Yashica Mat

So here’s the big reveal: a new (old) camera (pardon the blurry low-light macro shot)!


This is a Twin Lens Reflex camera with the top lens for the viewfinder and the bottom for the picture. It shoots medium format (120) film creating 6×6 cm negatives. The results, assuming this thing works, would be like going from watching TV on basic cable to watching it in high definition. So here I go with the true square format, and I should have my results back by the end of the week – but they’re only being processed, not scanned. If they actually turned out alright, then I plan to have the negative strip scanned to CD so I can post some frames on the web. Here’s hoping, because this has the potential to really kick up the clarity and detail of my pictures…

I’ll spare everybody the gory details on the camera such as the specs and such, but if anyone’s curious, I’d be happy to entertain any questions about the TLR in the comments.

2 thoughts on “Yashica Mat

  1. The lenses are a matched pair of 80mm German Lumaxar lenses. 80mm for medium format is like a 50mm lens for a 35mm camera.The f-stops range from 3.5 to 22, but the wicked thing is that there’s no clicking between stops – it adjusts fluidly so I can have more subtle changes in aperture. There’s also something like 12 aperture blades, at least – maybe far more – so the out-of-focus regions of the pictures (assuming they turn out alright) should look more pleasant.The shutter has a bulb setting (hold it open as long as you like) and goes all the way up to 1/500. The real kicker about the shutter, though, is that it’s whisper quiet – I could take pictures with this thing in the middle of a silent prayer group without disturbing anyone.I got this off of eBay – and I was anxious about whether it functioned…and I’m still a little anxious to see the results of the first roll…

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