View Full Version : Yashica Lynx-5000

07-22-2004, 11:19
Found an inexpensive Lynx-5000 at the local St. Vincent de Pauls thrift shop today. Probably paid more than I might have elsewhere, but what the heck, it's a charity.

Anyway it appears to be in good mechanical order - shutter seems right, apeture moves fine, etc. It, no surprise, needs a battery. Really quite clean looking and has it's leather case in decent shape as well. The one issue it has is that the rangefinder lines are loose. If you tilt the camera, they slip around inside.

So it's off to see if my google-fu is up to the task of finding out how to fix this. Anyone here have any suggestions? Or should this just simply become a 2 year olds toy camera?

BTW - whoever said look out about these rangefinders was right! Addictive things aren't they... :D


07-22-2004, 16:18
Try www.yashica-guy.com Part of his web site is devoted to making repairs. I don't know if it covers what you want to know.


07-22-2004, 20:08
Hi William,

If you want to have it professionally tuned for a very reasonable price try www.markhama.com. He's done very good work on Yashica's for me and the cameras are worth putting right for use. The battery is the nonexistent px625 mercury but I run mine with a Cris MR-9 and an S-76.


07-23-2004, 04:52
Hi William,
From the sound of it, your problem is just one of the mirrors in the RF has come loose. It's a reasonably easy fix if you're a bit handy. Once the top is removed, you'll find the loose mirror and the mount it came from pretty easily. One area of concern is re-glueing (gluing?) the mirror to its mount. Be careful not to use any of the modern "miracle glue" type proiducts as they will leave a haze over the entire mirror surface from the vapours they give off while drying. Use a form of contact cement, either the five minute variety or preferably "Pliobond" if it's available. Hope this helps. Curt.

07-23-2004, 06:02
Big help. Thanks!