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.