booklet, case and 3 lithium batteries - 2 new in package. Asking price $50 for all - cashier's check or money order please. Email me at cjordan2@rochester.rr.com for more details. A great camera taking 72 pictures for a roll of 36 film - half frame- 2 photos per frame !!!

  11. rjltrevisan
    rjltrevisan ·

    I have one too!

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