I still know it well, 17 years old and just started working. With my first wages I bought myself ; my first real camera. The choice was a Yashica FX 3 that came with a 135mm and a 35mm, what you can call a standard beginnersset. My father and brother they both used Prakticas and were a bit sceptic towards this Japanese camera. Yashica was not well known in Belgium. In that time Yashica were together with Contax. Contax they sold as the higher end of the market and Yashica was for the more affordable market. The camera never dissapointed me and gave great results. The original Yashinon lenses were and still are from a very good quality and produce sharp pictures with a lot of contrast in them.
With the years my set growed, a second body some extra lenses . Than came a point that I not wanted to carry everything when I went somewhere. Around that time digital cameras were on the move and I jumped in. After a while decided to sell my analog gear and buy a better digital camera. Man did I miss my Yashica after a while, it was and still is my first love. It is such a good camera and easy to work with. No autofocus, no stabilisation. Just everything manual, like it should be.
few months back I found a FX3 second hand, condition was not that great but the price was cheap. The leatherette was complety destroyed a common fault from the FX3 and it was very dirty. So new lightseals a good clean and ordered a new covering in the states, by Hugo Studio. I had to wait a long time to receive it due to our friend covid 19. Finally he was in good shape again nd could put the first roll of film in it.
The film used was a Rollei superpan 200
So here are a few from the results. I still had the camera in my fingers after all these years, it felt really good and I am a very happy camper.
My not so little girl anymore, she is becoming a good photograher. Her studiowork is quite impressive.
The film has got a nice grain to it what gives a good result I think.