TLR first date

by Berckmans Peter November. 27, 2019 288 views

Well my Yashicaflex that I got about 2 months ago, is in fully working order. This is my first tlr ( twin lens reflex ). It holds 120mm film completly manual, what you want it dates back to 1957. Also no lightmeter, so it is the sunny 16 or a loose meter. The lenses are Yashinon 80mm f3.5, cameraspeed goes from B to 1/200 what is not so fast if using modern film. Aperture from 3.5 to 22.

Working it was a complete new experience for me, never used a camera like this. You have to look from above through the matglass into the toplens. Focussing is with a big knob on the side that moves the belows. Now you have a magnifying glass to your aid to focus a bit more precise. After focussing you have to set your aperture, wich I did with a loose handheld meter, also vintage. Than you have to cock your shutter, it does not do it automatic when transporting film, so you can have double triple or more exposures. Than it is time to take your photo and push the release.

First got myself a bit familiar with these actions and decided to put in some film, for sure I messed up the first 3 shots with inserting the film. you can have only 12 photos out of a film in this camera. The negative size is 6x6. Than went out and did my best to use it proper. I really was curious how the quality would be.

Could not resist myself to edit this one in monochrome

The film used was Kodak Portra 160. And I must say the quality is way better than I thought it would be. So this are my first steps into the world of tlr, on this moment I have a few more of these cameras, some go up to speeds of 1/500 and that is better for sunny days. The feel of working with them is ,for me anyway, great. It really slows you down and you have to look good through the viewfinder. One fun thing you get a mirror image in your finder because it got only one mirror.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Very interesting!

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Indeed and good fun, and very relaxing

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Buster Bruce 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Nicely done with the Yashicaflex. How are you converting to digital?

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Buster Bruce 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I let it do in the shop, you can have dif sizefiles for the scans. From normal to really big files

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Pete 1 month, 4 weeks ago

I actually also have one 
never used it though

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Pete 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Time to use it, I would say.

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Helen Hooker 1 month, 4 weeks ago

It’s great to see your experience of shooting with a TLR as I’m just trying that for the first time too.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Helen Hooker 1 month, 4 weeks ago

It is quite different, but good fun. Just the Portra film is a 160 iso and that is between 100 and 200 iso, a bit strange to calculate

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Antonio Gil 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Back to basics. The quality is much better than I had anticipated

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Antonio Gil 1 month, 4 weeks ago

The quality was a surprise

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Jay Boggess 1 month, 4 weeks ago

WOW! Great images and fascinating info on this "old timer"........+1

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Jay Boggess 1 month, 4 weeks ago

It is just lovely to work with. And the build quality is from days gone by. It is good

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Jay Boggess Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Looks like you're having a great time with it! +1

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Camellia Staab 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Wow! This brought back memories. My dad had one of these cameras, and I remember it so well. He used to take pictures of us all the time. He had it for many years until he switched to one of those Minox subminiature camera. I Think in his mind he felt like James Bond, since that is who promoted the subminiatures.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Camellia Staab 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Hey every daddy is James Bond, Superman,Batman ...angel

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Abigail Gossage 1 month, 4 weeks ago

How well I remember - my first camera was a YashicaMat.  We used to call it the “poor man’s Rollei”.  Enjoy.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Abigail Gossage 1 month, 4 weeks ago

A Mat commands good prices now. They have moved up from a poor mans Rolleiflex

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Abigail Gossage Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Sigh...long gone now.  Last year I sold my Mamiya RZ67 but kept two BRONICA 645’s and a Zeis Ikon 35mm Contaflex.  Too many cameras!

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Abigail Gossage 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Same problem here, too many. But a Mamiye 645 or Pentax 645 is still on my list

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Nick Ambrose 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Makes me want to take out my Yashica-24 for an outing Peter!

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Nick Ambrose 1 month, 4 weeks ago

You really should

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Nick Ambrose Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Yes Peter, I've even got some Ilford BW film ready to go. I purchased this camera about 40 years ago. I then gave to a friend about 26 years ago who had a bit of a photography museum at home. I got it back from him recently and found it still had a film in it and as he hadn't used it it must have one of mine from all those years ago. I had great fun developing it. It wasnt brilliant but had images of sorts on it 😁

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Nick Ambrose 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Forgotten momentssmile

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