These few months, I’ve been uploading little by little the pictures this girl takes. I think I’ve tried with enough film types and light conditions as to do a proper review of my friend: Jessy the Yashica MG-1.
One advantage of having a photography lover dad is that you find orphan gadgets around the house that cost you nothing and give you the chance to discover new worlds!
After doing some research in the depths of Internet, and to get started, some technical details:
- Jessy was born in ´75, so she´s a bit older than me, but nothing love cannot overcome.
- Film type: 135 (35 mm)
- ASA: from 25 to 800
- Lens: Yashinon f2.8 45mm (55 mm filters can be attached)
- Size: 90-60-90… oh, no! 140.6 × 72 × 82... you don´t ask a lady her weight, but I know you´re pretty tactless, so I’m telling you: 620 grams
- Shutter speed: from 2 seconds to 1/500, in flash mode it is 1/30
- Focus from one meter to infinity with a rangefinder system, a yellowish diamond that moves horizontally in the center of the viewfinder until we find the focus point.
The shutter adjustment system is completely automated with aperture priority. We set the film speed, choose aperture on its corresponding ring and a system with a red and a yellow led light will tell us if we´re over or underexposing.
It is quite well thought, because if we want to shoot from the hip, or any other place way in which the eye is not in the viewfinder, the camera has the two LEDs on the top with the corresponding labels. If we shoot using the viewfinder, the led lights up with an arrow shape, pointing in the direction we have to rotate the aperture ring.
With features like these, we think we can take all the advantage from it without needing extensive theoretical knowledge, but it’s more like the contrary. If we want to have some manual control, we have to cheat it by relying on the ASA setting.
Next, some sample shots:
Jessy dressed on Fujicolor 200 in different light conditions:
Jessy with her pink Sensia dress:
Jessy getting adapted to the sobriety of the black and white jacket suit (Kodak TMax100):
Strolling in Superia:
I always tell her she´s gorgeous in Elitechrome, but the folks at the labs don’t like her showing up so stunning:
… and here she is showing that when she thinks things twice, she doesn’t come to bad conclusions at all:
One note, the camera doesn’t come prepared for multiple exposures, so we have to use the sprocket release pin to wind the shutter without advancing the film.
A small sample of what other people do with this beauty:
From what I’ve read on the internet, they say she’s one of the “Last Samurais” before the plastic age… “I don’t know much about almost anything”, but I can’t imagine my Jessy with a sword and armor.
Other things that can be considered cons, are the aforementioned limitations on regards of manual settings, but I don’t think this but will scare any LC-A users ;)
By the way, doing a quick search I’ve found it sells for a very low price on eBay
Some people are a bit scared by the fact the battery is not manufactured anymore, but researching a bit you can find many possible solutions.