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Old 03-31-2012   #1
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Confused about the Lynx 14 series

I've been reading, but I feel I'm not getting any wiser. So, that's why I'll ask here.

How many different 14 series models are there?

- Lynx 14
- Lynx 14 IC
- Lynx 14 IC e

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And, the more important question, what would the difference be between these? IC ("Integrated Circuit")... what exactly does that mean? The "e" probably means "electronic" or something. What does that in practice mean?

Is there a lynx that fulfills the following:

All I want in the rangefinder is a coupled focusing system, and a mechanical shutter. Do I get that with the Lynx 14 series? I'd buy it for the lens... I've always wanted one, but I need to figure out which I actually want buy.

I'd also like a Lynx 1000 for it's awesome shutter speed and f/22 possibilities.

Thanks for help!
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Old 03-31-2012   #2
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They each have mechanical shutters and work fine as manual rf cameras.
The meters differ somewhat between the variants, in location of cds cells
and meter windows, lcd lights vs needle and so on.
I like the earlier ones with match needle metering on the hood, myself.

At the moment I have a 5000e in which the meter is dead. I have yet to finish a roll, but off hand, I think it's a better balanced tool that the 14, which is
very large, though supposedly the lens is sharp wide open.

At the moment I cannot remember what the diff is between the 5000 and the 1000, except maybe age and marketing.

The shutter on my 5000e is quite impressive though. I don't know if it's twice as fast as 1/500 but it's definitely faster.
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I've been reading, but I feel I'm not getting any wiser. So, that's why I'll ask here.

How many different 14 series models are there?

- Lynx 14
- Lynx 14 IC
- Lynx 14 IC e

??

And, the more important question, what would the difference be between these? IC ("Integrated Circuit")... what exactly does that mean? The "e" probably means "electronic" or something. What does that in practice mean?

Is there a lynx that fulfills the following:

All I want in the rangefinder is a coupled focusing system, and a mechanical shutter. Do I get that with the Lynx 14 series? I'd buy it for the lens... I've always wanted one, but I need to figure out which I actually want buy.

I'd also like a Lynx 1000 for it's awesome shutter speed and f/22 possibilities.

Thanks for help!
Here is where you want to go for the skinny on the Lynx 14:

http://www.yashica-guy.com/document/chrono2.html
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I've visited that site many times. However, I'm still left confused.

So, the Lynx 14. What exactly is the specs of this camera? Is the rangefinder coupled? How does the metering work? I'm used to the metering in the Oly 35 SP, which uses exposure values.
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Old 03-31-2012   #5
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http://www.cameraquest.com/yaslyn14.htm

Coupled RF, exposure is by under and over exposure lights. Early models are manual exposure, later are AE. I found this info on the above website, as I've never seen one of these cameras in the wild.
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Old 03-31-2012   #6
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I've visited that site many times. However, I'm still left confused.

So, the Lynx 14. What exactly is the specs of this camera? Is the rangefinder coupled? How does the metering work? I'm used to the metering in the Oly 35 SP, which uses exposure values.
I don't know about "exactly" but:

Rangefinder is coupled and is pretty good.

Metering is center the needle, if it still works. Camera is fully manual and I use a modern meter.
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Old 03-31-2012   #7
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There was a short lived Yashica 35 Lynx, with a 1.8 Yashinon lens.

Then the 1000 Lynx that introduced the 1/1000sec speed to rangefinder cameras.

The Lynx 5000 actually had a 1/500 top speed, but because of marketing mores, you couldn't call it the 500 because there were too many improvements over the 1000, including a CdS metering system using a galvanic meter on the top deck, and visible in the finder.

The 14 was introduced at the same time as the 5000, and got it's name from the f1.4 maximum aperture lens.

Later, the 5000 and 14 were upgraded to E status with the newer Over/Under lights type of metering system that took advantage of using an integrated circuit (hence the IC in the name), and which was used in every Yashica rangefinder starting with the Electro 35 Gold Mechanica.

So, there are only two models of the Lynx 14:
Yashica Lynx -14 with the needle meter readout
Yashica IC Lynx-14E with the Over/Under meter lights

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Shutter: Copal-SVE X-M sync with speeds B, 1 to 1/500sec mechanically timed, delay, and PC connection on left side of top cover
Viewfinder: Coupled rangefinder (43mm baseline) combined in viewfinder with bright framelines and parallax correction
Meter: CdS photocell driving a galvanic meter (14), or IC and Over/Under lights (14E), momentarily operated by switch on front of camera.
Battery: For 14E use 2x Eveready E-640 1.4v (or equivalent). NOTE: Two 675's work fine in an adapter. The 14 used one E-640.
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Old 03-31-2012   #8
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I wonder if Yashica Guy did his job to no avail? His site cover Yashica rangefinders pretty well, explaining also E variation of Lynxes.
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Old 04-01-2012   #9
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Farlymac, that's very helpful! Thanks!

