52 Cameras – Week 18 – Yashica D

The Yashica D is a nice, hefty twin lens reflex (TLR) camera of unknown vintage.  I’m guessing mine dates from around 1960.  It features a pair of 80mm Yashinon lenses; f3.5 for the taking and f2.8 for the viewing lens.  Shutter speeds are up to 1/500 with M or X sync for bulbs or electronic […]

52 Cameras – Week 8 – Konica C35 Automatic

Introduced in 1971, the Konica C35 Automatic is a compact ragnefinder small enough to carry in a pocket. It features a fully automatic exposure system in which the shutter speed and aperture run in predefined combinations. Mine was an eBay bargain; the leatherette is peeling from the back cover and it needs new light seals. […]

52 Cameras – Week 4 – Preliminary Results – Anscoflex II

The Anscoflex was an interesting experience for me. I've never worked with a bulb flash before. Initially the flash was not working. I cleaned the contacts and replaced the batteries to no avail. The next step was to disassemble the camera and clean the internal contacts. Upon reassembly I learned a valuable lesson: DON'T LEAVE […]