Techne has smiled upon me. I like to do a test run with a camera before committing to it as the camera of the week but I was so stoked to try the Yashica, I went for it.
I found interesting subject matter, used excellent Ilford XP2 Super 400 B&W film, The Camera Shop of Santa Fe did their usual stellar processing, and the camera was a delight. Even the Canoscan 9000f behaved (as well as it ever does). This was 120 film. Later, I’ll run some 35mm through the Yashica. There was a 35mm roll in the camera when I got it but sadly, no Bigfoot or Jimmy Hoffa pictures. It was blank.
Exposure values are ballpark accurate. Some I wrote down and some I didn’t. Scanned to TIFF (millions of colors) at 4800 DPI, converted back to B&W in Photoshop, and resized (~10%) and converted to JPEG for upload.
I’ll let her tell the tale of our dinner. She’s the writer. I just take the pictures.
I realized after posting that I had film upside down in the scanner and the images are mirror image.
I used Pocket Light Meter. Photos were a little overexposed so I adjusted a couple a smidge in Photoshop. I wouldn’t be surprised if a 55-year-old shutter was a wee bit slow. The only thing I did to the camera was clean the lenses.
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this camera. Zone focusing, even with a rangefinder card, is a challenge for me. Using Pocket Light Meter for Exposure Value (EV), instead of aperture, was a snap.
At EV 9.5 (f3.9) the depth of field is really shallow so, as the camera’s manual warns, getting the focus right is critical.
Resized for the web but otherwise, no edits.
Scans are from a Canon MF8350. 600DPI scaled to 30% for upload. No color or exposure correction.
The promised “More to come”.
I suspected I might fall in love with this camera. I did. Any shortcomings in the pictures is me getting a feel for it and not composing well. Scanned on the Canoscan 9000f at 4800 DPI. I tried 9600 DPI at first but the scanner’s “snow” noise shows up. I used Apple’s Image Capture app and a TWAIN driver set to millions of colors and scanned to TIFFs. Images are downsized to 10% and converted to JPEG for posting.
Color photos are Fuji ISO 200.
B&W photos are Ilford XP1 ISO 400 that expired in December 1991. It’s great black and white film and it can be processed using C-41 color chemicals so I don’t have to wait for Visions to do their Wednesday B&W run.
The grayscale scan setting gave me black images so I used millions of colors. Something amiss in the way the Canon TWAIN driver talks to the app I guess. Reversing the negatives gave a purplish hue, opposite the orange of the negative’s acetate (no color or exposure corrections doing it this way). Converted back to black and white in Photoshop.