I'm aware of Yashica guy, but I find his articles rather messy.

Thanks again for your help. It's definitely the Lynx 14 (not the "e" version") I'm after
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Old 04-01-2012   #10
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You're welcome, Compaq. I too refer to the YashicaGuy site for information, but find his articles somewhat scattershot. Lots of good info, but as is in most sites, not complete.

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Old 04-29-2012   #11
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Yashica Lynx 5000e with dead meter, fell in love with this one first time I used it.
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Old 04-29-2012   #12
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Yes, the Yashica Lynx 5000e is a beauty. I picked one up for nothing at the "free" table at our local swap meet a few weeks back. The shutter was stuck and the Yashica name plate had fallen off, but otherwise it was minty. Got the shutter unstuck and voila! Shutter speeds all seem to be spot on, meter works great, and compared to my other 5 or 6 Lynx cameras this one has the smoothest focus and the most contrasty rangefinder! I'm eager to run a roll through her...
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Hi there, I have not been on the site for a long time but no point starting a new thread for my question.

I have a Lynx 14e, There are no discernible clicks to to aperture ring adjustment. Is that normal? If not, can this be easily fixed?

I believe I can get the front lens off. I made a tool to do it kinda like a rubber gripping pad that you push on and turn without trying to use the slots and scratching everything. I had it apart once to clean (I think) but honestly it was a few years ago so I cant remember if I cleaned the lens or just cleaned the contacts for the meter and got that working. I have never used this camera and the mushy aperture ring with no clicks is the reason I always put it back down when I'm choosing a camera for the day. Would like to get it sorted and try it out.

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I've lost track of my Lynx, Paolo, so I'll have to dig it out to see about the click stops. Could be, someone worked on it, and lost a little ball bearing used to make the clicks. I haven't torn mine down
that far, so I can't tell you what the construction is like.

I made a ring removal tool out of a utility knife blade, by grinding off the sharp part, and shaping it to fit the slots without fouling the front element.

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Here is where you want to go for the skinny on the Lynx 14:

http://www.yashica-guy.com/document/chrono2.html
With the Yashica Guy site. When I was playing with all the Yashica's and eventually owned about 3 of the Lynx models... both IC and ICe, it was thanks to that site. Lot's of page jumping around, but worth it.
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Lynxes, both 14 and 5000 models, don't have aperture click stops by design.
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Lynxes, both 14 and 5000 models, don't have aperture click stops by design.
Confirmed... no aperture click stops on those models.
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Confirmed... no aperture click stops on those models.
Probably this also is true for some of Ministers, those which are direct predecessors for Lynx 5000.
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I love my Lynx 5000e. The lens is very capable... This one is shot wide open on ISO 400 film:

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I have the Older version.
Gummed shutter. Seem to remember buying it like that many years ago.
It weighs 960g! Wheel Barrow required......
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Old 12-02-2014   #21
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Thanks for all the quick replies about the aperture ring having no discernible click stops. I guess I ought to stop whining now and go enjoy it for what it is.
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Hey, I'm new here and it seems that this is a thread for all the lynx 14 questions. I just acquired a lynx 14e, and I have a few questions about it. It's a version that looks good, clean lens, clean finder, though, I can barely see the rangefinder patch. Is there a repair which can be done by somebody with two left hands to make te contrast a bit higher?
And next to that, what does the red 'r' mean on the right side of focus distance scale mean? in the manual I can't find any reference to this.
thanks in advance
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I did a fix like that on my MG-1.
You cut a small square of window tint tape or whatever you can find matching the RF patch location. Pop off the top plate and stick it inside on the glass. Sure you can stick it on the outside but doing it to the inside is a more long term solution that allows you to clean the glass without it falling off.
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thanks Paolo. not the prettiest of solutions, but very effective. I'll soon stick one on the inside
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If you want to be clever you'll use mirror tint tape with the mirror facing out.
I used what I had just to test the concept and it worked. I never got around to doing it with mirrored tint to make it less noticable.
Some people have put light blue tint across the whole VF area but I prefer keeping it clear and bright and just doing the center diamond patch.
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The red r is for use with infrared film. Not even sure you can get that anymore...

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PdB--The red R on the focusing scale is for infrared film. Infrared light focuses at a different point than the light we see. Here's how it works: First focus normally. Second read the focused distance off the distance scale. Let's say this is eight feet. Third turn the lens so that eight feet is now lined up with the mark at the red R. Ta-da! Mission complete!
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Thanks all for explaining the 'R'. Since I couldn't find anything about it in the manual, I looked at other cameras and noticed similar kinds of signs.
For now the Lynx seems to work fine. have to scan my first roll now, but exposures seem alright (different speeds and apertures) and no light leaks. Just like to know if the focus is correct. So far I enjoy all the controls so close to each other, makes working with the sunny16 rather easy
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