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Yashicamat 124G Review

Using the Camera

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So how is the Yashicamat in action? Pretty good. It is a big solid brick of a camera, but as it is sporting an 80mm f3.5 lens, it is actually as small at it gets depth wise for MF. The WLV can frustrate, and can make composing a frustrating experience until you get accustomed to the inversion.

Winding the lever is a noisy affair, but the shutter is a near silent click. The copal leaf shutter is one of the great things about fixed lens cameras. Leaf shutters allow you to handhold down to ridiculously low shutter speeds, 1/8s is not unreasonable as long as you haven’t had too many coffees. 1/15 is fine all the time.

The focussing is fine tuned by means of a focussing lens which pops out of the viewfinder to help you to nail your focus. If you’re shooting at widest aperture, you’re going to be wanting this little fellow out a lot.

Use this to help you nail your focus

Use this to help you nail your focus

The Yashicamat has a built in light meter, operated by the famed (and now unavailable) PX625 mercury oxide battery. If you use the meter for shooting negative film, just use the modern px625 equivalent and err on the side of overexposure. If you’re shooting slide film, use a handheld meter like a Sekonic L508 or the more modern Sekonic L758, which can also be used for digital photography. Both are readily available on the used market, and robustly built so will last many years’ service.

Image quality, as you might expect from a MF fixed lens camera, is extremely good. The lens is sharp, and the 6×6 negative is significant amount of image capture real estate to produce a very high level of detail. See the gallery for example photos taken with the ‘mat

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6x6medium formatyashicamatyashicamat 124G' Andrew • November 7, 2015

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