22 November 2008

More camera-ness

(my mother always tells me kohl is good for the eyes - it is often applied to children in Egypt, the Middle East and India in order to strengthen their eyes)

The Yashica Reflex 35 J, 35mm SLR with M42 lens mount, was manufactured in Nagana, Japan in 1962. This model was Yashica's first attempt at an SLR, and would go on to be branded as the Penta J, the start of the J series (not to be confused with their J series of Rangefinders).


I was fortunate to be able to get this beautiful condition piece, with original lens and manual as well as a selection of other additions. The camera came with an accessory bag, in which the original leather, red velvet lined, case fits easily. The secondary lens you see is a 135mm Sigma zoom lens, also a M42 mount. Luckily both lenses and the glare reduction lens also fit on my Zenit, as does the dual lens hood, which acts to eliminate light flairs. I was also able to get an original lens cleaning kit from 1962, and admittedly I am dubious of using the chemical bottle after such a long time, however am pleased to see it is still mostly full.

No doubt the whole kit is probably worth far more than I paid for it, which was actually under the price I pay for a Vogue magazine, and even when including postage, less than three copies. Indeed it seems that the old addage is true...

"One man's trash, is another man's treasure"

Currently playing: Whose Girl Is That - Chris Brown

xxxx

16 comments:

  1. kohl?!
    cute cam...old school...I like ;)

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  2. i love vintage cameras, they are the best. i treasure my laica like its a dream.
    im so jelous,
    dai dapper kid, u dint tell us where did u bought it, e-bay? and how much?
    vogue price? hm... is it really possible? what a deal!!!

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  3. What a great collection of gear you have! I really love old cameras. Are you shooting all your photos with these?

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  4. i'm drooling over all the camera pictures.
    i love photography

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  5. what a fabulous score.

    such a treasure.

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  6. Lucky, Dapper!!! What do you think about Holga cameras btw? I'm thinking about getting one...

    xxx

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  7. Ah, so jealous of your cameras and the time you have to find them! What kind of camera do you use to take your other pictures? I'm on the hunt for an SLR and could use some advice... leaning towards a Canon Rebel, not sure what model yet.

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  8. Wow! I never would've thought I'd want a vintage camera. An SLR is on my wishlist for my birthday or Christmas.

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  9. that is just totally amazing..the camera..and of course, the price you paid.

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  10. As it's going to snow in London tomorrow (if likely), I'd dig out my Lubitel to play with hehehehe.

    Ahhh, Yashica is EXPENSIVE!!!!

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  11. wow, that is freakin' awesome. and definitely a bargain. on a somewhat related note, i recently got my hands on a silver certificate worth $1. i think it's from 1935 or something.

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  12. lol chris brown :)

    but wow! what a cool camera!

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  13. You must be one happy boy..have fun. It's beautiful.

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  14. Not bad, DK. I love just looking at them. I'd probably never use them but really good to just have them... :)

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  15. wow that's really awesome! i need to register for a photography class already...

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