Yashica YE.

by John Waco Jr August. 22, 2020 100 views

This beautiful camera is extremely rare. It will be too expensive to manufacture and will be sold very badly. Just under 1800 of these YF cameras were ever produced.

When Yashima (Yashica from 1 September 1958) acquired the struggling Nicca Camera Co. Ltd. in 1958 anywhere in the period from May to November (consensus is May, November according to Yashica's 1975 booklet “Yashica A New Horizon” but it contains some obvious mistakes including claiming Pentamatic production commenced in the same month when it was clearly at the end of 1959 with a 1960 release), it had already released its first 35 mm camera, the Yashica 35, in April 1958. This fixed lens between lens leaf shutter camera had very little in common with Nicca's interchangeable lens focal plane shutter Leica copies and the timing suggests that Nicca certainly had no role in the model's development. On the other hand, Nicca's contribution to development of the Pentamatic SLR is surprisingly acknowledged by Yashica in a 1960 Japanese Pentamatic brochure.

The Yashica YE is a favorite of mine, mainly because it was the first of the Yashica rangefinders.Manufactured in 1959 and featuring a Leica screw mount Yashikor f2.8/50mm lens. Yashica took over Nicca in 1958 and this camera based on the Nicca 33. Film is loaded through base of the camera with the typical (for the era) thumb advance lever on top (with frame counter). Similar to Leica models of the time, the Yashica has two finders (focus and viewing), two shutter dials (fast and slow speeds).The fast dial is on the top plate of the camera while the slow dial in on the front. Flash sync speed of 1/30th and fastest speed of 1/500th.The camera is quite heavy and well made, my example, appears to be operational and the shutter works at all speeds.

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John Waco Jr 2 months, 1 week ago

All the image were taken with this featured camera. I had a lay over in San Diego.airplane

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Jay Boggess 2 months, 1 week ago

Fascinating camera/info and wonderful images, which, I assume, were all products of that featured camera.....
Always a pleasure, my friend!

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Berckmans Peter 2 months, 1 week ago

I love Yashica, it was my first SLR. And they made some pretty good cameras in the day. Sadly they are gone;

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John Waco Jr Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 months, 1 week ago

Yes, I loved my Yashica FX-3 35mm SLR Film Camera with 50mm F1.9 Lens.+1 I still take it out for the day.sunglasses

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Berckmans Peter Replied to John Waco Jr 2 months, 1 week ago

The FX3 was my first real SLR and love it. And that 50mm 1.9 is a very good lens

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