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Review: Yashica 35 (1958)
Old 06-01-2017   #1
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Review: Yashica 35 (1958)

The Yashica 35 was Yashica's first new model released after their merger with Nicca, and the companies first ever fixed lens rangefinder.

It was a rather basic, but well built meterless 35mm rangefinder that came in an all metal body and could be equipped with either f/1.9 or f/2.8 Yashinon lenses.

These cameras were not in production for very long and as such, do not show up for sale all that often, and even fewer are still in use today.

Check out my review for my thoughts, some repair info, and example photographs from mine!

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Old 06-01-2017   #2
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It's a nice looking camera, well made. I had one in really nice condition, but I am not a collector and I did not use it enough, so traded it for some film....

When it was still mine:

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Old 06-01-2017   #3
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I had one of these too and didn't use it, and unfortunately didn't keep.
Very nice camera though. Probably my favorite Yashica rf.
According to one Japanese fixed lens testing site I looked at
(can't find it right now), it says the 45/2.8 lens is a Xenotar formula
and is rated very very highly for sharpness across the field of view.
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Hi Mike!
Great page! I read about the Canon P and the Leica M3 and enjoyed it very much!
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The camera looks like Contax IIa+ Canon RF hybrid.
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There is a discussion of Yashica serial numbers, for the Pentamatic SLR, here:
https://yashicasailorboy.com/short-h...us-pentamatic/
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The YK looks very different to the 35, with the top plate removed.
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Hey,
Nice reviews you have.
One comment: capacitor replacement on the minola x570/x700 is really quite simple.
Give it a try
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Outstanding reviews on your site Mike. Very nicely done!
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The YK looks very different to the 35, with the top plate removed.
Wow, Jim, that is interesting! It looks like Yashica abandoned the prism viewfinder after the very first model. I had always thought the YK was the same camera but with a lesser lens and shutter, but its clear there were cost cutting done elsewhere! Thanks for sharing this!

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Hey,
Nice reviews you have.
One comment: capacitor replacement on the minola x570/x700 is really quite simple.
Give it a try
Thanks for the kind words. I have heard some people say its easy, some not. I am not good at soldering anything with any level of precision. My skill is of the "glob it and pray" level! Thankfully my X570 works great and havent had to attempt the repair yet, but if I do, I'll be sure to do some good research!

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Outstanding reviews on your site Mike. Very nicely done!
Thanks Jim, I appreciate it! Be sure to subscribe to my site to be notified when I post new reviews. I will have many more coming in the next few weeks.
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Nice review and it allowed me to discover your website that until now managed to stay under my radar (what a shame).
Great collection. Lots of interesting cameras I had never heard of.

Thanks a lot.

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Old 06-05-2017   #13
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Nice review and it allowed me to discover your website that until now managed to stay under my radar (what a shame).
Great collection. Lots of interesting cameras I had never heard of.

Thanks a lot.
Thanks for the kind words, Raoul.

My site is very small and is hosted on a computer sitting in my basement. I do not have any advertising or any type of promotion other than what Google just finds on occasion. It's only through posts I make here, and in other collector's groups that people tend to find my site!

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