First love

by Berckmans Peter October. 16, 2020 195 views

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.

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Buster Bruce 2 days, 23 hours ago

The images give the feeling of the good ol days of 35mm! I loved that the camera still had the "passed" sticker on it! Bravo!

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Buster Bruce 2 days, 23 hours ago

The sticker is a part of the history from the camera

2 days, 23 hours ago Edited
Jay Boggess 3 days, 1 hour ago

Nice images and camera info!! Thanks!

3 days, 1 hour ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Jay Boggess 3 days ago

My pleasure. Nice to have you back

3 days ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 days, 18 hours ago

Nice to be back!
Thanks, Amigo!

2 days, 18 hours ago Edited
Brett Johnson 3 days, 16 hours ago

Love the BW photos Peter. I don't have a Yaschica SLR yet, but some manual focus Contax SLR's are from the same family I think. Yes, I really do like those photos.

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Brett Johnson 3 days, 13 hours ago

Glad you like them. Yrs Contax is from the same family,they both went into the Kyocera group. If you want a Yashica slr, look for a FR one of the best build and you can use your Contax lenses on it.

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John Waco Jr 3 days, 23 hours ago

It is a vertical metal-bladed mechanical focal plane shutter with speeds up to 1/1000, a great  a very popular, manually-operated camera.

3 days, 23 hours ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to John Waco Jr 3 days, 13 hours ago

I still love it. Sad they stopped, Yashica made some very good camera and lenses

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Sri V 4 days, 2 hours ago

Very nice history. Really old school grinning

4 days, 2 hours ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Sri V 4 days, 1 hour ago

Thanks,back to basic

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