Solid build, rugged, and strong! Its shutter sounds very solid with the “clack”. Still a great performer ever since the 1970’s. Images are sharp and crisp.
I picked the camera up during my trip to Hong Kong last year. As I was looking for a cheap SLR to start out SLR photography, I came upon this street stall selling old classic cameras, Nikon FM2, Canon AE-1, etc. What caught my eyes wasn’t the price for the Yashica but the beauty and feel of it.
It was a bit dusty and slightly dirty at that point of time and it cost me SG $20 and heck! I just paid for it and happily went back to the hostel to give it a good cleaning up and loaded a Fujifilm Superia 200 negative film and got ready to shoot the next day.
As for the specs of the camera, I’m not going to stat here since lots of info is on the internet. It was equipped with a 50mm F1.8 lens which was amazingly sharp even at F1.8! Built in light meter was of a great help during confusing lighting conditions. Oh yes! I’ve learnt how to manually set my exposure thanks to this camera too!
Bokeh was nice too! Big round smooth bokehs.
All pictures were taken without a tripod, using my “steady” hands. Grip is solid while operating the SLR was pretty straight forward and easy. Viewfinder was also very clear and easy to focus.
It doesn’t weigh that heavy so having it wherever you go isn’t a drag too! So if you’re able to find it in your nearby thrift store, etc, don’t hesitate to get it!
Hope you’ll enjoy ready my simple review! :)